Rain won’t hinder anything going on this weekend, thanks in large part to giant tents. The Greek Festival is safe regardless of precipitation, and the MaineSwap and Speakeasy are both inside. And as for the Urban Raid? You’ll already be climbing walls, sprinting up hills, and carrying sand bags for the fun of it, so what’s a little rain?
11 am-10 pm Thursday-Saturday | Free admission | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Portland
Three cheers for big tents. The rain won’t hamper another delicious Greek Festival, where people line up for good reason. The food – like dolmades, kourabiedes, loukomades, spanakopita, baklava, and lamb souvlaki – is made with love by church members. And the love shines through. Greek festivities, dancing, and music, too!
FMI: Greek Festival
We took the liberty of going to the Greek Festival when it first opened at 11 am Thursday to eat, eat, and eat. We took some photos, too, so you can see for yourself what it all looks like. Beware: You WILL want to eat all of it.
6-10 pm Thursday | $20 in advance/$25 at the door | Museum L-A, Lewiston
It’s an evening of Prohibition-era libations and jazz during the first of Rachel’s Speakeasy events. There will be jazz, and attendees are encouraged to dress in period attire (think flapper dresses, fedora hats, and pin-stipped suits). You’ll even need a password to get in. And if you can’t make this one, Museum L-A will be hosting the Speakeasy once a month through September.
Wednesday-Sunday | $10 per show/$25 three-show pass | Various venues, Portland
Things are getting experimental here in Portland this weekend. Maybe you’ve noticed. PortFringe runs for five days (it’s already begun) and includes theater, puppet shows, film, performance, a Beastie Boys tribute, dancing, a never-married hypochondriac, some comedy, and, well, lots of other stuff. And the price-point ain’t bad at all.
The full schedule: www.portfringe.com
10 am-1 pm | Free/$5/$10 | East End Community School, Portland
Last year’s summer clothes? Maybe you’re just not feeling them this year. And maybe you’ve had a bag full of pants and shoes and accessories that are still in great shape, but you just don’t want to wear them anymore. That’s okay. Let them find a good home with someone new during SwapMaine’s Saturday swap. Drop off clothes in advance to get free admission the day of the swap. Bring clothes to swap on Saturday and get in for only $5. Or just come ready to find some new attire and pay $10 to swap away.
Free clothes. A charitable donation. A new summer wardrobe. And free coffee. Now if you need even more reasons why you should be coming to our fifth ever Swap Maine event on June 29, click on through.
10 am Saturday | $65 | Starts at Ocean Gateway, Portland
If you were a gritty street cop chasing a purse-stealing good-for-nuthin’, you’d probably dodge pedestrians, hurdle garbage cans, and scale shaky chain-link fences with the determination of a superhero. And you’d catch that jerk. The Urban Raid is kind of like that, except there will only be good guys on the road with you. Expect a 3.1-mile course that uses the city landscape and urban elements to create a challenging course through the city. Expect also to feel like a superhero.
2-5 pm Saturday | $50 | Aboard Frances, Maine State Pier, Portland
Savasana just feels better on a sailboat. Sure, tree pose is slightly harder to hold when the boat deck is gently tilting one way and then the next under your bare feet (or foot, in this case), but no one at this season’s inaugural Yoga Sail seemed to mind. So whether you’re a regularly practicing yogi or entirely new to the notion of reverse warrior, triangle, and the impressive-if-you-can (I can’t) eagle, please, climb aboard!