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Windjammer Days Festival 2017 and Parade - Boothbay Harbor, ME

Jun 25, 2017 - Jun 28, 2017 Waterfront Boothbay Harbor, ME
Fully rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the festival that has been a tradition here for decades. Windjammers are scheduled to arrive in Linekin Bay on June 28 and then into Boothbay Harbor during the parade of sail on June 28. Events of the festival include pancake breakfast, craft fair, boat parade, shipyard and ship tours, street parade, live musical entertainment and windjammers visits.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 207-633-2353


Paula Poundstone - Rockland, ME

Jul 1, 2017 - Jul 1, 2017 Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME
Paula Poundstone's quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR's #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me..."where she holds the record for game losses. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for guests age 21 and older.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $42


Schoonerfest and Regatta with Tall Ships Portland - Portland, ME

Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 26, 2017 Eastern Promenade at Fort Allen Park Portland, ME
SchoonerFest will feature five traditional schooners (including “Adventure” from Gloucester and “Alert” from Maine). They will race and parade under sail in Portland Harbor with passengers participating on-board and ashore in various events. People may reserve a berth aboard ($55/person average) or watch from Portland's Eastern Promenade at Fort Allen Park for free. Consult website to reserve space on board one of the schooners in the regatta, parade or evening sunset cruises. Tickets.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: fee for schooner cruises; consult event website
Telephone: 207-619-1842


Riverdance 2017 U.S. Tour - Bangor, ME

May 30, 2017 - May 30, 2017 Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street Bangor, ME
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back in the U.S. The 20th anniversary show presents new costumes, lighting, projections and a new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring women dancers performing to a capella music.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $45-$65
Telephone: 207-561-8300

Riverdance 2017 U.S. Tour - Portland, ME

May 31, 2017 - Jun 1, 2017 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back in the U.S. The 20th anniversary show presents new costumes, lighting, projections and a new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring women dancers performing to a capella music.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 207-842-0800

El Lobo y La Paloma, a Contemporary Flamenco Performance - South Portland, ME

Jun 3, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017 South Portland Auditorium 637 Highland Avenue South Portland, ME
El Lobo y La Paloma is a contemporary flamenco performance.. Through all original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, and projected imagery, El Lobo y La Paloma tells a story about the loss of a loved one and the mystical connections between physical and spiritual worlds. Advance tickets available through June 2.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $18-$20; students and youth under age 12, $12-$15

Dance -- Participation

Swing Night with the Hadacol Bouncers - Kittery, ME

May 27, 2017 - May 27, 2017 Dance Hall, 7 Walker Street Kittery, ME
The Hadacol Bouncers return to The Dance Hall to play the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and more. The music is a fun hybrid of New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Style Jazz and stride piano classics. The music is fresh and bright and great for dancing, so don't miss it!
Time: Free swing dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.
Admission: $12 in advance; $15 at the door

Dance Party with Loving Cup Band - Kittery, ME

Jun 30, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017 Dance Hall, 7 Walker Street Kittery, ME
Loving Cup band plays the classic rock and soul you love to re-live. Hailing from Boston, Mass, the six-piece band brings the best of the '60s and '70s on stage.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance or $20 at the door.


Antique Tractor & Engine Show - Eliot, ME

Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road Eliot, ME
Show includes hundreds of tractor and engine displays; farm demos, skillet toss, Kids Korner, , kids pedal tractor pulls, live entertainment, flea market. Friday night is the pasta dinner and auction to benefit the Blacksmith Project.
Time: Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday,7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person; children age 12 and younger, free. Plenty of free parking.


South Berwick Strawberry Festival 2017 - South Berwick, ME

Jun 24, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017 197 Main Street South Berwick, ME
Food, fun and thousands of unique handcrafted items. Come enjoy free entertainment, games for the kids, trolley rides around South Berwick, food vendors and enough strawberry shortcake for everyone.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Vintage Base Ball Weekend 2017 at the Brick Store Museum - Kennbunk, ME

May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017 Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, and Kennebunk High School Kennbunk, ME
Join the Brick Store Museum for a weekend of festivities, culminating in a vintage baseball game double-header, using 1865 and 1886 rules, by the Dirigo Base Ball Club vs. Boston Beaneaters on the Kennebunk High School Field on May 28. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Other events include Pasta Dinner at Duffy’s Tavern on Friday; Baseball + Beer @ the Museum on Saturday; Vintage Base Ball Game on Sunday.
Time: First game starts at 11 a.m.; second game starts at 1 p.m.
Admission: $5 per event; children under 16 admitted to the game for free
Telephone: 207-985-4802

