It’s beginning to look a lot like summer in Maine, isn’t it? Live shows are back, strawberry fields are still bearing fruit and that Maine summer heat isn’t letting up any time soon. Whether you want to spend some time indoors or outdoors this weekend, you’ve got options.


The sounds of summer are back with concerts, live shows and free gigs in the park.

Mike Miclon’s The Early Evening Show

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Saturday, July 10: Mike Miclon’s The Early Evening Show, the much-loved spoof of late-night TV packed with comedy and surprise guests, is back this Saturday, July 10. It’s Maine’s longest-running variety show, coming live to a stage near you — specifically, at Paris’s Celebration Barn Theater. Tickets range from $8 to $18 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Pro Tip: The Celebration Barn Theater is open-air. If you’re buying tickets late, bring your own chair! Permanent seating at the Barn is limited.

Longtime friends and musical collaborators Denny Breau, left, and Frank Coffin play onstage. Coffin died Friday at the age of 65. Josh Breau photo

Frank Coffin memorial concert

Sunday, July 11: Friends and fans of Frank Coffin, a bassist who seemed to play with everyone under Maine’s musical sun,  planned a tribute concert. But Coffin died July 2 after a recent cancer diagnosis. The concert will go on as planned from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Silver Spur, 272 Lewiston St., Mechanic Falls. Admission is $10, BYOB.

Hayden Pelletier of the Auburn Community Concert Band prepares before the concert Wednesday evening at Festival Plaza in Auburn. Anna Gouveia/Sun Journal

Lewiston-Auburn Free Concerts

Wednesday, July 14: Got a hankering for Frank Sinatra instrumentals? Head to the Festival Plaza in downtown Auburn every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for concerts from the Auburn Community Concert Band (the group had the first show in their eight-show summer series July 7).

Earlier work better? Also on Wednesdays: The Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Lewiston holds weekly live organ concerts from accomplished homegrown musicians and out-of-staters alike. Shows happen at 12:15 p.m.


Live shows not your thing? That’s alright: it’s still strawberry pickin’ season.

Pick Strawberries at Pineland Farms

Sunday, July 11: Pineland Farms has strawberries to pick, and fields are open in Freeport and New Gloucester beginning at 7 a.m. Prices start at $3.25 per pound. Picking is open Friday through Monday this upcoming week, so if you’re looking for a Saturday to-do, head early to pick strawberries and stick around ’til 10 a.m. for Pineland Farms’ ice cream making class (participation is limited).

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