Location: Portland, Maine
Parking: Metered parking, plenty of spots in their parking lots
Dogs: Depends on event, mostly permitted
Family Friendly: Depends on event, but mostly family friendly
To me, Thompson's Point is an experience. On any given day, it's pretty much guaranteed that there will be something creative, delicious or downright fun on their event calendar. Not to mention, the new Children's Museum & Theatre is currently being built there and it just so happens to be across from Bissell Brothers. These people know what they are doing for weary parents.
While it's hard to narrow down my favorite events that I have attended at Thompson's Point, I am going to try to highlight just three. But I encourage you to bookmark their event calendar and make it to as many things as possible!
I've been to a handful of these pre-COVID and a bunch during COVID outdoors. No matter the season, the space, etc. I look forward to these events so much. I put them on my calendar months in advance and most of the presents I give to people come from a Marker's Market made by local Maine Makers. And duh, of course, I always end up with some goodies for myself. Last time I walked away with some incredible macrame plant hangers, hot pepper jelly and so much more! And a double bonus of the markets: there are always delicious food trucks and a bar. Score.
The best concert I have ever attended was Lake Street Dive at Thompson's Point. It was a glorious summer evening, I stuffed my face with Mr. Tuna hand rolls and danced the night away. During COVID times, Thompson's Point quickly adapted and rolled out a Summer Concert Series with immense safety measures put into place.
If I have to choose just one experience that I have had at Thompson's Point to be the winner of all winners, this would be it. To my family, Thursday nights in the summer means Summer Sunsets at the Point. We've told pretty much everyone we know about it because it's that much fun. Live music, food trucks lining the perimeter, a bar and fun activities for the kiddos (pre-COVID included balloon animals, face painting, etc.) It's dog friendly and uber kid friendly. Bring a blanket, an appetite and snuggle up to watch an incredible sunset with your favorite people.
See you at The Point!