1. Alan Jackson and Jason Mraz
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this weekend there are two really big shows on the Bangor Waterfront. Friday night, country music star Alan Jackson will take the stage, and on Saturday you can catch pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. Tickets for both shows are available at Mark’s Music in Brewer, or by visiting waterfrontconcerts.com. Alan Jackson starts at 7:30, Mraz starts at 8 p.m.
2. Theater: “The 39 Steps”
If you’re in a more theatrical mood, might we suggest attending the opening night of the Penobscot Theatre Company’s first production of the season, the madcap comedy “The 39 Steps,” based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, all at the historic Bangor Opera House, and tickets start at $20. It’s not a show to be missed, as four actors take on more than 100 characters, 95 of which are played by two of them. For information, check out penobscottheatre.org.
3. Hot rods and other hot cars
There are two car shows in town this weekend, the first being the Wheels on the Waterfront Bangor Car Show on the Bangor Waterfront, set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and the Brewer Days Car Show, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Brewer Auditorium. At both, you can see hundreds of vintage, antique and seriously souped up automobiles from the past 100 years. They’re both free for spectators, and a fee applies for participants.
4. Outdoor music festival
The town of Waterville plays host to the fourth annual Hill in the Ville, a free outdoor music festival in downtown Waterville on Front Street. This year concert-goers can rock out to the sounds of Waterville-based band the Palace Flophouse, New Hampshire rockers the Adam Ezra Band, jam favorites the Ryan Montbleau Band, and Maine’s own rock heroes the Rustic Overtones. The show starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and goes until 7 p.m., for information, visit sweetpeopleproductions.com.
5. Medieval fun
Finally, take it back old school – and by old school we mean 12th century – with the annual Medieval tournament, set for 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Fort Knox State Park in Prospect. Knights will joust, musicians will play the lute while dancers dance, calligraphy and costumes will be on display, and yes, there will be ballistas fired. The event is free with Fort Knox admission, for information, visit the Society of Creative Anachronism’s website at scamaine.com.