Great theater and things to do in Portland Maine

Are you planning a visit to Portland for one of the many fantastic live performances that happen here?


Whether you’re coming for a day trip or a more extended visit, Portland has so much to offer. Perhaps you want to check out one of the numerous delicious restaurants, or take in some of the beautiful scenery.

No matter what your interests, there are things to do in Portland Maine that will make your day. Check out some of our recommendations for places to visit, grab a bite to eat, or see some of what this great little city has to offer in addition to our live theater, music, and dance.

Read on for ideas, or see what’s playing for your visit!

Welcome, August!

August 3, 2017 | by: Catherine Anderson, Ovations Offstage August has been one of my all-time favorite months since moving to Maine fifteen years ago due to lingering summer nights, and glorious flowers in unexpected places, the Herculean bounty of summer vegetables gifted from our farming friends and the frequent [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|

The 2017-18 Season Can Inspire a Great Summer Reading List

Many of the artists and performances of our 2017-18 season have sparked interesting and fun books or have been inspired by books themselves. If you're looking for some good summer reading for yourself or for your children or if you're just looking to learn more about some of the artists [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|

Introducing Our New Team Members

Please join us in welcoming two new team members to Portland Ovations: Kyle DeVaul joins Ovations’ as Director of Development and Samantha Lambert joins us as our Administrative Assistant.   Samantha Lambert Sam joins the Ovations as our Administrative Assistant where she supports the entire team and keeps everyone organized [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|

We should welcome applause whenever it comes

by: Aimée M. Petrin So says, Emanuel Ax, a proponent of classical music audiences applauding whenever they have an emotional response to the music, regardless of whether that occurs at the end of a movement or the complete work. He’s written about this subject on his blog, invited dialogue by [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|

Classical Indian Dance

By: June Vail June Vail How is it that our species has created such lively and varied music and dance traditions, with just the standard equipment—two arms, two legs, a torso and a head? We respond to—and produce—rhythms and movement from profoundly human needs. While I was teaching [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|


Dear Friends, By now you’ve likely heard the President’s proposed federal budget calls for elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. NEA funding is vital to Ovations and the entire [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|