Lots of fun awaits!



2 p.m. Sunday, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, free but tickets required.statetheatreportland.com
Because fans of Downton Abbey need some together time to lament the end of the popular TV show, and you can watch it seven hours before it airs on television, Maine Public Broadcasting Network is hosting a special early screening of the final episode. The event is free but tickets are required (and likely to sell out). Attendees also have a chance to win the official silver hand mirror and hairbrush Lady Edith used on the show. Raffle tickets cost $10.


6:30 p.m. Friday. Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Way, Portland, free. longfellowbooks.com
Troy Brown, a former star receiver of the New England Patriots is coming to Portland. He'll be reading from - and signing copies of - his book "Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty." Brown was a Pat for 15 seasons and the book tells his life story from South Carolina to West Virginia and as a key player who helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls.


6 p.m. Saturday. Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, $25, $175 for table of 8.mainestateballet.org
Here's a chance to get gussied up for a good cause. Maine State Ballet's Masquerade Ball & Auction promises to be an enchanted evening with hors d'oeuvres, dancing, cash bar and a silent auction with goods and services for every budget. All proceeds benefit MSB's scholarship programs and performances. Masks are certainly encouraged but not required.


Maple Express

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Take a ride on the Maple Express at Charmingfare Farm in Candia this weekend. This is an opportunity to experience maple sugaring in New Hampshire on a working farm. You'll take a horse-drawn ride with one of their draft horses and land at their authentic sugar shack where you'll meet a professional Sugar Maker. Learn about the trees and how to tap them for their delicious sap. Tour a Sugar Shack, learn about the equipment used, taste test some pure maple syrup and more! Admission is $19.

Rock of Ages

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Go back to the 80's with Rock of Ages at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. Set in 1987 on L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip, the show tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, just a small-town girl, who want to know what love is and find it in the world of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. The show is nothin’ but a good time as you travel back to the days of big bands, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair.

Southern New Hampshire Home Show

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Southern New Hampshire Home Show will take place this weekend at Rockingham Park in Salem. If you can imagine using it in or around the house, you'll probably find it here. Roofs, windows, doors and siding, decks, patios, lawns and landscaping, cutlery, cookware, kitchens and cabinets.