The 2017 Calendar of Local Events

This page includes current local events for southern Maine,  

from Kittery to Scarborough. Listings are updated weekly in season. 

How to List Your Event - click here

ONGOING EXHIBITS


Award-Winning Contemporary Artist Diane Boulet Exhibit, True North Gallery, 27 Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Continues through June 30. FMI 318--3192 or truenorthgallery@me.com.

 

 

Brulé in Maine: An Artist's Journey exhibition opens at the Sarah Orne Jewett House and Visitor Center in South Berwick.

“The Artist’s Choice, an exhibit of new works by gallery artists,  Mast Cove Galleries, 1 Mast Cove Lane, Kennebunkport. Continues through July 15. FMI 967-3453 or mastcove.com.

 

Brulé in Maine: An Artist's Journey exhibition, 11 AM to 5 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House and Visitor Center, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Continues through August 27. FMI 384-2454 or historicnewengland.org.

 

Power of Place Sculpture Exhibition, on the grounds of the Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. Continues through Columbus Day. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
21st Annual Regional Artists Exhibition opens, 11 AM to 5 PM, Barn Gallery, Shore Rd. and Bourne Lane, Ogunquit. Artists' Reception, July 8, 5 to 7:30 PM. Exhibit continues through July 29. FMI 646-8400 or barngallery.org.

 

 

Enjoy kayaking on the Little River Estuary

at the Wells Reserve.

Kayaking the Little River Estuary, 1 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $40 for members; $50 for nonmembers. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Go Red Maine Purse-onality, 5 to 7 PM, Nonantum Resort, Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Silent auction of 25 purse packages donated by local supporters. Each purse contains items and mementos that reflect the personality of the contributor. Benefits the American Heart Association. Tickets in advance $40; $50 day of event. FMI and tickets 289-2388 or katie.rooks@hear.org.

 

Concerts in the Park with the Windmills, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Lafayette Park, Storer St., Kennebunk. Concerts are free; sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank. Parking in the lot on Garden St. FMI kennebunkrec.com.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 29
Nature Walk, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair, "Seashore and Garden Motif Arts Garden to the Sea," noon to 5 PM, York Art Association, 394 York St., York. Art and accessories for the garden and seaside cottage, including outdoor pottery, wind chimes, birdhouses and feeders, sculpture and more. Continues through July 16. FMI 363-049 or yorkartassociation.com.

 

 

The Brick Store Museum hosts a Kennebunk Beach History Walking Tour on Thursdays through August.

Kennebunk Beach History Walking Tour, 2 PM. Begins at Trinity Chapel, Railroad Avenue, Kennebunk Beach. Learn the history of the development of Kennebunk Beach as a tourist destination. About a one-mile loop, 60-90 minutes, led by Brick Store Museum guide. $10 per person/$5 for museum members. Continues Thursdays through August. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Author/Historian William Martin, 5:30 PM, River Club Casino, Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Fundraiser for Graves Memorial Library. Seating is limited. FMI and tickets, 967-2778 or graveslibrary.org.

 

"Dare-Devil Aviation Double Feature," 7 PM, Leavitt Theatre, Rte. 1, Ogunquit. Films are The Phantom Flyer with stunt pilot Al Wilson and The Sky Rider with Champion the Wonder Dog.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 30
Life Between the Tides Walk, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

1950s Rockabilly Sock Hop, 5 to 8 PM, Waterhouse Center, Main St., Kennebunk. This is the Brick Store Museum’s annual Era Party. Admission is 50 cents. Retro fashions are encouraged but not required. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Biddeford + Saco ArtWalk, 5 to 8 PM, various venues downtown and in the mills. Continues through October. FMI biddefordsacoartwalk.com.

 

Rec Hall Dance, 8 to 10:30 PM, 22 Colby Ave., Old Orchard Beach. For youth 13 to 18 years. Admission is $6, $4 for Rec Hall members. Sponsored by the Ocean Park Association.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 1

 

SummerFest in downtown Kennebunk offers a parade, food and lots of fun

for the whole family.

Yard Sale, 8 AM to noon, 54 River Rd., Kennebunkport. To benefit the RISE Action Groups of the Democrats of the Kennebunks and Arundel. FMI 229-4771.

 

SummerFest 2017, 8 AM to 3 PM, downtown Kennebunk, a celebration of the community – past, present and future. Features a parade down Main Street, food and craft vendors, a pie eating contest, music and more. FMI and schedule kennebunkmaine.us or Jack and Mary Bates, 985-4300.

 

15th Annual Randall’s Walk/Run for the Gym 5K, 8:30 AM, Fun Run, 9:30 AM, Nasson Community Center, 457 Main St., Springvale. Proceeds benefit the center. FMI 324-5657, 608-2041 or nassoncc.org.

 

Wood Island Lighthouse Tours begin, 10 and 11 AM, leaving from Biddeford Pool. Continues on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 and 11 AM, and Thursdays, 5 and 6 PM through August. Reservations required. FMI 200-4552 or woodislandlighthouse.org. Presented by Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse.

