• HOT TICKETS

Music and Nightlife: Picnic Music+Arts turns city park festive

LATE SUMMER is a great time for a picnic. At the fourth annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival, you can browse clothing, jewelry, prints, photos, crafts and more while listening to live music by nine bands, including the Bandana Splits from NYC.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Lincoln Park, Congress and Franklin streets, Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: Picnicportland.com

Art and Theater: ‘Legally Blonde’ brightens Ogunquit

BASED ON THE HIT MOVIE, the musical “Legally Blonde” follows college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods as she heads for Harvard in pursuit of her boyfriend. It’s funny, silly and a great way to close the summer.

WHEN: Through Sept. 17

WHERE: Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St.

HOW MUCH: $49 to $76.50

INFO: 646-5511; ogunquitplayhouse.org

Dining and Drink: Wine dinner invites you to be adventurous

THEY SAY OPPOSITES attract. Experience the culinary equivalent of this old saying — tuna and pinot noir, delmonico and chardonnay — at a five-course wine dinner at Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe that features unusual food and wine pairings.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe, 23 Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $55, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

INFO: 774-9698

Et Cetera: Windsor packs a lot into its fair days

DINE ON FRIED DOUGH, check out the farm animals, watch the pageant, take in the giant pumpkin contest, bet on the harness racing or spend all day riding the Gravitron at the Windsor Fair.

WHEN: Saturday through Sept. 5. Times vary.

WHERE: Windsor Fairgrounds, 82 Ridge Road

HOW MUCH: $7; $3 seniors; free for children under 16

INFO: windsorfair.com

 

• CHEAP THRILLS

Music and Nightlife: Southside Johnny brings Jersey rock to Freeport

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and The Asbury Jukes have been rocking it up for more than 35 years. This week, they’re playing a free outdoor concert at L.L. Bean as part of the Summer in the Park series.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: L.L. Bean Discovery Park, 95 Main St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: (877) 755-2326; tinyurl.com/LLBeanconcerts

Art and Theater: Shakers showcase Indian artisans

THE MAINE NATIVE AMERICAN Summer Market and Demonstration will blend two of Maine’s continuing traditions: Maine Shakers and the state’s four American Indian tribes. Twenty featured artists are among the finest and most renowned Penobscot, Maliseet, Micmac and Passamaquoddy artisans.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 926-4597; shaker.lib.me.us

Dining and Drink: Chili connoisseurs get to choose

THE WELLS CHILI FEST features a People’s Choice open cook-off, but the main attraction is the Maine State Chili Cook-Off, a contest that’s sanctioned by the International Chili Society. The winner qualifies to go to the World Chili Championship Cook-Offs Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Manchester, N.H. Seriously, New Hampshire.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Wells Junior High School, 1470 Post Road (Route 1)

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: wellschilifest.com

Et Cetera: Compete for fun in North Yarmouth

LET FUN TAKE FLIGHT during the annual North Yarmouth Fun Day and join the air guitar contest, the bucket shuttle race, the big hair competition or the horseshoe tournament.

WHEN: 6:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Village Green, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: nymeevents.com