We hate to say it but we are quickly heading toward the end of July! Can you believe it? Looks like it’s time for us to make the most of the second to last weekend in July by getting up, getting out and enjoying this weekend’s long list of events. Round-up this week includes a Casco Bay cruise that’s looking a little ~wavy~, a burlesque show that’s meant to cool us down in these wet, hot days of summer, a birthday bash for one of Portland’s greatest and oldest parks, and so much more!
Here’s the Weekend Guide for Friday, July 22nd – Sunday, July 24th, 2022!
Friday the 22nd
Wavy Days Casco Bay Cruise | Casco Bay Lines | 12:00 PM – 3 PM
Join Mast Landing, Crosby Hops & the Wavy Days brewery guests on a cruise of the Casco Bay featuring Mast Landing beers & a catered lunch. This three hour cruise will showcase everything there is to love about summer in Maine, from excellent views, to great company, from the ocean breeze, to delicious beers. Your ticket includes food and two drink tickets, with additional drinks available to purchase. The boat’s bar will be stocked with a selection of Mast Landing beers, as well as a few canned cocktail and wine selections. Tickets here.
Geno’s Gone Wild | Geno’s Rock Club | 7:00 PM Doors – 8:00 PM Show
Summer is getting HOT and the humidity is making Geno’s wild! And while the bikini babes are bopping and the mermaids are hopping, you can celebrate summer with a campy burlesque party at Geno’s! Be sure to bring a towel and don’t forget the liquids at the bar! Performances by: Katniss Everqueer, Ginger O’ Lolly, Emoji Nightmare and Dr. Vu! Special guest dripping wet performances by: Kinky Slippers, Vivian Vice, La Petite Mystique, Creme Dela Phlegm, Elixir, Vivienne Obsidian.
Oompa w/ Bensbeendead | SPACE | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
OMPA is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids n’ them. She was named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists to Watch and her engaging, interactive performing style won her the Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year in 2019. Her latest album, UNBOTHERED was released independently in October 2021 to popular and critical acclaim. This album is joy incarnate. What it feels like, what it sounds like, what it looks like, who it’s for, and, most importantly, how to find and make joy a reality in this life even when presented with so much constant sorrow. Tickets here.
Tj Swan | THE Bar & Bites | 8:30 PM -11:30 PM
Live music with singer/ guitarist TJ Swan at The Bar & Bites – a modern cocktail, fine food, and sports lounge in the heart of the Old Port!
Champagne Casanova – Bleacher After Party | Stroudwater Distillery | 9:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Don’t stop the party early! Keep the party going with the after-party at Stroudwater Distillery after the Bleachers concert on Thompson’s Point. They will have Champagne Casanova performing live music in addition to great drinks, great music, and only steps away from the venue. Free admisson.
Curse, Video Nasties, Goiter, Nart Boys | The Apohadion Theatre | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
A night of horrific delight! Not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to become possessed by the various spirits that will be lurking around The Apohadion on this night of delectable terror and music. Your spirit guides for the evening will be, Video Nasties, who are local legends + electro fiends who produce synthpunk as if it was pulled straight from TV static; Curse (MD), a Goth synthpunk duo from Baltimore with expansive, luscious synth work that can quickly turn dark and dystopian at a moment’s notice; Goiter, who offer Darkwave/Goth/Synthpunk/Newwave, A.K.A. music that’s guaranteed to haunt your heart and linger in your soul; and lastly, Nart Boys, who hail from the depths of rural western Maine with a sardonic blend of electronic post-punk, MIDI music, power-pop and dark wave.
Saturday the 23rd
Deering Oaks Park Birthday Bash | Deering Oaks Park | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join the Friends of Deerings Oaks in celebration of William Goodwin’s 200th birthday (the Civil Engineer for the City of Portland from 1872 to 1879) and the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Deering Oaks Park! They will have a fun scavenger hunt in the park with cupcakes and cake too. A family-friendly fun time in the park, so bring a picnic lunch or stop by Queenie’s at the Castle.
Carnisvale | Congress Square Park | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Carnisvale is a collaborative event that serves as a platform for various local artists to simultaneously share their artwork while actively engaging with the local community in a public setting! The event is FREE for the public to attend. Brought to us all by Friends of Congress Square Park.
Hambone – The Organ Trio | The Porthole | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Organ Trio is a more intimate version of Hambone (a 6 person band). Consisting of Kale Churchill on Keys, Ryan Benoit on Drums and Sam Whitman on Guitar and Vocals, these guys have shared the stage collectively with members of Phish, James Brown, The Meters, The Motet, The Allman Brothers Band, and many more. Don’t miss out on this stripped down funk party.
From A. to Beatles ft. Johnny A. | One Longfellow Square | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Spearheaded by Boston Hall of Fame Guitarist JOHNNY A. and stemming from his passion for The Beatles, this new quartet, “From A. To BEATLES” is a collaboration from Johnny A. and his like-minded musician friends to instrumentally “re-imagine” the music of The Beatles. Tickets here.
John Pacheco | Citrus | 9:00 PM -11:45 pM
A veteran from the Boston DJ scene of the 2000’s, John’s sound comes from influences of Jazz, disco, funk and the early Chicago house movement.
Sunday the 24th
2022 Kids Duathlon | Edward Payson Park | 8:00 AM
Portland’s first multisport race for children, The Portland Kids Duathlon gives young people ages 3-12 an opportunity to participate in the fast-growing world of multi-sport racing. The run, bike, run format of a duathlon is fun and approachable, a great race for non-swimmers and triathletes alike. All young duathletes will finish the race with a smile on their face, a medal around their neck, and a boost of self-confidence and pride. All profits from this race will be donated to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools. Both in-person and virtual race options available. Register here.
DRAGOLOGY | St. Lawrence Arts | 6:00 PM
DRAGOLOGY is the first in a series of immersive drag shows hosted by Gem Fatale at St. Lawrence Arts in 2022! This first show will feature Raya Sunshine, Chartreuse Money, Mike Hawk, and Minx Money. Experience the art of drag told by performers from across New England all in one exciting night! Dragology will focus on conceptual numbers and ballads that combine drag performance with multimedia tools and effects for the ultimate Drag experience. This show is open to all ages however be warned adult themes and subject matter will still be present.
Strength x Sweat | Après | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Join Rêve Cycling Studio for a Strength + Sweat class followed by happy hour ✨ Bring your own mat, water, and towel. Enjoy a 50-minute class that blends dynamic movements set to an incredible soundtrack. Spots are limited and each ticket will include your first drink. 21+ only. Book here.
Jimmy Drinks World Turns One | Portland Hunt & Alpine | 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Jimmy Drinks World, a punk pop-up, is turning one and they are throwing themselves a birthday party and y’all are invited! The evening’s events will include a pop punk drag performed by the ever-so talented Curbside Queens, a Greatest Hits cocktail list of all your favs from pop-up’s past, and raffles and exclusive one-off merch and surprises galore!
Flute & Guitar, Music of Latinx Composers – Casco Bay Island Concert Series | Great Diamond Island | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Casco Bay Island Concert Series is a free concert series, provided by the Portland Conservatory of Music in partnership with our generous sponsors. This weekend’s concert will showcase Laura del Sol Jimenez, an internationally celebrated flautist and scholar. She will be accompanied by Timothy Burris, guitar, in a program of music from Argentina, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Spain. The program includes original works by Astor Piazzolla and Ernesto Cordero and arrangements for flute and guitar of vocal works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Manuel de Falla.
For more events, head to our full Events Calendar here.