It’s an active Memorial Day Weekend, including yoga with goats, running with dogs, and paddling with new friends. There’s a 5K in Augusta on Monday, too, which helps raise funds for veterans.
For the weekend of May 25-28, 2018:
Sunset Kayak Tour
6:15 p.m., Friday, May 26 (and Saturday and Sunday, too!) Portland Paddle, East End, Portland.$40, $35 kids 10-16. portlandpaddle.net
Spring is grand because we can loiter outside for hours and not worry about frostbite or the sun setting at 2 p.m. And spring is grand because SUNSET PADDLES. Portland Paddle opens for the season mid-May, so get your paddle arms ready and book a sunset tour in Casco Bay. Why? Because you can. And be sure to check out all the lessons, tours, and overnights throughout the season, too!
Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27. Pineland Farms, New Gloucester. $25-$75 depending on event. pinelandtrails.com
There will be trail running galore all weekend (1km Kids’ race, 5km Canicross (dog+runner), 5k Trail Race, and 10km on Saturday and 25km, 50km, and 50-mile races on Sunday). But it’s also very much about the trail running camaraderie and celebration. The festival includes plenty of beer drinking, BBQ (veggie friendly), pot-luck dishes, desserts, eclectic music performances, and fun family activities.
Mutt Strut 5K
8 a.m. Saturday, May 26. Kennebec River Rail Trail, Augusta. $25, $30 with dog ($30, $35 with dog day of). pethavenlane.org
You know who loves to run and walk? Your dog! Bring your four-legged-BFF to the Mutt Strut 5K. All funds raised go directly to support more than 2,000 animals that find their way to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society annually, and all dog registrations will include a Mutt Strut collar bandana for your dog. All dogs are welcome. The race will also include a pre-race warm-up and a variety of services by local vendors before and after the race.
Spring Hike Series – Birds by sight and sound
8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 26. Old Pond Railway Trail, Hancock. Free. frenchmanbay.org
Join the Frenchman Bay Conservancy for a free guided hike and learn how to identify warblers by sight and sound with expert birder Fred Yost. Starts at the parking across from Hancock Town Hall at the Old Pond Railway Trail.
Lift Like a Boss – Free women’s workshop
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Iron Will Strength Studio, Westbrook. Free. www.ironwillstrengthstudio.com/lift-like-a-boss
If you’re intimidated by the free weight area at the gym or unsure about proper form and how to use everything, check out this free women’s workshop from Iron Will Strength in Westbrook. You’ll learn the basics, practice with dumbbells, and gain confidence. All levels welcome, even if you’ve never touched a dumbbell before.
7 a.m. Sunday, May 27. Meet at Mount Agamenticus Ring Trail trailhead, York. $20 cash or check. yogaonyork.com/summer-beach-hiking-yoga
Do yoga on the summit of Mount Agamenticus! You’ll meet the group at the Ring Trail trailhead/parking area and go on a 15-minute hike to the summit (just long enough to get your blood pumping!). At the summit, enjoy yoga under the open sky. Hiking Yoga continues every other Sunday through the summer.
Group Paddle on Jordan Bay
1 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Sebago Trails Paddling Company, Raymond. Free with your own kayak or rent for $20. www.facebook.com
Join Sebago Trails Paddling Co. on their first paddle club event of the season. Meet at private launch site located next to Sebago Trails Paddling Co. in Raymond. Explore the natural stream of Panther Run to get a glimpse of wildlife and then make your way on to Jordan Bay of Sebago Lake for vast lake views.
Miles for Mills 5K
9 a.m. Monday, May 28. Front Street, Augusta. $20 plus optional fundraising. www.travismills.org/miles-for-mills
Show support for veterans and help raise funds for the Travis Mills Foundation. The 5K is a low, flat course through downtown Augusta and is safe and walkable for families, too. Your fundraising support will helps the organization welcome 128 veteran families to Maine this year. There’s also an after party at Cushnoc Brewing Co.
Pleasant Mountain Memorial Day Hike
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28. Pleasant Mountain (Bald Peak trailhead), Bridgton. $65.
Renewal in the Wilderness is leading this guided hike up Pleasant Mountain. It’s a moderate hike with spots along the way that are great to stop and enjoy the views. The summit views are outstanding, too. Lunch is provided.
5:30-7 p.m. Monday, May 28. Smiling Hill Farm, Westbrook. $20. www.eventbrite.com
Goats and yoga in one evening. Ashley Flowers is leading goat yoga at Smiling Hill Farm all season. Start with goat snuggling, enjoy an hour of yoga, then back to the goats. Bring a mat/towel or practice on the grass. All levels yoga class. Picture taking and goat petting are encouraged!