Upcoming events worth checking out
This three-day annual festival includes a Moxie Recipe Contest, a Moxie Chugging Challenge and a Moxie Whoopie Pie Eating Contest. The New England Moxie Congress convenes here—with a car show and a lobster dinner.
East End Community School and East End Beach, Portland
This annual three-day yoga festival is the perfect way to reboot your yoga practice, sample unusual classes and connect with Maine yogis. With 47 instructors and more than 80 classes and workshops, there’s something for everyone. Off the mat, you’ll find opportunities to shop, eat, meditate, groove to live music or try yoga on a paddleboard on Casco Bay. Buy tickets and register for classes in advance online. Five-workshop pass: $135, with Friday night event, $160. Three-workshop pass: $99, with Friday night event, $120. Just Friday night: $40.
July 13–Aug. 12
Lafayette Park, Kennebunk and The Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport
MaineStage Shakespeare brings free professional Shakespeare performances to outdoor venues in the Kennebunks. The 2017 season is two “seasons” in one, with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Winter’s Tale” being presented on different nights. Check the schedule online, pack a picnic, grab a blanket and toss aside your preconceptions about the Bard. Be prepared for belly laughs!
Saturday, July 15, 4–7:30 p.m.
Old Port (meet at Federal and Temple Streets), Portland
The summer event most likely to create happiness, this is an all-ages dance party through the streets of Portland. Warm up with Zumba and follow a custom sound truck on a 1-mile parade of joy through the Old Port. The Dance Mile is a bit of fitness and a whole lot of fun. Buy tickets in advance online for $29.
L.L. Bean Summer Concerts
Discovery Park, L.L. Bean, Freeport
The best deal of the summer is free: the L.L. Bean summer concert series. Bring your lawn chair or beach blanket and get comfortable. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., except the Bluegrass Festival, which gets an all-afternoon bonus.
July 4, Matt Anderson
July 8, Langhorne Slim & the Law
July 22, Bluegrass Festival, featuring The Mark O’Connor Band, Joe K. Walsh, Celia Woodsmith and The Gibson Brothers
July 29, Mayer Hawthorne
Aug. 5, Sara Evans
Sept. 2, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Yarmouth Clam Festival
Memorial Green (162 Main St.), Yarmouth
Home of the Maine State Clam Shucking Competition, the Yarmouth Clam Festival has been a summertime tradition since 1965. It has all the festival favorites—rides, fireworks, music—but it’ll have you at fried clams and lime rickeys.
969 Portland Road, Saco
This drive-in that has been open every summer since 1939 is “where movies and nostalgia meet.” It’s also an affordable way to bring the whole family to see a double feature of new blockbusters. Rates cap at $20 per carload, and there’s an affordable snack shack in the middle of the lot. Bring lawn chairs and bug spray if you want to sit outside your vehicle. $15 for 3 or less people per car, $20 for 4 or more people per car.