Social Events in Portland, Maine This Week

Let’s explore social events in Portland, ME happening this week. Local events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Look through this page and consider going out and socializing during one of these social events.

Are you looking to take a break from your regular ventures, build friendships or develop emotional intelligence? Social events could just be just the thing you are missing. As they always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, three’s a party. In these events, you will get to meet a whole new range of people, engage other cultures and understand different perspectives. You get opportunities to expand your circle through the interactions and conversations elicited. Whether you are looking to improve your social or work connections, this is it for you.

There are many events held across Portland, Maine. Events range from backyard outings, outdoor activity events, singles events, professional networking, meaningful discussions, and more. They are all varied and interesting covering your lifestyle and preference. If you find it hard to make connections or socialize in these events, here are a few tips to save your situation.

Local Groups’ Events in Portland

Get Outside & Make Gen Z/Millennial Friends: Nature Walk then Dinner & Drinks!

Get Outside & Make Gen Z/Millennial Friends: Nature Walk then Dinner & Drinks!

◦ When: Thursday, May 16th

◦ Where: Pleasant Hill Preserve

Join us for a nature walk at Pleasant Hill Preserve and socializing at O’Reilly’s Cure Restaurant & Bar in Scarborough! This event, hosted by Scarborough Land Trust, invites young, active adults to connect with nature and get involved in the local community. Discover the beauty of Scarborough’s wilderness while connecting with its vibrant community!

**Who:** This 21+ event is intended for people (…)

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Social at Novare Res!

Social at Novare Res!

◦ When: Tuesday, May 14th

◦ Where: Novare Res Bier Cafe

Join us at Novare Res Bier Cafe for a fun Maine JS Social Meetup! Network, learn, and have a great time with fellow JavaScript enthusiasts. Enjoy craft beers, discussions, and community building. RSVP today!

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6:00 – 8:00 PM: Refreshments / networking
8:00 PM: Depart (or not; up to you!)(…)

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Maine Lighthouses

Maine Lighthouses

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Bug Light Park

We’ll start out shooting at Bug Light and Spring Point Ledge Light in South Portland ME. From there we’ll go to Portland Head Light. After shooting these three lighthouses we’ll end shooting at Nubble Light in York ME. Hopefully the night sky is clear for some Astrophotography facing the lighthouse. Nubble is a working lighthouse so doing a little research on shooting lighthouses at night will hel(…)

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Peer-to-Peer Skills Series: Boat Control – Life on the Edge!

Peer-to-Peer  Skills Series: Boat Control - Life on the Edge!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Southern Maine Community College

This session, we plan to practice and refine our paddling strokes and technique (this can change depending on what folks want to do). We will be focusing on turning and maneuvering fundamentals as well as edging to improve boat control, efficiency, and confidence. The session is coordinated by Sieg and Glen, members of the Skill Building Team at SMSKN, but participants are encouraged to share thei(…)

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Southern Maine Real Estate Meetup – MAY

Southern Maine Real Estate Meetup - MAY

◦ When: Thursday, May 16th

◦ Where: Après

Hey Real Estate Enthusiasts!

Our next meetup promises to be a fantastic one, and I can’t wait to see you all there.

**Date & Time:** Thursday, May 16th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
**Location:** Après, 148 Anderson St, Portland

Join us for an evening of networking, knowledge-sharing, and camaraderie among fellow real estate aficionados. Whether you’re a seasoned investor, a budding entrepreneur, or simpl(…)

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Portland Women Investors

Portland Women Investors

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Cloudport CoWorking MultiSpace

Join us for our monthly Portland Women Investors meetup! Meet your peers, have a drink, and learn more about real estate investing!

May is focused on REITs. We will hear from local financial planners who will share tips & tricks for evaluating REITs, thoughts on a balanced portfolio, and which ones are performing best right now.

Happy hour/networking 5-5:30, meeting 5:30-6:30.

