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!

Performing Arts Tickets as Gifts

By: Chip Kibort | December 20, 2016 Each holiday season Portland Ovations promotes "Tickets Make Great Gifts" and I know many laugh and giggle at the concept of tickets as gifts because “gifts” at this time of year are thought of as the “tangible” – electronics, clothes, games, bicycles, toys, [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|

Adam Gardner’s Hanukkah Project: The LeeVees

by: Adam Gardner of The LeeVees & Guster | December 13, 2016 I'm thrilled to be performing with my Hanukkah project, The LeeVees at Port City Music Hall this Sunday as part of Portland Ovations! My wife and I became Members of Portland Ovations when we moved here 12 years [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|

December 2016 Usher Spotlight: Meet Frederick Prince

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 Frederick A. Prince YOU HAVE BEEN [...]

By | December 6th, 2016|

RENT in Portland, Maine at 20: Retrospection and Introspection

by: Laura Stauffer | November 15, 2016 I first saw RENT in Boston when I was 15. Our high school theater director arranged for our drama club to go see the groundbreaking musical (in retrospect I have to give her a nod for not being afraid of the tough and [...]

By | November 15th, 2016|

An Evening Without Borders: A Far Cry featuring David Krakauer

by: James T. Morgan | November 15, 2016 Osvaldo Golijov | Photo: Sara Evans Golijov: Cheered on like a Rock Star I first became aware of Osvaldo Golijov back in the early ‘90s when he was a Fellow at Tanglewood for the summer. There was “buzz” about this [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|

Portland Joins the Circus When Cirque Mechanics Comes to Town

Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk was a performances with many moving parts...literally—both onstage and off. If you attended the performance you know the set was a mechanical masterpiece—spinning, rolling, bouncing—offering a different stage for each of the circus artists to spotlight their skills. It certainly played a starring role. Cirque Mechanics: [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|