As usual there’s a lot happening this weekend in the midcoast! Here are my top picks for cool stuff to do.
Friday, June 20
Maine Fare is the perfect event for FOODIES and those who want a fun opportunity to learn more about the local food industry in Maine from the experts! This free two day event will take place at the Belfast Waterfront. It’s fun & educational. Kid friendly too. Learn all about how food is grown, raised, and prepared and what you can do to support sustainable agriculture & fisheries. There will be speakers and presenters, cooking demonstrations, classes, open air market with Maine produce & crafts, farm tours, lobster boat tours, tastings (Maine made cheese, cider, Maine brewed beers, locally harvested oysters), and more. Cooking demos will be going on throughout the day, so just wander in and see what’s happening. Some presenters:
- Chef Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda in Rockland, a farm-to-table pioneer who works with Headacre Farm to bring fresh produce to his dishes.
- James Beard Award Winner Chef Melissa Kelly of Primo where pigs and chickens are raised at the restaurant’s farm.
- Long Grain, Salt Water Farm, Kennebec Cheesery, Marhsall Wharf Brewery, and more!
There will also be art on display and interactive street art you can help create as well as kids activities. Maine Fare runs June 20 & 21. General admission is free. Some tastings/classes/tours require that you sign up in advance or may have a registration fee. I suggest signing up for one of the tastings. The beer & oyster pairing sounds like a blast. They’ll have all different Maine craft beers, Marshall Wharf, Allagash, etc., and oysters from four different Maine oyster farms in the Damariscotta River area. Check the Maine Fare Website for more information and schedule. www.maine-fare.org.
Live music at Maine Fare is presented by the Free Range Music Festival at 7 p.m. at Belfast Waterfront. Olas is a Maine band and will perform Flamenco inspired folk music. They packed the house last time they played in Belfast during the Free Range Music Festival in 2013. Admission to the music is $10. Pizza & beer will be available for purchase.Proceeds go to support Belfast Music Festival. More info and advance tickets available here. More live music listings for Saturday available here.
Saturday, June 21
The Rockland Summer Solstice celebration takes place on Main Street from 4-8 p.m.! Rockland Main St. is closed to traffic for a celebration of the start of summertime. The summer solstice is the day when the Earth is tilted towards the sun to the max so it’s the longest day of the year. But for those of you who don’t f***ing love science, all you need to know is that Summer Solstice marks the beginning of Summer and means downtown throws a big party complete with live music in the streets, food and retail vendors!
There is a Whoopie Pie-Eating Contest, thanks to Rockland Cafe. You need to register by 4 p.m. and the contest begins at 6 p.m. Normally I’d say don’t even bother entering the contest, because I will destroy you. But, this year you stand a chance as I will be away from town at the Rock The Boat all day music extravaganza (Keep reading for more deets on that).
Anywho, back on task. Summer Solstice offers games & prizes for the kiddos, giant bubbles, art classes, knitting classes, free public dance & yoga instructions led by Dancing Elephant available from 7 AM – 4 PM, free face painting, temporary tattoos, (but no free face tattoos, Josh Watmough), a street chalk-art exhibition, and Rocky The Lobster will make an appearance. Live music on the street by Max McFarland and special guest Philip Anderson.
After that winds down, stick around because there will be lots of live music in town.
- Solstice Party at Rock Harbor starts at 9 p.m. The Depths will play first. Next up is Maine Rapper, Spose. He’s Awesome. Event is 21+, $15 cover.
- The Landings will have Golden Oak playing.
- Cinnamon will be playing at the Myrtle Street Tavern. Cinnamon plays fun rock/pop classics with female vocalist, and they were a hit last time they played in Rockland!
- Kennebunk River Band will be playing outside of The Speakeasy 5-7 p.m. And then JUST TEACHERS are back to rock The Speakeasy again!! Get ready to groove to some fun cover songs & mashups, 9 p.m.-midnight. Event is 21+. Cost is $5. Don’t forget to check out the $5 Saturday drink special.
- Trackside Station in Rockland will have the summer solstice Dance Party starting at 9 p.m. 21+ No cover.
Pirate Rendezvous at Schooner Landing in Damariscotta, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Dress up in your pirate garb and watch as the pirates attack! Or, stick around inthe evening for the Summer Solstice Night Cruise 6-8 p.m with live music & full bar FMI www.DamariscottaRiverCruises.com. I do love a good booze cruise! www.piraterendezvousnews.com
Midsummer at The Museum - Celebrate the longest day of the year with a bonfire, live music, dancing, flower crowns, fireworks, and a traditional pig roast buffet. There will also be a “Wife” Carrying Race (hope the boys have been lifting). Two bands will be performing. Darlin’ Corey will be playing fiddle & guitar around the bonfire, and The Lorna Prescott Quartet will perform jazz music, followed by a fireworks! Advance ticket prices are $10 for Adults, $8 for Museum Members, and $2 for Kids and $15/$12/$4 at the door. Cash bah. Tented event. Rain or shine. www.knoxmuseum.org
Waldoboro Day June 21 is the annual town celebration. The street party includes food vendors, a parade, fireworks, live music. Music includes folk band, Meteroa, 4-5 p.m., Bristol Rock, playing popular rock hits from 5-6 p.m., and The King Bees playing blues music 6-7 p.m. Full schedule is listed here.
Rock The Boat at The Boatyard Grill in Blue Hill. Doors open at noon and music starts at 1pm and goes all day. Outdoor bar (heck, yes!). The music will be the awesome The Mallett Brothers Band (New England Music Awards ‘Band of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’), (and they just opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd!!) playing country/rock/alternative, Chris Ross (New England Music Awards ‘Songwriter of the Year’) (He’s amazing) playing folk music, Trisha Mason, and The Junkyard Cats. Event is 21+. Cost: $25. Limited tickets left. Tickets and more information available here.
Art Expo at Lincoln St Center in Rockland. Maine artisan work on display 8am – 7pm, Sat. and 9-3pm Sunday. Free event. Folk musician Paddy Mills is playing folk music in the auditorium starting at 7 p.m., $10 cover, cash bar.
As always, for full event listings for the entire week, hit up Lemonade Lowdown. This week there’s wine tasting, beer tasting, Tiki Party, Jazz music, Blues Night, etc. Thanks for reading!