Summer Festivals Southern Maine 2016
Summer festivals in Maine mean much more the just outdoor fun for the locals. They are part of an ongoing celebration of the seasons. Maine is officially open for business and we welcome everybody to join in the fun. I have compiled a list of my personal favorites and those that should not be missed if you are visiting the area. Some festivals are not located in Southern Maine but had to be included in this list. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for you missing out on some of the best festivals. Click here to see my winter festival list
- Old Port Fest – Sunday June 12 from 11am-5pm – Everybody knows the Old Port is the place to be in Portland during the warmer months. This festival is celebrating its 43rd year and celebrates local music, artists, and businesses. There will be over 200 vendors this year. Click here for the entertainment schedule and vendor registration.
- Strawberry Festival – Saturday June 25 – Central School Grounds – 197 Main St, South Berwick – This festival is entering its 41st year and has always been the best, local celebration of the strawberry.
- Kennebunkport Festival – June 6-11 – This is one of my absolute favorites in Maine. It showcases some of the finest chefs, local talent, and art in the area. Lucky ticket holders will be treated to a 3-course meal cooked by a local chef in a private residence. Such a great way to experience Kennebunkport. Unfortunately many of the events sell out very quickly and at the time of this writing there are only a few events available. Click here for the complete list.
- Maine Yoga Fest – Portland – July 8-10 – Yoga is very popular in Maine and this event features lectures, guided meditations, and of course music! Click here for the complete schedule and tickets.
- Yarmouth Clam Festival – July 17-19 – A classic Maine festival for 51 years! Yarmouth is an awesome town with awesome people. Even if you don’t like clams there is plenty of things to do including a carnival, parade, music, and other events. Click here for the full schedule.
- Potato Blossom Festival – July 9-17 – Fort Fairfield – A nine-day Festival featuring road races, pageants, music and performances by local and national acts, arts & crafts, fireworks, a river run, mashed potato wrestling, potato picking and more (in case that isn’t enough). Click here for the full schedule of events.
- Maine Brewers Guild Beer Festival – July 23 – Portland – Maine’s largest celebration of the craft beer community takes place at Thompson’s Point. Portland is home to many of the areas best breweries and has become a destination place for all enthusiasts. Click here for the full schedule and tickets.
- Maine Lobster Festival – Rockland – August 3-7 – Rockland Harbor Park – Lobster is one of the many reasons why you decided to visit Maine, right? Entering its 69th year, this festival is a perfect, entertainment packed day out for the family! Click here for the full schedule of events and tickets.
- Union Fair & Wild Blueberry Festival – August 20-27 – Union Fairgrounds, Union – Another must attend festival that celebrates one of Maine’s best-known agricultural offerings. If you have never had a real wild blueberry then you are missing out. Forget the plump blueberries you see in the store, they don’t even compare to these tiny treasures (in taste and antioxidant value). It’s also worth taking the trip to Union for the demolition derby’s, contests, and the many different variations of blueberry goodness! Click here for the full schedule of events and purchase tickets.
- Picnic Music & Arts Festival – Saturday August 6, 11am-6pm – Lincoln Park, Portland (rain or shine) – Experience the best of the best indie crafts and vintage goods. The art scene in Portland is another reason why many flock here. I love to support creative minds and local business. if that’s not enough for you there will be music and great food all day long! Click here for more info.
- Great Falls Balloon Festival – August 19-21 – Lewiston – Hot air balloons are breathtaking in numbers, as sight you don’t want to miss. There will be a carnival, balloon rides, craft vendors, music, and food. Click here for the full schedule of events.