Summer 2013

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Make this your best summer ever with our guide to the season’s top festivals, art exhibits, concerts, and so much more.

Edited by
Will Bleakley

Illustration  by
Bill Woodman

JUNE

/01

American Treasures
The Farnsworth Art Museum continues its American Treasures series with works that capture Maine’s physical beauty in the exhibition Visions of the Land and Sea and its people in Family and Friends. Through February 2, 2014. $10–$12. 16 Museum St., Rockland. 207-596-6457. farnsworthmuseum.org

Brother Sun
The dynamic trio of Pat Wictor, Greg Greenway, and Joe Jencks are nationally touring folk artists who manage to blend their three voices in perfect harmony. 7:30 p.m. $18–$20. The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath. 207-442-8455. chocolatechurch.com

Maine Fiber Frolic
A celebration of fiber, fiber animals, and the fiber arts, including spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, and rug hooking. Through June 2. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2–$5. Windsor Fairgrounds, Rte. 32. 207-935-4075. fiberfrolic.com

/04
Kennebunkport Festival
This early summer festival celebrates life in southern Maine by showcasing some of the state’s best artists, chefs, innkeepers, gallery owners, and musicians. Through June 9. $35–$525. 207-423-9387. kennebunkportfestival.com

/05
Dreamgirls
The riveting musical based loosely on the stories of superstars The Supremes, James Brown, and others kicks off the 2013 season at the Maine State Music Theatre. Through June 22. $43–$59. Pickard Theater at Bowdoin College, 22 Elm St., Brunswick. 207-725-8769. msmt.org

/06
The Moth Mainstage
Listen to five storytellers share their most humorous, enlightening, and touching stories as this hit series known to many from its NPR radio hour continues its nationwide tour. 7:30 p.m. $30–$45. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. 800-745-3000. statetheatreportland.com

/07
Maine Canoe Symposium
Now in its twenty-seventh year, this nonprofit event encourages canoeists of all ages to gain an appreciation for the diversity of canoeing through on-land and on-water workshops, presentations, and instruction. Through June 9. Camp Winona, Moose Pond, Bridgton. 207-647-3721. mainecanoesymposium.org

/08
Maine Roller Derby
The popularity of roller derby has taken off as teams pop up all around the state. Catch the hard-hitting action as the Maine Roller Derby all-star team, the Port Authorities, face off at the Portland Expo against the Rideau Valley Vixens. 5:30 p.m. $6–$12. 239 Park Ave., Portland. mainerollerderby.com

Shangaa: Art of Tanzania
Shangaa (“to amaze” in Swahili) is the first major exhibition to showcase the traditional arts of Tanzania in the United States. Explore 155 mostly sculptural objects that Tanzanian cultures have used to address the spirits and celebrate life. Through August 25. $6–$12, and free Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. 7 Congress Sq., Portland. 207-775-6148. portlandmuseum.org

/09
Old Port Festival
The historic cobblestone streets and red brick buildings of the Old Port set the scene for Portland’s biggest summer party. Live music, food vendors, Maine crafts, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Portland. 207-772-6828. portlandmaine.com

/12
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Ogunquit Playhouse favorite Sally Struthers stars as Mrs. Meers in the musical about Millie Dillmount, a small-town Kansas girl who comes to NYC to revel in the lifestyle of a 1920s flapper. Through July 6. $39–$73. The Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. 207-646-5511. ogunquitplayhouse.org

/14
Trek Across Maine
Traveling from Sunday River to Belfast over three days and 180 miles, hard-core bicyclists get a grand tour of Maine for the American Lung Association’s largest cycling event of the year. Congratulate those in better shape than you on June 16 as they cross the finish line in Belfast. 888-241-6566. action.lung.org

The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library: Mysterious Maps Tour
An interactive exhibition on wheels, this global, crowd-sourced art group is making stops in Brooklyn, Providence, Montreal, and Portland showcasing original maps of real and imagined places from more than 1,000 artists. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Free. 4 to 8 p.m. 207-828-5600. space538.org

