Dispatch Weekend Planner – Good Day Maine
Molly McGill // Dispatch Magazine
FESTIVAL: Annual Greek Food Festival
Thursday, June 26 through Saturday, June 28 (11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Come celebrate local Greek culture, at the Annual Greek Food Festival. Drawing more than 10,000 visitors, this three-day event invites everyone to enjoy the tastes of lamb souvlaki, baklava, pastichio, moussaka, and much more. All dishes are homemade by the hard-working members of the Holy Trinity parish, using all-natural ingredients and lots of love. Admission is free, but each dish must be purchased individually. Prices vary per dish. Free admission
Holy Trinity Gallery Orthodox Church Grounds
133 Pleasant St, Portland
FESTIVAL: Maine Whoopie Pie Festival
Saturday, June 28 (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Festival opens with a free “Earn Your Whoopie Pie” 1k kids run, for ages 3 to 12. Next comes the adult 3k run, which costs $12. Then the festival is off and (no pun intended) running, with activities happening all across Dover-Foxcroft, from whoopie pie eating contests to music stages. Bring plenty of quarters, because lots of purchasable 25-cent whoopie pie samples will be available. Don’t miss the crowning of the first annual “Big Whoop!” $5 admission, kids 12 and under free
20 E. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft
MUSIC: Classic Album Sunday: Purple Rain
Sunday, June 29 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Prince and The Revolution’s hit album Purple Rain, Classic Album Sunday will be playing it in full (on a super sweet sound system) for all to enjoy. The event begins by playing music that either inspired or was relevant to the album’s construction, which includes such influences as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, and Miles Davis. Then the lights go down, the volume goes up, and the album runs from start to finish. $5 admission.
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St., Portland
OUTDOOR: Bands on the Run Half Marathon & Festival
Sunday, June 29 (marathon starts 8:15 a.m., festival starts 10 a.m.)
Racers from across the region are kicking off their Sunday morning with the Bands on the Run half marathon, and the public are welcome to come cheer them on. Various local bands will be strategically placed along the course to encourage runners with live music, and a post-race festival at Simard Payne Park invites both runners and non-participants to keep the fun going. Festival will feature massages, food, a beer garden, and lots of live music.
Simard Payne Park
46 Beech St., Lewiston
FILM: We Are The Best!
Monday, June 30 (7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
From the mind of Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson comes We Are The Best!, a film about three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band. Without any musical training or even instruments, the girls come together to fight against all odds, even while being told that punk is dead. The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel Never Goodnight. $8 admission, $6 for SPACE members and students w/ ID
538 Congress St., Portland
FAMILY: Camp Flagship Free Movie: Turbo
Tuesday, July 1 through Thursday, July 3 (10 a.m.)
Want to escape the summer heat for a bit? Head to Flagship Cinemas in Auburn! Continuing their Camp Flagship free movies series, Flagship Cinemas is showing Turbo, the 2013 DreamWorks Animation film about a fast-moving snail that wants to be the greatest racer in the world. The film is free for everyone, and groups should call ahead of time to reserve spots. (And remember, this is just the second film in this eight-film series, so keep an eye out for future free showings.) Free.
730 Center St., Auburn