From Blueberries to Balloons: Six Upcoming August Festivals
The Great Falls Balloon Fest. Photo by Arlene McConnell.
The sea goddess of the Maine Lobster Festival has been crowned, and the lobster floats may not return to Rockland's Main Street for another year, but festival season is still in full swing in Maine. Whether you love balloons, blueberries, antiques, Acadian culture, or boats, there's something for you in the upcoming weeks. Have fun!
Acadian Festival, Madawaska, Aug. 9–15
This yearly festival celebrates all aspects of Acadian culture with cuisine, music, and the hospitality of French Acadians. acadianfestival.com
Maine Antiques Festival, Union, Aug. 10–12
No need to go antique hunting when more than one hundred vendors from around the Northeast come to Union. maineantiquefest.com
Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, Aug. 11
Not ready to let go of last weekend's lobster festival? Try the one in Winter Harbor. It's not quite as popular (and hectic) as the one in Rockland but it has everything you're looking for, from lobster boat races, to parades and of course, a lobster dinner. acadia-schoodic.org
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, Aug. 10–12
Come for Maine's finest artists, architects, boat builders, craftsmen, designers, and furniture makers all in Rockland at the same time, but stay for the first ever Stand-Up Paddleboard Jousting competition. maineboats.com/boatshow
Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston/Auburn, Aug. 17–19
Now in its twentieth year, the festival attracts more than one hundred thousand visitors for the launch of dozens of dazzling hot air balloons. greatfallsballoonfestival.org
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, Machias, Aug. 17–19
Celebrate the pride and joy of Down East Maine, the blueberry, with three days of crafts, food, entertainment, and pie-eating contests. And don't miss our pick for best 'Enchanted Evening,' the Blackfly Ball. machiasblueberry.com