Things to do 8/13 and 8/14 in Maine

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While August seems to be flying by, there are still plenty of events and activities going on in Maine to keep everyone busy this weekend. Maybe you are interested in viewing some art, or you would like to listen to some live music, or maybe you just crave some funnel cakes, cotton candy, and a ride on the Ferris wheel. Luckily for you, I have you covered with all of these activities and more! While inflation continues to take a bite out of our paychecks, there are plenty of fun and free activities that won't make you sigh having to open up your wallet. Some of the activities are perfect for a date, whether it's a second date or your partner of ten years. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and go listen to one of the free concerts.

The weather looks to be much less hot and humid this weekend, so get out and enjoy one or two of these events this weekend. There are free events, some with an admission charge, and plenty of fun things to do with the kids. The most important requirement is that you have some fun this weekend. Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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Saturday, August 13th

Bar Harbor will have the Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival on the grounds of the Bar Harbor Inn, located on the town waterfront. Saturday, August 13th, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. View fine art and crafts from local, national, and international artists. Free to the public.

Bath will have a free summer concert at Waterfront Park on 61 Commercial Street at 5:00 p.m. with Erica Brown and The Bluegrass Connection. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and enjoy the show. Shows depend on the weather, so if it rains, the show is canceled.

Bristol is hosting Olde Bristol Days with a parade starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Harbor Room parking lot. There will be a vintage car show from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Bristol Consolidated School located at 2153 Bristol Road. There will be activities during the day at Pemaquid Beach Park on Snowball Hill Road, including craft vendors, kids' activities, live music, and fireworks at night.

Blue Hill will have the Blue Hill Blueberry Festival at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill at 22 Tenney Hill from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be live music, a flea market, kid's activities, artisan crafts, baked goods, and more.

Brownfield is celebrating the 15th annual Brownfield Old Home Day 2022 at the Brownfield Community Center, located at 90 Main Street. The vendor booths open at 9:00 a.m. There will be a parade at 10:00 a.m., vendors, food, crafters, a play land for kids and adults, cow chip bingo, and more. It costs $5 to purchase a play land bracelet that is good for the day.

Brunswick is hosting the Maine Made Market at the Brunswick Naval Aviation Museum at 179 Admiral Fitch Avenue. Come shop from a variety of crafters specializing in photography, pottery, herbs, food, and more between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Free admission and free parking.

Dexter is hosting the Maine Red Hot Dog Festival in downtown Dexter from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Free admission and the festival will be held rain or shine. Main Street will open at 10:00 a.m. and all day you can find food, crafts, vendors, kid's games, and live music. There will be a hot dog eating contest and a cupcake eating contest for kids. There will be a rubber ducky race at 3:00 p.m. and the Maine Cabin Masters will be at the festival from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Gray will have the 6th annual Wild Blueberry Festival at 24 Main Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There will be artisans and crafters; live music; contests; kids' activities; food trucks; community food tents; and more.

Greenville is hosting Forest Heritage Days at Greenville Consolidated School at 130 Pritham Avenue. From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with a suggested $10 donation. forestry, wildlife, and recreation exhibitors; a game of logging competition; forestry equipment; chain saw carving demonstrations; food vendors; a craft fair; kid's activities; and more. From 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., there will be a pizza party and ice cream with a gazebo concert at East Cove Gazebo on Lily Bay Road in Greenville.

Hampden is having a Children's Day at Weatherbee Elementary School on 22 Main Road North. This is a free event open to the public, but all children attending must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a pancake breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and throughout the day there will be a parade, free activities, a live band, and food trucks with food available for purchase, including JJ's Jerk Shack, Crave ME, Poppie's Kettle Korn, Blue Smoke BBQ, Little Red Snack Shack, and Witham's Ice Cream. Fireworks will end the event at 9:00 p.m.

Harrison will have the WOXO Country Music Festival at Harrison Recreation Field of Dreams on 708 Norway Road from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The gates will open at 1:00 p.m. with the music starting at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $25 per person, and you will enjoy six hours of music with food and drink vendors and fireworks to end the night. This will be held rain or shine and no coolers or outside food or drink are allowed inside the venue. If you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantries, you will qualify to win meet and greet passes.

Hermon Central Maine Harley-Davidson will have the Central Maine bike show sponsored by United Bikers of Maine Penobscot County at 2387 Route 2 in Hermon with registration from 10:00 am until noon. Judging will start at noon, with awards at 2:00 p.m. Enter your bike and bring the kids to enter their bicycles in the kid's contest. There will be games, food trucks, door prizes, and discounts in the store.

Kittery First Congregational Church is hosting its 2022 Blueberry Festival at 22 Pepperrell Road. Local crafters and artisans' booths will open at 9:00 a.m. There will be live music, a lobster roll lunch cafe, and more.

