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Spring in Bloom

Celebrate a fresh new season and find inspiration at New England’s home and garden shows.

Home & Garden Shows

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, Feb. 22-25. 860-844-8461

Rhode Island Home, Flower & Garden Show, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, Mar. 5-8. 401-438-7400

Pioneer Valley Home Expo, Smith Vocational High School, Northampton, Massachusetts, Mar. 10-11. 413-585-5207

Bath Antique Sale, Bath Middle School, Bath, Mar. 11, Apr. 8. 832-7798

Boston Flower & Garden Show, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Mass., Mar. 14-18.

The Maine Home Show, Androscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston, Mar. 17-18. 577-2721

16th Annual Southern Rhode Island Home Show, Ryan Center, Kingston, Rhode Island, Mar. 17-18. 401-788-3200

The Maine Flower Show, Thompson’s Point, Mar. 21-25. 623-6430

Western Massachusetts Home & Garden Show, Eastern States Expo, West Springfield, Massachusetts, Mar. 22-25. 413-733-8158

Seacoast Home & Garden Show, Whittemore Center Arena, Durham, New Hampshire, Mar. 24-25. 866-295-6438

Bridge of Flowers Opening, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, Apr. 1.

47th Annual Bangor Home Show, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Apr. 6-8.

The Maine Photography Show, Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, Apr. 7 – May 4. 633-2703

49th Annual Portland Home Show, Portland Expo, Apr. 13-15.

Daffodil Days Begin, citywide, Newport,  Rhode Island, Apr. 14-22.

BDN Maine Garden Show, Alfond Arena, Orono, Apr. 20-22.

Vintage Bazaar, Brick South, Thompson’s Point, Apr. 20-22. 978-518-0128

Vermont Home & Garden Show, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont, Apr. 21-22. 802-876-6200

Falmouth Kitchen Tour, Falmouth. See some of Falmouth’s loveliest kitchens–it’s an annual tradition, May 4-5. 229-3866

Mayfair: Northern New England Home, Garden, & Flower Show, Fryeburg Fairgrounds, Fryeburg. 300 booths plus beer, wine, & cheese tasting, May 18-20. 935-2845

Annual Plant Show, SMCC Horticultural Building, South Portland, May 20.

Celebration of Lupine, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, June 1-30. Ongoing events throughout the month. 603-823-8000

Newport Flower Show, Rosecliff, Bellevue Ave., Newport, Rhode Island Jun. 22-24. 401-847-1000

Annual Wells Outdoor Antiques Show and Sale, Laudholm Farm, Wells, Jun. 24. 800-641-6908

Camden House & Garden Tour, Camden. See 7 diverse properties, from small town cottages to magnificent estates, Jul. 19.

Waterford World’s Fair, North Waterford. “The simple traditional essence of agricultural Maine.,” Jul. 20-22. 595-1601

Camden-Rockport Historical Society Antiques Show, Camden-Rockport High School, Camden, Jul. 21-22.

Kennebunk Antiques Show & Sale, Kennebunk Middle School, 60 Thompson Road, Sunday, Aug. 11-12.

Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, Laudholm Reserve, Wells. More than 100 artisans, music, and  food. Sept. 8-9. 646-1555

Maine Antiques Exposition, Thompson’s Point, Sept. 15-16.

Maine Boat Shows

The Portland Boat Show, Portland Sports Complex, Mar. 1-4. 655-2722

Augusta Boat Show, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Mar. 9-11. 594-8622

Maine Boatbuilders Show, Portland Sports Complex, Mar. 23-25. 774-1067

16th Annual Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors Show, Harbor Park, Rockland, Aug. 10-12.  594-8622


Good Theater, 76 Congress St. Shear Madness, through Mar. 11.; Love, Loss, and What I Wore, through Mar. 6; A Comedy of Tenors, Mar. 28 – Apr. 29. 835-0895

Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland. The Foreigner, Apr. 13-29. 799-1421

Mad Horse Theatre, 24 Mosher St., South Portland. Reasons to Be Pretty, Mar. 15 – Apr. 1.

Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Rte. 1, Falmouth. Alice in Wonderland, Mar. 23 – Apr. 8. 781-7672

Penobscot Theatre Company, 131 Main St., Bangor. Ugly Lies the Bone, Mar. 15 – Apr. 1. 942-3333

The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Rd., South Portland. Boeing Boeing, Mar. 23 – Apr. 8. 799-7337

Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave. Red Herring, through Mar. 25; The Niceties, Apr. 3-22. 774-0465


Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. Rona Pondick and Robert Feintuch: Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying, through Mar. 23; Literary, through Mar. 23. 786-6158

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick. Looking Anew: Art and Estrangement, 1900-2000, through Apr. 8; Art from the Northern Plains, through July 8; AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World, through July 15. 725-3275

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland. Jacob Hessler + Richard Blanco: Boundaries, Feb. 17 – May 20; KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist, Mar. 3 – June 3; John Moore: Resonance, Mar. 3 – June 17. 701-5005

Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville. Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss, through June 24. 859-5600

Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. Andrew Wyeth at 100: Maine Drawings, through Mar. 4; Andrew Wyeth: Her Room, through Mar. 20; Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero, through Apr. 1; Jamie Wyeth: The Kennedy Studies, through Apr. 1; On a Mountain in Maine, through Oct. 7; Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, Mar. 24 – Dec. 30. 596-6457

Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St. March Group Exhibition, Mar. 1-31; The Portland Show, Apr. 5-28. 772-2693

Maine Maritime Museum, 234 Washington St., Bath. Maine in the 1914-1918 Great War, through May 6. 443-1416

MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland. You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes, Mar. 8 – Apr. 20. 775-3052

Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq. The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, through June 3; The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis, through July 15. 775-6148

Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps Street. ”Works on Paper” an Annual Group Exhibit of Visual Arts, through Mar. 30. 221-4499

UNE Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave. Images of Children: Period and Contemporary Photographs, through Apr. 1. 221-4499


Aura, 121 Center St. Aaron Watson, Mar. 1; J Boog with Jesse Royal & Etana, Mar. 3; A Night in the Village: Trevor Hall, Mar. 9; Pop Evil, Mar. 23; Rickie Lee Jones, Mar. 28; Robin Trower, Mar. 31; Fozzy: Judas Rising Tour, Apr. 7. 772-8274

Empire, 575 Congress St. Throwbacks with DJ KTF, Mar. 2; Anna Rose & Andrea Nardello, Apr. 5. 747-5063

Jonathan’s Ogunquit, 92 Bournes Ln., Ogunquit. Hot Tuna, Apr. 7. 646-4526

Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. Sandglass Theater Babylon, Mar. 1-3; The Blue Danube, Mar. 4; Adam Trent, Mar. 6; Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mar. 10; Charlotte’s Web, Mar. 11; Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Mar. 20; Broadway National Tour Kinky Boots, Mar. 30-31; Celtic Woman: Homecoming, Apr. 4; Straight No Chaser: the Speakeasy Tour, Apr. 5. 842-0800

One Longfellow Square, 181 State St. Richard Shindell, Mar. 1; State Theatre Presents: Parsonsfield, Mar. 10; The East Pointers, Mar. 16; Colleen Raney, Mar. 17; Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Collection, Mar. 23; Bold Riley + Pumpkin Bread, Mar. 24; George Winston, Mar. 25-26; John Gorka, Apr. 27.  761-1757

Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St. Enter the Haggis, Mar. 1; Big Wild, Mar. 2; GIRLS ROCK!, Mar. 3; Melvin Seals and JGB, Mar. 4; Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mar. 5; Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mar. 6; Brett Dennen: Let’s…Tour, Mar. 9; Knuckle Puck, Mar. 17; The 2nd Annual Celebration of David Bowie: Isolar 2, Mar. 23; Coast Modern, Mar. 24; Wild Child, Mar. 30; Cigarettes After Sex, Apr. 5. 956-6000

