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Visit our calendar to find the best things to do in Maine. With places to go and events to attend, you’ll find food events, kid-friendly activities, sightseeing tours, and more. As the Maine authority, Down East magazine features the best of Maine culture, travel, food & drink. Our calendar incorporates a variety of things to do across the state: films, museums, author book signings, theater, music, adventures, hiking and biking, bird watching, art galleries, workshops, schooners, lighthouses, and more!

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September 2019

United States Custom House Tour

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until 10.16.19

United States Custom House, 312 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$8.00 – $10.00

Constructed soon after the Great Fire of 1866, it opened for business in 1872 becoming a gateway for one of the five largest ports in the county. New Hampshire granite, walnut woodwork, and Italian marble were used in construction to ensure the building would stand for generations as a symbol of stability, wealth and strength. The building has been closed to the public since 2001 except through this special 45 minute guided tour. Come see the space a young United States of America created to impress merchants from abroad as they came into Portland, one of the country's biggest, busiest and vital harbors at the time.

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Western Promenade in the Gilded Age Walking Tour

September 19 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 10.17.19

Portland’s Western Promenade, 75 Bowdoin Street
Portland, ME 4102 United States
$8.00 – $10.00

Portland’s Western Promenade in the Gilded Age is a brand new tour this year that walks through one of Portland’s most exclusive neighborhoods uncovering the hidden connections between neighbors during the area’s building boom from the 1870s to the1920s.

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Grill & Chill at Toddy Pond Farm

September 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until 09.27.19

Toddy Pond Farm, 174 Carver Rd
Monroe, ME 04951 United States
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$15

Join us here at the farm for a casual dinner from the grill, fresh picked greens from the garden and local live music.

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Great Falls Comic Expo 2019 Fall Edition

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME 04240 United States
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$10 – $15

The Great Falls Comic Expo is a single day family friendly event focused on creators, cosplayers and geek/pop culture. Returning for its 3rd year the location has changed to the beautiful Gendron Franco Center as our original location is having its floors resurfaced! The Gothic architecture of this venue makes for some of the most stunning photo opportunities available and we can't wait to see you and your amazing cosplays!

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Matt Newberg and the Hearts of Gold (Americana)

September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St.
Bath, ME United States
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$10 – $12

Matt Newberg has been weaving his life and songs through the tall pines and rocky coast of Maine for over twenty years. Influenced deeply by greats like James Taylor and Neil Young, Matt Newberg and his new band, The Hearts of Gold, combine threads of Nashville with roots and rock to create a moving and distinct sound.

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Tour of Nellieville

September 22 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 10.13.19

Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies, 598 Sunshine Rd
Deer Isle, ME 04627 United States
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Sculptor Peter Beerits offers an informal tour of Nellieville, his quirky, found object installation of a Western town, juke joint, general store, Arthurian Grail castle, wizard’s tower and a church-in-the-woods.

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Neighborhood Stories: Portland’s India Street Walking Tour

September 23 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until 10.14.19

India Street, Portland, 1 India Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$8.00 – $10.00

Neighborhood Stories: Portland’s India Street discovers the neighborhood stories of this busy commercial center of Portland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The India street neighborhood has been a crossroad for Portland's workers, residents, and travelers through the centuries. Thanks to a partnership with the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian the tour ends with an exclusive look inside the Abyssinian Meeting House, America's 3rd oldest African-American Meeting House.

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The Last Waltz (Roots, Rock, Tribute)

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St.
Bath, ME United States
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$15 – $17

A who’s who of Maine recording artists return to our main stage to perform a loving tribute to The Band’s iconic farewell concert. Join members of The Boneheads, The Maine Dead Project, The Fogcutters, Dave Mallett’s band, and the Colwell Brothers for a multi-media concert experience to remember. This show has sold out more than a dozen times, be sure to purchase tickets early.

