Posted: June 9, 2015
Old Port Fest, Brews and Tunes & Moose Calling Competition: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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1. Rails and Ales
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, 58 Fore Street, Portland. $20. www.mainenarrowgauge.org/rails-and-ales/
This beer tasting includes a train ride. That's pretty cool. The Rails and Ales series runs monthly into September, highlighting a different local brewery each month. In June, enjoy pours from Allagash Brewing Company and afterward, take a scenic ride aboard an historic rail car.
2. Gareth Laffely
7 p.m. Friday, Unity Center for the Performing Arts, 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity. $10, $6 for children 15 and younger, $25 per family. uccpa.unity.edu
Gareth Laffely is a 17-year-old multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Tennessee. He's also an award-winning Native American flute player with skills and wisdom well beyond his years. Laffely's debut album, "The Journey," was released in 2013.
3. Bethel Maine Moose Festival
Friday-Sunday, Bethel Common, 1 Broad St., Bethel. Free. www.bethelmainemoosefest.com
Three days of moose-centric festivities surround the moose hunting permit lottery (which takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday). The moose calling championship is a highlight, of course, but there will also be a range of vendors, live music, demonstrations, exhibits, book signings, beer garden and chainsaw carving.
4. Brews and Tunes
1 p.m. (doors), 2 p.m. (music) Saturday, The Captain Lord Mansion, 6 Pleasant St., Kennebunkport. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. kennebunkportfestival.com
Just one of the events of the Kennebunkport Festival, Brew and Tunes is a family friendly event (but the beer is for the grownups). This year's theme is Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay and music will be provided by Spencer Albee and special guests Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band. There will be food trucks and other vendors, too. You are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, but outside food and drink is not allowed.
5. DudeFest 2015
8 p.m. Friday, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. $8 ($4 if you wear a bathrobe). onelongfellowsquare.com
The Dude abides once again during One Longfellow Square's annual screening of the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski." Get in for half price if you wear a bathrobe (but only if there are tickets left. Is four bucks worth that risk?).
6. Walk the Working Waterfront
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the waterfront, Portland. Free. oldportfestival.net/walk-the-working-waterfront
Explore Portland's historic piers and wharves during this free, self-guided tour of Portland's waterfront. There will be boat tours, seafood sampling, buoy painting and a chance to learn more about how a working waterfront actually works. You can also get a sneak preview of the Portland Science Center on Maine Wharf.
7. The Art and Science of Food: An Afternoon with Chef Rob Evans
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, 29 Lowell St., Lewiston. $35. mainecenterforcreativity.org
Well-cooked food certainly tastes better than most of your science projects, but cooking is certainly a science. And chef Rob Evans (James Beard Award winner and owner of Duckfat) becomes professor Rob Evans during this educational event as he explores the themes of salt, knives, temperature and air in the Dempsey Center demonstration kitchen.
8. Old Port Fest
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Old Port, Portland. Free admission. oldportfestival.net
Multiple stages of music, Maine-made arts and crafts, food from local businesses, kid’s activities, and it all starts with a foot-powered parade down Exchange Street led by the Shoestring Theater. You probably already know these things, because folks around here look forward to Old Port Fest all spring, on account of it reminds us that winter really is over, summer really is coming, and it really is so much fun to eat food in the middle of the street.
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Sure, visions of Old Port Fest (the music! The revelry! The deep fried everything!) have likely been dancing in your head for weeks. It’s an event that lures plenty of folks to the streets of the Old Port every year. But there’s plenty else to look forward to: beer tasting train rides in Portland, moose calling competition in Bethel, Brews and Tunes in Kennebunkport, the art and science of food in Lewiston and DudeFest, where you can wear your bathrobe with pride.
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