1. Start your weekend a little early with two cool events on Thursday in Bangor: the third Cool Sounds Concert of the season, featuring the Juke Rockets Blues Band, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Pickering Square, and a music and art event called The Union, featuring visual artists Kat Johnson, Krystin Noyes and Courtney Hutchinson and music from Rotating Taps and the Windora Project, set for 7 p.m. at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer; $5. On Friday, you can enjoy either the Blast Addicts (pictured) at Paddy Murphy’s, songwriter Jacob Augustine at Nocturnem Drafthaus, reggae band the Repeat Offenders at Ipanema or Riff Johnson at the Big Easy. On Saturday, there’s Chris Ross at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport, and there are two performances from Bangor sketch comedy Her Majesty’s Cabaret – of which I am a member! – at 7 and 9 p.m. at Coespace on Columbia Street; admission is $10. Later that night, you can hear Tomorrow Morning at Paddy’s, Stesha Cano at Nocturnem, Random Zero at Ipanema and Sus4 at the Big Easy. On Sunday, it’s acoustic duo Him & Her at 4Points.
2. It’s Southern Maine Pride weekend in Portland! The parade starts at noon Saturday in Monument Square, followed immediately by the festival all afternoon in Deering Oaks Park. Elsewhere in town, on there are lot of other events planned for the weekend, including a show from Portland music scene stalwart Whale Oil, which will release its new album Friday night at Port City Music Hall, with the help of Darien Brahms, Brzowski and Lord Earth. Out in Biddeford on Friday, the Oak and the Ax plays host to Kingsley Flood and Tall Horse, The Kenya Hall Band is at the Big Easy, and songwriter Thomas Rhett at the Asylum. On Saturday night, you can rock with Clubber Lang, Thee Icepicks and Cortez at Geno’s Rock Club, you can swing with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks at One Longfellow Square, you can hear blues guitarist ZZ Ward at Port City, check out a triple bill featuring Amy Allen, Sorcha Merrill and Comanchero at the Big Easy, or enjoy a reunion show for Portland favorites Loverless at the Asylum. Wrap it all up on Sunday with a killer metal show at the State Theatre, featuring Lamb of God, the Acacia Strain and Decapitated.
3. It’s quite a Friday in Bar Harbor, with two great bands to choose from: the always-rocking Larks at the Thirsty Whale, or the sweet, sweet harmonies of the Ghost of Paul Revere (pictured) at the Lompoc. On Saturday, there’s the haunting folk duo Arborea at the Lompoc, there’s French jazz ensemble Mes Amis at Sips, and in Ellsworth, there’s acoustic duo Russell and Jeff at Mainely Meat. Across the bay, there’s Mark “Bluesboy” Kanter and his Blues Revue on Friday night at the Brick House in Searsport, and there’s Cuban jazz group Primo Cubano on Friday at Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston. On Saturday, enjoy the 220s at the Smokestack Grill in Camden.
4. Bite Into Maine and Portland Flea-for-All present the return of Flea Bites, a night market and street food fest in Portland held at the Flea-For-All building at 125 Kennebec St. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, you can celebrate street food with the best trucks and carts in Portland. Love Cupcakes, Gusto’s, Pretty Awesome, Tandem Coffee, Bite Into Maine, Mainely Burgers, and El Corazon fill out an already full lineup, that offers something for everybody. You can let those street bites fuel the vintage, unique and antique shopping you’ll probably want to do afterwards at the Flea-For-All, which is going on simultaneously indoors. For information, visit the Flea-For-All Facebook page.
5. Even if you haven’t or can’t register for the lottery for a moose permit, folks that just love that big, gangly Maine mammal and everything that goes along with it will be flocking to Greenville this weekend, as the annual Moose Lottery Festival is set for Friday through Sunday in and around Greenville High School. There’s vendors, crafts – and a booth from your pals at BDN Maine Outdoors – all weekend, as well as a canoe race, a fishing derby, jumping dogs, a kid’s archery contest and other children’s activities, and much more. The big moment is of course the lottery drawing itself, set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the high school. For a full listing of events, visit the Moose Lottery Festival website.