 

Do-It-Yourself History Games for Families, 10 AM to 1 PM, Meetinghouse Museum, Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, 948 Post Rd., Wells. Make old-fashioned games, projects and crafts. Sponsored by Cricket Corner Toys and Kites. Continues Saturday, July 8. FMI 646-4775 or info@wohistory.org.

 

15th Annual American Celebration, an old-fashioned 4th of July with children’s bike and wagon parade, traditional games and crafts, historic garden tours, live music, living history, hands-on activities and food, 10 AM to 5 PM. Swing Dance with live music 6 to 9 PM, Monday, July 3. Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Admission charged. Continues July 3 and 4. FMI 603-433-1100 or strawberybanke.org.

 

Old Glory in Maine, 10 AM to 6 PM, True North Gallery, 27 Dock Square, Kennebunkport. A multi-artist exhibition of original fine art and photography by eight local artists. Continues through July 4. FMI 318-3192 or truenorthgallery@me.com.

 

 

Art by Karen Orsillo and others may be seen at Arundel Farm Gallery in Arundel, during the "Asian Fusion" exhibit.

Craig Mooney Exhibit opens at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. Gallery open daily 11 AM to 5 PM. Continues to July 20. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.

 

2nd of York Colonial Militia Encampment and Re-enactment, 70 Elm St., Newfield. Continues July 2 and 3. FMI curranhomestead.org.

 

Open Gallery with furniture maker and designer Peter Brown, 10 AM to 6 PM, Meadowlark Designs Woodworking, 143 Walker Rd., Lyman. Continues July 2, noon to 4 PM. FMI 467-3236 or meadowlarkdesigns.net.

 

Downtown Plaza Summer Music series opens, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Kennebunk. Continues on Saturdays to August 26. Sponsored by Kennebunk Downtown Committee. Free. FMI and full line-up at kennebunkmaine.us/events.

 

"Asian Fusion – Art inspired by the Far East," a group exhibition, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 PM, Arundel Farm Gallery, 76 Arundel Road, Arundel. Exhibit continues through July 15 when there will be an Artists Conversation, 1 to 3 PM. FMI call 561-702-6396 or visit www.ArundelFarmGallery.com.

 

Night at Our Museum Open House, 5 to 8 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. There will be tours through five collections storage areas including costumes, furniture, artwork, kitchen utensils, dolls, musical instruments, school supplies, war posters, taxidermy, antique weaponry and more. Experience discovery stations and get an up-close look at several items in the collection. Tickets for  the museum's 81st birthday event are $6, children under age 16 are free. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

 

The Summer Concert Series at the Hope Hobbs Memorial Gazebo in Wells continues on Saturdays through September 2.

Series begins with the Strafford Wind Symphony, 6:30 PM, Hope Hobbs Memorial Gazebo, Wells Harbor Park, Harbor Rd., Wells. Concert series continues on Saturdays through September 2. Free admission. FMI wellsrec.org.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 2
15th Annual Open House, with tours, demonstrations, refreshments and door prizes, 1 to 4 PM, Ever After Mustang Rescue, Bush Brook Farm, 463 West St., Biddeford. FMI 284-7721 or mustangrescue.org.

 

Open Barn, 11 AM to 2 PM, Blixx Horses, 5 Portage Way, Kennebunk. An opportunity to meet the horses and learn about Blixx educational and interactive programs. Donations welcome. Visits by appointment are also welcome. FMI 985-1994 or blixxhorses.org.

 

God Bless America Concert and Ice Cream Social, 3 PM, concert. Make-Your-Own Sundae Bar during intermission. Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. Proceeds benefit the missions of Christ Church in York County and beyond. FMI and prices 985-4494.

 

Sundays in the Garden Concert Series, 5 to 6:30 PM, Hamilton House, 40 Vaughans Lane, South Berwick. Harvey Reid will perform. Admission $10; $9 seniors; $4 children over age 12. Free for Historic New England members. FMI historicnewengland.org or 384-2454.

TUESDAY, JULY 4
Totally Tuesday Talk: "Independence," noon, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. OMAA executive director and chief curator Michael Mansfield will speak. Refreshments to follow. FMI 646-4909.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5
Secrets of the Salt Marsh Walk, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Fairy Garden Day, 10 AM to noon, 45 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach across from Jordan Hall. Build with natural materials only. Open all summer.

 

Story Time and Trolley Ride, 10:30 AM, Seashore Trolley Museum, Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Every Wednesday, July and August. FMI 967-2800 or trolleymuseum.org.

 

 

The Seashore Trolley Museum

in Kennebunkport hosts story time

and a trolley ride every Wednesday

in July and August.

Flying Jewels: The Dragonflies and Butterflies of Southern Maine, 1 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

Bullets Over Broadway, opens at Ogunquit Playhouse, Rte. 1, Ogunquit. Continues to July 29. FMI, show times and tickets, 646-5511.

 

“Wine Down Wednesdays,4 to 7 PM, Panache Fine Jewelry and Art Gallery, 307 Main St., Ogunquit. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while browsing the gallery's fine jewelry and art. Continues Wednesdays through August. FMI 646-4878.

