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Abbe Museum Indian Market 2019

May 17, 2019 - May 20, 2019 Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert Street, and downtown Bar Harbor, ME

Bar Harbor and the Abbe Museum will be hosting the Northeast's biggest Native American marketplace. This three-day American Indian art market will feature Native artists from Maine and the Northeast, along with a preview party, film festival, and fashion show. Visitors meet the creators of handmade heritage products.
Friday: Preview Party at the Abbe Museum, 5 p.m.; Friday-Monday: Indigenous Film Festival at Reel Pizza Cinerama; Saturday-Sunday: Abbe Museum Indian Market on the Village Green, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: Indian Market Fashion Show at the Criterion Theatre, 6 p.m.


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.

Children & Families

Wild Kratts LIVE!

Apr 5, 2019 - Apr 5, 2019 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME

Dive into a Wild Kratts adventure with the Kratt brothers as they combine live action and animation, with Martin and Chris LIVE on stage and the rest of the Wild Kratts team coming to you animated and on screen from the Tortuga HQ. Which creature powers will they activate and what new and amazing ‘WOW!’ facts will you learn?


Fred Armisen: Comedy for Musicians but Everyone is Welcome

May 23, 2019 - May 23, 2019 State Theatre, 609 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Fred Armisen is of German, Japanese, and Venezuelan descent. He played drums for Trenchmouth in 1988, Blue Man Group in the 1990s, and in 1997 he toured with Those Bastard Souls. He then tried stand-up comedy. In 2002 he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

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,


Les Ballets Trockadero do Monte Carlo

Mar 29, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks) is an all-male ballet company that dances on toes with impeccable form, doing both male and female roles. They pay homage to classic ballets like “Swan Lake” and “Romeo & Juliet” while poking a little fun with fine technique and humorous style.

Dinner Theater

Murder at the Speakeasy: A Mystery Theatre Dinner - South Portland, ME

Mar 23, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019 Best Western Merry Manor Inn, 700 Main Street, South Portland, ME

Solve a murder, enjoy a delicious dinner, and support the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. Festivities include a cash bar, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, door prizes. Dinner choices are Charlie Chaplin's Chicken Divan, Prohibition Pot Roast, Bonnie & Clyde's Butternut Squash Ravioli.


Maine Flower Show 2019

Mar 28, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 8 Thompson’s Point Road Portland, ME

Enjoy 14 elaborate display gardens ; learn about native plants; get advice from regional experts; see demonstrations by gardening experts; shop for tools and supplies; learn at workshops and demos; refuel on food, craft brews and spirits.

Health & Fitness

Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra with Deb Cook

Mar 25, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019 Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Road Falmouth, ME

Deb Cook lead a weekly class blend of meditation, gentle yoga and yoga nidra/deep relaxation as we tune in to the emergence of spring. This popular class is open to all levels, no experience and all experience is welcome. Dates are March 25; April 1, 15, and 29.


Exhibit: The Basket Tree

Jan 7, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019 Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert Street Bar Harbor, ME

The Basket Tree exhibition examines the long use by the Wabanaki people of the ash tree, a species under threat. Artifacts include baskets made from ash, as well as from alternate materials.


Dom Flemons --American Songster Tour

Mar 23, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019 Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

Dom Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is considered an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and bones. He is a co-founder of Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dreamers' Circus

Mar 28, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019 Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford Street Portland, ME

Dreamers’ Circus is a band formed in Copenhagen and it presents works from the Nordic folk world. These musicians are reshaping traditions of regional folk music.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Outdoor Activities

Bird Walk at Fort Williams

May 20, 2019 - May 20, 2019 Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME

Join a bird walk around the picturesque Fort Williams Park during the peak of spring migration. This coastal park is a great spot to see migrating songbirds as they make landfall , along with seabirds just offshore.

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.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Kattam and his Tam Tams

Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 22, 2019 Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

Percussionist Kattam invites you to discover Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance! From African rap and desert dance to trance sufi rhythm and Bollywood dance, Kattam never fails to entertain his audience. Accompanied by his monkey, Takoum, Kattam takes families on an incredible multicultural adventure!

600 Highwaymen: The Fever

Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 22, 2019 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME

600 Highwaymen is known for its untraditional theater. In this unique experience the audience will become a part of the 600 Highwaymen at an intimate performance.

Science & Nature

Maine Spring Live: Wildlife, Science & You

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Gilsland Farm, 20 Gilsland Farm Road Falmouth, ME

This day-long festival will feature something for everyone, including live animal presentations, bird and nature walks throughout the day, presentations on citizen science projects, birdhouse construction demonstrations, solar energy tours and information, games, face painting, food trucks.

Shows & Exhibits

Maine Boatbuilders Show 2019

Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019 512 Warren Avenue, Portland, ME

This is a gathering of top custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.