As we near the end of summer and back to school, everyone is looking to cram in some fun experiences before it’s time to get serious again. With an art walk, an outdoor concert, and two road trip-worthy festivals around the state, this is the weekend to enjoy a little vacation/staycation.
Camden Art Walk
Thursday, August 19—Camden
Take a walk on the art side Thursday evening as Camden’s galleries and shops open their doors from 5 to 7 p.m. along with a Bay View block party. (Bay View Street will be closed between the Public Landing and Willey Wharf). There will also be live music from Emmett Lalor.
River Jam Fest
Saturday, August 21 & Sunday, August 22—Biddeford
Capitalizing on the state’s long-delayed Bicentennial celebrations, Biddeford is going all out with two days of a river festival in Mechanics Park. Expect two days of live music, dance performances, kids’ activities, a giant slip and slide, Maine bands, food trucks, local breweries, and fireworks! The event is free to the public. FMI: Details
Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
Saturday, August 21—Brunswick
The Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival celebrates more than 100 artists and artisans in the community and will be held downtown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show features recognized artists, as well as emerging creators of jewelry, fiber, ceramics, photography, painting, and mixed media. Plus there will be a lot of activities for the kids. Musical performances start at 10 a.m. and go all day—here is the music lineup. Admission is free. FMI: Details.
Belfast Pirate Takeover Day
Saturday, August 21—Belfast
Break out your eye patches and your rolling R’s, Belfast is hosting Pirate Day starting at the Breakwater at 10 a.m. to see the Milady arrive with pirates with cannon fire. The event goes to 1 p.m. Observe pirate training, including sword fighting at The Game Loft, treasure map making with Pirate Tink at Waterfall Arts, and plank walking with Pirate Jack. FMI: Details
Camden Summer Sounds at the Snow Bowl
Sunday, August 22—Camden
It’s Sunday Funday with Primo Cubano at the Camden Snow Bowl for its Summer Sounds free outdoor concert venue. The music starts at 2 p.m. Snacks and water will be sold on-site. Grab a picnic and a seat on the hill. FMI: Camden Summer Sounds
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