• BENEFITS

Second Annual “Paint the ‘Bunk” Art Sale, 100 pieces of original artwork will be sold for $200 each; benefits Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk; Brick Store Museum Program Center, Kennebunk. 985-0985. 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Boston Red Sox Alumni Charity Softball Game, with autographs, pictures after the game and a free children’s baseball/sports clinic before the game at 6 p.m.; benefits youth athletics, project graduation, Celebration By the Sea and more; Old Orchard Beach Ballpark. $10. 871-7876. 7 p.m. Friday.

Almost Labor Day Auction, art auction benefitting the museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. $50 to $135. ogunquitmuseum.org. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fundraising Auction, gift certificates to several businesses in Sanford and many other items and gifts; benefits the theater; Sanford Maine Stage, Springvale. sanfordmainestage.com. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Second Annual Scoop Robbins Dog Show, fundraiser for local animal shelters with music, goods, crafts, books, demos, dog contests and more, Unity of Greater Portland, Windham. $5 per dog. 233-2805. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Third Annual Toys-for-Tots Car Show, antique, classic, sports and new muscle cars, Portland Motor Club, Portland. Free/donation. 615-8365. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

Cooking for a Cure, sample food from 31 local restaurants; benefits pediatric brain tumor research and treatment; Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland. $40. thenoyesbraintumorfoundation.com. 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8. 

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Windsor Fair, agricultural exhibits, crafts, art exhibits, midway, animal pulling events, harness racing, live entertainment and more, 100 Ridge Road, Windsor. $7, $9; free for children under 16. Schedule at windsorfair.com. Today to Monday.

Blue Hill Fair, agricultural exhibits, midway, animal-pulling events, live entertainment, lumberjack exhibitions, Bellamy Brothers concert and more, Route 172, Blue Hill. $5 to $8; free for children under age 12. Schedule at bluehillfair.com. Today to Monday.

Camden Windjammer Festival, pirate duels, chowder challenge, contra dancing, dinner auction, talent show, boat racing, fireworks and more, Camden Harbor. Most events are free. camdenwindjammerfestival.com. Friday to Sunday; schedule at camdenwindjammerfestival.com.

Portland Brew Festival, spotlight on regional beers and home brewing with more than 25 brewers and food vendors, 21-plus; Portland Company Complex. $30 per session. portlandbrewfestival.eventbrite.com. Noon to 3:30 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Art, Art Demonstrations and Music Fair, music by the Greenfields, Waterfront Park, Boothbay Harbor. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (rain date is Sunday).

MVLT River Festival, 5K road race, food picnic, live music, boat building, critter corner and touch tank for kids, artisans and more, Main Street, Waldoboro. Free. 832-5570. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Capriccio, town-wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater, concerts, Festival of Kites and more, various locations. Ogunquit. Various prices. Monday to Sept. 17; schedule at visitogunquit.org.

Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival, Greek folk music and dancing, a wide variety of Greek foods, a bazaar, a book store and games for children, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Lewiston. Free admission. 783-6795. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9-10. 

• SPECIAL EVENTS

TODAY

Tate House Museum Architecture Tours, 90-minute tours of historic home, Tate House Museum, Portland. $6, $8; $3 for children. 774-6177. 10 and 11:30 a.m.; 1 and 2:30 p.m. Through Oct. 6.

155th Birthday Celebration, for Louise Helen Coburn, founder of History House, Skowhegan History House. Free. 474-6632. 1 to 2 p.m.

“Mollie Tucker’s Kitchen: An Insider’s View,” Castle Tucker, Wiscasset. $10; $15 for members; reservations required. 882-7169. 10 a.m. 

