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Antiques

Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn

Aug 14, 2019 - Aug 14, 2019 Woodlawn Museum, 19 Black House Drive Ellsworth, ME

The Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn, staged under a tent on the museum grounds, will feature 27 dealers of national, international, as well as regional renown. Expect to see American and English furniture and accessories, American paintings and watercolors, quilts, prints, rare books, ceramics, porcelains, folk art, silver, jewelry, and Oriental rugs. The show kicks off with an opening night party and dinner on Wednesday.

Art Shows

Art in the Park Fine Art Show & Sale 2019

Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 Mill Creek Park, on Broadway between Ocean Street and Cottage Road, South Portland, ME

The show will feature original art work and photography by scores of artists in styles, sizes and prices to suit all tastes. Food, music and fun for the kids make this a great weekend. Email: mhoward@southportland.org

Comedy

Comedian Juston McKinney

Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, ME

Mainer Juston McKinney gave up law enforcement to undertake a national career in comedy that started over 20 years ago in New York City clubs on the weekends.

Miss Richfield 1981

Jun 27, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019 Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, ME

Miss Richfield brings her new show “Gender Fluids,“ in which she attempts to find non-binary answers to our confusing world. Enjoy new music, videos, costumes, and audience assistance,

Paula Poundstone

Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

Paula Poundstoneis a humorist, author and comedian known for her observational humor and spontaneous wit. When she isn’t collecting hotel soaps while on tour , Paula hosts the popular podcast "Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone." "Nobody..." is a comedy field guide to life.

Cruises

Portland Schoonerfest & Regatta 2019

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 25, 2019 Portland Harborfront Portland, ME

Seven large, traditional schooners parade under sail together in Portland Harbor. Classic schooners race against hometown favorites. The public may sign up for schooner cruises by sending email to info@tallshipsmaine.org.
Friday, June 2
Welcoming Parade under Sail, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Welcome Ceremony. 5:30 p.m.
Friday Evening Cruise-in-Company. 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
Dockside tours on schooners. 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Racing, 1-5:30 p.m.
Saturday Evening Cruise-in-Company. 6-9 p.m.
Sunday, June 23
Dockside tours on schooners. 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Racing, 1- 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Evening Cruise. 6=-9 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25
Bailey Island to Boothbay Windjammers Race. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Festivals

Spring Festival at Wolfe’s Neck Center

Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 Wolfe’s Neck Center, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, ME

Join Wolfe’s Neck to welcome spring with farm animals, hay rides, face painting and more. Climb the tractors or hay pile, plant a flower, and make a felted craft or seed bomb.

Historic

Free Season Opening and Open House at Museums of Old York

May 27, 2019 - May 27, 2019 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME

The Museums of Old York welcome visitors to the opening of the summer season. Come see the exhibition, The Best of York, featuring the renowned Bulman Bed Hangings, as well as the special exhibition, New Englanders Abroad: Souvenirs from the Grand Tour, 1830-1880, at the Emerson-Wilcox House Museum. The Old Gaol will be open, along with Jefferds Tavern, the York Corner School House, and the Perkins House Museum.

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Schooner Bowdoin and Ernestina-Morrissey

May 31, 2019 - May 31, 2019 Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, 120 Commercial Street Boothbay Harbor, ME

the Ernestina-Morrissey is a National Historic Landmark Vessel and the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was build in 1894, The schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy. It was built in 1921. Both vessels are being restored at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard

Behind Closed Doors Tour of Castle Tucker

Jun 14, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019 Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, ME

Filled with the original furnishings of the Tucker family, who lived here for more than 140 years, Castle Tucker is one of the most complete and original Victorian homes in the United States. Advance tickets required. Please call 207-882-7169.

Music

DuoDuo

May 25, 2019 - May 25, 2019 Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue Boothbay, ME

Dancer Nic Gareiss and harpist Maeve Gilchrist join forces tonight with Celtic harpist Natalie Haas and her partner Quebec’s acoustic guitarist Yann Falquet.

