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MAINE FESTIVALS

All Summer

Augusta Summer Farmer’s Market

Augusta, Maine (Turnpike Mall Parking Lot)

Open late May – end of October

This is the oldest farmer’s market in Augusta.  There are a variety of vendors offering vegetables, fruit, beef, pork, baked goods, and more.  Stock up on your way to the cottage!   Located at the corner of Whitten Road and Western Ave, right off I-95. Open 10-1

Farmer’s Market at Mill Park

1 Water St. 

Augusta, ME

Open Tuesdays from 2-6

Local vegetables, meats, snacks, bread, cheese, eggs, spices, crafts, and more. Website

JUNE

Portland Schoonerfest and Regatta 2019

Portland, ME

June 21-24, 2019

Portland SchoonerFest and Regatta kicks off the summer sailing season and features 7 large, traditional schooners racing and parading under sail together in Portland Harbor.  Website

Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

Dover-Foxcroft, ME

June 22, 2019

Fans of Maine’s official state treat will be in seventh heaven at the 2019 Maine Whoopie Pie Festival.  With samples of countless different interpretations of the classic Maine treat to choose from, it’s the ultimate education on all things “whoopie”.  Hours:  10-4, Admission: $5.00 Website

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days Festival

Boothbay Harbor, ME

June 23-29, 2019

This festival honors Maine’s maritime history and features the gathering of the fleet, an antique boat parade, pirates (!), and fireworks over the harbor. Website

JULY

Bar Harbor Music Festival 

June 30-July 28, 2019

Bar Harbor, Maine

In Bar Harbor, Maine, one whole month is dedicated to the most brilliant composers in classical, ragtime and many other powerful genres. Whether you snag the best seat in the house or somewhere up in the nosebleeds, their compositions will surely blow you away.  Tickets required. Website

Bath Heritage Days

Bath, ME (Downtown area)

July 3-7, 2019

A five day festival packed with family-fun activities.  Enjoy music, artisan marketplaces, antique car show, and a carnival, all capped off with fireworks over the Kennebec River at 9pm on the 4th of July! Website

Belfast Arts in the Park

Belfast, ME

Jul 6-7, 2019

Browse and buy arts and crafts from local artists at Steamboat Landing Park. Enjoy live music and freshly grilled food, with something for everyone.  Hours: 10am-4pm Website

37th Annual Moxie Festival

Lisbon, ME

July 12-14, 2019

The annual Moxie Festival is a Maine tradition like no other.  Celebrate the origins of the world’s most eccentric beverages with other Moxie lovers from across the country.  Moxie is a uniquely New England soft drink and has the distinction of being the nation’s first mass-marketed soft drink. Website

Maine International Film Festival

July 12-21, 2019

Waterville, Maine

Participate in this 22nd annual Maine International Film Festival, which offers nearly 100 films, representing the best of American independent and international cinema.  MIFF also spotlights some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers. Audiences also have opportunities to meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies – directors, producers, writers, and musicians.  See website for schedule of events.   

North Atlantic Blues Festival

July 13-14, 2019

Rockland, Maine

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and is considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts.  See website for entertainment lineup and ticket info.  

Summer Harbor Arts and Books Fair

Camden, Maine (Harbor Park and Amphitheatre)

July 13-14, 2019

Hosted by the Camden Public Library, this fair features items for every taste and prices for every pocketbook. Art patrons will find works in watercolor, oil, acrylics, as well as photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Fans of handcrafted wares can shop for pottery, glass, woodcrafts, jewelry, fiber art and furniture. The library will also host its annual giant Outdoor Book Sale under the tents, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Fair weekend. Harbor Arts & Books Fair is an admission-free, family-friendly event, making it a perfect day trip or weekend destination. Exhibitor booths will be in the Amphitheatre, along Atlantic Avenue in Camden, and nestled right along the water in beautiful and scenic Harbor Park. Website

Maine Celtic Celebration

Belfast, ME

July 19-21, 2019

Belfast presents its 13th annual Maine Celtic Celebration.  Music, dancing, and feats of strength mark the occasion, but none compare with the cheese-rolling championship.   Show up and cheer on the cheese chasers…..or the wheel of Dubliner.  Suggested donation: $10/person.  Hours:  Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-Fireworks at 9:20pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

54th Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival

July 19-21, 2019

Yarmouth, Maine

This festival is one of Maine’s summer favorites. It includes a parade on Friday night, fireworks on Saturday night, live music from three stages, food, arts and crafts shows, road races and more. The carnival on the midway opens Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday. All other festival activities start Friday at 10 a.m.  2019 Parade Marshall is Barry Williams of “the Brady Bunch.”  Free admission. Website

Old Hallowell Day 2019

Hallowell, Maine (Harlow Gallery)

