For full listings of what’s going on all week in the Old Port, be sure to visit our Events page.
Friday, July 31: It’s really going to the dogs Friday night at Hadlock Field as the Portland Sea Dogs take on the Harrisburg Senators for Bark in the Park, a Planet Dog Foundation fundraiser that helps raise money for Paws for Peace, a program providing assistance dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury in Maine. The evening will kick off with an on-field parade led by Slugger, then fans and their furry friends can enjoy all the action from the dog-friendly bleacher section. Gates open at 5:45, the parade is at 6:15, and the game starts at 7:00. The first 100 dogs through the gate receive a FREE special edition Orbee-Tuff Bark in the Park Baseball. All dogs must have a ticket, and be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult over the age of 18. All tickets for dogs and humans are $10 each and can be purchased at the Planet Dog Company Store at 211 Marginal Way, by calling 800-381-1516, or at the Planet Dog table at the game. Hadlock Field, 271 Park Avenue.
Saturday, August 1: We always love a good picnic, especially when it’s Portland’s annual Picnic Music and Arts festival! The 8th annual edition of Picnic will feature over 100 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, photography, housewares, fine art, and more! There will be live music all day, with a lineup that includes Phallus Uber Alles, Hopeless Losers, Street City Surf and The Bumbling Woohas, as well as tasty food to eat from Rosemont, Rolling Fatties, and Coffee By Design. Lincoln Park on Congress and Franklin Streets, 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is FREE!
Sunday, August 2: OK, by now we’ve all heard that Harper Lee’s new novel, “Go Set A Watchmen” just trampled over all of our childhoods by turning Atticus Finch into a racist, ugh. Let’s all just pretend this literary disaster never happened, and instead celebrate the joy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by catching the free screening at Congress Square Park. Sometimes turning a beloved book into a movie can be a challenge, but this 1962 adaption gets everything right. The child actors, especially Mary Badham as Scout, are amazing, and Gregory Peck gives a quiet but powerful performance as the noble Atticus. Grab your lawn chairs and get there by dusk! Congress Square Park, 8 pm.