Will and Luke Mallett acoustic concert

May 30, 2019 - May 30, 2019 St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress Street Portland, ME

Will and Luke Mallett create a sound from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock.

Soggy Po' Boys

Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress Street Portland, ME

The Po’ Boys spread New Orleans music in the Northeast and out on the road. This is a brass-driven jazz band that will indeed stand the test of time.

Ellis Paul & Friends

Jun 2, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019 Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue Boothbay, ME

Join Ellis Paul, Abbie Gardner from Red Mollie, and Seth Glier for summer mash-up of musicianship.

Jake Shimabukuro

Jun 7, 2019 - Jun 7, 2019 Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue Boothbay, ME

Jake Shimabukuro’s breathtaking mastery of the ukulele has made him one of the hottest tickets around. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras and at the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House.

Caitlin Canty

Jun 8, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019 Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Avenue Boothbay, ME

Caitlin Canty is a singer/songwriter whose music integrates folk, blues, and country ballads.

Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute

Jun 14, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019 Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street, Portland, ME

The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career. Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage

Gina Chavez

Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

Gina Chavez's bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D,” which took home the Grand Prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and LaLn genres, and even between languages.

The Bobby Darin Show with Ron Gartner

Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road Arundel, ME

Had he lived, he would have been bigger than Sinatra. Teen Idol, Singer-Songwriter, Movie Star and Nightclub Performer Bobby Darin – his music, his life and times – are celebrated in grand style by NYC entertainment agent and showman Ron Gartner, with his swinging band.

The Bobby Darin Show with Ron Gartner

Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, ME

The music and performing style of singer-songwriter Bobby Darin are presented in grand style by Ron Gartner and his band. Enjoy Darin hits like "Mack The Knife," "Splish Splash," "Dream Lover," "Clementine," which Gartner mixes with backstage stories.

Matt Andersen and Erin Costelo

Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Recorded live off the floor in Nashville, Tennessee, celebrated songwriter Matt Andersen’s tenth album collects all the essential elements for a down-home ramble.

Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones - Prince Tribute

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019 Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road Arundel, ME

New England’s premier Prince tribute band The Beautiful Ones with Dean Ford embody Prince in every aspect of the performance , giving you a show as close as you will ever get to the real thing.

Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones - Prince Tribute

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019 Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, ME

Dean Ford brings Prince to life, presenting a show as close to the real thing as you will ever hear. He and the band cover all of the “Purple Rain” album.

Bowdoin International Music Festival 2019

Jun 24, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019 Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College, 255 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

Two Sunday concerts will present Imani Winds and Yefim Bronfman. Monday concerts bring the Calidore, American, Jupiter, and Ying Quartets and the Horzowski Trio. Jupiter and Ying Quartets will perform twice. Wednesdays are the realm of festival faculty, guest artists, and fellows exploring the chamber music repertoire. Fridays in 2019 bring violinist Tessa Lark, playing Sibelius’s violin concerto in D minor, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Last year tickets sold out quickly; reserve your seats soon!

"The Magic Flute" with Opera Maine

Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME

Magnificent music draws you into a fantasy world, where Prince Tamino and the bird catcher Papageno embark upon a trial-filled journey to rescue the beautiful daughter of the Queen of the Night. The twisting tale of good, evil, enlightenment, and love will captivate young and old alike. Opera is sung in two acts, in German, with English dialogue and supertitles. Three hours and 20 minutes, 1 intermission.
Dates; July 24 at 7:30 p.m. and July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Steve Miller Band with Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives

Jul 27, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 25 Dallas Hill Road Rangeley, ME

Steve Miller Band with Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives perform at the Rangeley Health and Wellness benefit concert. This will be a great evening filled with music and a beautiful sunset over Rangeley Lake. NO food, drink, weapons (pocket knives included) are permitted on premise. Food vendors and a beer garden on site.

The Weight Band with members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band

Aug 9, 2019 - Aug 9, 2019 Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band.” Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group.

