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!

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|

10 Reasons We Can’t Wait for Vocalosity (Told in Pitch Perfect GIFS)

Our friends at The Long Center put together this great list of reasons to come see Vocalosity. We whole-heartily agree with their reasons so we decided to re-post for your pleasure. (Originally posted Feb. 5, 2016 by The Long Center – updated) It’s no secret we’ve been counting down the [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|

January 2017 Usher Spotlight: Meet Junie Dugas

Our ushers are a valuable part of our team and help the Portland community experience the performing arts—each month we are going to recognize one usher and share a bit more about who they are. Interested in volunteer opportunities? Sign up here.   YOUR NAME Junie Dugas YOU HAVE BEEN [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|

An Interview with Rev. Lewis: ‘The Joyful and Participatory Nature of Gospel Music’

Reverend Kenneth Lewis January 11, 2017 Ovations Offstage Director Catherine Anderson, had the good fortune to attend services at the Green Memorial AME Zion Church, on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine on Sunday, January 8th.  Reverend Lewis, a member of the Seeking Resonance Advisory board and Catherine had [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|