Things to Do for the Weekend of 9/10 and 9/11

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It's time to wrap up our busy week with another edition of things to do for the weekend. With fall sneaking up on us and the smell of pumpkin spice at all the coffee shops along with a few colder mornings it should be putting us into a fall mood. Nothing is more fitting for feeling like fall than going to an agricultural fair and we are in luck because this weekend there happens to be a few fairs to choose from. There are also some car shows and craft shows. Maybe you are into the arts and if that is the case there are a few art events you might be interested in checking out. If you are a foodie don't worry I've got you covered with a cheese festival and I even have something for the pirate fans and daschund dog lovers. I guarantee there is something for everyone along with plenty of family-friendly events. With Sunday being the anniversary of 9/11 I made sure to include some events dedicated to remembering 9/11 for anyone interested in participating.

As I always make sure to do I've included both free events and some with an admission fee which I mention. If you enjoy this list please make sure to share it with your friends and family so others can find something they might be interested in doing this weekend. If there is an event I missed please feel free to mention it in the comment section with the details including the date, time, location, and any admission fees. Thanks for reading and have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Saturday, September 10th

Auburn 4th Annual Riverwalk Blues and Brews Festival at Festival Plaza on Main Street in Auburn from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and there will be food trucks, beer vendors, and five local blues bands playing. All ages are welcome but you must show ID to purchase beer. Bring your lawn chair and sit and enjoy a cold drink, some good food, and music.

Auburn Fall Craft Fair will be held at the Auburn Mall at 550 Center Street from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Local crafters and artists will be selling various items.

Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will be held on the grounds of the Bar Harbor Inn, located on the town waterfront. Saturday, August 10th, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. View fine art and crafts from local, national, and international artists. Free to the public.

Bath will have Pints on the Pier at the Maine Maritime Museum at 243 Washington Street in Bath from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Come and sample some of Maine's best beers, ciders, and more. There will be live music, food trucks, and cornhole. The ticket price includes all beer samples and tickets are $30.00 for adults 21 and older and $10.00 for designated drivers. Ages 21 and up only please and bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Purchase your tickets here.

Brunswick Maine Made Market at Brunswick Naval Aviation Museum located at 179 Admiral Fitch Avenue, Brunswick. 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be a variety of crafters including photography, pottery, herbs, food products, and more. Free parking and admission.

Brunswick Downtown Association Community BBQ at the Brunswick Town Mall located at 1 Maine Street from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This will be a community bbq to pay tribute to first responders and health care workers. Come enjoy a fun family-friendly event with a barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs. There will be live music and plenty of fun activities for all along with emergency vehicles to explore, a bounce house for the kids, face painting, and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Everyone is welcome and this is free for all while supplies last.

Clinton Lions Fair is being held at 1450 Bangor Road, Clinton on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8.00 per person with children ages 12 and younger admitted for free. Free parking, live music, livestock exhibits, truck, and tractor pulls, horse show, midway with rides, plenty of food vendors, and the 69th annual parade at 10:00 a.m. The midway will open for rides at noon.

Cumberland Fairgrounds located at 197 Blanchard Road in Cumberland will have Maine's Ultimate Yard Sale from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There will be more than 200 sellers along with antique dealers, small business owners, and artisans. There will also be plenty of food vendors. You never know what you might find at this sale. Admission is $10.00 and children 12 years old and under are admitted for free and parking is free. The rain date will be Sunday, September 11th.

Dexter VFW will have an open house at 20 Cedar Street in Dexter from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, and desserts for veterans and their families.

Dexter Rail Riders will be riding to the January 1963 B-52 crash site on Elephant Mountain which is outside of Greenville. Meet at the park & ride on McFarland Street in Dexter at 6:30 a.m. leaving for the ride at 7:00 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch as this is an all-day event. No alcohol is allowed and all are welcome to join the ride.

Eastport Pirate Festival is being held in Eastport from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and it's a weekend of pirates and fun activities and entertainment along with music, a parade, fireworks, free games, craft, and food vendors. This is the biggest pirate festival in New England and admission is free. The fireworks show will be at 8:15 p.m. at the Fish Pier.

Gardiner Public Library at 152 Water Street on the 2nd floor is having Lego Saturday in the children's room from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The library is bringing out all the legos for everyone to get creative and do some building. This is a free event.