July 20, 2019

This is an annual community celebration that has taken place on the third Saturday in July since 1968.  The event begins with a 5K road race and ends with a spectacular fireworks display.  There is a parade, arts and crafts fair, food, games and contests, music, bocce, whoopie pie contest, raffle, and more.  Hours: 9am-4pm Website

2019 Camden Antiques Show

Camden, Maine (Camden-Rockport High School)

July 20-21, 2019

This show will have fine antique furniture, antique glass and china, painting, prints, folk art, decoys, lighting, and unusual finds from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.  Hours:  Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4 Calendar

Open Farm Day:  Shaker Village

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

New Gloucester, Maine

July 28, 2019

More than 150 farms throughout the State of Maine join in this one day celebration of agriculture and farming. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens. Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens, and traditional craft demonstrations: woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstration, rug hooking, dovetail demonstration by Chris Becksvoort, tin-type photography demonstration. Bake sale and plant sale. Barbeque lunch plates. This is a rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public. Free Admission, Hours:  12-4

Casco Days

Casco Day Park

Casco Village, Maine

July 25-27, 2019

This is a fun family carnival with a midway every day, fireworks on Thursday night, a chicken barbecue and children’s parade at 7 p.m. on Friday, a pancake breakfast and road race on Sunday, a Grand Parade, a Saturday supper followed by live music. Drawings for prizes each day. Time: Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Website

Albion Field Day

July 27, 2019

Albion, Maine

This is an annual community celebration held in our own small town of Albion!  This year’s theme is “Blast from the Past.”  Features a book signing and book sale, parade, fun run, children’s games, BBQ, Lions Club auction, flea market and raffle, caricatures, K-9 demo, and music.  All free.  From 9-3; parking at the Besse Building/Town Hall (22 Main Street). More Info

Artisan Bread Fair 2019

July 27, 2019

Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Constitution Avenue

Skowhegan, Maine 

The Maine Artisan Bread Fair is dedicated to everything associated with this most ancient and central staple. Come for delicious breads and pastries, handmade pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, handmade kitchen wares, artisan halvah, maple syrup, jams, butter, cheese, the best books/equipment for baking at home, professional bakers to answer your questions, live music, beautiful kitchen linens, demos, and suberb Maine made foods. Admission: Free. Parking, $5, Hours:  9-3.

AUGUST

Bangor State Fair

Bass Park

Bangor, Maine

July 25-August 3, 2019

A large family fair, dating back to 1849, featuring a midway, animal exhibits, crafts, commercial exhibits, and flower show.  Admission:  $7/person Website

Maine Lobster Festival

July 31-August 4, 2019

Waterfront, Rockland

Five days of fun dedicated to celebrating Maine’s famous crustacean – the lobster! The festival opens with King Neptune and his sea hags coming from the sea with a Coast Guard escort, of course!!  The eating tent serves freshly caught single, double and triple lobster dinners from noon to closing, cooked on site in the world’s largest lobster cooker.  There are also other seafood and festival foods available; a crafts tent; marine tent; carnival games and rides; entertainment; lobster crate races; lobster cook offs and much more including a fabulous community parade on Saturday morning.  Sunday is community day with free admission.  Since 1947, the Maine Lobster Festival has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Maine’s communities. As a non-profit organization, the Maine Lobster Festival donates all proceeds back to the Midcoast Maine communities each year.   See website for event schedules. 

Admission Fees:  On opening day, general admission tickets are $1 for adults and free for kids 6-12. After that, adults pay $8 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday is “Family Fun Day” and admission is free for all ages. Website

Maine Antiques Festival

August 2-4, 2019

Union, Maine (Fairgrounds Ln)

Literally thousands and thousands of antiques enthusiasts have been attending this festival annually for the past 37 years. This is the largest antiques show in Maine. Featuring dealers from 20 states offering a wide variety of antiques and vintage collectibles from the early 18th century through the mid 20th century.  Admission: $10.

16th Annual China Community Days

August 2-4, 2019

China, Maine

A local community fair in the next door town of China!  The fair features booths from local vendors, a pie-eating contest, children’s activities, fireworks over the lake on Saturday night (weather permitting), and a fishing derby on Sunday.  See how a small, tight-knit community celebrates! Website More Info

Topsham Fair

 August 6-11, 2019

Topsham, Maine (Topsham Fairgrounds, 54 Elm Street) 

The Topsham Fair features agricultural exhibits, animal pulling events, 4-H, crafts, midway and harness racing.  Admission: $12. Website

2019 Taste Of Waterville

Waterville, Maine (Downtown)

August 7, 2019

This fun filled event will feature live entertainment, children’s events, amazing food from local restaurants, a beer garden with live bands, and a business vendor section.  Every year Main Street is closed down to host this family friendly event.  There is something for everyone!  Hours:  11am-11pm Website

5th Annual Bucksport Art Festival

Bucksport, ME

August 9-10, 2019

The Bucksport Arts Festival is a juried fine art and craft festival located on the Bucksport waterfront on the banks of the Penobscot River.  The festival also features live music, food vendors, a pop-up children’s art show and more. Free Admission. Hours:  10am-5pm Website

