Welcome to the FIRST full weekend of fall, where the air gets crisper, the leaves get crunchier, and the events in Portland get even more spectacular (and spookier… it’s getting that time!)
We’ve got a lineup that’s as vibrant as the autumn foliage, featuring everything from a sassy Dolly Parton Brunch to the ultimate Oktoberfest bash at Bunktoberfest. Feel all the feels at Emo Night, indulge in the flavors of the world at the BIPOC Night Market, and so much more. Fall festivities are in full swing.
Here’s The Weekend Guide for Friday, September 29th, 2023 – Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Friday the 29th
If you haven’t already, now is the time to shell-ebrate the tail end of Maine Lobster Week! The third annual Maine Lobster Week is a lobster feast like no other that includes special menus featuring delicious lobster dishes from locations such as like Luke’s Lobster, Dock Fore, Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room, Gilbert’s Chowder House, The Knotted Apron, Eventide and more. Maine Lobster Week honors Maine’s lobster industry, which supplies 80% of the world’s lobster! It’s mission to to help support the Maine Lobster industry, which is a part of the fabric of Maine’s coastal communities.
Rent Party: Oktoberfest with Isirap, Low Groove, WessUp | The Portland Zoo | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
A night of fantastic tunes spun by your favorite tastemakers, featuring the freshest nu, jazzed-out, and housey selections. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a crisp autumn Friday evening. Come on out and support Portland’s local animals while dancing the night away. DJ line-up includes Isirap, Low Groove and WessUp.
Jonatha Brooke | One Longfellow Square | 7:00 PM Doors
Experience the mesmerizing blend of folk, pop, and roots rock as Jonatha Brooke takes center stage at One Longfellow Square. With a musical journey spanning back to the early ’90s, first as part of the duo the Story and then as a remarkable solo artist, Jonatha has continuously charmed audiences with her evocative melodies. She boasts a discography of over ten albums, including the companion CD to her Off-Broadway musical sensation, “My Mother Has Four Noses.” She’s co-written and produced songs for big names like Katy Perry, The Courtyard Hounds, and Jessica Simpson. Her music has graced Disney films, TV shows, and even Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse.” A chance to witness this musical powerhouse in action! Tickets.
Emo Night Brooklyn | Portland House of Music & Events | 8:00 PM
Dive into the nostalgic world of the earlier 2000s! Join for a late-night DJ-based dance party that’s all about cranking up your favorite emo and pop punk jams. Prepare to let loose, scream your lungs out, mosh, and dance like nobody’s watching to the tunes that defined an era.Emo Night Brooklyn is where you’ll find all your favorite songs and all your favorite people gathered for an epic night of pure emo awesomeness! Tickets.
Symphony & Spirits | MAPS | 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Get ready to blend symphony with spirits at Symphony & Spirits, where music meets happy hour! Back for the 2023-24 season, Symphony & Spirits invites music enthusiasts (ages 21-39) to join the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a unique celebration of Opening Night: Visual Sounds concert. Kickstart the evening with a pre-concert happy hour meetup at the fantastic Maps bar on Market Street. The night crescendos as you head over to Merrill Auditorium for the first PSO concert of the season, creating memories that harmonize music and camaraderie. Ticket includes a signature cocktail. Tickets.
Saturday the 30th
Sunday the 1st
Stephen King Sunday Scaries | The Press Hotel | 3:00 PM + 8:00 PM
Embrace the eerie, escape the ordinary with Stephen King Sundays at The Press Hotel! Every Sunday in October, they invite you to immerse yourself in the spine-tingling world of Maine’s own literary legend, Stephen King. Fight off the “Sunday Scaries” with complimentary showings of films based on King’s iconic stories. Get ready for a month of cinematic chills, starting with “The Shining” at 3PM and “Doctor Sleep” at 8PM on October 1st. Reserve a spot.
Hannah Berner | State Theatre | 8:00 PM
Laugh your socks off with the hilarious Hannah Berner! Gracing the screens as a previous cast member of Bravo’s Summer House for three epic seasons, Hannah Berner has emerged as one of Just For Laughs’ 2022 New Faces, and a comedic force to be reckoned with. She made her mark in the comedy scene through Instagram, where she directed, edited, and starred in uproarious videos, along with crafting viral tweets that had the internet in stitches. She’s also the genius behind two wildly popular podcasts, Giggly Squad and Berning In Hell, which together have garnered over 20 million downloads. Tickets.
Dolly Brunch | Geno’s Rock Club | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Y’all, get ready for the sassiest, most fabulous brunch in town! It’s a Boozy Dolly Parton Brunch, and it’s gonna be an absolute hoot! Hosted by the fabulous GiGi Gabor this event has everything you need for a rootin’, tootin’ good time. Expect jaw-dropping drag performances, hilarious rounds of bingo with fantastic prizes, and drink specials that’ll have you saying, “Pour me another, please!” Grab your best wig, slip into your rhinestone-studded boots, and join Geno’s Rock Club for a Dolly-tastic brunch that’s sure to have you singin’, laughin’, and sashayin’ the day away.
Point-toberfest | Brick South – Thompson’s Point | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Prost! Join Thompson’s Point for crisp local beers and bevs, live music and warm brezel at the first annual Point-toberfest, a beer-hall style party collab with their good pals at One Stop Event Rentals.Featuring a hand selected lineup of locally produced German style brews, a Portland twist on some classic Oktoberfest grub and jams from none other than Holly Heist Band. Free entry and open to all!
For more events head to our Events Calendar here.