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Portland Maine Summer Kickoff Weekend & Old Port Fest – June 9-11

Old Port Festival

(Courtesy of PortlandMaine.com)

The thermometer is beginning to rise and Portland, Maine is ready to welcome in summer with the Summer Kickoff Weekend beginning on Friday, June 9th and leading up the 44th Annual Old Port Festival on Sunday, June 11 from 11am-5pm.

The weekend will start with the Square Hop & Window Walk from 6-8pm with continuous entertainment in four locations; Longfellow Square, Congress Square Park, Monument Square, and Post Office Park. You’ll be entertained with music, balancing acts & stunts, we understand.

On Saturday, you can Walk the Working Waterfront from 11am-3pm and according to PortlandMaine.com this will be “a unique opportunity to explore Portland’s marine economy. Dozens of businesses will be open up and down the wharves & piers lining Commercial Street. Come down to amble, to sample seafood snacks, to climb aboard a boat — or just to enjoy the atmosphere.”

Wrap up the Summer Kickoff Weekend on Sunday at the family-friendly Old Port Festival featuring music, art, food, and entertainment for all ages. For more information on the schedules at the various stages throughout downtown visit Old Port Festival Schedule 2017.

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Sebago Brewing 20th Anniversary Launch Party – Waggin’ Tail Pale Ale

On Wednesday, May 31st Sebago Brewing will be celebrating the official launch day of their 20th Anniversary Waggin’ Tail Pale Ale at the Portland Sebago Brewpub location at 211 Fore Street in Portland from 4pm to 6pm. The beer will be available for purchase on tap and a portion of each pour will go towards the Planet Dog Foundation and the work they do to support service dog organizations.

Weather permitting, dogs are encouraged to come and celebrate on the dog-friendly patio at Sebago Brewing. At 4:10pm, the first taste of the beer will be sipped by the winner (Josh) of the 20th Anniversary Beer Naming Contest

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29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling – Portland, Maine

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The much anticipated Chocolate Lovers’ Fling now in its 29th year and the largest fundraiser for SARSSM (Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine) welcomes spring with you guessed it, CHOCOLATE!

Mark the date, Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1-4pm at the Holiday Inn by the Bay (88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine) and buy your tickets ASAP as there is nothing like this event as you indulge in chocolate from the best “chocolatiers” in Maine! According to The 29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling website:

You will be seated at tables for ten (hopefully you will invite friends and family to join you) and be served a feast of fudge, truffles and tortes. You will marvel at mousses and delight in delicacies created by the best chefs in Cumberland and York Counties. Our “Chocolatiers” each make hundreds of their favorite treats for attendees, all the while competing for top honors in several different categories. The winners are determined by a panel of local celebrity and culinary judges, but the People’s Choice Award will be decided by the event participants.

 

This event will sell out so get your tickets today online at http://www.chocolateloversfling.org/tickets.html

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). As SARSSM’s largest fundraiser, this event provides critical funding for the education and response services delivered to schools, communities and citizens throughout York and Cumberland Counties.

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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week has been such a hit…heck it’s TWO WEEKS starting Sunday, March 1, 2015 and running until March 14th! You’ll see once again there are many participating restaurants and eateries across the state with many concentrated here in Portland, Maine to delight your taste buds.

This years Maine Restaurant Week has a few interesting events planned like The Pancake Races at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company and the Chef-Am Bowling Tournament at Bayside Bowl.

The Signature Event this year is a food and cocktail pairing competition at Prime Mercedes Benz on US Route 1 in Scarborough on Sunday, March 8, from 530pm to 8pm. According to Maine Restaurant Week,

“Bartenders will work with their restaurant’s chef to invent cocktails that pair perfectly with flavors from the kitchen. The challenge is to create cocktails and dishes that play to each others strengths and deliver a unique cocktail and food tasting experience. Come ready to sip and taste your way through each of the pairings, cast votes for your favorites and help choose Maine’s top bartenders and chefs.”

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 each for groups of four or more. Includes all cocktail and food pairings plus hors d’oeuvres and food stations.

Your 2015 Signature Event Competitors: Academe (Kennebunk), Sonny’s (Portland), David’s (Portland), 40 Paper (Camden), The Good Table Restaurant (Cape Elizabeth), Fuel (Lewiston), Lolita (Portland), Marche (Lewiston), Natalie’s (Camden), The Tavern (Brunswick), TIQA (Portland), and Timber (Portland)
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Comedian Daniel Tosh adds 2nd Show to Portland’s Merrill Auditorium – June 13, 2015

As part of The Great Nor’easter Tour of 2015, comedian Daniel Tosh will come to Portland’s Merrill Auditorium for two shows on Saturday, June 13, 2015 appearing at 7pm and 9:30pm. You can purchase your tickets online through PortTix via Waterfront Concerts website. There is a six ticket limit per household with reserved seating tickets ranging from $61.50 – $71.50.

Waterfront Concerts, works with many of Maine’s top venues to bring many top performers like Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others across the state from Orono to Portland.

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Portland Maine Trivia Nights Updated!

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In the winter months especially we all need to get out of the house and hit some great local bars to take on some trivia!  Leave your cell phone off please, and use your team and wit to win some great prizes!

Trivia nights are a great way to catch up with old friends and also make some new ones!  Check the list below!

Monday:

Location- Sebago Brewing Old Port

Date of event: Every Monday

Time of event: 7 pm

Event Address: 211 Fore St, Portland, ME

Description: We pack the house at our Portland and Kennebunk brewpubs.  Get a team together or come solo for the best quiz night in town!

