OGUNQUIT, Maine – The community kicks off June and summer with two big celebrations: Ogunquit Pride, a five-day launch of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and a one-day street festival marking the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of the town.
Pride of Ogunquit
Maine Governor Janet Mills and Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau will attend the opening ceremonies of the LGBTQ+ Pride Month celebration on Wednesday, June 1. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a flag raising at Veterans Park and a commemoration of the Highway 1 crosswalk.
“It will be a Pride crosswalk,” said Alice Pearce, executive director of the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event.
A reception at MaineStreet, a nightclub at 195 Main Street, will follow the opening ceremonies.
The festivities will continue until Sunday, June 5, according to Pearce.
The Ogunquit Playhouse will host Pride Night on Thursday, June 2, with a reception prior to the production of “The Cher Show” that night. Rick Barber/ReMax Realty and the Village Food Market are sponsoring the event.
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Also that evening – and Thursday and Friday, June 3 and 4 – the Leavitt Theater at 259 Main Street will host an LBGTQ+ film festival. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on those nights, with screenings scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Nikanos Mediterranean Bar & Grille at 173 Main Street will host a Drag Brunch on Sunday, June 5.
In addition to the day one reception, MaineStreet will host events each evening, Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5. Entertainment will include Jaye McBride, a trans comic; the OGTea dance, the women’s tea dance and the heel and harness tea dance; and the Dueling Drag Divas.
Several local businesses will be hosting special exhibits or promotions throughout the five days of fun. TaleSpinStudio of 119 Perkins Cove Road is raffling off an original artwork, “Pride Lobster Tail”. All funds raised from the raffle will be donated to the Frannie Peabody Center and the Ogunquit Pride Committee. The winner of the raffle will be announced at the flag raising on June 1. To purchase raffle tickets, visit online at facebook.com/OgunquitMaine/.
The AIDS quilt will be on display at the Bangor Savings Bank, located at 196 Main Street, from June 1-11, according to Pearce.
Through June 16, customers who purchase a box of tea from Tea Space, 254 Main Street, will be entered to win a Pride-themed Radical tea towel. And throughout June, the Sassy Olive, also at 254 Main Street, will donate $10 to the Frannie Peabody Center for every Pride tote sold there.
“Ogunquit businesses will announce additional promotions, events and fundraisers throughout the month,” the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce said in a news release.
For the most up-to-date schedule with full details, visit the chamber’s website.
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Good air !
As noted, Ogunquit Pride is only half the fun in town in June. On Saturday, June 11, the city will celebrate “BonAire!”, an all-day street festival featuring live music, crafts, a family circus, and fireworks.
” Good air ! will be a celebration of Ogunquit’s 40th anniversary of its incorporation as a city in the summer of 1980. No need to do any quick math – the event was originally scheduled for June 2020, the official 40-year mark, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement until this summer.
“We said it was the 40th anniversary, three years in the making,” Pearce said.
On June 11, musicians will perform all day on a 40-foot stage on Shore Road. Nearby, a craft fair will be held at Jacob’s Lot. In addition, the Ogunquit Village School playground on School Street will be transformed into a circus.
” Good air ! celebrates the heritage of the community – the heritage of fishing, the heritage of the art colony, and the LGBTQ impact on the community,” Pearce said.
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The Mallett Brothers Band, a nationally touring alternative country and rock band based in Maine, will headline the day with their set beginning at 4:30 p.m. The live show will begin at 10 a.m. with the Charles Greenwood Trio, followed by sets from the Stages of Ogunquit and The Dirt Boys. The Stages of Ogunquit will feature acts from the Ogunquit Playhouse, Leavitt Theatre, The Front Porch, Jonathan’s and MaineStreet.
More than 50 vendors will be on hand to sell their locally made wares at the craft fair, according to Pearce.
During the festival, Shore Road will be closed to traffic from its intersection with Route 1 to the Jacobs Lot entrance from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jacobs Lot will also be closed.
At the Ogunquit Village School Playground, the day’s activities will begin at 11:00 am. There, families will find traveling circus performers – including stilt walkers – and enjoy storytelling, caricatures, face painting, music and more. The Andrew Silver Circus Show will serve as the grand finale, with a show from 4-5 p.m.
The Perkins Cove section of Ogunquit will host a live lobster sale at noon. Festival-goers will be able to buy lobsters from the lobsters who caught them that day.
Perkins Cove will also serve as the starting point for the city’s self-guided art walk, starting at the Ogunquit American Art Museum and winding up Shore Road and along Main Street.
Beginning at noon at low tide, artists of all ages will be invited to join Sebastian, a sand artist, at Main Beach, where they will learn how to make “phenomenal large-scale drawings in the sand, worthy of your images of drone,” according to the chamber.
And what would a birthday party be without fireworks? ” Good air ! will light up the sky with them, with a show launched from the main beach at 9:15 p.m.