Outdoor Activities

Season Opening Celebration at Scarborough Marsh

May 25, 2019 - May 25, 2019 Scarborough Marsh, 92 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, ME

The season opening weekend will be filled with canoe and walking tours, nature crafts, used book and bake sale, demonstrations, exhibits, and more. A free bird walk happens on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. . The weekend will be capped off with our Snowy Egret 5K road race. The event is free but there will be a cost for some tours. Email: smac@maineaudubon.org or call .

Draft Power Workshop & Demonstration at Wolfe’s Neck

May 25, 2019 - May 25, 2019 Wolfe’s Neck Center, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, ME

In this workshop and demo, Wolfe’s Neck educator and program participant Katie Josephs and her 4-H team show how farmers communicate direct and train oxen for farming.

June Full Moon Canoe Tour

Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 17, 2019 Scarborough Marsh, 92 Pine Point Road Scarborough, ME

Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island. You may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water. Advanced registration necessary. Call 207-883-5100.

Family Nature Walk: Mummichogs & Marsh Muck

Jun 26, 2019 - Aug 21, 2019 Scarborough Marsh, 92 Pine Point Road Scarborough, ME

Explore the marsh for plants and animals through activities that use all five senses. Participants will touch the marsh fish, the mummichog, look for the many migrating and resident birds, and look through algae to discover the creatures living there. All ages. No reservations are needed. Dates: June 26, July 24, August 21.

Katahdin Hike 2019

Jul 6, 2019 - Jul 9, 2019 Departs from Maine Sport Outfitters Rockport, ME

Climb Katahdin, the tallest peak in Maine, on this four-day and three-night guided trip through Baxter State Park. Although this hike is strenuous, you’ll be rewarded with exciting trails, spectacular views, and the comfort of a bunkhouse at night. Includes two registered Maine guides, transportation from Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport to Baxter State Park and return. one night at Big Moose Inn, two nights at Chimney Pond Bunkhouse. ten meals, snacks throughout the day

Bird Monitoring

Jul 20, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019 Scarborough Marsh, 92 Pine Point Rod Scarborough, ME

Join this marsh-wide bird survey. Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak. Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders. All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird. Dates: July 20 and August 17.

Old Orchard Beach Olympics 2019

Aug 16, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019 Town Square and Palace Playland Old Orchard Beach, ME

Join us for three days of games and fun competitions including an exciting opening ceremony, live music, silent auction, and more. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Maine. Free participant lanyard tags are available for kids ages 5 to 16 at the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Friday: Opening ceremonies at 7pm with live entertainment at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Games and silent auction start at 10 a.m. in the downtown square
Sunday: Live entertainment starts at 11 a.m.

Parades

Maine Windjammer Parade 2019

Jul 12, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019 Rockland Breakwater, end of Samoset Road Rockland, ME

The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. Viewing location.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Square Hop with Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight

Jun 7, 2019 - Jun 7, 2019 Longfellow Square, Congress Square Park, Monument Square, Post Office Park Portland, ME

Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight (conceptual artist Dan Capaldi) will present a full park sound installation. Visitors to four Portland parks can stroll or dance from square to square to experience some of Portland’s most unique local entertainment: music, dance, interactive theater show.

Theater

"Jersey Boys"

May 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

Jersey Boys takes audiences on an exhilarating journey behind the music of mega-stars Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Follow the incredible story of four guys bound by one dream, who worked their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Schedule and tickets.

"42nd Street"

Jun 19, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street, ogun, ME

Come and meet those dancing feet! The ultimate tap-dancing, show-biz musical sensation, "42nd Street" celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make magical musical theater. The score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Dames,” “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.” Schedule and tickets.

"Cabaret"

Jul 17, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

Decadent nightlife meets dangerous times at Berlin’s alluring Kit Kat Klub. This unforgettable musical tells the story of Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, who falls in love with cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Their romance sizzles amid the back room culture of the cabaret and the tumultuous atmosphere of pre-Nazi Germany. Schedule and tickets.