BENEFITS

TODAY

The Big Green Bash, silent auction, light refreshments and music to benefit Creative Work Systems. Camp Ketcha, Scarborough. $20 at door; $15 in advance. 879-1140. 6 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Homegrown Fine Art and Crafts Show, exhibit, sale and silent auction benefits the farm. Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth. 829-9203. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Not Dead Yet Bike Ride and Lobster Bake, 10-, 25- or 60-mile distances; benefits the Cancer Community Center. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester. $30-$60; free for ages 12 and younger. www.cancer communitycenter.org. 9 a.m. (registration), 2 p.m. (lobster bake). 

SUNDAY

Seagars by the Sea, cigar sampling and live and silent auctions; benefits Homes for Our Troops. DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, Portland. $50. www.seagars.blogspot.com. 2 p.m.

Combat Cancer 10K Trail Race, fun run; benefits the Cancer Community Center. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester. $25; free with $100 in pledges. www.cancercommunitycenter.org. 10 a.m. (registration), 1 p.m. (race).

Hit the Trails, walk and stroll; benefits the Cancer Community Center. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester. Free; pledges encouraged. www.cancercommunitycenter.org. 11 a.m. (registration), 1 p.m. (walk/stroll).

Yogathon, benefits Preble Street Resource Center. Maine State Pier, Portland. $15 day of event; $10 in advance. www.preblestreet.org. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (7 a.m. registration). 

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

FRIDAY

Common Ground Country Fair, demonstrations, Maine organic foods and crafts, livestock exhibits, live entertainment and more. Common Ground Fairgrounds, Unity. $8-$10; free for ages 12 and under and for people with handicaps. 568-4142. www.mofga.org. Gates open at 9 a.m. Friday to Sunday. 

SATURDAY

Punkinfiddle, harvest festival with crafts, fiddle music, games and pumpkins. Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells. $15 per car. 646-1555. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harvest Day, vendors, hayrides and more. Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth. 829-9203. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chalk on the Walk, art walk, performances, workshops and more. Various locations, Biddeford. Free. www.heartofbiddeford.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Autumn Celebration, petting zoo, line dancing, corn toss and other contests, live music and more. Memorial Park, Old Orchard Beach. Free. www.oob365.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by lobster bake and pig roast 4 to 8 p.m. in the town square ($20 in advance, $25 at the event).

Cornish Apple Festival, vendors, performances, auction, food contests, road race and more. Thompson Park, Cornish. Free. www.cornish-maine.org. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AppleFest, apple exhibits, children’s activities, music, wagon rides and more. Monmouth Museum. Free. www.monmouthmuseuminc.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fall Festival, games, races, demonstrations and more. Town Hall, Pownal. 688-2264. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

SUNDAY

Pemaquid Oyster Festival, oysters from the Damariscotta River, entertainment, educational exhibits and boat tours. Benefits the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. Schooner Landing, Damariscotta. Free. Noon to dusk.

Moon Festival, Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine’s annual festival includes potluck supper and entertainment. Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland. Free. www.cafammaine.org. 4 p.m.

Cumberland County Fair, midway, agriculture exhibits, live entertainment, more. 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland. $9 weekends; $7 weekdays; $35 weekly pass; free for ages 12 and under. www.cumberlandfair.com. Opens at 7 a.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 6 a.m. Monday. Through Oct. 2. Seniors get in for $2 on Tuesday. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Cruise In Night, classic cars from all eras, Charlie Beiggs, Windham. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“The Age of Innocence” and the Tuckers of Wiscasset, tour Castle Tucker and learn how the wealthy and prominent Tuckers were disciples of the fashionable tastes and mores of their day. Reservations required. Castle Tucker, Wiscasset. $10. 882-7169. 10 to 11 a.m. 

FRIDAY

Lit, monthly literary event open to poetry, spoken word and more. Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $5-$10/donation. www.mayostreetarts.org. Theme: Harvest, 8 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Alpaca Open Farm Weekend, alpaca farms open throughout the state. Free. www.mainealpaca farms.com. Most farms open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Freeport on Foot, history-related, guided walking tours presented by the Freeport Historical Society. Harrington House, Freeport. $7; $2 ages 12 and younger. www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org. 10 a.m.

“Phatasmagoria,” artist James Luna talks about his work accompanied by Wabanaki drummers and dancers. University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. Free. 780-5008. 5 to 7 p.m.

The Magic of Lyn Dillies, illusionist, University of Maine (Collins Center for the Arts), Orono. $27-$32. www.collinscenterforthearts.com. 8 p.m.

Car show, with music, prizes and more, Charlie Beiggs, Windham. 892-8595. All day.

Open house, refreshments, games, demonstrations, guided walk and more. Ecomaine Recycling Facility, Portland. Free. www.ecomaine.org. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Femme Show, multimedia evening of dance, music, drag and theater celebrating the femme identity. St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $12. www.stlawrencearts.org. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Apple Saturdays, cider pressing (bring your own apples or purchase at the village), Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. Free. 10 a.m. 

WEDNESDAY

Deathday Party, remember artist Winslow Homer on the 100th anniversary of his death. Saco Museum. 283-3861. 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

PARTICIPANT DANCE

Dancing with DJ John, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.

Ballroom dancing, Maplewood Dance Center, Portland. 878-0584. Semi-formal dance party celebrating National Ballroom Week, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday. 

HOME/GARDEN

SATURDAY

Knitting Workshop, learn how to knit cable swatches. Registration required. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. $50. 926-4597. 9 a.m. to noon.

Historic House Tour of Yarmouth, various locations, Yarmouth. $25 day of tour; $20 in advance. 846-6259. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

TUESDAY

Asters and Goldenrods identification Workshop, reservations requested. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay. $55. 633-4333. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY

How to Build a Pumpkin Boat, learn how to make your giant pumpkin into a boat and talk about giant pumpkin growing in Maine. Registration requested. Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. Free. 443-1316. 6 to 7:30 p.m.