Annual Maine Events
Jan 1 The Polar Plunge | Portland, Kennebunk, and Old Orchard Beach
Brave swimmers start the New Year with a dip in the frigid waters of the Atlantic annually at Maine beaches January 1 for fun and a good cause benefiting various charities. Old Orchard Beach has a Lobster Dip for Special Olympics fundraising, and Portland has a Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine. 2018 Kennebunk's Freezin for a Reason is Jan 6, Old Orchard Beach's Lobster Dip is Jan 13, and Portland's Polar Dip is Feb 3 due to extreme cold on Near Years day 2018.
Snowfest and Snodeo | Rangeley
Mid January folks on Rangeley Lake near Saddleback Lake celebrate winter with snowmobile races and an antique snowmobile parade. It's a big winter party with sled radar races and zips across Rangeley Lake, plus fun food and games in the town of Rangeley.
US National Toboggan Championships | Camden Snow Bowl, Camden
February vacation week, amateurs and pro team compete on Camden's classic toboggan run for the fastest time. Sledders don crazy costumes for the wild ride on traditional toboggans down the icy track for the title of Champion. Camden Snow Bowl offer skiing and snowboarding plus sledding, tubing and ice skating all winter, but this is their biggest event.
The romantic seaside town of Kennebunkport "Paints the Town Red." Red tag sales in boutiques, red plates at the best restaurants, a red light ceremony, and carriage rides are highlights. Kennebunk-Kennebunkport offers the perfect winter destination, with fine lodging with romantic fires. Getaway packages include dining at cozy intimate restaurants, even spa treatments in a picturesque village setting.
Maine Maple Sunday | Statewide
Maine Maple Sugar Shacks provide free samples and show how maple syrup, aka: liquid gold, is made at sugar shacks throughout the state typically held the third weekend in March.
Parrothead Spring Fest Weekend | Sunday River, Bethel
Jimmy Buffet music lovers gather on the sunny ski slopes for music, margarita mix offs, key lime pie eating contests and pond skimming at this annual event typically the first weekend in April at Sunday River.
The biggest spring ski party and island music festival in the mountains, Sugarloaf hosts over 8 live reggae bands in both indoor and outdoor concert venues with 10,000 attendees. This second weekend in April is a three day event of big name reggae musicians, parties, and a beach scene at the base of Sugarloaf's slopes - still open for skiing.
Kennebunk May Day Parade and Festival
The 1st weekend in May downtown Kennebunk hosts a hometown parade, live outdoor music, craft fairs and farmers market, games for kids and old fashioned village fun for the family.
This May festival of food in Bar Harbor showcases creative local cuisine, with the best chefs and restaurants offering samples and secrets to their best recipes in this delightful seaside town of Bar Harbor.
Moosehead Lake celebrates all things moose-related with a moose themed festival late May, early June.
Kennebunkport Festival| Kennebunkport
An early June fine food, art and wine festival celebrates the spectacular creativity and hospitality of Kennebunkport’s artists, galleries, top chefs and fine restaurants. Award-winning chefs prepare extraordinary dinners paired with wine and art. Before and After parties, concerts and boat tours are part of this great waterfront festival in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk. Special lodging packages are available at Kennebunkport historic bed and breakfast, inns, resorts and oceanfront hotels.
A June golf tournament with past presidents, pros and celebrities is followed by an evening gala at The Colony Hotel in a fundraiser for Gary's House. The Celebrity Golf Classic is held at Cape Arundel Golf Club, River Road, Kennebunkport.
June 9 fund-raising bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association offers one of five routes, 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, or 100 Mile. Routes follow Maine's scenic coastline, featuring rocky coves, sandy beaches and breath-taking vacation homes, all in the bicycle-friendly communities of Southern Maine with the start and finish at Wells Reserve in Wells.
