How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Good? Great? Just ok? Only the second weekend into the new year, Portland Old Port’s own resolution for 2023 was to bring you (the people and visitors of Portland) more ways to enjoy Maine’s largest city. How are we doing?
This weekend, find events happening all across the city, including a monkfish stew pop-up (don’t knock it until you try it!), the comfiest bar crawl ever, the happiest happy hour, deep cuts with one of Portland’s most popular DJs, and more!
Here’s the Weekend Guide for Friday, January 13th – Sunday, January 15th, 2023
Friday the 13th
Deep Cuts with DJ HiDuke | Oxbow Blending & Bottling | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
DJ HiDuke’s blades have been sharpened for 2023. Bringing you the deepest, all vinyl cuts from HiDuke’s collection and digging missions. A night of Boogie, Funk, Modern Soul, Jazz and more.
Happy Hour | Saltwater Grille | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
For more happy hours happenings in Portland, check out our breakdown here.
Maine Coast Monkfish Stew Pop-up! | Three of Strong Spirits | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Join Three of Strong Spirits and their January Community Spirits Partner, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, for some free sampling of their delicious monkfish stew and learn more about their Fishermen Feeding Mainer’s Program. Bar will be open for regular service hours, 3pm to 9pm and $2 from every cocktail sold in the Tasting Room goes to this amazing program.
Live Music with Lee Stearns & Friends | Fore River Brewing | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday the 14th
Snowflake Color-Changing Playdough Workshop | Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Experiment with heat, temperature, and measurement at a Snowflake Color-Changing Playdough Drop-Off Workshop. Science and art collide in this interactive program, designed for ages 5-12. Participants work alongside CMTM staff to follow a recipe, make a hypothesis, and measure ingredients while creating a ball of thermochromic color-changing playdough. Foil snowflakes add a touch of seasonal whimsy to the finished dough, which participants are welcome to bring home. Tickets here.
Nikki Glaser (Early Show) | State Theatre | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Nikki Glaser is one of the funniest female voices in comedy today. For over a decade at clubs across the country, and as the host of three hit podcasts, she has been honing her shockingly- honest, no-holds barred style of comedy. Her show the “The Nikki Glaser Podcast,” is a daily companion podcast that is peppered with Glaser’s sense of humor and honesty to help keep listeners sane, well-informed and laughing through life. Tickets here.
Shaken & Stirred | Maine Craft Distilling | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Oh baby, it’s cold out there! Heat up your January and join Vivian Vice Vintage Dance and La Mystique for Shaken & Stirred at Maine Craft Distilling, an intimate evening of burlesque and jazz. Sip on tantalizing cocktails and be teased by classic burlesque beauties. Enjoy a dinner or late night snack while feasting your eyes on shimming rhinestones and booty shakers! Tickets here.
Hot Saturdays with DJ Jay-C | The BAR + Bites | 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Onesie Bar Crawl – Portland, ME – 6th Annual | Andy’s Old Port | 4:00 PM
Party in cozy style! Join the comfiest part of the year and receive 1-2 complimentary drinks OR SHOTS, exclusive drink specials, food specials at partner venues, waived cover, professional photographers, a totally awesome after party and more. Finally a reason to wear your favorite onesie in public, stops include: Andy’s Old Port Pub, Cheese Louise, Glass Lounge, Gritty McDuff’s, and Stars and Stripes Brewing. Tickets here.
Sunday the 15th
Irish Session | RiRa | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Traditional Irish music live at Ri Ra! A full body experience with upbeat tempos that will compel you to dance a jig, clap your hands and join in on the fun!
Part of the Get Into the Groove Workshop Series, where you’ll be introduced into different styles of dance at one-time pop-up events. Join Groove 207 for a beginner level hip-hop class and get ready to groove to all of the best 90’s hits! Tickets here.
Common Floor Contra Dance Portland | Temple Beth El | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
You’re invited to another Common Floor Contra Dance! The Portland Contra Dance team has a crew full of Maine performers for your dancing and listening enjoyment! Each dance features a different performer. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Bring clean shoes to dance in and a water bottle. You don’t need to bring a dance partner. *Covid Policies are staying the same for 2022, requiring vaccination and high quality masks.
For more events head to our Events Calendar here.