It’s an “other people’s stuff” kind of weekend. Buy other people’s wares during the huge yard sale in Brunswick. Take home other people’s clothes during SWAPmaine in Portland, see other people’s kitchens during the Falmouth Kitchen Tour. You can also see some of Portland’s rarely seen places during the Magical History Tour. Feast on beer and pork on Maine State Pier, rock out 80s style with The Awesome, and make a sparkly unicorn horn, just because.
And BTW, it’s MOTHER’S DAY on Sunday! Still not sure how to celebrate? We have some ideas: Show Mom a great time: 10 things to do with Mom on Mother’s Day 2015
For the weekend of May 7-10, 2015
8:30 p.m. Friday, The Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. $12. francocenter.org
Travel back to the heyday of the 80s by way of Maine band The Awesome. Led by vocalist and cowbell player Jennywren Walker and vocalist, guitar, keys and guitarist Michael Taylor, the band plays the best of the decade including hits by Prince, Madonna, Inxs, Cyndi Lauper, Talking Heads, Toto, Pat Benatar and countless others.
Grand and Glorious Yard Sale
6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, old Borders bookstore in Merrymeeting Plaza, Brunswick. Free admission Saturday and Sunday, $25 on Friday
Not all yard sales are created equal. Some yard sales seem like nothing more that a homeowner's attempt to save himself a few trips to the dump. But the best yard sales have bargains on great gently used stuff you actually want. That's the Grand and Glorious Yard Sale. There's a massive selection of furniture, art, housewares, electronics, sports, jewelry and more donated by the community, and all proceeds benefit Mid Coast Hospital. Friday night's preview party includes complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Pig & Beer on the Pier
1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Maine State Pier, Portland. $22. prfc.bpt.me
Pork. Beer. Pier. It's a trifecta of joy. This inaugural Pig & Beer event is hosted by Portland Rugby and the proceeds benefit their youth, women's and mens' rugby clubs. There will be a pig roast. There will be music from The Pubcrawlers. There will be beer from Gritty's. The $22 ticket includes all-you-can eat BBQ and your first pint (you can buy more if you want to).
Magical History Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starts at at Maine Historical Society’s Brown Library, 485 Congress St., Portland. $35 for adults ($25 for Maine Historical Society members) and $5 for kids under 18. www.mainehistory.org
Some of Portland's secret places – and the history that goes along with them – will be open to the public on Saturday during the Maine Historical Society’s Magical History Tour. The self-guided tour includes 12 rarely seen or long-forgotten-about spaces within the Portland city limits.
Read more: See parts of Portland you never knew existed: Maine Historical Society’s Magical History Tour
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, East End School. 95 North St., Portland. Free, $5, $10. swapmaine.com
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 on Friday 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.
Falmouth Kitchen Tour
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, starts at Sashay’s, 240 US Route 1, Falmouth. $25 advance, $30 at the door. www.mainekitchentours.com
The Falmouth Kitchen Tour is your chance to wander through other people's homes legally. It's also a chance to ooh and ahh over their kitchens and, hopefully, walk away with some ideas of your own. The tour includes nice private homes in Falmouth and Cumberland Foreside.
MAMM SLAM Finals
1 p.m. Saturday, Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland. $12. mainetoday.com
Six high school bands compete in Saturday's finals to lay claim to the title Best High School Band in Maine. They may be teens rocking out in their parents' garages now, but there may come a time when we all say we knew them when (it'll be right around the same time we start calling them to ask for money). Bands have $2 off coupons that they hand out to their fans leading up to the show, so it pays to know the bands!
On the cheap
Unicorn Craft Day and Parade
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St., Waterville. Free. watervillelibrary.org
Organizers ask, “Have you ever wanted your very own unicorn horn? Do you feel like you feel like you need more glitter in your life? If you answered yes to either of these question, please join us at the library for unicorn themed crafts and a parade!” Parade at 2:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, freeportlibrary.com
You’ll hear the comical musings of fictitious character Joe Wright, an average, middle-aged cranky guy from Smalltown, New England who is trying to keep up with life in the 21st century. You’ll also hear some humorous songs inspired by the stories as author and musician Brian Daniels presents his book “Thoughts of an Average Joe.”
The African Children’s Choir
7 p.m. Friday, North Deering Alliance Church, 1301 Washington Ave., Portland, free, donations accepted, 797-2561
For a truly uplifting musical experience, catch a performance by The African Children’s Choir and hear their beautiful voices singing traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Donations will be accepted to support the choir’s programs that include education, care and relief and development programs.
6:30 p.m. Friday, Chase Hall, Bates College, 56 Campus Ave., Lewiston, free, 786-6255
Inaugural poet laureate of Belfast, Northern Ireland Sinead Morrissey has penned five poetry collections including 2013’s “Parallax,” winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. Here’s a chance to hear her recite some of her works in person.
‘Lollipops for Breakfast’
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $10, $5 for 12 and under, mayostreetarts.org
Here’s a sweetly marvelous tale of an enchanted cookbook that transports a young girl to a fantastic, gadget-filled world of candy creations. “Lollipops for Breakfast” is Bonnie Duncan’s one-woman show full of wild imagination, puppetry, original music, acrobatics and plenty of audience participation. Suitable for children in kindergarten and up.