Summer Activities

Fireworks In The Square

June 22h starts the Thursday night summer fireworks display (weather permitting). The weekly display runs every Thursday night at 9:45PM through August 24th. Fireworks are set off by the Pier and Palace Playland.

2017 Special Events

May 7 - 27th Annual New England Steel Pan Festival

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
This family friendly event is headed to Portland this year. Shake off winter and enjoy a full day of steel drum music and fun as over 20 bands from all around New England come together to showcase their work. No matter what age, the rhythms and music rarely seen outside of the Caribbean will be sure to have you dancing and smiling. This celebration of music and culture is a memorable day not to be missed!

May 13 — 9th Annual Chowderfest

Taste the best chowder recipes from all over the state on the Pier and cast your vote for a winner. Noon to 4 p.m. FMI: call 207-934- 3595.

May 19 — 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Your 4-person golf tournament team registration includes: 9:30a.m. shotgun start, 18 holes of golf with cart, contests including hole in-one, raffles, 50/50, food, prizes, awards, and more. Team registration includes snacks, beverage cart on the course and a tasty after-tournament lunch.

This golf tournament is open to the public and a portion of proceeds will go toward sending deserving local students to summer camp!

May 20 - 19th Annual Beerfest

From noon to 5 p.m. sample over 30 microbrews and enjoy live music on the Pier.

May 29 - Memorial Day Parade

Co-hosted by The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion of Old Orchard Beach. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Old Orchard St. FMI: call 207-934-5714.

June 3 - Scottish Festival

Pipers, highland dancing, traditional Scottish foods, Scottish entertainment, Scottish Bazaar, artisans, artists, heavy athletics, and more!
Join us in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Old Orchard Beach for this year’s Scottish Festival!

June - Maine Crafter’s & Farmer’s Market

Eat Fresh. Buy Local.

Featuring Maine-made products and Maine grown produce! Buy local and help support your local farmers and crafters. THe market located at 7 Ballpark Way in OOB will be open each Sunday, rain or shine.

ALWAYS FREE PARKING at the Ballpark Stadium.

Interested in selling your Maine-Made Craft, or Maine Grown Product? Contact the Ballpark fora vendor’s application. Limited locations will be offered so don’t wait, reserve your spot today. For more information call Guy Fontaine at (207) 205-6160.

June 9-10-11 - Back to the Beach Corvette Weekend

9:00 am – June 11 @ 8:00 pm
10th Annual Back to the Beach Corvette Weekend! Corvette’s fill up Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Visit the event website for more details and specific schedule information for each day of the event.

June 17 - You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in Seaside Pavilion’s very first “house produced” musical under the direction of Dr. Andrew Poulopoulos..

Advance $15, Day of Show $20, Advance Group $13 – Day of Show Group $18
(Group = 10 or more tickets sold in same transaction)

The show takes place on “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” A day made up of little moments, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends (both human and non-human) and strung together on the string of a single day, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Daniel LaVerriere as Charlie Brown, Katie Spagnolo as Lucy vanPelt, Samuel Laro as Snoopy, Liam Corcoran as Linus van Pelt, Connor Donnelly as Schroeder, and Camryn Kidney as Peppermint Patty.

June 20 - Family Night with Rick Charette & The Bubblegum Band

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The fun begins at 5 pm with free food and games for the entire family. Rick and the band take the stage at 6! You don’t want to miss this one!

Tickets: Adults (Age 12 & up) Advance $10/Day of Show $15, Children (Age 11 and under) Free! As a singer and songwriter, Rick Charette has been capturing the hearts and spirits of young and old alike with his delightful and inspiring children’s songs. His performances blend original contemporary pop music and lyrics with imaginative activities that generate all kinds of audience participation!

June 24 - Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 3 Mile Walk

7:30 am – 10:00 am
Join us for the 13th annual Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 3 mile walk!
Kid’s fun run starts at 7:45AM, 5K Run begins at 8:30AM, walk at 8:40AM. You can register online!
Race start/finish at the Old Orchard Beach High School.
Pre Race Packet Pick up on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 10 AM – 2 PM @ Old Orchard Beach High School.

June 27 - New Legacy Swing Band

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One of New England’s premier dance orchestras.

July 3 - 31st Annual Ocean Park Sand Sculpture Competition

Enjoy this fun and family-friendly local activity! 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on the beach between Randall and Ancona Avenues.

July 4 - Ocean Park Annual 4th of July Parade

10:00 am – 10:30 am

July 4 - Don Campbell Veterans Appreciation Concert

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Don Campbell Band will be performing a special show paying tribute to veterans on Tuesday, July 4 at 6PM at the Seaside Pavilion in Old Orchard Beach.

The show is an all-ages blend of Don Campbell original Veterans-themed songs, country, Americana, folk and rock cover songs.Don Campbell’s father was a marine and a musician and the Maine singer-songwriter’s best friend.

