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 Waterville, ME Phone:

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.

Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, Off Route 25 Hiram, ME Phone:

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..

Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Constitution Avenue Skowhegan, ME Phone:

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 Litchfield, ME Phone: 207-873-6539

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

Main Street Wilton, ME Phone: 207-778-4726

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.

Bangor Waterfront, Front Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-992-2630

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.

Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland, ME Phone:

August 24-26, 2017

Non-stop entertainment, food, wine and beer gardens, raffle and more. Time: 11 a.m.-11 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.

Centre Street Congregational Church, 9 Center Street Machias, ME Phone: 207-255-6665

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.

Water Street Grand Lake Stream, ME Phone: 207-796-8199

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

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

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. 

Casco Day Park, 948 Meadow Road Casco Village, ME Phone:

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.

Cross Insurance Center, Bass Park, 515 Main Street Bangor, ME Phone:

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.

Fairground Road Union, ME Phone:

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum Street Owls Head, ME Phone: 207-594-4418

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.

Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street Kennebunk, ME Phone: 207-985-4802

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.

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

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. Schedule. Admission: Adults, $8; children 6-11 years old, $2.