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Fun Portland Maine Events in October 2015

Posted by Veronica On October - 15 - 2015

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October 2015

Theater

Belfast Maskers/Cold Comfort Theater, see website for locations. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Oct. 930-7244 coldcomforttheater.com

Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Rd., South Paris. Snafu, Oct. 24. 743-8452 celebrationbarn.com

Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. Stage stories, daily; Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Oct.-Nov. 828-1234 kitetails.org

City Theater in Biddeford, 205 Main St. Jekyll & Hyde, Oct. 16-Nov. 1; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Dec. 4-13. 282-0849 citytheater.org  

Freeport Community Players, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport. Radio 2015, Dec. 865-2220 fcponline.org

Gaslight Theater, 1 Winthrop St., Hallowell. A Murder is Announced, Nov. 13-22. 626-3698gaslighttheater.org

Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Rte. 1, Falmouth. Peter & the Wolf and Western Roundup, Oct. 9-17;The Nutcracker, Nov. 28-Dec. 6. 781-7672 mainestateballet.org

The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, NH. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical, Dec. 9-20.themusichall.org

Portland Ballet, 517 Forest Ave. Three Tales by Poe, Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24. 772-9671 portlandballet.org

Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St., Ogunquit. Saturday Night Fever, thru Oct. 25. 646-5511
ogunquitplayhouse.org

Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. Dancing at Lughnasa ,through Oct. 25; The Mountaintop, Nov. 3-22; The Snow Queen, Dec. 5-24. portlandstage.org

Public Theatre, 31 Maple St., Lewiston. Wait Until Dark, Oct. 16-25; Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus–Live, Nov. 6-8; A Christmas Carol, Dec. 11-13. 782-3200
thepublictheatre.org

Schoolhouse Arts Center, Rte. 114, Sebago Lake Village. Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS, Nov. 6-8; It’s a Wonderful Life The Musical, Dec. 4-20. 642-3743 schoolhousearts.org

Galleries

Art Gallery at UNE, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. A Tale of Three Cities: Period and contemporary photos of Paris, New York and Portland, thru Oct. 25; Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational, thru Oct. 31; Portraits of the Artist, Nov. 7-Feb. 7. 221-4499
une.edu/artgallery

Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. Maine Collected, The View Out the Window (and in his mind’s eye), thru Mar. 2016. 786-6158
bates.edu/museum

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Gilbert Stuart: From Boston to Brunswick, thru Jan. 3; Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa, Oct. 15 – Mar. 6; Olive Pierce: Photographing a Maine Fishing Community, Oct. 29 – Jan. 17; To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from the Bowdoin Collections 1794 to Present, Nov. 5 – June 5. 725-3275
bowdoin.edu/art-museum

Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville. Aesthetic Harmonies: Whistler in Context, through Jan. 3; From the Studio: New Work by Faculty Artists, through Oct. 25; Whistler and the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler, thru Jan. 10. 859-5600 colby.edu

Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea, thru Jan. 3; Maine Collects: Treasures from Maine’s Private Collections; Picturing Maine, Oct. 3-Mar. 27. 596-6457farnsworthmuseum.org

First Friday Art Walk, downtown Portland. Visit local galleries, studios, and museums, Oct. 2; Nov. 6; Dec. 4.
firstfridayartwalk.com 

Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. See website for coming exhibitions. 774-1822mainehistory.org

Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., Portland. Welcoming the Stranger–Jo Israelson, thru October 26. mainejewishmuseum.org

Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland. Rose Marasco: Index, thru Dec.; A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection, thru Nov. 8; You Can’t Get There from Here: 2015 Portland Museum Biennial, Oct. 8-Jan. 3; Me, Mona and Mao, Nov. 20-Feb. 21. 775-6148
portlandmuseum.org

Music

Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland. Rap and Karaoke, every Wed.; Retro Night, every Thur.; Plague, every F; Maddie & Tae, Oct. 10; Machine Head, Nov. 27. portlandasylum.com

Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland. Acoustic Jam, Every Tues.; Irish Music Night, Every Wed.; See website for more listings. 774-4111. 
portcityblue.com

Boothbay Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin & the Jammin’ Divas, Oct. 10; Daniel Backmen, Oct. 17. See website for more dates. 633-5159boothbayoperahouse.com

Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Center Street, Portland. Modest Mouse, Oct. 20; Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin, Nov. 24. 775-3458 crossarenaportland.com

Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St. Bangor. Motley Crue with Alice Cooper, Oct. 18; Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett, Nov. 6.
crossinsurancecenter.com

Dogfish Bar & Grille, 128 Free St., Portland. Acoustic Open Mic, every Wed.; Jazz Happy Hour with Travis James Humphrey & guests, every Fri.; Live music Wed.-Sat. every week. See website for more listings. 772-5483 thedogfishcompany.com

Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland. The Couch open mic, every Sun; Clash of the Titans, every Wed. See website for more listings. 747-5063
portlandempire.com

Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland. Micromasse every Wed; TRVP Dance Party every Sun.; The Ghosts of Johnson City, Oct. 24.
portlandhouseofmusic.com

Jonathan’s, 92 Bournes Ln., Ogunquit. Maria Muldaur, Oct. 16; George Winston, Oct. 21; Peter Wolf, Oct. 22;  Tom Rush, Oct. 23; The Weight, Nov. 14; Madeleine Peroux, Nov. 21; Paula Poundstone, Nov. 28. 646-4526 jonathansogunquit.com

Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. Kotzschmar Organ Season Opening Concert: Beethoven & Berlioz, Oct. 11, 13; Loreena McKennitt, Oct. 14; 42nd Street, Oct. 17; Trick-or-Treat Symphony, Oct. 18; Tribute to John Denver, Oct. 24, 25; Halloween Silent Film: Nosferatu, with organist Tom Trenney, Oct. 30; Newsboys, Oct. 31; Caps for Sale, Nov. 1; Enchanted Favorites, Nov. 10; Carol Williams, Nov. 17; Portland Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms’ Second Concerto; Polar Express, Nov. 27-Dec. 23; . 842-0800porttix.com

One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show, Oct. 10; David Ramirez with Dylan LeBlanc, Oct. 11; Portland Jazz Orchestra, Oct. 15; Maia Sharp, Oct. 16;  David Mallett with full band, Oct. 17; Matt Braunger, Oct. 21; Badi Assad, Oct. 23; Ozere, Oct. 24; Des Bishop, Oct. 25; Dress Up to Drive Out Slavery, Oct. 30; Charlie Hunter Trio, Oct. 4; Melissa Ferrick, Nov. 6; Civil Twilight with Knox Hamilton, Nov. 8; Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, Nov. 14.
761-1757 
onelongfellowsquare.com

Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. Lucero, Oct. 10; Kung Fu, Oct. 15; David Wax Museum, Oct. 16; Josh Ritter, Oct. 20; Late Night Radio, Oct. 21; Vanna, Oct. 23; Andrea Gibson, Oct. 25;  Sage Francis, Oct. 30; The Infamous Stringdusters, Nov. 1; Wild Child, Nov. 6; Zach Deputy, Nov. 11; Diarrhea Planet, Nov. 11; Carbon Leaf, Nov. 13; Bronze Radio, Nov. 14. 956-6000 portcitymusichall.com

State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. Creative Collab Tour, Oct. 11; David Wax Museum, Oct. 16; Mat Kearney, Oct. 19; Blackest of the Black Tour, Oct. 20; Young the Giant, Oct. 23; GRiZ, Oct. 24; Iration, Oct. 25; Nate Ruess, Nov. 15; Bo Burnham, Nov. 16; Cooder-White-Skaggs, Nov. 18; Dark Star Orchestra, Nov. 19; Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Nov. 22. 956-6000 statetheatreportland.com

Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd. Song Stage: hosted by Carol Noonan with special guests, David Francey, Dietrich Strause, Catie Curtis, Oct. 16; Peter Wolf, Oct. 23; Rooster Luncheon, Nov. 4; Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Nov. 5; Capitol Steps, Nov. 6; Tim O’Brien, Nov. 7; Indigo Girls, Nov. 9; Waltzings for Dreamers: Dietrich Strause and Band, Nov. 12; Della Mae, Nov. 13; Joyce Anderson and Devonsquare, Nov. 20; Jubilee Riots, Nov. 21; Robert Cray Band, Nov. 22; Girls, Guns and Glory, Nov. 28. 935-7292 stonemountainartscenter.com

Tasty Events

Acadia’s Oktoberfest & Food Festival, 20 Main St., Southwest Harbor. Wine and cheese tasting, Maine-based brew fest, locally sourced food, and crafts, Oct. 10-11. acadiaoktoberfest.com

Browne Trading Company, 262 Commercial St., Portland. Wine tastings, one or more Sat. every month, 1-5 pm. 775-7560
brownetrading.com

Craft Beer Cellar, 111 Commercial St., Portland. Craft beer tastings every Fri. 956-7322 craftbeercellar.com

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta, Pinkham’s Plantation, 431 Biscay Rd. Pumpkin-boat regatta and derby, pumpkin catapulting, giant pumpkin art, pumpkin-pie eating, and parade, Oct. 3-12.damariscottapumpkinfest.com