Early in his career, he started the tradition of writing a Veterans themed song with each new CD he’d release. From the anthem-ic “Veteran’s Day” to his recent “The Navy Gardener”, the songs come from different but related inspirations. In 2007, he wrote “Red, White & Blue Heart” to honor the life of Pat Tillman, who gave up a lucrative NFL contract to enlist in the US Army following the attacks of 9/11. In 2011, he penned “The Snow At Arlington” based on his musical experiences with the Wreaths Across America organization and annual escort of hundreds of thousands of wreaths from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery. The organization remembers the lives of Veterans and honors those who serve with ceremonies around the country and beyond and through the work of thousands of volunteers who place wreaths on Veterans’ graves. The organization adopted “The Snow At Arlington” as their theme song.
Around other performances, Veterans Appreciation concerts are performed by Campbell and his bandmates throughout the year and have become a special way for the touring musicians to get to know communities around New England and beyond.

July 4 - Seaside Pavilion 4th of July Patriotic Concert

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free, family-friendly event featuring Don Campbell! FMI: call 207 934-2024.

July 4 - Fourth of July Fireworks!

July 4 @ 9:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Old Orchard Beach, 1 Old Orchard Street
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 United States

Special July 4th holiday weekend fireworks display in downtown Old Orchard Beach! Set off by the Pier and Palace Playland on the beach at approximately 9:45PM.

July 7 - Phillips, Craig, and Dean

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Soulfest and Newsound Concerts with Seaside Pavilion presents Phillips, Craig, and Dean for the first of the Seaside Pavilion Unplugged series.

Few songwriters cultivate more fertile creative soil when crafting a new album than Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Juggling dual vocations as both pastors and recording artists for more than two decades, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have created an impressive body of work inspired by what God is doing in their lives and their respective churches.

July 11 - The Carpenters Tribute

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm The popular singing duo of the 1970’s and early 80’s focused on mid tempo pop and ballads with Karen Carpenter’s unique and expressive alto voice on lead vocals. Both Karen and Richard Carpenter contributed background voices which were overdubbed to create densly layered harmonies; an integral part of their signature sound. Tickets: Advance $15, Day of Show $20, Advance Group $13 – Day of Show Group $18 (Group = 10 or more tickets sold in same transaction) Eligible for Season Ticket Discount Michelle Whited performs a stunning presentation of reproducing Karen’s unique voice along with Don Stamey on piano. The entire live band consists of skilled musicians who perform flawlessly, assisted by only pre-recorded background harmonies. The result is a memorable performance that will keep you engaged as you revisit the remarkable music interlude from an era to be cherished for a lifetime.

July 15 - Building 429 & Plumb

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Soulfest and Newsound Concerts with Seaside Pavilion presents Building 429 and Plumb for the second of the Seaside Pavilion Unplugged series. More than a just a concert…you’ll experience a night of fellowship, worship, and great music. Don’t miss it!

Tickets: $22.75 – $55.75 Q&A $25.00

Through their songs and their high energy live shows, GRAMMY-nominated Building 429 is a band that has been touted throughout their 15-year career as “authentic and amazing – uplifting and unforgettable,” along with being “truly focused on bringing glory to God.

”Throughout her decade+ career as both a songwriter and recording artist, PLUMB has established a highly respected voice in a myriad of genres, selling over half a million albums and 3 million singles worldwide. Beginning with her own chart-topping singles (“Stranded,” “God-Shaped Hole”), PLUMB has continually defied genre definition, becoming “known for a wide-ranging musical palette, which has led to success on multiple Billboard charts”

July 18 - Let’s Hang On!

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Franki Valli & the Four Seasons are an American treasure. Songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”, and dozens of others are timeless mementos of an era gone by. On Tuesday July 14th, the Seaside Pavilion presents the ultimate Frank Valli Tribute. It’s a full blown stage show including a 4-7 piece live band that’ll bring back lots of great memories. So join us for Let’s Hang On – the premier Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Tribute Show! Tickets: Advance $15, Day of Show $20, Advance Group $13 – Day of Show Group $18 (Group = 10 or more tickets sold in same transaction) Eligible for Season Ticket Discount

July 28 - 21st Annual Ocean Park 5K Road Race and 1K Kids Fun Run

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
One of the few evening races in the entire state always attracting top runners as they prepare for the Beach2Beacon on the following weekend.

July 29- August 4 - Evening Entertainment in the Square!

7:00 pm – August 4 @ 9:00 pm
Salvation Army Pier Ministry. Week-long evening entertainment in The Square, downtown Old Orchard Beach, featuring a variety of bands, speakers, and other performers. Parade of Witness, golf tournament, beach volleyball. FMI: call 207-934-2024.

August 3 - OOB Art in the Park: Summer Art Show

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce in celebrating Maine-made art and community in Memorial Park this summer! This FREE event is open to the public to browse, purchase, and enjoy the artwork from local artists and craftsmen. There is abundant talent in and around our community and we’re thrilled to showcase it here this summer. *This is a juried art show and acceptance is not guaranteed. We will notify you of your acceptance after you have submitted your application.

