Thursday, June 11: Greenwarden returns for the season at The Thirsty Pig on June 11th. Brewed by the team at Banded Horn in Biddeford, Greenwarden is enhanced with spruce tips foraged in Maine, some right on one of the owner’s family property in Etna. This night honoring the noble contributions of Maine trees to create delicious Maine beer will feature the musical stylings of Stealing North and DJ Hi-Duke. The first keg of the season pours at 6:00 pm sharp. The Thirsty Pig, 37 Exchange Street, Portland. Pay as you go.
Friday, June 12: Portland House of Music and Events opens for business on Friday, June 12, with performances by Doubting Gravity and Rigor Samsa. Located in the former home of Minott’s Flowers on the corner of Temple and Federal Street, Portland House of Music and Events, or HOME, is owned and operated by Ken Bell, who formerly ran The Big Easy for eight years. The focus of HOME will be on local Maine artists. HOME will also feature an outdoor patio with musical acts, as well as 3,500 square-feet of space inside. Other upcoming acts include The Mallett Brothers Band and Spose. HOME, 25 Temple Street, Portland.
Saturday, June 13: Walk the Working Waterfront is back! Head on down to Commercial Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, to tour the historic piers and wharves and learn more about authentic working waterfront businesses, which have been a part of Portland’s history for hundreds of years. Pick up one of the official self-guided tour maps available in many local businesses in the Old Port and start exploring! Various locations along Commercial Street in Portland, free.
We also recommend a tour on the Casco Bay Eye, aka the Ferris wheel on the waterfront outside DiMillo’s Restaurant on Long Wharf. It will be operating Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, June 14, from noon to 9 p.m. Rides only cost six bucks.
Sunday, June 14: It’s finally here! The 42nd annual Old Port Festival will be Sunday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is truly something for everyone at the festival, with hundreds of vendors selling everything from food to Maine-made arts and crafts, such as jewelry, artwork and even hand-crafted wooden swords. There will be a rock climbing wall, and also pony rides and other activities designed for kids, including the annual Shoe String Theatre parade! Kids and adults alike will enjoy the six stages of live music. Various locations throughout the Old Port, free, with food and goods available for purchase.