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
11 am-6 pm Saturday | $20 admission | Sebago Brewing Company Brewery, Gorham| www.sebagobrewing.com
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.
10 am-3 pm Saturday | $10 to draw on a square | Main Street, Biddeford | www.heartofbiddeford.org
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.
Friday-Sunday | $10 daily/$25 weekend pass | Maine State Pier, Portland | bbqbluesfestivals.com
This needs little explanation, I think. Three days. Blues. Barbecue. All on Portland’s waterfront.
Friday-Sunday | $10 adults, $8 elders, children free | Fairgounds, Unity | www.mofga.org/theFair
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: www.mofga.org
9 am Sunday | $30 | Starts on the Eastern Prom, Portland | trails.org
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.
Sunday-Sept 28 | $9 adults, free for children 12 and under | Cumberland Fairgrounds, Cumberland Center | www.cumberlandfair.com
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.