The weekend is here, and Emily Burnham has your five things to do this weekend. The summer season is in high gear this weekend, with more stuff to do than we can list here! Here are some of the best options for your weekend fun.
Maine International Film Festival
The Maine International Film Festival kicks off Friday in the Waterville area, with 100 films made by 50 filmmakers in just 10 days. Some of the incredibly cool selections include “Get Low” (see above), a dark comedy starring Bill Murray and Robert Duvall; “Do It Again,” a documentary about a journalist’s quest to get the band The Kinks to reunite; and “Sita Sings the Blues“, a charming retelling of an ancient Indian legend. For information on tickets and other films, visit miff.org.
North Atlantic Blues Festival
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is set for this weekend, celebrating 17 years of bringing some of the best blues artists in the world to Midcoast Maine. Blues fans can catch legends like Keb’Mo’ (see above), James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls and many more on the Rockland waterfront on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for individuals days are $30 and a full weekend pass is $60, for info, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com.
3. Arts and crafts
Maine Craftsmen’s and Penobscot River festivals
Two cool events are set for the Bangor Waterfront this weekend. The United Maine Craftsmen’s Waterfront Arts & Crafts Show will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring some excellent Maine artisans selling their wares all day. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the third annual Penobscot River Revival will celebrate the return to a healthy Penobscot River. Live music, artwork and demonstrations, children’s activities and educational exhibits, food from local vendors, cultural displays, and story telling will be on hand, and all events are free.
4. Cultural events
Fort Knox in Prospect hosts the annual Scottish Tattoo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring traditional Scottish bagpipers, precision marching bands and other family-friendly events. Admission is $10, $5 for kids, but you’ve got to BYOH and BYOK — bring your own haggis and bring your own kilt.
5. Only in Maine
Lobster boat races
The roar of the engines, the spray of the ocean, and the sight of a proud lobster boat tearing across Searsport harbor: now that’s Maine. Searsport’s annual Lobster boat races are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Searsport town wharf, and it’s certainly a sight to see. The event is free and open to all, along with the car show and craft fair held alongside the races. For information, call 548-6362.