Living in Vacationland: 10 events happening near you this weekend

Living in Vacationland: 10 events happening near you this weekend

At Spectrum News Maine, we want to be your community connection. Whether you are a local or just visiting Maine, there’s sure to be something to do near you — it’s ‘Vacationland’ after all. 

Looking for something to do with mom for Mother’s Day weekend? With good weather in the forecast, it’s the perfect weekend to spend time with the family with these 10 events: 


Dragons Love Tacos
11 a.m.-Noon at the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine in Portland
I have to say, the title of this show grabbed my attention – because who doesn’t love tacos? Keep your Cinco de Mayo celebrations going and catch a showing of ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ at Maddy’s Theatre. Based on the book by Adam Rubin, enjoy an adaptation of the book “Dragons Love Tacos” by Ernie Nolan. Billed as an “unforgettable tale of new friends and the perfect snack that will make you laugh until spicy salsa comes out of your nose.” This show is ideal for kids 3 to 10, and their families. Tickets are $15 per person for adults and children, and can be purchased online on the museum’s website. 

Free First Friday
4-7 p.m. at the CMCA Courtyard in Rockland
Looking for a good date night idea? Head to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and enjoy an evening with live music and art, as they welcome back visitors for the first Friday celebration of the season. The Midcoast indie-folk, rock and roll band, Louisa and The Kelly Brothers are set to perform. For more information and directions to the event, click here. 

Funk Night
7-10 p.m. at Maine Craft Distilling in Portland
Put on your dancing shoes and get funky with Maine Craft Distilling. Promising “the best funk music in town,” it’s sure to be a fun night filled with good music, good drinks and good company. Register for the free event on Eventbrite. 


Goat Yoga
8:30-10 a.m. at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook
You know it’s officially spring when goat yoga with Ashley Flowers Yoga is back at Smiling Hill Farm. Part yoga, part goat snuggling – this event is all smiles! Enjoy a beginner friendly yoga class as baby goats romp around in the pen with you. Bring a mat or towel to practice on the grass and water. Each session will start with 15 minutes of goat snuggles, followed by an hour of yoga, completed with another 15 minutes of playing with the goats – because, baby goats. The class is $22 per person. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite before the class fills up. 

Calf Unveiling Day
10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Aldermere Farm in Rockport
Have you ever seen a Belted Galloway calf? Picture a baby Oreo cookie-looking cow. They’re pretty stinkin’ cute if I do say so myself. See the herd for yourself as Aldermere Farm opens its doors to the public Saturday during its calf unveiling day to introduce the newest members of its barnyard. Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm and see Aldermere’s 4-H club in action. This year’s event features music by the Rusty Hinges, local beef burgers, a 4-H bake sale, ice cream truck and more. For more information about this free community event or directions to the farm, click here. 

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Tequila and Mezcal
3 p.m. at The Elective in Kennebunk
Now, this is my kind of event. Sticking with the Cinco de Mayo theme, purchase your tickets and head to The Elective this Saturday to learn about Mexico’s finest spirits. In this hands-on class you’ll learn about the history of these varied liquors, the types of agave that are farmed and how they are distilled. A bonus, they’ll give you instructions on which to stock your bar with and what creative cocktails you can make during your next gathering. Put your bartending skills to the test and mix up your own Latin inspired concoction. 

Whenever I make margaritas for friends, I love putting a mezcal floater on top. It gives the drink a unique smoky flavor to the traditional cocktail. Find out what you like best and purchase your tickets online in advance

Old Crow Medicine Show
7 p.m. at The State Theater in Portland
Dance the night away with the sounds of the American string band, Old Crow Medicine Show. Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grammy Award-winning band will hit the stage at The State Theater in Portland to play songs from their new album ‘Paint This Town.’ Tickets are available online or at the box office prior to the show. 

The band doesn’t sound familiar to you? This hit song by them sure will ring a bell.


The Diary of Anne Frank
7 p.m. at the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland
Based on the original text of the famous diary Anne Frank kept as she hid with her family during the Holocaust, this monodramatic opera is billed as “a deeply moving self-portrait of a spirited young girl who remained courageous in the face of unimaginable fear.” This opera was first composed in 1968 and performed in Moscow in 1972, and has been adapted by Opera in the Pines for its inaugural performance. All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, are advised to wear a face mask while inside the performance venue. Tickets can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite. 

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Mother’s Day Celebration with the Sea Dogs
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Hadlock Field in Portland
Looking to make mom feel extra special this year? Look no further than the Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day Celebration. On Sunday the team is offering a special package that includes four tickets for an all-you-can-eat buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ pulled chicken, baked beans and more. Mom will also receive a speciality Sea Dogs shirt and a photo op on the field with the whole family. If your mom loves baseball, reserve your tickets today and make her day. 

Maker’s Market at the Point
10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Thompson’s Point
Mom’s not a baseball fan? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Bring Mom to Thompson’s Point and let her pick out her Mother’s Day gift from a variety of local vendors and small businesses. From artists, artisans and farms, there’s sure to be a booth that catches her eye! Bring your wallet, snag a mimosa and enjoy a day with Mom at the market. For event details, click here. 

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