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Posted: August 27, 2014

BBQ, Brew HaHa, BINGO, Chebeague Chebang: 10 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Three. Day. Weekend. Does anything else matter? This weekend (which, like I said, is three days long) is your chance to milk some of those last drops of summer. Do that during a beachside picnic in Saco (water balloon toss AND BYOB!) or during the Chebeague Chebang (which was canceled on account of Fourth of July rain). The Portland Brew Festival returns Friday and Saturday and there’s a Brew Haha at Rising Tide Friday night. Win at bingo (it’s a play, but still gives out prizes), take a haunted tour or have dinner with someone from beyond. And also, please, have a drink on a patio somewhere, while you still can.

For the weekend of August 28-September 1 (that includes Monday, because Monday is a HOLIDAY!)

Teens to Trails promotional poster

Teens to Trails promotional poster

Bow Ties and Bean Boots

6 to 10 p.m. Thursday | Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough | $35 |
Supporting the work of Teens To Trails and high school outing clubs is as easy as donning a bow tie and your old Bean boots. Food, beer and the Gunther Brown band will keep you entertained with an evening of outdoor fun and games on the camp grounds in Scarborough.

Portland Brew Festival. Sarah Morrill/ photo

Portland Brew Festival. Sarah Morrill/ photo

Portland Brew Festival

5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday | Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland | $40 |
The fourth annual Portland Brew Festival may not offer beer from the national big-hitters like Beer Camp did a few weeks ago, but it’s going to be a raging good time with your favorite brewers from Maine and beyond. There will be over 40 breweries represented, pouring well over 100 different brews to sample. There is also a cheese and beer tasting on Saturday morning to benefit the Maine Brewers Guild.
Read more: It’s time for another brew fest: Portland Brew Festival this weekend

Portland Comedy Co-op promotional poster

Portland Comedy Co-op promotional poster

Portland Comedy Brew HaHa 4

Jokes start at 8 p.m. Friday | Rising Tide Brewery, 103 Fox St., Portland | $10 at the door, 21+ |
The funny people of Portland Comedy Co-op are taking over the tasting room at Rising Tide Brewery again. Free pre-show party at 6 p.m. and PB&ME. $10 includes your first pour of the evening.

Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Camden’ Windjammer Festival

Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday | Harbor Park Camden | Free |
You don’t have to have a boat to enjoy the Camden Harbor festival because landlocked folks can enjoy the fireworks, lobster crate race, parade, pirate attack and more from Harbor Park and the public landing. Camden has a rich maritime heritage and a full schedule of family-friendly events to celebrate this year’s festival.

Photo courtesy Chebeague Island Inn.

Photo courtesy Chebeague Island Inn.

Chebeague Chebang

4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island | $30 |
A private charter, and a day of live music out on Chebeague Island. It has all the perks of summer in one place, like yard games, dunk tank, sack races, and live music from Josh Doughty, Theaodore Treehouse, Muddy Ruckus and Jeff Beam. And let’s not forget the food, beer and wine. photo photo

Old-Fashioned Family BBQ Picnic

4 to 8 p.m. Saturday | Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave., Saco | $25 adults, $21 kids 9-17, free under 8 |
It’s a classic Labor Day barbecue! There will be lobster, burgers, hot dogs, ribs, portobellos, corn and veggies on the grill and plenty of side dishes, too. Live music, pie-eating contest, water-balloon toss, three-legged race, watermelon races and more. Grown-ups, you can bring your own beer. And it’s at the beach!

Also: Ferry Beach’s Brunch at the Beach
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday | Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave., Saco | $20 adults, $15 kids 9-17, free under 8 |
A buffet of breakfast delights, including crepes, lobster mac and cheese, baked ham, desserts, coffee and more.

bingothe musical

“Bingo” promotional poster

“BINGO: The Winning Musical”

7:30 Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday |  City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford | $20 |
Biddeford’s City Theater is offering an interactive musical experience. Not only are the actors involved in the Bingo games (there are three), the audience actually plays the games too – prizes included! graphic graphic

The Lady in the Red Cloak guided tour

7:30 p.m. Friday | Tour starts in downtown Hallowell | $15 adults, $7 children under 12, free under 5 |
Everyone’s all about ghosts and haunted historic buildings in the fall. But even summer’s a fine time to hear spirited tales of Maine’s past. Tour Hallowell by lantern light and learn about the city’s ghosts and history. Reservations required (once you register, you’ll get a specific meet-up location).
Also: Historic walk to benefit Castle Tucker
1 to 4 p.m. Friday | High Street, Wiscasset | $35 |
Get inside historic Castle Tucker as well as a working courthouse to hear about local legends and tales of High Street. photo photo

New Age Night at Clay Hill Farm

6 p.m. Monday | Clay Hill Farm, 220 Clay Hill Road, Cape Neddick | $40 | 207-361-2272 or
Sometimes a table for two can turn into a table for three…or four…or five when unexpected guests show up. And by “guests” we mean spirits. For $40 per person, you’ll get a three-course meal and personal reading with Ruth Kramer. Ruth describes herself as, “an intuitive bodyworker and healer, medium, clairvoyant, spiritual life, love and business guide for over 20 years.”
Read more: Get an intuitive reading with your 3-course dinner at Clay Hill Farm


On the Cheap

Sunday through Sept. 14. Various locations, downtown Ogunquit.
Ogunquit’s 24th annual Festival of the Arts with musical and cultural events all over town runs for two weeks. Pick a day (or several) and partake of the merriment as you revel in the still-summery weather.

Sundays on the Boulevard

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baxter Boulevard. Portland. Free.
Baxter Boulvard in Portland is the place to be on Sundays with your bike, roller skates, pooch and anything else that doesn’t have a motor. The boulevard is closed between Vannah St. and Payson Park and the fun to be had is limitless.

Casco Bay Tummlers
2 p.m. Sunday. Congress Square Park, Portland. Free.
The Casco Bay Tummlers will be performing their unique brand of klezmer music and you just might find yourself dancing to their repertoirs of songs from originals to traditional dances of the Yiddish theater and Jewish ghetto.

“Finding Fela”
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. $8.
The documentary “Finding Fela” is the story of the late Fela Kuti’s life, music and political impact. Kuti is the founding father of the Afrobeat musical movement and he used his influence as a platform to bring a shift towards democracy in Nigeria.

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