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Posted: September 9, 2014

Funky Fest, GreenFest & Open Lighthouse Day: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Get up in some lighthouses this weekend during Open Lighthouse Day. Or explore the offerings of York County’s breweries during Funky Fest in Lyman. GreenFest is taking over Monument Square in Portland, there’ll be a raid in Old Orchard Beach (don’t fret, it’s all in good athletic fun) and you can watch outdoor films in the real outdoors during the Maine Outdoor Film Festival at the Saco Drive-In.

For the weekend of September 11-14, 2014

Funky Bow Brewing photo

Funky Bow Brewing photo

Funky Fest

1 to 5 p.m. Saturday | Funky Bow Brewery, 31 Ledgewood Lane, Lyman | $45 |
10 York County breweries plus four bands plus four food trucks equals Funky Fest. And a fine time on the farm that’s also home to Funky Bow Brewery. Drink local with Banded Horn, Gneiss Brewing, SoMe Brewing, Hidden Cove Brewing, Barreled Souls, just to name a few.
Read more: Get your beer groove on at Funky Fest in Lyman on Saturday

GreenFest promotional graphic

GreenFest promotional graphic


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday | Monument Square, Portland | Free |
It’s a celebration of all things green on Saturday, with music, art, eco-fashion, local food, kids’ activities, exhibits, workshops, films and demonstrations. Learn about ways to “Green Up” your home or business. check out the poetry slam and listen to music from Jason Spooner Band. The festival takes place in Monument Square and is free. The films are screened at various locations throughout the week.

Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Fort Gorges Fundraiser

7 to 9 p.m. Saturday | Crema, 9 Commercial St., Portland | $20 |
You know Fort Gorges, that wonderfully explorable historic structure in Casco Bay? As cool as it is, it needs some help – renovations and upgrades, specifically. Join the Friends of Fort Gorges to help raise funds to keep the fort open, safe and explorable for decades to come. Live music, auction and open bar.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival

6 p.m. Sunday | Saco Drive-In, Saco | $20 per car | or
Outdoor films watched outdoors. It makes sense. The Maine Outdoor Film Festival screens four films (including documentaries on climbing, freeskiing, diving and the people and places that make these adventures possible). Proceeds benefit Teens To Trails. The Dine Out Patio (with adult beverages!) will be in service.

Beach Raid 2012 photo

Beach Raid 2012 photo

Beach Raid

10 a.m. Saturday | $60-$75 | Start at The Brunswick, Old Orchard Beach |
You can walk the beach. Or you can sprint, leap, grunt, carry, and climb it. The Beach RAID utilizes deep sand, beach-themed obstacles, and a cycle of punishing boot camp stations to turn the beach into something more menacing. Can you beat it? Or will you end up gasping for breathe halfway through, begging the Atlantic to sweep you away and take you out of your misery? Why not find out?

AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach

AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach

Maine Open Lighthouse Day

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday | Free | Lighthouses around Maine |
We already know lighthouses are pretty on the outside. Now you have a chance to see how beautiful they are on the inside. A host of lighthouses up and down the coast will be open to visitors for the day. It’s a rare chance to get inside these beautiful beacons of safety. And some keeper’s houses will be open, too.
Read more: 13 gorgeous photos of Maine lighthouses (in honor of Open Lighthouse Day)

Promotional poster

Promotional poster

Bluesfest at the Ballpark

1 to 7 p.m. Saturday | 7 Ballpark Way, Old Orchard Beach | $20 |
It’s going to be a foot-stomping, rhythmic good time with blues bands from all over New England. And if that weren’t enough there will be a Shipyard Beer Garden along with food and concessions… and free parking at the park.

International Heritage Music Series: A Tribute to Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian

8 p.m. Saturday | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland | $12 in advance, $15 at the door; For students: $7 in advance, $8 at the door |
An evening of middle eastern music (and dance) will feature many of the late Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian’s fellow musicians performing both traditional and Bardezbanian’s compositions. Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble and Jamileh Middle Eastern music and dance will also perform.


7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 28 | $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors | Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road, Standish |
Schoolhouse Arts Center presents Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap,” a murder mystery full of suspicious characters, sordid pasts and plenty of suspense. This community theater sets up the intricate plot that will keep the audience guessing until the end.

2nd Friday Brunswick ArtWalk

5 to 8 p.m. Friday | Maine Street, Brunswick | Free |
Brunswick offers a creative experience for art-walkers that feature artists of all kinds that are happy to share their art with others. This annual second Friday highlights musicians, glass artists, basket maker, painters, photographers, sculptors and fabric artists. There is also a free bus taking “walkers” between locations so you can leave your car behind for the evening.

Annual Family Jamboree

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday | Spiller Farm, 1054 Branch Road (Route 9A), Wells | Free |
It’s a family fun day sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce featuring free games and crafts for the kids along with arts and crafts vendors and food. There is also a new photo booth added to this year’s festivities. Free parking and admission.

On the cheap

James L. Witherell
2 p.m. Tuesday | Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland | $5, free for MHS members |
Learn all about the arc of Edward Muskie’s life from the early days to his time as Governor of Maine. Author James L. Witherell will share from his book “Ed Muskie: Made in Maine, 19-14-1960.”

Ray Cornils Organ Concert
3 p.m. Sunday |  United Baptist Church of Saco, 318 Main St. | $10 | 207-283-3411
He’s known as Portland’s Municipal Organist on the Kotzschmar Organ at Merrill Auditorium but for this show you’ll hear Ray Cornils tickle the keys of the Shannon Memorial Organ in Saco with the flair and talent he’s famous for.

‘Bag It’
3 p.m. Saturday | Rines Auditorium at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square | Free, donations welcome |
Catch an important documentary that examines the pollution caused by our consumption of single-use plastic bags. The screening is part of Portland Greenfest happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Monument Square. For information about other eco-film screenings and details about Greenfest head to

The Boneheads & The Holy Mackerels
7 p.m. Thursday |  Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave. | Free |
The midcoast is where you’ll find a night chock-full of roots, Americana, folk and more from The Boneheads and The Holy Mackerels. The show is a celebration of BikeMaine and the Boothbay Opera House opens their doors to cyclists and the rest of the world for a free night of terrific local tunes.

Seanachie Nights
9 p.m. Monday | Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland | $9 suggested donation |
Storytellers Katy Rydell and Michael Parent will perform a musical history of the New England Mills. The pair will sing and play their way through the rich history of the textile industry from spinning and weaving machines to the construction of mill towns and the incorporation of women into the labor force.

Later in the week

Magic Trip
7 p.m. Wednesday | Railroad Square, Waterville | $8 movie, $5 cover to Mainely Brews (or pay $10 for both by buying tickets at |
Catch a one-night-only screening of “Magic Trip,” a documentary about Ken Kesey’s 1964 cross-country road trip with “The Merry Band of Pranksters.” Afterward, have beers with Ken’s son Zane and friends at Mainely Brews and hear Grateful Dead tunes played by A Band Beyond Description.

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