We’re looking forward to summer weather and all the fun that goes with it, from outdoor yoga and road races to vintage bazaars and art walks. There are some great food festivals and theatrical performances ahead, too.
Sunflower Farm Yoga (with goats!)
June 1, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Sunflower Farm Creamery, Cumberland
Enjoy yoga in the grass at Sunflower Farm, followed by the chance to say hello to the goats and sample cheeses. Bring your own mat, water and a donation for the class. Continues on Thursdays through August.
The Inside View: Glimpses of Farm Interiors
June 2, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast
See inside those farm homes we drive by all the time through the artwork of Julie Cyr, Kerstin Engman, Leslie Harris, Margaret LaFarge and others. The group show includes watercolors, oils, photography and mixed media and continues through June 23.
Sea Kayak Tour to Fort Gorges
June 2, 9:30 a.m.
East End Beach, Portland
Paddle out to Fort Gorges, a Civil-War-era granite fort, with this guided sea kayak tour. Learn about the fort’s history, explore the tunnels and feel free bring a snack or lunch for a picnic. Equipment included, and tours continue through September. Tours are $52, $42 for children.
Maine Women’s Ride
June 4, 7:30 a.m.
L.L. Bean, Freeport
Bring whatever bike you’ve got and join this all-women’s ride through the scenic streets of Freeport. Choose from a 15-, 25-, 50- or 62-mile course, and end back at L.L. Bean with music, food, massages, yoga and more. Registration is $25–$60.
Friday Night Flicks & Floats
June 9, 7 p.m.
Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath
Root beer floats and silent films make a great pairing. Except these films—short comedies—will be accompanied by the piano playing of internationally renowned pianist Jeff Barnhart, making them wonderfully less silent. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 door; $8 kids.
“Always, Patsy Cline”
June 10, 7:30 p.m.
Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick
“Always, Patsy Cline” is based on a touching true story told through letters written between music legend and music pioneer Patsy Cline and her biggest fan-turned-confidant, Louise Segar. Performances continue through June 24. Tickets are $46–$80.
June 8, 7 p.m.
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
No need to wake up early for this evening 5K. Run or walk (there’s a shorter 1.2-mile course for walkers) this scenic course, which loops through Bug Light Park. Afterward, enjoy live music, awards, a pizza and a beer tent. Proceeds benefit the Maine Cancer Foundation. The race is $25 walker, $35 runner + minimum $100 in donations.
Sailors & Sirens 5K
June 15, 9:15 a.m.
The Fransiscan Monastery, Kennebunk
Dress up like a sailor, pirate or mermaid (hopefully with a tail designed for mobility) for this 5K in Kennebunk. The race starts and ends on the grounds of the beautiful Franciscan Monastery. Wind down Beach Avenue to the waterfront and run in the sand toward character photo stops. The race is $25 (prices increase for day-of registration).
The Vintage Bazaar of New England
June 24 and 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Raitt Homestead Farm, Eliot
Browse over 185 vendors featuring antiques and vintage finds, architectural salvage, rusty junk, repurposed goodies, indie artisans and one-of-a-kind crafts. There will also be music, food trucks and a libations tent. Admission is $10. (Buy an early bird pass for $15 and get in at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.)
Paddle Battle: Maine Lakes Open Paddleboard Race
July 1, 8:30 a.m.
Tarry A While Resort, Bridgton
Get competitive on the water and help raise funds for the Lakes Environmental Association. There is a 2K course for recreational paddlers and a 5K course for the cruisers. There will be awards for the fastest, but really, it’s about having fun. The race is $55.
Bethel Art Fair
July 1, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Bethel Town Common, Bethel
Over 50 artists and artisans will have their work on display during the annual Bethel Art Fair. There will also be food, entertainment, gallery open houses and fireworks during this celebration of western Maine’s arts scene. This is a free event.
Craft Brew Races
July 1, Noon
Payson Park, Portland
Walkers welcome at the Craft Brew Races, which will take participants on a course around Back Cove. More importantly, the race is followed by a beer festival in Payson Park, with upwards of 40 craft breweries present. Beer fest-only tickets are available. $60 for 5K and beer fest in advance ($65 day of), $50 festival only in advance ($55 day of).
“Disaster! the Musical!”
July 15, 8 p.m.
Portland Stage Company, Portland
All those natural disasters that keep us up at night (some we may have had the misfortune to experience first hand) are on stage together in this theatrical nod to classic disaster films. Earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos are joined by the unforgettable songs of the ’70s. Performances July 13–16. Tickets are $10–$50.
July 28, 5–8 p.m.
Venues throughout downtown
Biddeford and Saco
The Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk takes place on the last Friday of the month all year long, but a warm summer evening makes the meandering even more enjoyable. Poke into artist spaces downtown and in the mill, then grab dinner or a drink in a local restaurant. This is a free event.
Food for Good: A Celebration of Food & Planet
July 30, 1–4 p.m.
O’Maine Studios, Portland
Enjoy delicious food, a Climate Cake Competition and cooking demonstrations from local chefs. Food for Good raises awareness about the connection between what we eat and climate change. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.