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Maine fairs and festivals celebrate music, the sea, farms, blueberries ... the works!

From the wild north to the scenic coast, from the heat of summer through the beauty of fall and winter, Maine offers fairs and festivals and fun for all. Enjoy rock, country, blues, big band, and folk music everywhere you listen and lots of lobster and blueberries for savoring. You’ll find enough bake, book and yard sales, horse and wagon rides, auctions, parades and carnival rides, air and car shows, arts and crafts to keep you smiling. Year round, lodgings by the sea and relaxing spas are there to help you slow down in between the activity.

For more fun activities, see Maine Events page

various locations Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

June 1-4, 2017

Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. Greet our warblers on early morning birding walks, visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observe Peregrine Falcons at an active breeding site in Acadia National Park. Lectures, walks, and adventures.

Various locations Greenville and Moosehead Lakes region, ME Phone: 207-695-2702

May 20-June 25, 2017

This two-week event celebrates the natural beauty and human talents of the Moosehead Lake region. Events include Moose Mainea 5K on May 20; Moosterpiece Craft Fair and Town-Wide Yard Sale and Moose River Canoe and Kayak Race on June 10; Moosehead Area Artisans Art Show at the Depot on June 24; and the Dean Bike & Boat ride and cruise on June 25. This is a 19-mile bike ride and cruise back to Greenville on the Katahdin Steamship.

various locations Kennebunkport, ME Phone: 207-772-3373

June 5-10, 2017

This six-day celebration of Maine food, drinks, and art offers 38 events -- mostly small dinner parties -- at restaurants and residences in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk. Guests enjoy local ingredients prepared by regional chefs amid an exhibition of work from an attending artist. See festival website for details.

Waterfront Boothbay Harbor, ME Phone: 207-633-2353

June 25 - July 1, 2017

Fully rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the festival that has been a tradition here for decades. Windjammers are scheduled to arrive in Linekin Bay on June 28 and then into Boothbay Harbor during the parade of sail on June 28. Events of the festival include pancake breakfast, craft fair, boat parade, shipyard and ship tours, street parade, live musical entertainment and of course a visiting fleet of historic windjammers. See Windjammer Days website for full schedule of events.

197 Main Street South Berwick, ME Phone:

June 24, 2017

Food, fun and thousands of unique handcrafted items. Come enjoy free entertainment, games for the kids, trolley rides around South Berwick, food vendors and enough strawberry shortcake for everyone. Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Yarmouth Village Yarmouth, ME Phone:

July 21-23, 2017

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.

Various locations Kennebunks, ME Phone: 207-967-0857

June 14-18, 2017

LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival will celebrate the community’s rich maritime history of shipbuilding, lobstering, and commercial fishing. Main events include:
Castaway Cove for Kids. Bounce houses, face painting and delicious clam cakes? Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Captain's Cook-Off. Watch local chefs turn Maine ingredients into a gourmet dish. Taste all of the entries and vote for winners. Saturday. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lobster Bake. lobster, corn and blueberry pie, along the working waterfront. Saturday, 4-7 p.m.
Rock the Boat After Party. This special VIP after-party will feature live music, specialty cocktails and small bites of delicious food on board one of our local vessels. Saturday, 8-11 p.m.
River Lights Boat Parade. Boat parade featuring sparkling lights. Saturday night, dusk.

Old Port district Portland, ME Phone:

June 11, 2017

This season opening festival includes a kickoff parade at 11 a.m. featuring Shoestring Theater (parade starts at the top of Exchange Street and will make its way all the way down Exchange); music and entertainment on seven stages; children’s amusement rides and rock climbing wall; 200 vendor booths of food, arts and crafts and more. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free.

Thompson's Point Off Fore River Pkwy. Portland, ME Phone:

July 8, 2017

Lobster roll-making competition, live music, an interactive kids' area, Maine Made gifts, traditional Maine food & drink, and more! Tickets. Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Cost: General Admission, $10; VIP Pass, $100