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
Grand Lake Stream, ME
July 29-30, 2017
Folk art, music, quilts, canoes, cultural exhibits. See event website for details. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: One day $8; two days, $12
Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum Street
Owls Head, ME
August 5-6, 2017
Have your love of air travel and vintage cars flourish at this large showing in Maine.
Classic cars, World War II Warbirds, and aerobatic performances by B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey, B-25 Axis Nightmare will headline the museum’s most impressive event of the season. The aerobatic airshow will begin 1 p.m. both days of the show, and pre-1940 aeroplanes from the Museum’s collection will be demonstrated in the morning.
In addition to the large display of classic, vintage and antique vehicles, there will be many family events and demonstrations. Admission: Adults, $25; youth under age 18 and military, free.
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Harbor Park, Water Street
August 2-6, 2017
Tons of steamed Maine lobsters served along with pageantry, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, visits to Navy and Coast Guard ships, harbor cruises, contests, lots of wonderful entertainment, a giant parade, international lobster crate race, children's activities and much more.
Admission: Adults, $8; children 6-11 years old, $2.
Casco Day Park, 948 Meadow Road
Casco Village, ME
July 27-29, 2017
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.
Topsham Fairgrounds, off Rt 196 onto Community Way
August 19, 2017
This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $15.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
August 24-26, 2017
Non-stop entertainment, food, wine and beer gardens, raffle and more. Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, Off Route 25
July 27-30, 2017
Travel through time with music of all decades, from bluegrass and country to alt-rock and blues. Performers in 2017 include Steep Canyon Rangers Sierra Hull Nellie Mckay Hot Club Of Cowtown Kaia Kater The Stray Birds Fémina! Upstate Rubdown Rhythm Future Quartet Mike Block Celia Woodsmith & Friends. Beer tent, farm-to-table foods, family friendly activities. Camping onsite. Free tenting on RV site without hookups. String camp, July 23-27, is a celebration with workshops, midnight jams, morning yoga, swimming, hiking, and a fantastic community.
Admission: Thursday-Sunday, $145; one day, $25-$55; After Dark, $25-$35; children under age 17, free..
August 19-26, 2017
Enjoy games, rides, raffles, parades, live music, livestock shows, a midway, firework, demolition derby, and more. Lots of blueberry baking, tasting, judging, and eating events. Enjoy a Wine Pavilion, fireworks, the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Coronation, demolition derbys, a midway, laser tag, the Matthews Museum, High Flying Frisbee Dogs, Lawnmower Drag Racing. Schedule of events.
Time: gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Constitution Avenue
July 29, 2017
The Maine Artisan Bread Fair is dedicated to everything associated with this most ancient and central staple. Demonstrations range from scything to bread baking. Sample foods ranging from pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens to tacos in tortillas baked fresh on-site, and even sweet pastries.
Admission: Free; parking, $3.
Litchfield Fairground, 30 Plains Road
August 23-27, 2017
Performers: The Gibson Brothers, Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, Nothin Fancy, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, The Bluegrass Brothers, Zink & Company, Salt & Light (Moore Family Band), The Zolla Boys, Phat Burger Deluxe , The Mason Zink Band, Robinson's Bluegrass Gospel, Blistered Fingers. Tickets.
Cost: $85 before August 1
Railroad Park, off Oxford Street
August 18-20, 2017
An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 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.
Bangor Waterfront, Front Street
August 25-27, 2017
From C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band to blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood and the Afro-Mexican beats of the L.A. based Las Cafeteras, the American Folk Festival is a true cross-section of folk traditions from across the United States. This year: gospel singer Cora Harvey Armstrong and the Québécois group, Les Poules à Colin appear on stages along the Bangor Waterfront. The festival also offers craft demonstrations and exhibits, a children's area, and dozens of food vendors.
July 14-23, 2017
The Maine International Film Festival 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, musicians. See website for schedule of events.
Northern Maine Fairgrounds, Mechanic Street
Presque Isle, ME
August 24-27, 2017
This hot-air balloon festival features 15 hot-air balloons, balloon rides, entertainment, and a street fair; something for everyone. Tethered rides will be offered Friday and Saturday, 5-8 p.m., weather permitting. Time: Balloon rides start at 5:30 a.m. Cost: varies depending on balloon pilot.
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.
Cross Insurance Center, Bass Park, 515 Main Street
July 28-August 6, 2017
The Bangor State Fair has everything fair-goers could wish for; live entertainment, animal exhibits, a circus, a bike stunt show, food, rides, games, and more. There will be a different concert each night on the big stage in front of the grandstand! Featured events in 2017 includes Grizzly Experience,
Nerger’s Tigers, pogo stick acrobats, Old McDonald’s Farm, photo competition, draft horse show, ox pulling, horse pulling chainsaw carving, motocross stunt show, demolition derby.
August 4-5, 2017
Festival goers are invited to pick their own blueberries on the farm before enjoying a host of weekend activities including but not limited to live entertainment, a bake sale, book sale, yard sale, horse and wagon rides, historical tours, auctions, barbecue, and more. Featured events in 2017 at Re-creation performance, Disney princesses and heros, and Kendall Burdin Fireman's Muster. Schedule of events.
Centre Street Congregational Church, 9 Center Street
August 18-20, 2017
This annual festival celebrates the area's top crop. The event features a children's parade, a fish fry, music, a blueberry pancake breakfast, over 250 craft booths, live music, a blueberry pie eating contest and plenty more family fun. Schedule of events.
Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street
August 5, 2017
Browse this unique festival that highlights the retro-futuristic views of technology that those in the 19th century might have had for today’s society. Enjoy 26 Steampunk artists, crafters and makers of everything from jewelry made of vintage camera pieces to furniture and leather goods. Dark Follies will sing, dance, tell stories, stand on a bed of nails. Queen Victoria will visit the Museum and tell audiences about her life in two presentations. Main Street Sidewalk Strolls of people in Steampunk costume may join a mini-Steampunk-parade.
Costumes are encouraged! Time: Noon-6 p.m.