Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and now Mother’s Day celebrations, this May is really shaping up to be one to remember!
Heading into the second weekend of the month, this weekend will continue to bring the good times. This weekend, a one-of-a-kind festival is looking for the fungis and girls, Portland Conservatory of Music is jazzing things up, Portland House of Music & Events is paying tribute to a timeless artist and The Maker’s Galley is hosting a class that we are sure you’ll like the crêpe out of!
Here’s the Weekend Guide for Friday, May 12th – May 14th, 2023
Friday the 12th
Maine Fungi Fest | Holiday Inn at the Bay | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (All Weekend)
Welcome to the most mushroom-tastic event of the year! It’s time to celebrate all things fungi, plant-based healing, and expanding your mind. Get ready to join the thousands of fellow enthusiasts who share your love of all things mushroom-related. Come and connect with like-minded folks, learn about the latest plant-based healing methods, and explore the depths of your consciousness. This weekend is all about celebrating the wonders of nature and the power of community. Get together, swap stories and knowledge, and have some fun. All the proceeds from this event go to supporting the Maine Consciousness, Healing, and Living Medicine Project. Tickets.
Sub: Frequency Friday’s by Sanctuary w/ BLK Widow & Chris Complex | CITRUS | 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Get ready to feel the bass in your bones! Featuring a lineup of some of the most talented DJs and producers in New England, The Sanctuary crew brings the heat with their signature bass-driven sound. Whether you’re into melodic bass, heavy dubstep, hybrid trap, or bass-house music, you’re sure to find something to get your body moving and your heart racing. So come on down to Sub: Frequency Friday’s and let the beats transport you to another dimension. This is the perfect event to let loose and dance the night away with your crew. This monthly event is hosted by the one and only BLK Widow and Chris Complex.
Live Performance by “King Kyote” | The Press Hotel | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Press Hotel is hosting a show featuring King Kyote, a talented musician hailing from York, Maine. With roots in rock and country, King Kyote’s music has a unique New England flair that sets him apart from the rest. He’s played gigs all over Maine and New England and even made an appearance on NBC’s “American Song Contest” last year. This rising star is currently putting the finishing touches on his first album, which is set to drop later this year. So come on down to The Press Hotel and experience King Kyote’s music for yourself!
Articulation Quartet | Dimensions in Jazz | Portland Conservatory of Music | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Imagine a group of talented musicians who love to experiment and explore, blending the worlds of jazz and chamber music with improvisation and composition. With Carl Dimow on flutes, Philip Carlsen on cello, Brian Shankar Adler on tabla, and Frank Mauceri on saxophones, you can expect a mix of sounds and rhythms that will take you on a musical journey. From playful improvisations to thought-provoking compositions, Articulation Quartet is sure to delight your ears and your imagination.
Antje Duvekot | One Longfellow Square | 8:00 PM
A musical treat with Antje Duvekot, one of Boston’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters! Her debut studio release, “Big Dream Boulevard,” quickly caught the attention of music critics and fans alike. In fact, former Rolling Stone music editor Dave Marsh called it “a brilliant, brilliant album” and compared his reaction to hearing it to the first time he heard Patty Griffin.With her soulful voice and poignant lyrics, Antje Duvekot is a must-see for any folk music enthusiast. Experience the magic of Antje’s music for yourself! Tickets.
Mod Night | Geno’s Rock Club | 8:00 PM
Geno’s is hosting an exciting lineup of true mod pop and soul music! Don’t miss the US debut of Nottingham UK power trio, Sharp Class, who are sure to blow you away with their razor-sharp image and powerful music, as well as the raw, visceral powerful performance and infectious tunes of Tigerbomb. And that’s just the beginning! Boston’s own Muck & The Mires, crowned #1 Garage Rock Band by Little Steven Van Zandt on MTV, will be taking the stage with their infectious blend of the 1964 Beatles and The Ramones. The night’s headliner is none other than The Chelsea Curve, who will bring their bracing rave-up blast of all things mod pop to the dance floor. With their catchy tunes and undeniable energy, they’re sure to get you moving and grooving all night long. Cash only venue. Tickets.
Saturday the 13th
Pet Fashion Show | Congress Square Park | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
That’s right! Portland’s most fashionable pups will get as dapper as ever for your delight and entertainment. Get ready to witness the most stylish dogs in Portland at Congress Square Park as these pups strut their stuff. From dapper bowties to fancy hats, you’ll see it all. Come out and support these trend-setting doggos as they show off their fashion-forward looks.
