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All Ages

Windjammer Days 2018

Jun 24, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Waterfront Boothbay Harbor, ME

june 24 through june 30, 2018 Windjammer Days Honors Boothbay’s maritime history. For details, see Schedule. Major events include:
Sunday, June 24 -- Arts & Crafts Show on the Boothbay Common, Blessing of The Fleet (1:30 p.m.), and Reggae Cruise featuring Dani Tribesmen
Monday, June 25 -- Open House at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center; Windjammers Got Talent (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 26 -- Pirates of the Dark Rose Puppet Show (10 a.m.); tours of the United States Coast Guard Station; Antique Boat Parade (3 p.m.); Red Cloak Haunted History Tours.
Wednesday, June 27 -- British Invasion Attack on Boothbay Harbor (noon); Gathering of the Fleet (1-3 p.m.); Lobster Eating Contest (2 p.m.); Windjammer Days Street Parade (4 p.m.); Fireworks over the Harbor (9:15 p.m.)
Thursday, June 28 -- Windjammer Fleet Leaves the Harbor (7-11 a.m.)
Saturday, June 30 -- Tug of War Across The Harbor (2:30 p.m.); Lighted Boat Parade (9 p.m.)

Art Shows

Bethel Art Fair 2018

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 8 Station Place Bethel, ME

Fifty-one artists and artisans come together on Bethel's town common to show and sell their artwork/fine crafts and celebrate a vibrant arts scene in Western Maine. Food, entertainment, gallery open houses, and fireworks. Schedule of events.

Arts in the Park 2018

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018 Main Street Belfast, ME

The variety of artwork and crafts is outstanding, and continuous live music and the smells of freshly grilled food add to the festival atmosphere. The venue is on the water’s edge, downtown, with sailboats and dinghies moored a few feet away.

Children & Families

High Flying Adventure Aviation Event for Kids

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Eastern Slopes Regional Airport, 210 Lyman Drive Fryeburg, ME

Come to this day of aviation discovery for kids age 5 to 17, with hands-on displays and learning stations. Meet the women pilots of the Air Race Classic and other aviation professionals. Registration is encouraged. Call 919-601-3566 or email 99skidsaviation@gmail.com.

“Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids”

Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. (Route 1) Ogunquit, ME

It’s the classic Disney fairytale film brought to life, featuring Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger and comes under the spell of the malevolent Maleficent. Can her fairy godmothers save her? The show includes beloved songs like “Once Upon a Dream” as well as some new numbers like “A Little Magic Now.”

“Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.”

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

It’s the circle of life on stage with your favorite characters from the much-loved Disney film about young Simba’s coming of age in Africa. Songs include “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.”

“Tom Sawyer, The Musical”

Jul 28, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

That mischievous Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn get into plenty of trouble but emerge victorious in this musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic story about coming of age in the Mississippi Delta.

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in Maine

Aug 6, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 various towns; see details above Freeport, Kennebunkport, ME

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
August 6-7 -- Maine Coast Waldorf School, Freeport, ME. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
August 9-10 -- Rockin’ Horse Stables, Kennebunkport, ME. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.

“Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.”

Aug 18, 2018 - Aug 18, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

All the songs and characters you loved in the movie are on stage in this action- and song-packed stage adaptation. Will basketball team captain Troy and shy transfer student Gabriella get the lead roles in their high school musical without creating a big split in the school? Will you leave the theater humming these tunes? (The answer to that second question: Yes!)

Home & Studio Tours

Open Doors of York 2018 Home and Garden Tour

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 departing from Moulton Park York, ME

Old York's home and garden tour opens doors to one of the York's finest early houses along with several stately summer cottages along the York River. The tour includes access to the Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor Inn's 1730 Harbor Crest Inn, and St. George's Episcopal Church. The walking tour is not handicapped accessible. Park along York Street near Moulton Park and Clark's Court. A picnic lunch catered by York Harbor Inn will be available for $15 at a tented venue in Moulton Park.

Museums

Exhibition: From the Kennebunks to the Argonne Forest: The Great War that Changed America

May 5, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street Kennebunk, ME

Visitors will see evidence of the societal changes in America before and after World War I, regarding race, immigration, women’s roles, and growth of the military and federal government. Objects in the exhibition include military uniforms, propaganda posters, household items, and more. Come hear music of the era. Exhibit will run through the end of 2018.

Exhibit: Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

May 17, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum Street Rockland, ME

The Farnsworth Art Museum is best known for its Wyeths (Andrew as well as N.C. and Jamie). But the museum recently rolled out an exhibition of enormous zodiac animal heads by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. On exhibit through December 30.

Music

Bach Virtuosi Festival

Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 St. Luke's Cathedral, Synagogue Etz Chaim, Falmouth Congregational Portland, ME

The Bach Virtuosi Festival brings the greatest baroque artists to Portland to perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and composers of the baroque genre in intimate venues. World-class performances of Bach played with both brilliance and love. Please visit our website for schedule and ticketing information.

