Maine Restaurant Week
Maine Restaurant Week is your annual opportunity to try out one of Maine’s countless amazing restaurants for a reasonable price. Restaurants all over the state (though clustered in southern Maine) offer three-course meal deals at several price tiers — from super fancy to casual. For a full list of participating restaurants as well as other special events, visit mainerestaurantweek.com.
EMMC Winter Beach Ball, Cross Insurance Center
One of the most fun and fancy events held each year in the Queen City is the Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual Winter Beach Ball, a little slice of summer near the end of a long cold winter. Tickets for this party — which benefits the many good things going on at the hospital, and features venerable Maine cover band Motor Booty Affair — are available via the EMMC Auxiliary website, emmc.org/Auxiliary.
The Sweetback Sisters and Girls, Guns and Glory, Strand Theatre, Rockland
Two wonderful rockabilly and Americana bands take over the Strand Theatre stage in early March. Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of rock and country music from the 1950s and 60s. Girls, Guns and Glory members Ward Hayden (vocals/guitar), Paul Dilley (bass/piano), Josh Kiggans (percussion), and Chris Hersch (guitar/banjo) find musical inspiration from ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
March 10-11 and March 24-25
Maine Drama Festival
Just as the basketball tournaments are a big deal for athletes, so is the Maine Drama Festival for actors and artists. Each year, schools all over the state host drama departments, which bring their one-act play productions to compete in both regional and state levels competitions. It’s also a great opportunity to see a lot of theater, all in one place. Google the Maine Drama Festival to see where performances take place.
Can-Am Crown, International Sled Dog Race
MUSH! Each year, hundreds of sled dogs and their mushers descend on Fort Kent for the Can-Am Crown, a series of three-dog sled races — 30, 100 and 250 miles — that tests the mettle of dog and human alike. Races start and end in Fort Kent, and there are lots of other festivities in the community around the races. It’s the race’s 25th anniversary this year, too, so expect some extra celebration. For more information, can-am-crown.net.
March 4 and 5
Bangor Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of Star Wars, Collins Center for the Arts
The Bangor Symphony Orchestra presents music from “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” with The Music of Star Wars. It’s the music you love from the movies that continue to inspire generations of devoted fans. The program includes fan favorites with Lucas Richman leading audiences on a journey through John Williams’ iconic scores. Tickets and $19 to $39 for youth, $29 to $49 for adults; available online at collinscenterforthearts.com.
March 16-April 2
Penobscot Theatre’s “Papermaker,” Bangor Opera House
During a paper mill strike in a small Maine town, the lives of two families collide and tensions rise around a company CEO and a man building a wooden ark in his yard. Criss-crossing the lines between workers and management, Maine novelist Monica Wood’s first play is a revealing drama about family, loyalty, and the dignity and tragedy of mill-town life.
Talk by Author Michael Finkel Bangor Public Library
The Bangor Daily News’ latest Dirigo Speaks event is a panel discussion with author Michael Finkel, who has written a book about the man better known as the North Pond Hermit. In 1986, 20-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Finkel’s talk is set for 5:30 p.m.; tickets are available on Event Brite.
March 11 and 12
Professional Bull Riders BluDef Tour, Cross Insurance Center
For two nights, the best up and coming bull riders in the world will be battling the fiercest bovine athletes the sport has to offer, who weigh nearly 2,000 pounds each, more than 10 times their cowboy counterparts. Tickets for each of these two nights of rodeo-style fun starts at $17 and go up to $57; for information, visit crossinsurancecenter.com.
Caladh Nua, Collins Center for the Arts
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish band Caladh Nua is set for the Collins Center. Collectively, the band is a tightly-knit, vibrant, and staggeringly talented group of musicians with their origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprising of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments – from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion – the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative styling. Tickets are available online at collinscenterforthearts.com.
An Introduction to the Pipe Organ for Kids
3:30 PM: Ever wonder how a pipe organ makes all those sounds? In An Introduction to the Pipe Organ for Kids grades 4-8, organist Ray Cornils will take kids on an exploration of the stops, manuals, pedals, and pipes. At St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, 330 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill. Thanks to funding from Early Music America, admission is FREE – register at www.bluehillbach.org or (207) 613-5454.
9 AM to 1 PM: Go on an “Organ Crawl” with Blue Hill Bach to see and hear 4 of Maine’s finest pipe organs. Starting at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Blue Hill, the group will then go to the Stockton Springs Community Church, the Elm Street Congregational Church in Bucksport, and the First Congregational Church back in Blue Hill. Organists Ray Cornils, Kevin Birch, Gerald Wheeler, Lorna and Carlton Russell will lead the crawl. This program is funded in part by a grant from Early Music America. FREE admission – register at www.bluehillbach.org or (207) 613-5454.
7:30 PM: Bach’s Birthday with Ray Cornils, the Blue Hill Bach Chorus, and members of UMaine’s University Singers. Blue Hill Bach presents an all-Bach program including selections from Cantata 140, “Wachet auf,” the Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565, and selections from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook. St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, 330 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill. $25 general/$10 students/under 18 free. For tickets & information go to www.bluehillbach.org or call (207) 613-5454.
Maine Science Festival, Cross Insurance Center
The Maine Science Festival (MSF) is a celebration of science and technology, designed to capture the excitement and energy found at art and film festivals. It takes place throughout Bangor, providing a weekend of events, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures, and facilitated discussions with broadly accessible themes designed to engage and excite. The keynote event for the weekend is a live broadcast of NPR’s comedy podcast “You’re the Expert,” set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at Hampden Academy.
BDN Maine Garden Show, Cross Insurance Center
The fifth annual BDN Maine Garden Show, once again at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, is bigger and better than ever. Expect lots of vendors, demonstrations, tasty food, live music, and, of course, beautiful flowers. Admission is $8, free for kids 12 and under; for information, visit bdnmainegardenshow.com.
Bar Harbor Comic-Con, Atlantic Oceanside Events Center, Bar Harbor
Featuring live music, artists, authors, illustrators, gaming, vendors, cosplay and more. This event is a fundraiser for the Park Street Playground Project. Admittance fee is a cash/check donation to the Park Street Playground Project, a suggestion of $5 per person or $15 per family (only a suggestion, not adhered prices – give what you can). There will also be a raffle and silent auction to benefit the playground. For more information, like Bar Harbor Comic Con on Facebook.