Things to do in Maine on 8/20 and 8/21

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Can you believe we are already halfway through August? Summer, as usual in Maine, flies by; before you know it, we are dealing with snow. Yes, I actually used the "s" word in August. This is why you should get out and enjoy these events this weekend. There is something for everyone, from car shows to motorcycle runs, live music to even skillet throwing. Yes, you read that right. There is a skillet throwing contest this weekend and there is also a big wiffle ball tournament that benefits the Maine Make A Wish Foundation in Bangor. You can even eat dinner out and do some good for the community with a couple of the barbecue fundraisers mentioned. Or get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at one of the craft fairs so you will have less to do come November and December.

Some of the events charge an admission fee, but as always, I make sure to include free events because who doesn't like a freebie? And there are plenty of fun activities to get the kids out of the house. If you have an event that I didn't mention, feel free to mention it in the comments for others to check out if they are interested. Make sure you mention the address, time, and date, as well as any admission fees. Now get out and enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Saturday, August 20th

Bangor is hosting the Wiffle for a Wish tournament at 1328 Union Street starting at 8:00 a.m. This tournament is the largest wiffle ball tournament in the state of Maine and all proceeds go to benefit the Maine Make A Wish Foundation. Spectators are welcome to come out and watch the tournament.

Bangor will have a charity yard sale for Sarah's House at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Group on Union Street from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. You can shop for unique items while also supporting Sarah's House. Sarah's House is a house in Holden that provides temporary lodging for patients undergoing cancer care. Some of the items available are antiques, clothing, furniture, household items, sporting goods, and much more.

Bangor waterfront will be the location for the Maine Vintage Collective Market from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can find one-of-a-kind finds including vintage decor, jewelry, clothing, records, and more.

Belfast Harbor Fest is at Steamboat Landing and Heritage Park on Front Street at 9:00 am with live music, kids activities including a touch tank and touch a truck, food vendors, a classic boat show, and a national boat building and relay race. After the races are finished, Come boating will be offering free harbor rows to the public. You just need to go sign up at the Come Boating tent near the boat house.

Biddeford is hosting RiverJam at Mechanics Park, located at 10 Water Street, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. There will be a water slide, family fun activities, horse-pulled wagon rides, live music performances, dance performances, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and more. Fireworks will end the night at 9:30 p.m.

Blue Hill Fairgrounds at 233 Ellsworth Road will have the Jonathan Fisher House Antiques Show from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Rain or shine, and an $8 admission fee. There will be over 30 antique dealers from Maine and Northern New England.

Boothbay V.E.T.S Fundraiser barbecue and cruise-in at the American Legion Post 36 located at 25 Industrial Park Drive. This will be from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This event will raise money to help build more emergency trailers for homeless Maine veterans. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids under the age of 12. The barbecue includes pulled pork, burgers, baked beans, and drinks. There will also be a live big band playing music, and while it's not an organized car show, classic cars are welcomed.

Brunswick is hosting the 43rd annual Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Thomas Point Beach and Campground on 29 Meadow Road. The festival is held rain or shine, and they invite everyone to attend, whether you have Scottish ancestors or not. Admission is $20 for adults and $5.00 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids under the age of 6. There will be vendors, Scottish food, kid's entertainment, music, sheepdog demonstrations, athletic competitions, and whisky tastings.

Brunswick will have the 16th annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival on Maine Street from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This is a festival of art, music, and fun for the entire family. Admission is free. There will be kid's activities, musical performances, and plenty of art to enjoy.

Bucksport Arts Festival is at the Bucksport Waterfront on Main Street (Route 15) from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be fine arts and crafts vendors, music, and food. Admission is free.

Corinna is celebrating hometown heroes with a family-friendly celebration that starts with a parade beginning on Maple Street at 9:00 a.m. There will be a cruise-in car exhibit from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the community center at 42 Stetson Road, vendors, and an art show from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will also be kid's games, a kid's potato hunt, skillet throw, bingo, corn hole tournament, chicken barbecue, and more, including a mountain man makeover at the bandstand from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. No admission fees.

Cumberland fairgrounds at 175 Blanchard Road will have the Downeast Street Rods 50th annual Rod Run from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5 and there will be 1972 and earlier cars.

