Things to do 8/27 and 8/28 in Maine

The Maine Writer

Another weekend has snuck up on us, and you are saying, "what is there to do this weekend"? Well, have no fear, because I have it covered for you. There are car shows, a canoe race, outdoor concerts, a chili fest, and even a Renaissance Fair. This weekend, there are plenty of fairs to choose from, so you can get some fried dough and ride the tilt-a-wheel, although you might want to save the fried dough for after the tilt-a-wheel. There is even an event for the doggos to attend this weekend.

Take a look at the list of events around Maine this weekend. There are some free events, and some have an admission fee. If you are looking for something free to do with some friends, then you are covered, or plan a date night and surprise your significant other by heading to one of the free outdoor concerts with a picnic. Feel free to add any events you want to share in the comments section. You can also always feel free to email me any events at least a few days in advance if you would like me to mention them. Please share this list and, more importantly, make sure you enjoy the weekend.

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Saturday, August 27th

Acton Fair is being held August 25-28 on Route 109 in Acton. This is an agricultural fair with animal exhibits and events; a midway with rides; live music; a parade; and a women's skillet throw contest. Admission is $10 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free. On Saturday, the exhibition buildings are open from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and the midway is open from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Free parking on the grounds.

Bangor 2nd annual David Priest Memorial Cruise-In for Scholarships Car Show is at Quirk Auto Group parking lot at 688 Hogan Road from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, August 28th. It is open to all vehicles and free for exhibitors and the public. There will be food, music, and a 50/50 raffle with prize drawings on the hour. Donate to the scholarship fund and be eligible for grand prize drawings from local vendors. All funds raised will benefit college scholarships for high school students who want to continue their education in the automotive trades.

Bath will have the Summer Concert Series at Waterfront Park on 61 Commercial Street at 5:00 p.m. Free event with Yarmouth, Maine's steel drum band "Pan Fried Steel" performing.

Brunswick Landing Market will have the Maine Made Market at 179 Admiral Fitch Avenue from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can come and shop from local artists and craftsmen, with the event benefiting the Brunswick Naval Aviation Museum.

Bucksport is offering a dog swim at the town pool from 9:00 a.m. until noon for dogs only. If your dog is good around other dogs, then you are asked to bring a donation of $5 per dog, or a donation of cat or dog food, or an animal toy to participate. All the donations collected will go to the Bucksport Animal Shelter. The pool is located at 55 Broadway in Bucksport.

Dover-Foxcroft Piscataquis Valley Fair is being held 8/25-8/28 at the Piscataquis Fairgrounds on 77 Fairview Avenue in Dover-Foxcroft with the fairgrounds opening at 6:00 a.m. The midway opens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and the exhibition halls open at 10:00 a.m. Free parking on the grounds and ATVs are always welcome with direct access to the fairgrounds through gate #3. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $2.00 for kids ages 5-10, and kids under the age of 5 are admitted for free. Saturday's events include a horse show, truck pulls, antique auto display, Miss Maple pageant, skillet throw, and more.

Freeport free concert in the park with The Wood Brothers at Discovery Park at 7:30 p.m. Chairs are welcome, but no blankets on the lawn, please.

Gorham Orchard Ridge Farm at 236 Sebago Lake Road will have live music and more from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Come take a walk on the multi-use trails, play some lawn games, enjoy some food and beverages, and hang out by the fire while listening to some great music. It is a free event, but you are welcome to tip the band.

Kennebunkport Historical Society, at 8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, will be having a Family Fun Day from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This will be family fun with historic games and crafts for all ages. The cost of admission fee is $15 per family.

Limestone is hosting the Limestone Renaissance Fair on August 27 and August 28 at Albert Michaud Memorial Park on Van Buren Road from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be a performance of Much Ado About Nothing by the Recycled Shakespeare Company, youth archery, food vendors, merchants, wandering entertainers, and more. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.50 for teens ages 13-17, $3.00 for children ages 4-12, and free for children ages 3 and under.

Litchfield Fairgrounds at 30 Plains Road will have the Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival on August 25th-28th at the Litchfield Fairgrounds. This is one of the largest family musical events in New England, with something for all ages. Overnight camping is available with accommodations for RVs, campers, and tents with no reservations needed. First come, first served for camping with a $10.00 fee. Admission to the festival is $40.00 at the gate for an all-day ticket, with children under the age of 16 admitted for free.

Orono and Old Town Kiwanis are hosting their 75th annual charity auction and yard sale at 168 Forest Avenue in Orono. This is a fundraiser to support local children's projects and scholarships. The gates will open for the yard sale at 3:30 p.m. with the live auction starting at 5:30 p.m. There are five buildings for indoor yard sale shopping with a large selection of items for the home, camp, office, yard, and gift giving. You can find furniture, appliances both large and small, toys, games, sports equipment, bikes, tools, antiques, collectibles, office supplies, used books, comics, records, DVDs, CDs, and more. There is even a holiday room so you can start your holiday decorating. A snack bar with hot dogs, popcorn, strawberry and blueberry shortcake, ice cream, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Owls Head Transportation Museum is hosting the 44th Annual New England Auto Auction at the museum located at 117 Museum Street, Owls Head. The doors open at 7:00 a.m. and the auction starts at 9:00 a.m. This is the longest-running and largest collector car auction in the nation, with over 230+ rare and sought-after vehicles. Admission is $20 and is free for museum members.

