As fall settles in, so do fall fairs, beer festivals, theater and art exhibits. Here are some upcoming highlights.
Sept. 30–Oct. 7
1154 Main St., Fryeburg
This classic agricultural fair includes a parade, livestock exhibitions, midway rides, carnival games, nightly musical performances and competitions such as the firemen’s muster, skillet throw, tractor pull, harness racing, sheep dog trial and Woodsmen’s Day with men and women from all over the nation competing in lumberjack sports. Admission is $12 a day; Tuesday is senior citizens day (ages 65 and older get in free). (207–935–3268; fryeburgfair.org)
Swine & Stein Octoberfest
Saturday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Main Street, Gardiner
Enjoy local beer, good eats featuring local pork, unconventional games and a lineup of live music in an Octoberfest atmosphere outdoors on a charming urban street. (207–582–3100 or gardinermainstreet.org/events/swineandstein)
‘Imagine’: A Beatles Tribute by Joe Boucher
Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
Vinegar Hill Music Theater, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel
Throughout the 1970s and into the ’80s John, Paul, George and Ringo each continued to write and record countless iconic songs, keeping them front and center in the eyes and ears of the world. “Imagine” brings together the solo hits of the individual Beatles as they might have sounded had they continued together and if their legendary producer George Martin would have crafted these songs along with them. For information and tickets: 207–985–5552; vinegarhillmusictheatre.com.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Oct. 14, registration at 9:30 a.m. and opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth
This 3-mile fundraising walk in one of the most stretches of Maine shoreline is a workout for the soul as well as the body and an empowering fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Sign up in advance and start gathering pledges: makingstrideswalk.org/greaterportlandme
Harvest on the Harbor
Events during this Portland-based food-and-drink festival include Market on the Harbor, Lobster Chef of the Year, Oyster Fest, Different Roads (a tasty journey through Maine’s culinary history), an On the Rocks cocktail party, and Hair of the Dog, an epic Bloody Mary battle and pig roast. (harvestontheharbor.com)
Maine Humanities Council Forum: ‘Who is we?’
Oct. 20, 5–9 p.m. including dinner
Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland
The annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum brings together thoughtful Mainers and expert guides to grapple with a big question. This year’s question—“who is we?”—arises any time we say or hear a thing like “we live here” or “we are thrilled to announce” or “we know that on Mars…”. Facilitators include Ewan Douglas, postdoctoral research associate, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute for Technology; Vaishali Mamgain, visiting associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Compassion, University of Southern Maine; and artist Lisa Pixley, PrintCraft. Tickets are pay-as-you-will ($9 to $49) and include a vegan supper and dessert. Parking is free and the event is wheelchair accessible. Registration is limited to 100: mainehumanities.org.
Through Oct. 28
Ogunquit Playhouse, 102 Main St., Ogunquit
“Jersey Boys” takes audiences on an exhilarating journey behind the music of mega-stars Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Audiences around the world have gone wild over the electrifying performances that took these hometown boys from Jersey all the way to the top of the charts: “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn,” “My Eyes Adored You” and many more. Leave singing, “Oh, What a Night!” For information and tickets: 207–646–5511 or ogunquitplayhouse.org.
Portland Symphony Pops: ‘The Sinatra Swing’
Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
Singing standards made popular in the 1950s by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and others, Michael Andrew, who was praised on Larry King Live as “one of the greatest singers of all time,” joins the Portland Symphony Orchestra to bring us back to the swinging, jazzy “good ole days.” Tickets are $32–$83 with a discount for folks 65 and older. (porttix.com or 207–842–0800)
Portland Beer Week
Multiple locations in Portland
Celebrate everything craft beer in this six-day series of events in and around Portland. Close out the week with the inaugural Winter Session at Thompson’s Point on Nov. 10 for the ultimate afternoon of social drinking. (portlandbeerweek.org)
‘Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan’
Through Nov. 25
Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland
This is the first major art museum exhibition in Maine for the award-winning 95-year-old artist and Little Cranberry Island resident, a pioneer of African and African American representation in the children’s book medium, who has published more than 50 titles since his first collection of poems in 1967. The PMA will screen the related documentary “I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan” on Nov. 1–2 and Nov. 4 (general admission is $8). (207–775–6148, portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions)
‘A Christmas Carol’ with Gerald Dickens
Monday, Nov. 26, 7–9 p.m.
First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland
Actor Gerald Dickens—the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens—performs “A Christmas Carol” in this one-man show at First Parish Church, hosted by Maine Historical Society. Tickets are $35 general admission, $25 for MHS members, $15 for ages 18 and under. For tickets: 207–774–1822 or mainehistory.org.