Whether you’re into beards or the Bard, this weekend has something that should please you. There’s a Stache Pag at Hadlock Field as well as some outdoor Shakespeare. But if the redneck in you is itching to come out, hit the Redneck [Blank] Pig Roast and Music Festival. There’s also plenty of dam music events. Namely, the Dam Blues festival in Damariscotta and the Dam Jam in Denmark. Add Art Walk, Flea Bites and some reggae, and, well, good luck choosing.
For the weekend of July 31-August 3, 2014:
7 p.m. Thursday | Hadlock Stadium, Portland | $5 | www.formstack.com
The Sea Dogs game against Trenton is going to get hairy. Mostly because there will be a host of mustache enthusiasts in the crowd. The folks behind the annual Facial Hair Fest have teamed up with the Sea Dogs and Traveler Beer Company for the Summer Stache Pag, including beard and mustache competitions before the game, a beer tasting, and parade around the field, followed by a great summer baseball game.
6 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. Saturday | $20, $15 students and seniors, $5 children | Library Park, Bath | www.bathshakespeare.org/
Shakespeare performed outdoors. It’s happening everywhere. During the Bath Shakespeare, catch a performance of “As You Like It” in Library Park. It’s the story of Rosalind who is separated from her true love when she is banished to the forest of Arden, but she employs a clever disguise to try to reunite with her love and, in the process, sets off a most remarkable series of comic events.
Thursday through Sunday | $45 for all four days or $25 Friday day pass, $30 Saturday day pass | The Farm, Hebron (off Route 124) | www.facebook.com
Yes, there will be competition. There will be pigs’ feet. The Redneck Olympics consists of several events, including the “tire beer trot,” a tug of war, a watermelon haul, a three-legged race, bobbing for pigs’ feet, a pie-eating contest, toilet-seat horseshoes and a wife-carrying event. Plus a mud pit for your truck and live music all weekend. There will be food vendors on site, a demolition derby, and free on-site camping. It’s a celebration of redneck living – and everyone’s welcome.
6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday | Free admission | Portland Flea-for-All, Portland | portlandfleaforall.com
As always, there will be three floors of vintage and antique wares to browse at the Flea. And the food trucks – a rotating cast that includes Mainely Burgers, Bite Into Maine, Small Axe, Fishin’ Ships, Wicked Good Truck and others – are returning to the lot to offer fine grub out of the trucks’ big windows. The combination of food trucks, vintage shopping is what has made Flea Bites such a monthly wonder.
5-8 p.m. Friday | Free | Studios, museums, galleries in Portland | www.liveworkportland.org/arts/walk
Portland galleries, studios, and museums open up just for you! And hundreds of other local art fans! Browse the art (but please, don’t break the finger off of anything), see what the street vendors have laid out, and keep your eyes peeled for the guy in the cat leotard.
3 pm-midnight Saturday | $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, $25 with bus ride from SPACE Gallery, Portland | Centennial Park, Denmark | www.thedamjam.com
Nine hours of music. Food trucks. Beer. Art. All in Denmark, Maine. Now before you get all “that’s too far” on us, you should know that you can catch a bus from SPACE Gallery in Portland that will drive you out and back. And you’ll get to see a musical lineup that includes Silver Mt. Zion, Deerhoof, AKWAAABA ENSEMBLE from West Africa, plus Sunset Hearts, Butcher Boy and others. There’ll be a Baxter Brewing beer garden and food from El Corazon, Beth’s Kitchen Cafe and Standard Gastropub. And it only costs $25 – with the bus ride! Tickets: damjam2014.brownpapertickets.com
Noon ’til the bars close Saturday | $25 in advance/$30 at the door | Darrows Barn (daytime) and Downtown Damariscotta | www.dambluesfest.com
The blues music runs all day on the main stage at Darrows Barn, including The Buzztones, Brandon Santini and The Colwell Brothers. Plus there’s more music at night a local venues like Schooner Landing and Mediterranean Kitchen. At the barn, food and beverages will be available for purchase. You’ll need to supply your own lawn chair.
5-11 p.m. Saturday | $30 per person, $10 for show only | Lakeside Orchards, Manchester | www.facebook.com/lakesideorchards
It’s island living all evening at Lakeside Orchards in Manchester. It’s true, the hot weather makes Maine feel fairly Jamaican-like, but the Jamaican food and reggae music will seal the deal. Gates open at 5 pm. Stay as long as you’d like, and don’t forget to BYOB. And if it rains? No worries! They got a big tent!
Through August 3 | $5 admission Wednesday ($2 kids), $8 admission Thursday-Saturday ($2 kids), free on Sunday | Rockland’s Harbor Park | www.mainelobsterfestival.com
Where is the world’s greatest lobster cooker? Up in Rockland, of course, ready to cook up 20,000 pounds of lobster for you and several thousand of your closest friends. The Maine Lobster Festival is back in business this weekend, with events including a sea goddess coronation, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, US Navy ship tours, cooking contests, marine tent and more. And did we mention the lobster?