/15
Gilad Hekselman Quartet
The guitar of Israeli-born musician Gilad Hekselman leads this jazz quartet whose latest album earned a spot on the New York Times Best of 2011 list. 7 p.m.  $10–$35. Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. 207-594-0070. rocklandstrand.com

Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars & Antique Aeroplane Show
The Owls Head Transportation Museum brings back its popular weekend exhibition to show off the style and power of hot rods in the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Then hitch a ride in a Model T or view vehicle demonstrations. Through June 16. $12. Rte. 73, Owls Head. 207-594-4418. ohtm.org

Rustic Overtones
A national band with Maine roots, the rock-jazz-funk outfit Rustic Overtones has been around since 1993 with a killer combination of horns, guitar, and vocals. 8 p.m. $22. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd., Brownfield. 866-227-6523. stonemountainartscenter.com

/20
Sting
Sting performs a mix of hits from his solo albums and his time with The Police as he brings his Back to Bass tour to the Bangor Waterfront. Gates open at 5:30 p.m $63.25–$103.25. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. 800-745-3000. waterfrontconcerts.com

La Kermesse Franco-American Festival
Started back in 1982 by Joseph Plamondon and his wife, this carnival-like weekend celebrates Franco-American entertainment, food, and heritage. Through June 23. Biddeford and Saco. $12–$15. 207-283-1889. lakermessefestival.com

/21
David Byrne & St. Vincent
Annie Clark of St. Vincent was last seen in Maine in August 2012 opening for Mumford & Sons on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. She’s back this summer to headline the State Theatre with former Talking Heads front man David Byrne. 8 p.m. $45–$50. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. 800-745-3000. statetheatreportland.com

Swedish Colony Midsommar Fest
The Midsommar Fest honors the anniversary of the founding of the Maine Swedish Colony and features the carrying of the Midsommar Pole, blacksmith shop tours, Viking lawn bowling, flower gathering, and more. Experience an authentic slice of Scandinavia in northern Maine. Through June 23. New Sweden. 207-896-5200. maineswedishcolony.info

/22
Bowdoin International Music Fesitval
This international concert series features the best in-state and out-of-state musical talent. Experience traditional chamber music on Festival Fridays at Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater, contemporary work at the Wednesday Upbeat! Series at Bowdoin College’s Studzinski Recital Hall, duets and solo performances at Monday Sonatas, also at Bowdoin, as well as a long weekend of recently written works at the Gamper Festival (July 25, 27, and 28). Through August 3. Brunswick. 207-373-1400. bowdoinfestival.org

Whoopie Pie Festival
The official state treat of Maine gets its own day of celebration in Dover-Foxcroft with whoopie pie tastings, eating contests, and an intense sugar buzz. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. Dover-Foxcroft. 207-564-8943. mainewhoopiepiefestival.com

/23
Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill
The eighth annual tour offers access to a dozen private gardens in one of the state’s most picturesque neighborhoods. Down East sponsors this event. $15–$20. Munjoy Hill, Portland. easternpromenade.org/hiddengardensofmunjoyhill

/24
PortFringe
A five-day cutting-edge independent festival, PortFringe promotes eclectic, experimental, innovative, and homegrown theater with more than fifty shows across four of Portland’s stages. Through June 30. Performances take place at Geno’s Rock Club, SPACE Gallery, and the Portland Stage Company’s Studio Theater and Storefront. Portland. portfringe.com

/25
Windjammer Days
Now in its fifty-first year, this popular Boothbay Harbor festival channels Maine’s history with an antique boat parade, shipyard and Navy vessels tours, fireworks, concerts, and more. Through June 26. Boothbay Harbor. Free. 207-633-2353. boothbayharbor.com

/26
Les Miserables
After a sell-out 2008 run, the Maine State Music Theatre is bringing back the popular musical about ex-convict Jean Valjean and nineteenth-century France. Through July 13. $43–$59. Pickard Theater at Bowdoin College, 22 Elm St., Brunswick. 207- 725-8769. msmt.org

/27
Greek Festival
Expect Greek cuisine like lamb souvlaki and spanakopita, Hellenic music, and traditional syrtos, and ten thousand visitors for this three-day festival. Through June 29. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland. 207-774-0281. holytrinityportland.org

