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Posted: May 27, 2014

Wine Walk, Women’s Ride & DudeFest: 8 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Wear a bathrobe in public without shame this weekend. It’s DudeFest at One Longfellow Square. Ladies, you can also ride your bike through scenic Freeport. For the non-cyclists, how about some walking for wine or walking for art? There’s a film festival in Sanford that’s only $10 for the whole weekend. See some secret spaces in Biddeford this weekend or some farm animal faces at Wolfe’s Neck.

For the weekend of May 30-June 1, 2014:

Remember the Rum Riot

Photo courtesy of the Maine Historical Society

Photo courtesy of the Maine Historical Society

Rum Riot events

Portland’s famous Rum Riot occurred on June 2, 1855, when a group of Mainers discovered that Mayor Neal Dow — nicknamed by his constituents “Napoleon of Temperance” — who had enacted the nation’s first ban on booze four years before, had a stash of rum in the basement of City Hall. Thankfully, the mercurial Neal Dow is long gone. But Bowstreet Distributing, a liquor distributor in Freeport, is remembering the Rum Riot with what else but a series of cocktail events from May 31 to June 2.
Saturday, Sunday & Monday | Various venues in Portland (and on Casco Bay!)
FMI: Remember Portland’s Rum Riot, with cocktails

Ride through Freeport

Photo courtesy The Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Photo courtesy The Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Maine Women’s Ride

Departing between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., depending on the route | L.L. Bean Casco Conference Center, Freeport | $55 adults, $45 Bicycle Coalition Members, $35 youth |
This one’s for the women who ride – even the ones who are new to the sport. Route range in distance (10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles and 62 miles), so there’s a scenic Freeport route for all experience levels. Stops and snacks along the way, and music, yoga, and munchies at the finish line.

Walk for wine in Ogunquit

Shannon Bryan photo

Shannon Bryan photo

A Wine Walk in the Ogunquit: Tuscan Reds

3 to 5 p.m. Saturday | Starting at Bintliff’s, Ogunquit | $45 in advance, $50 day of |
Learn about the red wines of Tuscany while walking around one of Maine’s own scenic towns: Ogunquit. Sommelier Erica Archer will guide you from stop to stop and you’ll impress your friends with your new-found wine knowledge.

Wear a bathrobe for The Dude

Film still

Film still

DudeFest 2014

8 p.m. Saturday | One Longfellow Square, Portland | $8 |
The Dude abides once again during One Longfellow Square’s annual screening of the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski.” Live music from the film will be performed by The Little Lebowski Under Achievers around 10 p.m. and there will be a costume contest and White Russians on special. Get in for half price if you wear a bathrobe (but only if there are tickets left. Is four bucks worth that risk?).

read more: White Russians & “The Big Lebowski” screening: DudeFest at One Longfellow Square

See film in Sanford

“How to Make Movies at Home” – trailer from Meow!Cat Pictures on Vimeo.

Sanford International Film Festival

Saturday & Sunday | Several locations in Sanford | $10 bracelets good for the whole weekend |
Sanford has a film festival. The two-day event will screen nearly 40 films – from documentaries and comedies to shorts, horror, zombie comedies and feature-length dramas. A $10 bracelet gets you into all the films as well as the filmmakers reception on Saturday night. Check the program for venues and showtimes.

read more: Sanford International Film Festival rises from LAFF’s ashes

Hang with the farm animals

Press Herald File Photo/Greg Rec

Press Herald File Photo/Greg Rec

Spring Festival

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday | Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport | $7 per person, free under two |
Explore the trails and gardens at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, but leave time to hang with the animals. During the festival, there will also be music, games, crafts, face painting, and demonstrations (try your own hand at fiber arts). And feel free to climb all over the hay pile and tractor (maybe leave that for the kids).

Art Walk in L/A

L/A ArtWalk

5 to 8:30 pm. Friday | Downtown Lisbon Street, Lewiston | Free |
The monthly ArtWalk in Lewiston features over 20 venues, most of which are on Lisbon Street. This means there’ll be plenty of art to browse without having to wader too far. The Grumps will provide live music, too.

See Biddeford’s secret places

Secret Spaces/Historic Places Tour

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday | Downtown Biddeford | $20 for the downtown/lagoon tour, $40 for the downtown/lagoon + boat/bus/UNE tour |
It’s a rare chance to see home of historic Biddeford’s seldom-seen gems, from the depths of the mill lagoon to the heights of the City Hall clock tower. There’s also an option to take a trip down the Saco River on Captain John’s Charters and an historic tour of Biddeford Pool. Tickets at

Read more: To the lagoon and back: Biddeford’s Secret Spaces/Historic Places tour

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