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We’d better hurry to hear the best sounds in Maine, because this summer’s already taking off. First, a smart ticket buy is $23 and up for Cyndi Lauper’s concert on July 14 at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. The show, with Rod Stewart, no less,  starts at 7:30 p.m.

Get Onboard!

It’ll be one thing to watch Portland SchoonerFest and Regatta as the sleek fleet hits the runway on Portland Harbor June 24-26. But how much better to ride one of these beauties yourself during the event! Meet me in the lobby and we’ll talk about it. Tickets run $55 per person. This fashion show for sleek sailing features a parade of glamour vessels followed by a regatta across Casco Bay. Look for world-famous schooners, including Adventure from Gloucester and Alert from Bailey Island, to compete against local stars Bagheera and Wendameen for the Rybacki Cup. Fun fact about Wendameen: She’s definitely on the social register, having carried passengers from Eugene O’Neill to Katharine Anne Porter. Race-wise, everyone wins: Beyond the fiercely competitive awards, The Shipyard Cup will be awarded to the crew that demonstrates “the most spirited attitude toward the racing.” By the way, this doesn’t happen every day. “This will be the first time in my lifetime that large schooners have raced in Portland Harbor,” says Regatta officer Tim Tolford.

Bar Harbor Music Festival

Founded by artistic director Francis Fortier, Bar Harbor Music Festival is a New England summer favorite. Enjoy sixteen performances featuring material ranging from Mozart to Scott Joplin from July 2-30. There will also be seven Young Audience Concerts that will showcase exciting new talent. 288-5744.

Appetizing Art

New York painter Beverly Shipko will make your mouth water with her array of dessert paintings in “You CAN Have Your Cake and Eat It Too” at The Michael Good Gallery in Rockport. Opening night July 8 features an artist’s talk, “Sweet Revenge of the Dentist’s Daughter.” Show runs July 12 to August 1. 236-9623.

Unleashed Keys

Described as “a cross between Elton John (he sings and plays the piano) and Robin Williams (his comedy is off-the-wall),” versatile impersonator Jimmy Keys will have you in stitches at Jonathan’s
August 26, 646-4777.

By the way, the real Elton John will be coming to Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena November 17.

Wine & Dine

Chef Michael Gosselin of Lewiston’s Fuel Restaurant will tantalize diners with traditional French fare at Kitchen Garden Dinner Series held at the Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Tickets are between $75 and $90, July 3, 633-8000.

Pink Floyd Down Under

Talk about the dark side of the barbie. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is coming to State Theatre in Portland on July 26,  featuring cover songs and a spectacular laser show. Keep your eyes peeled for the inflatable pink kangaroo. 745-3000.

Brush w/ Brash

The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA seduces with 50
knockout modern paintings that challenge traditional genres. The show is free,
but leave your presumptions about art at the door. Don’t miss opening night, July 20. 699-5025.

What Does a Moxie Drinker Look Like?

Find out for yourself by attending Moxie Days Festival. Lisbon Falls will celebrate the 35th annual Moxie Festival with a parade, fireworks, car show, recipe contest, and Chugging Challenge: “not for the faint of heart or esophagus,” July 7-9. 353-3000.


The Maine Brewers Guild invites you to celebrate summer with unlimited samples of stunning local beers in Maine on Thompson Point. This Summer Session Festival on July 29 includes brewing classes and a battle of the beers. Tickets are $20–$105. Proceeds go to the Maine Brewers’ Guild, supporting the craft beer industry.

On August 5, catch Alabama Shakes in concert at Thompson’s Point–even if you’ve already seen them on Saturday Night Live.


Celebration Barn Theater,
190 Stock Farm Rd., South Paris. Mike Miclon’s The Early Evening Show, first Saturday in Jun., Jul., Aug., Sept. & Oct. 743-8452

Cold Comfort Theater, see website for Belfast locations. Tintypes, Jul. 13-16. 930-7244

City Theater in Biddeford, 205 Main St. Steel Wizard of Oz, Jul. 21-Aug. 6. 282-084

Deertrees Theater, 156 Deertrees Rd., Harrison. Last Train to Nibroc, Jul. 7-Aug. 18; Indoor/Outdoor, Jul. 15-Aug. 3. 583-6747

Fenix Theatre Company, at Deering Oaks Park, Portland. Three Sisters, Jul. 13-Aug. 5.

