Weekend Spotlight: A busy weekend with the Blues Festival, Clam Festival and more

Outdoor festivals are the name of the game this weekend with themes ranging from food to music with a special pageant and a Maine movie finale to top it all off.

Killer Road Trip: Yarmouth Clam Festival

Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17—Yarmouth

Clam festival volunteer. Photo courtesy of Yarmouth Clam Festival

This free, weekend-long festival attracts visitors from all over the country who come to enjoy the music and arts, events and competitions, and of course, the main event: the clams. Over 80 different types of food and beverages are showcased at the Festival food stalls, including over 6,000 pounds of clams, 13,500 Lime Rickeys, 6,000 lobster rolls, 2,200 pancake breakfasts, 1 500 dinners ashore, 400 homemade pies and 6,000 strawberry shortcakes. Don’t miss the clam-shucking contest (the record holder of the annual clam-shucking contest has shucked 25 clams per minute.) IMF: clam feast


Living History Day – Fort Knox

Saturday, July 16 — Perspective

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20th Maine Company B is a non-profit, history-focused educational organization with members from across New England. The band authentically represents the common Maine infantry soldier during the period 1862-1865 and they’ll travel back in time to the 1860s with the Civil War Living History Encampment at Fort Knox. This family event will show how life was really back in the Civil War, cannon firing, drills, medical procedures and everyday life. The event runs from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to the public. IMF: living history


MIFF weekend

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17—Waterville

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Poster courtesy of Maine International Film Festival

It’s the last weekend to see quality Maine features and shorts in every genre, from documentary to claypot, plus a wrap-up party on Sunday night. here is the movie schedule. IMF: ANGRY


Blues Festival and Pub Crawl

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17—Rockland

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Poster courtesy of North Atlantic Blues Festival

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is back this weekend in Rockland. The annual two-day (Saturday and Sunday) Blues Music Festival featuring national blues artists takes place at Rockland’s Public Landing featuring over a dozen renowned blues acts. Here’s this year’s line up. The Club Crawl starts on Friday evening and is always a good time for locals. Even if you don’t have tickets and there will be a street party on Friday and Saturday night with blues bands playing at local venues, as well as rock, funk, vintage and new music. here is a line up Club Crawl each evening. Note: Some venues may charge for cover. IMF: blues party


Kay Stephens can be reached at [email protected]

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