/29
Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea
The first retrospective of Prendergast’s work in over two decades, Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea exhibits more than ninety works that explore the artist’s fascination with the New England coast. Through October 13. Free. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 9400 College Station, Brunswick. 207-725-3275. bowdoin.edu/art-museum

South Berwick Strawberry Festival
Boasting more than 20,000 visitors every year, the South Berwick Strawberry Festival features food, artisans, and, of course, lots of strawberries. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 197 Main St., South Berwick. southberwickstrawberryfestival.com

Kingfield Pops
If you like the magic of mountains, moonlight, and music, enjoy the Bangor Symphony Orchestra as it puts delightful twists on your favorite tunes all in the shadow of Sugarloaf. 4:30 p.m. $20–$25. Kennedy Farm, Rte. 142, Kingfield. 207-265-POPS. kingfieldpops.com

The Festival
It’s pretty brash to call your one-year-old event simply “The Festival” and expect people to know what it is, but there’s nothing humble about this event that has the Maine beer scene buzzing. “We call it that because we know there’s nothing else like it. It truly is THE festival,” according to festival organizer Robert Merryman of Shelton Brothers — the Massachusetts-based beer importers that run the event, which debuted in Worcester last summer. “This is the ultimate beer festival. What we have come up with we think is the best in the world.”

Now Portland will be able to judge that proclamation for itself when The Festival takes over the Portland Company Complex on June 21 and 22. For true craft brew enthusiasts, The Festival sounds impossible to beat. More than seventy-five of the best microbreweries from Belguim, Norway, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and others will be on hand to give samples. “Most beer festivals end up not being about the beer. It’s about getting drunk,” Merryman says. “The difference with us is that our festival not only imports the best beer anywhere, but we’re also bringing its brewers to discuss their craft.”

The Festival consists of three sessions over two days and each one will be limited to 1,200 people. After-parties will follow as special brews are placed on tap at beer bar Novare Res as well as the new Commercial Street restaurant and distillery In’Finiti. Maine favorites such as Allagash, Marshall Wharf, and Oxbow will be featured, and will participate in collaborations with some of the other breweries.

The Festival is essentially the comic-con for beer geeks — meaning it’s not for everyone. But Merryman is betting that if any city can appreciate an event like this, it’s Portland: “It’s a great beer city. They get it here and understand what we’re about, and that’s why we wanted to bring this event to this city.”
Through June 22. Session 1 is June 21 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sessions 2 and 3 are on the 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. $65. Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland. the-festival.us

JULY

/01

Bates Dance Festival
Now in its fourth decade, this dance festival features performances from around the world that range from Middle Eastern sojourns to duets by the Bebe Miller Company. Through August 10. Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, 305 College St., Lewiston. 207-786-6381. batesdancefestival.org

/03

Phish
The beloved band brought more than 60,000 fans to Limestone for a festival at the former Loring Air Force Base. They’re just as popular as ever and coming back for what may be Bangor Waterfront’s biggest concert to date. Gates open at 6 p.m $60. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. 800-745-3000. waterfrontconcerts.com

Blue Hill Pops
Singer Gordon Bok, who Time magazine called the “poet laureate of those who go down to the sea in ships,” headlines the 23rd annual concert. 7:30 p.m. $10–$50. George Stevens Academy, Union St., Blue Hill. 207-374-5454. bagaducemusic.org

/04

Eastport July 4
The largest July 4 celebration in the state takes place in the United States’ easternmost city. This year Eastport welcomes the U.S.S. San Jacinto and its crew to partake in the fireworks, parade, races, and food. Free. Eastport. 207-853-2930. eastport4th.com

/05

The Knight of the Burning Pestle
A parody of chivalric romances first performed in 1607, The Knight of the Burning Pestle breaks the fourth wall and asks the audience to get in on the joke. Through August 16. $10–$28. The Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main St. 207-933-9999. theateratmonmouth.org