Cumberland Rec Hall at 115 Blackstrap Road is hosting the Maine Micro Artisan Fair from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Local makers will be selling unique handmade goods that give you a way to shop local and support local artisans and crafters. You can find everything from handmade body care items, soaps, tote bags, toys, jewelry, and more. Admission is free.

Dover-Foxcroft Central Hall Commons located at 152 East Main Street will have a free play, Much Ado About Nothing, by the Recycled Shakespeare Company at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be sold and donations are welcomed. This is a family-friendly event.

Greenville will have the Moosehead Lake's Lucky Duck Race near Jack's Air Service on Pritham Avenue at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 each, and prizes are 1st-$300, 2nd-$200, and 3rd-$100.

Greenville Junction Save the Depot's annual Depot Celebration and mooseburger barbecue on Rockwood Road. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., there will be exhibits, tours, music, a raffle, demonstrations, and mooseburgers.

Houlton Potato Feast Days will start with a craft fair in Monument Park from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There will be a quilt show from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Higher Ed Center at 18 Main Street. There will be a pie and ice cream social at Church of the Good Shepherd at 116 Main Street from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Lewiston Great Falls Balloon Festival will be held both Saturday and Sunday at Simard-Payne Memorial Park, located at 46 Beech Street, starting with the hot air balloons launching at 6:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The balloons will launch, weather permitting. There will also be a parade at 11:00 a.m., live music, activities for all ages, carnival rides, and more. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival on Center Street both Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with live music, pie-eating contests, cooking contests, a parade, entertainment, fresh wild Maine blueberries for sale, a book sale, a blueberry farm tour, and more. There are no admission charges. Free shuttle service Saturday from the Hannaford parking lot on Dublin Street. Park for free, and take the free shuttle service to the downtown festival area.

Mechanic Falls Auto Supply at 26 Pleasant Street has the 11th annual breakfast cruise-in from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with food, music, and giveaways. This is a fundraiser for the animal rescue group Pittie Posse Rescue and Sanctuary.

Newport Band of Brothers' Annual Charity Ride with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Triangle Plaza, with kickstands up at 10:00 a.m. This will be a nice scenic two-hour ride through Central Maine, taking a break in Unity before heading back to Newport.

Old Town bike run with registration at Binette Park, 232 Main Street, at 9:00 a.m. Kickstands up at 10:00 a.m. with the ride ending at Oceanville Boatworks, 170 Oceanville Road in Stonington. It is $25.00 for a single rider and $35.00 for two riders. Registration includes a lobster dinner at the destination. There will be music, prizes, and a raffle.

Naples will have the 10th annual Aubuchon Hardware Classic Car Show and BBQ at 499 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302) from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Registration for cars is at 8:00 a.m. There will be live entertainment, a barbecue, and prizes for cars.

Ripley will have an end-of-summer celebration with the Libertarian party from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 220 Chandler Road. Free food, games for all ages, a presentation of food sovereignty, and an end-of-summer celebration.

The Trenton Beacon Bar and Grill at 997 Bar Harbor Road will have the Catanese family benefit fundraiser from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The event will be free with donations accepted. There will be plenty of raffles with prizes, a dunk tank, corn hole tournament, music, and Darlings Ice Cream for a Cause truck will be there along with Wing Dingahs food truck. This fundraiser is to help Andrew Catanese, who is a local lobster fisherman, and his family as he is dealing with a brain tumor.

Waterboro is hosting the 4th annual York County Blues Fest at Friendship Park on 255 Old Alfred Road from 1:00 until 7:30 p.m. with the gates opening at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. This concert will be 6 hours of great blues music in Southern Maine, and you can bring blankets and chairs for sitting on the lawn. No outside food or drink is allowed in the park. Reasonably priced food, snacks, soft drinks, and cold bottled water will be available for cash purchase. Adult beverages are available for purchase with ID.

Winslow motorcycle run for Kelly's Cause at Fort Halifax. Kelly's Cause was created in 2014 in memory of her father, Bob Burns, who passed away in 2006 from brain cancer. This is a fundraiser to raise funds for the National Brain Tumor Society for research and awareness of brain cancer. Meet at 9:00 a.m for a donation ride, followed by kick stands up at 10:00 a.m.

