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Posted: September 1, 2013

Art walk, arm wrestling, Wienerfest & Victorian Fair: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

If you’re like me, then you appreciate a night of arm wrestling. And you also appreciate good spanakopita, small dogs in costumes, and strangers who touch the bumps on your head. This weekend was made for folks like us. Lewiston/Auburn’s Greek Festival runs all weekend, so feel free to make return trips. In between, check out some lady arm wrestling, help Sebago pick hops (in exchange for a beer and lunch), race your dachshunds at Wienerfest, and let the phrenologist assess your noggin during the Victorian Fair at Victoria Mansion.


For the weekend of Sept. 6-8

1. Eat Greek, dance Greek, drink Greek

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Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival

Thursday-Sunday | Free admission | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lewiston |
Baklava! Spanakopita! Everybody’s Greek during Lewiston/Auburn’s Greek Festival. There will be Greek dancing Friday and Saturday evening, plus a wide variety of Greek foods and pastries all weekend. The kids can get in on the Greek games, and everyone can get in on the taverna and bazaar.

2. Shop vintage, buy vinyl

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Flea Bites and the Portland Record Party

6:30-9:30 pm Friday | Free admission | Portland Flea-for-All, Portland |
As always, there will be three floors of vintage and antique wares to browse at the Flea. And the food trucks – like Gusto’s, El Corazon, and Small Axe – are returning to the lot to offer fine grub out of the trucks’ big windows. The combination of food trucks, vintage shopping is what has made Flea Bites such a monthly wonder. But this month, things get even wonderier when the Portland Record Party joins the fun. Vendors from all over New England will be there “selling and spinning vinyl, CDs, 33s and 45s of all genres.”

First Friday Art Walk

5-8 pm Friday | Free | Studios, museums, galleries in Portland |
Portland galleries, studios, and museums open up just for you! And hundreds of other local art fans! Browse the art (but please, don’t break the finger off of anything), see what the street vendors have laid out, and keep your eyes peeled for the guy in the cat leotard.

3. Pick hops in trade for lunch (and beer!)

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Hop Picking Party at Sebago Brewing Company

9 am ’til the job is done Saturday | Free | Sebago Brewing Company Brewery, Gorham |

You’re already invovled with how beer is consumed (you’re wonderfully hands-on like that). Now you can get involved with how it’s made. Sebago Brewing Company is hosting their annual Hop-Picking Party at their brewery in Gorham. You’ll “pluck some buds” and be treated to fresh beer and lunch for your efforts. The hop-picking starts at 9 am and goes until it’s done.

4. Watch women wrestle

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SLAP! Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland

9 pm Saturday | $5 | Geno’s, Portland |
Ladies compete arm to arm, bicep to bicep, during this Saturday’s SLAP event. Complete with entourages and with full-blown personas (from a lumberjack to Queen Elizabeth) they’ll duke it out and raise money for A Company of Girls. The $5 admission gets you in to watch the action and some SLAP bucks to “bet” on your favorite.

5. Parade your dachshund

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Dachshunds on Parade: 10th Annual Maine Wienerfest

11 am Sunday | $2; kids and dogs free | Steamboat Landing, Belfast |
It’s true, Belfast is a cruise from Portland. But your dachshund’s legs are too short for him to get there on his own, and he’s not going to want to miss this. The annual Maine Wienerfest is a celebration of dachshunds and the people who love them. There will be wiener dog races, a costume contest, hot dogs, ice cream, vendors, “bobbing for wieners” and a Doxie derby. And your short-legged friend will finally get to look all the other dogs in the eye.

Strut Your Mutt

11 am Sunday | Mother’s Beach, Kennebunk | $30 |
If your dog ain’t a dachshund – or even if he is – head to Kennebunk for an all-dogs-welcome event on the beach. You and your pooch can strut the two miles of beach and raise money for the Animal Welfare Society’s Sadie Fund. Because your dog is a do-gooder.

6. Eat Victorian, play Victorian. And get your head read

Victorian Fair

11 am-5 pm Sunday | $10 adults; $10 college students;$5 kids | Victoria Mansion, Portland |
Experience what life was like in Victorian times (petticoats not required!) during the Victorian Fair. You can tour Victoria Mansion, of course, but there will also be Victorian food and drink, lawn games, Victorian music,  Shakespearean sonnets presented by costumed performers, and demonstrations (like blacksmithing, amusingly trained dogs, and a civil war encampment). And best of all: There will be a trained phrenologist to read the bumps on your head.

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