Pembroke has the Washington County Fair, which is being held on 8/27 and 8/28 at 222 Old County Road in Pembroke. Admission is $7.00 a day, with kids ages 10 and under admitted for free. The gates open at 9:00 a.m. There will be kid's games, livestock displays, craft tables, train rides, a bounce house, blacksmith demonstrations, and food vendors. There is an antique car and tractor show from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Portland Free Street parking lot on 120 Free Street will have the 7th Annual Fine Craft Show from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Rain or shine, with free admission. This craft show will feature over 10 craft artists from the greater New England area. Ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, stone, wood, decorative and wearable fiber items, and more.

Presque Isle features the 18th Annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest from 8/25-8/28 at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds located at 84 Mechanic Street, Presque Isle. Free admission and free parking. On Saturday a launch of all the hot air balloons takes place at 5:30 a.m.(weather permitting for the launch), followed by activities throughout the day and another launch of all the balloons at 5:30 p.m. (weather permitting for the launch) There will also be food, crafts, home goods, business vendors, kid's activities, live entertainment, and more.

Rockport is celebrating 100 years of Simonton's Corner Hall at 366 Main Street with live music, food, and fun from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. There will be live music, a DJ dance party, games, and an American Flatbread Company food truck on site for purchases of pizza and alcohol. You can also feel free to bring a blanket and a picnic. If there is bad weather, the event will move inside to the hall. Everyone is welcome. There is wheelchair accessibility. All proceeds will go towards the preservation of the hall and its grounds. Admission is $12 for individuals and $10 for couples, and kids 10 and under are admitted for free. Cards and contactless payments will be accepted. Free parking in Simonton's parking lot, on Main Street, and at the Rockport Masonic Center.

Rumford boat launch on Route 2 will have the Androscoggin River Canoe Race at 10:00 a.m. with registration on the day of the race at $35 per person. There will be a free concert after the race from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Searsmont will have the first summer Waldo County woodshed fundraiser at Riverside Farm, located at 1430 Moody Mountain Road, Searsmont. This is a fundraiser event for the Waldo County Woodshed. The Waldo County Woodshed is a 100% volunteer organization that provides firewood to anyone in Waldo County that calls their office. The current truck they are using is starting to fail, and they will need to replace it. This event will run from 1:00-7:00 p.m. There will be live music and your choice of pig roast, chicken, or lobster, and many sides to go along with your meal for $30 per person.

Searsmont town library summer concert series ends with this free concert on the community center lawn at 37 Main St. South from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the Monday Night Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece swing band from Camden.

Thomaston is hosting the 3rd Annual Maine Authors Book Festival from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 12 High Street. Admission is free and there will be author signings, books for sale, live music, food and refreshments, presentations, a children's area, and a raffle.

Union Fairgrounds will have the 2nd Annual Second Saturday Car Show at Fairgrounds Lane, Union, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Spectator admission is $5.00 before 10:00 a.m. and $10.00 after 10:00 a.m. Kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Registration for cars from 8:00-10:00 a.m. is $10, and that includes the driver and a passenger. There is a touch-a-truck for the kids, music, food, and a raffle. Prizes of trophies and $100 for the best of show winner. This event draws over 100 vehicles spanning over 70 decades. Proceeds from this event will support Medomak Valley High School, Agriculture Education, and the Union Fairgrounds. If it rains, the show will be on Sunday, August 28th.

Wells 21st Annual Chili-fest is being held at the Wells Jr. High School located on Route 1 in Wells from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. General admission is free, but you will need to purchase a $5 chili sampling kit from the Wells Chamber of Commerce if you would like to sample the chilis and vote on the chili. This event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the winners may qualify to advance to the World Chili Championship Cook-offs in September.

Wells Harbor Summer Concert Series at 331 Harbor Road is hosting a free concert at the Hope Hobbs gazebo from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Free parking and folding chairs and blankets for the lawn are welcome. If it rains, the concert will be canceled.

Winslow will have the 1st Annual Cruise-In Car Show at 175 Veterans Drive from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, 8/28. Free admission. Just show up and enjoy the cars and the event. There will be great food, a coffee bar, a full bar, a local craft fair, a bake sale, and 50/50 raffles with 50+ prizes being raffled off. DJ with music and all proceeds will benefit the VFW Auxiliary student scholarship program and veterans' causes.

Sunday, August 28th

Acton Fair is being held August 25- August 28 on Route 109 in Acton. This is an agricultural fair with animal exhibits and events, a midway with rides, live music, a horse show, and more. Admission is $10 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free. The Exhibition buildings are open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the midway is open from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Free parking on the grounds.

