Summer theater, Greek Festival and dancing in the streets

Greek Festival. Photo by Amy Paradysz

Greek Festival
Friday–Sunday, July 13–15
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley St., Saco
This is one big fat Greek festival, with Greek music and traditional dancing as well as tours of the sanctuary, decorated in icons created in Greece and shipped to Maine. But it’s pretty clear that what draws more than 6,000 people to this church fair annually is pure deliciousness. Bring cash and a hearty appetite, and don’t leave without a to-go box from the pastry ladies. (

‘An American in Paris’
July 11–Aug. 4
Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St., Ogunquit
This lavish musical packed with Gershwin tunes starts with World War II vet Jerry Mulligan settling in Paris to make a name for himself as a painter. Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret—and realizes he is not her only suitor. (

Band Camp Music & Arts Festival. Photo courtesy of Twisted Sprocket Studio

Band Camp Music & Arts Festival
July 27–29
Thomas Point Beach Campground, 29 Meadow Road, Brunswick
For those who love live music and art as well as camping seaside with other creative types, band camp is three days and two nights of laid-back bliss. A tent camping site is included with the purchase of a three-day pass ($60 in advance, $70 at the gate); day passes range from $15–45. Music groups include Gruvenwood, Hambone, Singepole Mountain Band, Puddn’head, A Mighty Lion, Bandwich, Harsh Armadillo, The Van Burens, Fules Gold and The Strange Machine. (

Summer Session: Maine Brewers’ Guild 2018 Beer Festival. Photo by Amy Paradysz

Summer Session: Maine Brewers’ Guild 2018 Beer Festival
Saturday, July 28, 1–5 p.m.
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Summer Session is the ultimate 21+ summer outdoor party, with more than 60 Maine breweries present, plenty of food trucks, live music and lawn games. ($49/$55 at the gate, $20 for designated drivers;

The Dance Mile. Photo by Amy Paradysz

The Dance Mile
Saturday, July 14, 4–7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park, 356 Congress St., Portland
If you’re looking for happiness, this all-ages dance parade through the streets of Portland just may be the ticket. Dancers get Dance Mile tank tops and bib numbers, bedazzle them, warm up with Zumba and follow a custom sound truck in a 1-mile stroll of sass through the Old Port. The Dance Mile is a bit a fitness and a whole lot of fun. (Buy tickets in advance online;

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