BENEFITS

TODAY

Portland Symphony Orchestra Show House Tour, benefits the PSO, 149 Western Promenade, Portland. $25 at door. porttix.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Through Oct. 2.

SATURDAY

Playing for Change, Playing for Maine, benefit concert for the Maine Academy of Modern Music and Playing for Change; performers include Toussaint Liberator, The Beat Horizon, The OxyMorons and Chas Lester; Big Easy, Portland. $10; $8 for students. playingforchangemaine.com. 9 p.m.

Pianist Frank Glazer, benefit concert for the Saco River Festival Association, Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center). $15; free for students. sacoriverfestival.org. 3 p.m.

Conquer Chiari Walk Across America, chiari is a neurological disorder of the brain, Payson Park, Portland. $25. 232-5531. Registration at 2 p.m., walk at 3 p.m.

37th Annual Ogunquit Antiques Show and Sale, benefits the Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Dunaway Center, Ogunquit. $5. 646-0296. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Newfie Fun Days, demos, vendors and more; benefits Newfoundland dog rescue groups and health challenges; Piscataqua Boat Basin and Park, Eliot. Free/donation. newfiefundays.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

SUNDAY

14th Annual Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes, Payson Park, Portland. jdrf.org/kidswalk. Registration at 10 a.m.; walk at 11 a.m.

Third Annual Downtown Brunswick Heart Walk, benefits American Heart Association, Brunswick Station Visitor Center. centralmaineheartwalk.org. Registration at 8 a.m, walk at 8:30 a.m.

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Oxford County Fair, live music, midway, agriculture exhibits and events, and more, Oxford Fairgrounds. $1 to $10. Schedule at oxfordcountyfair.com. Today to Saturday.

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

Celebrate YES! Festival of the Arts, skits, silent auction, music by The Grassholes and comedy by Reifer and Saccone, Camp Ketcha, Scarborough. $15 to $25. 879-1140. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today.

Harvest Fest and Chowdah Cook-Off, arts and crafts festival, farmers’ market, mill tours, music, scenic bike tour and chowder cook-off, Bethel Village. bethelharvestfest.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Mad Horse Theater Company Family Fun Day Craft Fair, food, games, face-painting, special effects make-up booths and more, Hutchins School, South Portland. 730-2389. Rain or shine 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

14th Annual Fall in the Village Art & Music Festival, more than 100 artists and artisans, food vendors and live music, L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. Free. freeportevents.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Mount Desert Island Garlic Festival, food and drink by local restaurants, brewers and garlic growers, plus live music, Smugglers Den Campground. $5. nostrano.com/garlic.html. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; rain date is Sunday.

Festival of Foods, learn about and sample fine foods from local artisans and chefs, Plainview Farm, North Yarmouth. Free. 829-5004. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Rosalyn Baston Apple Festival, homemade apple crisp, pie, jelly, butter, sauce with ice cream and crisp fresh apples, North Yarmouth Congregational Church. 829-3644. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Seventh Annual Saddleback Fall Festival, art show and sale, crafters, music, barbecue on the deck, pie-eating contest, pumpkins for children and more, Saddleback Mountain, Rangeley. saddlebackmaine.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

171st Annual Farmington Fair, agriculture exhibits, midway, harness racing and more, fairgrounds, Farmington. Sunday to Sept. 24; schedule at farmingtonfairmaine.com.

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.

National Theater in London Live, screening of comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Fryeburg Academy (Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center). $15 to $18; $10 for students. 935-9232. 2 and 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Full Dome Double Feature: “Two Small Pieces of Glass” and “IBEX,” University of Southern Maine (Southworth Planetarium), Portland. $5, $6. 780-4249. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Through Sept. 30.

SATURDAY

Lighthouse Tour, wear good shoes; 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.

Barks in the Park, costume parade, demonstrations, agility games, group dog walk and more, Commons, Gardiner. Free. gardinermainstreet.org. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Annual Classic and Custom Car Show, University of Maine, Fort Kent. Free. 834-7557. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Mirage,” bellydancing with Naya’s Trance and special guests, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland. $18 to $25. stlawrencearts.org. 7:30 p.m.

