Things to do: Burlesque, vaudeville, local shops and a fiery Kennebec River
7 p.m. Friday. Saint-Laurent Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland, $ 20 in advance, $ 23 at the door. stlawrencearts.org
The weather this summer has been omnipresent, but you can trust the fact that it will be very hot at the Center des arts Saint-Laurent on Friday night. Steamy Nights is a burlesque show of collaborative and solo dance performances benefiting the recently reopened venue. The master of ceremonies is Dj Gay Jay and includes artists Diamond Deville, Sapphire Rain, Aubergine Dream, Vivid Motion and many more.
7 p.m. Saturday. Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Road, Paris Sud, $ 18, $ 16 for seniors, $ 8 for children under 17. celebrationbarn.com
Head to the outdoor stage at the Celebration Barn Theater for a family evening of comedy, music, puppetry, stunts and more. The variety show Evicted Vaudeville features nationally and internationally renowned touring artists Tom Murphy, Tomáš Kubínek, Rose Friedman and Justin Landere. These four fabulous performers will keep you on your toes and smiling, thinking and laughing all the time.
Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Congress Square Park, corner of High and Congress streets, Portland. Congresssquarepark.org
Here is a chance to do a lot of local shopping in a central location. Congress Square Park is home to Caravan, a one-day pop-up artists’ market showcasing a range of original, handmade artwork and products. You’ll find paints, prints, stationery, skin care products, teas, jewelry, baby items, candles, wood creations, ceramics, CBD items and more. The musical group Silver Heels will also introduce you to folk rock and Americana. In case of rain, the market will take place on September 5th.
Kennebec Festival on Fire
4 pm-7pm Sunday. Coburn Park, Skowhegan, free, donations accepted. wesarts.org
Burn baby burn! The Kennebec on Fire Festival presents five brazier sculptures that will be illuminated on the Kennebec River. Major viewing spots include Coburn Park and the riverside beach accessible via Mount Pleasant Avenue in Skowhegan. Jazz band Sunday Park will perform live in Coburn Park, and you’ll also find local artists and artisans selling their work, along with refreshments available for purchase. The sculptures were made by artists from Maine, including Steve Andersen, Jay Sawyer, Terrence Parker, Magdaleena Rouhiainen and William Josiah Glover.