BYOB & snacks (an(…)

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Local BIZness Network Weekly Meeting / Portland

Local BIZness Network Weekly Meeting / Portland

◦ When: Thursday, May 16th

◦ Where: Stacks Pancake Co.

**Looking for local entrepreneurs and business to join us Thursdays from 8:30 – 9:30 AM for our weekly local business networking meeting. Please invite a friend or business associate to attend with you.**

**Local networking at its best!**

**Where?:**
**Stacks Pancake Company**
**139 Riverside Street**
**Portland, ME 04101**

**If you plan on attending in person, please arrive 15 minutes earlier (…)

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Board Game Club Meetup!!

Board Game Club Meetup!!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Panera Bread

Board Game Night!! All are welcome!! Come join us in playing all kinds of board games, both classic (like Scrabble, Monopoly, etc.), and any other kinds!! You can either bring a game of your own, or just play one of the classics that I always bring. You can come or go at whatever times are convenient for you. We usually meet every week, either on Wed. or Thur. (depending on my schedule), at the Pa(…)

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Free Outdoor Meditation at Portland Head Light

Free Outdoor Meditation at Portland Head Light

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Portland Head Light

**[https://www.meditationinboston.org/outdoor-meditation-portland](https://www.meditationinboston.org/outdoor-meditation-portland)**

**Free Outdoor Meditation at Portland Head Light**
with Buddhist Monk Gen Khedrub
**Saturday, May 18 – 11:30am to 12:15pm**

Curious about meditation and mindfulness? Let’s enjoy some free outdoor meditation in the beautiful surroundings of Portland Head Light toget(…)

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Pathfinder Society Scenario #5-02: The Blackwood Lost

Pathfinder Society Scenario #5-02: The Blackwood Lost

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Scarborough Public Library

Join our Lodge on Discord!

https://discord.gg/p6EEtJm4mF

A Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for **3rd- through 6th-level** characters.

The Pathfinder dig site near the Tskikha iruxi enclave in the Blackwood Swamp was, for some time now, considered one of the safer Azlanti ruins to investigate, to the point that it was used as field training for groups of initiates. Having been cleared out y(…)

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The Marriage Course

The Marriage Course

◦ When: Monday, May 13th

◦ Where: 1047 Congress St

Healthy relationships are vital to a healthy life. The Marriage Course is designed to help couples invest in their commitment to one another and build a stronger connection and partnership together. Watch the promo video above to learn what it is all about.
We will offer the The Marriage Course on the Mondays in May and June. The first two sessions (May 6 and 13) will be in person and include dinn(…)

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Ladies Night at the Axe Pit!

Ladies Night at the Axe Pit!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: The Axe Pit

Ladies Get 20% Off Axe Throwing on Wednesdays!

Hey fabulous ladies, are you ready for an axe-citing night out? Join us for Ladies Night at The Axe Pit every Wednesday from 5 PM to 9 PM and enjoy an unbeatable offer – 20% off on all axe throwing sessions!
![🪓](https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/t2c/1.5/16/1fa93.png) Unleash Your Inner Warrior:

Experience the rush of hurling axes lik(…)

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Book Trivia @ Hardshore Distilling

Book Trivia @ Hardshore Distilling

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Hardshore Distilling Company

We’re going to trivia at [Hardshore Distilling](https://www.hardshoredistilling.com/home)! @Personalityhiretrivia is hosting and all the questions are going to be about BOOKS! They usually announce some of the category themes on instagram if you follow them there. Attendance is limited because teams require a reservation.

Hardshore mainly serve cocktails (gin & bourbon) and mocktails. Sadly, Duck(…)

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Trivia @ Sea Dog Brewing

Trivia @ Sea Dog Brewing

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Sea Dog Brewing Co.

This is our weekly trivia meetup at Sea Dog Brewing in South Portland. Note – this is at the location on Western Ave, not on the waterfront.

Trivia starts at 6 and typically runs until 8:15ish. Most of us eat dinner there and have drinks.

