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Maine’s Best Fests and Summer Events!

With so many coastal towns right on the ocean, summer is one of the best times to visit Maine. The Pine Tree State is chock-full of events and festivals during the summer months and it’s a great time to explore the best the state has to offer.

If you love art, food, the ocean, and fun, there are many great Maine events to experience this summer. Maine’s motto is “the way life should be,” and by attending a festival or summer event, you’ll no doubt see the very best of Maine.

Here are Maine’s best festivals and summer events you need to check out this year.

Maine’s Best Festivals and Summer Events

Maine Art Walks

If you love art, Maine Art Walks are a great way to explore Maine’s bigger cities as well as its small coastal towns. Many towns have art walks that occur year-round or once a month during the summer months. 

You’ll see an eclectic mix of local and regional artists who create wonderful works of art in a variety of mediums, such as photography, paintings, wood art, and much more. In many towns, art is showcased at local businesses as well as galleries, so don’t miss your chance to see it wherever you go.

Bath Art Hop - Bath, Maine - Summer Festivals
Bath Art Hop | photo via Bath Art Hop

George H W Bush Celebrity Golf Classic

This annual June event takes place at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport and brings together pros and celebs for some friendly golfing, all for a good cause. The tournament raises money for Gary’s House, a hospitality home in Portland. Past events have brought in past presidents, including former President George H. W. Bush himself and George W. Bush

Tour de Cure

This annual fundraising bicycle ride benefits the American Diabetes Association with four distances to meet varying participants: 15 miles, 30 miles, 62 miles, and 100 miles. 

Previous rides have followed along Maine’s scenic coastline, allowing riders to see sandy beaches, see the ocean, and explore many of Maine’s friendly communities.

Tour de Cure - New England - Summer Festivals
Tour de Cure | photo via Tour de Cure

Resurgam Music and Arts Festival

This new festival takes the place of Portland’s Old Port Festival, which ended several years ago. In its place is the Resurgam Music and Arts Festival. This brand-new community-minded event showcase Portland’s youth as well as its heaps of creativity.

The event is free and visitors will be able to see lots of art, hear live music, eat and drink with offerings from local vendors, and more.

Trek Across Maine

This annual June fundraiser helps raise money for the American Lung Association and has been going strong in Maine for nearly 40 years. This is a great way for biking enthusiasts to see some great Maine neighborhoods and historic landmarks.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of fun to be had along the way. Bates College offers a baked potato bar and Team Tent City offers beer, lawn games, snacks, and plenty more to make the day fun.

Trek Across Maine - Brunswick, Maine - Summer Festivals
Trek Across Maine | photo via @grantjewett

Windjammer Days 

This year marks 60 years for this annual event held in Boothbay Harbor. This festival is a great way to kick off summer and is packed with fun events. Festivities include an antique boat parade and pier party, a street parade, fireworks over the harbor, and an artists alley. 

Don’t forget the windjammers either. These ships are vessels of living history and are beloved by those who come year after year to see them. These majestic ships gather off of cabbage island before coming full sail into Boothbay Harbor for the gathering of the fleet. 

One of the best ways to see the ships is on the water, and, in addition, to seeing the fleet come in, you can tour the ships too.

Windjammer Days - Boothbay Harbor, Maine - Summer Festivals
Windjammer Days | photo via @conallobrienphotography

South Berwick Strawberry Festival

Some of the best Maine festivals are simple, like this annual festival that celebrates all things strawberry. This festival is big on community and celebrates the volunteerism that helps make everything possible. 

This great Maine tradition features musical performances, children’s games, crafts, and of course, delicious Strawberry desserts, jams, pies, and other delights in South Berwick Maine.

South Berwick Strawberry Festival - South Berwick, Maine - Summer Festivals
South Berwick Strawberry Festival | photo via @begirl814

Launch – A Maritime Festival

Visit the seaside towns of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and cape porpoise for this weekend that celebrates boating, shipbuilding, and fishing. This annual waterfront party brings together pirates, mermaids, and other interesting characters. 

Highlights include live music, historic tours, ReLAUNCH, a nautical-themed cocktail event, a boat parade, a blessing of the fleet, and a cocktail trail.

Launch- A Maritime Festival - Kennebunks in Maine - Summer Festivals
Launch: A Maritime Festival | photo via Launch: A Maritime Festival

Maine Lobster Festival

If you love seafood, get ready for five days of being surrounded by some of the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere. what started as a local celebration is now recognized internationally as a seafood celebration.

The festival is located at Rockland Harbor Park and has all kinds of fun events, including a seafood cooking contest, events for kids, a lobster crate race, art and crafts, and live entertainment. The focus of the festival is, of course, fresh Maine lobster. Here you can get it prepared any way you want, from lobster rolls, lobster-stuffed risotto balls, lobster bisque, and so much more. 

This is a great way to experience Rockland Maine and have some fun while you do

Maine Lobster Festival - Rockland, Maine - Summer Festivals
Maine Lobster Festival | photo via @sadlerhousemaine

Portland Reggaefest

Reggae returns to Jones Landing on Peaks Island to carry on a longstanding Maine tradition. So hop on a ferry, take a ride, listen to some great music, and enjoy a cold beverage or two. 

Some changes have been made to the event and visitors can expect an expanded food menu and the music will begin later in the afternoon.

Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival 

The Thomas Point Beach and Campground in Brunswick is transformed into the arena for the Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Festival-goers can buy all manner of clothing, souvenirs, and even Scottish groceries from a variety of vendors.

There are also food vendors selling dozens of tasty options. Festival events include sheepdog demonstrations, Scottish music and concerts, Highland Dance competitions, athletic competitions, and more.

Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival - Brunswick, Maine - Summer Festivals
Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival | photo via Shari Rodden

Great Falls Balloon Fest

Balloon festivals are always fun, especially when you see so many colorful balloons sailing in the sky. Lewiston and Auburn’s festival spans three days and offers a chance to see these majestic balloons up close. Visitors can also go for balloon rides, sample food from local vendors, and much more.

Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort

This annual race graces the waterfront each August at Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport as paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks race up and down the Kennebunk River. This is a great spectator event over a nearly two-mile course is always fun to watch because conditions can make for an interesting race.

A date has not been announced yet for 2022.

Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort - Kennebunkport, Maine - Summer Festivals
Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort | photo via Nonantum Resort Paddle Battle

Camden Windjammer Festival

Held over Labor Day weekend, this festival features the largest gathering of schooners in the Northeast and packs lots of nautical fun into two days. Visitors can see more than a dozen windjammers sail into Camden Harbor and then watch a schooner crew talent show and then a fireworks show. 

Other events include dockside dinners, ship tours, a fish relay race, scavenger hunts, and more.

Make Plans to Attend a Maine Summer Festival

As you can see, there are lots of fun Maine summer festivals and events waiting to be explored. Whether you’d like to sample some fresh seafood, tour a tall ship, hear some live music, or just take in the lively atmosphere of a festival, there’s one in Maine just for you.

No matter where you are in Maine, you’re not far from a summer festival, so add one (or several) to your bucket list this summer!

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