1. Halloween might not be for another two weeks, but there’s already a bit of spookiness in the air, is there not? This weekend in the Bangor region, Friday night brings several early evening events, like an 8 p.m. costumed contradance at the UU Church celebrating ten years of contradances in Bangor; the Central Gallery hosts an 8 p.m. screening of the classic “Beetlejuice,” and in Orono, the Collins Center for the Arts hosts the touring Broadway production of “42nd Street,” also at 8 p.m. Later that night, enjoy Stesha Cano and the Jerks at Paddy Murphy’s, the Joe King Trio at Nocturnem Draft Haus, Three Button Deluxe at the Boomhouse in Old Town, and the Rotating Taps at Woodman’s in Orono. On Saturday, the folks at Central Street Farmhouse hosts the Homebrewtoberfest, featuring tiny little brews from local breweries, from 12-3 p.m. in the Central Street Pocket Park, while from 2 to 8 p.m. the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative hosts an Indoor Art Walk at 58 Main St, featuring a wide array of local artists. That night, enjoy either 80s cover band Murphy’s Law at the Downunder Club at Seasons, the 220s at Paddy’s, rockers Magnetic North at Ipanema, bluesman Dave Mello at Nocturnem, the Blast Addicts at Roost in Orono, and the Blood Orange Martinis at the Boomhouse in Old Town. On Sunday, the Central Gallery hosts a Vinyl Pizza Party from 6 to 9 p.m. — bring records to spin and eat pizza — while the Cross Insurance Center and Waterfront Concerts present rock legends Motley Crue and Alice Cooper (pictured above, of course). We’re not worthy.
2. In keeping with October’s crisp, creepy vibe, Frida night in Portland brings the premiere of “Damnationland,” the yearly short film festival of Maine-made horror shorts, set for 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. That evening also brings Space Gallery’s first-ever Spelling Bee, a competitive event for adults set for 7:30 p.m. Later that night, enjoy David Wax Museum (pictured) with Arc Iris at Port City Music Hall, the Throwback Golden Era Hip Hop dance party with DJs Wisdom and KTF at Empire, punk rockers Battery Steele at Portland HOME, songwriter Maia Sharp at One Longfellow Square, and Raging Brass Reggae at Bayside Bowl. On Saturday, the State Theatre hosts Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque, a night of naughty fun set for 8 p.m., while Empire hosts some great regional indie rock with Wild Adriatic, Let’s Be Leonard and The Box Tiger. The Blues Prophets are at Portland HOME, rockers Dementia Five, Eldemurr Krimm and the Gamma Goochies are at Geno’s, and Maine legend David Mallett plays an intimate show at One Longfellow.
3. Saturday is quite a busy day on the Midcoast, so let’s waste no time getting into all of it. It’s the Eighth Year of Beer Fest at Three Tides in Belfast, with delicious Marshall Wharf beer, mussels, frites and music from the Toughcats (pictured), from 5 p.m. til close. In Camden, the Downeast AIDS Network hosts a fundraising party with musical guests When Particles Collide at the Camden Snow Bowl. And in Rockland, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cafe Miranda and Rock Coast Rollers host a street dance party to benefit the Knox County Homeless Coalition on Oak Street, reggae back Catchavibe is at the Speakeasy, Rick Graham and the Usual, a southern rock band, will play at the Myrtle Street Tavern, and Bob Scovil and the Intruders are at Rock City Coffee.
4. Bucksport undergoes a terrifying transformation this weekend, as Ghostport, a Halloween festival hosted by the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, takes over the town this Saturday. Pumpkin trebuchets, coffin races, a costume parade, chili cookoff and a “trunk or treat” for children are among the many activities set for the day, as well as the first weekend of Fright at the Fort, the most ghoulish haunted event of the year, set for Fort Knox State Park. The Fright well set off fireworks at night to celebrate Ghostport. For more information, call the Chamber at 468-6818.
5. Hey — folks in the County love beer just as much as the next guy, and now they’ve got a beer fest to prove it. The Aroostook County Brew Festival is a collaboration between Bigrock Mountain ski resort, the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, Aroostook Hops, and the Maine Malt House LLC, who got together to establish a one of a kind beer and wine tasting fest, to be held this Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. at Bigrock Mountain. Tickets are $35-$50, there are tons of Maine brewers on hand, live music and more, as well as a chicken barbecue at 5 p.m., following by a silent auction and dance. For more info, visit aroostookcountybrewfestival.com.