Posted: June 16, 2015
Paddle Battle, Bluegrass & Great Falls Brewfest: 9 things to do in Maine this weekend
Written by: Shannon Bryan
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First Fruits Oxbow Prom
8 p.m. Friday, Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Avenue, Portland. $10. oxbowbeer.com
There wasn't any beer at your prom. At least, none you'll ever admit to. But now that you're all grown up, you're allowed to wear tuxedos and fancy dresses just for the heck of it and you're allowed to drink beer while doing so. $10 gets you a glass of Oxbow's First Friuts and a happenin' good time. Tandem Bakery will bring with fruit-pie bar and DJ Hiduke brings the music.
Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival
Through Sunday, Litchfield Fairgrounds, Litchfield. Litchfield Fairgrounds. $10-$80. blisteredfingers.com
You'll hear banjos, fiddles, and high, lonesome harmonies from national and local bands, including The Gobson Brothers, Dan Paisley and The Southern Grass, Sink & Co., The Baker Family and Phat Burger Deluxe, among others. Come for the day or bring a tent or your VW van to camp for four whole days of bluegrass.
Found Footage Festival
8 p.m. Saturday, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. $12. foundfootagefest.com
People recorded some disturbing stuff on VHS. Much of it might've gone the way of the incinerator if it weren't for Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. The curators of the Found Footage Festival, Nick and Joe take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds. You won't believe some of the things people purposefully recorded.
Read more: Found Footage Film Festival showcases the joy, humor and horror in found VHS tapes
Great Falls Brewfest
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston. $40 general admission, $60 VIP, $20 designated driver. www.greatfallsbrewfest.com
First, let's talk about the beer. Over 30 breweries and over 100 beers from Maine and away will be there. Plus food trucks. Plus a mini craft fair and live art installations. Plus music and disc golf games and a cornhole tournament and giant Jenga and - whew - that's a lot.
Read more: Dave gives this weekend’s Great Falls Brewfest in Lewiston a whole-hearted endorsement
Oyster & Wine Tasting Cruise
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, aboard the The River Tripper, Schooner Landing Marina, 40 Main St., Damariscotta. $42. ddamariscottarivercruises.com/product/oyster-wine-tasting-nite/
Six summer wines will meet oysters harvested from six farms on the Damariscotta River. (Spoiler alert: They'll get along famously.) Enjoy the pairings and river view on the scenic (and delicious) tour.
Rock the Boat at Boatyard Grill
Noon to 10 p.m. (music starts at 1 p.m.) Saturday, The Boatyard Grill, 13 E Blue Hill Road,
Blue Hill. $25. www.eventbrite.com
The Mallett Brothers Band, Chris Ross, The Trisha Mason Band and Blue Hill's own Junkyard Cats perform at this cool waterfront spot in Blue Hill. The Boatyard Grill will have plenty of food and drink and there will be even more grub provided by Mia's Noodles, Little Island Oysters and others.
Paddle Battle — POSTPONED
12:30 to 4 :40 p.m. Sunday, The Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. $35 adults, $30 juniors, $15 kids fun race. www.paddlebattlekport.com
In canoes, paddleboards and kayaks (and even surfboards), the paddlers will descend on The Nonantum Resort for the annual Paddle Battle - a 1.7-mile race on the Kennebunk River. The afternoon of friendly competition also includes music, a barbecue and beer.
Food Truckers Summer Solstice Celebration
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 108 St. John St., Portland. $5 suggested donation. somebigs.org
When the food trucks get together, you know it's going to be a good time. This benefit for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southern Maine will include grub from food trucks like Mainely Burgers, Mainely Treats, Fishin' Ships, Locally Sauced, Gusto's, Wicked Good and PB&ME. Plus Shipyard beer, live music and raffles.
Sunday through Saturday, Boothbay Harbor. windjammerdays.org
Seeing the fleet under full sail on Tuesday afternoon is a Windjammer Days highlight, but there are plenty of other events to keep attendees occupied, like pirate ship tours, antique boat parade, art fair, concerts, haunted history tours, tug of war, kids activities and more.
For the weekend of June 18-21, 2015
NOTE: The Paddle Battle has been postponed due to weather.
Now here’s a weekend for you: Celebrate prom night at Oxbow Brewing, celebrate the solstice with a bunch of food trucks and celebrate weirdos at the Found Footage Festival. There’s also a Paddle Battle in Kennebunkport, brew festival in Lewiston, bluegrass festival in Litchfield and oysters and wine on a boat it Damariscotta.
For even more events, check the MaineToday.com calendar: calendar.mainetoday.com/events