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Posted: September 17, 2013

Octoberfest, chalk art, BBQ & fall fairs: 6 things to do this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

It’s a lederhosen kind of weekend. Wear your best German apparel to Saturday’s Octoberfest. There’s also plenty of fair action, too, with the Common Ground Country Fair running all weekend and Cumberland Fair starting up on Sunday. I’m ready for some fried dough and a few spins on The Scrambler. Although not necessarily in that order. Plus blues, barbecue, and running for beer.

For the weekend of Sept. 20-22

1. Hold beer steins, wear lederhosen


11 am-6 pm Saturday | $20 admission | Sebago Brewing Company Brewery, Gorham|
There will be beer, and plenty of it. And German foods like wood-fired pretzels, homemade pickles, Runabout Red Ale braised bratwurst, and sauerkraut). And live music. And you, we hope, will be there sporting your finest lederhosen and competing in the stein-holding competition. And because it’s never smart to stein and drive, The Maine Brew Bus will be shuttling folks between the Gorham brewery and Portland.

2. Make art on the sidewalk

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Biddeford’s Chalk on the Walk

10 am-3 pm Saturday | $10 to draw on a square | Main Street, Biddeford |
You were five when you mastered chalk art. Show off your sidewalk talents during Chalk on the Walk. There will also be artists creating temporary masterpieces that you’ll want to see before the rain takes them away. Music, dancing, pony rides (ponies!), interactive art, craft fair, and a community chalk mural, too.

3. Hear blues, eat barbecue

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Portland BBQ & Blues Festival

Friday-Sunday | $10 daily/$25 weekend pass | Maine State Pier, Portland |
This needs little explanation, I think. Three days. Blues. Barbecue. All on Portland’s waterfront.

4. Eat, learn, buy organic

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Common Ground Country Fair

Friday-Sunday | $10 adults, $8 elders, children free | Fairgounds, Unity |
It’s an annual pilgrimage for many. And for good reason. This is one massive fair. The Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association’s annual fair features tons of amazing food, music, farming, demonstrations, workshops, vendors, speaks, livestock, games, and rides. Eat well and learn stuff about worms, composting, goat milking, growing organic crops, bees, weaving, and so much more. Here’s the schedule:

5. Run for beer. And pizza!

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Portland Trails Trail to Ale 10K

9 am Sunday | $30 | Starts on the Eastern Prom, Portland |
The Trail to Ale is the best kind of 10k. It’s a pretty course that loops Back Cove, which is nice, but it also ends with beer and pizza.

6. Ride the rides, eat the fried dough

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Cumberland County Fair

Sunday-Sept 28 | $9 adults, free for children 12 and under | Cumberland Fairgrounds, Cumberland Center |
New to the Cumberland Fair: Rodeos and bull riding! And all the fair favorites will be back, too, like the agricultural exhibits, food, vendors, demonstrations, livestock displays and shows, horticulture exhibits, harness racing, and midway.

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