After canceling last June’s festival because of the pandemic, Portland Bach Experience returns this year with 10 days of classical music events.

The festival runs from June 11-20 and features a dozen virtual and live concerts at locations in Portland, Sanford and Brunswick. It kicks off at 3 p.m. June 11 in Portland with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a free carnival-style concert and community celebration featuring more than 20 local arts organizations and eateries. The Shoestring Theater’s giant puppets lead a parade at 5 p.m., a Fairy Queen drag show with live orchestra is at 6 p.m. and a community dance party starts at 7 p.m. Masks are required at the event and costumes are encouraged.

Stages throughout the Anderson Street corridor will showcase scenes from Portland Bach Experience’s “Fairy Queen,” performances by Ballet Bloom Project, Bunny Wonderland, 240 Strings and other performing arts organizations, as well as kids activities. 

For more information about the Portland Bach Experience June Festival, visit