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It's That Time of Year: New England's Summer Festivals -- Maine

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Every Summer New England states host some of the best festivals. Many are kid-friendly or are just for families. Some of these events are for charities, town support, or sponsored by various local business. Some events this year are free to attend!

MAINE

The Kennebunkport Festival
June 3-8, 2014
Kennebunkport, Maine

The Kennebunkport Festival is a multi-day dining extravaganza that kicks off with intimate, private dinners prepared by some of Maine’s top chefs in area residences or opt for dinner at the White Barn Inn, a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant, hosted by Executive Chef Jonathan Cartwright. The festival includes art events, music and more. Come for all six days or plan a long weekend escape.http://kennebunkportfestival.com

Annual Windjammer Days Festival
June 24-25, 2014
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Enjoy the beauty of fully rigged windjammers sailing into Boothbay Harbor. Four days of family fun: a sailboat race, golf tournament, pancake breakfasts, waterfront concerts, art and craft fair, hometown street parade, antique boat parade and fireworks over the harbor. Great fun for all! Participating windjammers in this event offer overnight trips or hourly cruises.http://www.boothbayharbor.com/windjammer-days

The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival
June 28, 2014
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Celebrate the taste of Maine’s favorite dessert at the 2014 Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Dozens of bakers with thousands of Whoopie Pies will be on hand. Sample, purchase and enjoy this unique Maine delicacy. Come for the Whoopie Pies, but stay all day to enjoy live music, food, arts and crafts, vendors, and fun activities for the whole family! For the first time this year, the festival will also be crowning the festival Big Whoop.http://mainewhoopiepiefestival.com

South Berwick Strawberry Festival
June 28, 2014
South Berwick, Maine

This volunteer festival gets bigger and better every year. Enjoy strawberry shortcake or strawberries on ice cream under the tents, or choose from the many food tables. There are crafts and jewelry for sale by many vendors, live music and entertainment throughout the day and childrens’ rides and events. Nearby, visit the beautiful Hamilton House, a restored Georgian mansion, owned by Historic New England, situated on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River, once a crucial point in the shipping business of the New England colonies. Or see the home of writer Sarah Orne Jewett, famous for capturing the history and flavor of the region. A 15-minute drive off Route 95 from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.http://www.southberwickstrawberryfestival.com

Bar Harbor Music Festival
June 29 - July 27, 2014
Bar Harbor, Maine

Acclaimed by the Phi Beta “Baton” as “one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the Bar Harbor Music Festival has gained national recognition as one of the few music festivals in the United States whose mission is to provide essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent. During the past 47 years, the Bar Harbor Music Festival has advanced the careers of over 1,800 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers, presenting a glorious summer of music encompassing recitals, chamber music, “Pops”, “New Composers”, opera, jazz, and string orchestra concerts.http://www.barharbormusicfestival.org

Maine Windjammer Association – Annual Great Schooner Race
July 4, 2014
Rockland, Maine

Be a part of North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships as more than two dozen schooners race from Islesboro to Rockland. Guests are invited to participate in this informal, friendly competition that includes a multi-day “training” cruise to help new crew members learn the ropes before the big event. Fireworks are held the previous evening. Call today to book. http://www.greatschoonerrace.com/

Maine Windjammer Parade and Open Schooner Tours
July 11, 2014
Rockland, Maine

The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. On Saturday, stop by for Open “Schooner” Tours. Visitors can stop by North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf (off Tilson Avenue) for dockside tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch and Stephen Taber.http://www.sailmainecoast.com/plan-your-trip/special-events

Moxie Festival
July 11-13, 2014
Lisbon Falls, Maine

A festival in honor of a beverage that has a cult following in New England. Music, entertainment, food, fireworks, parades and carnival games. Since 1982, The Moxie Festival has been held on the second weekend in July in Lisbon, Maine, home of the world famous Moxie Store!http://moxiefestival.com

North Atlantic Blues Festival
July 12-13, 2014
Rockland, Maine

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening, Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.http://www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

Rods, Customs, 50's & 60's & Antique Aeroplane Show - Owls Head Transportation Museum
July 14-15, 2014
Owls Head, Maine

