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Fun Portland Maine Events in October 2015

October 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, NH. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical, Dec.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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

Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. See website for coming exhibitions.

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

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


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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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; .

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Old Port Wine Merchants, 223 Commercial St., Portland. Wine tasting every third Wed.

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

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

The West End Deli & Catering, 545 Congress St., Portland. Wine tastings every first Fri.

Don’t Miss

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

–Compiled by
Jeanee Dudley