Summer has arrived and the Lewiston Council on the Arts will now get into the thick of its summertime schedule, which is packed with performances, displays, festivals and more.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming up the next few months — and beyond:
Blue Mondays are back for the 25th year. Starting July 8, local blues musicians will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gazebo at Fourth and Center streets. The event is free and open to the public. The line-up is as follows:
• Monday - Chicago Jack and the Outfit
• July 15 - Groove Train
• July 22 - Hanna PK Trio
• July 29 - Miller and the Other Sinners
• Aug. 5 - Tommy Z Band
• Aug. 12 - Rod Nickson Project
• Aug. 19 - Tas Cru
Summer of ‘69
Are you a fan of ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s rock? Look no further than Lewiston’s annual Summer of ‘69 concert, which is coming up at 6 p.m. Friday at the Gazebo at Fourth and Center streets. The performance will feature Grammy Award winner Gary Baker, the Loved Ones, the Country Orphanage, Lewiston All Stars and the Invaders.
A pre-party will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St. Admission to the pre-party is $5 and it benefits the Lewiston Council on the Arts.
53rd Annual Lewiston Arts Festival
The renowned Lewiston Art Festival will return for it 53rd year from Aug. 10 to 11. The event will feature more than 175 artists and crafters. Vendors will be set up all along Center Street and the Lewiston Public Library will offer free arts and crafts at the Modern ArtZone and College Alley will feature the works of high school and college students.
On Oct. 10, the KeyBank Chalk Walk Competition will take place, highlighting teams of local high school students who create murals to compete for prizes. This year’s competitions will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Fifth and Center streets. This year’s theme is Peace, Love and Chalk.
Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald
Tom Asklar, a local artists and Edmund Fitzgerald enthusiast, will host a tribute to the doomed fighter, which sank during a storm on Lake Superior in 1975, killing the entire 29-man crew. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Brickyard Brewing Co., 436 Center St. The event will start with a multi-media presentation discussing the ships. A bell will toll in memory of those who were lost.
The event will be free for Lewiston Council on the Arts members and $5 for non-members.
Marble Orchard Ghost Walks
The popular Marble Orchard Ghost Walks will return from Sept. 21 to Oct. 26. Guests on the walking tours will learn a bit about Lewiston’s haunted past. The cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children under the age of 12 and $10 for Lewiston Council on the Arts members. Guests are encouraged bring flashlights. The tours begin at the Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St.
For more information on any of these events, visit artcouncil.org.