Maine Fairs and Festivals entertain with music, seafood, dance, and arts

For more fun activities, see Maine Events page

Capitol Park at State, Capitol, and Union streets Augusta, ME Phone: 207-623-4559

June 17-July 4, 2015

This two -week festival consists of 150 events that celebrate the cleanup of the Kennebec River. One centerpiece of the festival is Kids Day in Capitol Park. On Kids Day, 80 events and activities come to Capitol Park, with musical presentations, dancing, balloons, hands-on activities, and much more. The festival ends with a big party at the riverfront in Waterfront Park on July 4. The fireworks are on July 4 at around 9 p.m. at the East Side boat landing. Schedule of festival events.

Main Street Lisbon Falls, ME, 04252 Phone: 207-992-8997

July 10-12, 2015

The festival now includes a three-day Pow Wow; live entertainment and fireworks on Friday night; parade; races, a family festival; and Moxie Concert in the Park and on Sunday, The Moxie Car Show and the Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race.

Houlton Fairgrounds, off Randall Avenue Houlton, ME Phone:

July 2-5, 2015

Midway by Smokey's Greater Shows, live music By Josh Gracin, horse show, Frisbee dogs, ice cream eating contest, pig scramble, egg toss, kids karaoke, ATV drag racing, Elvis Extravaganza, marionettes, pie eating and Moxie chugging contests, fireworks.

197 Main Street South Berwick, ME Phone: 207-351-7793

June 27, 2015

The Strawberry Festival is a yearly event filled with entertainment, food, artisans and strawberry shortcakes. The festival grows every year and manages to keep its small-town country flavor, with 20,000 visitors each year. Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

July 11-15, 2015

The seaside town of Castine, Maine, is planning a four-day celebration to welcome the 18th-century frigate Hermione, set to arrive on Bastille Day, July 14, on its last U.S. stop before returning to France. The weekend will be filled with workshops, storytelling, and swashbuckling nautical films around the Town Common; historical and maritime lectures at the Maine Maritime Academy; and Revolutionary War reenactments at Fort George.
On July 14 and July 15, a parade of boats will accompany the Hermione along Penobscot Bay and into port. The waterfront festivities will feature Acadian, English, Franco-American and nautical music and dance performances, artists, fireworks, local cuisine, and vendors. Ship deck tours and chances to meet the French crew of the Hermione will also be available.

Simard-Payne Memorial Park, 46 Beech Street Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-333-6769

June 20, 2015

Great Falls Brewfest is a celebration of craft beer, community, arts, food, and entertainment. The fest presents 30 breweries and 100 beers from Maine, near, and far. Also, prepare to enjoy food trucks; live art installations & a mini craft fair of epic proportions; games like a cornhole tournament; live music by The Alternate Routes. Time: Open noon - 1 p.m. for VIP session; 1-5 p.m. for general admission. Admission: VIP session, $60-$65; general admission, $40-$45; designated driver, $20.

Main Street at Route 15 Dover-Foxcroft, ME Phone:

June 27, 2015

Celebrate the Whoopie Pie with samples, races, a pie eating contest, live entertainment, crafts, family activities, and more. Dozens of bakers present hundreds of variations on this venerable treat. Lots of good snacking. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5, free for kids under 12. 

Yarmouth Village Yarmouth, ME Phone: 207-846-3984

July 17-19, 2015

This festival is one of Maine's summer favorites. It includes a long, hilarious parade; spectacular fireworks; clam shucking contests; a firefighter's muster; road, kayak, and bike races; a pancake breakfast; concerts; and, of course, a delicious array of food. See website for schedule of events.

Bethel Common, Broad Street Bethel, ME Phone: 207-824-3575

July 4, 2015

The Bethel Art Fair is held on the historic Bethel Common; it features the finest artists and artisan crafters of Western Maine and beyond. Artists and artisans will be exhibiting oil, pastel, watercolor, pen and ink, multi-media paintings, photography, woodworking, metal smithing, jewelry, beadwork, stained glass, pottery, and much. Artists may participate for best of show in three categories: painting, photography, and artisan crafts. time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Allagash Brewing Company, 50 Industrial Way Portland, ME Phone: 207-878-5385

June 27, 2015

Allagash Brewing Company celebrates its 20th year by hosting a block party-style street fair at our brewery that will include food, crafts, music, games, and of course, beer. IN addition to Allagash, beer will be poured from nine other breweries: Otter Creek, De La Senne, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish, Geary's, Bissell Brothers, Austin St, and Foundation. Event highlights include performances by the Circus Conservatory, two stages with various musical acts, 3-dimensional photo booth set, and trivia games. Also: a Pinewood Derby competition! Time: 1-6 p.m. Admission: Street fair admission, $11; Pinewood Derby entry, $6.