From the style and color of the 1950s to the raw power of the 1970s, come celebrate America’s passion for cool cars. Pre-1994 vehicles are welcome to exhibit too. Vehicle demonstrations, Model T rides, family activities and more.http://owlshead.org/events

The Yarmouth Clam Festival
July 18-20, 2014
Yarmouth, Maine

On this extended weekend, the normally quiet New England village of Yarmouth, Maine, will swell to 15 times its size, as more than 100,000 visitors flock to the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival — including visitors from 13 countries and 32 U.S. states. One of Maine’s most popular summer events, the festival includes a Friday night parade, Saturday night block party and fireworks, clam shucking contests, a Firefighters’ Muster, the Diaper Derby and, of course, lots and lots of clams! A boatload of other seafood will also be served up: lobster stew, lobster rolls, grilled scallops, shore dinners, and fried shrimp, to name a few. A wide array of favorite foods for landlubbers includes pizza, burgers and dogs, meatball subs, home-baked desserts, the famously thirst-quenching Lime Rickeys and much more.http://clamfestival.com

Sunday River's Tough Mountain Challenge
July 26, 2014
Sunday River, Maine

The Tough Mountain Challenge is a unique adventure obstacle race born in the mountains of Maine that tackles the alpine terrain of Sunday River ski resort. After running 5k in the mountains, under an arsenal of snow guns, crossing ravines and crawling under ski trails — you’ll feel it by the finish line. And when you cross that line you’ll be in the middle of an all-day party complete with live music, barbecues, a beer garden, a free Mini Mountain Challenge for kids, chairlift rides, zip lines and more.http://www.mountainchallengeseries.com/‎

Maine Lobster Festival
July 30 - August 3, 2014
Rockland, Maine

Love lobster? This is the festival for you. You’ll find fresh Maine lobster under nine tents overlooking Penobscot Bay — plus a sea goddess, a big parade, top-notch entertainment, Maine arts and crafts, U.S. Navy ship tours and more. In addition to lobster, you can choose from steamed and fried clams, fried Maine shrimp, shrimp cocktail, steamed mussels, and many varieties of traditional summer fair food, all prepared in the traditional Maine way.http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com

KahBang Music-Art-Film Discovery Festival & Bangor Brew Fest
August 7-10, 2014
Bangor, Maine

Come to New England’s largest indie music discovery festival along with the 3rd annual Bangor Brew Fest. KahBang showcases emerging musicians in venues across the city of Bangor and on the Bangor Waterfront. KahBang also hosts art galleries, film festival and a Campsite with music showcases. The Brew Fest will feature more than 20 breweries, an exclusive music performance stage, and dozens of exhibitors and special guest speakers.http://kahbang.com

Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
August 8-10, 2014
Harbor & Buoy Parks – Rockland, Maine

Come see Maine’s finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers and marine gear vendors in person. There will be live music, an area for children of all ages, exhibits, fine food, the running of the World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials. As the only in-water boat show in the state, with more than 70 boats in the water and 150 exhibitors on land, there is something for every member of the family.http://www.maineboats.com/boatshow

Annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival
August 9, 2014
Winter Harbor, Maine

North of Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor is on a scenic peninsula with an active fleet of lobster boats. Each August, the harbor draws many visitors for this annual event. Watch lobster boat races, enjoy a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and Maine lobster dinner and shop at the craft fair. Winter Harbor is accessible by ferry from Bar Harbor in the summer months.http://www.schoodicpointvacations.com

Great Falls Balloon Festival
August 15-17, 2014
Lewiston/Auburn, Maine

An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children’s activities, carnival and much more!http://www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
August 15-17, 2014
Machias, Maine

Come celebrate the powerful little fruit that put this section of Downeast Maine on the map. Come enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, contests, and all things blueberry. Machias is in the northern part of Maine’s beautiful, rugged coast, four hours from Portland, two hours from Bangor, and about an hour and a half from Bar Harbor. Enjoy the festival and stay in the area for whale watching, hiking and kayaking.http://www.machiasblueberry.com