FRIDAY

Library of Congress Traveling “Gateway to Knowledge” Exhibit, high-quality facsimiles of many of the library’s top treasures, Monument Square, Portland. Free. 871-1700. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Full Dome Double Feature: “Two Small Pieces of Glass” and “IBEX,” digital video that covers all 360 degrees above the audience about telescopes and the solar system’s outer edge, University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $5, $6. 780-4249. 7 and 8:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Lighthouse Tours, one of only 40 caisson-style lighthouses in the U.S. and the only one open to visitors; must be more than 55 inches tall; canceled in case of rain or fog; Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland. $5; free for children under 14. 699-2676. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rockhounder’s Gem and Mineral Show, demonstrations and displays of jewelry, gems and fossils, National Guard Armory, Augusta. 873-6270. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

New Gloucester History Barn Open House, New Gloucester Historical Society. Free. 926-3188. 9 a.m. to noon.

Old Fort Western Historical Interpreters, tours and demonstrations, Old Fort Western, Augusta. $4, $6. 626-2385. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to Monday. 

SUNDAY

44th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Show, Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

End of Summer Caribbean Sunset Cruise, music by local DJs HLM and Onyx, Casablanca Cruises, Portland. $18, $20. 774-5554. 7:30 p.m.

Spirits Alive Tours of the Eastern Cemetery, learn about historical figures via historical reenactments on grave sites, Eastern Cemetery (Congress Street gate), Portland. $7; free for children under age 12. spiritsalive.org. 1:15 p.m. Through Sept. 25.

Steam Car Day, Seal Cove Auto Museum. $5; $2 for ages 12 and under. 244-9242. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

TUESDAY

Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow, sell your antiques and collectibles or get your items evaluated by experts, Clarion Hotel, Portland. ohiovalleygoldandsilver.com. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. 

• FILMS

“Views on Vermeer” (2010), documentary, Strand Theatre, Rockland. $8.50; $7 for members. 596-0949. 8 p.m. Friday.

“Up Up, Down Down” (2009), coming-of-age story by Portland filmmaker Allen Baldwin, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $5. stlawrencearts.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Summer Film Series: “Get Low” (2010), York Public Library. Free. 363-2818. 7 p.m. Sunday.

Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series, with guest puppeteer and filmmaker Tim LaGasse, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $7. mayostreetarts.org. 7 p.m. Sunday.

“Art Videos at the Gallery,” Barn Gallery, Ogunquit. Free. 646-7055. “Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye” (2001), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Page One: Inside the New York Times” (2011), documentary, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7 p.m. Sept. 8. 

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

FRIDAY

Marin Magat, author of “May Your Jar Always be Full” and “Let Me Tell You About Our First Year,” interactive show, Constellation Gallery, Portland. 252-9520. 10:30 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sept. 8. Through Sept. 30.

LIT: “Brecht,” literary happening curated by Portland poet and theater reviewer Megan Grumbling, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $5 to $10/donation. mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Jim Witherell, author of “L. L. Bean: The Man and His Company,” Owl & Turtle Bookstore, Camden. owlandturtle.com. 2 p.m.

Sandra Garson, author of “How to Fix a Leek and Other Foods from Your Farmers’ Market,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. 563-3207. Noon. 

SUNDAY

Barbara Walsh, author of “Sammy in the Sky,” Payson Park, Portland. 10 a.m. to noon. 

MONDAY

“Poets in Person,” poetry reading by Maine Writers and Publisher’s Alliance, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit. Free. 228-8263. 7:30 p.m. 

TUESDAY

Mystery Author Series, with Susan Oleksiw, author of the Mellingham Mystery Series, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. 725-5242. 7 p.m.

Brian Vanden Brink, architectural photographer and author of “Porch,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 6:30 p.m. 

SEPT. 8

Kate Braestrup, author of “Loving our Enemies,” Rockland Library. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m.

“Port City Black and White,” book launch party with author Gerry Boyle, Longfellow Books, Portland. 772-4045. 7 p.m. 

• PRO SPORTS

Portland Sea Dogs, Minor League baseball, Hadlock Field, Portland. $7, $9. portlandseadogs.com. Vs. New Hampshire, 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Swing Dance, music by Maine Swingin’ DJs, Deering Grange Hall, Portland. $8. 653-5012. 8 p.m. Friday.

Contra Dance, with caller Rickey Holt, bring clean non-street shoes for dancing, Falmouth Congregational Church. $5 to $10; free for children under 5. 756-2201. 7:15 p.m. Saturday.