The countdown to the weekend is on. Get ready to clock out of work and clock in to good times!
This weekend, have a good laugh at One Longfellow Square, exercise your green thumb at Salt Yard, gather and give at Belleflower, get festive with the queens of Drag Race. and celebrate the best of all things Irish with the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Enjoy another exciting weekend in Portland!
Here’s the Weekend Guide for Friday, Nov. 18th – Sunday, Nov. 20th, 2022
Friday the 18th
Forever Thing | New System Exhibitions | 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Nevan Swanson’s (Portland, Maine) photographs are from a project he’s been working on over the last two years in the American South. Through his work, he considers what documents hold in themselves and confronts notions of memory and loss, keeping and sharing. Nevan works on long term projects often over the course of several years. His practice has developed as an exercise in paying attention, in spending time with people and their environments in an effort to find connection and reciprocity. This is his first solo exhibition.
Comedytown at One Longfellow Square | One Longfellow Square | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Comedytown is an all-star variety show featuring some the nations best standup, sketch, and improv all in one show! Based out of New York City and Los Angeles, Comedytown will becoming to Portland for one night only. The show will feature a night of improv, standup, sketch with comedians from Comedy Central, MTV, iO Chicago, and more! Tickets here.
Terrarium Workshop | The Canopy Portland Waterfront | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join Terrarium for a fun filled evening of Terrarium building! Ticket includes instructor led workshop with Terrarium Portland, all the supplies needed to build your own Terrarium, and a complimentary beverage and snack brought to you buy Salt Yard. In addition, a cash bar and small bites menu will be available throughout the evening. Tickets here.
A Band Beyond Description | Gritty McDuff’s | 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Latin Night | Bayside Bowl | 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday the 19th
Gather & Give Holiday Market + Fundraiser | Belleflower Brewing Co. | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Belleflower Brewing Co. is thrilled to announce their first annual Give & Gather Holiday Market. At Belleflower, being part of the community is extra special, so they are hosting a day full of this joyous energy and you’re invited. They will be donating $1 of every pour to Maine Needs and they will also be featuring five woman-owned makers in their taproom (Wild Sol Jewlery, Armstrong Pottery, Oh My Cookies and more), plus two delicious food trucks (White Fox Taverna + Eighty 8 Donuts). So bring the family, get cozy, and join them for this special day.
PMA Films: All That Breathes | Portland Museum of Art | 2:o0 PM – 3:45 PM
In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers—Nadeem and Saud—devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the ‘kite brothers’ spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital. Director Shaunak Sen (Cities of Sleep) explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.
Best of All Things Irish 2022 | Maine Irish Heritage Center | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Maine Irish Heritage Center is hosting the 3rd Annual “Best of All Things Irish in Maine”, their major fundraiser for 2022 where all proceeds will support operating expenses and building restoration in support of their mission to keep the Irish arts and rich culture flourishing in Maine. In addition to celebrating 2022’s winning bands, singers, and performers, they are adding a new competition – “The Best Irish Beers of Maine.” Winners and runners-up in each category will be announced at the end of the evening. Some of Portland’s finest food trucks will be on-site to feed your appetite including Lucky Lou’s and Mainely Meatballs.Tickets here.
LOVE BY NUMB3RS | Portland House of Music and Events | 7:00 PM
Earth Needs A Moon by LOVE BY NUMB3RS is filled with soulful, haunting and evocative songs about love, devotion and more with finely etched, atmospheric settings, over which vocalists Anna Lombard and Dan Connor cast their spells. The tracks—marked by multi-instrumentalist Jon Roods’ smart choices—are sonically spacious and move slowly, however confidently, and make the listener feel like they are floating in air on a journey somewhere. Tickets here.
Sunday the 20th
Sari Rae Pop-Up | Austin Street Brewery | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Bissell Brothers Running Club | BIssell Brothers | 11:30 AM
Join Bissell Brothers each Sunday at 11:30am in their taproom, where you’ll check in before heading out on either a 4(ish) mile loop around the Western Promenade — OR a 2(ish) mile run down the Fore River Trail — and back. Post-run discounted draft pours, tasty eats, and high-serotonin vibes to be found afterwards.
A Drag Queen Christmas | State Theatre | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
For the 8th consecutive year, Murray & Peter present, “A Drag Queen Christmas”. Get ready for your favorite queens performing live on stage. They have Winners, Fan Favorites and Miss Congeniality. Hosted by Trinity The Tuck. Tickets here.
Lobster Extravaganza | The Porthole | 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Daily)
For a limited time only The Porthole is offering a Lobster Extravaganza special. Hold onto that ☀️ summer feeling all winter long with lobster rolls for just $19. The Porthole has three options: hot-drawn butter, classic mayonnaise, or lemon aioli.
For more events, head to our full Events Calendar here.