May Calendar

Our picks for the month’s best events across Maine.

May 3

Maine Fiddlehead Festival
Lovers of local food gather together this month to celebrate the Maine Fiddlehead Festival on May 3. This year’s festival features antique tractors on parade, local food vendors, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and expert presentations on finding and preparing wild foods. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Emery Community Arts Center at the University of Maine at Farmington, 111 South St., Farmington. 207-778-7096. mainefiddleheadfestival.com

May 8

Maine Youth Rock Orchestra
MYRO’s debut performance features talented young string musicians plus guest vocalists Lyle Divinsky and Sara Hallie Richardson. 7:30 p.m. $10–$20. 
Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. 207-956-6000. portcitymusichall.com

May 11

Harry Potter and the Magic of Music
The Portland Symphony Orchestra presents a family-friendly program with music from the Harry Potter films. 2:30 p.m. $10. Merill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-842-0800. porttix.com

May 15-18

Taste of Bar Harbor
Sip and sample your way through Taste of Bar Harbor, a weekend-long celebration of delicious Down East food. Attend dessert night, a pub tour, and the local food producer’s showcase, or cheer on servers in the brand-new waiter race. Later, sit down to a prix fixe meal for just $20.14 at participating restaurants. Events, $15–$75. 800-345-4617. 
barharborinfo.com

May 16

Tom Rush
Folk legend Tom Rush celebrates more than 50 years making music with his latest national tour. 7:30 p.m. $30–$35. The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. 207-633-5159. boothbayoperahouse.com

May 16–18

Northern New England Home, Garden, Flower Show
April showers bring May flowers — and the 11th annual Northern New England Home, Garden, Flower Show. Enjoy hundreds of displays from regional vendors, artists, and garden centers, plus gardening seminars, fair food, and celebrity guest appearances. Adults, $9; children 6–16, $6; children under 6, free. Fryeburg Fairgrounds. 800-359-2033. 
homegardenflowershow.com

May 18

Maine Comic Arts Festival
More than 100 comic artists and writers will be on hand to sell their work and participate in panel discussions at this year’s Maine Comics Arts Festival. May 18. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults, $5; children 12 and under, free. The Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland. mainecomicsfestival.com

May 24

Suzanne Nance: Music of the Night
Star soprano and former MPBN host Suzanne Nance returns to Maine for a one-night concert of show tunes, arias, and more. 7:30 p.m. $25–$28. 
Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. 
207-689-2000. francocenter.org

May 29

Tim McGraw
Country superstar Tim McGraw brings his Sundown Heaven Town tour to Bangor with special guests Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope. 6 p.m. $29–$103. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. 
207-358-9327. waterfrontconcerts.com

May 31

Dudefest 2014
Welcome to DudeFest 2014: a screening of the classic Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski, accompanied by live music from the Little Lebowski Under Achievers. Register early for the costume contest, or show up in a bathrobe for half-price tickets at the door (pending availability). 8 p.m. $8. 181 State St., Portland. 207-761-1757. onelongfellowsquare.com

Caroline Praderio is an assistant editor at Down East.

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