Freeport Community Players, 30 Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook St., Freeport. Seussical, Jul. 20-30; The Servant of Two Masters, Sept. 14-Oct. 1. 865-2220

Hackmatack Playhouse, 538 Route 9, Berwick. She Loves Me, Jun. 16-Jul. 1; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Jul. 5-22; Steel Magnolias, Jul. 26-Aug. 12; The Fantasticks, Aug. 16-Sept. 2. 698-1807

Heartwood Regional Theater Company, Lincoln Academy, Newcastle. Into the Woods, Jul. 13-22; Summer Camp, Jun. 26-Jul. 6. 563-1373

Gaslight Theater, Winthrop St., Hallowell. Noises Off, Jun. 16-25; Baskerville, Aug. 18-27. 626-3698

Lakewood Theater, 75 Theater Rd., Madison. Shout! The Mod Musical, Jun. 22-Jul. 1; Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner, Jul. 6-15; Avenue Q, Jul. 20-Jul. 29;The Savannah Sipping Society, Aug. 3-12; Bullets Over Broadway, Aug. 17-26; Baskerville, Sept. 1-9; A Comedy of Tenors, Sept. 14-23. 474-7176

Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Rte. 1, Falmouth. Spring Recital, May 19-20; Don Quixote, Aug. 10-19. 781-7672

Maine State Music Theatre, Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Always Patsy Cline, June 7-24; Sleeping Beauty, June 14-17; Guys and Dolls, Jun. 28-Jul. 15; Grease, Jul. 19-Aug. 5; Newsies, Aug. 9-26; Alice in Wonderland, Aug. 21. 725-8769

Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St., Ogunquit. Mamma Mia!, May 17-Jul. 1; Bullets Over Broadway, Jul. 5-29; Ragtime, Aug. 2-26; Heartbreak Hotel, Aug. 30-Sept. 30; From Here to Eternity, Oct. 4-29. 646-5511

Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St. The Full Monty, Jun. 15-Jul. 9. 942-3333

Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Rd., Standish. Billy Goes to War, Jun. 9-11; Peter Pan, Jul. 13-30; Disney Before Dark KIDS, Aug. 4-6; Once Upon This Island, Aug. 18-20; Dracula, Sept. 19-Oct. 15. 642-3743

Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main St., Monmouth. My Father’s Dragon, Jun. 24-Aug. 17; Three Days of Rain, Jul. 1-Aug. 18; The Learned Ladies, Jul. 6-Aug. 20; Macbeth, Jul. 13-Aug. 18; Othello, Jul. 20-Aug. 19; Red Velvet, Jul. 27-Aug. 17; Peter and the Starcatcher, Sept. 14-24. 933-9999

Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St. 3rd Flr., Waterville. Exit Laughing Jun. 16-25. 873-7000


Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. Kate Gilmore: In Your Way, Jun. 9-Oct. 7, 786-6158

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1 Bath Rd., Brunswick. The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, through-Aug. 20. 725-3275

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland. William Wegman; Reel to Real, Jun. 10 – Oct 22; Screen: Pop Killed Culture, Jun. 13 – Sept. 18; John Walker: From Seal Point, Jun. 24 – Oct 29.

Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville. Marsden Hartley’s Maine, through Jun. 18; Marsden Hartley’s Maine July 8-Nov. 12. Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, through Aug. 6; Graphic Matters: George Bellows & World War I, through Sept. 3. 859-5600

Continuum for Creativity, 863 Main St., Westbrook. Mary Brooking, Judy Schneider and Caren-Marie Michel: Sky | Woods | Sea, through July. 9252-9897

Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. American Treasures From the Farnsworth, through Oct. 29; Celebrating Maine, Apr. 5-Oct. 29; Andrew Wyeth at 100, through Dec. 31. Marguerite Zorach–An Art-Filled Life, Jun. 17-Jan. 07. 596-6457

