This is the weekend to trump all weekends. There are snow sports of every variety, over-the-top costumes, air rifles, toboggans, ice bars and cardboard box races. There are horses, hockey and turkey bowling. Whatever your winter weekend fantasy is, I bet you can find it between February 5 and 8.
For the weekend of Feb. 5-8, 2015
8 p.m. Friday, The Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield. $25. stonemountainartscenter.com
Hear three stellar voices become one with gorgeous harmonies, dobro, guitar and bass. Red Molly plays songs ranging from folk roots, to bluegrass with some honky tonk and ballads throw in the mix.
Races start at 10 a.m. Sunday, Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson. $25. hvnc.org/biathlon-2
Not a great cross-country skier? That’s okay! Never shot an air rifle? No problem! This annual biathlon is open to skiers and shooters of all levels – novice included. (There’s even gear you can borrow and you’ll go through a gun safety session before heading out). Categories for novice, intermediate and advanced skiers – and afterwards enjoy beer and hot toddies.
Friday-Sunday | Camden Snow Bowl | camdensnowbowl.com
Competitors in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships will find out first hand what it’s like to rumble down the 400-foot-long chute and coast out onto a frozen pond. First-timers might focus on their costuming (a cape and a pair of underpants are a surefire hit) and hitting the finish line without losing knuckle flesh to the unforgiving wooden chute walls. But spectators will have quite the time, too. Food, bonfires, races, and festivities.
10 a.m. Sunday, East End Hill, Portland. $40 per team ($30 for junior duo). snowmanadventure.com
The Snowman Adventure Race is a two-person relay combining running, biking and downhill sledding. One teammate heads out first for a half-mile bike ride around Back Cove, the second takes on a 2.25-mile run around the East End. Each leg of the race is begun with a hearty run up the East End hill and a return sled down. And both teammates sled together to the finish. Men’s, women’s, co-ed and adult-child teams.
Friday-Sunday, various locations in Biddeford. Free. heartofbiddeford.org
Don’t miss the human dog sled biathlon, followed by a snowball throwing contest (based on distance, not accuracy) Friday night, Feb. 6. Also find sleigh rides, pony rides, free ice skating and more throughout the weekend.
ALSO: Check out the Winter Carnival at Run of the Mill on Feb. 7. There will be an ice bar outside with signature cocktails and beer from Run of the Mill and Sam Adams. There will also be a live band outside (and heaters, too, to fend off the chill. Even still, dress warmly). And the cool thing? Ice shots: shots in little glasses made of ice. FMI: facebook.com
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. $9 per person or $25 per family. skylinefarm.org
Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh…that might actually have more than one horse pulling it. Sleigh Day at Skyline Farm is a chance to take in the beautiful wintry scenery and get a sleigh ride. There will also be horse and driver demos, dog-sledding demos, and a guided snowshoe or cross-country ski at 2 p.m.
7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $17 in advance, $20 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
The Banff Mountain Film Festival features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental and adventure mountain films, including “Happy Winter,” about gratitude in the mountains; “Touch,” a flying tour of Greece and France; and “Arctic Swell, about surfing at the ends of the earth.
4 to 8:30 pm. Friday and noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mill Creek Park and Wainwright Recreation Complex, South Portland. Free. southportland.org
On Friday, head to Mill Creek Park for ice skating and a glow-in-the-darnk chuck-a-puck contest, ice carving demo and music. Saturday starts with pancakes, followed by hockey clinics, wagon rides, snow sculpture contests, snow shoeing, ice skating, pond hockey, food trucks and turkey bowling at Wainwright Recreation Complex.
Friday-Sunday, various locations, Auburn. Many activities free, some require a fee. auburnmaine.gov
Sledding, snowmobile rides, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, ice sculptures, torchlight parade, music and more.
7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Seal Cove Auto Musuem, Seal Cove. $35. sealcoveautomuseum.org
No password needed for this speakeasy, but there will be a 12-piece swing band, specialty cocktail, prohibition-era beers, blackjack tables and belly dancer performance.
Note: The Pond Hockey Classic has been canceled and will not be made up. The amount of snow on Sidney Pond compromised the ice, according to organizers.
Friday-Sunday, Snow Pond Center for the Arts (Messalonskee Lake), Sidney.
There will be hockey. Six divisions worth, in fact. But at the Maine Pond Hockey Classic, there will also be polar dipping, cornhole, hockey puck curling, a beer garden, fire pits and skating competitions.
5 to 8 p.m. Friday, downtown Kingfield. Free. facebook.com/KingfieldArtWalk
During the Winter Artwalks in Kingfield, art lovers don’t always walk from gallery to gallery. They take a horse drawn sleigh. Local galleries, museums, businesses and restaurants will be open for the monthly event, and many will have light refreshments in addition to local art, music and poetry readings. The ArtWalk is free.
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. Free. colby.edu
The best valentines are the ones you make yourself. Learn about printmaking and design your own stamps to print your personalized valentines.
Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Saturday, Corthell Concert Hall, 37 College Ave., Gorham. $8. $5 seniors, students, USM employees and alumni. usm.maine.edu/music/smso-0
Slip into a peaceful and invigorating space courtesy of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra will perform the iconic body of music featuring violin soloists, faculty members Robert Lehmann and Ferdinand Liva, and senior performance majors Samuel Schuth and Victoria Hurlburt.
Piping Hot Flutes
7 p.m. Saturday, South Portland Public Library, 428 Broadway. free. 767-7660
Maine flute ensemble Piping Hot Flutes invites you to a pre-Valentine’s musical celebration of love and lovers. The program includes Latin tangos, arias from romantic operas, folk songs and much more.
Maine Roller Derby: Hate the Love Bout
5 p.m. Saturday, Happy Wheels Skate Center, 331 Warren Ave., Portland. $7 in advance, $8 at the door, $5 kids, free for kids 5 and under. mainerollerderby.com
Fill your heart with love or hate. The choice is yours as you watch Maine Roller teams, The Calamity Janes and RIP Tides, duke it out on the flat track for glory and bragging rights.
Noon Wednesday, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Free. portlandlibrary.com
Novelist Cathie Pelletier will be speaking about her latest book “A Year After Henry.” The story is a portrait of both grief and healing in the aftermath of main character Henry’s fatal heart attack at forty-one.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free. patten.lib.me.us
Catch a screening of the 1946 Cary Grant spy thriller “Notorious.” The cast includes Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains and the story centers around a woman who is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America.