Flanagan Farm, 668 Narragansett Trail (Rt. 202), Buxton. Benefit dinners prepared by
local chefs to benefit Maine Farmland Trust. Masa Miyake of Miyake and Pai Men, Oct. 18; Fabulous Femmes: Krista Kern Desjarlais of Bresca & the Honeybee, Melissa Kelly of Primo, Ilma Lopez of Piccolo, Kim Rogers of Hugo’s, Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan and Bao Bao Dumpling House, Oct. 25; Andrew Taylor and Michael Wiley of Hugo’s and Eventide Oyster Co., Nov. 1; Jason Loring of Nosh and Slab, Dec. 4.
flanaganstable.com

Harvest on the Harbor, Ocean Gateway, Portland. The 8th annual extravaganza of food,  wine, and brews (21+ only). Chef demonstrations, lobster chef competition, Brews & Blues BBQ, tasting events, Oct. 22-25.harvestontheharbor.com

Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland. Music Brunch with Sean Mencher and friends, every Sun.; Local Foods Networking Breakfast, Oct. 20; Nov. 17. localsproutscooperative.com

Lolita Vinoteca + Asador, 90 Congress St., Portland. Tapas Mondays, every Mon. 3-11, wines paired with small plates. 775-5652 lolita-portland.com

Maine Harvest Festival, Cross Insurance Ctr., Bangor. A delicious celebration of Maine’s small farms and their bounty, Nov. 14-15. maineharvestfestival.com

Maine Open Creamery Day at many cheesemakers around the state, a chance to sample dozens of artisanal cheeses, pet the animals, and enjoy the foliage, Oct. 11. mainecheeseguild.org

Old Port Wine Merchants, 223 Commercial St., Portland. Wine tasting every third Wed. 772-9463oldportwine.com

Sweetgrass Farm Old Port Tasting Room, 324 Fore St., Portland. Maine-made wine, bitters, and spirit tastings all the time. 761-8446 sweetgrasswinery.com

Velveteen Habit, 37 Ogunquit Rd., Cape Neddick. Comfort Thursdays: family-style meatloaf dinner $20 with optional wine pairings.216-9884
thevelveteenhabit.com

The West End Deli & Catering, 545 Congress St., Portland. Wine tastings every first Fri. 774-6426thewestenddeli.com

Don’t Miss

Annual Ogunquitfest, Ogunquit. Family events, costume parade, food, and fun races, Oct. 23
visitogunquit.org

Annual Saco Spirit Harvest Festival, Main St., Saco. Entertainment, children’s activities, contests and food, Oct. 17. sacospirit.com

Annual York Beach Harvestfest & Kidsfest, York Beach. Music, food, crafts and family activities, Oct. 17.yorkharvestfest.com

Cross Insurance Arena, 1 Center Street, Portland. So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Live
Tour Nov. 14. 775-3458
 crossarenaportland.com

Foliage! Mid-October is prime leaf peeping and peak color in southern and coastal Maine. See details atmainefoliage.com

Fryeburg Fair has been “Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic” since 1851. Livestock, pig scramble, midway rides, sheepdog trials, a woodsmen’s field day of timber-related competitions, live music, magicians, storytelling, and puppets, Oct. 4-11. 935-3268.
fryeburgfair.com

Gardiner Swine and Stein Octoberfest, Water St., Gardner. Beer, food and music as well as a chicken fling, frozen t-shirt race, Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship, and the Annual Gardiner Beard & Mustache Competition, Oct. 10.
gardinermainstreet.org

Great Maine Apple Day, Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. Learn about history, tradition and the flavor of fall, Oct. 18. mofga.org

Sugarloaf, 5092 Access Rd., Carrabasset Valley. Homecoming Weekend, with many outdoor activities, Uphill Climb Race, used ski equipment sale, Oct. 9-11. sugarloaf.com

Sunday River, Sunday River Rd., Newry. Annual Fall Festival includes free wagon & pony rides, carnival games, family activities, and annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, Oct. 9-11.sundayriver.com

Tate House Museum benefit at the Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd., Falmouth. Celebrate the coast of maine with guest speaker Colin Woodard and Silent Auction, Nov. 7. tate-coastofmaine.eventbrite.com

UUCB Concerts For A Cause, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle St. Pianist Jesse Feinberg will perform to benefit local charities, Oct. 24. uucbfeinberg.brownpapertickets.com

Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. The Way We Wear: Fashion and Industry in the 19th Century, an historical fashion exhibit in the Carriage House, through Oct. 31. victoriamansion.org

Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Rd., Freeport. Annual waterfront Fall Festival, family activities, demonstrations, live music and food, Oct. 10.
wolfesneckfarm.org

–Compiled by
Jeanee Dudley

About the Author

As a broker specializing in multi-units and single family homes in Southern Maine, Veronica Schneider joined the real estate industry in August of 2004 bringing with her over eight years of experience in real estate management. You can find Veronica and Green Tree Realty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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