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    Beer Meets Wood at Portland Company Complex

    Allagash Brewing Company sponsored a one-day, two-session festival at the Portland Company Complex on Sept. 23, drawing serious beer lovers from all over to Portland's waterfront. This was set to be the largest collection of wood-aged beers on the East Coast.

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    Trails to Ale 10K Run/Walk

    There's nothing like Portland Pie and craft beer in the morning after a 10K run. This 18th annual fall fundraiser for Portland Trails gets more than 1500 people out on the trails, with an after-party on the Eastern Promenade. #trailtoale2017

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    Porchfest 2017

    Portland’s Deering Center neighborhood hosted its 4th annual Porchfest on Sunday, September 10. This free community event is an opportunity for people to open their doors, meet each other, and connect in a celebratory way. More than 30 local bands performed on porches all afternoon while people meandered the streets on foot and by bike sharing food and…

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    Heart, Soul & Substance

    Opening night of the first Heart, Soul & Substance two-day music festival on House Island was beautiful, blustery and cool--in every sense of the word "cool." How much more Maine can an event get than water taxis, a vibrant music community, all things lobster, and local beer, wine and spirits? There were a half-dozen musical acts each night, Sept. 1-2. Tickets included transportation back and forth (and, of course, incredible sunset views).

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    Life Happens Outside Festival

    Teens to Trails (T3) hosted its first Life Happens Outside Festival at Thompson's Point on Aug. 25-26, celebrating the Maine outdoors and inspiring healthy, active lifestyles. T3's mission is to grow and support high school outing clubs throughout the state, getting teens to experience the joy of adventure here in Maine. But the festival was an all-ages event with everything from a toddler-led hike to a 3K trail race.

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    Scottish Festival and Highland Games

    With heavy athletics, music and dancing, food and shopping, historical reenactors, animals and clan reunion booths, there's a little of everything at the annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Topsham Fairgrounds. Whether the day's events are a chance to reconnect with your family and their cultural heritage or an opportunity to try something new--caber tossing? or haggis?--the St. Andrew's Society of Maine welcomes you. The festival is always the third Saturday of August (a warm time of year to be wearing woolens, but it's all part of the tradition).

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    Camp Sunshine Watermelon Festival

    Camp Sunshine's first annual Watermelon Festival at L.L. Bean's Discovery Park on Aug. 12 proved that anything a pumpkin can do a watermelon can do better... or tastier. With a watermelon eating contest, a carving demonstration, seed spitting contest, a greased watermelon challenge and other lawn games, live music and food, the Watermelon Festival was a sweet way to raise money and awareness for Camp Sunshine's retreats for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

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    Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort

    It was a fine day for the fifth annual Paddle Battle, The Nonantum Resort's Kennebunk River paddle race and lawn party Sunday, Aug. 5. More than 100 recreational and competitive racers brought kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and surfboards and paddled their way past cheering fans, vying for Paddle Battle trophies and local bragging rights. Music by the Kennebunk River Band, lawn games and picnic food rounded out a fun afternoon by--and on--the water, all to raise money for Kennebunkport Emergency Medical Services.