Madawaska is hosting the Acadian Festival, a weekend jam-packed full of activities. There will be a quilt show from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Daigle's Furniture Store at 350 Main Street; antique tractor pulls at Madawaska Public Works at 9 Public Works Road at 10:00 a.m.; food vendors; cultural displays; live music; a craft fair from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 7th Avenue. The 3rd annual car show will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 554 Main Street and will include a giant inflatable park for kids ages 1–5 with an admission fee, an ATV track course, monster truck rides, and more. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

Naples will have the 29th annual antique and classic boat and car show from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The boat show will be at the town docks, and the car show will be along the Causeway to the town docks.

Old Orchard Beach has the 8th annual Seacoast Blues Festival at the Old Orchard Beach rec complex located at 7 Ballpark Way from 1:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $30 and there will be blues bands from around the country, along with craft and food vendors.

Oquossoc Day 2022 at the Outdoor Heritage Museum on Rumford Road, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, an antique show, food and drink specials, a dog show, a decorated boat parade, and the award-winning Maine Attraction water ski show team will perform at 2:00 p.m. in Oquossoc Cove on Rangeley Lake. There will be a car show from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Skowhegan State Fair is being held at 33 Constitution Avenue. Admission is $12.00 and Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash are accepted at the main entrance. Children ten years old and younger are admitted free. Admission does not include rides, and ride tickets and bracelets are available to purchase at the fair. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. and the midway rides open at 1:00 p.m. The exhibition buildings are open from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. There will be plenty of food vendors, games, rides, agricultural exhibits, Bingo, tractor pulls, truck pulls, and more.

Topsham Fair is being held at the Topsham fairgrounds, located at 54 Elm Street. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and admission is $15, which includes an unlimited ride bracelet. Kids that are 36 inches tall and under are admitted for free. The midway with rides opens at noon. Parking is free. Plenty of food vendors, games, rides, agricultural exhibits, a demolition derby, and fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

Waterville will have the Woofstock Festival from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Waterville Humane Society on 100 Webb Road. Proceeds benefit the Waterville Humane Society. Rain or shine, with free parking in the field adjacent to the Humane Society. There will be plenty of music with local bands, food trucks, and a beer tent. $25 for admission. Please leave your pets at home, and no outside food or drink is permitted.

Wells Jr. High School Route 1 will be hosting the Annual Summer Fest Arts and Crafts Show from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free admission with handcrafted items for sale, including jewelry, clothing, knitted and crocheted items, jams and jellies, photography, artwork, quilts, and more. This is a great chance to get your Christmas shopping started.

Wells summer concert series offers a free concert from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Hope Hobbs gazebo on 331 Harbor Road. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome. Enjoy some music on the harbor. In the case of rain, the concert will be canceled.

Winter Harbor is having its 2022 lobster festival in downtown Winter Harbor from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Lobster dinner from 11:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal building on School Street and a parade from Grindstone Avenue to Schoodic Loop Road at 5:30 p.m. There will also be boat races and a craft fair.

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Sunday, August 14th

Bristol Pemaquid Harbor will have lobster boat races starting at 11:00 a.m.

Camden will have a free concert at the Camden Snow Bowl, located at 20 Barnestown Road, from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. No ticket is needed and water will be sold on-site. Bring something to sit on and feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy the jazzy summer sounds of the blues. The concert will be held rain or shine.

Dover-Foxcroft First Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft will have Scoopstock at 126 Main Street from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Walk-in guests can purchase an ice cream sundae for $5.00, and you will have the opportunity to place a bid at the silent auction. This is a benefit for the Sangerville food cupboard.

Fryeburg flea market is at the Fryeburg fairgrounds on 1154 Main Street from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be antiques, collectibles, clothes, tools, general merchandise, and more. The flea market is held outside.

Harrison will have a free concert at Crystal Lake Park located at 262 Norway Road from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. Ultimate Country Band 2 will be playing, and you can purchase food from Iron Clad Eats and Dottie's Ice Cream food trucks.

New Gloucester car show cruise-in at NU Brewery, located at 437 Lewiston Road, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. All cars are welcome and the brewery will be open along with the food truck Bite ME, offering breakfast and brunch foods for purchase.

Rockland will have a free outdoor jazz concert at Rockport Marine Park from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy the sounds of The Creative Ensemble Collective, an ensemble of artists from around the world performing jazz, blues, and pop at Rockport Harbor.

Skowhegan State Fair is being held at 33 Constitution Avenue. Admission is $12.00 and Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash are accepted at the main entrance. Children ten years old and younger are admitted free. Admission does not include rides, and ride tickets and bracelets are available to purchase at the fair. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. and the midway rides open at 1:00 p.m. The exhibition buildings are open from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. There will be plenty of food vendors, games, rides, agricultural exhibits, Bingo, antique tractor pull, miniature horse show, and more.

Topsham Fair has its final day and it's senior citizen's day with admission for anyone 65 years and older at only $5. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and admission is $15 and which includes an unlimited rides bracelet. Kids that are 36 inches tall and under are admitted for free. The midway opens for rides at noon. Parking is free.

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