Garland will have a used book sale by donation at Lyndon Oak Memorial Library on 20 Corinth Road in Garland from 9:00 a.m.until 2:00 p.m.

Greenville 48th Annual International Seaplane Fly-In at Moosehead Lake will have a seaplane parade at 8:30 a.m. at East Cove, pilot contests will start at 10:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day, seaplane demonstrations, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. you can meet the pilots. There will be pilots from all over the country participating in this event. There will also be a craft fair from 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. along with vendors and food available for purchase.

Levant Apple Hills Stable 4th Charity Rodeo to benefit the Anah Shriners children's hospital is being held this weekend at Union Street in Levant. The Saturday show time is 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be barrel racing, bull riding, and more competitions along with rodeo clowns and cowboys and cowgirls from Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, and others states competing. Tickets are $28 individually or $25 each when purchasing 4 or more tickets. Children 3 and under are admitted for free. Purchase tickets here.

Lewiston-Auburn Greek Festival at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church located at 155 Hogan Road in Lewiston will be from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Free admission and free parking. You are invited to come and share in the Greek culture, tradition, and food.

Lisbon 4th Annual 9/11 Never Forget Tribute Ride and Event to Honor and Appreciate our Firefighters and First Responders with breakfast and registration at 9:00 a.m at Railroad Pub at 697 Lisbon Street in Lisbon. This event will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support a Maine family. $20.00 for bikes and $10.00 for passengers and non-riders. Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. and ride to the firefighter memorial in Augusta then ride back to the Railroad Pub for a bell ringing ceremony. After there will be live music by Down Cellah.

Litchfield Fair will be at 44 Plains Road in Litchfield with the gates opening Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 9:00 p.m. The midway will open at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 12-17, and anyone over 65. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted for free and parking is free. There will be a horse show, horse pulls, Maine barrel racers, Drews exotic animals, livestock exhibits, live music, a midway with rides, food vendors, and more.

Machias will celebrate fall with the 6th annual Machias Harvest Fair held at the Machias train station located at the junction of Routes 1A and 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There will be vendors, arts and crafts, homemade food, live music all day, chili, cornbread, and fudge contests, a dedicated children's area with games and a touch tank from Downeast Institute, a pumpkin toss for the kids, and a seagull calling contest.

Maine will have its annual open lighthouse day Saturday 9/10 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This is a once-a-year event giving people the chance to climb the participating lighthouse towers and learn all about the lighthouses of Maine. Please note only the lighthouses listed will be allowing people inside the lighthouses. The list of participating lighthouses: Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse on Swan's Island, Burnt Island Lighthouse in Boothbay Harbor is only open from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Curtis Island Lighthouse in Camden Harbor, Doubling Point Lighthouse in Arrowsic, Dyce Head Lighthouse in Castine, Fort Point Lighthouse in Stockton Springs, Goat Island Lighthouse on Cape Porpoise, Grindle Point Lighthouse in Isleboro tower is closed for climbing, Kennebec River Range Front and Rear Lights in Arrowsic is only open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Marshal Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Monhegan Island Lighthouse on Monhegan Island is only open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Owls Head Lighthouse in Owls Head, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Bug Light in South Portland, Portland Head Lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth but only 300 tickets are available to climb the tower on a first come first serve basis. You must be at least 48 inches tall and able to climb the 85-plus steps unassisted to climb the tower. Spring Point Lighthouse in South Portland, Squirrel Point Light in Arrowsic is only open from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Wood Island Lighthouse at Biddeford Pool. To visit Wood Island you will need to make a reservation for the boat operated by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse.

New Gloucester Big Falls Cider and Music Fest will be held at Norumbega Cidery located at 380 Woodman Road in New Gloucester. Kids ages 14 and under are admitted for free, Ages 15-20 and designated drivers are $20.00, and adults 21 and up are $40.00. This is an all-day music festival celebrating Maine music, food, and drink. There will be live music all day from some of Maine's best rock, jam, folk, and funk bands. This is a family-friendly event held rain or shine. There will also be nature walks throughout the day to learn about Talking Brook Public Land Project.

