5 Ways to Enjoy a Summer Night in Maine

We adore the long days of summer. But summer nights in Maine are extra special. Sure, we might still need to pull on a sweatshirt, but a warm evening and the setting sun make a perfect backdrop for a leisurely paddle, an outdoor movie or lawn games with friends.

1. Summer Sunsets at Thompson’s Point

Pair your summer sunset with food trucks, beer and lawn games during Summer Sunsets at The Point. Every Thursday from 4–7 p.m., head to Thompson’s Point in Portland and enjoy beer, wine and cocktails, plus food trucks and lawn games. It’s like hanging out in the coolest backyard. (facebook.com/tpointmaine)

2. Outdoor movies

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Drive-ins are a classic way to spend a summer night. But there are also movies in parks, on rooftops and in the heart of Portland. In Brunswick, catch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on July 19 and “Coco” on Aug. 16 in Nathaniel Davis Park. (brunswickme.org) Bug Light Park in South Portland will be hosting Summer Movies in the Park on Thursdays nights in July as well. (facebook.com/SPCECC) You can also catch a movie on the rooftop at Bayside Bowl in Portland every Wednesday night all summer (except July 4). Movies include “Girls Trip” and “Endless Summer.” (baysidebowl.com/the-rooftop) Or watch a movie in Portland’s Congress Square Park every Sunday, including “Back to the Future” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” (portlandsummerfilms.com)

3. Full moon & sunset paddles

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When a sunset is reflected on the winding waters of a Maine river, it’s beautiful times two. Plus you get to see all the nighttime critters come out. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge offers guided full moon paddles on Pushaw Stream in Old Town on July 26 and Aug. 25. $10 includes canoe, paddle, PFD and a knowledgeable guide. (hirundomaine.org)

On the Scarborough Marsh, enjoy a guided sunset or full moon canoe tour with Maine Audubon. $14 for sunset tours, $16 for full moon tours, and canoe, paddle, PFD and guide are included. Full moon canoe tours are July 27, 28 & 29 and Aug. 24, 25 & 26. Sunset tours are July 12, Aug. 7 and Aug. 17. (maineaudubon.org)

4. Roller coasters & fireworks

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No need to wait for the fair to roll through, Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach offers rides and arcade games all summer long. Ride the Ferris wheel and roller coasters as the sun goes down. Between the neon lights against the night sky and the scent of fried foods in the air, it’s a summer treat you can enjoy any night. Bonus: There are fireworks every Thursday night at 9:45 p.m., as well as July 4 and July 6. (palaceplayland.com)

5. Theater in the park

Deering Oaks is the backdrop to summer theater in Portland with the Fenix Theatre Co. Roll a blanket out on the grass and catch an evening performance of “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl. It’ll be a contemporary perspective on a timeless theme: the sacrifices we make for love. Performances at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 13–29. (The July 29 performance will be at Congress Square Park.) Performances are free, but donations are appreciated. (fenixtheatre.com)

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