/06
Bethel Art Fair
Nestled in the Androscoggin River valley, Bethel fills its town common with more than seventy artists and artisans and a full day of live entertainment. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Town Common, Bethel. 207-824-3575. mahoosucarts.org

/10
The Sound of Music
Hackmatack Playhouse recreates this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein hit about the Von Trapp family’s narrow escape from the Nazis. Through July 27. $12-$29.50. Hackmatack Playhouse, 538 Rte. 9, Berwick. 207-698-1807. hackmatack.org

/11
Alive at Five Concert Series
The Alive at Five concerts attract office workers, hipsters, young families, and passersby to Portland’s Monument Square on Thursday evenings where they drink beer and listen to an eclectic array of local bands. Thursdays through August 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Monument Square, Portland. 207-772-6828. portlandmaine.com

Bay Chamber Concerts
Opening night of this popular summer concert series kicks off with string quartet Brooklyn Rider at the Rockport Opera House. Performances take        place Thursdays at the Rockport Opera House and Fridays at Union Hall including Vocalise (July 18), A New Frontier – International Contemporary Ensemble (July 25), Delights of Vienna (August 9), Soliloquy (August 23),        and more. Through August 30. Rockport. 888-707-2770. baychamberconcerts.org

/12
Maine International Film Festival
Movie buffs descend on Railroad Square Cinema and Colby College to watch more than eighty films from around the world, representing the best of U.S. and world cinema. Through July 21. 177 Main St., Waterville. 207-861-8138. miff.org

Moxie Festival
Enjoy fireworks, music, a carnival, the Moxie Chug-n-Challenge, and an extremely high concentration of Moxie-orange clothing. Through July 14. Free. Lisbon Falls. 207-992-8997. moxiefestival.com

Andy Warhol: American Icon
This exhibition features more than fifty photographic images never before shown in public, as well as twelve original works by Warhol borrowed from other museums. Through September 1. $9–$10. Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. 207-646-4909. ogunquitmuseum.org

/13

North Atlantic Blues Festival
This annual two-day fest takes over Main Street, Rockland, and its waterfront with the sounds of blues from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Mavis Staples, Eddie Taylor Jr., The Holmes Brothers, The Lee Boys, and more. Through July 14. $25. Harbor Park, Rockland. 207-593-1189. northatlanticbluesfestival.com

Arts in the Park
More than eighty fine artists and artisans come to Belfast’s Heritage Park to show off their crafts at one of the midcoast’s most popular art fairs. Through July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Heritage Park, Belfast. 207-338-5900. artsintheparkbelfast.org

Maine Potato Blossom Festival
Aroostook County celebrates the starchy tuber with a parade, music, fireworks, and lots of spuds. Through July 21. Free. Fort Fairfield. 207-472-3802. potatoblossom.org

Books in Boothbay
Books in Boothbay attracts more than forty Maine authors every year, including many who have published books through Down East. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay. booksinboothbay.blogspot.com

/15
Egg Festival/Kiwanis Karnival
/Great Central Maine Everything 
That Flies Fly In
Three unique events come to Pittsfield on the same day. The Egg Festival celebrates the state’s egg industry with Egg-lympics, a quiche contest, and the Egg Scramble 5k as it overlaps for the second time with both the Kiwanis Karnival, and the Great Central Maine Everything that Flies Fly In. Through July 21. Pittsfield. pittsfield.org

/16

Shrek: The Musical
The Arundel Barn Playhouse brings the jolly green ogre and his trusted companion, Donkey, to southern Maine for the New England premiere of Shrek. Through August 3. $42. Arundel Barn Playhouse, 53 Old Post Rd. 207-985-5552. arundelbarnplayhouse.com

/17
Gypsy
The Maine State Music Theatre performs the musical fable based loosely on the memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee more than fifty years after it first premiered on Broadway. Pickard Theater at Bowdoin College. $43–$59. The Maine State Music Theatre, 22 Elm St., Brunswick. 207-725-8769. msmt.org

Mayhem Festival:
Rob Zombie and More
Total mayhem hits Bangor as Rob Zombie, 5FDP, Mastadon, Amon Amarth, and more come into town. $47.50. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St. 800-745-3000. waterfrontconcerts.com

