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Posted: July 8, 2013

Moxie, yoga, beer, paddling & street dancing: 7 things to do this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

This weekend goes out to the Moxie chuggers and the craft beer lovers. And to the people who like film and the people who like free stuff. It goes out to the paddlers, the beer gardeners, and the calm, strong yogis. Also, this weekend goes out to the dancin’ fools of southern Maine, who are welcome to take to the streets this weekend to shake, gyrate, and otherwise trip the light fantastic.

1. Make Merry with Moxie

Press Herald file photo

Moxie Festival

Friday-Sunday | Free admission | Main Street, Lisbon Falls
It’s an acquired taste, they say. And judging by the popularity of the annual Moxie Festival, lots of people have acquired the taste. The three-day festival includes a parade, chugging contest, baking contest, Moxie floats, a three-day Pow Wow, and a river race (with Moxie pulled pork for spectators). There’ll also be fireworks, a 5K, live music, and plenty of activities for the kids, who’ll no doubt be wonderfully sugar-crazed from all that Moxie. And don’t forget to stop into The Moxie Store for some Moxie memorabilia to remember the momentous occassion.
FMI: photo

Craft Beer Comes to Maine State Pier

1-4 pm Saturday | $50 | Maine State Pier, Portland
The Maine Brewers’ Guild has moved the annual festival from the Boothbay Resort to Maine State Pier, bringing over 30 Maine breweries to Portland (along with a special “from away” guest: Victory Brewing Company of Pennsylvania). Because beer! The $50 ticket includes tastings, food, and a sampling glass. A $75 VIP ticket gets you early entry at noon, and designated drivers can still come and chat with brewers, hang out with beer-fans, bid on beer-related goods in the silent auction, and safely ferry a few friends home (kudos to you) for only $25.

3. Do the Eagle Pose on the East End photo

Maine YogaFest

Saturday & Sunday | $90 for 3-workshop pass | East End Community School, Portland
Are you into yoga? “That thing were people do a lot of bending,” as my colleague describes it? Maine YogaFest is a two-day yoga event offering a range of classes taught by local yoga instructors (there are more than 30 yoga teachers and 20 yoga studios participating). Attendees can try a wide range of yoga styles, from blindfold yoga to paddleboard yoga, and check out the vendor village, which will feature local businesses, artists, vendors and musicians.

4. Skip the rocks, win fudge

Courtesy photo

Orne’s Candy Store International Rock-Skipping Contest

10:30 am Saturday (registration at 9:30 am) | $5 adults, $1 kids | Parking Lot next to the Boothbay Harbor Footbridge
Most rocks never get to realize their true potential. They just…lie there. But some – the ones we pick up absent-mindedly on the beach and skip into the water – get to feel what livin’ is really like. A host of rocks will get to feel the wind in their hair (and then the water all over) during the International Stone Skipping Contest in Boothbay Harbor. The annual event brings stone skippers and spectators to the water’s edge to compete for a trophy and some rock-skipping glory of their own. And also, rocky road fudge! Proceeds benefit the local food pantry.
FMI: Orne’s Candy Store on Facebook

5. Dance in the streets. And then in the square photo

7:30 pm Saturday | $30 | Starts and ends in Monument Square, Portland

There’s no running in The Dance MIle. There’s only dancing in The Dance Mile. The Dance Mile is a mobile dance party that follows a one-mile course and finishes at a raging dance party. With all your best friends. Starting at sunset.
The Dance Mile on Facebook

6. Be a paddle warrior photo

Paddle Battle

11 am-6 pm Sunday | $35 for a one person team, $60 for a 2 person team | Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport
An outdoor festival for the kayaker, canoeist, and paddleboarder in us all. The festival’s main event is a river race at 1:30 pm, which includes divisions for kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards…and any other motorless vessel on the Kennebunk River. Afterward, hit up the barbecue.

7. See film. International film

Screen snap from “Barbie Boy,” one of the films being screened during the Maine International Film Festival

Maine International Film Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 21 | $9 film ticket, $85 partial pass (10 screenings), $200 full pass (all screenings) | Various theaters, Waterville
During the 10-day festival, nearly 100 films are screened, representing the best of American independent and international cinema. Also highlighted: Some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers.

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