Old Port Festival| Portland
Portland's annual Old Port Festival -Maine's largest one-day event, celebrating 46years June 9, 2019. Eight areas of live rock, world, acoustic, blues and country music, crafts, activities and fun. Maine artists and craftspeople sell their fare and international food is on display in tents along the Old Port. Portland's own Shoestring Theater Puppet Company present an amazing foot-powered parade of huge puppets down Exchange Street.
Trek Across Maine
A 180 mile cycling event across the state of Maine to benefit the American Lung Association. Cyclists travel from the mountains at Sunday River to the sea in Belfast. A two day option is available (97 miles). This ride is fully supported by volunteers and trained medical staff including support vehicles along the route and three rest stops daily.
For two fun-filled June days, fully rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the annual Windjammer Days. Events include pancake breakfast, craft fair, antique boat parade, shipyard tours, street parade, live musical entertainment and of course a visiting fleet of historic windjammers. The events end with a fireworks extravaganza over Boothbay Harbor.
Berwick's Strawberry Festival | South Berwick
A great Maine tradition, now 40 years late June with musical performances, children's games, craft s and of course Strawberry desserts, jams and delights.
July 4th Fireworks | Many Maine Towns including waterfront fireworks in York, Ogunquit, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Castine, Bath, Freeport, and Bar Harbor.
Since 1982, the 2nd weekend of July celebrates Moxie Maine's original soda pop in Lisbon with tastings, Moxie inspired recipes, collector's items and paraphernalia shared by Moxie fanatics.
See the grandest sailing vessels as they parade through Rockland and Camden Harbor under sail mid July, a magnificent sight with special events on shore in both towns.
This classic Maine fishing village on Deer Isle goes wild as working lobster men in suped-up boats charge around the harbor. Its wicked good fun - best lobsterboat race in Maine, followed by a Lobster Boat Race Dance.
North Atlantic Blues Festival| Rockland
Rockland's annual two day music festival weekend features top blues bands from around the country, plus food fairs and craft fairs near the waterfront of Rockland mid July.
Yarmouth Clam Festival | Yarmouth
One of Maine’s most popular summer events in mid July, the Yarmouth Clam Festival is an annual 3-day event. Festivities include the Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, the Clam Shucking contests, clam cook-off, clam cooking demos, Firefighters’ Muster, over 150 craftspeople, artists, and photographers displaying and selling their work, plus performances by noted musicians and entertainers and, of course, more clams!
An ultimate summer athlete event in July at Sunday River Resort with extreme obstacle courses for teams to race. The downright dirty dynamic mountain course is a test for top athletes and amateur competitors and fun for spectators to watch.
Last weekend in July, Boothbay Harbor becomes the showcase for antiques, collectible and treasure for browsers and serious collectors alike. See one of the best collections of antiques for sale in the perfect setting of the village of Boothbay.
Maine Lobster Festival | Rockland
Along with tons of Maine lobsters, this world famous New England summer event features maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, harbor cruises, contests, lots of wonderful entertainment, a giant parade, and much more. Past performances have included top national musical talents such as the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Chubby Checker, and the Temptations.
Three day in water boat show in Rockland with yachting and nautical exhibitions plus home and garden products. A great opportunity to see the latest fleet of Maine yachts for sale from power to sail boats, browse boat product booths, watch kayak and paddleboard jousting, and enjoy Maine food.
Machias Blueberry Festival | Machias
For years, the people of Machias have gathered to celebrate Maine's blueberry harvest in a weekend long festival and a real old-fashioned good time. Events and attractions include a children's parade, a fish fry, a homemade blueberry pancake breakfast, arts & craft show and more.
One of the largest hot air balloon festivals in northern New England. Over 100,000 visitors and 30 to 40 balloons launch from the banks of the beautiful Androscoggin River, with a backdrop of the rocky Great Falls. The balloon festival features food booths, craft and trade stalls, a children’s area, plus music from blues singers, to jazz, pop, and oldies. A carnival and parade cap off the Balloon weekend.
Folk Art is celebrated on Bangor's Waterfront with multi-cultural traditional arts - music, dance, crafts, food and storytelling. Traditional performers from across the country celebrate the richness and variety of American culture in this free, 3-day, multi-stage event at the Bangor Riverfront Parks.
