Coming up this week, it’s a weekend chock-full of comedy, dancing and the area’s first Riverfest. Let’s dive in.

Amy Smith of Lewiston Rowing steers a boat Tuesday morning up the Androscoggin River after positioning a marker just above the Bernard Lown Peace Bridge between Auburn and Lewiston. Smith and others were setting a course for Saturday morning’s first Riverfest Regatta. Rowboats with all skill levels aboard will gather at 7 a.m. at Simard-Payne Memorial Park by the river’s edge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

The Lewiston-Auburn Riverfest

When: Friday, July 23 through Sunday, July 25

The Twin Cities’ first-ever Riverfest starts Friday with an after-hours paddle, includes a regatta on Saturday morning and a river race on Sunday, and will feature beer, boats and and bands over in Simard-Payne Memorial Park. For a full list of the weekend’s events is all right here.

Pro Tip: Museum L-A is waiving its admission fee for the gallery “Our Working Waterway” specially for Riverfest on Saturday. Head there to learn about the history of our beloved Androscoggin River.

Katherine De La Cruz, left, and Nia Sadler dance Monday during a Bates Dance Festival concert at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston. Rob Flax and Terrance Karn perform on the stage behind them. De Las Cruz and Sadler are participating in the Bates College Professional Training Program. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Bates Dance Festival

When: July 14-31 (This weekend’s dates: Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24)

The internationally renown Bates Dance Festival rages on this weekend with Friday and Saturday performances that will take place online and in-person. Spectators can participate in a canary torsi’s Performance | Portrait, an interactive dance-and-video installation, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and can check out Delfos Danza Contemporanea in collaboration with Anatomy Zero perform online at 7:30. Check out the Bates Dance Festival website for tickets and more information.

Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival

When: Tuesday, July 27

The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival will be wrapping up its final in-person live performance this season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. Classical music fans encouraged to attend. And long-time festival goers should know that Laurie Kennedy, the festival’s music director from 1989 to 2015, will be retiring from the festival itself Tuesday, and will be honored. Learn more here and buy tickets here.

Jay Hunter at Craft Brew Underground

When: Saturday, July 24

Comedy fans: Comedian Jay Hunter will be at Craft Brew Underground in Auburn this at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Navy vet and big-act opener will perform for a 21+ crowd, so buy a ticket here, bring your IDs, and sit back and laugh.

3AM Theatre’s Mindful Manipulations

When: Saturday, July 24

Into theater? On Saturday, head to South Paris’s Celebration Barn Theater for Mindful Manipulations, a show that fuses dance, theatrical performance and a dash of comedy to turn convention on its head. Mindful Manipulations has been shown in places like New York City, Chihuahua and Moscow. Remember to bring a blanket or a chair of your very own—the Celebration Barn Theater is open-air.

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