You can shop over the course of four days at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. mikeledray/

HART’s Annual Yard Sale
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Exhibition Hall at Cumberland Fairgrounds, 175 Blanchard Road, Cumberland, free admissions.
HART of Maine is an adoption center and shelter for cats, and you can support them by shopping at their four-day mega yard sale in Cumberland. Treasures untold await you and every nickel you spend goes directly to providing essential care to the hundreds of cats HART helps every year. A bake sale will satisfy your sweet tooth.

People ride the ferris wheel as the moon hangs in the sky over the Skowhegan State Fair. Michael G. Seamans/Staff Photographer

Skowhegan State Fair
Thursday through Aug. 20. Skowhegan Fairgrounds, 22 Constitution Ave., $10, $12, $1 on Thursday and Aug. 16, free for 10 and under.
The Skowhegan State Fair dates all the way back to 1818, so it’s fair to say they have a handle on it. With everything from truck pulls to harness racing to demolition derbies, you won’t be bored when you spend the day there soaking it all in, not to mention getting your fill of fair food. Packed with exhibition halls, all sort of livestock, entertainment and, of course, a sensational midway, the Skowhegan State Fair has it all.

Two performing felines dazzling the crowd. Photo courtesy of The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats

The Amazing Acro-Cats
7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Shows run through Aug. 28. St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $21 to $45.
Here’s a pawsitively fun and hilarious show that sounds entirely claw-some. The Amazing Acro-cats are led by their “chief executive human” Samantha Martin, who started training her cat, Tuna, to do tricks in 2005. The two have never looked back and now several cats are part of the show, which has evolved into a circus-like extravaganza where you’ll see the cats performing all sorts of feats, including playing in a rock band. Half the fun is when the cats decide to not follow directions because, well, cats will be cats.

The annual St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar in Portland. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

St. Peter’s Church Italian Bazaar
5-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. St. Peter’s Church, 72 Federal St., Portland. On Facebook
Everyone’s at least a little bit Italian for two evenings in Portland every year. The St. Peter’s Church Italian Bazaar happens outside, and it’s a lively scene with pasta, pizza and a whole lot of cookies and pastries. Catch musicians Jim Ciampi on Friday night and Cory Pesaturo on Saturday. If you’re at least 21, you can enjoy a beverage in the beer and wine garden. There will also be games for kids of all ages. Mangiamo!

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