Posted: August 11, 2015
Highland Games, Urban RAID & Tour de Farms: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Maine Highland Games
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday | Topsham Fairgrounds, Topsham. $15 in advance, $20 at gate, kids $5. mainehighlandgames.org
Sponsored by the Saint Andrews Society of Maine, this day-long event features pipe bands, a parade of tartans, athletic events, dancing, kilt making, fiddlers, Scottish merchandise and food and genealogy booths with information on individual clans.
Urban RAID Portland
10 am Saturday, starts at the Amethyst Lot, 1 Thames St., Portland. $60-$100. raidevents.com/urban-raid-portland
If you were a gritty street cop chasing a purse-stealing good-for-nuthin', you'd probably dodge pedestrians, hurdle garbage cans, and scale shaky chain-link fences with the determination of a superhero. And you'd catch that jerk. The Urban Raid is kind of like that, except there will only be good guys on the road with you. Expect a 3.1-mile course that uses the city landscape and urban elements to create a challenging course through the city - plus a cargo crawl, marine hurdles, tractor flip and RAID wall, among other challenges. Expect also to feel like a superhero. (Photo courtesy Urban RAID)
3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, 57 Gravelly Road, Kennebunkport. $35 adults/$5 kids comes with meal. kporttrust.org/shop-kct/
There's going to be a human foosball tournament. That's right - human foosball. Plus music from The Mallett Brothers Band and Raging Brass Reggae, food from Ned Bakes and Sea Salt & Smoke, a beer tent, hot air balloon rides, lawn games and more.
Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Maine Street, downtown Brunswick. Free. brunswickdowntown.org/events/boaf/
Art takes over Maine Street and the Town Mall during this annual event, which features a wide range of works from painting and sculpture to photography and fine crafts. There will also be live music, demos, specialty foods, kids activities and more. (Photo courtesy Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival)
Skowhegan State Fair
Thursday to Aug. 22, Skowhegan Fairgrounds, 33 Constitution Ave, Skowhegan. $2 admission opening Thursday, $10 Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, $8 Monday through second Thursday.
All the things we look forward to at a state fair will be there: demolition derby, truck pulls, harness racing, the midway, the animals, the fair food!
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, leaves from East End Beach, Portland. $65. portlandpaddle.net/acoustic-paddle/
Fort Gorges becomes an acoustic concert venue on Saturday evening - and you'll have to paddle to get there. Portland Paddle's Acoustic Paddle includes kayak rental, a guide to help to get out to beautiful Fort Gorges, snacks while you're there and, of course, live music from Caroline Cotter.
Tour de Farms
Rides begin at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, depending on distance. Starts at Morris Farm, 156 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset. $50-$75, depending on distance. www.morrisfarm.org
Here's a cool way to do your produce shopping this weekend: The Tour de Farms is bike ride through the farmlands along the Kennebec, Sheepscot and Damariscotta watersheds and includes stops at area farms where you can buy produce and other goods. (Those will be couriered back to Morris Farm, so you want have to haul them on your bike). Choose from a 20-mile, 50-mile or 100-mile ride.
It’s a weekend to celebrate toughness. Watch feats of strength at the Maine Highland Games or show some strength of your own during Urban RAID in Portland. Take part in a human foosball tournament in Kennebunkport or spend the day on the midway at the Skowhegan State Fair. Paddle out to Fort Gorges to hear acoustic music or ride your bike from farm to farm during the Tour de Farms.
For the weekend of August 13-16, 2015
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