/19
Yarmouth Clam Festival
Yarmouth celebrates the mollusk with a parade, amusement rides, entertainment, games, craft booths, and, of course, lots of steamed, fried, and chowdered clams. Through July 21. Free. 207-846-3984. clamfestival.com

/21
Barenaked Ladies/Guster/
Ben Folds Five
Three of the best feel-good pop-rock bands of the last twenty years uplift the waterfront in Bangor on the same night. $30.75–$84.75. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. 800-745-3000. waterfrontconcerts.com

Maine Lobster Ride & Roll
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine offers five different bike rides that wind along the Rockland coast past lighthouses, lupines, and lobster boats. $25–$85. Oceanside High School, Rockland. 207-623-4511. 
bikemaine.org/2013-lobster-ride

/24
Puccini’s La Bohème
This summer’s PORTopera production, Puccini’s La Bohème, tells the tale of struggling young artists in the nineteenth century in one of the most beautiful love stories ever told. Other performances on the 26th and 28th. $41–$105. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-879-7678. portopera.org

/26
New England Forest Rally
Headquartered at Sunday River, this annual two-day event places the country’s best rally car drivers on the back roads and logging tracks of western Maine. Witness drivers twisting, jumping, and turning at 100 mph over winding creeks and one-lane bridges in the Maine woods. Through July 27. newenglandforestrally.com

Maine Quilts 2013
This exhibition takes over the Augusta Civic Center with more than six hundred artfully crafted quilts. Through July 28. $8–$12. Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr. 207-415-4417. mainequilts.org

Bangor State Fair
This classic fair has a winning combination of entertainment, livestock, and sinfully delicious food. Through Aug. 4. $5–$10. 100 Dutton St., Bangor. 207-947-5555. bangorstatefair.com

Tell Me a Story: About Maine
Designed for art lovers of any age, this exhibition features original work by Maine artists who have illustrated children’s books about Maine. Through Nov. 23. Free. Atrium Gallery, Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. 207-753-6500. usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery

/27
MENTOR: 40 Photographers/40 Years
The CMCA celebrates the fortieth anniversary of its Rockport neighbor, Maine Media Workshops, with an exhibit that explores the collaboration between mentors and students. Through September 22. Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., Rockport. 207-236-2875. cmcanow.org

The Dam Jam
Established Maine musical acts such as Samuel James, The Toughcats, The Milkman’s Union, and Coke Weed provide the tunes for a day that also includes a world-class magician and a beer garden. 3 to 9 p.m. $10. Bicentennial Park, 
Route 160, Denmark. denmarkarts.org

/28
Christmas in July
As part of the annual York Days festival, the town gives summer residents a taste of Christmas by illuminating Nubble Light with Christmas lights. 8 p.m. Free. Sohier Park, York. parksandrec.yorkmaine.org

/31
Maine Lobster Festival
Rockland, the Lobster Capital of the World, comes alive with crustaceans and thousands of their biggest fans for this five-day festival. Through August 4. $2–$8. Harbor Park, Rockland. 800-LOB-CLAW. mainelobsterfestival.com

Beach House
Indie darlings Beach House bring their dream-pop sounds to the State Theatre for a night of soothing synths. 8 p.m. $25–$30. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. 800-745-3000. statetheatreportland.com


The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College

When the Colby College Museum of Art opens the new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion on July 13, it will instantly become the largest art museum in Maine. It will also launch this small central Maine college into the discussion about the best higher-learning art museums in the country. That’s not to say its longstanding Alex Katz wing and its collection of the Maine artist’s work was anything to sneeze at, but when a liberal arts college is gifted a private collection valued at $100 million that in most other cases would have gone to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Smithsonian, the art world takes notice.

Colby alumnus, Waterville resident, and former president of the Dexter Shoe Company, Peter Lunder collected more than 500 largely American works by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Sol LeWitt, and Edward Hopper and donated them all to his alma mater in 2007. Considered one of the most valuable private collections of American art in the country, the Lunder collection will be housed in the museum’s new addition starting July 13.