Augusta has the 6th Annual Aubuchon Cruiser Car Night Benefit from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at 10 Bangor Street, with all funds to benefit The Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine. All classic cars are welcome. There will be music, raffles and prizes, hot dogs, and BBQ by donation. Spectators are free, with donations welcomed. $10 entry fee to enter a car.

Brunswick O'Donoghue's Pub on 103 Pleasant Street will have an open mic and free pool from 3-7 p.m.

Camden Snow Bowl will end the summer concert series with a free concert from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at 20 Barnestown Road, Camden. Bring your own lawn seating and a picnic and enjoy the folk music of Gordon Bok and Jud Caswell. No tickets are needed for this event. Bottled water will be available for purchase.

Denmark will have the Dam Jam Festival at Bicentennial Park, located at 50 West Main Street, Denmark, from 12:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. This is an outdoor festival with food trucks, a kid's area with arts and crafts and a story hour, and music from The Mallett Brothers Band, Jason Spooner Band, and Bee Parks & The Hornets. Admission is $25.00 per person, with kids 12 and under admitted for free. You are allowed to bring plastic bottled water, blankets, and chairs. ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Dover-Foxcroft Piscataquis Valley Fair is being held 8/25-8/28 at the Piscataquis Fairgrounds on 77 Fairview Avenue in Dover-Foxcroft with the fairgrounds opening at 6:00 a.m. and the fair closes at 6:00 p.m. The midway opens at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, and the exhibition halls open at 10:00 a.m. Free parking on the grounds and ATVs are always welcome with direct access to the fairgrounds through gate #3. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $2.00 for kids ages 5-10, and kids under the age of 5 are admitted for free. Sunday's events include a horse show, tractor pulls, wheelbarrow races, demolition derby, and more.

Ellsworth bike party is a one-hour ride around Ellsworth. This is a free event; just bring your bike, lights, bells, and friends and experience Ellsworth in a new and fun way. Meet at 3:00 p.m. outside City Hall at 1 City Hall Plaza and enjoy the ride.

Freeport Discovery Park, located at 95 Main Street, is offering yoga in the park at 8:00 a.m. This is a free event and all levels are welcome. Bring your yoga mat and blocks and there are some extras in case you don't have your own. This is canceled if it rains.

Lewiston will have the 6th Annual Ride for Suicide Awareness starting at L-A Harley Davidson located at 839 Main Street at 9:00 a.m. The ride kicks off at 11:30 a.m., leaving L-A Harley and going up Route 202 to Winthrop, through the center of Winthrop, and then back down Route 202 and back to L-A Harley Davidson. There will be music, food, and drinks until 4:00 p.m. All of the donations collected will go towards Operation Reboot, which is a veteran's outdoor organization that is helping families across Maine.

Lewiston is hosting the 22nd Annual Maine Reptile Expo at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center located at 430 Pleasant Street from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission at the door is $7 per person, with kids 12 and under free with a paying adult. This event is family-friendly, featuring thousands of captive-bred reptiles for sale from breeders all over New England. There will also be supplies, novelty items, and feeder supplies for sale. There will be a kid zone with Mr. Drew and His Animals Too, where you can see, touch, and learn about Mr. Drew's animals. There will also be food trucks with food and ice cream for purchase.

Litchfield Fairgrounds at 30 Plains Road will have the Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival on August 25th-28th at the Litchfield Fairgrounds. This is one of the largest family musical events in New England, with something for all ages. Admission to the festival is $40.00 at the gate for an all-day ticket, with kids 16 and younger admitted for free.

Limestone is hosting the Limestone Renaissance Fair on August 27 and August 28 at Albert Michaud Memorial Park on Van Buren Road from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be youth archery, food vendors, merchants, wandering entertainers, and more. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.50 for teens ages 13-17, $3.00 for children ages 4-12, and free for children ages 3 and under.

Lubec Area Musicians Philanthropic Society will have their Summer Concert Series at South Water Street, Lubec. The concert starts at noon and is the jazzy sounds of Shead Ahead and Tunes for Two and You.

Naples Village Green Summer Concerts ends the season with a concert at the Village Green at 15 Village Green Lane, Naples, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The concert is free and the group Stone Broke will be performing country rock and some blues music.

Portland Comedy Festival will be at the Stroudwater Distillery at 4 Thompsons Point. Admission is free and the doors open at 4:00 p.m.

Skowhegan is hosting a free concert at Coburn Park located on Water Street from 5:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. The group Sunday Project will be performing.

Pembroke has the Washington County Fair, which is being held on 8/27 and 8/28 at 222 Old County Road in Pembroke. Admission is $7.00 a day, with kids ages 10 and under admitted for free. The gates open at 9:00 a.m. There will be kid's games, livestock displays, craft tables, train rides, a bounce house, blacksmith demonstrations, and food vendors.

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