Tuesday August 21, 2012 | 09:58 AM

FREE: Bayside Movie Night

The lane-loving folks at Bayside Bowl are screening some their favorite films on the outdoor patio while it's still warm enough to loiter out there.
Sunset Wednesdays | Free | Bayside Bowl, Portland | www.baysidebowl.com or 791-2695

FREE: Rooftop Film Series

The free-film-atop-a-parking-garage series has been running all summer. September's showing of "The Royal Tenenbaums" is the final installment until 2013.
7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 | Free | Free St. Parking Garage, Portland | menskmaine.org

Port Quest scavenger hunt

Call on your inner Columbo during this in-town scavenger hunt. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 will solve clues and complete challenges, none of which include scraping ice from the windshield of your car.
10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 | $25 per person | Ocean Gateway Terminal, Portland | maine.easterseals.com

Portland Brew Festival

The long, cold days of winter are made more endurable with the help of well-chosen New England beer. Which beer will you rely on? Find your drinkable soulmate among the 30 brewers at the 2nd annual Portland Brew Fest.
5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, August 31 and 12 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 | $35 | Portland Company Complex, Portland | www.portlandbrewfestival.com

Portland Lobster Company

It doesn't matter if lobster isn't your thing - Portland Lobster Company is a highlight of summer thanks to its awesome location (nestled oh-so-rightly between tourist-trafficked Commercial Street and Portland's working waterfront) and live local music on the deck. The shrimp helps, too. But seasonal PLC can't wait for you forever.
Live music 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; noon and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday | Portland Lobster Company, Portland | www.portlandlobstercompany.com or 775-2112 More drink-worthy local decks

Music Cruise in Casco Bay

Ferry boats are hard workers. They plow through Casco Bay, hauling cargo and island visitors back and forth regardless of the weather or the hour. So at the end of the day, ferries are ready to kick back and have a good time. Hence the birth of the music cruise. It's a treat for the people and the boat.
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25; Saturday, Sept. 1 | $13.50-$20.50 | Casco Bay Lines, Portland | www.cascobaylines.com

Car Wars at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

Does summer's end make you sad? Does it make you want to smash something? Or possibly watch something get smashed? Beech Ridge is the cure for what ails you. Watch autos battle each other and the track during the last few nights of Car Wars.
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and 31 | Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough | $6 | www.beechridge.com

Bike Riding on Peaks Island

Take your bicycle to Peaks Island for some sweet together time, cruising the coastal road and making stops for rock traversing, military exploration and lunch. Or make a new two-wheeled friend on the island and rent from Brand's Bike Rental & Repair (115 Island Ave.).
Before it's too late! | Peaks Island | Ferry: $7.50; Bike rental: $10 for two hours

Make Friends with a Food Cart

When it's cold or snowy or rainy, it's best to get your food delivered right to your house. That way you don't ever have to bear the burden of Mother Nature. But during the summer, it's great to get your food from a truck or cart or other wheeled contraption. Why? Well why not?
12 options for great eats on the streets

FREE: Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest

Like sands through the beach bucket, so are the days of our summer. While it lasts, let's create something amazing. And let's create it with sand! Get a team together for the Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest and help raise funds for Birth Roots.
Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 | Pine Point Beach, Scarborough | Free; Donations encouraged | sandsations.org

Canoe Scarborough Marsh

No, the Scarborough Marsh doesn't disappear in the winter. But it does get slightly harded to paddle, what with the sheets of ice and all. Rent a kayak and make your own adventure, or sign up for a guided paddle and learn about march creatures. Even better, take the full moon canoe tour and get to know the evening-side of the marsh.
Full Moon Canoe Tour: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 29-31 | Maine Audubon, Scarborough | $12 | maineaudubon.org

Zipline at Sunday River (and trampoline!)

You Tarzan. Or at least you can swing like Tarzan, yet still go out for a nice dinner afterward and use sentences with more than two words. The zipline course at Sunday River includes seven lines - and seven chances to fly through the trees like some loinclothed hero.
Tours running 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday | $49 | Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry | www.sundayriver.com
And while you're there, why not try out the EuroBungy Trampoline

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.

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