The Alive at Five concert series kicks of on Thursday, and that’s just the start of all the wonderful things to do in Maine this weekend. Dance down the streets of Portland during The Dance Mile, celebrate Shipyard’s 20th birthday on Maine State Pier, win a rock-skipping contest, eat Greek in Saco, celebrate Bastille Day and try a new yoga style at this weekend’s YogaFest.
For the weekend of July 10-13, 2014
5 p.m. Thursday | Monument Square, Portland | Free | www.portlandmaine.com
The London Souls will kick off the Alive at Five series with their classic, hard-hitting rock. The Kenya Hall Band will also perform their funk and soul tunes. The State Theatre is hosting a beer garden for the 21-plus crowd, but food will also be available from local food trucks and vendors.
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11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday | St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Saco | Free admission and parking | www.stdemetriosmaine.com
Plenty of Greek music, dancing and – oh yes – homemade Greek food and pastries! Admission and parking are free for the three-day festival, and there’s even a shuttle from the Saco Parks and Rec building and Shaw’s Plaza, to make the festival even easier to get to.
2 to 8 p.m. Sunday | Petite Jacqueline, Portland | $20 | www.eventbrite.com
Celebrate Bastille Day at Petite Jacqueline with pétanque in the park, oyster shucking, French wine and the “French Connection hot dog (part of the Blue Rooster’s guest chef series, it’s a hot dog topped with raclette, cornichon relish, foie gras mayo & fried shallot rings). There will also be face painting for the kids, a crepe station and merguez baguette sandwiches. $20 includes the food the one cocktail.
Saturday & Sunday | East End Community School, Portland | $95 for 3-workshop pass, $130 for 5-workshop pass | www.maineyogafest.com
A two-day yoga event offering a diverse range of classes taught by local yoga instructors – with more than 30 yoga teachers and 20 yoga studios participating. Attendees can try a wide range of yoga styles and check out the vendor village, which will feature local businesses, artists, vendors and musicians.
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Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday | Free | Maine State Pier, Portland | shipyard.com
Admission is free for this birthday party. Shipyard is turning 20, which means the brewery is almost old enough to drink its own beer. The party will feature food trucks, a Shipyard beer garden and music from Rustic Overtones, Sly Chi, North of Nashville, Model Airplane, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Amy Allen and the Jason Spooner Band.
4 p.m. Saturday | $30 to $35 | Free & Congress streets, Portland | thedancemile.com
There’s no running in The Dance Mile, only dancing! It is a mobile dance party that follows a one-mile course and finishes at a raging dance party û with all your best friends. There’s a pre-party at 4 p.m., and the dancing begins at 6 p.m.
Friday through Sunday | Free admission | Lisbon Falls | moxiefestival.com
All things Moxie, all weekend long. Moxie floats, Moxie ice cream, Moxie baking contest, Moxie chugging contest. There’s a parade, fireworks, 5K, and live music. Stop in at the store for your obligatory Moxie paraphernalia.
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Music starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday | $35 per day; $70 per weekend pass | Public Landing, Rockland | www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com
Featuring national blues performers, the festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Just remember to bring your own chair.
2 p.m. Saturday | $5 adults, $1 children under 12 | Orne’s Candy Store, Boothbay Harbor | ornescandystore.com
A host of rocks will have their potential tested during the International Stone Skipping Contest in Boothbay Harbor. The event brings stone skippers (you need to bring your own) and spectators to the water’s edge to compete for a trophy and some rock-skipping glory of their own. Proceeds benefit the Boothbay Region Food Pantry.
Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday | No admission | Sonny’s Restaurant & Lounge, Portland | www.facebook.com/SonnysRestaurantandBar
Beer. Brunch. Brewers. And music. Sonny’s Second Sunday Beer Brunch features beer from Foundation Brewing and live music from Jerks of Grass.
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Monday to July 19 | Manson Park, Pittsfield | centralmaineeggfestival.org
It’s a week-long festival including the Kiwanis Karnival, street dance, Egglympics, live music, horseshoe contest, parade, artists and a quiche/cheesecake/pie contest. Because eggs deserve to be celebrated!
The Truth About Daisies
6 p.m. Saturday | Waterfront, Bath | Free | visitbath.com
Chances are, you can handle the truth. Or at least the Truth About Daisies. The Summer Saturday Concerts Series kicks off with a folk rock performance by a trio that thrives on vocal harmonization on songs ranging from folk to reggae, ballads and rock jams.
10:30 a.m. Saturday | Maine State Museum, 230 State St., Augusta | Free | mainestatemuseum.org
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Donn Fendler’s boyhood survival adventure on Mount Katahdin, where he was lost for nine days. He’ll be speaking about the experience and signing copies of ôLost on a Mountain in Maineö at the state museum.
22nd Annual Pet Show
6 p.m. Monday | Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St. | Free | kennebunklibrary.org
Here’s a terrific opportunity for kids who want a pet to meet other kids who have one and learn all about taking care of them. Past shows have included birds, rabbits, turtles, a bearded dragon, a miniature donkey, dogs and cats. Pre-registration is required, so call 985-2173, Ext. 5, to reserve your spot. All pets must be current on shots, on a leash or caged, and accompanied by an adult and child.
Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday | Corner of High and Main streets, Downtown Belfast | Free | www.facebook.com/BelfastSummerNights
The Belfast Summer Nights series invites you to bring your chairs, a picnic and especially your dancing feet for the musical stylings of the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra. The show is free and the good times and great music are priceless.