 

Music in the Park series 5:30 PM, Shevenell Park, next to Bangor Savings Bank, 150 Main St., Biddeford. Maine and Northern New England musicians perform Wednesdays to August 9. Free admission. FMI heartofbiddeford.org.

 

Concerts in the Park, with the Kennebunk River Band, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Lafayette Park, Storer St., Kennebunk. Concerts are free and sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank. Parking in the lot on Garden St. FMI kennebunkrec.com.

 

Kennebunk Beach Clean-Up, 6 to 7 PM. KBK's Environmental Action Alliance's monthly "Sweep." For details see Facebook: com/KBKsEAA.

 

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, 8 PM, opens at Hackmatack Playhouse, Rte. 9, Berwick. Continues to July 22. FMI and tickets 698-1807 or hackmatack.org.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 6

 

Horse camp for youths opens

on July 6, at Ever After Mustang

Rescue, at Bush Brook Farm,

463 West St., Biddeford.

Horse Camp Opening Day,  8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Ever After Mustang Rescue, Bush Brook Farm, 463 West St., Biddeford. For youth ages 12 to 16 on Tuesdays  and Thursdays through the summer. FMI 284-7721 or mustangrescue.org.

 

Container Gardening Workshop, 4 to 6 PM, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. Presented by UMaine Extension Master Gardeners in York County. FMI and to register 324-2814 or rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu.

 

Affairs to Remember Auction, 6 PM, Kennebunk River Club Casino, 116 Ocean Ave.,  Kennebunkport. Highlights of live and silent auctions are trips in New England, Red Sox tickets, art, golf packages, spa treatments, gift baskets and more. Proceeds support the Senior Center, Lower Village, Kennebunk. Tickets are $50 and include 2 cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and entry in a raffle for a $5000 cash prize. FMI and tickets 967-8514.

 

Mary Poppins, a musical, most Thursdays through Sundays to August 20, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sponsored by C&J Bus Lines. FMI and times, prescottpark.org.

 

Learning through Film Series, 7 to 8:30 PM Jordan Hall, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. The first film, Florence Foster Jenkins, is not suitable for children. FMI 934-9068.

 

Weekly Fireworks begin approximately 9:45 PM, Old Orchard Beach, by the pier. FMI 934-2001.

 

JUST AHEAD
Friday, July 7

Annual Greek Festival, a  family-oriented festival includes cultural presentations, traditional dancing, music, crafts, homemade Greek pastries and other Greek food, 11 AM to 9 PM, St. Demetrios Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St., Saco. Free admission. Continues July 8, 11 AM to 9 PM, and July 9, 11 AM to 4 PM. FMI 284-5651 or stdemetriosmaine.com.

 

 

Southern Maine is know for its many antique car shows that take place throughout the summer and into the fall.

Songs and Stories for a Small Planet with Jackson Gillman, 2 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Admission is free; the event is part of the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Saturday, July 8
Annual Book Sale and Flea Market, 8 AM to 2 PM, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise. Antiques, collectibles and craft tables will be outside on the lawn, weather permitting. Tables rent for $12.50 and proceeds benefit Atlantic Hall Maintenance Fund. Annual Book Sale to benefit the Cape Porpoise Library will be from 9 AM to 2 PM inside Atlantic Hall. FMI Ed Briggs, 967-3357.

 

Summer Solstice and League of Maine Craft Show, 10 AM to 4 PM, Wells Junior High School, 1470 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. More than 70 Maine and New England artists and crafters; live music by Carolyn Currie of Cumberland and John Tercyak of Bar Harbor; Beach Dawgs Café lunch specials and snacks. Rain or shine; free parking and admission. Continues July 9. FMI summersolsticecraftshows.com or 646-5172.

 

Kennebunk Library's 19th Edition 5K Walk/Run, 6 PM, Main St., Kennebunk. There will be food, raffles, crafts, beer and wine garden, music by the Kennebunk River Band. Online registration is $20, $18 seniors, $10 children 10 years and younger. Check the website for deadlines. FMI and to register 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

Visit us on Facebook
See our photos on Flickr

 

Listings are Welcome for the Tourist News
Calendar of Events in Southern Maine

There is no charge to publicize events on www.touristnewsonline.com or
Tourist News in print. The calendar deadline is 14 days before the issue date.

The earlier we have your information, the better publicity we can give you!

Listings will appear in both online and print publications.
Listings may be edited to conform to our editorial style and/or to fit available space.

If you want your event to be considered for a feature story, send info EARLY and include a contact name and phone number/e-mail address. Please send a schedule of all, or at least, your major events, for the entire year (or as far ahead as you have them planned). It helps with editorial planning and ensures that your event has maximum exposure. TN goes to press Monday afternoon. Delivery begins Monday night and is completed by Wednesday. Issue dates are always Thursday.

Please include all information: date, time, venue, town, address, admission (or specify “free”),

age limits (if any), sponsor(s) and beneficiary (if it is a fundraiser).

For our use, include a contact name with telephone number and/or e-mail address.

Good quality photos are welcome; please indicate if a photo credit is required.

Link here for a PDF of 2017 issue dates and calendar/publicity deadlines.
E-mail listings to touristnews@roadrunner.com.