Portland House of Music and Events, 57 Temple St. Go Big for Hunger Presents Cyril Neville, Mar. 2-3; State Theatre Presents DARLINGSIDE, Mar. 23. 805-0134

State Theatre, 609 Congress St. SONJA Nahko: My Name is Bear, Mar. 2; Killswitch Engage & Anthrax, Mar. 4; Motionless in White, Mar. 6; Dropkick Murphys, Mar. 14; Lucius: An Intimate, Acoustic Performance, Mar. 16; New Politics, Mar. 2; Sylvan Esso, Apr. 2.. 956-6000

Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd. Lotta Folk Music, Mar. 2; We Banjo 3, Mar. 3; An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, Mar. 7; Téada with Irish Piper & Michael Cooney, Mar. 10; Lúnasa with Tim O’Brien, Mar. 23; Heather Masse & Jed Wilson, Mar. 30; Red Molly, Mar. 31. 935-7292


Community Television Network, 516 Congress St. Playback Theater, the first Fri. of every month. 775-2900

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour, Mar. 10. 358-9327

Lincoln’s, 36 Market St. Laugh Shack Comedy, every Thurs.

Jonathan’s Ogunquit, 92 Bournes Ln., Ogunquit. Hot Tuna, Apr. 7. 646-4526

Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd. Lotta Folk Music, Mar. 2; We Banjo 3, Mar. 3; ): An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, Mar. 7; Twisted Pine Band, Mar. 16; Lusana with Tim O’Brien, Mar. 23; Heather Masse with Jed Wilson, Mar. 30. 935-7292


Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq. An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Photographer Rosamond Purcell, Mar. 1-4; Leaning Into the Wind, Mar. 30 – Apr. 1. 775-6148

Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street. Bobbi Jenne, Apr. 8. 828-5600

Maine Jewish Film Festival, Nickelodeon, USM Talbot Hall, PMA, Mar. 10-18. 523.3422

Literary Events

Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St. Portland Monthly First Friday Fiction, Mar. 2. 774-1822

Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq. Page to Stage: Red Herring, Mar. 6 871-1700

PRINT Bookstore,273 Congress Street. Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists, Mar. 11; Brock Clarke, The Price of a Haircut, Mar. 13; Diane Magras, The Mad Wolf’s Daughter, Mar. 18 536-4778

Don’t Miss

Can-AM Crown, Fort Kent. Celebrate the 26th annual Can-Am Crown sled dog races. Witness the most challenging sled dog race in the eastern United States! Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race takes mushers and their dogs on a 250-mile race through Maine, Mar. 3-6. 

Eastern Maine Sportsman Show, University of Maine Field House, Orono.  Every year over 150 vendors, ranging from sporting goods dealers to hunting and fishing guides, gather at this unique event. The Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show is a great place to see the latest outdoor activities and products, Mar. 16-18.

Harlem Globetrotters, Cross Insurance Arena, Portland. The world famous team celebrates its 91st anniversary with ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment. 844-379-0370

Maine Live, Hannaford Hall, USM, 88 Bedford St. “A cross-section of Maine’s brightest, most visionary minds talk about their Maine experience at work and play. These people lead organizations, build brands, and fund growth.” Hear their stories, March 15.

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial St. Planet Shark Exhibition: Predator or Prey. Sink your teeth into an amazing ‘out of water’ shark experience! The most comprehensive and innovative shark experience ever to tour the world. Whether sharks fill you with fear or fascination, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will have you hooked from start to finish, through May 13. 812-3852

Rangeley Moose Dash Snowshoe Race, Rangeley Lakes Trails Center. The 5K course takes advantage of the beautiful, varied terrain, Mar. 11. 864-4309

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. Using only the orchestration created by ukuleles and the human voice, the Ukulele Orchestra takes on the classics, from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana, Apr. 12. 842-0800

Suaana, Brick South, Thompson’s Point. A premier winter festival celebrating community, culture and our connection to the rest of the world, Mar. 2-3.

–Compiled by Madison Andrews and Sarah Moore. To submit your own event listing, visit:

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