In addition to three new exhibitions, the modern and minimalist pavilion designed by Los Angeles firm Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects should prove to be a draw unto itself. The 26,000-square-foot building is a stunning glass structure that ties together three of the museum’s wings and features a three-story wall drawing by Sol LeWitt visible to the rest of campus.
The unveiling of the collection and new pavilion serve as the capstone events to the college’s yearlong bicentennial celebration. What a two-hundredth birthday present!

The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, Spaces & Places: Chinese Art from the Lunder-Colville Collection and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and “A Thing Alive”: Modern Landscapes from the Marin Collections debut on July 13 at Colby College Museum of Art. Free. 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville. 207-859-5600. colby.edu/museum

AUGUST


/02

Miranda Lambert
After finishing just third on the show Nashville Star, Miranda Lambert has spent the next decade proving the judges wrong by becoming one of the most well-known and beloved country music stars. Gates open at 5 p.m $27.75–$61.75. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. 800-745-3000. waterfrontconcerts.com

/03

Eggemoggin Reach Regatta
Now in its twenty-eighth year, this fifteen-mile race organized by Brooklin Boat Yard showcases the agility and beauty of the wooden sailboat. Brooklin. 207-236-9651. erregatta.com

Stone Mountain LIVE Anniversary Show
For the Stone Mountain Arts Center’s seventh anniversary, owner Carol Noonan, in addition to planning and fixing dinner, hosts this revue-style show alongside her husband’s band the Stone Mountain Boys. Irish band Téada is the featured guest artist. $75. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd., Brownfield. 866-227-6523. stonemountainartscenter.com

TD Banknorth Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race
Founded by the first-ever women’s marathon Olympic winner, and Cape Elizabeth native, Joan Benoit Samuelson, the Beach to Beacon 10K run helps raise money for The Opportunity Alliance. 8 a.m. Free. Begins at Sprague Fields, Cape Elizabeth. 888-480-6940. beach2beacon.org

/06
Sweet Chariot Music Festival
“Bring your boat, your voice, your moxie, your mojo” to this three-day folk sing-a-long on Swan’s Island for one of the state’s most surprising festivals. Through August 8. $20. Odd Fellows Hall, Swan’s Island. sweetcharriotmusicfestival.com

All Shook Up
The hits of Elvis Presley, including “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Jailhouse Rock,” provide the soundtrack to this tale of five love stories evolving over twenty-four hours in the summer of 1955. $42. Through August 17. Arundel Barn Playhouse, 53 Old Post Rd. 207-985-5552. arundelbarnplayhouse.com

Salt Bay Chamberfest
Celebrating its nineteenth season of chamber music, the Chamberfest will feature four concerts over two weeks at the Darrows Barn in the picturesque village of Round Top. Through August 17. Darrows Barn, 3 Round Top Road, Damariscotta. 207-522-3749. saltbaychamberfest.org

/07
Kenny Chesney
After twenty years, fifteen albums, and thirty top-ten country singles, Chesney remains one of country music’s biggest draws. Gates open at 5 p.m. $41.50–$91.50. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. 800-745-3000. waterfrontconcerts.com

Mary Poppins
The Maine State Music Theatre’s 2013 season closes with everyone’s favorite magical nanny. This adaptation of the 1964 film features the same beloved music and lyrics and is brought to life through the power of theater. Through August 24. $43–$59. Pickard Theater at Bowdoin College, 22 Elm St., Brunswick. 207-725-8769. msmt.org

/08

Acadian Festival
For more than thirty-five years, this fair in the heart of the St. John River Valley has celebrated the proud culture of Maine’s own Cajuns. Through August 15. Free. Madawaska. 207-728-6250. acadianfestival.com

Skowhegan State Fair
Around since 1818, this fair has all the old-time favorites — livestock pulling, stage shows, arts and crafts, a demolition derby, carnival rides, harness racing, and fried food. Through August 17. Madison Ave., Rte. 201 North, Skowhegan. 207-474-2947. skowheganstatefair.com

