Lots of fun this weekend. It’s Kentucky Derby (MAY we all enjoy a Mint Julep and a bit of luck at the races). It’s nearly Cinco de Mayo (MAY we all make time for Margaritas). And it’s Halfway to Halloween (MAY we find a better costume than dressing up as Captain Morgan.) And I think that’s all. Did I forget any? Oh right. MAY DAY! MAY DAY! It MAY finally be time to enjoy some May flowers! But, if it’s not springy enough for you, don’t fret, there’s plenty of art, music, & events in Midcoast, Maine to enjoy. Here are my picks for what to do this weekend!
Thursday, May 1
- Camden Library Coffeehouse has folk duo, Notorious, performing 5-7 p.m. Cost: $8.
- Wacth Shakespeare’s King Lear performed by National Theatre in London at The Strand in Rockland or Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theatre. Showtimes: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost: $23.
- Crash Barry book reading with musical guest Leroy at The Speakeasy, 7-10pm.
- Ken Bonfield playing live music at Rockland Public Library, free, 6 p.m.
- Open Mic @ Highlands! 6:30-9:30pm. Very talented group of musicians. Very popular. Get there early to sign up to play and get there early to get a seat!
- In Good Company Food Journey is Southern/Kentucky Derby cuisine. $30. Call for reservations.
- Nukelele live at Front Street Pub 8 p.m. on. Fun music.
Friday, May 2
Start your night right – Art Walk Rockland is back!! This is one of my favorite ways to explore Rockland.
All the galleries will be open to showcase artwork. They’ll have munchies & wine. It’s a chance to mingle and enjoy the great art we have in the area. My favorite is Eric Hopkins over on Winter Street. Come have some fun on Main Street this Friday! 5-8 p.m., completely free. Check out the list of galleries that participate or pick up an AIR (Arts In Rockland) brochure at any of the galleries and it will have a map of all the stops on the art walk tour.
This is my good buddy Ian at Archipelago, one of my favorite Rockland galleries. Photo credit: me, because sometimes instead of selfies, I take buddies. Get it? 🙂 Also, Happy Birthday, Ian!!!
I recommend stopping in at Harbor Square Gallery because when you go to the third floor you can go to the roof-top patio and there is a great view of Rockland Main Street. And naturally, Dowling Walsh is a must. Don’t forget to go upstairs.
Also, an FYI, the Jonathon Frost Gallery has moved to a new Park Street location, next to Park Street Grill. He’s not open yet, but plans to open by Memorial Day weekend.
After the wine & snackies at the Art Walk, go grab a late dinner or here are some evening entertainment options for you. Here are my top picks, but you can check my blog for the full listings here.
- $2 Pistol at The Speakeasy, 8-11 p.m. Classic rock favorites.
- Raised by Wolves with Vincent Gabriel is playing jazz music at Highlands Coffeehouse in Thomaston. Gallery opening as well.7-8:30 p.m.
- Tomorrow Morning at Rock Harbor 8 p.m. Pop-rock/reggae. Give them a listen.
Saturday, May 3
- Wine tasting at Wine Seller in Rockland is Sat. May 3rd, from 3:30 to 6, and they’ll have a winemaker there and nice selection of wines.\
- Drive by Todd will be playing live music at Rock City Café 5-7 p.m., free.
- HALFWAY TO HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY at Rock Harbz. Bring your fancy Derby outfit and show off your big hat! DJ, Drinko de Mayo drink specials & prizes for top 3 best costumes!! Party starts at 9 p.m. No cover. For more info and costume ideas, check out the post I did about the event here.
- Kentucky Derby Party at The Enoteca Lounge at The Samoset! Fundraiser for Northstar Horse Rescue. Wear a big fancy hat. Cash bar. Event will actually start at 4 p.m. (not 3). You’re welcome to come early and sit on the patio and hang out, or come at 4 p.m. for the festivities!
- Eric Green Party at The Speakeasy 8-11 p.m.
- 43 North is playing bluesy/modern country at Myrtle St. Tavern. $3 cover, 21+. They will get you dancing!
- Kentucky Derby party at The Smokestack in Camden. Music, Dancing, Prizes! Kentucky Derby Hat contest. Drink specials.
For the rest of the events happening around the Midcoast this weekend and to see Sunday’s activities head to my blog here. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!