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Posted: July 25, 2014

HarborFEST, Open Farm Day, Ossipee Valley Music Festival: 5 things to do in Maine this weekend

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collage_weekeWant bluegrass? Go get yours at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival in Hiram, where dozens of musicians will pick and play as people listen in the field and dance in the barn. It’s also Harbor Fest in Wells, complete with lobster trap tossing and a doughnut-eating challenge. Hang with the animals during Open Farm Day and catch a performance about love (love!).

For the weekend of July 24-27, 2014

Ossipee Valley Music Festival

Through Sunday, July 27 | $45-55 | 291 South Hiram Road in South Hiram, Maine |

There’s guaranteed to be some great bluegrass music this weekend out near Sebago Lake (45 minutes from Portland). The Ossipee Valley Music Festival is doing bluegrass right: In a huge field with barn dances, swimming, organic food and time for jam sessions. That’s summer in Maine for you.

The line up includes Willie Watson, Aoife O’Donovan, The Carper Family with Cindy Cashdollar and a dozen or more other bands. Tickets are $45 for Friday, $55 Saturday and camping is $20.

Photo courtesy Wells HarborFEST

Photo courtesy Wells HarborFEST

Wells Harborfest

Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday | Wells Harbor | Free |

There’s activity all day – from kids events, paddleboard demos, pirate treasure hunt, live music, beer tent and s’mores by the fire. But one of the festival’s highlights is certainly the Lobster Trap Toss World Championships. Test your tossing skills! There’s also The Great Doughnut Debacle Competitive Eating Challenge and The Lumberman’s Challenge, both of which are open to the public. Even better, all events are FREE.

Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Open Farm Day

Sunday (times vary at each farm) | Farms around the state | Free admission |

Farms throughout the State of Maine open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities may include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.

Find a participating farm near you: Maine Open Farm Day map on

"The Last 5 Years" promotional graphic

“The Last 5 Years” promotional graphic

“The Last 5 Years”

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday | Portland Stage Company Studio Theater, Portland | $20 |

There are only two performances of “The Last 5 Years,” so no procrastinating this event. The musical tells the story of two 20-something New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Such is the nature of love. One character tells her story backwards, and the other tells his chronologically, and the two meet in the middle at their wedding.

Summer Jams promotional graphic

Summer Jams promotional graphic

Space Summer Jams

9:30 p.m. Friday | SPACE Gallery, Portland | $5, 21-plus |
Portland DJs will spin some of the best summer tunes at a jam party at SPACE Gallery. Che Ros, God. Damn. Chan., DJ Mom, Don Damiani, The Psychologist and David Johansen will blend bass, hip-hop, R&B, and house for the not-to-miss party of the summer.

On the cheap

Richard Ford
6 p.m. Friday, The Maine State Library, State House Complex, Augusta. Free; 287-5600
Friends of the Maine State Library invite you to a conversation with New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford. Ford. a Boothbay resident, will be discussing his latest book, “Canada,” a family drama of lost innocence and crossed boundaries.

Adam John Manley
5 p.m. Tuesday, The Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Free;
The exhibit “Staying Put” is on display through Sept. 6 and here’s an opportunity to hear artist Adam John Manley talk about the inspiration behind it. “Staying Put” examines landscape, environment, space and place through constructed forms that pull the viewer into the work and its immediate surroundings.

Arts Alive
5 p.m. Thursday, Monument Square, Portland. Free;
Belly dancers Rosa Noreen, Heather Powers and Snow Moon Tribal present an evening of dance with live music by the Okbari Middle Eastern ensemble.

‘Stand By Me’
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free;
“Stand By Me” is the classic ’80s film adaptation of Mainer Stephen King’s coming-of-age tale “The Body.” Here’s a chance to revisit forever-young pals Gordie, Vern, Chris and Teddy as they search the Maine woods for a body.


*A previous version of this story told you to go to the Lobster Fest, but that’s not until next weekend. NEXT WEEKEND you should totally go to the Lobster Festival in Rockland. Sorry.

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