Maine festivals always have a bit of something for everyone and these five unique festivals are great examples. From blues shows and antique showings to local town festivals—each one offers a snapshot of the natural Maine lifestyle that will have you back in touch with your northern roots in no time. Come, enjoy these festivals and embrace Vacationland…the way life should be!
Art in The Park, (August 11, 9 am–4 pm)
Mill Creek Park at 185 Ocean Street in South Portland
This free outdoor art show offers everything from paintings to wood carvings for sale, and also features artwork by local high school students. There will be something for everyone, including your children—from 10 am–2 pm the “Kids in the Park” area will be available for kids to make their own artistic creations! The park venue also provides a wide selection of food and live music, making it a fun option for the whole family. Learn More
First Friday Art Walk, (First Friday of every month 10 am–10 pm).
Portland–Downtown and Old Port areas
This free monthly event opens the doors of Portland’s visual arts community to the public with art on display in galleries, museums, and on the streets. It’s a family-friendly, quintessential Portland experience. With vendors lining the streets and the smell of good food and live music in the air, you can bet there is something for everyone. Learn More
York County Blues Fest, (July 28, 12–6 pm)
Waterboro Friendship Park, Old Alfred Road
This Saturday, the Grammy-award-winning Paul Nelson Band headlines an afternoon of great blues acts including Nathan Michaud, Andy Schoenfeld, and more. Admission charged and gates open at 11:30. Learn more
Maine Lobster Festival, (August 1–5, 12 pm–11 pm)
Oceanside East High School, Rockland
Children’s races, art shows, cooking contests, beauty pageant, live music, parades, and most importantly, a lobster tent! This classic Maine festival has it all! The first day of the festival has a $1 entrance fee for adults and kids are free. The following days are $8 adults/$2 kids. Come enjoy an authentic Maine experience. Learn More
Portsmouth Antiques Fest, (August 25, 8 am–2 pm)
Swasey Parkway, Portsmouth (NH)
For our neighbors to the south, think Portsmouth Farmers Market, but with unique furniture and collectibles. This market is more than a big yard sale. Swag On Swasey features some of your favorite dealers including; Todd Farm, the Dover Indoor Antique Market and the Arundel Flea Market. More than 25 dealers in one location. No admission and plenty of free parking. Swasey Parkway has easy access from route 101, 125 and Interstate 95. Learn More