The Maine Weekender, October 22—24

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

We hope you’ve been keeping an eye on the weekly foliage report, because the southern coast is finally getting its moment in the spotlight! Make sure you go out and get your foliage photos ASAP, because the leaves are peaking and time is of the essence. Halloween is right around the corner, and everyone knows that it’s even spookier once the greenery has withered away. Whether you’re planning to hit the road to go leaf peeping or stay in and eat your weight in premature Halloween candy, here’s our roundup for this weekend in Maine:

Something to Watch: 

If you’re among the cycling community in Maine, you’re in for a treat! Starting tomorrow, the Bicycle Film Festival—hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine—is screening virtually. Featuring films like Ability, a documentary about paralympic cyclist and Falmouth native Clara Brown, as well as stories about bike messengers, biking as a form of activism, and a glimpse into the BMX world, the virtual festival encompasses the freedom two wheels bring. Grab your tickets and tune in!

When: Friday, October 22 to Monday, November 1

Somewhere to Go: 

Still looking for spooky content after our ideas last week? Well, twist our arms! This weekend head up to the Farmington fairgrounds for Farmington Fright Nights to get another healthy dose of terror and dread. Be warned! This event is not for the faint of heart, with a haunted cabin in the woods, a terrifying carnival, and an ominous slaughterhouse. Steel your nerves and grab tickets for this weekend or next!

When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday October 22 and 23, and October 29 and 30

Where: Farmington Fairgrounds, 292 High St, Farmington

Something to Eat: 

One of the best parts of living in Maine is the fresh seafood at our disposal! Starting next week, Mr. Tuna is launching its Night Market Series with an Izakaya Night that will feature a guest chef and a menu takeover. The evening will only be open for walk-in diners, so be sure to get there early to grab a seat and dig into seafood at its finest.

When: 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 27

Where: 28 Monument Square, Portland

Something to Do: 

One activity we didn’t realize we missed dearly over the past year and a half was attending a rousing trivia night with friends. Lucky for us, Bissell Brothers is hosting Trivia Tuesday next week! Get a team of two to eight together (ideally your smartest friends, or maybe even your uncle who specializes in fun facts) and head to the tap room for eight rounds of general knowledge and pop culture questions, plus some rotating themes to spice things up. Win or lose, you’re in for an evening of great beer and company.

When: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday October 26

Where: 38 Resurgam Place, Portland

Something to Read: 

While Stephen King may spin some of the most terrifying tales to come out of the Pine Tree State, there is plenty of local lore that will also keep you awake at night! Check out our online roundup of some of Maine’s spookiest legends, from haunted hotels to rumored sea serpents. 

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