Sign up quick if you want to join. This one fills fast!(…)

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Eastern Trail Bike ride ( Scarborough, ME.)

Eastern Trail Bike ride ( Scarborough, ME.)

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Eastern Trail Scarborough

Join us on this beautiful bike ride on the Eastern Trail. We will ride from Black Point Rd. in Scarborough to Thorton Academy in Saco approximately 16.4 miles round trip.
The **Eastern Trail** is a scenic 65 +- mile signed bike route that starts at the Piscataqua River in Kittery (at the New Hampshire border) and ends in South Portland, Maine.
Along this route you will find many treasures: histori(…)

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Join us to Sing and Socialize!

Join us to Sing and Socialize!

◦ When: Thursday, May 16th

◦ Where: Lunt Auditorium

Enriching. Empowering. Life-Changing. Fun. Barbershop, an original American art form, is a four-part (tenor, lead, baritone, bass) a cappella harmony style of singing famous for its “ringing” chords, which produce overtones that sound like fifth notes.
Sing. Learn. Connect. Sparkle. Royal River is one of a 500-strong worldwide family of barbershop choruses that women join for the love of a capella(…)

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Game Night at Woodfords Club!

Game Night at Woodfords Club!

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Woodfords Club

**Join us for tabletop games every Saturday night at 6:30pm**

The Woodfords Club is located at

179 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103

Take the stairs to the right when you enter the building.

No membership necessary

$2 non Woodfords Club members, $1 for WC members; for room use/maintenance

**BYO game to teach, or learn something new!**(…)

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SYNSPEAK -Electronic Sound Journey Into Space @ Southworth Planetarium

SYNSPEAK -Electronic Sound Journey Into Space @ Southworth Planetarium

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Southworth Planetarium

Southworth Planetarium presents “Electronic Sound Journey Into Space with SYNSPEAK (Todd Glacy).
Experience a multi-sensory journey into deep space with stunning video imagery & live electronic soundscapes. Admission $10.
It’s definitely worth the trip!

USM Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth Street, Portland, ME
For tickets and info: 207-780-4249 usm.maine.edu/planet(…)

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Sea Change Chorale Rehearsal

Sea Change Chorale Rehearsal

◦ When: Thursday, May 16th

◦ Where: undefined

Come sing with us! The voice is a powerful tool for change. Using the beauty and transformative power of music and human voices, Sea Change Chorale raises money and awareness of human needs in our community. We work to support our community through partnerships, musical performances, and direct social action. We sing music old and new written by composers from around the globe.

We have in-person(…)

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Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

◦ When: Monday, May 13th

◦ Where: undefined

This event is open to the public at Coffee by Design, 67 India Street, Portland.

After a very long hiatus, Phil Poirier (an original MOAC member) will be having an art exhibit at Coffee by Design, India street, Portland. The exhibit will run from May 13 to June 23, with an opening reception May 13, from 6-9PM.(…)

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Tips to meet people at social events

One of the best ways to meet new people at social events in Portland is by choosing a common theme or interest. If you like movies, why not go see a screening with people who also like movies! Then you already have something to talk about. Or if you’re into coffee or beer, a Coffee and Beer Garden Meet and Greet could be perfect for you. And keep in mind that smaller group settings can be less intimidating and easier to start conversations in.

Another thing that might worry you is introductions. Some people aren’t as keen on introducing themselves and others worry or get nervous about it. Why not level the playing field and go to an event where everyone is expected to introduce themselves and talk? It could be a networking event, an acting class, a singles event, or a book club. Not only are people looking to introduce themselves at these events but they’re also there to make friends.

Our final tip is on the age of the people you are going to meet. If you have your heart set on meeting people close to your own age, then research events so that you can find your chosen demographic. At the same time, we want to encourage you not to limit yourself. An age gap doesn’t necessarily mean a disconnect and the great thing about different age groups is that they can learn from each other!

You can find even more events in Portland on Visitportland.com, Creativeportland.com, or Pressherald.com.

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