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Posted: July 20, 2013

Movies outside, a brew ha ha & food from all over: 8 things to do this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Over the summer, when the weather’s swell and the rain is busy doing other things, we want to do everything outside. We’ll cook outside, eat outside, drink outside, and nap outside. This weekend, we can also dance outside, play games outside, and catch a couple of great flicks. Outside! There’s a couple of great outdoor music fests (one with campfire jam sessions and one with a beer garden – both outside!), a celebration of nations that features food from around the world, a comedy-meets-craft beer event, Shrek set to music, and two chances to watch movies under the stars (true, you can do that all summer at a drive-in, but these events are still pretty cool).

For the weekend of July 26-28, 2013

1. Catch a Family-friendly flick in the park


Bug Light Summer Movie Series: “The Incredibles”

Movie starts just after sunset Thursday | Free | Bug Light Park, South Portland | More info on Facebook

Kids love parks. And kids love movies like “The Incredibles.” Heck, so does my 26-year-old roommate. Thanks to The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber and the City of South Portland, kids and roommates of all ages can enjoy parks and movies at the same time. If you can’t make it this time, there are additional films this summer: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on Aug. 8 and “Monsters Inc.” on Aug. 22. Movies start just after sunset, and there will also be live music, games, and activities prior to each movie. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors like Mainely Burgers, Bite Into Maine and Pizza By Fire.

2. Hear forty bands over four days. And barn dance!

Photo courtesy Ossipee Valley Music Festival

Ossipee Valley Music Festival

4 pm Thursday-4 pm Sunday | Tickets $25-$115 | Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds |

Get dipped in a vat of music, with four days of forty bands on four different stages, featuring diverse musical styles from country & rock n roll, soul and blues, jazz and folk, and celtic and world rhythms. Barn dances, workshops, contests, yummy food, swimming, yoga, midnight film screenings, and a free children’s music program. This camping festival also has the best fireside picking and jamming scene around, so bring your instrument!

3. Laugh away as comedy and craft beer collide!

Summer Brew-Haha poster

Portland Summer Brew-HaHa!

8 pm Friday | $6 | Rising Tide Brewery, Portland | Portland Comedy Co-op.

The funny people of Portland Comedy Co-op are taking over the tasting room at Rising Tide Brewery. The $6 ticket includes a flight of fresh Rising Tide samples to drink throughout the show. The laughs, well, those are included, too. Beer will also be avaialable for purchase, should you desire more than the sample flight. And since it is Rising Tide beer, you probably will.

4. Come for the midway, stay for the chicken barbecue

Photo courtesy Casco Days

Casco Days

Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Free parking & admission | Casco Day Park, Casco |

It’s always the last Saturday in July! And the Thursday and Friday before, of course, because Casco Days can’t be squeezed into just one 24-hour period anymore. The three-day event includes a midway with rides and games, a kid parade and grand parade, fireworks, and a chicken barbecue. Because mmmm. Chicken.

5. Ride the bus to a park full of music. And beer garden!

Dam Jam 2013 poster

Dam Jam 2013

4 pm-midnight Saturday | $10; 12 and under free | Centennial Park, Denmark |

Dam Jam is an eight-hour festival of music, food and art and it all happens along the shores of Moose Pond. Performers include The Burlington Taiko Ensemble, Mountain Animation, Jacob Augustine, Sunset Hearts, and Coke Weed. The headliner is Kristin Hersh. “This whole show only costs 10 bucks,” says PPH music writer Aimsel Ponti. “This is the BARGAIN of the summer….and for just another 10 bucks, you can catch a bus to and from Dam Jam. It leaves from in front of Joe’s Smoke Shop at 665 Congress St. in Portland at 3 pm and returns you to the spot at the end of the night. There are only 50 seats on this bus, so book your ticket posthaste.”

6. Wait for true love’s kiss. Also, Ogres have layers!

Ogres have layers!

Shrek, The Musical

8 pm Thursday-Saturday & 2 pm Saturday | $42 | Arudel Barn Playhouse, Arundel |

Our favorite lovable green curmudgeon Shrek makes his New England debut in Arundel this weekend. Donkey will be there, too, along with Princess Fiona and a gang of fairy tale misfits. It’s the classic tale from way back in 2001: Shrek! And this version has songs!

7. Celebrate Portland’s cultural diversity

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald file photo

Festival of Nations

11 am-7 pm Sunday | Free admission | Deering Oaks Park, Portland |

Hungry? There’ll be a diverse array of delicious dishes from around the world in Deering Oaks Park on Sunday. The Festival of Nations celebrates Portland’s diversity with an afternoon of food, music, dancing, and performances. Not to mention the crafters and vendors who’ll be selling their unique wares as well.

8. Have a close encounter on the top floor of a parking garage

Photo courtesy MENSK

Rooftop Films: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

8 pm Sunday (movie starts around 8:30 pm ) | Free (donations appreciated) | Spring Street parking garage, Portland |

Good things happen on top of parking garages. Like free movies. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite people for free screenings on the Spring Street parking garage. A short film from a local filmmaker will be shown first, and then the feature. Coming up on July 28: “Close Encounters of The Third Kind.” And on August 18: “Dr. Strangelove.” Donations to MENSK, the organization behind the event, are always appreciated.

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