Portland Chamber Music Festival
Now in its twentieth season, this popular five-concert series features the work of Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Mozart, and more. Through August 17. $25–$30. Abromson Community Education Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus, 88 Bedford St. 800-320-0257. pcmf.org

Cumberland Arts & Crafts Show
Browse the work of more than 250 Maine artisans, and question them on their craft at Maine’s largest arts and crafts show. Through August 11. $4. Cumberland Fairgrounds, 169 Blanchard Rd. 207-621-2818. unitedmainecraftsmen.com

Kah Bang Festival
Maine’s version of Austin’s South by Southwest, Kah Bang celebrates its fifth year as Bangor’s alternative art, music, and film festival. Past musical guests have included My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Bassnectar, Wale, Matt & Kim, Ra Ra Riot, and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Through August 11. Bangor. kahbang.com

/09

Maine Antiques Festival
Maine’s antiques show gathers a wide variety of dealers with all sorts of specialties — everything from seventeenth-century European furniture to Asian antiques to 1950s Americana collectibles. Through August 11. $8–$25. Union Fairgrounds, 1 Fairgrounds Ln., Union. 207-221-3108. maineantiquefest.com

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
This event, now in its eleventh year, is Maine’s only in-the-water boat show and includes dozens of Maine’s most talented furniture makers, architects, builders, designers, and marine gear vendors. Through August 11. $12. Harbor Park, Rockland. 800-565-4951. maineboats.com

Forest Heritage Days
Started by a group of individuals wanting to teach the public about the history, practices, and future of working forests of Maine, Forest Heritage Days has turned into one of the Moosehead Lake Region’s best weekends. Events include woodlot tours, a craft fair, “Game of Logging” competitions, and more. Through August 10. Free. Greenville. 207-695-2702. forestheritagedays.org

/16

Great Falls Balloon Festival
Gain a new perspective on Lewiston-Auburn by facing your fears and taking the hot-air-balloon ride of a lifetime. Or stay ground level and witness the beauty of more than a dozen colorful balloons coating the morning and evening sky. Through August 18. Free, but balloon rides cost $200–$235. Lewiston-Auburn. 207-782-2637. greatfallsballoonfestival.org

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
Celebrate everyone’s favorite wild Maine fruit with pie-eating contests, parades, a blueberry-themed musical, and cooking contests. And don’t forget to dress up in your craziest costume and dance at the eighth annual Blackfly Ball hosted by the Beehive Design Collective. Through August 18. Free. Centre Street Congregational Church, 9 Center St., Machias. 207-255-6665. machiasblueberry.com

Lori McKenna
McKenna has written hits for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Sara Evans, but she saved the best songs for her own albums, and she brings those to the Stone Mountain Arts Center. $23. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd., Brownfield. 866-227-6523. stonemountainartscenter.com

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Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
The biggest event of the summer for downtown Brunswick, this arts festival features more than ninety artists’ booths, live music, face painting, and interactive art projects for kids and families. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Town Mall and Maine St., Brunswick. 207-729-4439. brunswickdowntown.org

Union Fair
The Union Fair is a true classic agricultural fair complete with harness racing, a he-man competition, and a parade led by an antique trailer. Through August 24. $8. Union Fairgrounds, Route 17. 207-785-3281. unionfair.org

Elvis Finally Comes to Portland
Elvis Presley had a performance scheduled in Portland for August 17, 1977, but passed away the day before. Thirty-six years later, he finally performs his long-awaited Portland show in the ultimate tribute concert to The King. $45. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-879-7678. porttix.com

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Always Patsy Cline
The music of country superstar Patsy Cline fills this rustic barn in Arundel for the story of one of America’s most loved musicians and her friendship with one devoted fan. Through August 31. $42. Arundel Barn Playhouse, 53 Old Post Rd. 207-985-5552. arundelbarnplayhouse.com

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Driving Miss Daisy
The Hackmatack Playhouse stages the 1987 play about the evolving relationship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur over the course of twenty-five years. Through August 30. $12–$29.50. Hackmatack Playhouse, 538 Rte. 9, Berwick. 207-698-1807. hackmatack.org

