August Calendar

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Native American Summer Market

Now in its sixth year, the brings together award-winning craftspeople from the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, and Maliseet tribes for demonstrations of traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basket making, stone carving, and bark etching. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Rte. 26, New Gloucester. 207-926-4597.


“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
— William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What happens when four young lovers and a band of bad actors tangle with a forest full of mischievous fairies? Shakespeare gave us the answer with his beloved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This summer, Maine State Ballet brings new life to the classic caper when they present Linda MacArthur Miele’s ballet adaptation of the story, set to the music of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. August 8, 9, 14–16. Thursdays and Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15–$23. 348 U.S. Rte. 1, Falmouth. 207-781-7672.


The Art Of Giving

Join us on August 14 for The Art of Giving Gala, when we commemorate our 60th anniversary by donating $60,000 to six worthy Maine organizations. Plus, each paid admission ticket can be exchanged at the event for a raffle ticket, giving you the chance to win an original or limited-edition work by one of six Maine artists. $100. 5:30 p.m. The Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland. 207-594-9544. For purchase details, including contest rules, visit

Ingrid Michaelson at the State

The music of Ingrid Michaelson has been featured in dozens of episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Pretty Little Liars, as well as ad campaigns for Old Navy, Google, and Target. This summer, the indie singer-songwriter tours to promote her latest album, Lights Out. 8 p.m. $25–$30. State Theatre. 609 Congress St., Portland. 207-956-6000.

Ram Island Farm Art Show

Two Maine artists, Mark Hagen and Mark Haltof, accomplished artists and friends have lived, worked and been inspired by the natural beauty of Maine particularly Ram Island Farm and the surrounding areas. The works exhibited in this show reflect their unique vision of the Maine coast and its treasures as well as works of the imagination. Ram Island Farm. August 16-23. Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Great Falls Balloon Festival

This year’s Great Falls Balloon Festival promises all the high-flying fun you remember, plus a brand new iOS app for attendees to access schedules, food offerings, maps, photos, and more. August 15–17. Balloon rides are $200 per person and depart at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. 207-783-2249.

Festival Season

July 29–August 3 Skowhegan River Fest
Celebrate life on the Kennebec River with a barbecue, pub crawl, canoe race, lobster bake, craft fair, raft rides, fireworks, and kids’ activities galore.

August 1 Beer Camp Across America: New England Edition
Portland plays host to craft brewers from across New England for a late-summer stop on Sierra Nevada’s cross-country beer festival. 5 to 10 p.m. $65. 21+. Thompson’s Point, Portland. 530-893-3520.

August 10 Portland Reggae Fest
Reggae legend Freddie McGregor headlines the inaugural edition of this family-friendly, all-day music festival. 12 p.m. $30–$40. Maine State Pier, Portland. 207-358-9327.

August 16 Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
More than 100 artists will display their wares at this annual event on Brunswick’s Maine Street. Plus, enjoy live music, theater, and dance. 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. 207-729-4439.

August 29–Sept. 7 Boothbay Harbor Harbor Fest
Boothbay Harbor brings out its best for this 10-day extravaganza: a chili and chowder cook-off, live music marathon, road races, treasure hunt, golf tournament, and more. 207-671-7676.

(Photo: The B’s/Flickr)

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