Move Wild: Walk Portland Meetup | Eastern Promenade – Start Point | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Get moving and make some new friends with Move Wild! This event is the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Portland, get some exercise, and meet some new people (and dogs!) along the way. Starting at Eastern Promenade’s Cleeve Tucker Memorial, this walk will take you through some of Portland’s most beautiful neighborhoods and landmarks, all while enjoying the company of fellow walkers. And as an added bonus, this walk is completely free! This walk also includes a special collaboration with Belleville in Munjoy Hill. At the end of the walk, participants will receive a special 10% off discount code for preorders at BLVL, where you can indulge in some delicious pastries and coffee. Sign-up.
Stars & Stripes Brewing 1st Year Anniversary Party | Stars & Stripes Brewing Co. | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Stars & Stripes Brewing is celebrating their first year anniversary in Portland, and it’s going to be a party! There will be all-day drink specials, delicious food specials, live tunes, games, and more. They’re open from 11:30 am to 10 pm, so you have plenty of time to join in on the festivities. The real party starts at 4 pm, with music and games until 7 pm.
Runnin’ Down A Dream: The Tom Petty Tribute Band | PHOME | 8:00 PM
For over 40 years Tom Petty created timeless classics with the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Traveling Wilburys, and released solo albums until his untimely death in 2017. When five veteran musicians from Maine, with local and national experience, play Tom’s music together the feeling, meaning, and very soul of these songs are undeniable. Runnin’ Down A Dream was created to perform the music of Tom Petty with authentic renditions from every stage of his career. Their show faithfully replicates the style and feel of a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert, allowing the audience to experience the music of this extraordinary artist. Tickets.
May Makers Market | Belleflower Brewery | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Belleflower Brewing Co. is excited to announce their May Makers Market! On May 13th, just before Mother’s Day, they will have their biggest makers market to date. Some highlights will be floral arrangements by JuJu, a new jewelry collection from Wild Sol Jewelry, and pottery from their previously featured gallery artist Slow Grit Studio.Plus, gifts for mom including cards, candles, cutting boards, and a fresh merch update! And of course, they can’t have a celebration without tacos from Ironclad Eats, so bring your appetite.
Band Beyond Description | Portland Lobster Co. | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jam out to the sounds of Band Beyond Description, a Grateful Dead tribute band like no other! Hailing from the great city of Portland, Maine, this band has been nominated as Maine’s Best Jam Band and they are ready to bring their unique sound to Portland Lobster Company.With their infectious energy and amazing musicianship, this band will transport you back to the golden era of the Grateful Dead. They’ll take you on a musical journey with their authentic renditions of classic Dead tunes, and you’ll find yourself dancing and grooving all night long.
Zoot Jumpers | Maine Craft Distilling | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Let the good times roll! The Zoot Jumpers will be taking the stage at Maine Craft Distilling from 7-9 pm to bring you a night of amazing tunes. A Maine-based band that plays hot jump blues and swing, The Zoot Jumpers consist of Bruce Couillard on sax, Michelle Boggs on trumpet, Bess Jacques on piano, Tom Jacques on bass and harmonica, and Per Hanson on drums and harmonica. Everybody sings! With great drinks and even better tunes, you won’t want to miss out.
Sunday the 14th
Mother’s Day Bug Light Yoga with Kelly Rich | Bug Light Park | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Are you ready for a yoga experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated? Join Kelly Rich at Bug Light Park for a class that’s not just about physical exercise, but also about tapping into the collective energy of the group and yourselves. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, Kelly will channel the right teachings to help you find balance, peace, and harmony in your body and mind. And don’t worry if you’ve never done yoga before – all are welcome! Grab your mat, come as you are, and get connect with nature and each other in a way that will leave you feeling uplifted and energized! Tickets.
Queer Makers’ Market | Congress Square Park | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Step right up to the fabulous Queer Makers’ Market! A cornucopia of creativity, this market is bursting at the seams with incredible artists and makers, all showcasing their unique and vibrant creations. Whether you’re in the mood for hand-crafted jewelry that sparkles and shines, or one-of-a-kind home decor that will make your living space pop, this market has got you covered. From colorful paintings and whimsical prints to hand-poured candles and delicious treats, who knows what you’ll find but there is sure to be something for everyone! Organized by R Nicole Studios, who has gathered an amazing lineup of LGBTQ+ artists and makers.
Spring Crêpe Making Class | The Maker’s Galley | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Calling all foodies and aspiring chefs! Join Chef Eva Mrak of Spoondrift Kitchen as she celebrates Mom’s and teaches you how to make the perfect crêpe at The Maker’s Galley. With her expert guidance, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks to create a crêpe that’s light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. And the best part? You’ll get to make your own sweet and savory filling options, so you can customize your crêpes to your heart’s content. And to top it off, Chef Eva will serve up an orange supreme, fennel, arugula salad with candied walnuts and a preserved lemon dressing that perfectly complements your homemade crêpes. Tickets.
For more events head to our Events Calendar here.