This weekend: Run wearing glow-in-the-dark shirts in OOB, revel in a Prohibition-era party (but drink freely, without fear of the cops) in Kennebunkport, catch some bluegrass in Litchfield and chow down on chili in Wells. It’s also PICNIC in Portland, where you can shop indie, and Biddeford Ball in Biddeford, where the fashion and the dancing raise funds for some Main Street renovations.
For the weekend of August 21-24, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday | U. S. Custom House. 300 Fore Street, Portland | $100 | portlandballet.org
If you haven’t yet seen the Discover Portland Ballet photographs by Jonathan Reece, this is your chance to view the complete series and mingle with the photographer and dancers of Portland Ballet Company. The photos are breathtaking – dancers leaping and moving amid iconic Portland locations. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Old Port Sea Grill.
Through Saturday | Litchfield Fairgrounds | $30 day pass, $20 after 5 p.m. | blisteredfingers.com
With banjos, fiddles, and those high, lonesome harmonies converging in Litchfield twice a year, this event features many national and local bands, lie The Gibson Brothers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Grascals and others.
10 minutes before sunset Friday | 1st Street, Old Orchard Beach | $30 for 1-mile run, $40 for 5K | rev3glow.com
Running is hard. Running in glow-in-the-dark shirts with a fist full of glowsticks along the evening streets and sandy beach of Old Orchard? That’s something different all together. The Rev3 Glow Run is a 5K that starts just before sunset and ends with a movie and popcorn. In between, you’ll shine like giant lightning bugs. Prizes given out for the most illuminated folks.
6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday | Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunport | $50 | www.trolleymuseum.org
The Seashore Trolley Museum turns from a kid-friendly play place to an adults-only 1920s-era speakeasy. More than a dozen authentic Prohibition-era streetcars will become cocktail lounges for the evening, and you’re encouraged to dress the 1920s part. Bar, live music, raffles, too.
Read more: Vintage trolleys meet jazz & cocktails: Seashore Trolley Speakeasy in Kennebunkport on Friday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday | Lincoln Park, Portland | Free admission | picnicportland.com
Lincoln Park will be flooded with amazing wares this Saturday. There’ll be 100 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, photography, housewares, fine art, vintage goods, and more. And we’re talking cool stuff, here. Handmade, repurposed, brought-back-to-life, and crafted-from-scratch kinds of stuff. Plus music all day and food!
7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday | Pepperell Mill, Alfred & Main Streets, Biddeford | $25 | suger.me/ball
The inaugural Biddeford Ball includes a makers market, silent auction and fashion show (runway models include author Anita Shreve and Biddeford mayor Alan Casavant). There will be shopping. And local food and music. The money raised benefits local food banks and renovation of the Marble Block building on Main Street.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday | Wells Junior High School, 1470 Post Road (Rout 1) | Free admission | wellschilifest.com
Chili! It’s one of winter’s best dishes. But it’s never to warm outside to appreciate some of the best chili around. This annual event includes the Maine State Cook-Off thie year and boasts multiple categories: chili chili verde and salsa). And the fine summer weather means you can chow down outside without freezing your fingers off like you do in February. Bonus!
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday | Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport | $45 individual or $70 for a team | www.paddlebattlekport.com
An outdoor festival for the kayaker, canoeist, and paddleboarder in us all. The festival’s main event is a river race at 1:30 pm, which includes multiple heats for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards…and any other motorless vessel on the Kennebunk River. Kids and families welcome! Afterward, hit up the barbecue for some food and live music. Attendance is free for spectators and the event is rain or shine.
Thursday through Sunday. Acton Fairgrounds, Route 109. $7, free for under 12, $3 for seniors until 4 p.m. actonfair.net
Music, merriment, farmn animals and so much more can be found in Acton over the next four days. Enjoy music from Jilly Martin, The Kenny Brothers Band, Lee Lewis and The Doo Wop All Stars along with a pig scramble, horse and ox-pulling, midway, Ms. Acton Pageant and so much more.
“Owls of Maine”
3:30 p.m. Saturday. Freeport Wild Bird Supply, 541 Route One. free. www.freeportbirdsupply.com
If you give a hoot about owls, Freeport’s the place to go on Saturday. The Chewonki Foundation will be on hand with a presentation all about owls. They’ll show you talons, wings and skulls as you learn about the mysterious birds. The program ends with a look at live owls, shedding some light on the nocturnal birds.
The Corona Brothers
6:30 p.m. Saturday. Wells Harbor Park, Hope Hobbs Gazebo. free. www.wellstown.org
Kick back to the sounds of a 5 piece band playing “tropical” rock influenced by the likes of Jimmy Buffet and Harry Belafonte. Their stage show features pink flamingoes, palm trees, humor and audience participation so get ready for some beach-themed fun.
7 p.m. Wednesday. Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland. free. baysidebowl.com
1984 called and you’re invited to set the clock back three decades to see the classic break-dancing film, “Breakin.” You’ll see plenty of on-the-ground dance moves with 80s songs like “There’s No Stoppin’ Us” that just might inspire you to bust your own moves out on the patio.
Annual Allagash Victor Ale Tasting
5 p.m. Wednesday | St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland | $20 | stlawrencearts.org
Raise a pint for St. Lawrence Arts Center. The annual Victor Ale Tasting raises funds for the art center and gives you a perfectly wonderful reason to drink beer and socialize on a Wednesday night. The evening also includes music from Some Guys Band and a performance by dance group Vivid Motion.