1. It’s Art Walk night in downtown Bangor! Galleries, studios and shops throw open their doors to the general public. Highlights this time around include a community mural set up in the Pocket Park on Central Street, and new exhibitions from Angela Warren (pictured) at the Rock & Art Shop, Dudley Zopp at Coespace, and a performances from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Amarantos Quartet at the KahBang Arts Gallery at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Later that night, enjoy rockabilly band Three Button Deluxe at Nocturnem Drafthaus, rockers One Shot Nothing at the Big Easy, DJ ThermoMatt at Paddy Murphys, a big night of electronic music with Riot Ten, Jack Bass, Wolf Feral and Noremac at Tantrum, and up in Orono, there’s the Rotating Taps at Woodman’s. Oh, and don’t forget the big names on Friday, with Bill Cosby doing standup at the Cross Insurance Center, and jam band favorites moe., who are at the Collins Center for the Arts at UMaine! On Saturday, bluesman Eric Green will do a solo set at Nocturnem, the 220s will rock Ipanema, funk lords Juicebox are set for Paddy’s, singer-songwriter Morgan Donnelly is at the Big Easy, and out in Winterport, hometown rockers When Particles Collide are at 4Points BBQ & Blues.
2. I don’t know about you, but this show featuring pop rocker Dean Ford (pictured), funk band Miss Fairchild and songwriter Justin Levinson at the Asylum Friday night sounds like a lot of fun. Then again, so doesn’t the hip hop and electronic music showcase 1Up: A Night of Beat and Culture, set for the Space Gallery and featuring rappers and DJs hosted by God Damn Chan and Brzowski, including MC Milo, Dom Damiami, Altered Gee, Turquoise Crown and the Psychologist. There’s also Canadian songwriter Bahamas at the Empire, a CD release party for Max Garcia Conover’s new album “Ellery” at Mayo Street Arts, and the Adam Ezra Group at One Longfellow Square. On Saturday, Empire hosts touring artists Lecherous Gaze, Cushing and Swamp Water, while at Mayo Street Arts, there’s a night of Middle Eastern music with Okbari and guests and belly dancer Jamileh. There’s also roots favorites Session Americana at One Longfellow. You can also see out summer with the first ever Blues Festival at Old Orchard Beach, set for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ballpark, with headliner James Montgomery.
3. I saw my first autumn leaf last weekend in Belfast. Uh oh. On the coast this weekend, starting Friday in Rockland songwriter Heather Styka plays at Rock City Coffee and bluesman Blind Albert is at the Speakeasy, also in Rockland. On Saturday, the Trisha Mason Band rocks the Myrtle Street Tavern, folk group Meteora plays at Rock City, the Old Blues Kats are at the Speakeasy, and at the Strand Theatre, American ensemble Asleep at the Wheel performs. Across the bay in Hancock County, Bangor rockers Chamberlain (pictured above) and the Feather Lungs play at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor, while the charming folk duo Suz and Gibb are at Mainely Meat on Main in Ellsworth, and there’s a double feature at the Grand Theatre, also in Ellworth, showing “Pet Sematery,” based on the Stephen King book, of course, at 4 p.m. followed by a documentary about the film titled “Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematery” at 7 p.m.
4. Two fun outdoor events this Saturday. First off, the Portland Greenfest is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Monument Square, and features more than 50 vendors and workshops on all things eco-friendly — from solar and wind power to recycling and gardening. There’s music from the Jason Spooner Band, Johnny Fireseed and more, and there’s kid’s activities too, and best of all, it’s all free. Meanwhile, throughout the state it’s Maine Open Lighthouse Day, in which lighthouses from Kittery to Lubec open their doors to the public. It’s a chance to see the inner workings of these icons of Maine that most people don’t ever get to see. A full list of open lighthouses and times is available on the Lighthouse Foundation website.
5. Finally, if you missed the Maine International Film Festival this year and live in eastern Maine, you have an opportunity to see some of the highlights from this year’s festival with MIFF By The Sea, an annual showcase of the best of MIFF at Reel Pizza Cinerama in Bar Harbor, starting Friday and going through Monday. Featured films include Maine-centric basketball documentary “Extending the Play,” the Chilean-French teenage love story “The Summer of Flying Fish” and a number of short film programs, as well as a special screening of a remastered version of “A Hard Day’s Night” and ImprovAcadia’s final Improvision live skewering of a B-movie. A full schedule of MIFF By The Sea can be found on the Reel Pizza website.