First Friday Art Walk, downtown Portland. Visit local galleries, studios, and museums. Jul. 7

Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland. Henry Isaacs July 6-29. Colin Page Aug. 3-Sept. 2 772-2693

Maine Maritime Museum, 234 Washington St., Bath. Through These Gates: Maine Shipyard Photography 1858-2016, through Sept. 24; See the Light: the Preservation of Midcoast Maine Lighthouses, May 27-Oct. 22. 443-1416

Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland. Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder collection, through July 9. 775-6148


Aura, 121 Center St. Everclear, Jun. 08; Reverend Horton Heat, Jun. 10; Ratt, Jun. 15; AFI, Jun. 22; Three Dog Night, Jun. 24; Ultimate Aldean Experience, Jun. 25; Blackberry Smoke, Jun.30; Ziggy Marley, Jul. 7. 772-8274

Bar Harbor Music Festival, 29 Mount Desert St. Janinah Burnett, Clara Chowning, July 2, 9; Brass Venture, July 5; Christopher Johnson, July 7, 13; “New Composers” Forum, July 11; Allison Kiger, Flutist & Friends, July 12, 15; Antonio Galera Lopez, July 18; Claudia Shaer, Max Lifchitz, July 20; Opera Theatre, July 21; Janey Choi, Jennifer DeVore, Jihea Hong-Park, July 22; Jazz Night, July 23; Acadia Outdoor Concert, July 26; Bob Noonan Memorial Concert, July 28; Festival Gala, July 30. 212-222-1026

The Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay. Sharon Shannon, July 6; Joan Osborne, July 8; Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, July 13; Vienna Piano Trio, July 14; The Subdudes, July 15; Guy Davis, July 19; Girls, Guns & Glory, July 20; Jim Messina, July 22; Kevin Kiley & Friends, July 27; Steep Canyon Rangers, July 28; Cherish the Ladies, July 29. 633-5159

Blue, 650 Congress St. Irish Sessions, every Wednesday. The Library Band, Jun. 16; Sassquatch, Jun. 23. 774-4111.

Casco Bay Ukefest, St. Luke’s Cathedral, State St. A celebration of ukuleles and great music, Jul. 29.

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. Jack Johnson, Jun. 7; Nickelback with Daughtry, Jul. 7; Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Jul. 14; Sam Hunt, Jul. 21; Rise Above Fest, Jul. 22. 358-9327

Empire, 575 Congress St. Loc Dab ‘Feel Good Music Tour,’ Jul. 1. 747-5063

Jonathan’s Ogunquit, 92 Bournes Ln., Ogunquit. James Montgomery Band, Jun. 30; Jonathan Edwards, Jul. 2; Arlo Guthrie, Aug. 2; Jimmy Keys, Aug. 26. 646-4526

Maine Academy of Modern Music, 125 Presumpscot St. Junior Rock Camp, Jun. 26-Jul. 7 & Aug. 14-25; Songwriting and Recording Camp, Jul. 10-21; Ultimate Rock Camp, Jul. 24-Aug. 4. 899-3433

Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. Rodriguez, Jun. 25; David Blaine Live, Jun. 30. 842-0800

Maine State Pier Portland. Slightly Stoopid, Jul. 2; Billy Currington, Jul. 7; 311, Jul. 8; Primus with Clutch, Jul. 25; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Jul. 26. 358-9327

One Longfellow Square, 181 State St. The Portland Jazz Orchestra, Jun. 15; The Jeremiahs, Jun. 20; Dan Mills and Jason Anick Trio, Jun. 22; BJ Barham of American Aquarium, Jun. 25; Cadence, Jul. 08; Dave Carroll, Jul. 18.  761-1757

Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St. Spose, Jun. 23; Lucero, Jun. 25; Missio, Jun. 29; The Mallett Brothers Band, Jun. 30; Dawn, Jul. 19; Xavier Rudd, Jul. 22; Drive-By Truckers, Jul. 27; Donavon Frankenreiter, Aug. 11. 956-6000