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Cņig (Celtic)

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St.
Bath, ME United States
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$23 – $28

Cņig is a Celtic group like no other, thanks to the unique mix of four distinct talents. With the fiery Celtic high-energy style as its musical core, Cņig easily shifts between century-old tunes of past generations to original and upbeat compositions. Fiddlers Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis, pianist Jason Roach, and Darren McMullen (guitar, banjo, mandolin) showcase their mastery of over a dozen instruments.

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October 2019

Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust – 20th Anniversary Celebration

October 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Rd
Scarborough, ME 04822 United States
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Annual Meeting & 20th Anniversary Celebration! Thursday, October 3, 5-8 p.m. Broadturn Farm Scarborough, Maine Let’s celebrate all the work we’ve accomplished together over the last 20 years, and look forward to a bright future for farming in Maine! 5–6 p.m. FARM TOUR MFT members only. 6–8 p.m. CELEBRATION & PROGRAM Good food & drink A showcase of local farms & food businesses Live music Art & video in the barn and a look to the future with MFT President…

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Great Falls Comic Expo 2019 Fall Edition

Saturday, September 21, 10-4 p.m.
The Gendron Franco Center
46 Cedar Street, Lewiston

The Great Falls Comic Expo is a single day family friendly event focused on creators, cosplayers and geek/pop culture. Returning for its 3rd year, the location has changed to the beautiful Gendron Franco Center as our original location is having its floors resurfaced. The Gothic architecture of this venue makes for some of the most stunning photo opportunities available and we can’t wait to see you and your amazing cosplays!

Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, October 3, 5-8 p.m.
Broadturn Farm
388 Broadturn Road, Scarborough

Let’s celebrate all the work we’ve accomplished together over the last 20 years, and look forward to a bright future for farming in Maine!

Free & Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP HERE.

The Maine Boat Show

The Maine Boat Show

October 4–6
Thompson’s Point
10 Thompsons Point A, Portland

Our dreams about the next boating season don’t wait until spring. Come celebrate the boating season in October and prepare for your spring launch in 2020! Over 40 exhibitors will be onsite in the Brick South venue with more boats outside. Come shop fall deals from brokers or schedule your winter refit projects.

Portland Landmarks

Greater Portland Landmarks Tours

June–October 2019 (Various dates and times)
Portland Area
  • Homes of Portland’s Golden Age – Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. from June 25 to October 18
  • United States Custom House Tour – Wednesdays from June 26 to October 16 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., or 1 p.m.
  • Western Promenade Walking Tour – Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from June 27 to October 17. No tour July 4
  • Neighborhood Stories – Mondays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from June 24 to October 14

Summer Sunsets at Thompson's Point

Thursdays, 4 p.m.–sunset
Starting June 13, 4 p.m.–sunset
Art of Giving

Art of Giving

Wednesday, October 9
Stroudwater Lodge, Westbrook

Four artists will be selected to show their work for one exclusive evening to guests of Down East and Northbridge (there is no cost to attend). All artists’ works will be for sale, 25% of the sales will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, and the remaining proceeds will go to the artists.

Please join us for Art of Giving, an evening of art, food & drink, and entertainment!

Evening for the Environment

Tuesday, October 22, 5:30–8 p.m.
Innovation Hall at UNE, Portland

We’re excited to join Maine Conservation Voters to celebrate the climate and environmental victories of the year at the annual Evening for the Environment on October 22 in Portland. The keynote speaker is Richard Louv, journalist and author of the national bestseller Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. To register, go to www.maineconservation.org/evening.

Wichita Falls Comic Expo

Oct. 26, 10 a.m.; Oct. 27, 4 p.m.
Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall
Wichita, Texas

The Wichita Falls Comic Expo is a two day pop culture celebration taking place in Wichita Falls, Texas. It is a family friendly & all fandoms are welcome event. Cosplay is encouraged and there will be a cosplay contest as well as other events to partake in. Gaming, photo ops, artists, creators, vendors, and more announcements coming soon! Children 5 and under are free with an adult ticket.

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