The changing leaves, the cooler air, the crisp apples and carved pumpkins. There’s a lot to look forward to as fall arrives each year. And there’s plenty to do, too, from musical performances and fall festivals to 5Ks, foliage hikes and Saturdays in a sauna. Here are some fall events to mark on your calendar:
“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Portland Stage Company, Portland
Hear the songs of Billie Holiday as her life story unfolds on stage during “Lady Day.” The story is set in 1959, and Holiday is performing some of the songs that made her famous in a run-down bar during one of the last performances of her lifetime. Tickets are $35–$68. Performances run through Oct. 15.
Historical Walking Tours of Portland
Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland
Learn more about the history of Maine’s largest city with a walking history tour that highlights Portland’s famous residents, industries, architecture, historic landmarks, social history and the Great Fire of 1866. Or get a tour of the historic Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Tickets are $15 for the walking tour or $25 for the walking tour and a Wadsworth-Longfellow House tour. Walking tours run through Oct. 6, Wadsworth-Longfellow House tours run through Oct. 31.
Oct. 6, 8 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
It’s the true story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, who went from blue-collar kids to one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Additional performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets are $45–$75.
Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston
Help raise funds for the Dempsey Center in Lewiston with the popular Dempsey Challenge. Choose to walk or ride your bike. You can also do a two-day ride or combo: walk one day, ride the next. $35–$150 registration fee, plus raise $150 to $1,000, depending on whether you do the run, ride, two-day ride or combo.
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Oct. 7, 6:45 p.m.
Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley
Catch three short films that highlight the outdoors and those who venture out. Films include “40 Winters,” “Lifted” and “The Mountain Within.” Bring a blanket and a chair and catch some outdoor films on the “beach.” Free for Sugarloafers.
Hope Orchards Fall Festival
Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hope Orchards, Hope
Revel in fall with a daylong festival that includes live music, pizza, woolens, fiber arts and crafts, children’s activities and more. Rosey and the Wayfaring Strangers will play from noon until 2 p.m. Admission to the event is free.
Guinness Oyster Festival
Oct. 8, noon to 5 p.m.
Ri Ra Irish Pub, Portland
Combine the deliciousness of Guinness with the deliciousness of oysters! Plus an oyster shucking and eating competition, seafood specials and live music from Bella’s Bartok and The Dapper Gents. Benefits the Friends of Casco Bay. Free, all-ages event.
“From Here to Eternity”
Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
The Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit
Set in Hawaii in the weeks before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this epic tale follows the powerful story of two U.S soldiers as they embark on doomed and dangerous love affairs with the wrong women. Tickets are $52 and up. Performances continue through Oct. 29.
Oct. 13, 10 a.m.
Pismire Bluff trail at Raymond Community Forest, Raymond
Explore the new Pismire Bluff trail at Raymond Community Forest with Loon Echo Land Trust staff. You’ll see views of the surrounding lakes and foothills and hike through a forest filled with maple, basswood and ash trees. Bring appropriate gear, water and snacks, and park in the new parking area on Conesca Road. It’s about a two-hour moderate hike and the event is free.
Your next act: Exploring lifestyle, work & wellness after 50
Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University of New England, Portland
Look ahead to what’s next in your life during this daylong event. Twelve workshops on lifestyle, work and wellness will explore topics ranging from redesigning your home for long-term living to anti-aging nutrition. Ticket price of $99 includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Oct. 14, 8 a.m.
Head of Falls, Waterville
Join an expected 600 people who will walk 3.5 miles and raise funds to end Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the walk, there will be advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations requested.
Harvest on the Harbor
Various Portland locations
Sample the tastiest stuff from local chefs, restaurants, makers, distillers and brewers at Portland’s annual food and drink festival. Events include the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, the Flavors of Maine and Market on the Harbor sessions, a Harvest Crawl and Sustainable Suppers. Event tickets are $40–85 and benefit Full Plates Full Potential, working to put an end to childhood hunger in Maine.
Super Sauna Saturdays
Nov. 4, 4–6 p.m.
Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center, Denmark
Relax in a sauna this fall and winter! Nurture Through Nature’s sauna is open to the public every Saturday evening. Bring a bathing suit, water and a towel and enjoy the heat and sweat. (A changing room is available; please shower before arriving or at the shower room at the center.) Cost is $15, $10 for students. Continues every Saturday through March 2018.
4th Annual Veterans Day 5K Road Race
Nov. 11, 10 a.m.
Wells Elks Lodge, Wells
Run a 5K on Veterans Day, with funds going to a local veterans charity. This annual Veterans Day 5K Road Race is sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce, and it starts and ends at the Wells Elks Lodge. Registration is $20 in advance.
Beatles For Sale: Live
Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft
Catch this Beatles cover band on their 10-year-anniversary tour! This show is all about the music, the harmonies and the family-friendly fun, and this performance is the group’s last until next spring. Tickets are $10–$14.
Art Walk LA
Nov. 17, 5–8 p.m.
Various locations in Lewiston and Auburn
Over 20 downtown Lewiston and Auburn businesses and storefronts are converted into public arts spaces during this monthly event. Check out the art in local shops, as well as the galleries, exhibitions and special performances. The event is free.
Motown Christmas with Pat Colwell and The Soul Sensations
Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath
Start the holiday season off right with and old-school R&B revue, complete with female backup singers, a full horn section and a show that will “knock your socks off.” You’ll be dancing in the aisles during this Motown Christmas night. Show is all ages. Tickets are $17 advance, $20 at the door.