Tuesday

Location- Binga’s Stadium, Portland- Stump Team Trivia!

Date of Event- Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8pm

Event Address: 77 Free Street, Portland, ME

Description: Stump!  Trivia bring your friends and win some money!

Location: Dogfish Cafe Trivia Night!

Time of event: 8pm

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday until March 31st 2015!

Event Address: 128 Free St, Portland, Me

Description- No cover charge, giving out a wide variety and best prizes in Portland!  Think you know trivia?  Come test your knowledge with us!

Location:  Trivia Tuesday at Rira!

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8:30pm

Event Address:  72 Commercial St, Portland, ME

Description:  Portland’s award winning trivia night.  Come see who comes out on top!

Wednesday

Location/Name:  Brian Boru Trivia Night!

Time of event- 7pm

Date of Event:  Every Wednesday

Event Address: 57  Center St, Portland, Me

 

Thursday:

Location: Bugaboo Creek’s Throwback Thursday Trivia (New)

Name of Event: Throwback Trivia

Date of Event: Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7 pm

Event address: 264 Gorham Road, South Portland

Description: Pop culture trivia from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

 

Location:  Margarita’s Trivia Night!

Date of Event:  Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7:30pm

Event Address:  Margarita’s.  11 Brown St, Portland, Me

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If you’re aware of any other trivia nights in Greater Portland that we may have missed or that bars/restaurants have recently added, please let us know by Suggesting an Event. Thank you! – See more at our older link- http://www.iloveportlandmaine.com/2010/08/23/portland-maine-trivia-nights/

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Winterfest Weekend 2015 begins January 23!

Courtesy of Portland Downtown District

Courtesy of Portland Downtown District

Winterfest weekend begins on January 23rd in Downtown Portland.  On Friday there are many FREE family friendly outdoor winter activities and then again on Saturday!  A Winterfest scavenger hunt will also take place throughout the weekend with a chance to win many great prizes!

 

Come out and enjoy the best family fun in Portland this winter this upcoming weekend!  

 

 

Some featured events-

WinterFest Rail Gym

WinterFest 2015 Snow Sculptures

Portland Pirates Hockey Shot

Winterfest Scavenger Hunt

Full List of Sponsored Events Link/Information

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Check out Dutch’s in Portland!

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With a city that is known for it’s great food scene it can be intimating for a new restaurant to open.  Dutch’s opened quietly back in November and since then has been getting rave reviews ever since.  Nestled in between Arcadia and Slab on Preble street Dutch’s is a made from scratch breakfast and lunch style restaurant.

Ian Dutch is a Belfast native with over 20 years of cooking experience in Boston, San Francisco and Nantucket and attended The Culinary Institute of America.  The couple have even been personal chefs for a family in Nantucket.  With 30 years combined experience the couple invite you in to their new restaurant to try comfort food like you have never seen.  Stop in and try some cheesy grits or warm peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches for Breakfast.  Try a Fancy Tuna Melt or an their take on an old fashioned grilled cheese!  Enjoy, and show them some Portland support!

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Check out Dutch’s at 28 Preble St in Portland!  

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Guster returns to State Theatre! 5/2/15

Guster's "Evermotion"

 

 

Tickets for Guster’s return to the State Theatre go on sale Friday January 9th!  As an added bonus each ticket comes with a download of their new album “Evermotion” available on 1/13!  Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at Cross Insurance Arena, or online at http://www.statetheatreportland.com/

 

 

Don’t miss an opportunity to see a favorite in Portand over the years and also get their new cd with your ticket!

 

 

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PortlandFoodMap.com’s New Years Eve Portland Maine Dinner Plans 2015

Thanks to our friends at PortlandFoodMap.com for their annual New Years Eve Portland Dinner plan list noting the many Portland Maine area restaurants hosting special NYE events. Feel free to check back on their site as they may update their list with other establishments as plans get finalized. You’ll likely want to call ahead and make a reservation, if allowed, as these will all be well-attended. Enjoy and Happy New Years Portland, Maine!

      • Artemisia Cafe, 4-course dinner for $65 per person
      • Bao Bao Dumpling House is holding a Chinese street food party starting at 10pm, “$28 buys you a glass a bubbles and passed bites all night”.
      • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe, 3-course dinner, $50 per person.
      • Boone’s, 5-course dinner, $85/$110 per person
      • Central Provisions is throwing a party. The $100 tickets comes with a “welcome punch, passed hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets and a midnight toast
      • Ebb & Flow is serving their regular menu “plus lots of specials” and will be “giving out free bubbles to everyone to ring in 2015″.
      • Eventide, will be throwing a party, $50 per person
      • Five Fifty-Five, 5-course dinner in the restaurant for $100 per person with optional wine pairings and truffle, caviar, and oyster supplements. Five Fifty-Five is also planning a champagne and caviar lounge in their private dinning room for $50 per person.
      • Grace will be serving their regular dinner menu. A cover charge of $20 (which funds the Good Shepherd Food Bank) will get you into the late night party which comes with complementary champagne toast.
      • MJ’s Wine Bar “will be offering 9 different sparkling wines by the glass this year. All at either $6 or $10 a glass”.
      • Petite Jacqueline, 3-course dinner for $70 per person, there are also optional truffle, caviar, oyster and foie gras supplements.
      • Piccolo, 8-course tasting menu with a glass of prosecco, $110 per person
      • Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, 4-course menu, $85 per person with optional wine pairing for $30
      • The Frog & Turtle, 4-course dinner $65 per person
      • Vinland, 5-course/5-snack tasting menu, $90 per person
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