Weekend Spotlight: A packed weekend of the Blues Festival, Clam Festival and more

Thu, 07/14/2022 - 1:30pm

    Outdoor festivals are the name of the game this weekend with themes ranging from food to music with a special historical re-enactment and a finale of Maine films to cap it off.

    Killer Road Trip: Yarmouth Clam Festival

    Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17—Yarmouth

    Clam Festival Volunteer. Photo courtesy Yarmouth Clam Festival

    This free weekend festival draws visitors from all over the country who come to enjoy the music and arts, events and competition, and of course, the main event—clams. More than 80 different types of food and beverages are featured at the Festival’s food booths, including more than 6,000 pounds of clams, 13,500 Lime Rickeys, 6,000 lobster rolls, 2,200 pancake breakfasts, 1,500 shore dinners, 400 homemade pies, and 6,000 strawberry shortcakes. Don’t miss the clam-shucking contest (The record-holder for the annual clam-shucking contest shucked 25 clams per minute.) FMI: Clam Festival

    Living History Day - Fort Knox

    Saturday, July 16—Prospect


    20th Maine Company B is a history-oriented non-profit educational organization whose members hail from across New England. The group authentically portrays the common Maine infantry soldier during the 1862-1865 period and they are going to travel back in time to the 1860s with the Civil War Living History Encampment at Fort Knox. This family-friendly event will demonstrate how life really was back during the Civil War, from cannon fire, drills, medical procedures, and daily life. The event goes from 9 to 6 p.m. and is free to the public. FMI: Living History

    MIFF Final Weekend

    Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17—Waterville

    Poster courtesy Maine International Film Festival

    This is the last weekend to see quality feature-length and short Maine films in all genres from documentary to claymation, plus a closing night party on Sunday night. Here’s the schedule of films. FMI: MIFF

    Blues Fest & Pub Crawl

    Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17—Rockland

    Poster courtesy North Atlantic Blues Festival

    The North Atlantic Blues Festival is back this weekend in Rockland. The annual two-day blues music festival (Sat & Sun) with national blues performers takes place at Rockland's Public Landing featuring more than a dozen renowned blues acts. Here’s this year’s lineup.  The Club Crawl starts on Friday night and is always a good time for the locals. Even if you don’t have tickets and there will be a party in the streets both Friday and Saturday night with blues bands playing local venues, along with rock, funk, vintage, and new music. Here’s a lineup of the Club Crawl each night. Note: some venues may charge a cover. FMI: Blues Fest

    Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com