Now that we’re nose-diving right into fall, might as well enjoy it with some outdoor music festivals and a few 5Ks. Maybe running’s not your thing (mine, neither). There’s a beer brunch for you. There’s also a sand sculpting competition, family fun day, and “Witches of Eastwick.” And let’s not forget First Friday Art Walk. But really, this weekend is about the dogs. There are three dog events this weekend, from Kennebunk to Belfast. Because your dog deserves it.
For the weekend of September 4-7, 2014
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday | Pine Point Beach, Scarborough | Raise donations | sandsations.org
Sand. It makes for a comfortable place to nap under the sun and an uncomfortable companion between the sheets. It’s also fun to build with. During the Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest, which benefits Birth Roots, teams will have two short hours to build something amazing out of sand. They’ll be temporary masterpieces that will soon be lost to winds and high tides. But the sand will always remember the time you made it into something awesome. Also: There will be prizes.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday | Shawnee Peak, Bridgton | $20, 12 and under free | pleasantmountainmusicfest.com
It’s bluegrass on the mountain during the Pleasant Mountain MusicFest. Ten bluegrass and county bands perform during this five-hour event, and proceeds benefit the Bridgton Community Center Fuel Collaborative. Refreshments available.
Noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday | Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth | $18 per person, $35 family in advance, $20 per person, $40 family at the gate | www.317main.org/henryfest
The family-friendly music festival features the music of Tim O’Brien, Don Roy & Friends, Sly-Chi, Joe Walsh, Brittany Haas, Owen Marshall, The Jerks of Grass and Flight 317. Children’s activities include face painting, an instrument petting zoo, hooping, temporary tattoos, a book corner and a dress-up area. Also featured will be local food vendors and a 317 Main pie table.
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday | Coffee By Design, 1 Diamond Street, Portland | $25 | bartendersbrunch.brownpapertickets.com
Maine Beer Company in Freeport has partnered with Portland’s Coffee By Design for its annual stout, nicknamed “Bartender’s Brunch” for 2014. The beer was made with Certified Organic Ethiopian coffee and is the first collaboration between MBC and CBD. To launch it, Coffee By Design is hosting a party on Sunday at the 1 Diamond Street location. Your $25 ticket gets you samples of the stout and MBC’s Lunch, a coffee cocktail crafted by In’finiti, a 12 oz. CBD cold-brew coffee, a savory hand pie from Maine Pie Line, a Holy Donut and a commemorative tasting glass. After the release, “Bartender’s Brunch” will be on tap at the brewery and Novare Res Bier Cafe in Portland.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday | Steamboat Landing, Belfast | $2 admission, dogs and kids free | www.friendsofbelfastparks.org
It’s a big event for some small dogs with huge personalities. The annual Wienerfest brings Dachshunds of every shape, size and color to Steamboat Landing, where they can socialize, sniff and engage in some friendly canine competition. Activities includes the grand parade of Dachshunds at noon, the costume contest at 12:45 p.m., and the doxie derby at 1:30 p.m. Dog-friendly vendors will be on site, as well as good grub for the humans.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday | Deering Oaks Park, Portland | Free
Rock your four-paw socks off at an all day, outdoor music festival fundraiser for Chase Away K9 Cancer, an organization that raises money to help with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of canine cancer. You can wag to the beat of local live music and get immersed in everything dog through local advocates and vendors.
9 a.m. Sunday | Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk | Raise donations | animalwelfaresociety.org
A chance for you and your dog to enjoy a late summer stroll at Kennebunk’s popular dog-friendly Mother’s Beach, along with a few 100 animal lovers. It’s a two-mile walk and you can choose to strut on the beach’s adjacent sidewalk or your dog might be prefer the sandy route with ocean dip opportunities. Funds raised benefit the Sadie Fund, which helps pay for medical care for A.W.S. homeless furry friends in need.
8 a.m. Saturday | 28 Foden Road, South Portland | $25 in advance, $30 on race day | runsignup.com/Race/ME/SouthPortland/Strivefor55KRunWalkandBlockParty
Run a flat fast course in South Portland (hills are overrated) and enjoy a neighborhood block party at the finish line. Proceeds from the race (run or walk, it’s up to you) benefit STRIVE, a nonprofit in South Portland that runs programs for young adults with intellectual and emotional disabilities.
8 a.m. Saturday | Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth | $15 in advance, $20 on race day | www.running4free.com
Run or walk two scenic loops through Skyline Farm’s woods and field trails. The first 50 people who pre-register will receive a ticket for a free Fun Day pancake breakfast. Because pancakes!
9 a.m. Sunday (5K starts at 9:15 a.m.) | Bow Street, Freeport | Half marathon: $65 in advance, $75 on race day. 5K: $30 in advance, $40 on race day | freeporthalfmarathon.com
It’s a fun and “moderately challenging” course through Freeport (and by “moderately challenging,” I think they mean “Freeport will feel like the hilliest town in Maine”).
9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday | Village Green, 475 Walnut Hill Road, North Yarmouth | www.northyarmouthevents.org/events/funday2014
Fun Day starts with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and ends with a bean supper at 5 p.m. And in between there will be a parade, firefighters’ muster, horseshoe tournament, yoga, cribbage tournament and magic. You can also race your baby during the diaper derby. But really, it’s about the games, the inflatable obstacle course, bungee jumper and food. Lots of food.
8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m and 7 p.m. Sunday | Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street | $39 to $79 | www.ogunquitplayhouse.org
Ladies, you know how it is. You wish for the man of your dreams and you get the devil incarnate. “The Witches of Eastwick” is a musical comedy based on the film staring the devilish Jack Nicholson. Performances through Sept. 27
The Jazz Workshop
8 p.m. Thursday, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. $9. onelongfellowsquare.com
Don’t let the name fool you, for this workshop you just need to cool your heels and take in the tunes. John Clark has assembled a stellar cast of Maine-based jazz musicians to perform works by Mingus, Monk and the composers of “The Blue Note” period. You’ll hear bass, flute, sax, piano and drums.
Friday through Sunday. Litchfield Fairgrounds, 44 Plains Road. $6, $2 for 12-17 years old and seniors, free for under 12. www.litchfieldfair.com
Head to Litchfield for an old-fashioned county fair with midway, agricultural exhibits, livestock, animal pull events and historical fair museum. Entertainment over the three days include Gary Leet and the Country Drifters, Five Face North, The Wildwoods Band, Red Neck Truck Pull, Nikki Hunt Band, The Great Stephen Magician and much more.
9 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. $8, onelongfellowsquare.com
From Boston’s shore comes Cold Engines, a band formed by David Drouin of The Brew. Their sound is progressive and alt.country with one foot in the past and one right here. The new album is called “Day Drinker.”
Big Chips Trio
2 p.m. Sunday. Harpswell Bandstand by the Sea, Route 123. Free. 207-833-5771
With the rocky shoreline of Harpswell as the backdrop, kick back and relax to tunes ranging from old standards to hits by the likes of James Taylor, Norah Jones and the Dixie Chicks. Bring a lawnchair or blanket and soak up the sun along with the songs.
History Haywagon Tour
10 a.m. Saturday. Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport. $6 for 12 and older, free for under 12. www.wolfesneckfarm.org/history-haywagon-tour
Connect to the past of a saltwater farm with a rich history via a narrated awgon ride. You’ll hear stories of ship captains, fishermen, farmers, teachers and homemakers who have lived on Wolfe’s Neck for more then 250 years.