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

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Camden Windjammer Festival 2018
Camden Windjammer Festival 2018

various locations Camden, ME Phone:

August 31-September 2, 2018

The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks. See event website for more details.
Common Ground Country Fair 2018

294 Crosby Brook Road Unity, ME Phone: 207-568-4142

September 21-23, 2018

Activities include horse, mule, cow, ox, dairy goat, sheep, llama, alpaca, rabbit, poultry and other animal exhibits and demonstrations; fleece and fiber related demonstrations in the Maine Fiber Farms Area; hayrides all weekend; vegetable garden parade for children; a country store with fair merchandise; live entertainment; folk arts tents; Indian basket making; stone working; fibre spinning. Time: gates open daily at 9 a.m.
Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival 2018

Maine Street Brunswick, ME Phone:

August 18, 2018

This juried, fine arts show includes more than 100 artists and artisans who will be displaying and selling their work along the sidewalks of Maine Street and on the Town Green. The festival includes live music on two stages and a variety of roving musicians playing bluegrass, folk, old timey and Quebecois music. Children's activities include face painting, hula hooping, gardening projects and crafts and art demonstrations for all ages. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival 2018

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 155 Hogan Road Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-783-6795

September 7-8, 2018

The Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival features Greek folk music and dancing, a wide variety of Greek foods, a bazaar, book store, and games for kids. Time: Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
American Folk Festival 2018

Bangor Waterfront, Front Street Bangor, ME Phone:

August 24-26, 2018

The American Folk Festival is a true cross-section of folk traditions from across the United States. This year: Tuba Skinny, Fairfield Four, Open the Door for Three, Vieux Farka Toure, Wayne Hancock, The Floor Lords, Gus La Casses & Eamon Sefton, Jeanette and Johnny Williams, Annikia Chambers, and many more appear on stages along the Bangor Waterfront. The festival also offers craft demonstrations and exhibits, a children's area, and dozens of food vendors.
Acton Fair 2018

Route 109 Acton, ME Phone: 207-636-2968

August 23-26, 2018

Come to the fair and enjoy livestock exhibits, a pig scramble, horse and ox pulls, a beauty pageant, a parade, a midway by Fiesta Shows, and more. Also, live music, balloon animals, clogging, magic show.
Time: Gates open daily at 9 a.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; children under age 12, free; seniors on Friday until 4 p.m., $4; parking $4. 
Piscataquis Valley Fair 2018

Fairview Avenue Dover-Foxcroft, ME Phone: 207-943-2650

August 23-28, 2018

A milling parlor with home made ice cream, agricultural exhibits, crafts, midway, animal pull events. Schedule of events.
Time: Open daily 6 a.m.; midway open at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Admission: $6 per person; children age 5 to 10, $2; seniors admitted Thursday for $3. Wrist bands, $15-$17
Crown of Maine Balloon Festival 2018

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

August 23-26, 2018

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. 
Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival 2018

Litchfield Fairground, 30 Plains Road Litchfield, ME Phone:

August 22-26, 2018

Performers: The Gibson Brothers, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Nothin' Fancy, Blue Mafia, The Bluegrass Brothers, Bluegrass Diamonds, Remington Ryde, Zink & Company, The Douthwrights, Feinberg Brothers, Blistered Fingers.
Time: Grounds open Wednesday, 5 p.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.; See website for performance schedule
Admission: Daily, $15-$35; five-day ticket, $85-$90
Windsor Fair 2018

82 Ridge Road Windsor, ME Phone: 207-549-7121

August 26-September 3, 2015

This fair has everything from rides and games, truck pulls, animal exhibits, a Fair Queen Pageant, a demolition derby, the Giant Pumpkin and Squash Contest weigh-in, and a draft horse and draft pony show, harness racing, monster trucks, the dinosaur Xperience, a midway, and more. Time: see website for schedule.
Great Falls Balloon Festival 2018

Simard-Payne Memorial Park (formerly Railroad Park), off Oxford Street Lewiston, ME Phone:

August 17-19, 2018

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. Schedule of events
Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival 2018

Fairground Road Union, ME Phone:

August 18-25, 2018

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.
Boothbay Harbor Fest 2018

Waterfront and other locations Boothbay Harbor, ME Phone:

August 31-September 9, 2018

This ten-day celebration showcases 100 Maine businesses and organizations with local foods, live music, fine arts, creative wares, a 5k, half marathon, a vintage market and a fashion show featuring original designs made from the marine industry. Featured events:
Taste of Local Flavor dine-around the town.
Taste of Labor Day on the Waterfront. Food demonstration and pairing.
Shop Local. Favorite stores and some pop-up shops, with entertainment.
Vintage Marketplace. September 7-9 on the waterfront, East Boothbay
Fishin’ for Fashion
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival 2018

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

August 17-19, 2018

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.
Fryeburg Fair 2018

Fryeburg Fairgrounds, off Route 5 near Route 302 Fryeburg, ME Phone: 207-935-3268

September 30-October 7, 2018

Fryeburg Fair offers livestock and farming exhibitions; woodsmen’s field events on October 3, 2017; ox pulling; calf and pig scrambles; cooking contests; flower shows; crafts; art; a museum of farm equipment; the Little Red Schoolhouse built in 1835 and pari-mutuel harness racing. The Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker Band will perform. The Fair’s Specialty Foods Pavilion offers innovative food products. The fireworks show is Friday at 9 p.m.
Admission: General admission is $12 daily; children under 12 admitted free.