1. Now in its 34th year, the Common Ground Fair kicks off this weekend, with a whole host of farmers, gardeners, makers, builders, musicians, artists, activists and lots and lots of farm animals and good food. Gates open at the Unity Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and admission for those over 12 and under 65 is $10. It’s one of the great events of the year in Maine, and if you haven’t been, you should go this year. For more info, visit mofga.org.
2. Southern Maine rap phenom Spose will play two back-to-back shows at the Dime in Old Town, each starting at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Spose has been making waves over the past year, with his song “I’m Awesome” getting major airplay throughout New England, and his major label debut, The Audacity, set to be released next month. Friday night’s show is 18 plus, though Saturday’s is for those 21 and older. Tickets are 10 bucks at Bull Moose and at the Dime. For info, visit myspace.com/spizzyspose
3. They’re back and they’re ready to take on more hilarious comedic situations. The Focus Group, the Bangor area’s improv comedy troupe, will give their monthly performance at 8 p.m. Friday night at the Next Generation Theatre in Center Street in Brewer. This month’s topic is Back to School, so be prepared for academically inspired humor and much more. Admission is $5, it’s for those over 18.
4. Starting at noon on Sunday, head down to Damariscotta to celebrate the 10th annual Pemaquid Oyster Festival, held noon to sunset at Schooner Landing on the Damariscotta River. Tons of oysters served multiple ways, vendors, demonstratations and more are on the schedule, as are performances from the Old Grey Goose, The New Rangers, The Newall Family Band, The Holy Mackerels and The Jason Spooner Trio. The festival is under tents, so it’s rain or shine, and the event is completely free.
5. Finally, there are multiple opportunities to see some quality theater this weekend in eastern Maine. The Camden Civic Theatre presents their fall show, their take on Tennesee Williams’ classic A Streetcar Named Desire, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Camden Opera House. The Slightly Off Center Players present the musical Godspell, set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Center Theatre in Dover Foxcroft. And finally, the final weekend of the Penobscot Theatre Company’s wickedly funny The 39 Steps is this weekend, with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the historic Bangor Opera House.