June Ditch The Couch!

Upcoming events worth checking out

Thompson Point’s Summer Concert Series
11 Thompson’s Point, Portland
It’s new-ish. It’s hip. It’s outdoors. And, with seating for 5,000 people, it’s certainly big. Thompson’s Point, along the Fore River in Portland, is hosting an impressive summer concert series: Foster the People (June 9), Ween (June 10), The Shins (June 16), Michael Franti & Spearhead (June 20), My Morning Jacket with Gary Clark Jr. (July 11), Elvis Costello (July 24), Fleet Foxes (July 27), Wilco (July 30) and Glass Animals (Aug. 3).

Old Port Fest
June 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Port, Portland
Portland’s 44th annual music, arts and food festival kicks off summer with seven entertainment stages and hundreds of vendors throughout the Old Port. It all starts with a parade on Exchange Street, and a trip to the Old Port Fest isn’t complete with a ride on the Casco Bay Ferris Wheel near DiMillo’s on the Water. Rain or shine.

LAUNCH: A Maritime Festival, photo by Shannon Bryan

LAUNCH: A Maritime Festival
June 14–18
Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and Arundel
More than a dozen maritime-themed events will launch summer in the Kennebunks during the second annual LAUNCH: A Maritime Festival. Highlights include the Sailors & Sirens 5K, Clam Jam, Captain’s Cook-Off, River Lights Boat Parade, Blessing of the Fleet, Pirate Pub Crawl, Ship Building Odyssey Experience, lobster bake, progressive dinner, historic walking tours and Rock the Boat after-party.

Bangor’s Beer Festival: Tap Into Summer
June 17, 1 to 5 p.m.
VIP admission starts at noon
Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau, Front Street, Bangor
Beer is big in Maine, so much so that new breweries pop up faster than you can check them out. Bangor’s Beer Festival: Tap Into Summer is your chance to sample from 25 breweries to your heart’s content for a full afternoon. General admission is $55, but consider a VIP ticket that includes lunch, a festival T-shirt and even more beer time. Designate a driver ahead of time ($10 non-drinking admission).

Band Camp Music & Arts Festival
June 23–25
Thomas Point Beach & Campground, Brunswick
Music and the sea—what more could you want? Camp out—literally—and hear 15 of Maine and New Hampshire’s best local arts in a majestic setting. There will be food trucks, vendors and artists, and a silent disco. Gates open at noon on Friday, with the music starting at 3 p.m. The eighth annual Band Camp wraps up Sunday afternoon. Hosted by Gruvenwood.

The Vintage Bazaar of New England, courtesy photo

The Vintage Bazaar of New England
June 24–25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road, Eliot
If the word “vintage” makes your heart sing, don’t miss this two-day bazaar featuring antiques, rusty junk, repurposed goods, indie crafts and one-of-a-kind artisans. Live music, demos, food trucks and a children’s tent with nostalgic games round out the event. Admission is $10 for the day or $15 for “early bird” entrance (8:30–10 a.m. Saturday).

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