The Ancient Ones Living History Camp from the 1700s and 1800s. - Gray, ME

Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017 Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Road (Route 26) Gray, ME
This group of re-enactors, in period dress, will set up a real Living History Camp from the late 1700s - 1800s. They will put up a canvas tent and have demonstrations going on all day long, including fire starting, cooking, trading, tomahawk throwing, flint knapping, flintlock muskets, weaving and more. Come to see what day-to-day life looked like 200 years ago.
Time: All day Saturday; Sunday morning until noon
Telephone: 207-657-4977

Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day Parade - Scarborough, ME

May 29, 2017 - May 29, 2017 US Route 1 Oak Hill Scarborough, ME
Scarborough High School to The Maine Veterans Home. Services at The Maine Veterans Home at 11 a.m.
Time: 10 a.m.


Embellishments in Victorian Fashion exhibit - Saco, ME

May 13, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 Saco Museum, 371 Main Street Saco, ME
Sumptuous fabrics, vibrant colors and textures, masses of elaborate trims are defining elements of Victorian women's clothing. The exhibit Embellishments in Victorian Fashion focuses on how 19th-century aesthetics influenced women's clothing design. It features 50 garments from five institutions in Maine and New Hampshire. On display through August 27.
Time: Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m. (free after 4 p.m.); Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; seniors, $3; students and children ages 7-18, $2; free on Fridays, 4-8 p.m.


Francine Reed - Boothbay Harbor, ME

Jun 3, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017 Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue Boothbay Harbor, ME
Jazz, R&B, blues and gospel singer Francine Reed toured for 10 years with Lovett’s Large Band and is now on a solo career. She performs here with Seth Warner, Bob Colwell and other Maine musicians.
Time: 7:30 pm
Admission: Advance tickets, $20; day of show, $25.
Telephone: 207-633-5159

Gaelic Storm - Boothbay Harbor, ME

Jun 8, 2017 - Jun 8, 2017 Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue Boothbay Harbor, ME
Celtic band Gaelic Storm’s new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences. From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Advance tickets, $30; day of show, $35

Maine Craft Music Festival 2017 - Kennebunkport, ME

Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 Captain Lord Mansion, 6 Pleasant Street Kennebunkport, ME
Brews and Tunes returns again this year as The Maine Craft Music Festival on The Green at the Captain Lord Mansion. This is an afternoon mini music festival with great food and craft beer. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No outside food or drink please. This is held rain or shine.
Time: Doors open at 1 p.m.; music at 2p.m.
Admission: $15 advance, $20 at the door; children under age 16 accompanied by their parents are admitted free.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue - Portland, ME

Jun 17, 2017 - Jun 17, 2017 Aura, 121 Center Street Portland, ME
Trombone Shorty from New Orleans is best known as a trombone and trumpet player but also plays drums, organ, and tuba. He has worked with some of the biggest names in rock, pop, jazz, funk, and hip hop.
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Telephone: 207-772-8274

Bowdoin International Music Festival 2017 - Brunswick, ME

Jun 24, 2017 - Aug 5, 2017 Bowdoin College, 255 Maine Street Brunswick, ME
The Bowdoin International Music Festival presents 100 concerts and public educational events.  The Monday Showcase series presents concerts by guest ensembles like the Borromeo, Jupiter, Parker, Rolston, and Ying quartets. Festival Wednesdays and Festival Fridays highlights include Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto.
Time: Consult event website

Bar Harbor Music Festival 2017 - Bar Harbor, ME

Jul 2, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 Bar Harbor Congregational Church, The Maine Sea Coast Mission, Blackwoods Campground amphitheatre in Acadia National Park, Criterion Theater, Bar Harbor Club Bar Harbor, ME
Concertgoers can take in everything from string orchestra concerts and nights of jazz or brass to New Composers concerts and even opera. Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" is scheduled for Friday, July 21 at historic Criterion Theatre. Festival Schedule
Time: Consult event website

Drive-By Truckers - Portland, ME

Jul 27, 2017 - Jul 27, 2017 Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street Portland, ME
Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, but with American Band they have made the most political album in their extraordinary canon. It is protest music fit for the stadiums, designed to raise issues and ire as the nation careens towards its most momentous election in a generation.
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission: $30-$45