Portland House of Music and Entertainment, 57 Temple St. DAMN Gina and The Red Eye Flight Crew Summer Residency, every Mon. Jun.-Sept. The Maine Dead Project Summer Residency, every Wed. Jun.-Sept. Thommy Kane, Jul. 21. Live Music Mon. through Sat. 805-0134

Portland Lobster Co.,180 Commercial St. Vinyl Tap, June 10, 23; Andrew Bailie & Friends, June 11, 17; Joint Chiefs, June 15, 21, 30; Ryan Halliburten & The still/The Grumps June 20, 27. 775-2112

State Theatre, 609 Congress St. Pride Portland & Equality Maine’s Pride Night Dance Party, Jun. 17; Kasey Chambers, Jul. 10; Robert Earl Keen, Jul. 17; Phantogram, Tycho, Heathered Pearls, Jul. 26. 956-6000

Saint Lawrence Art Center, 76 Congress St, Portland. Bob Dylan’s 75th: A Birthday Tribute Show- Performance by Magic 8 Ball, Jun. 25. 775-5568.

Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd. Richard Thompson Solo Acoustic, Jun. 20; Ellis Paul, Jun. 30; Jonathan Edwards Jul. 3; The Press Gang, Jul. 21; Slaid Cleaves, Jul. 29th. 935-7292

The 1932 Criterion Theater, 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor.  Chris Ross & The North, Jun. 2; Lori McKenna, Jul. 14 288-0829

Thompson’s Point, Portland. The Shins, Jun. 16; Fleet Foxes, Jul. 27; Glass Animals, Aug. 3; Alabama Shakes, Aug. 5.


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

The 1932 Criterion Theater, 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor.  Ian Harvie and Kenneth Neels, Jun. 24 288-0829

Lincolns, 36 Market St. Laugh Shack comedy every Thursday.

One Longfellow Square, 181 State St. Bob Marley, Jun. 10. 761-1757

Somerset Abbey, 98 Main St., Madison.  Maine Event Comedy, Jul. 14. 696-5800

State Theatre, 609 Congress St. Tim and Eric: 10th Anniversary Awesome, Jul. 11. Tour, J 956-6000

Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd., Brownfield. Bob Marley, Jul 27th. 935-7292


Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street. Stop Making Sense, Jun. 28;  What We Do In The Shadows, Jul. 12; Grand Budapest Hotel, Jul. 26;  Get Out, Aug. 9; Hairspray, Aug. 23. 828-5600

Maine International Film Festival, 17 Railroad Square, Waterville. The 20th anniversary celebration, featuring special guests, awards, and world premiers, Jul. 14-23. 861-8138

Literary Events

Book Speak at Darrows Barn, Round Top Farm, 3 Round Top Lane, Damariscotta. A five person Panel Discussion of Mountain Lions in Maine: Rewilding the Maine Woods, June 28. 350-6823

Longfellow Garden at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St. First Friday Fiction with author Morgan Callan Rogers, July 7.

Print: A Bookstore, 273 Congress St. Christina Baker Kline will give a reading from A Piece of the World, July 13. 536-4778

Yarmouth Historical Society, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth. As part of the 2017 Lecture Series, Colin W. Sargent will read from and lead discussion on The Boston Castrato, Aug. 17.  846-6259

York Housing Authority, 4 Pine Grove Lane, York. A reading and discussion of The Boston Castrato with Colin W. Sargent, Sept. 21.

West Buxton Public Library, 34 River Road, Buxton. A reading and discussion of The Boston Castrato with Colin W. Sargent, Sept. 28. 727-5898.

Tasty Events

Aurora Provisions, 64 Pine St. Two to three free tastings each month on Tuesdays. 871-9060

Browne Trading Market, Portland. Regular wine tastings, through June. 775-7560,

Craft Beer Cellar, 111 Commercial St. Craft beer tasting every Fri. 956-7322

Leroux Kitchen, Portland. Free wine tastings on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 1-3 p.m. 553-7665,

Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland. Music Brunch with Sean Mencher and friends, every Sun.