Poland 4th Annual Pickin' in the Orchard Blue Grass & Craft Festival at Gathering Winds Farm and Orchard located at 315 Poland Corner Road in Poland from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, vendors, games, face painting, apple and pumpkin picking, blue grass music, corn hole, lots of crafts from candles, jewelry, clothing, soaps, handmade bags, jams and jellies, and much more. Kids animal yoga at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free with optional donations accepted to go towards venue costs. Plenty of free parking in the hayfield and if you need accessibility just tell the parking attendant and they will park you as close as possible. Credit cards will be accepted by the vendors. Feel free to bring your chairs and sit and enjoy the music.

Scarborough has the 4th Annual Show and Shine motorcycles and vintage cars benefit for Angel Flight NE. Angel Flight NE is an organization of volunteer pilots that fly patients to specialty medical facilities in New England or across the US all at no cost to the patients. Each flight costs $300 and 35-40% of Angel Flight patients are from Maine. The rain date will be 9/17/22. Registration will be at 9:00 a.m. at 66 Gorham Road in Scarborough with the ride heading out at 10:30 a.m. $20.00 for riders and $10.00 for passengers. This will be a roughly 50-mile car ride for motorcycles and vintage cars. After the ride, there will be raffles, a 50/50 drawing, food and drinks, live music, cornhole, and a biker photo booth at the Rock Church.

Scarborough American Legion Post #76 car show at 52 Manson Libby Road in Scarborough from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per car or person. There will be door prizes, raffles, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, live music, hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, and dessert available for purchase. All proceeds will support veterans' programs.

Vassalboro Freddie's Cruise-In Car Show at 682 Main Street in Vassalboro from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, September 11th. Admission is free and there will be a drawing for prizes every hour. All proceeds will benefit the Vassalboro Business Association Scholarship Fund.

Wells 33rd Annual Summer Solstice Craft Show is being held Saturday and Sunday at the Wells Junior High School on Route 1 in Wells from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the show will be held rain or shine. There will be 70+ Maine and New England artists and crafters featuring traditional, country, and contemporary crafts. You will find specialty foods, jewelry, pottery, soaps, candles, wood, stained glass, and more.

Wells Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at 342 Laudholm Farm Road in Wells from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be over 135 artisans, music, food trucks, and beer and wine for purchase. Admission is $10.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members of Wells Reserve.

Windham is the location for the John Washington Memorial Ride. Cars and trucks are welcome to join this special ride for motorcycle awareness and to remember the life of John S. Washington the 3rd, age 32, who passed away unexpectedly due to a motorcycle accident in Cornish on July 17, 2022. This will be a 95-mile ride with the trip running about 2 hours and 45 minutes. The ride will start at Forever Two Wheels located at 91 Tandberg Trail in Windham at 10:30 a.m. The ride will head to Fryeburg around noon and meet up with New Hampshire riders and then head to Iron Tails Saloon in Acton for music, food, and drinks. $20.00 per bike and vehicle and $10.00 per passenger.

Windsor Fairgrounds will have the 41st annual United Bikers of Maine charity toy run. All are welcome to participate and bring a toy or two to the fairgrounds at 82 Ridge Road in Windsor. The toy drop-off is from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. More detailed info is available here.

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Sunday 9/11 events and remembrances

Bath will have a memorial tribute to the 9-11 attack from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on the Sagadahoc Bridge. Join others on the Sagadahoc Bridge in Bath to wave flags as the parade of first responders and bikers cross the bridge.

Gorham 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and kids fun run at Gorham Recreation Department located at Ball Park Road. This race benefits The Stephen G. Ward Memorial Scholarship Fund
Steve was a graduate of Gorham High School and the University of Maine and was young, vibrant, and ambitious when he was so needlessly taken from his family on September 11th, 2001. He was a funny, charismatic, and loving son, brother, uncle, and friend and was climbing a promising career ladder at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was one of the best and the brightest, a symbol of what America lost on that tragic day. This event is to honor and remember all of those we lost. Race day registration is $25.00 for the 5k and $7.00 for the kids fun run. The kid's fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k run/walk starts after usually around 9:15 a.m.

Sunday, September 11th

Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will be held on the grounds of the Bar Harbor Inn, located on the town waterfront. Saturday, August 10th, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. View fine art and crafts from local, national, and international artists. Free to the public.

