Eric Burgess, 14, does a flip off a rope swing into the Saco River in Buxton in 2019. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

As Rob Thomas, as featured in the hit 1999 single “Smooth” by Carlos Santana, might say about this weekend: man, it’s a hot one. With temperatures statewide expected to climb into the 90s on Friday and Saturday, we advise you to go swimming, drink cold beverages, put on sunscreen, and wear your masks and practice social distancing (the latter should go without saying).

For things happening out and about in public, Saturday is Picnic Day at Fort Knox State Historic Site in Prospect. With regular admission fee, the park is encouraging folks to bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy some outdoor dining. There’s a free raffle for a picnic basket filled with goodies, too.

Similarly, in Portland, Thompson’s Point isn’t hosting concerts this year — but it is hosting several weekends of “Pic-nic-ette,” in which all afternoon and evening, Thursday through Saturday, with a $5 admission you can sit in your own specially designated picnic area. There’ll be loads of food trucks and a cash bar, so you don’t even have to worry about bringing your own food — and the size of the venue means there’s plenty of space for safety.

On TV this weekend, a bunch of movies are premiering on various streaming platforms, including “Father Soldier Son,” a Netflix documentary filmed over the course of 10 years charting the lives of a military family; “7500,” an action thriller on Amazon; and “Dads,” a documentary about fatherhood on Apple TV+. On Sunday, HBO premieres “Perry Mason,” a new limited series that reboots the beloved defense attorney, played here by Matthew Rhys.

If you’re hankering for a real movie experience, at the Bangor Drive-In, screen one will show the next two films in the Harry Potter series, “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Goblet of Fire,” while screen two will show “Zombieland” and “Zombieland: Double Tap.” Down in the Portland area, the Prides Corner Drive-In in Westbrook will show “Minions” for the kiddos, and horror flick “The Thing” late night on Saturday, while the Saco Drive-In shows “Bad Boys For Life” on Friday night. And at the Skowhegan Drive-In, summer blockbuster classics “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” screen all weekend.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.