About Maine: New Year Rings in Fun Events

About Maine: New Year Rings in Fun Events

As we celebrated the new year’s arrival, another annual event crept in through our doors. That’s right: winter. For some this is exciting, as winter’s frigid temperature brings with it snow for new trails to blaze and frozen landscapes for fishing and skating. Meanwhile, others are content to stay within the warmth of their homes with a holiday movie or a good book. Whatever side you fall on, here are some events to get you out and about to enjoy the winter spirit this new year! 


Collins Center for the Arts, Orono 

Saturday, January 1 

1:00 PM 

Adults : $25, Seniors (65+) : $20, Students : $10 

The Collins Center for the Arts is hosting the MET: Live in HD’s performance of Cinderella, Saturday January 1st. This all new English rendition of ​​Massenet’s Cendrillon’s classic rags to riches princess story is brought to you live via high definition satellite streaming from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Don’t miss out on this talented cast including mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Cinderella, mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians.  

Boothbay Winter Festival 

Boothbay Common 

Thursday, December 30 5:00 PM 

– Sunday, January 2 12:00 PM 

Celebrate the New Year down by the sea at Boothbay’s annual Winter Festival! Featuring foods from delicious local food trucks, a German styled holiday market full of goodies from local businesses, artisans, and nonprofits, as well as a beautiful display of Christmas lights, and so much more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Spread over the course of four days, there is plenty of time to see it all! Don’t miss out on this exciting holiday festival!  

‘Ringing in the New Year’  

Richard Boyd Art Gallery, Portland 

Saturday, January 1 – Sunday January 30 

10:00 AM 


What better way to celebrate the new year than admiring beautiful art! Starting at 10:00 am, browse through unique paintings, bronze sculptures, and works of clay by talented artists such as Deena Ball, Heather Newton Brown, Patricia Chandler, Charles Ellithorpe, DVM, Richard Boyd, and more! ‘Ringing in the New Year’ will be featured every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from January 1st through January 30th!  

Jeff Dunham 

Cross Insurance Center / Wednesday, January 12 

Cross Insurance Arena / Thursday, January 13 

7:00 PM 

Jeff Dunham and his comedic cohort of Peanut, Walter, Jose Jalapeno, Bubba J and Achmed the Dead Terrorist are coming to Maine for two nights of hilarious fun. Jeff will be starting this two day comedy train at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor and then making his way down the coast to the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. After taking a year hiatus, this team is ready to get the state of Maine laughing! Tickets are available online. 

Country Auction 

Houston-Brooks Auctioneers, Burnham 

Sundays, 7 AM 

Houston-Brooks Auctioneers is hosting a fast-paced country auction every Sunday starting at 7am. Place your bets on items ranging from antique furniture, glassware, gold, silver, and costume jewelry, sterling hollowware, tools, toys, and more, Don’t worry about not finding something that catches your eye, because they are planning to auction an average of 1,000 items every Sunday! Don’t miss out on these great treasures.  

GoldenOak Concert 

Strand Theater, Rockland 

Friday, January 21 

7:30 PM 

Head over the Rockland’s Strand Theater for a harmonious display of folk music performed by Maine-based band GoldenOak. The band consists of siblings Zak Kendall, guitar and vocals, Lena Kendall, vocals and clarinet, Mike Knowles, upright bass, and Jason Cromwell, drums. Their music is heavily influenced by the natural landscape that is said to “move like a stream, meandering and weaving in an original yet grounding direction.” Tickets are available at the Strand Theaters website.  



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