Belfast will host The Maine Wienerfest at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This yearly festival takes place the Sunday after Labor Day and it is a celebration of dachshunds and the people that love them. This is Maine's only festival all about wiener dogs. Admission is $5.00 per person with dogs and kids 12 years old and under admitted for free. There will be a grand parade of dachshunds at 11:45 a.m. and a canine costume at 12:45 p.m. along with food and retail vendors.

Brewer will have the 14th annual Boy Scouts Troop 15 and Troop 1 Brewer Days car show at Twin City Plaza at 287 State Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. $10.00 registration fee for showing a car. 19 classes with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. The first-place trophies will be one of a kind made by the Boy Scouts. Live music, business and vendor booths, silent auction, concession stand offering breakfast and lunch items, and whoopie pies for sale. Proceeds will benefit Boy Scouts of America Troop 15 and Troop1 activities.

Brooklin 34th annual fall gathering of the wooden boat sail-in at Camden Harbor from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. There will be commercial vendors, entertainment, food, and music. Admission is free.

Clinton Lions Fair is being held at 1450 Bangor Road, Clinton. Military appreciation day and admission are $5.00 with a military ID. Admission is $8.00 per person with children ages 12 and younger admitted for free. The fair will open at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. Free parking, live music, livestock exhibits, Mad Science of Maine will be at the fair, a midway with rides, and plenty of food vendors. The midway will open for rides at noon.

Eastport Pirate Festival is being held in Eastport and the fun kicks off at 8:00 am and goes until 3:00 p.m. This is a day of pirates, fun activities, and entertainment along with music, free games, a touch tank, a water balloon fight, food vendors, a lobster crate race, and more. This is the biggest pirate festival in New England and admission is free. The Coast Guard ice cutter ship Thunderbay will be at Breakwater Pier from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and tours are available.

Greenville craft fair in downtown Greenville from 9:00 a.m.until 4:00 p.m.

Levant Apple Hills Stable 4th Charity Rodeo to benefit the Anah Shriners children's hospital is being held this weekend at Union Street in Levant. The Sunday show time is 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be barrel racing, bull riding, and more competitions along with rodeo clowns and cowboys and cowgirls from Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, and others states competing. Tickets are $28 individually or $25 each when purchasing 4 or more tickets. Children 3 and under are admitted for free. Purchase tickets here.

Litchfield Fair will be at 44 Plains Road in Litchfield with the gates opening Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m. The midway will open at noon Admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 12-17, and anyone over 65. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted for free and parking is free. There will be a demolition derby, antique car parade, livestock exhibits, live music, a midway with rides, food vendors, and more.

Pittsfield Maine Cheese Festival is an annual event being held from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Manson Park at 51 Peltoma Avenue in Pittsfield. This is a celebration of Maine cheesemakers and gives those attending the chance to taste handcrafted Maine-made cheeses crafted from cow, goat, water buffalo, and sheep milk. There will be music, food trucks, a beer, and wine garden, food demos, and of course plenty of cheeses. Tickets have to be purchased in advance they are not available at the gate and they do sell out fast so if you are interested get your tickets here.

Scarborough Fallen Heroes Ride is a charity ride to benefit the Maine families of fallen first responders. The charity is the "100 Club" and the charity's mission is to support the families of fallen first responders, especially the children until they are 18 then they offer the children paid four-year tuition to a Maine college of their choice. The ride starts at Cabela's parking lot at 100 Cabela Drive with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. with the ride going up along the western shore of Sebago Lake into Naples and then over to O'Donohues Pub in Brunswick for music, food, and a live auction. $20.00 per rider and $5.00 per passenger.

Topsham Fair Association Annual Fall Swap Meet at 54 Elm Street in Topsham from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This event will be held rain or shine. This is a car, truck, and bike parts swap meet that benefits the Motor Menders. Admission is $5.00 per person with children ages 15 and under free with an adult.

Wells 33rd Annual Summer Solstice Craft Show is being held at the Wells Junior High School on Route 1 in Wells from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free and the show will be held rain or shine. There will be 70+ Maine and New England artists and crafters featuring traditional, country, and contemporary crafts. You will find specialty foods, jewelry, pottery, soaps, candles, wood, stained glass, and more.

Wells Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival will be held at 342 Laudholm Farm Road in Wells from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be over 135 artisans, music, food trucks, and beer and wine for purchase. Admission is $10.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members of Wells Reserve.

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