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Posted: August 7, 2014

Reggae Fest, KahBang & Topsham Fair: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

The KahBang Festival has experienced a lot of changes in the last few weeks (moving from Bangor to Portland, dropping the music portion) but the Film Festival goes on this weekend (including an interactive screening of “Wet Hot American Summer”). It’s also Topsham Fair time (hello, fried Oreos!) and Reggae Fest time. For some cheap things to do, check out the Wayfinding Film Festival in Congress Square Park or the Blueberry Festival in Kennebunk, among other ideas.

For the weekend of August 7-10, 2014

"Wet Hot American Summer" film still

“Wet Hot American Summer” film still

KahBang Film Festival

Thursday to Sunday | $20 weekend pass, $5 single film tickets available 15 minutes prior to showtime, space permitting | One Longfellow Square, Portland |
The 2014 KahBang Film Festival at One Longfellow will offer an intriguing-looking roster of features, shorts, and Maine-made films. Opening night begins with “Play The Movie,” the first feature from director Alec Toller, who won KahBang’s Audience Choice Award last year. Films will continue all weekend and wrap up with “Beach Pillows,” an indie comedy about a young writer’s painfully funny summer on Sunday night.
KahBang Film Festival to bring 30 movies to Portland (for $20)

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Ben Taylor

7:30 p.m. Thursday | $20 day of show | The Opera House in Boothbay Harbor |
8 p.m. Friday | $25 in advance, $28 day of show | Jonathan’s, Ogunquit |
Although Ben Taylor didn’t start singing until his early 20s, his folk rock sounds and affinity for words, stand out during his live performances. The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Taylor was drawn into the family business and is an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right. His latest album, Listening, merges the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country/western. He has two shows in the area this week/weekend.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Portland Reggae Fest

Noon Sunday | $30 to $40 | Maine State Pier, Portland |
It’s the first annual Reggae Fest on Maine State Pier in Portland. The line-up includes Freddie McGregor, John Brown’s Body, Mighty Mystic, Etana, New Kingston, Soul Rebel Project and Dany C and Ice of Caribbean Flava. It’s a family-friendly event of music and food.

Press Herald file photo

Press Herald file photo

Topsham Fair

Tuesday through Sunday | $10 admission includes rides on Thursday, Friday and Sunday; $12 on Saturday | Topsham Fairgrounds |
Midcoast is host to this fair feature agricultural exhibits, animal pull events, 4-H, crafts, midway and harness racing. Thursday and Friday nights big attraction is professional bull riding, Saturday night is the demolition derby followed by the fireworks show. Sunday events begin with the cutest baby contest and a sheep herding demonstration before the Redneck Truck Pulls take center stage. The fair’s closing act at 5 p.m. is the No Guts No Glory 80s rock band.​

Free (or nearly free) things to do

Sue Miller

7 p.m. Friday |  Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta | Free |
“The Arsonist” is a novel about the boundaries of relationships and the strains that arise between locals and seasonal residents in a small New England town where a fire setter is wreaking havoc. Come meet the author Sue Miller, purchase a copy of her book and get it signed.

Wayfinding Film ​Fest

3:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday | Free | Congress Square Park, Portland |
The Wayfinding Film Festival, a nomadic 90-minute program of short films about people’s thoughts and ideas related to the theme of progress, makes a stop in Portland on Saturday. Artists Emily Puthoff and Elena Sniezek are traveling in a custom 1950-style teardrop trailer (designed and built by Puthoff) to show films and have conversations with folks about the meaning of progress.

7th Annual Blueberry Festival

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday | Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kennebunk | Free | 985-4803
Celebrate the Maine state fruit doughnuts, pies, cookies, shortcake and more. All proceeds benefit the Biddeford Free Clinic which provides accessible and free outpatient to those in need. The 7th Annual Blueberry Festival will also feature works for sale by Crafters for a Cause.

Later in the week

Medicinal Herb Garden Walk

3:30 p.m. Tuesday | Avena Botanicals, Rockport | Free |
Take a walk on the herbal side with Deb Soule as she leads the way through her organic and biodynamic gardens while sharing her plant knowledge and wisdom.

Film: Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”

7 p.m. Wednesday | State Theatre, Portland | Free |
State Theatre will host a special screening of a single episode of “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” which chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Ken Burns brought this documentary to the seven-part television series to highlight the most prominent and influential family in American politics. The series, 14-hours total, follows the Roosevelts for more than a century.

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