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1. Get into the season with the annual Acadia Oktoberfest, set for Friday and Saturday at Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor. On Friday, sample wine and cheese from Maine makers from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, try dozens of different kinds of Maine beers from noon until 6 p.m. Admission for Friday’s celebrations is $12, and its $25 for Saturday’s fun, which includes samples of all beers, yummy food and a commemorative glass. All events are 21 plus, of course. For information, visit acadiaoktoberfest.com.
2. Down in Camden, the first-ever Harvest Hootenanny is set for noon to 7 pm at the Camden Snowbowl. Bands like the Mallett Brothers Band, Gypsy Tailwind, Roosevelt Dime, Wyatt MacLean and Lisa Redfern will perform, along with plenty of food, activities and other fun. Admission is $9, proceeds from which go to Five Towns Communities That Care, to help fund community programs. For info, call 236-9800.
3. The University of Maine Museum of Art opens three new exhibits this weekend. Come to Bangor and check out A Pointed View Photographs by Ilya Askinazi, featuring stunning black and white pictures of Maine, String Too Short to Use Recent Works by Todd Watts, featuring huge, colorful, creatively edited photographs, and Pablo Picasso The Passionate Print, featuring prints from the Spanish master. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and admission, of course, is free.
4. Ice hockey season at the University of Maine gets underway in a big way this weekend, as the Black Bears take on UMass Lowell Friday night and UConn Saturday night. Both games are at 7 p.m., and the game against Lowell is a Hockey East Conference Game, so the Bears are off to a big start for the 2010-2011 season. To score some tickets, visit goblackbears.com.
5. Finally, the last concert of the wildly successful Waterfront Concert series happens on Sunday, when Godsmack, Drowning Pool and Five Finger Death Punch take the stage to rock the faces off Bangor. However, all day long, all kinds of Maine metal and hardcore bands will play on the big stage, from Milo-based rockers In the Kingdom of Nightmares to the popular Maine metal band Deadseason. The local fest goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the three headliners will play from 5 onward, with Godsmack taking the stage at 7:30. For tickets, visit waterfrontconcerts.com.