With spring comes May Day festivals, Mother’s Day and plenty of theater, music and foodie events to keep you busy all month long. Here are some upcoming events to look forward to!
“Taming of the Shrew”
May 5, 7 p.m.
Chocolate Church Arts Center,
804 Washington St., Bath
Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” follows Katherina, who is not a willing participant in her relationship with Petruchio, but he employs a variety of psychological techniques to make her into the bride of his dreams. Additional performances May 6, 12–13 at 7 p.m., May 7 and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Spring for Women: A Fundraiser & Studio Art Sale
May 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Running With Scissors,
250 Anderson St., Portland
Spruce up the house with some newly acquired art from local artisans. The studio art sale at Running With Scissors will include ceramics, prints, photos, paintings, jewelry and more and proceeds benefit local women’s and girl’s organizations In Her Presence, A Company of Girls, Maine Family Planning and Hardy Girls Healthy Women.
Kentucky Derby Day Bourbon Walk
May 6, 2:45 p.m.
Starts at East Ender,
47 Middle St., Portland
Sip a bit of Kentucky Derby with this four-stop bourbon tour through Portland. You’ll get a bourbon education from local bartenders and get to sample unique bourbon and bourbon-based cocktails. Tickets are $65 in advance, $70 day of (if available).
Toast on the Coast
May 11, 6 p.m.
Ocean Gateway Terminal,
14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland
Chefs compete, you win! This fundraiser for Easterseals Maine pits local chefs against each other—and you get to eat their delicious creations. Sample over 100 wines from around the world and learn about pairings. Tickets are $65–$75.
The Hard Cider Run
May 13, 10 a.m.
Urban Farm Fermentory,
200 Anderson St., Portland
Runners should be rewarded for their efforts. And following The Hard Cider Run—a 5K along Portland’s Eastern Promenade—participants will be rewarded with a glass of hard cider (served with a sense of accomplishment)! Registration is $40–$52.
Arc Iris Reimagines Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”
May 13, 8 p.m.
One Longfellow Square,
181 State St., Portland
Experience Joni Mitchell’s album “Blue” as reimagined by indie rock band Arc Iris. The Providence, Rhode Island-based band is known for its innovative style and distinctive sound, which should make the “reimagining” a memorable one. Tickets are $ 10.
Mother’s Day Tour on the River Tripper
May 14, 2 p.m.
The River Tripper,
47 Main St., Damariscotta
Take Mom (or insist your kids take you) for a river ride on The River Tripper, where you might spot ospreys, harbor seals and seven oyster farms just re-opening for the season. The Boat Bar will be open if you want to spice up your cider or taste Olga’s bellini and Damariscotta River oysters on the half shell. The event is free for mothers (with a paying guest), $30 and $15 for children (under 12).
Hal McIntyre Orchestra
May 14, 3 p.m.
Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden
If you’re a fan of Old Blue Eyes, get to the Camden Opera House on Mother’s Day. The Hal McIntyre Orchestra will perform a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Fireside will offer gourmet pizza, craft beer, wine and other refreshments. Tickets are $28, $12 children under 16.<
Beekeeping Through the Seasons
May 17, 10:30 a.m.
The Honey Exchange,
494 Stevens Ave., Portland
A condensed version of The Honey Exchange’s beekeeping course, you’ll learn about setting up a new hive, managing it throughout the season and getting ready for winter, as well as a hive inspection outside. Another class Aug. 26. Each class is $35.
May 18, 8 p.m.
Stone Mountain Arts Center,
695 Dug Way Road, Brownfield
Comedian Bob Marley—the most famous Bob Marley in Maine—is sure to make your face hurt from laughter. His jokes and commentary about living in Maine are always hilarious, whether you grew up here or not. Tickets are $27.50.
Film Fridays: “Newsies”
May 19, 6 p.m.
Curtis Memorial Library (Morrell Meeting Room), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick
This free screening of “Newsies” is in preparation for Maine State Music Theatre’s summer season and will be followed by a talk-back with MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark, who will discuss how the films compare to the stage versions. This is a free event.
Songs of Carole King and James Taylor
May 21, 3 p.m.
Gendron Franco Center,
46 Oxford St., Lewiston
The Maine Music Society Chorale celebrates the music of Carole King and James Taylor, performing favorites like “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You,” “Sweet Baby James,” and “It’s Too Late,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” Tickets are $20, $10 students advance; $2 more at door.
May 21, 2 p.m.
Portland Stage Company,
25A Forest Ave., Portland
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, “Disgraced” tells the story of Amir, who has distanced himself from his Muslim roots on his path to professional success. But a conversation at a dinner party—hosted by Amir and his wife—escalates, “upending their views on race, religion and each other.” Additional performances Wednesday–Sunday May 3–21. Tickets are $32–$43.
L.L.Bean Trail Running Festival
May 27 & 28
15 Farm View Road, New Gloucester
This two-day festival includes a variety of trail races—from a 5K or 10K to 50-mile Ultra, along with kid’s races and canicross—as well as live music, activities, food and beer. Tickets are $21–$78.