This weekend, put that melting snow to good use during the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race in Bangor. There’s also outdoor adventure to be had at Acadia – admission is free this weekend thanks to National Park Week. MECA students make musical art – also known as music – during the art school’s first music festival and your children can hunt around Gardiner for eggs during their pre-Easter festivities. Record Store Day is also this weekend, as is a chance to prove your awesomeness by bike riding from Portland to Portsmouth along with The Epic Man.
For the weekend of April 18-20:
6 pm Friday | $10 suggested donation | Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland | www.facebook.com
Maine College of Art is certainly a place for creation, although we typically imagine that it’s the kind of artistry that involves canvases, fabrics, darkrooms, or clay. On Friday, MECA students will prove that their creative capabilities extend into the musical realm, too. The first annual Music Festival showcases bands comprised of MECA students.
8:30 am Saturday | $40 for one-person canoe/$80 for two-person canoe | Kenduskeag Stream, Bangor | www.kenduskeagstreamcanoerace.com
The snow is melting! The water is rising! It’s canoe racing season! The annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is going to give canoers a run for their money this weekend – the likelihood of “man overboard” is increased this year on account of the high water levels (on account of all that snow). You can still register on race day or stick to the riverside and watch the racers go by.
10 am-1 pm Saturday | Free | Downtown Gardiner | www.gardinermainst.org
Your Easter needs a pre-game. Get some pre-Easter practice in during Gardiner’s Easter festivities. Search for eggs in Gardiner storefronts and during the Easter egg hunt in the Johnson Hall mini-park. Or let the kids get artistic on the windows of participating businesses (it’s the one time of year your kids are encouraged to scribble on shop windows).
Saturday | Participating record stores around the state | www.recordstoreday.com
Record Store Day returns with a slew of limited-edition releases and in-store performances. REM bassist Mike Mills will even make an appearance at the Scarborough Bull Moose location.
1 pm Sunday | Free | Meet at Flatbread, Portland | www.facebook.com
You are epic. That means you do epic things. On Sunday, you can join Epic Man founders Will Thomas and Seth Bradbury in one leg of their annual Portland-to-Portsmouth-to-Boston journey by biking from Portland to Portsmouth. It’s a “no drop” ride, meaning organizers will help make sure everyone who rides makes it safely. Then celebrate your epic-ness in Portsmouth.
Saturday and Sunday | Free | Acadia National Park | www.nps.gov
It’s time for some springtime adventure! Get started before the crowds during National Park Week, when national parks around the country are free to visitors. Maine has one wonderful national park: Acadia. And it’s open and free this weekend.