Lolita Vinoteca + Asador, 90 Congress St., Portland. Tapas Mondays, every Mon. 3:30-10:30; wines paired with small plates. 775-5652

Otherside Delicatessen, 164 Veranda St. Monthly wine tastings. 761-9650

Rosemont Markets, Portland and Yarmouth. Two to three free tastings each month on Fridays. 774-8129

Sweetgrass Farm Old Port Tasting Room, 324 Fore St. Tasting bar is open year-round for Maine-made wines and spirits; Mother’s Day Wine and Chocolate in Union, May 14. 761-8GIN

Toast on the Coast, Ocean Gateway. Gourmet food and upscale wine pairings in a benefit for Easterseals Maine, May 11. 828-0754

Wine & Food Walks, Portland. Join Sommelier Erica Archer for a themed walk through a Portland neighborhood with wine and spirit tastings paired with delicious foods, every Sat. 619-4630

Don’t Miss

Annual Maine Lobster Ride, Camden.  The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Lobster Ride & Roll follows winding, country lanes and the breathtaking rockbound coast past lighthouses, lupines and lobster boats. Jul. 23.

Bates Dance Festival, 305 College St, Lewiston. DanceNOW: Lida Winfield and Betsy Miller., Jul 7; DanceNOW: Christal Brown and INSPIRIT., Jul 8; Show & Tell: David Dorfman Dance., Jul 8; David Dorfman Dance., Jul 13 & 15; Show & Tell: zoe | juniper., Jul 18. 786-8332

Belfast Harbor Fest, 34 Commercial Street, Belfast.  National Boat Building Challenge, Boat Show, Pancake Breakfast, 6th Annual Bug Run 5 K, Live Bands and more family fun. Aug. 18-20.

Biddeford Boat Building Festival, 32 Main Street, Biddeford. Six participant teams will each build their own Compass Skiff, a 10-foot motorboat, over the course of the weekend. The festival will also include nautical-themed exhibitors, local youth non-profits, a Friday evening event at Engine with special guests the Lowell Brothers, kids’ activities, food and music, and more, Sept. 16 & 17.

Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour 2017, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth. Tour coastal Maine gardens in peak summer bloom.Proceeds benefit the Fort Williams Park Foundation, Jul. 15.

Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor; Bangor State Fair, Jul. 28-Aug. 6. 561-8300

Cumberland Arts & Crafts Show, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road. Over 200 talented Maine artisans will be exhibiting at one of Maine’s largest art and crafts shows, Aug. 11-14.

Great State of Maine Airshow, Orion St, Brunswick. The Blue Angels soar into Maine, Aug. 26-27 687-0158

Live! On The Lake Music Festival! Snow Pond’s Bowl In The Pines, Messalonskee Lake, Sidney, A Lake Music & Food Truck Festival, featuring live acts and delicious street food, Aug. 19. 476-6976

Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland. Steamed lobsters, family activities, arts and crafts, live entertainment, Aug. 2-6.

Maine Startup & Create Week, Portland. A week of learning, interviews with leaders, hands-on workshops and social events, Jun. 19-23.

Maine Quilt Show, Augusta Civic Center. Special exhibits and workshops and over 500 quilts on display, Jul. 27-29. 216-7358

New England Brewfest,  Woodstock/Lincoln, New Hampshire. Offering three days of a unique blend of beer-infused social events, educational workshops and its signature Saturday Night: ON TAP tasting event; the weekend will feature over 30 New England Breweries, Jun. 23-25. 745-6621

Portland Chamber Music Festival, Hannaford Hall, University of Maine Portland campus. Season Finale: Songs and Serenades, Aug. 11; Mendelssohn, Synchronisms & Elgar, Aug. 12; Family Concert, Aug. 13; Phantasy Quintet & Brahms Trio, Aug. 17.  320-0257

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Maine Wharf, Portland. Real Pirates open now.

Portland Stars & Stripes Spectacular, Eastern Promenade, Portland. Free celebration features food, fireworks, and music, Jul. 4.

Windjammer Days, Boothbay Harbor. 55th annual Windjammer Days festival, featuring a fleet of tall ships, local food and family activities. Jun. 25-Jul. 1. 504-0242

–Compiled by Sarah Moore & Tyler Starks

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