It’s gonna be … a full schedule of events in May. Sorry Justin Timberlake, but it’s true! May is starting off with a bang, and this week and weekend are no exception with Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and Mother’s Day celebrations across the city. In addition, this weekend you’ll find plenty of live music, workshops, DJ sets, markets, and more.
Here’s the Weekend Guide for May 6th – May 8th, 2022!
Friday the 6th
j.hjort & Undrig | Citrus | 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
j.hjort has been a fixture on the New England club scene for over 20 years. With residencies at 8 Portland clubs over the past two decades, he continues to move dance floors with his brand of Euro-tinged house and techno through both live synth and DJ sets. Producing numerous critically acclaimed original releases for both national and European record labels, he continues to carry the torch for underground techno in Portland Maine.
Lifted Lounge | Urban Farm Fermentory | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Join Urban Farm Fermentory every first Friday for an evening of chill vibes + and libations with Mike Said + Jamie O’Sullivan. This is a 21+ event. $5 cover.
Nectar – Ft. DJ Meech | Flask Lounge | 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Wear flowers in your hair, bring power for your feet, and prepare to dance because Flask Lounge is turning their inside into a flower. A safe space to close your eyes and sweat out of your shirt, the evening’s festivities include live visuals to send you into another dimension, as well as sets from DJ Meech who is excited to show off his techno colors!
Saturday the 7th
Kentucky Derby Day| Stroudwater Distillery | 11:00 AM
Grab your big hats and bow ties! Racing will be shown all day starting at 12, with the “Most exciting 2 minutes in sports” starting at 6:57, and DAS WöLF performing an acoustic country and rock n roll set from 1pm- 4pm. Expect traditional southern food and specialty cocktails, corn hole, Jenga, and other games! Party all day!
Kentucky Derby Annual Party | Dock Fore | 12:00 PM -7:00 PM
Kentucky Derby is taking over the city! Dock Fore will be throwing a party all day long with $1.95 Rolling Rock and Bud pints from 3PM-7PM and prizes for Best Hat!
Sweep the Leg | Ri Ra | 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sweep the Leg takes the Ri Ra stage! If you’re looking for a high-energy, rockin’ good time that will keep your crowd partying all night long, and raving for years to come, you’ve found the right band.
Spring in Bloom Mini Market | Belleflower Brewing Co. | 1:00 PM -5:00 PM
Belleflower Brewing Co. will be hosting an array of incredible makers in their space. They’ll have candles, prints, flowers, jewelry, and more – perfect for mothers day gifts or treats for yourself. Plus, they’ll have Eighty8 Donuts joining them serving up their delicious donuts.
CC & Friends | Portland Lobster Co. | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
A southern Maine collaboration, CC and Friends is a jam rock cover band featuring music from artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Phish, The Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, Grateful Dead, and many more!
Sal Johnson and the Crowded Table | Gritty McDuff’s | 9:00 PM
Sunday the 8th
Makers’ Market | Thompson’s Point | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Swing on down to Thompson’s Point and support your favorite local farms, small businesses, artisans, artist, movers, and shakers with a bloody mary or mimosa in hand! It’s also the perfect opportunity to find that gift for Mother’s Day! Entry is free.
Thank You Very Brunch w/ Cherry Lemonade Drag Show | Stroudwater Distillery | 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Congress Square Market | Congress Square Park | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Congress Square Market is back — Mother’s Day Edition! This open-air shopping experience features local makers and artists as well as plenty of food options from food trucks and trailers Fred’s Fried Dough, Ghee, Lady Shuckers, and more!
Live In Concert: Chicago | Cross Insurance Arena | 7:30 PM
1967 American rock band CHICAGO will perform their unforgettable collection of music and their greatest hits including; “Make Me Smile,” “Saturday In The Park”, “25 Or 6 To 4”, “You’re The Inspiration”, “Beginnings”, “Hard Habit to Break”, “I’m A Man”, and so much more! Tickets here.
Mommy & Me Flower Crown Workshop | The Maker’s Galley | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Every queen deserves their *flower* crown! Learn from Farmer Steph how to string and style your own natural (not fake) flower crown while enjoying food bites and a beverage from the Makers Galley. Tickets here.
For more events, head to our full Events Calendar here.