Friday June 21, 2013 | 10:48 AM
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Summer arrived today - despite the cloudy skies and the coolish temps. Of course you've already been getting outside for paddling, biking, picnicking and plenty of other warm-weather activities.

And now it's time to start making plans to listen to your music outside. Portland's Downtown District recently released its schedule for outdoor music for the summer and you can catch some great local acts three nights a week starting in early July. Here are the lineups for three annual Portland music series, so happy outdoor listening:

The Kenya Hall Band plays Alive at Five on July 11. John Ewing/Staff Photographer

Alive at Five
Free concerts in Monument Square
Thursdays, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

July 11: Model Airplane, The Kenya Hall Band
July 18: Beware of Pedestrians (MAMM SLAM winners); Old Soul; Amy Allen
July 25: Other Bones; ShaShaSha (Dominic Lavoie)
Aug 1: Ghost of Paul Revere; North of Nashville
Aug 8: Jeff Beam; Sara Hallie Richardson; Arc of Sky

Weekday Music Series
Presented by Maine Songwriters Association
Fridays, Noon to 1 p.m.

Post Office Park:
July 12: Carolyn Cotter
July 19: Hurry Down Sunshine
July 26: Elaine Colella
Congress Square:
Aug. 2: Ted DeMille
Aug. 9: Heather Pearson
Aug. 16: Martin Swinger

Weekday Performance Series
Tuesdays, Noon to 1 p.m.
Post Office Park:
July 9: Vaudeville show with Dark Follies
July 16: Belly dancing with Rosa Noreen
July 23: Ninja - Parkour and free running with Jesse "Jet" Villarreal
July 30: West African rhythms Annegret Baier
Congress Square:
Aug. 6: Hula Hoop show with Kitty Malone
Aug. 13: Dance Performance by Centre of Movement School of Performing Arts

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