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

For more fun activities, see Maine Events page

72 Federal Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-773-7746

August 15-16, 2015

The Italian Street Festival "Bazaar" is an annual fundraising and community event for St. Peter's Church the Italian Parish of the Diocese of Portland celebrating the Feasts of the Assumption and St. Rocco.

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.

Waterfront Bucksport, ME Phone:

August 15, 2015

Artists and craftsmen gather at waterfront location on Penobscot Bay.

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.

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.

356 Main Street and townwide Madawaska, ME Phone: 207-728-3546

July 2-5, 2015

Events include a re-enactment of the first Acadian landing in northern Maine, traditional Acadian supper, Soiree du bon Vieux Temps (Night of good old times),traditional cultural displays, Golf Tournament, Family Fun Day, Festival Parade, "Party du Main Street', and much more. The Festival is held each year in conjuction with a huge family reunion. Time: see website for schedule.

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.

100 Dutton Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-561-8300

July 24-August 2, 2015

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! These shows are free with paid admission and will feature the best in rock, country, bluegrass, big band, and hip-hop music.

Railroad Park, off Oxford Street Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-782-2637

August 21-23, 2015

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.

Harbor Park, Water Street Rockland, ME Phone: 207-596-7126

July 29-August 2, 2015

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. See event website for schedule of activities.

Various locations Belfast, ME Phone: 207-338-2692

July 17-19, 2015

Irish and Scottish music and dance of two stages. Performers include Black Point Pipes and Drums, The Rogers Brothers, The Ladies of the Lakes, The Press Gang, Hanz Araki and Colleen Raney, Robbie O'Connell. Events include The New World Cheese Rolling Championships and the Isle of Mann Three Legged Race. and Jimmy Keane. , Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday.

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.

Bethel Common Bethel, ME Phone: 207-824-2282

July 18, 2015

Bethel’s biggest and most beloved event for over 50 years. Saturday includes artists and crafters on the town common and on Main Street,, parade, live music, kids’ entertainment, frog jumping contest, plenty of food, fireworks, and lots more.

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.

Manson Park, 190 Crosby Street Pittsfield, ME Phone: 207-341-3456

July 13-18, 2015

Week long festival including the Kiwanis Karnival, street dance, Egglympics, lots of music, basketball tournament, window painting, horseshoe contest, marketplace, kiddie parade, the big parade, display tents, artists display, quiche/cheesecake/pie contest and much more! Times: Daily events leading up to parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. Cost: Community activities are free. Fees charged for Kiwanis Karnival and parking at Manson Park.

Topsham Fairgrounds, off Rt 196 onto Community Way Topsham, ME Phone:

August 15, 2015

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more.  

18 Community Center Drive Fort Fairfield, ME Phone: 207-472-3800

July 10-12, 2015

This annual celebration of the blooming potato fields centers upon at huge parade, on July 19 in 2014. The entire festival features events like the farmer Olympics, races, arts & crafts, river races, and mashed potato wrestling. Also: an antique tractor pull and fireworks over the Aroostook River.

Northern Maine Fairgrounds, Mechanic Street Presque Isle, ME Phone: 207-764-6561

August 27-30, 2015

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 18-20, 2015

After a 15-year absence, in a spectacular display of the Golden Age of Sail, 10 to 12 tall ships will return to Portland's waterfront. Four Class A vessels from around the world will join local and regional ships to offer deck tours and sails. On July 18, a Parade of Sail may be seen from around Portland harbor. On July 19 and 20, the festival begins, with ship tours, music and food. Ticket required for all ships except the USCG Eagle. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $15-$17

Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, Off Route 25 Hiram, ME Phone: 207-625-8656

July 23-26, 2015

This festival is home to the New England Flatpicking and Banjo Championships, and the New England Songwriting Contest. There are workshops, nightly barn dances, children's dance parties, and Americana, bluegrass, country swing and folk acts on two outdoor stages. Camping onsite. Cost: Thursday,
Friday after dark, $25; four days, $125