August Ditch The Couch!

“Mill Town” immersive performance experience
Thursday, Aug. 3 or Friday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.
Bates College Mill Complex, 130 Mill St., Lewiston
Three years in the making, “Mill Town” is a special project of the world-renowned Bates Dance Festival. It’s a promenade for the audience in and around the Bates Mill Complex, inspired by the geography, industry and culture of Lewiston-Auburn. “Mill Town” incorporates 50 professional and local dancers, a live score, an evocative series of scenic and media installations, local video footage and artifacts from Museum L-A. Buy tickets online. $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $12 students.

Paddle Battle, photo by Amy Paradysz

Paddle Battle
Sunday, Aug. 6, 1 to 5 p.m.
Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport
If you can paddle it, you can race it in Nonantum Resort’s annual Kennebunk river race. Kayak, canoe, SUP or surfboard—competitive or taking in the sights. Whichever way you float it, this is a fun afternoon with live music and food on the resort’s back lawn after the race. $30 per adult to register; $5 for the kids’ quick out-and-back race. Register in advance.

Yoga at Fort Gorges
Sunday, Aug. 6 or Sunday, Aug. 20, 8–11:15 a.m.
Leaving from East End Beach, Portland
Civil War-era Fort Gorges is one of the most fascinating spots in Casco Bay, and it’s only accessible by small boat…. like one of Portland Paddle’s kayaks. In this kayak-and-yoga expedition, you’ll head out to Fort Gorges with a licensed kayak guide, explore the fort, bend and stretch, and head back in time for lunch. Ah, bliss. $55 per person including paddling and yoga gear. Register in advance.

Maine Highland Games
Saturday, Aug. 19
Topsham Fairgrounds
The Scots love strong women. The annual Scottish Festival and Maine Highland Games at the Topsham Fairgrounds includes a full day of “heavy athletics” for both men and women (with different weight categories by gender). Events include the Braemer stone put, the heavy hammer and the sheaf toss. Basically, be prepared to throw heavy objects for distance, height and accuracy—and have fun doing it.

Tidewater in June by Diana Johnson for Taste of Tidewater

Taste of Tidewater
Thursday, Aug. 24, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth
Local artists have contributed 75 pieces of their work for this show, with each piece selling for $200—half going to the artist and half to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, which trains master gardeners. The $75 per person event includes tastes from several local chefs and music by The Pinetones. Buy tickets in advance.

Life Happens Outside Festival
Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thompson’s Point, Portland
This first-time festival presented by Teens to Trails is a celebration of outdoor, active lifestyles. Thompson’s Point will be loaded with outdoor activities, vendors, workshops and entertainment—everything from yoga and rock climbing to outdoor films and cold beer. Buy tickets online; options start at $10.

L.L. Bean Women’s-Only Adventures, photo courtesy of L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean Women’s-Only Adventures
Freeport and click on ‘Outdoor Schools’
L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School in Freeport offers Women’s-Only Expeditions with introductions to outdoorsy stuff like stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), fly-casting and shotgun sports. SUP workshops are Sunday, Aug. 6, or Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $55; fly-casting is Sunday, Aug. 20, 1–5 p.m. for $99; and shotgun sports is Saturday, Aug. 5, 1:30–4:30 p.m. for $139. All equipment other than clothing is provided. Register in advance.

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