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Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival
The Blistered Fingers of Central Maine host four days of bluegrass bands hailing from thirteen different states. Through August 25. $10-$80. Litchfield Fairgrounds, 30 Plains Rd. 207-873-6539. 
blisteredfingers.com

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American Folk Festival
Across four stages over the course of three days, different regions of the world exhibit their local musical traditions on the Bangor waterfront. Through August 25. $10 suggested donation. Bangor. 207-992-2630. americanfolkfestival.com

Picnic
When this William Inge play premiered in 1953, it marked the Broadway debut of Paul Newman and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. Hallowell’s Gaslight Theater revives this dramatic tale of two middle-aged widows, two maturing daughters, and the charming but impulsive Hal Carter. Through August 31. Gaslight Theater, Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop St. 207-626-3698. gaslighttheater.org

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Picnic Music + Arts Festival
This juried indie craft fair showcases the best of Maine’s local artists, DIY crafts, and indie musical acts in Portland’s Lincoln Park on the corner of Franklin Arterial and Congress St. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. picnicportland.com

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Windsor Fair
Just a stone’s throw from the state capital, this fair is famed for its large midway, animal pulling events, and harness racing. Through September 2. $7-$9. Route 32. 207-549-5249. windsorfair.com

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Ballroom with a Twist
Celebrity pros from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol show off the samba, waltz, foxtrot, and more in front of the Ogunquit crowd. Through August 31. $39–$78. The Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. 207-646-5511. Ogunquitplayhoue.org

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Blue Hill Fair
Events at this classic fair on the Blue Hill Peninsula include a large livestock area full of the usual farm animals, the Crazy Critters animal exhibit, powerful draft horse and oxen pulling, harness racing, and sheepdog trials. Through September 2. $1–$8. Rte. 172. 207-374-3701. bluehillfair.com

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Portland Sea Dogs vs. Trenton Thunder
Get a taste of what the future Yankees and Red Sox rivalry will look like as the MLB teams’ Double-A affiliates square off for a three-game series to finish the season. Through September 2. $5–$25. Hadlock Field, Portland. portland.seadogs.milb.com

Bay Chamber Summer Music Festival

Everyone in Rockport knows when it’s a Bay Chamber summer concert night as a seemingly endless line of parked cars wraps around the village for the duration of the performance. The fact that seasonal visitors, year-round residents, and tourists flock year after year to the Opera House to hear the sounds of Bartok and Beethoven isn’t enough, however, for Manuel Bagorro, the new artistic director of Bay Chamber. There are thousands just outside the concert venue not hearing these beautiful notes, and he wants to bring the sounds of his chamber music to them through the organization’s first summer festival.

His idea is to take over the Camden and Rockport area for five full days by performing classical music everywhere, from coffee shops to barns, harbor parks, churches, and opera houses. “I want to create a sense of community fused with music for a period of time in an intense way,” Bagorro says. “I want that festival vibe where things happen that are expected, unexpected, casual, not casual. A festival draws people in a new way and has a different means of interacting with people.”

The event kicks off with a flash-mob-like series of performances where students, alumni, and faculty will pop up everywhere from street corners to coffee shops and treat people going about their daily routine to the sounds of live classical music. The next five days will be filled with chamber music performances starting at noon and ending late into the night across several venues. In addition there will be jazz on the Rockport Harbor and the festival closes with a one-woman opera in a barn on Brewster Point. Attendees are encouraged to picnic outside and the festival’s performers serve as the orchestra for this grand finale. “One of the things that struck me being new to this part of midcoast Maine is that I felt we should put forward events that embrace our geography and where we are,” Bagorro says. “I want to reach beyond and open the doors of Bay Chamber to the broadest possible audience.” A picnic and opera in a barn as well as jazz on Rockport Harbor? Something tells us that won’t be too hard of a sell in midcoast Maine.

Through August 18. $100 for a festival pass. Single tickets run between $15 and $45. Performances take place at the Rockport Opera House, Union Hall, Camden’s First Congregational Church, and the Camden Opera House. 207-236-2823. baychamberconcerts.org

Will Bleakley is the associate editor at Down East magazine.

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