The place to grow your appreciation and knowledge of rural living. Plus there’s organic food, music, farming, crafts, social action, and good, old-time chinwagging.
This fair boasts some of the finest entertainment, attractions, and exhibits in the state. Events include a large livestock area full of the usual farm animals, the “Crazy Critters” animal exhibit, powerful draft horse and oxen pulling, harness racing, and sheepdog trials.
According to the Island Astronomy Institute, Maine retains more naturally dark sky than any state east of the Mississippi. This festival celebrates the Maine above your head with stargazing in Acadia National Park and a special performance by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
The tunes echo up Mount Battie from the Camden Windjammer Festival, a three-day fete in honor of Maine’s fleet of enormous sailing ships. Now in its sixteenth year, this community-led celebration highlights the town’s maritime heritage with live outdoor music, fireworks in the harbor, a lobster-crate race, demonstrations of crafts and traditional skills, art and displays of maritime history, food, a chowder challenge, scavenger hunts, and lots more nautical fun. This event is sponsored by Down East.
Damariscotta River Association
Jimi and Janis aren’t the headliners at this furry festival. Instead, look for Fido and Spot to bask in the four-legged love. Woofstock is a one-day dog fest — an ideal spot for bringing, or finding, man’s best friend. Dogs can sample regional pet products, watch demonstrations, and frolic with friends. Human attendants can have some fun perusing the food (don’t miss the Round Top ice cream), raffles, silent auctions, and — the best part — dogs from animal shelters and rescue leagues from all around the state, just waiting to go home with you
Portland, ME 04112
Celebrate Independence Day this year from the deck of one of Portland Schooner Company's classic wooden windjammers, Wendameen or Bagheera, for an unforgettable two-hour fireworks sail. Experience the brilliant fireworks from a waterside view in Casco Bay Harbor. Enjoy freshly baked homemade pies with coffee and tea. Sails will be dropped shortly before the show begins as both vessels anchor side-by-side in the harbor. Guests are always welcome to bring beer or wine aboard.
South Paris, ME 04281
The 31st annual Founder’s Day to support the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum in Paris, Maine will be held Saturday July 18, 2009.
The showpiece of the charity event is The Bahre Collection of antique and Classic cars. The collection, housed at the birthplace of Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln’s first vice-president, is open once a year to the public at the Founder’s Day event.
Bangor TV station sponsors this sidewalk art festival, the Queen City’s largest and most celebrated one-day art festival of the year, showcasing more than a hundred artists from Maine, New England, and beyond.
Just a stone’s throw from the state capital, Windsor hosts a country fair famed for its large midway, animal pulling events, and harness racing.
With close to ten thousand people attending each year, the twenty-seventh Wilton Blueberry Festival has everything from a bazaar to a yard sale at the Wilton Methodist Church. Don’t miss the open blacksmith’s forge, children’s games, fire truck rides, bingo, and lots of blueberries, too.