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Posted: March 25, 2014

Stache Pag, Brew Haha & Bikes on Ice: 5 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

For mustache wearers and the people who love them, this is your weekend. The Stache Pag returns on Saturday, along with a facial hair farmers market and other related events. There’s also beer and comedy, a high school battle of the bands, and a firefighters race this weekend. And let’s not forget the rare chance to ride a bike on an ice rink.

For the weekend of March 28-30

1. Laugh local

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Portland Comedy Brew Haha

7 pm Friday | Rising Tide Brewing Co., Portland | $8 |  www.facebook.com
It’s local beer and local comedy during the third installation of the Brew Haha. Between impending tax deadlines and a winter that just won’t quit, we need a good laugh. And a drink. This event has both. And an evening of local beer and local comedy sure beat weeping alone in front of the television at the reality of another weekend in the 30s. Admission includes a 10-ounce pour of any of the beers Rising Tide has on tap.


2. Rock On

Sarah Morrill photo

MAMM SLAM Prelims

1 pm Saturday | Bayside Bowl, Portland | $10 students and $12 adults | www.facebook.com
Today’s rock stars were once just high school kids in a band. The lucky ones had parents who actually encouraged their musical inclinations. It’s possible some future rock stars will be at Bayside Bowl this weekend of the preliminary rounds of the 2014 MAMM SLAM. Eleven bands compete for the title of Maine’s best high school band. The finals are May 5.

Check out the bands, hear their music, and vote for your favorite


3. Flash your ‘stache

Sarah Morrill photo

Stache Pag

8:30 pm Saturday | Ocean Gateway, Portland | $20 | facialhairfest.com
This year’s celebration of the mustache has grown, much like the mustaches on this year’s competitors. The Stache Pag features local and international men of “facial hair intrigue” who strut the catwalk (just for you!) and compete in four categories: The Magnum PI, The 1899 Maine Legislature, The Thigh Tickler, and the Castaway. Expect some awe-inspiring ‘staches, costumes, and celebrity judges. Audience applause helps choose the winner. Also part of the weekend’s festivities: The Facial Hair Farmers Market, International Moustache Film Festival, and Beards, Brunch and Movies.

Mustaches of yesteryear: A Maine facial hair retrospective


4. Ride on Ice

Press Herald file photo

Public Skate & Bikes On Ice Benefit

2:30 pm Sunday | $5 suggested donation | Biddeford Ice Arena, Biddeford | communitybike.net
Ride a bicycle on ice. Because why wouldn’t you? This annual event benefits the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford and affords you the rare chance to race a modified bike on an indoor ice rink. There will be bikes available to ride and different race divisions. Ride, watch, or take advantage of the public skate. Ice skate rentals available and the concessions will be open!


5. Chili out

Firefighters Race and Eat the Chili Cook-off

Race at 10 am, cook-off at noon Sunday | Sunday River, Newry | $1 per sample for cook-off | www.sundayriver.com
Firefighters compete in full gear as they race down the mountain – carrying a fire hose, of course. Expect impressive maneuvering and impressive wipe outs during this fundraiser for Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation. Following the race, there’s a chili contest (only $1 per sample) and a chili dog eating contest.


25 can’t-miss spring events in Maine


Spring is for falling in love, hiking, tending the garden, catching a baseball game, and finally cleaning out that darn garage (really, this time).

Whether you want to take a ride in a hot-air balloon, see your first roller derby bout or eat your weight in maple syrup, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 25 events happening in Maine this spring.
Because it’s spring – do stuff.



Now for your second course: 11 spring food and drink events in Maine


You read all the event-events, but that’s not all.

Susan rounded up all the best food and drink events in Maine.

Because sometimes you want to “do” stuff, but other times you just want to eat stuff.

We have wine, seafood, chocolate, vegetables.
Eat it up.


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