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Posted: June 12, 2013

Food trucks, blues & canoes: 6 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Before we run off into the weekend to eat, drink, ride on buses, and throw water balloons, let’s remember it’s Father’s Day. So, you know, maybe bring Dad on the bus. Or take him on a Sunday paddle. Or a wine dinner. There’s plenty for him and you this weekend.

For the weekend of June 14-16, 2013:

1. Eat & Shop (get something for Dad!) at the Flea

June Flea Bites
6:30-9:30 Friday | Free | Portland Flea-for-All, Portland |
Three words, folks: Food truck binge. Bite Into Maine, Mainely Burgers, and El Corazon food truck will all be at Portland Flea-for-All Friday night. And after you’ve satiated your food truck desires, head inside the Flea and shop the three floors of vintage, handmade and antique goods. Maybe pick something up for the old man, because it is Father’s Day weekend, after all.

2. Toss balloons and dance it up with the fam

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Cape Elizabeth Family Fun Day
All day Saturday | Free admission | Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth
There’s something irresistible about a world record water balloon toss attempt. I mean, you could be present when history is made. A world record! The carnival games, food, and music happening during Family Fun Day ain’t bad either. And the four-legged member of the family can strut his canine stuff during the free dog show. You humans can strut your stuff during the free dance contest.

Also: All Saints Parish 38th Annual St. John’s Bazaar
Friday-Sunday | Free admission | St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick |
Games, live entertainment, 5K and family fun run, horseshoe tournament, raffles, food, giant yard sale, rides by Smokey’s Greater Shows, and much more! Live music.

3. Park yourself for Shakespeare

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Riverbank Shakespeare Festival
5:30 pm Friday, 2 & 5 pm Saturday, 2 & 5 pm Sunday | Free ($10 donations encouraged) | Riverbank Park, Westbrook
Naked Shakespeare in the park, courtesy of Acorn Productions. This year’s festival features the Teen Shakespeare adaptation of “The Tempest” and “The War of the Roses,” a distillation of the three parts of Henry VI. Spread out a blanket and enjoy The Bard.

4. Ride the bus to bluestown

Sebago Blues & Brews Bus to the Maine Blues Festival
12–8:30 pm Saturday | $35 | Pickup/Dropoff: Exit 47 off I-95 Park and Ride
It’s blues all along the Causeway in Naples this weekend during the annual Maine Blues Festival, with the likes of Poke Chop and the Other White Meat, The Blues Prophets, Denny Breau, Jimmy and the Soulcats, and a host of others. The festival runs Friday through Sunday, and on Saturday Sebago Brewing Company is bring a bus up to the festival. And you can be on it. Hitch a ride to the festival for $35, then join the Sebago crew on a bar crawl, then get a ride home…or at least as far as the designated drop-off point.
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5. Take Dad for a paddle

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Father’s Day Paddle
2-3:30 pm Sunday | $5 suggested donation for adults, school-aged children free | Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Alton
Take your dad to the river this Sunday. During the Father’s Day Paddle along the Pushaw and Dead Streams, wildlife ecologist Bucky Owen will guide paddlers and highlight the area’s sweet ecology. You and Dad can talk about life and nature and all sorts of fatherly stuff. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are available or BYOC.
FMI or to register: or 944-9259

Alternately: You can always rent and paddle with Maine Audubon on the Scarborough Marsh.


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6. Wine and dine your dad

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Father’s Day Bordeaux Winemaker Dinner
6-9 pm Friday | $90 | Cellardoor Winery at the Vineyard, Lincolnville
Nothing shows true parental appreciation quite like a wine dinner. It’s a gift you and Dad can both enjoy. The Father’s Day Dinner at Cellardoor Winery includes a four-course Bordeaux-inspired dinner featuring local, seasonal ingredients prepared by 2012 Lobster Chef of the Year, Chef Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda and paired with Cellardoor Winery wines.
FMI: | To reserve: 763-4478

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