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!

Live Performance in Our Backyard: Our Performing Arts Organization

By Chip Kibort As Marketing Director for a performing arts organization something I am asked quite often is “what is your background?” I unfortunately do not have any formal music or theatrical training and do not consider myself an artist, actor, singer, or musician—although, I did act in elementary school [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|

Portland Performing Arts Shows We are Excited About!

With 28 performances and one special event of the fully-staged premiere of "The Summer King" at the esteemed Pittsburgh Opera this 2016-17 season—we worked very hard to present to you an exciting mix of Portland performing arts opportunities. With offerings from American Traditions, Classical Music, Global Sounds, Dance, Theater, Family [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|

Kristin Chenoweth Changes Performance to October 1, 2016

“An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth” at Merrill Auditorium go on sale to the general public Monday, June 20th. Tickets are $100, $75 and $65. To purchase tickets, contact PortTix at 207-842-0800, visit the box office window at Merrill Auditorium or go online at www.portlandovations.org. Click to read more...

By | June 16th, 2016|

Come hear the music play…

We often ask people to share with us the live performance they will never forget. For some, it’s being wowed by the sheer beauty of bodies in motion. For others it’s a work of theater that caused them to think differently. Many are moved by the virtuosity with which a musician played a particular movement or song. Sometimes it’s simply about the time, place or person who shared in the experience that creates that memorable moment. Click to read on...

By | May 27th, 2016|

“The Summer King” is in a whole new league

It’s official. If you have not yet heard, it is my great pleasure to share with you that this past weekend Pittsburgh Opera announced its 2016-17 season “Take Me Out to the Opera,” centered on the world premiere of a fully staged production of Daniel Sonenburg’s The Summer King. This was our loftiest hope for “our little opera”. To see it come to realization is a thrill. Click to read on...

By | February 17th, 2016|

An exhilarating recital

Yesterday we were treated to an exhilarating recital by Gilmore Award-Winning pianist Rafal Blechacz. Bringing him to Portland was two years in the making and clearly worth the wait. We were delighted to have in attendance Dan Gustin, Executive Director of The Gilmore. It was an honor and privilege to meet Mr. Gustin. For those who did not catch it, his encore was Brahms Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2. Click to read on...

By | October 5th, 2015|