Country singer Scotty McCreery performs at Carnaval ME

Country singer Scotty McCreery will perform at the Carnaval ME winter festival in Portland next month.

McCreery will perform on the East Promenade stage at the festival on February 26, promoter Shamrock Sports and Entertainment announced on Wednesday.

McCreery first gained national recognition in 2011 by winning the music competition show American Idol. The 10-day festival’s entertainment list begins on February 18 with a show by Maine-based band The Ghost of Paul Revere.

Other local and regional artists performing during the festival include Motor Booty Affair, rePercussion, Time Pilots, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Pete Kilpatrick Band, Hello Newman, Jason Spooner Band, VIVA and the Reinforcements, Maine Academy of Modern Music, Maddy’s Theater and Firefly of Penobscot Nation. The concerts will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m., according to the organizers of Carnaval ME.

Proof of vaccination or a current negative test is required according to the at the festival entrance Carnaval ME website. General admission is $15, while Bites and Brews tickets, which combine local chef creation with local craft beer, are $65.

Carnaval ME is scheduled for February 17-26 and will feature food, craft beer, ice sculpting, skiing and snowboarding demonstrations, train rides and entertainment. Portland City Council unanimously approved an executive order setting festival dates and reserving the site at their Oct. 4 meeting.

This will be the second Carnaval ME and will be a significant addition to the two-day event held on the East Promenade during the last weekend of January 2020. The event will take place mostly outdoors and is expected to attract 25,000 people. according to The proposal was submitted to the city

A large inflatable igloo structure for food and beer events – dubbed Bites and Brews – will be erected in a parking lot on Cutter Street, which leads down from the Eastern Promenade to Casco Bay. More information and tickets can be found at

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