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
August 20-27, 2016
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. On Friday, August 22, the featured entertainment will be a tribute to Maine country music artists.
Time: gates open daily at 8 a.m. See website for events schedule. Cost: All inclusive, $12; early bird, $8; family day, the final Saturday, $10.
September 22-25, 2016
Entertainment, panel discussions, workshops, art exhibits, and science related programs are on the agenda. There are opportunities for stargazing from different sites in the park. Indoor and outdoor events are planned. Highlights include night walks led by park rangers to observe the wildlife active during darkness, a special ecological program, a picnic with the planets and a photography workshop.
Litchfield Fairground, 30 Plains Road
August 24-28, 2016
This event attracts thousands of music lovers from all over the world to hear some of the greatest bluegrass music found anywhere. Groups performing at this event in 2016 include the Gibson Bros, the Baker Family, Band of Ruhks, and many others. Also: Kids Music Academy, camping, free hot showers, food, extra large tent for cover and indoor bathrooms.
Downtown Winter Harbor
Winter Harbor, ME
August 13, 2016
Events begin at 7 a.m. in Birch Harbor with registration for the George Schaeffer Road Race. A pancake breakfast is served at the Winter Harbor Masonic Hall from 6 to 10 a.m. The craft fair opens at 9 a.m. on Harbor Road in Winter Harbor and a lobster dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lobster Boat Races are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and a parade on Main Street begins at 5:30 p.m. A contra dance begins at 7 p.m. at Hammond Hall. Time: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, 291 South Hiram Rd
South Hiram, ME
July 28-31, 2016
Travel through time with music of all decades, from bluegrass and country to alt-rock and blues. Performers will hold workshops, so bring your instrument and learn from the pros! Also available will be morning yoga classes, swimming in the river, and food sampling at Saturday’s chicken barbecue and Sunday’s brunch.
Times: All day, consult website for event times.
Admission: 4 day pass, $135; 3 day pass, $125; 1 day pass, $25-$55;
Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road
September 10-11, 2016
This highly respected exhibition brings 100 artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event. Also, music, food, and environmental immersion at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
100 Dutton Street
July 29-August 7, 2016
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.
Bangor Waterfront, Front Street
August 26-28, 2016
This annual festival from August 26-28 includes a roster of national and international performing groups, sharing the traditional arts, culture and heritage of their region on four stages along the Bangor Waterfront. This year, performers from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Portugal, Ethiopia, and Canada, as well as the United States, are featured. There will be a children's area with activities for the whole family; dozens of food vendors offering ethnic food, regional specialties and traditional festival favorites; and a a Marketplace offering unique, handcrafted items and Taste of Maine treats.
Railroad Park, off Oxford Street
August 19-21, 2016
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.
Northern Maine Fairgrounds, Mechanic Street
Presque Isle, ME
August 25-28, 2016
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.
Harbor Park, Water Street
August 3-7, 2016
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.
Topsham Fairgrounds, off Rt 196 onto Community Way
August 20, 2016
This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more.
August 5-6, 2016
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.
Grand Lake Stream, ME
July 30-31, 2016
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 6-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Have your love of air travel and vintage cars flourish at this large showing in Maine. In addition to the large display of classic, vintage and antique vehicles, there will be many family events and demonstrations. Adults, $25; Under 18 and Military, free.
August 3-7, 2016
International Homecoming Festival began in 1974 and continues to bring home family and friends to celebrate the friendship between the two international communities of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, USA. During the festival, these two communities become one, hosting and attending events held on both sides of the border. Many enjoy the street fair, children's games and activities, concerts, craft shows, and so much more, ending with the spectacular fireworks display on Satuday over the St. Croix River, with great views from both sides of the river.
Schedule of events.
Centre Street Congregational Church, 9 Center Street
August 16-21, 2016
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.
Casco Day Park, 948 Meadow Road
Casco Village, ME
July 28-30, 2016
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, happing for the first time on Saturday at 2 p.m., a Saturday supper followed by live music by Rick Charette & the Bubble Gum Band at 7 p.m. Drawings for prizes each day.
Time: Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
August 25-27, 2016
Non-stop entertainment, food, wine and beer gardens, raffle and more. Opera on Thursday night. Performance schedule.
Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
August 13, 2016
A gathering of artists and craftspeople in a beautiful waterfront location overlooking Penobscot Bay. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.