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  • Staying in town for the 4th? Two events will mark Portland’s ‘Great Fire’

    The ‘Stars and Stripes Spectacular’ on the Eastern Promenade features fireworks and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, while the Maine Historical Society hosts a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a walking tour of fire sites. Read on

  • Small-town July 4th parades are alive and well and not far from Portland

    Bath's Heritage Days Parade is a bigger one, but still has a small-town feel, while funny floats and political themes abound in Round Pond and Whitefield. Read on

  • Stars, scat and habitat

    School's out, but the learning never stops at these 8 places where you can bone up on biology, geology and astronomy in Maine. Read on

  • Theater, PostSecret Live, Art Fair, Sand Sculpture Contest: 8 Things to do in Maine this weekend

    See "Evita" in Brunswick, "Always...Patsy Cline" in Madison, check out a sand sculpture contest in Ocean Park and lots more! Read on

  • At these 5 water parks, you get kitsch, coasters and a place to cool off

    This is not one of those dry lists ... it’s our top picks for parks in Maine and New Hampshire where fun in the sun is supremely refreshing. Read on

  • Wine and art at a brewery? At Oxbow’s tasting room in Portland, you bet.

    From lunchtime into the night, the Newcastle brewing company is serving their beloved beers, along with red, white and rosé, on the East End. Read on

  • Boothbay Harbor gallery highlights the mystery of Monhegan and one important friendship

    Studio 53 Fine Art shows the paintings of Lynne Seitzer and Elena Jahn. Read on

  • Overlook owners want filmmakers to feel at home in West End studio

    The remade studio and gathering space hosts an open house Friday. Read on

  • Summer festivals in Maine: 40+ ways to celebrate Moxie, lobster, windjammers & more

    We sure do love a good festival in Maine. And we have plenty of them. From waterfront lobster celebrations to street festivals that champion Maine blueberries, clams, whoopie pies and hot air balloons (and one with a rolling wheel of cheese), these festivals make Maine summers even greater. Read on

  • SeepeopleS and Salvage BBQ for a cause

    Take Back Home brings together 11 acts for local charity. Read on

  • Live cheap: FREE things to do in Maine this summer

    So you're broke. Or maybe saving up for something special, like a running kilt or hovercraft. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy your Maine summer. There's plenty of free things to do around here. Read on

  • Ukulele lovers unite: Learn to play and listen in during the Casco Bay UkeFest

    Free workshops for all skill levels will be followed by a free concert and a massive strum-along at St. Luke's Cathedral Friday. Read on

  • Milly’s Skillet Farmside Kitchen is a food truck with local flavor and flair in Falmouth

    Parked at a farm, the truck cooks up organic chicken and corn egg rolls, fries with salted truffle oil, fried Brussels sprouts with sriracha aioli and more Read on

  • History and art reflect on New England today, at the Sarah Orne Jewett House

    Two dozen artists explore New England identity in South Berwick. Read on

  • Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge opens up about music, touring and politics

    I will sing "Come to my Window" until I'm gone. It's just gonna be there, and you're all going to sing along and we're going to enjoy it." Read on

  • A new home for Bissell Brothers

    Clear days call for cloudy beers on Thompson's Point. Read on

  • Lobster shack season: 21 authentic places to eat Maine seafood

    A quintessential sign that the long Maine winter has finally come to an end is the reemergence of lobster shacks, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Read on

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