Posted: August 19, 2015
Speakeasy, Balloon Festival & Royal River Music Fest: 11 things to do (7 free!) this weekend
It’s a busy weekend of balloon launches and music festivals – and let’s not forget an incredible opportunity to spend the night as a Chicago gangster (or at least dress the part). And not only is there a lot happening this weekend, most of the events we’ve listed here are FREE. Sweet.
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Seashore Trolley Speakeasy
6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport. $50. www.trolleymuseum.org
The Seashore Trolley Museum turns from a kid-friendly play place to a gangster's paradise during this 1920s-themed event. No real gangsters will be in attendance, but attendees are encouraged to embrace their inner Chicago gangster and dress the part. More than a dozen authentic Prohibition-era streetcars will become cocktail lounges for the evening, plus full bar, signature cocktails and live entertainment. (Shannon Bryan photo)
Great Falls Balloon Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston. FREE admission. www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org
There's nothing quite like the sight of hot air balloons inflating in the morning, am I right? The annual balloon festival is beautiful to look at, but attendees can also take a ride in one of these spectacular balloons! There's plenty of rides, food, music and games, too. (Press Herald file photo)
The Dancing Oaks Music and Art Show
2 to 6 p.m. Saturday Postponed to Sept 12. Deering Oaks Park, Park Avenue, Portland. FREE. portlandmaine.com/uncategorized/august-events
Note: This event has been postponed to Sept. 12 on account of the weather.
Here's a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. While away the hours enjoying family friendly music and an art show featuring artisans, food and tunes. Music will come from DJs Good Tymez, Carl Fisher, Dave Bregoli, Split the Atom and Mr. Deleroid. (Dancing Oaks poster)
Royal River Music Festival
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Postponed to October 3, Royal River Park, East Elm St., Yarmouth. FREE. www.yarmouthcommunityservices.org
Note: This event has been postponed to Oct. 3 on account of the weather.
Lots of live music from Jason Spooner Band, Gunther Brown, Armies with Dave Gutter & Anna Lombard, Gather Rounders, The Loose Threads, Gorilla Finger, Downeast Soul Coalition, The Delta Knights, Jenny Jumpstart and The Hadacol Bouncers. Whew! Plus food, crafts and kids activities. (Lauryn Hottinger/MaineToday.com file photo)
Portland Fine Craft Show
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Congress Street, Portland. FREE. mainecrafts.org
Congress Street will overflow with art and fine crafts on Saturday. The Fine Craft Show will feature ceramics, fiber, mixed media, paper, stone and wood crafts from 80 exhibitors from around New England. This event runs side-by-side with WCSH6's annual Sidewalk Art Festival, which is on the same day, also on Congress Street.
Behind Closed Doors Tour of Castle Tucker
10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset. $15, $10 Historic New England members. shop.historicnewengland.org
Our curiosity can't be restrained - we just love to poke around in other people's houses. Other people usually don't like that, but during this behind-the-scenes tour at Castle Tucker, visitors will get to peek at all sorts of things other guests usually don't get to see. (Press Herald file photo)
Maine Outdoor Film Fest at Bug Light
8:30 p.m. Saturday (outdoor activities start at 5:30 p.m.), Bug Light Park, South Portland. FREE. maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com
The evening begins with famiyl friendly activies in the park. Then at 8:30 p.m., the short films begin. Films inclued "Unrideables: Alaska Range," "Minute of Maine: The Butterfuly Effect" and "My 52 Weekends in Chile," among many others. And each one is an adventure unto itself - which one will inspire you?
Skowhegan State Fair
Through Saturday. Skowhegan Fairgrounds, 33 Constitution Ave., admission ranges from $2 to $10 depending on the day. skowheganstatefair.com
There's nothing quite like a agricultural fair to provide fun for the entire family. Head to Skowhegan through Saturday for this one and enjoy a huge midway, animal exhibits, crafts, commercial exhibits, flower show, animal pull events and harness racing. This historic Maine fair has been going in since 1818.
Notable Women of Evergreen
2 p.m. Sunday. Evergreen Cemetery,672 Stevens Ave., Portland, $10, $5 for members, free for under 12. friendsofevergreen.org
Take a guided tour through one of Portland's oldest cemeteries and through history itself. The Notable Women of Evergreen tour will take you by the graves of many exceptional women including author and art patron Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat and Augusta Hunt who worked for social justice and women's rights. You'll learn about other women who made significant contributions as abolitionists, business leaders, lawyers, doctors, nurses, artists and others. Tour begins at the visitor's signs near the cemetery office.
3rd Annual Village Folk Festival
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Depot Street and at Bridgton Community Center, Bridgton. FREE admission. www.facebook.com/villagefolkfest
Enjoy a farm to table feast made of locally sourced ingredients during this annual festival. There'll be plenty of food both days, live music both nights, plus local crafters and artisans and informational exhibits like "You Don't Know Beans." And new this year: the Best Beard Contest.
7:15 p.m. Sunday. Congress Square Park, Portland. FREE. congresssquarepark.org
Kids' summer vacation days will be dwindling but there's still time for some cinematic magic in the form of "Peter Pan."
See the 1953 Disney animated classic outside on a big screen and delight in the adventures of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy Darling and her family, and of course Captain Hook, among other memorable characters. ("Peter Pan" movie poster)
For the weekend of August 20-23, 2015
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