August 8 - Fanfare Concert Band

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm The Fanfare Band, has been delighting audiences in New England since 1987, and has performed weekly at the Inn at Poland Spring for 24 years. The Fanfare Concert Band consists of some 30 – 40 members whose ages range from 18-90, an eclectic group of professional and amateur musicians who enjoy playing a wide variety of music. Tickets: Advance $15, Day of Show $20, Advance Group $13 – Day of Show Group $18 (Group = 10 or more tickets sold in same transaction) Eligible for Season Ticket Discount Show tunes, marches, Americana, and even some medleys and sing-alongs will fill the air. This enthusiastic fun-loving group under the direction of M. Stanley Buchanan, a retired music educator and former director of Maine’s 195th Army Band, is looking forward to sharing their music at the beautiful Seaside Pavilion in Old Orchard Beach. Don’t miss this great night of great music!

August 15 - Dave Matthews Tribute Band

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Their name says it all: The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Many go to their live shows with reservations, high expectations, and the burning question, “Do these guys sound like the real Dave Matthews Band?” Almost always the answer is, “Yes!”

Advance $15, Day of Show $20, Advance Group $13 – Day of Show Group $18
(Group = 10 or more tickets sold in same transaction)
Eligible for Season Ticket Discount

As Rick Grant of Entertaining U in Jacksonville, FL wrote, “The Dave Matthews Tribute Band turned out to exceed its billing as a quality improvisational band that uses Dave Matthews material as themes to improvise. Clearly, this distinguishes them from the other so-called tribute bands. The band is exceptionally tight and produces a solid groove over which the players improvise with hot chops.”

August 18 – 20 - Old Orchard Beach Olympics

August 20 @ 5:00 pm

34th Annual Old Orchard Beach Olympics presented by the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce and Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank. Join us for three days of games and fun competitions including an exciting opening ceremony, live music, silent auction, and more. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Maine. Events and activities are located in the Town Square and Palace Playland.

The mission of The Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Beach Olympics event is to provide the residents, visitors, and business community of Old Orchard Beach and the surrounding area with an opportunity to join together in a community-wide effort to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maine (SOME). SOME is an organization that is dedicated to providing persons with intellectual disabilities with an opportunity to realize their special capabilities in local, state national, and international sporting events.

August 19 - Annual Breakaway 5K Race

7:40 am – 10:00 am
5K race start time is 7:40AM, Kid’s Fun Run at 9:05AM. Race starts at the corner of Walnut Ave. and West Grand Ave. and finishes at The Brunswick. The course runs to Ocean Park and back and is mostly flat. It’s a local favorite!

August 19 - Natalie Grant

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

August 27 - Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Old Orchard Beach is proud to welcome the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon event to our community this year!

1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike course and 13.1- mile out-and-back run course. Visit the event website for more information and details on this amazing annual event happening in Old Orchard Beach.

September 2 - 3rd Annual Blues Fest

At the Old Orchard Beach Ballpark featuring a rhythmic afternoon of fun foot-stomping Blues bands from all over New England. Free parking and phenomenal food and concessions.

September 9 - Eastern Trail Alliance – Lighthouse Bike Ride

7:00 am – 10:00 am
Sponsored by the Eastern Trail Alliance, the Lighthouse Bike Ride is a great event with a few distance options: Century 100 mile, Metric Century 62 mile, 40 mile, and 25 mile. There are nine lighthouses to view during the 100 mile ride! View the event website for more details and specific information about signing up!

September 9 - New England Parkinson’s Ride

8:00 am – September 10 @ 1:00 pm
Cyclists may choose from a 10, 30, 50, or 100 mile ride. Participants of all ages and skill level are welcome to join. The ride starts at the Ball Park in Old Orchard Beach. More information and list of the ride start times are on the event website.

September 9 - 18th Annual Bikefest on the Pier

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Motorcycle showcase with live music, pig roasts and vendors. Ride your motorcycle on the Pier! Hundreds of motorcycles on display.

September 10 - Beach Raid – Old Orchard Beach

8:00 am – 10:00 am

BEACH RAID RETURNS TO THE SANDS OF OLD ORCHARD BEACH IN 2017! Race/obstacle course on the beach. Please visit the event website for more details and specific time information.

September 15 - September 16 - 24th Annual Car Show

Friday, September 15, 2017
Registration starts at 8:30AM at the Chamber of Commerce (11 1st Street).
Car Preview Lineup on Maine Street – 3PM
Car Parade with police escort – 7PM to 7:30PM
Saturday September 16, 2017
Car Show Registration and Car Show – 8AM to 2:30PM

September 16 - 9th Annual Chilifest on the Pier

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come taste the best chili recipes from all over the state and cast your vote for a winner!