4 Springtime Rites of Passage

Things are finally warming up in Maine – it’s time to get out and celebrate! Mainers have lots of ways of celebrating the changing of the seasons, including these fun annual events. Dirigo Pines is conveniently close to the coast as it awakens from winter, not to mention southern Maine’s constant stream of events, and we’re really close all the fun and games (and concerts!) happening in Orono and Bangor! Check it out:

  • Catch a Concert: The Waterfront Concert season has begun! Check out www.waterfrontconcerts.com for latest updates to the summer concert series on the waterfront in Bangor, and in Orono and Portland. Celtic Woman will be in Orono on April 12, Tony Bennett is on tap for Portland on May 11, and Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper will rock the waterfront on July 14. Collins Center for the Arts in Orono (www.collinscenterforthearts.com) has its own great lineup for spring – including An Evening with Humor Writer David Sedaris on April 11 and the classic “Annie” on April 26. 
  • Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race: Whether you’re a river vulture (aka: spectator) or one of about 1,000 race participants, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is a not-to-be-missed Bangor event. The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 15. The best way to watch? Pick a spot on the riverbank (Six Mile Falls is a popular spot to watch racers traverse tricky rapids) or downtown at the finish line, dress warmly, bring some snacks and enjoy the spills and thrills! Check out kenduskeagstreamcanoerace.com for more info.
  • Sea Dogs Opening Day: Opening day at Hadlock Field, home to the Portland Sea Dogs (Maine’s minor league baseball team that’s affiliated with the Boston Red Sox) is set for April 6. Tickets are reasonably priced and the city of Portland makes a fun day or weekend trip from Dirigo Pines! You might even meet Slugger the Sea Dog if you’re lucky! Click here for more: www.seadogs.com.
  • National Park Week: April 15-16 and April 22-23 are the National Park Week Weekends – which means FREE entrance! Take advantage and beat the crowds to Acadia National Park, one of the nation’s most popular parks. Can’t make it this April? No problem. Everyone age 62 and over can get a lifetime pass to Acadia for just $10!

What’s your favorite springtime rite of passage? Share it below!

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