Washburn is hosting the August Festival this weekend and there will kid's activities, a parade, a craft show, a mini fireman's muster, food vendors, music, town-wide yard sales during the day, and more. The 1st Annual Dana Woodman Classic/Vintage/Antique Car and Truck Show will be held in the Washburn Elementary parking lot at 33 School Street from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

Wiscassett is hosting Schoonerfest in downtown Wiscassett to commemorate the Maritime Heritage of Wiscasset with free live music, family activities, historic reenactments, food and drink, and more starting at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, August 21st

The Augusta South Parish Congregational Church at 9 Church Street will present the free play "Much Ado About Nothing" by the Recycled Shakespeare Company at 2:00 p.m. Concessions will be sold and donations are welcomed. This is a family-friendly event.

Brownville RKMC Chapter 8 will be hosting a charity ride for Garrett Armstrong. Garrett is a 3rd grader recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This fundraiser is to help raise some funds for the essentials to help the family. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m. at Brownville Elementary School on 774 Main Road. Kickstands will go up promptly at 10:30 a.m. Registration is $20 per bike or vehicle. The ride route will be out to Route 221 into Hudson and then connect with Route 43 into Old Town for our first stop at the Dysart's for a quick break. After the Dysart's break, the ride heads down Route 6 & 16 to the Lagrange four corners for a half-hour break. After the half-hour break, the ride will continue down Route 6 &16 into Milo and take Route 11 back to Brownville Elementary to end with a barbecue. There will be raffles, Darlings Ice Cream for a Cause will be there and if Garrett is feeling well, he will be at the barbecue.

Camden Snow Bowl at 20 Barnestown Road will host a free concert with "Breakin Strings", a Maine bluegrass band, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Bring something to sit on the lawn and a picnic with water being sold on-site. No tickets are needed.

Dixfield Harlow Park at 141 Weld Street will have the Dirigo High School Car Show from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Registration for cars starts at 7:00 a.m. with a fee of $10. Rain or shine, the event will be held. There will also be concessions, a craft fair, music, and 50/50 raffles. General admission is $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for students, and free for kids ages twelve and younger.

Lewiston Great Falls Balloon Festival will be held at Simard-Payne Memorial Park, located at 46 Beech Street, starting with the hot air balloons launching at 6:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The balloons will launch, weather permitting. There will also be live music, activities for all ages, carnival rides, and more.

Litchfield will have the 26th Anniversary Litchfield Firefighters Show & Shine at Carrie Ricker Middle School, 573 Richmond Road, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There will be over thirty classes of cars, trucks, and motorcycles to check out. There are lots of prizes and great food, and at last year's show, there were over 400 vehicles.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival on Center Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m, with live music, a food court, craft booths, and fresh wild Maine blueberries for sale. There is no admission charge.

Portland will have a motorcycle poker run starting at the Big Moose Harley-Davidson at 375 Riverside Street with registration starting at 8:00 a.m. Kickstands are up at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds from the run will go towards sponsoring local families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. $20 per player, $10 per passenger as a non-player, or $20 for passengers to also play. The first draw will be at registration, then three stops for card draws. One draw will be in Standish at the scenic overlook on Route 35 by Sebago Lake, another at Dunkin on Route 5 in Waterboro, and another on the Narragansett trail in Buxton at Reynolds Motorsports, with the final draw at the Legion Hall parking lot at 26 Casco Road in Naples. Pick your route between the stops and enjoy the ride. Cash prizes for the best and worst hands. A biker carnival and games will follow the run at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a drop box for non-perishables for the Lakes Region food pantry at the carnival.

Southwest Harbor Annual August Craft Fair is being held at Pemetic Green on Main Street from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Surry game night at The Gatherings, 1208 Surry Road, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. $2.00 per person You can come and play old and new board games; card games, dice games, and word games; and bring your favorite games. Everyone is welcome.

Washburn August Festival will have antique tractor pulls at Washburn High School at 33 School Street at 10:00 a.m. Town-wide yard sales will also be going on during the day.

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