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Events Calendar 2018

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Wild Vibes Yoga, Music, and Arts Festival 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 Spring Hill Farm, 117 Pond Road South Berwick, ME

Wild Vibes invites you to celebrate with live music and art presentations, inspiring yoga classes, workshops, and presenters, marketplace with local and international artisans and vendors, kids corner, yoga and paddleboarding, and so much more.  

All Ages

The Maine Red Hot Dog Festival

Aug 11, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018 Downtown Dexter, ME

The Maine Red Hot Dog Festival has lots of live entertainment all day by some great bands, magic show,vendors, inflatable obstacle courses and much more.

Car Shows

Porsches in the Park

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Bug Light Park, Madison Street South Portland, ME

There will be Porsches from all over the northeast with models ranging from the classic 1960s model 356 to the latest Porsche 911s. This is the largest all-Porsche car show in New England. Food will be available for purchase onsite from various food trucks and there will be opportunities to buy Porsche memorabilia.

Children & Families

"The True Story of Little Red"

Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 Theater at Monmouth, at Cumston Hall, 796 Main Street Monmouth, ME

We all know the story of Little Red, who set off through the woods to bring sick Grammy some bread. But what if Red wasn’t so sweet, and Grammy not helpless but strong, the Woodsman a bully, and the Wolf the top dog? So how do we know which version of the story is true? It’s up to you and your kids to decide.

“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!)

Cruises

121 Band Aboard The Casablanca

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Departing from 20 Custom House Wharf Portland, ME

Casablanca Concert Cruises are for guests age 21 and older. Bars are operating on each of the two decks accepting cash and/or credit. Plan to arrive at least a full half hour before departure to board. Three-hour tour takes place rain or shine! Buy tickets in advance by visiting www.casablancamaine.com

Literary

Beyond the Sea Book Festival at 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Lincolnville Beach, 2526 Atlantic Highway Lincolnville, ME

Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach will be hosting 20 Maine authors for book signing and sale. Find non-fiction, fiction, drama, children's, history, mystery, and more.

Music

Summer in the Park Concerts 2018

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

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.

Summer Community Concert Series 2018

Jul 19, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 Eastern Promenade Portland, ME

People of all ages attend with lawn chairs, blankets, hoola-hoops and smiles. Food trucks provide an assortment of delicious local cuisine.Map.
July 19 - Jenny Van West -- Vocally driven Americana
July 26 -- Chandler's -- a true Maine Community Band, organized in 1876
August 2 -- Tim Mercer -- returns to his rock roots
August 9 -- Inanna -- women's percussion & vocal ensemble/cultural diversity
August 16 -- Delta Knights -- R&B, blues, classic rock
August 23 -- Truth About Daisies -- tad of jazz, pinch of rock, dash of country
August 30 -- Primo Cubano - traditional Cuban dance music

Swing Night with Tongue in Cheek Band

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 The Dance Hall Kittery, ME

Blending the sounds of Storyville and Congo Square, the rich sophistication of the Roaring Twenties in NY and Chicago, and the low-down, dirty depressed era of prohibition, Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band takes you back to an authentic and exciting time where American music was born and raised. Limited seating. Standing room.

York County Blues Fest

Jul 28, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 255 Old Alfred Road E Waterboro, ME

More than six hours of blues music outdoors in the park. Food trucks, beer, wine and five great acts including the Paul Nelson Band.

Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band -- Acoustically Speakin' Summer '18 Tour

Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Rockland Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

The Ben Daniels Band has grown to be a formidable group that sounds pleasantly familiar, yet unique, with its own views of the blues.

Jazz @ The Dance Hall: The Gonzalo Bergara Trio

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018 The Dance Hall Kittery, ME

As a prelude to the annual Gypsy Jazz festival, Django By The Sea, The Dance Hall presents the Argentinian gypsy jazz guitarist Gonzalo Bergara. Bergara is recognized as one of the best gypsy jazz players of his generation. His music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France

Nellie McKay

Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018 Rockland Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

Singer-songwriter, actress, and former stand-up comedian Nellie McKay's music has spanned jazz to rap, and disco to funk. Her latest album is Sister Orchid.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

StarStruck: A Cosmic Circus

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 The Grand, 165 Main Street Ellsworth, ME

Join our intrepid Astronomer and gaze into the cosmos, where we fall into orbit with nine acrobat planets, each one the center of their own private universe. Watch these celestial celebrities rocket into stardom, exploring circus through a cosmic lens. Alone in the galaxy, their talent only eclipsed by their solar flair. Prepare to be dazzled as we discover what happens when you wish upon a star.

Theater

“Pride@Prejudice”

Jun 23, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018 Theater at Monmouth, at Cumston Hall, 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 who blog, google, and tweet, this homage to an old love story is delivered with humor, wit, and playfulness.

“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018 Theater at Monmouth, at Cumston Hall, 796 Main Street Monmouth, ME

Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia loves Cesario. Cesario’s really a woman disguised as a man who’s fallen for her boss, Orsino. Love, and a little mischief, throws everyone for a loop in this comic jaunt of misdirected desire. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

“An American in Paris”

Jul 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.

“Saturday Night Fever”

Jul 18, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Maine State Music Theatre at Pickard Theater, Bowdoin College, 1 Bath Road Brunswick, ME

Based on the 1977 film, “Saturday Night Fever” whisks you back to the 1970s, where open shirts, bell-bottoms, and disco were all the rage. Tony Manero, a talented street-wise kid from Brooklyn, yearns of escaping his dead-end job and becoming a “disco king” at the local club.

"Enchanted April"

Jul 19, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 Theater at Monmouth, at Cumston Hall, 796 Main Street Monmouth, ME

Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and post-World War I society, two London housewives rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday, and also recruit a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the expense. Under the Mediterranean sun, the women clash, bond, and bloom, ultimately finding their lost selves in the garden of earthly delights.

"Dial “M” for Murder"

Jul 26, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018 Theater at Monmouth, at Cumston Hall, 796 Main Street Monmouth, ME

A retired tennis pro plots the murder of his unfaithful wife—but when she turns the tables on her attempted assailant, she is convicted of murder. Can the police detective who brought her to trial now decipher the clues that will save her life? Remember the Hitchcock’s movie? Brrr.

“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.”