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Posted: June 6, 2013

Monsters, Dying Wishes, Old Port Fest: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

So it might rain a bit this weekend. But it’s nothing an umbrella and/or a little spring fortitude can’t handle. It’s Old Port Fest weekend after all, and while it rains that Sunday almost every year, that’s never stopped the live music or the wonderful glutton of street food. So, for the weekend of June 7-9, 2013:

1. Draw on Monsters during First Friday Art Walk

Giant Cardboard Monsters photo

First Friday Art Walk
5-8 pm Friday | Free | Studios, galleries, and museums, Portland
Art studios and galleries open their doors for the monthy art walk, luring the art curious to browse sculpture, screenprints, painting, woodworking, and more – much of it by local artists. Even better, the warmer weather (please, no rain!) brings out local crafters and street performers. For art walkers who like to get interactive with their art, check out the Giant Cardboard Monsters exhibit at the Meg Perry Center on Congress Street. There’ll be markers hanging from the ceiling and you can draw on the monsters. Also: works from Meg Gates, Sebastian Meade, Abbeth Russell, William Hessian. (There will also be live music and food, because one shouldn’t marker on an empty stomach).
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2. Write down your dreams on the Before I Die wall

Courtesy photo

Before I Die…
Reveal at 5 pm Friday | Free | Outside Flatbread Pizza, Portland
You’ve got dreams. Goals. Aspirations. Maybe you’ve always wanted to climb Mount Washington. Or Everest. Or maybe you want to swim without holding your nose or swim in pool filled with puppies (some wants that, judging by the photo above). The Maine Center for Creativity is asking locals to write down those before-I-die dreams on the Before I Die wall. The wall is actually an art installation that will be up all month long, although the officially unveiling is Friday evening. SO ask yourself, what do you want before you die? Then go write it down. Then start making it happen.

3. Shop art at the MECA pop-up art sale

Shannon Bryan photo

MECA Pop-up Art Sale
9 am-9 pm Friday, 9 am-7 pm Saturday, 10 am-2 pm Sunday | Free admission | 85 Free Street, Portland (back entrance to MECA)
If all the art walking gets you inspired to do some art shopping, check out MECA’s Pop-up Art Sale, which runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The sale includes works from MECA students and alumni, as well as other artists. And proceeds benefit the art school’s scholarship fund. There’s likely to be an amazing array of work, from furniture and prints to wearable pieces.

SEE THE ART: MECA art sale: 33 photos of amazing art you can buy

4. Yarn bomb

International Yarn Bombing Day
Just a heads up, Saturday is International Yarn Bombing Day. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, considering yarn bombing something in your neighborhood. If you’re yarn-incapable, just keep your eyes peeled for knitted things.

5. Embrace The Beatles and the beer garden at Brews & Tunes

Brews & Tunes/Kennebunkport Festival
1-5 pm Saturday | $15 | The River Green, Kennebunkport
Beer is good. Live music, also good. Brews & Tunes celebrates both. Part of the Kennebunkport Festival, the event includes a beer garden (beer garden!) and Beatles covers from Spencer Albee and the League of Bandsmen, plus music from Dominic Lavoie, Sean Morin, Trent Gay, Sarah Hallie Richardson, Sea Level, and Scott Mohler. Also this weekend, the festival’s Grand Tapas Party, featuring 30 chefs and wines, from 12-4 pm Saturday under a tent in Lower Village ($55) and the Grand Finale, 7-10pm Saturday at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel ($100).

6. Watch City Hall get PaintScaped

8:30-10 pm Saturday | Free | City Hall, Portland
You’re going to want to stare at City Hall. The facade of Portland’s city building is getting PaintScaped. Projectors are involved. And 3D technology. And if it’s anything like the work PaintScaping has already done, it will be amazing. (Not that our city hall isn’t quite a head-turner already. Because it is.) The show is designed to pay homage to the City of Portland and kick-off the 40th anniversary Old Port Festival, which takes place the next day.

7. Eat in the streets at Old Port Fest

Old Port Festival
11 am-5 pm Sunday | Free admission | Old Port, Portland
Multiple stages of music, Maine-made arts and crafts, food from local businesses, kid’s activities, and it all starts with a foot-powered parade down Exchange Street led by the Shoestring Theater. You probably already know these things, because folks around here look forward to Old Port Fest all spring, on account of it reminds us that winter really is over, summer really is coming, and it really is so much fun to eat food in the middle of the street.

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