17th Annual Maine Boat and Home Show

August 9-11, 2019

Rockland, Maine waterfront (218 South Main Street)

It’s the pages of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine brought to life and the largest in-water boat show north of Newport, with more than 60 boats in the water and 100+ exhibitors in tents and on the grounds.  This is the only in-water boat and home show that features local boat builders, craftsman, designers, cabinet makers and artists.  Great Maine food, demonstrations, and Sunday is the World Championship Boatyard Dog contest where one of the rules requires dog and owner to go into the water!  Admission:  $15/person, children free.  Hours:  Fri 10-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4 Website

Great Falls Balloon Festival 2019 

August 16-18, 2019

Lewiston, Maine (Simard-Payne Memorial Park, 30 Oxford St)

Phone: 207-782-2637

An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring dozens of balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children’s activities, carnival, and much more. Balloon launches are scheduled for 6am and 6pm Friday through Sunday, weather permitting.  Admission:  Free

Belfast Harbor Fest and Classic Boat Show

August 16-18, 2019

Belfast, Maine

Help the Belfast waterfront come alive with a unique display of talent and good old-fashioned competition. Right before your eyes, teams of two will be handcrafting a 12-foot wooden skiff. As the sawdust starts to settle, the teams will sprint their boats out onto the salty sea and then row to the finish line (or in one case last year, sinking) for all to see. This is in addition to a Friday Night Launch Party, a 5K road race along the waterfront, an open house at French & Webb, maritime exhibits, demonstrations and speakers, a blueberry pancake breakfast, children’s nautical activities, local vendors, a judged Classic Small Boat Show, live music and, of course, delicious food!

Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival

August 17, 2019

Topsham, Maine

The Annual Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival is the largest one-day Highland Games in New England. Wide variety of Scottish activities to enjoy; world class athletes, youth athletics, massed Pipe band performances and competitions, dog trials, over 60 clan tents, Scottish organizations and vendors to enjoy. Harper circle, dance competitions, Clan & Family information tent, souvenir sales tent, Scottish Arts & Crafts, Parade of the Tartans. Entertainment by various groups, fiddle and harp workshops, and much more.  Hours:  8am-5pm

13th Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival

August 17, 2019

Brunswick, Maine (Main St)

Stroll along Maine’s widest Main Street and Town Mall in Downtown Brunswick at the 13th Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival, hosted by the Brunswick Downtown Association. This festival is designed to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the arts in downtown Brunswick and to showcase the town as a wonderful cultural destination. The festival features works of art varying from painting to sculpture to photography and fine crafts. Dozens of interactive demo artisans and specialty food vendors will set up on the Town Mall. A true family event, throughout the day there will be live music on two stages, performance artists, face painting and craft projects and activities for kids and families. Free Admission, Hours:  9-5 Website

Union Fair and Blueberry Festival

August 17-24, 2019

Union, Maine (Fairgrounds Ln)

This week long agricultural fair salutes Maine’s wild blueberry! There are animals, tractor pulls, greased pig contests, music, carnival rides and everything blueberry – blueberry pies, muffins, breads, ice cream, etc.  A wonderful, old-fashioned community fair!  Admission: $8-$12. Website

American Folk Festival 2019

August 23-25, 2019

Bangor, Maine waterfront (Front St)

Phone:  207-992-2630

The American Folk Festival is a true cross-section of folk traditions from across the United States. The festival also offers craft demonstrations and exhibits, a children’s area, and dozens of food vendors. Website

Windsor Fair

Windsor, Maine

Aug 25-Sep 2, 2019

A large, progressive fair with extensive agricultural, arts/crafts exhibits. Large midway, animal pull events and mechanical pulling.  Monster trucks too! Admission:  $9-$10/person Website

SEPTEMBER

43rd Annual Common Ground Fair

Unity, Maine

Sept 20-22, 2019

Celebrate rural living and organic farming at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.  Presented by the Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association (MOFGA), it’s an excellent chance to enjoy and embrace the bounty of Maine – plus everything is organic and locally grown! Also features demonstrations, Maine-Organic produced foods and crafts, and livestock exhibits.  Website

19th Annual Pemaquid Oyster Festival

Damariscotta, Maine (40 Main St)

Sept 29, 2019

The Pemaquid Oyster Festival is a rollicking celebration of Maine’s working waterfront and the primary fundraiser for the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund.  As always, the Pemaquid Oyster Festival will feature a great line-up of entertainment, food, and educational exhibits. While the event is held outdoors on Schooner Landing’s riverside deck, there is a tent provided by Reny’s to cover the educational exhibits, entertainment stage, and other locations so that the Pemaquid Oyster Festival can be held rain or shine.  Free Admission. Hours:  Noon-dusk. Website