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Posted: March 9, 2016

Spring events: Can’t-miss things to do this spring in Maine

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Spring is when our Facebook feeds get filled with photos of early crocus blooms and a time when we’re collectively filled with a profound sense of hope. It’s also when we shed our winter malaise and get outside to hike, run, bike, romp and paddle. Restaurant patios start to emerge, seasonal ice cream shops open their doors, party invites start rolling in,  Pier Fries in Old Orchard Beach start to sizzle in earnest and the world is just a better place; especially in Maine. Here’s a bunch of things to do and places to go that will help put a spring in your step as this new season comes knocking on our door.

Get Outside! Hike, bike and enjoy the outdoors this spring

Portland Press Herald file photo by Gabe Souza.

May 21: All Roads Music Festival

May 16, Multiple venues through Belfast. $20/$25 in advance, $25/$30 at the door.
The All Roads Music Festival is a one-day festival featuring indie rock, folks, pop and bluegrass musicians. Catch live music at multiple venues in town, like Colonial Theatre, the Belfast Free Library, the American Legion Hall, Waterfall Arts and others.

Portland Press Herald file photo by Gordon Chibroski

May 28-30: Maine Days at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28, 29 and 30 (Memorial Day Weekend), Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay.
Admission is free to the stunning grounds of Maine Botanical Gardens during this weekend. Just present your Maine license or ID and then peruse the gardens all day.

May 28 & 29: Salomon Trail Running Festival

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on both days. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester. $26 to $78.
Two-day extravaganza of trail races, beer drinking, barbeque, potluck salads and desserts, old timey music, and fun family events.Festival includes seven races with distances from 5k to 50 miles.

Kevin Walsh prepared for the 2012 Kennebunkport Festival by trying out his lobster-herb pizza. Portland Press Herald file photo by Gordon Chibroski.

June 6-11: Kennebunkport Festival

Multiple venues, Kennebunkport |
The best food, wine and art that Maine has to offer are all on display. Many of the events take place in designer homes with a chef and a sommelier for the perfect pairing. $35-$200 depending on the event.

Greg Frangoulis of Shoestring Theater marched down Exchange St. on stilts during the parade a couple years ago. Portland Press Herald file photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette.

June 12: Maine Women’s Ride

Departing between 7:20 a.m. and 9:20 a.m., depending on the route, L.L. Bean Casco Conference Center, Freeport. $50 adults by June 1 then $60, $25 youth by June 1, then $35. 11 and under free.
This one’s for the women who ride – even the ones who are new to the sport. Route range in distance (10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles and 62 miles), so there’s a scenic Freeport route for all experience levels. Stops and snacks along the way, and music, yoga, and munchies at the start and finish line.

Spring Guide

The Twilight 5k in South Portland Courtesy photo

June 9: Twilight 5K

7 p.m. June 9, start at Southern Maine Community College, South Portland.
Racers must raise at least $100.
This race raises money for Maine Cancer Foundation. There will be prizes, food, live music and a gorgeous view.

June 12: Old Port Festival

June 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old Port, Portland. Free admission.
A precursor to summer, the festival will have Maine-made arts and crafts and food from local restaurants. The parade will march down Exchange Street.

Back in 2003, John Bliss hoed the spinach crop free of weeds at Sunrise Acres in Cumberland. He learned farming skills through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

June 11: Farm and Homestead Day

All day June 11, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s headquarters, 294 Crosby Brook Road,Unity. Free.
If you’re thinking of trying to raise goats for the first time or just want to learn how to make a fence, this is the place to be. The Homestead Day is a hands-on skill sharing event. There will be workshops on how to use a sewing machine, harness a draft horse, and grow native herbs.

Back in 2008, Rich Delanoy of Bristol, New Hampshire, played along with the band on stage at a different bluegrass festival in Brunswick, Maine, on a mandolin he made. Press Herald file photo by Gordon Chibroski.

June 15-18: Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival

Litchfield Fairgrounds. $10-$80.
You’ll hear banjos, fiddles, and high, lonesome harmonies from national and local bands. You can bring a tent or your VW van to camp for the four days of bluegrass.

June 18: Tap into Summer Beer Festival

1 p.m. June 18, Bangor Waterfront, 330 Harlow St.,  $35 in advance/$40 day of.
Sip ,  chug and nosh away the afternoon with beer from 20 Maine breweries and several local food vendors. While you’re there, rock out to live music, visit the assorted vendors selling their wares and have a grande olde time of it.

As always, find a full listing of events in the calendar.

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