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On Friday, August 4, 2017, Portland, Maine will welcome the two largest sail training ships in the United States to the Portland Ocean Terminal for Portland Tall Ships Weekend through Monday, August 7.

According to, the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle based out of New London, CT will arrive in Portland, Maine, at 9am on Friday. The 295-foot ship will be open for FREE public tours on Saturday, August 5th from 10am-7pm, and Sunday, August 6th from 10am-7pm.

The Oliver Hazard Perry, based out of Newport, RI, and the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the United States will arrive in Portland on Saturday, and will be available for FREE public tours on Saturday, August 5, from 10am-5pm, and again on Sunday, August 6, from 10am-5pm.

For further information on Portland Tall Ships Weekend, please visit Tall Ships Weekend FAQs. Enjoy!


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Portland’s Maine State Pier getting into the act with outdoor concerts.

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With the growing outdoor concert scene that happens every summer in Bangor many were wondering when bigger outdoor shows were going to make their way into downtown Portland.  

As of now there are three shows proposed for this summer on the Maine State Pier in the Old Port put on by Bangor Waterfront Concerts.  Waterfront Concerts operates the 15,000-seat Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.  Some big name acts scheduled there this summer are Tim McGraw and Dave Matthews Band.

On August 10 there is a Reggae fest, featuring an array of acts and headlines by Freddie McGregor.  Scheduled and the national act 3 Doors Down will play an acoustic set on August 3.  The third act has yet to be announced but it has been said that it will most likely be a national act and household name for the June date.    

The momentum comes from how successful the shows have been in Bangor, and a few summers back when Mumford and Sons brought 15,000 to the Eastern Promenade.  The Maine State Pier has a capacity of about 3,000.

This is good news for concert goers who love being outdoors in the summer!  Enjoy Portland!



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Craft Beer Comes to Maine State Pier – Saturday, July 13

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The 3rd Annual fundraiser for the Maine Brewers Guild is set for Saturday, July 13 at the Maine State Pier overlooking the gorgeous Casco Bay.  Come visit with founders, brewers, owners, and craft beer enthusiasts all while enjoying Maine’s finest craft beers. This is a 21+ event from 1-4pm, with a VIP experience beginning at 12pm. Purchase your tickets via Brown Paper Tickets in advance.

100% of the proceeds go to funding the Maine Brewers Guild initiatives to promote Maine’s brewing industry.  There will also be a silent auction with prizes including private tours and tastings, “brewer-for-a-day” experiences, and much more!

There are currently 24 participating breweries with more than 85 different beer selections including: Allagash Brewing Co, Andrew’s Brewing Co, Atlantic Brewing Co, Baxter Brewing Co, Black Bear Brewery, Boothbay Craft Brewery, Bunker Brewing Co, Captain Dick’s, D.L. Geary Brewing Co, Federal Jack’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, Funky Bow Brewery, Gritty McDuff’s, In’Finiti Fermentation & Distillation, Kennebec River Brewery, Maine Beer Company, Marshall Wharf Brewing, Oxbow Brewing Co, Penobscot Bay Brewery, Rising Tide Brewing Co, Run of the Mill, Sea Dog Brewing Company, Sebago Brewing Co, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Co, Shipyard Brewing Co, and special guest Victory Brewing Company

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Portland Schooner Co. – Chocolate Lover's Sail

SchoonerNot your average sunset cruise….Portland Schooner Co. presents a delicious adventure for all of those chocolate fans out there on Monday, August 17, from 6-8pm.

As you enjoy a peaceful expedition from the Maine State Pier and around Casco Bay, you will be able feed your sweet tooth as you savor truffles, white chocolate, and dark chocolate, while enjoying fine wines. The event is $50 per person but well worth two hours on the open water, and unwinding with chocolate and wine, and meeting other enthusiasts.

If you miss this event, Portland Schooner Co. will host this special event again in two weeks on Monday, August 31, from 6-8pm.

For more information, please call the Portland Schooner Co. at (207) 766-2500 or visit their website at

The Portland Schooner Co. also offers other themed / special events such as;  Overnight Windjammer Excursions, Sunday Jazz Brunch, ‘Bubbles and Pearls’ Caviar Tasting, and Sails and Tails Lobster Bake Cruise, among other events.

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Coast Guard Eagle Docked in Portland – Free Tours

CoastGuardEagleShortly after 10am Friday morning the Coast Guard Eagle entered Casco Bay, arriving from Rockland, where I witnessed the beautiful three masted ship from the Willard Beach area of South Portland. My apologies for the poor photo quality as the thumbnail was taken from a Blackberry as the ship was welcomed by a tugboat and area boaters in the distance.

The 295 foot ship has docked in Portland at the Maine State Pier, and will be here throughout the weekend visiting Portland. The vessel Captained by Capt. Eric Jones and Capt. James McPherson is a training vessel for the United States Coast Guard.

The ship will be available for free public tours Saturday, August 1, from 11am – 7pm, and Sunday, August 2, from 11am – 5pm. The vessel will then make it’s way to Portsmouth, NH, where it will be one of four ships taking part in the Tall Ships Festival, August 7-9th.

For more information on the US Coast Guard Eagle, please visit; US Coast Guard Eagle Information

For more information on the Portsmouth, NH, Tall Ships Festival, please visit; Tall Ships Festival Info

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GUSTER Headlines Baystock Music Festival – August 8

gusterThe Maine State Pier will be the place to be on August 8th, as the Baystock Music Festival brings you an evening of great music.

The 6th Annual event supporting local charities in Portland, Maine, will open its doors at 4pm, and will kick things off at 6pm with the works of The Jason Spooner Trio, voted “Best Folk Act” by the Portland Phoenix two years in a row. At 7pm, you will enjoy the sounds of two-time Grammy nominated Cindy Bullens, who was once a backup singer to Elton John. Following at 8pm, Gypsy Tailwind will dazzle the crowd with their unique sound influenced by rock, folk, and country, before free-spirited and humorous  Guster takes the stage at 9pm. You never know what to expect other than a great time when Guster performs, so this show will be a treat.

Even better, proceeds from the event will go to The Jessie Fund, a public charity dedicated to supporting children with cancer, who’s primary beneficiary is the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The Jessie Fund ensures that children diagnosed with cancer receive the best care possible regardless of their families ability to pay, they provide counseling and support for those patients and families in need, and support research of treating childhood cancers.

Thanks to local sponsors, radio station WCLZ 98.9, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, The Dogfish Company, and Maine Hosting Solutions for helping such a great event return to Portland for fans to enjoy for another year.

The show is General Admission and open to all ages. Food and drinks will be available, and a Beer Garden will be open for guests 21 years of age and older.

You can purchase your tickets at all Bull Moose Music store locations or online here at Brown Paper Tickets are $25 each in advance of the show or $35 each the day of the show. Get your tickets now!! Enjoy the show!

Show schedule:
4pm – Doors open
6pm – The Jason Spooner Trio  –
7pm – Cindy Bullens  –
8pm – Gypsy Tailwind –
9pm – Guster  –

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Ray LaMontagne to Headline Machigonne Music Festival

RayLThe Maine State Pier in Portland, Maine will play host to great music again as part of the First Annual Machigonne Music Festival beginning at 4pm on August 29th. Earning it’s name from what the natives called the Portland area, Machigonne will feature a great taste of Maine with Rustic Overtones joining headliner Ray LaMontagne (New Hampshire born, but living in Maine) for what promises to be a wonderful event.
For more information on the show, check out: Machigonne

For tickets to the show, check out Brown Paper Tickets: Machigonne Festival Ticket Site

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