A festival featuring all things blueberry - the Maine state fruit from blueberry pies, products, jams and desserts plus crafts and kids games in mid August.
Wells Harbor becomes a Maine Mexican food fare as local Wells restaurant chefs come out of the kitchen to compete for the best chili bragging rights, the festival also features music and crafts late August, 24 & 25.
Three days of fun on Belfast's historic waterfont with a Launch Party at Marshalls Wharf, Boatbuilding Challenge, Rowing Regatta and Cardboard Boat Race and Lobster Gala.
Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort l Kennebunkport - Annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River. Family fun and some fierce paddling ompetiton followed by a party on the lawn at The Nonantum.
Boothbay Harborfest l Boothbay
Music, Food, 5k Trail Run in Wooded Nature Preserve, Half Marathon with water views, Art Sales, Markets, Trunk Shows, Photo Workshops, Fashion, Yoga, Hikes and more, a 9-Day Event - Voted Best New England Fall Events by Yankee Magazine. Click Here for more details - schedule and tickets
Boothbay Harborfest Passport Food Tastings and Live Music. Aug 30 - Sept 1 3-day adventure for your senses! 16 Venues. $15 Weekend Passport includes food tastings and live music at local restaurants! Don't miss the Cold River Cocktail Competition.
Camden Windjammer Festival and Parade
Camden's beautiful windjammers sail in fleet through Camden Harbor on the first weekend of September.
Summer Solstice and Nature Crafts Festival is the first Weekend after Labor Day. This highly respected exhibition brings 100 artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks in a lovely seaside setting. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event.
One of the most popular triathlons around features lobstermen and athletes swimming across Casco bay, biking and running in Freeport mid September.
Maine Open Lighthouse Day
Maine's lighthouses are open to thee public and free of charge one weekend day each September. A great opportunity to shine the spolight on Maine's treasured coastal headlights.
Rangeley Oktoberfest l Rangleley
Since 1851, local farmers show off their produce, cattle and wares. From late September to early October, Fryeburg Fair is Maine's largest agricultural fair complete with six days of harness racing, a farm museum second to none, the world's largest steer and oxen show and a reputation throughout North America, plus a carnival of rides, games and fair food. A beautiful setting in prime foliage time, Maine's largest fair includes livestock, an exhibition hall, farm museum, craft demonstrations, harness racing and nightly big name concerts.
The Dempsey Challenge | Lewiston
Actor Patrick Dempsey's (Grey's Anatomy) annual Cancer Fundraiser walk/run/bike ride from Lewiston Auburn through Maine's Lakes and Mountains takes place the second weekend of October with over a thousand participants. Dr McDreamy Patrick Dempsey now owns a home in Kennebunkport Maine.
Columbus Weekend, Men and women compete in a challenging obstacle course with a twist - the husband must carry the wife in the Estonian style to win her weight in beer and a cash prizes. The Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River is a must see event, plus there are scenic chairlift rides, crafts, food, wine tasting and a beer tent during prime foliage at the Maine ski resort.
Farmers Market, parade, craft fair, food and music are part of this old home style family-friendly fall festival near Kennebunkport.
York Harvestfest | York Beach
An annual celebration of Maine food and culture, a juried craft fair, marketplace, and music on York Beach, Maine.
A fun-filled weekend of fall-themed events including pumpkin and cookie decorating, costume parade, classic car show, craft show, fun house, high heel race, bed race, wagon rides, storytelling, and a scarecrow contest the last weekend of October in beautiful Ogunquit by the Sea.
Portland's premier food and wine event showcasing top local chefs, Maine food and wines in a beautiful waterfront settings.
“Trick or Treat” Halloween Night in the Kennebunks | the Kennebunks
Merchants throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport hand out goodies to the little ghosts, pirates, princesses, etc. Summer Street is decorated beyond belief on this spritted night of October 31.