Outdoor Activities

The Trek Across Maine - Newry, ME

Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 Start at Sunday River ski area, 15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME
This is a 3-day, 180-mile bicycle ride from the Sunday River ski resort to Steamboat Landing in Belfast. It is a fundraiser for American Lung Association For bicyclists age 7 years and up. New this year is a two-day ride starting at Colby College in Waterville and ending in Belfast. There’s a $65 registration fee and fundraising minimums of $550 per person (3-day ride) and $450 per person (2-day ride). See website for more details.
Time: All day
Admission: See description above

Parties, Dances, Balls

Taste Maine Historic Inns Garden Party - Kennebunkport, ME

Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 Historic Inns Kennebunkport, ME
As part of the Kennebunkport Festival, each of the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport will host a garden party with fine food, wine, and fun entertainment. The festival's Maine Craft Music Festival will be held on the lawn of the Captain Lord Mansion. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No outside food or drink please. Rain or shine.
Time: 1-3:30 p.m.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Recycled Percussion - Portland, ME

Jun 2, 2017 - Jun 2, 2017 Aura, 121 Center Street Portland, ME
Turbo-charged drumming performance is great fun for all ages.
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m.
Telephone: 207-772-8274

Shows & Exhibits

Rangeley Lakes Home, Garden and Sport Show - Rangeley, ME

May 27, 2017 - May 27, 2017 6 Park Road Rangeley, ME
The event will promote area builders, landscapers, building supplies, architects, real estate agencies, unique Rangeley crafts for the home and garden, as well as sports equipment rentals and dealers, guides and much more. Food will be available and there will be door prizes, displays and a wealth of local information.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $2; free for children under 18 years old
Telephone: 207-864-5571

Vintage Car Show - Eliot, ME

Jun 18, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road Eliot, ME
Beautiful cars, 50’s music, farm displays, food, and the kids barrel tractor rides.
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person; children 12 and younger, free. Plenty of free parking.


"Rock of Ages" - South Portland, ME

May 19, 2017 - Jun 4, 2017 The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road South Portland, ME
It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980’s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venue. Amid the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing.
Time: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20
Telephone: 207-799-7337

"Arsenic and Old Lace" - Madison, ME

May 25, 2017 - Jun 1, 2017 Lakewood Theater, 76 Theater Road Madison, ME
Two spinster sister Martha and Abby serve cyanide, arsenic, and strychnine to lonely men. So far 12 men have succumbed to the charm and libation of the sweet sisters. Brother Teddy has buried them in the Panama Canal (the cellar) and a twelfth victim rests in the window seat. What will happen if someone opens the window seat?
Time: May 25-27, 8 p.m.; May 28, 4 p.m.; May 31, 2 p.m.; June 1, 8 p.m.
Admission: $17-$35
Telephone: 207-474-7176

“Some Sweet Day” - Madison, ME

Jun 8, 2017 - Jun 14, 2017 Lakewood Theater, 76 Theater Road Madison, ME
We all wish we could turn back time and fix our perceived mistakes: a do-over, a mulligan, a take-two. Ken regrets losing the girl of his dreams 24 years ago. When fate...and the bits and pieces of a time machine in his garage...grant his wish, Ken finds himself 25 years in the past. Laugh filled! Calorie free!
Time: June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m.; matinees June 11 at 4 p.m. and June 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20-$22; children at 4 to 17, $17-$19; cabaret seating, $32-$35
Telephone: 207-474-7176

“She Loves Me” - Berwick, ME

Jun 16, 2017 - Jul 1, 2017 Hackmatack Playhouse, 538 School Street (Route 9) Berwick, ME
The romantic musical of mistaken identity tells the story of two feuding perfume clerks who have no idea that they are in love with each other, written by the team that gave us "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Cabaret," at Maine’s unique barn theater. Dates: June 16-17; 21-24; June 28-July 1; matinee June 22, 29
Time: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Admission: $20-30; students always $10
Telephone: 207- 698-1807

"Shout! The Mod Musical" - Madison, ME

Jun 22, 2017 - Jun 28, 2017 Lakewood Theater, 76 Theater Road Madison, ME
“Shout! The Mod Musical” recalls the music, style, and freedom of the 1960s. The review follows five groovy gals as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing.
Time: June 22, 23, 24, 29, 30; July 1 at 8 p.m.; matinees, June 25 at 4 p.m., June 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20-$22; children at 4 to 17, $17-$19; cabaret seating, $32-$35
Telephone: 207-474-7176