Summer in the Park Concerts 2018

Jul 4, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park, Morse Street Freeport, ME

July 7 -- Chase Rice. Having earned a reputation as a country music maverick, Chase Rice has gained attention with an edgy, eclectic sound and energetic live shows. 7:30 p.m.
July 14 -- Big Head Todd and the Monsters. This quartet from Colorado is currently creating the brashest rock and roll of their career. 7:30 p.m.
July 21 -- Old Crow Medicine Show. This group has become one of the world’s most preeminent folk and Americana acts. Their classic single “Wagon Wheel” has sold a million copies. 7:30 p.m.
July 28 – Passenger. This English-born singer infuses his infectious indie pop with a bewitching folk flavor. His single, “Let Her Go,” won over the world. 7:30 p.m.
August 4 -- The Revivalists. This New Orleans-based septet fills the stage with dynamic percussion, punchy horns and a gritty Southern roots vibe. 7:30 p.m.
August 11 -- Camp Sunshine Watermelon Festival. Celebrate in the summer heat with a lineup of watermelon carving, seed-spitting contests, lawn games, music and surprises. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 12 -- Amazing Place Adventure Race. Contestants will navigate their way through Freeport to discover clues and complete challenges, including physical competitions and brain-teasers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 18 -- Teens to Trails Life Happens Outside Festival. A day of workshops, competitions, demonstrations and even yoga for people of all ages and abilities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 25-26 -- Dog Days of August, featuring DockDogs. Catch the show put on by DockDogs, with dogs competing in long jump, high jump and timed retrieval events. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 1 -- The Fray. This Denver-based group achieved national success with its 2005 debut, featuring hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life.” 7:30 p.m.

The Southern Uprising Tour – Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad Street Bangor, ME

The Charlie Daniels Band is best known for the number one crossover country hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” as well as 1980s hits like “In America.” They last played in Bangor in 2010, with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Southern rockers the Marshall Tucker Band had a major hit in 1973 with the song “Can’t You See.” Tickets go on sale on February 9 via Ticketmaster.

North Atlantic Blues Festival 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Public Landing, 275 Main Street Rockland, ME

This two-day blues music festival, among the most prestigious on the East Coast, presents top-drawer blues performers. In addition to all-day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the Club Crawl. Bands will be performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge. See festival website for performer line-up.

An Evening with Gillian Welch

Jul 18, 2018 - Jul 18, 2018 State Theatre, 142 High Street Portland, ME

After moving to Nashville in the early 1990s, Gillian Welch was launched into the public when Emmylou Harris recorded a cover of Welch’s “Orphan Girl.” Her career continued to flourish as her 1996 debut Revival, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released to critical acclaim.

Outdoor Activities

June Full Moon Canoe Tour

Jun 28, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 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 for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water. Arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. Advance registration necessary. Call 207-883-5100

Theater

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Jun 6, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Maine State Music Theatre at Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Road Brunswick, ME

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkinscame together at Sun records on a December evening in 1956. This meeting would become one of the greatest jam sessions ever! Based on a true story, “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that momentous occasion to vibrant life.

“An American in Paris”

Jun 11, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

Paris in all its glory is the backdrop for this magnificent musical. Former GI Jerry Mulligan has moved to the City of Lights to become an artist. Then he meets Lise, a young store clerk who has aspirations (and secrets) of her own. The choreography and the music of the Gershwin brothers soars in this most romantic of love stories.

“Oklahoma”

Jun 13, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. (Route 1) Ogunquit, ME

They say the American musical was changed forever with the debut of this Rodgers and Hammerstein masterwork about the range war between farmers and cowboys in the brand new state of Oklahoma. And in the middle of it all: a love story between cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey. Songs include “People Will Say We’re In Love” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.”

P'ride @ Prejudice"

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main Street Monmouth, ME

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy fall in love all over again—in this romantic deconstruction of Austen’s beloved novel. Playfully reinvented with modern-day characters literally stepping off the page to blog, google, and tweet, this homage to one of the world’s most popular love stories is delivered with humor, wit, and just a little sass.

“Beauty and the Beast”

Jun 27, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 Maine State Music Theatre at Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Road Brunswick, ME

This revered fairy tale tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under a spell. Cme enjoy beloved songs like “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and of course “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Grumpy Old Men: The Musical”

Aug 8, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

You might remember the film with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau about two old guys, who, for five decades, have been engaged in a feud. But things only heat up in this stage version when the lovely Ariel moves into the neighborhood and gives a new meaning to the notion of rivalry.

“Jersey Boys”

Sep 5, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

The behind-the-scenes story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and how they made their New Jersey streets dreams come true, swings onto the stage with hits that just keep coming, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “My Eyes Adored You” and “Sherry.”