Festival of Lights | Kennebunk
Watch as the largest Christmas Tree illuminates the night in downtown Kennebunk the weekend following Thanksgiving! Join the affair for sales and refreshments from downtown merchants, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and ice skate in Kennebunk's Waterhouse Pavilion.
Kringleville | Waterville
Last weekend of Nov to 3rd weekend of Dec: Kids will love to visit Santa at the REM, 93 Main Street in Downtown Waterville.
Country Christmas | Bethel
Last weekend of Nov to 3rd week of Dec: Experience the Christmas season in the village of Bethel where you can meet Santa, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy the light decor and performances.
Festival of Trees | Saco
Last weekend of Nov through Dec: Dozens of stunningly decorated trees and wreaths are created based on themes picked every season hosted at the Dyer Library and Saco Museum.
Lighting of the Nubble | Sohier Park, York
For some York locals, the Holiday Season doesn't start until witnessing the annual Lighting of the iconic Nubble Lighthouse the last weekend of November. In Sohier Park, there can be music, hot cocoa, cookies and while Santa makes an appearance. At dusk, the Nubble will be illuminated as testament of the coming Holidays.
Old Fashioned Christmas | Bath
Following Thanksgiving through Dec: Bath, Maine hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas where Santa joins the Children's Tree Lighting along with caroling, contests, live music and more!
A magical season filled with holiday inspired events, tee lightings, entertainment, shopping, craft fairs, caroling, and Santa in a lobster boat! The first two weeks in December. Kennebunkport, Maine Christmas Prelude
Freeport Sparkle Weekend | Freeport
1st weekend of Dec: Inspire your holiday spirit with Parade of Lights down Main Street, Holiday Movie Marathon, Tuba Christmas Concert, Visits with Santa, Horse Drawn Wagons, Musical Holiday Light Shows, Holiday crafts, Complimentary Gift Wrapping and more!
Santa's Workshop/ Festival of Lights Parade/ City Tree Lighting | Bangor
1st weekend of Dec: Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Workshop followed by the annual festival of lights parade at Main Street & West Market Square and later, the City Tree Lighting.
Festival of Lights | York
1st Saturday of Dec: From the Polar Express, Breakfast with Santa, Festival of Ginger-bread Houses, Festival of Trees, Holiday Film Festival, Lighting of the Village, Festival of Lights Parade, to craft fairs, painting with Santa, church suppers and desserts, the Festival of Lights is sure to be an exciting event.
Holiday Light Parade | Presque Isle
1st Saturday of Dec: The Light Parade sets off from North Street and proceed to Clukey's Auto Supply for the lighting of the Tree of Hope and then continue to Gentile Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Hot beverages will be served.
Harbor Lights Festival | Boothbay Harbor
1st Saturday of Dec: Boothbay Harbor celebrates the holiday season Lighting of the Town Tree, caroling live nativity scene and more!
Christmas in Katahdin | Millinocket
1st Saturday of Dec: Enjoy the festivities in Katahdin with parades, concerts, food, games crafts and good old fun.
A seaside Christmas season celebration filled with events, a parade, holiday decorations, caroling, entertainment, shopping, and craft fairs in Ogunquit the first two weekends in December.
Mountain Holly Days | Rangeley
2nd weekend of Dec: Mountain Holly Days features specials in all participating shops, open houses, refreshments, shoppers raffle, caroling, Men's night on Friday, Saturday Night Community Christmas Party, Sunday visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus and holiday hayrides!
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Portland Harbor
2nd Saturday of Dec: The Casco Bay Lines present the Boat Parade of Lights in Portland for a truly magnificent Christmas event. Among the many holiday events in Portland, this occasion brings the holiday spirit out to sea where Portland Harbor is illuminated with lit boats and fireworks.
Southern Maine Christmas Parade | Wells
Watch as holiday-themed characters, decorated vehicles, and marching bands make their way from Wells Plaza at 2pm to the Wells Junior High School in this holiday parade. 2nd Sunday of December.