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!


October 21, 2016 By: Aimée M. Petrin What a night for dance in Maine. Philadelphia’s BalletX graced the Merrill Auditorium stage last night with four astounding works: Slump, It’s Not a Cry, Gran Partita, and The Last Glass. The program was rich in its diversity and expertly showcased the dancers’ [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|

Kristin Chenoweth: An Evening of Memories and Time Travel

Towle Tompkins, Kristin Chenoweth, and Felicia Knight by: Felicia Knight Music is many things to many people. To me, it’s a catalyst for time travel. The first few notes of nearly any song always have the power to transport me to the wrenching moments of various unrequited crushes, [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|

Ovations Offstage New ‘Cultivating Curiosity’ Initiative

Reading with Grampy David Anderson with his grandchildren Sammy and Marcel. by: Catherine Anderson As part of Ovations Offstage “Cultivating Curiosity” Initiative we are providing free copies of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” to all of the students in the audience at the School-Time Performance [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|

Which musical would you star in?

It's show time. Musicals—possibly the only genre where an exclamation mark in the title is definitely a good thing. Here the staff at Portland Ovations answers the question: If you were to star in one musical what would it be and why?   Aimée Petrin Executive Director If I were [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|

August 2016 Usher Spotlight: Meet Cynthia Barnard

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 Cynthia Barnard YOU HAVE BEEN AN [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|

Five Free Summer Concert Series in Maine

  By Chip Kibort What ever happened to the “Alive at 5” summer concert series in Monument Square during the summer? One of the things that brought me to Portland from New York City was the quality of and access to live performance. Live performance is one of my favorite [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|