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    Greek Heritage Festival

    Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Saco saw between 6,000 and 7,000 visitors at its annual festival the weekend of July 7-9. It's an everybody's welcome sort of event, with a bounce house, games and face painting for the little ones. And, of course, the focus is on (mostly) traditional Greek food prepared and served by volunteers. The festival includes Greek music and dancing and tours of the church building, the sanctuary of which is covered in icons written in Greece and shipped to Maine.

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    Bug Light Movie Nights

    The fifth summer of the Bug Light Summer Movie Series kicked off with the biggest crowd yet, with hundreds of people staking out a patch of lawn at Bug Light Park to watch "Trolls" (with one of the characters voiced by Maine native Anna Kendrick). People start setting up blankets and chairs around 6:30 p.m., which leaves plenty of time before sunset to get something from one of the food trucks or unpack a picnic, play a card game or just a round of catch, and do plenty of running, dancing, cartwheeling and rolling down hills. (Hey, it was a young crowd.) Future flicks: "The Princess Bride" July 13, "Moana" July 20 and "Dirty Dancing" July 27.

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    Stars & Stripes Spectacular

    More than¬†50,000 people gathered on the Eastern Promenade in Portland at Stars & Stripes Spectacular, Maine’s largest annual 4th of July celebration. The Portland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Moody in his final year, along with vocalist Susie Pepper, performed their 7th annual “Patriotic Pops” concert, with Casco Bay behind and incredible fireworks above.

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    Wild Vibes Festival

    In its fourth year, the Wild Vibes yoga, music and art festival relocated to Maine--at Spring Hill in South Berwick. The day-long event features yoga in the outdoors, live music and art, workshops and vendors, all with a wild, hippie vibe. www.wildvibes.org #wildvibesfest #liveyourwild

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    Portland Food Festival

    The inaugural Portland Food Launch & Festival was day to celebrate local food producers. If the Launch, specifically for folks in the food industry, was the meat and potatoes, the Festival was the sweet note on which to end the day. Altogether, 900 people bought tickets for either of these events at Thompson's Point in Portland, held in conjunction with Maine Startup and Create Week. The Festival was an opportunity to interact with growers, brewers, chefs and artists while enjoying local food and drink, live music and even a virtual reality glimpse of lobster fishing.

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    Portland Pride Parade

    Portland's most colorful day of the year, the Pride Parade, was a bigger-than-ever celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied community. Parade participants included public and private schools and homeschoolers, people of various faiths and political persuasions, contra dancers and yogis and singers, college and university students, members of a retirement community, members of various LGBTQA organizations and workers at health care organizations, banks, insurance companies, coffee shops, grocery stores, phone companies and a burrito shop. The parade concludes with an enormous rainbow flag being carried from Monument Square to Deering Oaks Park.

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    Old Port Festival 2017

    The Old Port Fest is said to be the kickoff to summer, and at 91 degrees it certainly felt like it. The 44th annual festival took over downtown Portland and the Old Port for all of Sunday afternoon with four music and entertainment stages, lots of food and shopping, and the Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel. Lots of Mainers are sporting sunburns!

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    The Spirit of Maine

    The biggest party of the food-and-drink focused Kennebunkport Festival is The Spirit of Maine. And, this year, the Spirit of Maine went a little bit country. Big flavor, big hats and big dance moves were signatures of this June 9 hoedown... with Kennebunkport-style sophistication.