Outside. After a few days of rain, we need to make this weekend an outside one. Watch a movie – for FREE – at three outdoor locations. There’s a cardboard boat building competition at East End Beach and Shakespeare in the Park at Deering Oaks. And you can take your bike for an awesome cruise around Rockland – and enjoy a lobster roll at the finish line.
For the weekend of July 17-20, 2014:
6 p.m. Thursday (movie starts just after sunset) | Free | Bug Light Park, South Portland | www.facebook.com
Kids love parks. And kids love movies like “Miracle.” 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: “Frozen ” on July 24 and “Back to the Future” on July 31. There’s also live music, games, and activities prior to each movie. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors.
6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday | Deering Oaks Park, Portland | Free | www.fenixtheatre.com
The drama unfolds in the wading pool this weekend. Fenix Theatre returns to Deering Oaks Park for this summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park performances. This year, the company present “As You Like It.” Show goes on in light rain and performances continue through August 9.
READ MORE: Summer Shakespeare: Free Bard in Deering Oaks to Romeo & Juliet & Zombies in Stonington
7:30 p.m. Friday | $41 to $105 | Merrill Auditorium, Portland | porttix.com
PORTOepra marks its 20th summer presenting professional opera with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” starring a cast of singers with credentials that include performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. It is the largest opera production in Maine. Dona D. Vaughn directs, and Stephen Lord conducts.
Riders depart between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sunday | Oceanside High School, Rockland | $85 adult, $25 youth, $200 family | www.bikemaine.org
Ride your bike on winding country lanes, along the rocky Maine coast, past lighthouses and lupines. The annual Lobster Ride & Roll features five distance options, from a family-friendly 15 miles to a century that was recognized by Bicycling Magazine as one of the Top Ten centuries in the country.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday | $30 for the “Rowgatta,” $100 per family to build and float a cardboard boat | East End Beach, Portland | compassproject.org
There’s a reason boat-builders don’t use a lot of cardboard. On the upside, building and trying to float a cardboard boat is a ton of fun, even as it sinks. Families and groups will build their boats during the event and all materials and instruction will be provided. There are even awards for best dressed, most creative design and most dramatic sinking. In the afternoon, rowers and paddlers are invited to participate in the Rowgatta.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday | Free | Saco Drive-In Theater, Saco | www.facebook.com
The Saco Drive-In usually naps during the day (so it can stay awake to show you movies at night) but this weekend the drive-in will be filled with activity, including rows and rows of yard sale items and crafters, a bounce house and laser tag (bounce house costs $5 and laser tag $3). The snack bar will be open and local author Camille Smalley will be there signing her book on Saco Drive-In’s history.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Craft Brew Festival is noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday only) | $10 adults, $3 for kids between 3-18, free for kids under 3 and for museum members ($30 for beer tasting, 21+) | railwayvillage.org
Antique cars take over the grass this weekend, including classic and vintage automobiles, muscle cars and hot rods. This year, the two-day antique auto event includes a craft beer festival called Rails, Tails and Ales, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $30 and include beer samples museum admission and a souvenir mug.
8 p.m. Tuesday | State Theatre, Portland | $40 in advance; $45 on show day | www.statetheatreportland.com
Ryan Adams might have thought about changing his name, not to be confused with a certain 80s icon. But turns out he hasn’t needed to. His own career over the last dozen years in rock and alt-country has yielded 14 albums and a legion of loyal fans.
5:30 p.m. Thursday | Gardiner’s Waterfront Park | Free | www.gardinermainstreet.org
Singer Amy Allen and her band the Engine invite you to the waterfront for a show of pop, rock and folk tunes . Allen is studying music and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her latest EP is “Other Side of Somewhere,” recorded in Nashville.
Seanachie Nights: The Voyage of Saint Brendan & Sea Stories
7 p.m. Monday | Bull Feeney’s, Portland | $9 suggested donation | www.lynnecullen.com
With fiddle accompaniment, storyteller Lynne Cullen will recount the fantastical 8th-century account of The Voyage of Saint Brendan. The tale includes elements of natural phenomena with unexpected twists and turns. You’ll also hear a song or two about the saint and other sea stories by local raconteurs.
7 p.m. Thursday | Fort Sumner Park, Portland | Free | easternpromenade.org
Friends of Eastern Promenade Concert Series presents an evening of eclectic folk-rock. The Zulu Leprechauns merge styles from West Africa, rock and roll, bluegrass and folk into both covers and originals. While you’re there, nosh on food truck edibles from C.N Shawarma, El Corazon, Gustos, Urban Sugar and Wicked Good.
Audio Tour of ‘Art in Nature’
Open dawn to dusk every day | Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth | maineaudubon.org
There are 84 sculptures on view at the Maine Audubon headquarters in Falmouth as part of “A Celebration of Art and Nature.” An audio tour has just been launched so visitors can simply call a phone number (located on the center’s kiosk and along the trail) to learn more about the individual pieces of art.