First Anniversary Bash, performances by Dark Follies, Vivid Motion, juggler Matiss Duhon, musician Hope Hoffman and more, Lucid Stage, Portland. Free. lucidstage.com. 6 to 10 p.m.

Dog Day IV: Kids and Dogs, interactive activities that help promote a mutually safe, positive and fun bond, Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth. $10; $5 for ages 16 and under. skylinefarm.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; rain date is Sunday,

Midnight Explore, paranormal activity exploration, Winter Street Center, Bath. $35; reservations required. 380-4677. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Peaceworks 10th Anniversary Celebration, with the Shavarsh Ensemble and dancing led by Marie Wendt, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. $15. 725-7675. 7 to 9 p.m.

Third Annual Chili, Chowder and Apple Dessert Contest, Center Fire Station, Waterboro. 247-5926. Public tasting begins at 5 p.m.

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

SUNDAY

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

Fall Wine Cruise on Casco Bay, local, farm-to-table food prepared by The Farmer’s Table and locally crafted beer with wine influence, 21-plus; Casablanca Cruises, Portland. $60. winewiseevents.com. 2 to 5 p.m.

TUESDAY

Seanachie Nights, “Heard of MOOSE” with Lynne Cullen and Janet Lynch, Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $9/donation. 846-1321. 7 to 9 p.m.

Port Veritas, spoken word, Blue, Portland. 774-4111. 7 p.m.

SEPT. 22

Karen Montanaro, mime and dance, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. $15 in advance; $20 day of show. 633-5159. 7:30 p.m.

FILMS

“The Face of the Other,” three-part film and discussion series, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. “For My Father,” 6 p.m. today.

“Doxita Season 4: Inside/Outside”, screening of four short documentary films, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

BOOKS/AUTHORS

TODAY

Wes McNair, Maine poet laureate, McArthur Library Biddeford. Free. 284-4181. 6:30 p.m.

Wendy Call, author of “No Word for Welcome: The Mexican Village Faces the Global Economy,” Longfellow Books, Portland. 772-4045. 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Brown Bag Lecture, with Jerry Genesion, author of “Portland Neck: The Hanging of Thomas Bird,” Portland Public Library. Free; bring a lunch. 871-1710. Noon to 1 p.m.

Angus King, former Maine governor and author of “Governor’s Travels: How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus and Found America,” Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. 563-5513. 11 a.m.

Eric Hopkins, author of “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond,” Portland Museum of Art. portlandmuseum.org. 5 to 7 p.m.

SATURDAY

Chuck Hoyle, author of “Bubble Wrap for the Mind,” Wiscasset Public Library. Free. 882-7161. 1 p.m.

SUNDAY

“Poets on the Rooftop,” reading by 11 poets, Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland. 594-8700. 3 p.m.

TUESDAY

Mystery Author Series, with Susan Fleet, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. 725-5242. 7 p.m.

Michele Albion, author of “The Quoteable Edison” and “The Florida Life of Thomas Edison,” York Public Library. 363-2818. 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Amy Wood, author of “Life Your Way,” and Jane Honeck, author of “The Problem with Money,” Nonesuch Books, South Portland. 799-2659. 7 p.m.

SEPT. 22

SheSpeaks, storytelling by Jeanne Thompson, Shay Stewart Bouley, Jessica Esch, Monique Barrett and Karen Wyman, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $12 to $15. mayostreetarts.org. 7:30 p.m.

Gregory Pardlo, poetry reading, Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston. Free. 786-6256. 7:30 p.m.

PARTICIPANT DANCE

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

Contradance, Town Hall, Bowdoinham. $9. 666-3090. 8 to 11 p.m. (beginner’s lesson at 7:30 p.m.) Saturday.

Ecstatic Dance, with DJs, The Awake Collective, Portland. $10 to $20. theawakecollective.com. 10 a.m. to noon.