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

For more fun activities, see Maine Events page

June 2-5, 2016

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.

Veteran's Memorial Park Old Orchard Beach, ME Phone: 207-590-4201

June 4, 2016

Pipers, highland dancing, traditional Scottish foods, Scottish entertainment, Scottish bazaar, artisans, artists, heavy athletics, and more! Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

June 25, 2016

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.

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

June 6-11, 2016

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. Prices range from 175 to about $250 per person. The festival closes on Saturday with Brews & Tunes on the Village Green (entry fee $15) and an evening gala wrap-up where an open bar, buffet, and live music. Reserve now; many gathering are selling out.

Freeport Village Freeport, ME Phone: 800-441-5713

May 27-29, 2016

Maine Audubon guides will lead outings to several local bird-watching hotspots. The festival track bird species identified throughout the weekend. Binoculars and spotting scopes available for participants to demo. Brochure and schedule of events

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

June 26-July 2, 2016

Fully rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the festival that has been a tradition here for more than 45 years. 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. Schedule of events.

Old Port district Portland, ME Phone: 207-633-2353

June 12, 2016

Kick off summer in Maine at this family, outdoor celebration of music, art and community. The day's events open with the Kickoff Parade at 11 a.m. featuring Shoestring Theater, followed by music and entertainment on seven stages, children’s amusement rides & rock climbing wall, the Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel, 200 vendor booths featuring food, arts & crafts and more! Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free.

Many locations Jonesport and Beals, ME Phone:

June 6-July 4, 2016

Almost a full month of community fun culminates in fireworks on July 4. Activities include horse shoes, a Miss 4th of July Pageant, a car show, puppeteers, ice cream social and barbecue, a kids day, crate races, a flag golf tournament. On July 4 itself, the community will enjoy a pancake breakfast, art show, a parade at 6 p.m. from Sawyer Square to Trynor Square, and fireworks at dark at Perio Point.

Various locations in town Norway, ME Phone:

July 9, 2016

The festival opens Thursday evening and continues with the street dance on Friday night, and through Saturday with the Norway Sidewalk Art Show, along with lots of performances on Norway's historic Main Street. 

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

June 25, 2016

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: $3, free for kids under 12. 

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

June 25, 2016

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 Girls, Guns, and Glory.   Time: Open noon - 1 p.m. for VIP session; 1-5 p.m. for general admission. Admission: VIP session, $55-$60; general admission, $35-$45; designated driver, $15.

10 Commissary Point Road Trescott, ME Phone: 207-733-2233

May 27-30, 2016

Maine's Cobscook Bay area is one of the important bird areas in the United States. This events presents four days of self-guided explorations, guided hikes, boat tours and presentations led by area experts. See warblers in their breeding plumage, boreal species, and Atlantic Puffins up close and (almost) touchable. Hikes, boat trips, presentations for advanced, intermediate, and beginning birders. Register on the festival's website.

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

June 15-July 4, 2016

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 events.

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

June 17-19, 2016

The first LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival will celebrate the community’s rich maritime history of shipbuilding, lobstering, and commercial fishing. LAUNCH! events will include a Clam Jam at the Seafood Center of Maine with homemade clam cakes, buoy decorating and a bouncy house ; a "Chopped"-style chef competition, chowder cook-off and local food truck gathering in Kennebunk; to an authentic Lobster Bake at the Pilot House, overlooking the Kennebunk River; a boat parade and a VIP Rock the Boat adults-only shipboard after party.
Throughout the three-day festival, visitors can also enjoy historic walking tours with costumed interpreters from the Brick Store Museum and the Kennebunkport Historical Society; tours and tastings at Kennebunkport Brewing Company; a craft fair on the river green and more. Sunday morning, the festival will conclude with a traditional Blessing of the Fleet in Cape Porpoise village.