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Founded in 1958, the Tourist News is a three-season arts and entertainment newspaper circulated throughout Maine’s south coastal region. It is enjoyed by year-round residents, seasonal residents and vacationers.

The Tourist News is distributed free at more than 450 locations in Portland, Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise, Biddeford Pool, Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit, York and Kittery.

Our summer circulation is 17,000 copies weekly. Spring and fall circulation is 12,000 to 14,000. A printing of 21,000 copies of the Holiday Issue is distributed during a six-week period from mid-November through December.

The Tourist News is packed with stories about events, galleries, businesses, people, landmarks and local history. Our calendar offers an indispensable guide for things to do and places to go in southern Maine.


2017 Publication Schedule - Our 59th year!


April 13 – Easter (April 16), Patriot's Day (April 17)

and Earth Day (April 22) issue
May 4 – May Day and Gardening Issue
The Kennebunk May Day Celebration is Saturday, May 6 • Mother’s Day is May 14
May 18 – The SEASON CALENDAR Issue with events from June to January
Memorial Day is May 29  


June 1 – Summer Theater and Summer Concert Issue
June 15 – The Boating Issue, featuring Launch (June 16-18) • Craft Show Schedule
June 29 – 4th of July Issue

Cover art by Geraldine Aikman

July 6 – Secrets of the Sea ~ Marine Life Issue
July 13 – Blueberry Issue
July 20 – Open Farm Day Issue
July 27 – Ice Cream issue
August 3 – Hiking and Biking Issue
August 10 – Lobster Issue
August 17 – It's a Dog's Life in Southern Maine
August 24 – Early Fall Fairs & Festivals
August 31 – Labor Day and Maine Lighthouse Issue

Labor Day is Sept. 4 • Maine Lighthouse Day is Sept. 10                 
Note: We do not publish Labor Day week.

There is no September 7 issue.


September 14 – Fall & Holiday Craft Fair Guide    
September 21 – Fall Festival Issue       
September 28 – Fall Foliage Issue 
October 5 – Halloween Issue

Columbus Day is Oct. 9


The Holiday Issue includes events throughout Maine’s south coastal region from Nov. 15–Jan. 1.
Thanksgiving Day is November 23. Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude is Dec. 1–10.
Ogunquit’s Christmas by the Sea is Dec. 9–10.


The Tourist News goes to press Monday afternoon. Delivery begins Monday night
and is completed by Wednesday. Issue dates are always Thursday.

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Here is a PDF of 2017 issue dates and calendar/publicity deadlines.
Please note: There is no charge for listings in the Tourist News calendar. Lisitngs are included, at the editor’s discretion, in both in Tourist News in print and on

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The Tourist News can be found at all southern Maine chamber of commerce centers, libraries, museums, motels, campgrounds/ RV parks, most restaurants and many retail and convenience stores.


We welcome additional distribution locations.

To request delivery of the Tourist News at your business

in our circulation area, call 207-468-9791.

Outside Boxes Available!