• BENEFITS

Tours of the Kennebunk Wedding Cake House, benefit for Hunger Relief of York County, Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk. $10. 985-3700. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Monday.

Boots, Band and BBQ Benefit, food, live music, dancing and auction; fundraiser for riding center; Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Windham. $50. 892-2813. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

“USO Show,” musical revue; benefit for the New Gloucester Veterans’ Monument Fundraising Campaign; New Gloucester AMVETS. $5. 926-4232. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Boo! Haunted Walk, haunted walk through the woods; benefits the society; Animal Welfare Society, West Kennebunk. $4; $3 for children under 12. animalwelfaresociety.org. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Engineers Without Borders’s “Beer + Wine = Water,” local beer and wine tastings, food, silent auction and music by The Jason Spooner Band; fundraiser for the Dorgobom, Ghana, Clean Water Supply Project; Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland. $30. ewbportlandmaine.org. 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18. 

• FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Swine & Stein Octoberfest, local food, beer, music, chicken fling competition, frozen T-shirt contest and more, Water Street and surrounding areas, Gardiner. $10 in advance; $15 day of festival (includes beer samples); $10 (no beer); free for children ages 12 and under. gardinermainstreet.org. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fall Festival, seed saving, hay climbing, horse team demos, hayrides, pumpkin picking, food and music, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport. $6; $20 for family of four. 865-4469. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mediums Day Fair, private readings, auric photography and vendors, American Legion Hall, Westbrook. Cost for services. 797-2039. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Annual Harvest Fest, pancake breakfast, costume parade, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, concerts on the bridge and more, downtown Kennebunk. Free. kennebunkfestivals.com. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

28th Annual York Beach Harvestfest and Kidfest, live bands, ox roast, bean hole beans, vendors, hayrides and more, York Beach. Free. gatewaytomaine.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY

“A Finished Heart: Love At Life’s End,” Eliott Cherry’s prose, poetry and music about loss of life partner to illness, University of Maine (Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine), Augusta. Free. 621-3532. 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Open Mic and Poetry Slam, for musicians and poets, First Universalist Church, Auburn. Free. 783-0461. 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Portland Fire Museum Open House, fire horses return to the stalls, antique fire trucks display and firefighting films; part of Spring Street will be closed to traffic, Portland Fire Museum. $5; $3 for children. 772-2040. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Cladah Mhor Pipe Band performs at 11 a.m.

“CSA: Community Supporting Arts,” potluck celebration of local food, farms and art with music and farmers market, Vaughan Homestead, Hallowell. $10 in advance; $12 day of event. 622-3813. 4 to 7 p.m.

Halloween Costume Swap, drop off a costume through Oct. 11 and receive a ticket for free costume on swap day, Dance Studio of Maine, Gorham. dancestudioofmaine.com. Noon to 3 p.m.

SUNDAY

Smoke and Mirror Circus, unique combination of circus, theater and performance art, 21-plus; Geno’s Rock Club, Portland. $8. 221-2382. 9 p.m.

Woofstock, pet vendors, search and rescue exhibit, agility show and more, Old Orchard Beach Ballpark. Free. oob365.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MONDAY

Seanachie Nights: Spoken Word and Music, “Songs and Stories from the Court of King Arthur,” Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $9/donation. 253-0288. 7 to 9 p.m.

8 Minute Dating, for professional men and women ages 25 to 40, Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $34.88. 8minutedating.com. 7 p.m.

TUESDAY

John Sinclair, author, poet and activist will provide commentary and answer questions after screening of documentary about his life, Meg Perry Center, Portland. $5. 284-3358. 6 p.m.

Port Veritas Spoken Word Series, with John Sinclair, 18-plus; Bull Feeney’s, Portland. $8. 773-7210. 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Maine Earth Science Day, displays and interactive demonstrations, Maine State Museum, Augusta. Free. mainestatemuseum.org. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OCT. 18

Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi, world music and dance, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $34 to $46. porttix.com. 7:30 p.m.

• FILMS

Teen Movie Night, for ages 12 to 19, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 4 p.m. Thursday.

“Rana’s Wedding,” love story, part of Palestinian Film Festival; Talbot Auditorium of Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine, Portland. $7; $5 for seniors and students. 239-8060. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“5 Broken Cameras,” documentary about resistance in Bil’in, part of Palestinian Film Festival; Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Global Lens International Film Series, Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston. Free. bates.edu/museum. “Grey Matter” (2011, Rwanda), 7:30 p.m. Monday. Through Dec. 3.

“The Banned Book Film Series,” “Ordinary People” (1980, Rated R), Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Hari-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,” thrilling exploration of revenge, honor and individuality in the face of oppressive power, Space, Portland. $7. space538.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Reel Rock,” rock-climbing adventures; benefit for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics; One Longfellow Square, Portland. $15. onelongfellowsquare.com. 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

Teen Movie Night, for ages 12 to 19, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), Portland Public Library. Free. portlandlibrary.com. 4 p.m. Oct. 18.

“40 Days at Base Camp,” Mt. Everest documentary screening with filmmaker Dianne Whelan, Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. $9; $7 for seniors; $5 for ages 18 and under. atthelincoln.org. 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

“I AM,” documentary screening and post-film discussion with Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising, Rockland Public Library. Free. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. 

• BOOKS/AUTHORS

Paul Doiron, author of “The Poacher’s Son” and “Bad Little Falls,” Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Andrew Zolli, author of “Resilience,” Camden Public Library. 236-3440. 7 p.m. Thursday.

Sharon Lovejoy, author of “My First Bird Book,” Second Congregational Church, Newcastle. mainecoastbookshop.com. 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Caitlin Shetterly, author of “Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home,” Rockland Public Library. 594-0310. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida Leclair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. 4 p.m. Friday.

Susan Poulin, author of “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida Leclair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” Beyond the Sea, Belfast. 338-2100. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Morgan Callan Rogers, author of “A Ruby Red Heart in the Cold Blue Sea,” Louis T. Graves Library, Kennebunkport. 967-2778. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Susan Orlean, author of “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend,” Longfellow Books, Portland. longfellowbooks.com. 6 p.m. Sunday.

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” Ketchum Library (University of New England), Biddeford. 602-2361. Noon Tuesday.

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” Portland Public Library. portlandlibrary.com. Noon Wednesday.

Josh Pahigian, author of “Strangers on the Beach,” University of Southern Maine (bookstore), Portland. 780-4070. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

John Connolly and Julia Spencer-Fleming, editor and contributor to the anthology “To Die For,” South Portland Public Library. 767-7660. 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

Vicki Doudera, author of “A House to Die For” and “Deadly Offer,” Lithgow Public Library, Augusta. www.lithgow.lib.me.us. 6:30 p.m.

OCT. 18

Poetry Reading, with Steve Luttrell and Megan Grumbling, Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth. yarmouthlibrary.org. 7 p.m. Oct. 18. 

• PARTICIPANT DANCE

Contra Dance, music by Jessie and Greg Boardman and Ellen Gawler with caller Maggie Robinson; bring clean shoes for dancing; Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth. $10; $7 for seniors and students. 233-4325. Potluck at 7 p.m.; beginner’s session at 7:30 p.m.; dance 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.