In such a beautiful, culturally rich area, there’s always something to celebrate. Here’s a sampling of some of the larger, multi-day events taking place this summer, from Owls Head up the coast to Belfast. We hope they will entice you to stay for a while! Give us a call and let us help you plan your summer vacation in this lively part of Maine–we still have availability around many of these big events!
(Please visit the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce events calendar for additional happenings. There is no lack of fun things to do around here, any time of year!)
Jazz in June, all over Camden, June 11 – 14, 2020: This now-annual event brings great music to Camden for a lively weekend, with jazz on the streets, in restaurants and inns, at the Snow Bowl, and at the Camden Opera House. Musical talent will include acts from the local to the national: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet celebrating Dave Brubeck’s centennial; Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Guitar Trio; the Jim McNeely Trio; the Harry Allen Quartet; the Noah Fishman Group; Blue Fuse; and more!
Arts in the Park, Steamboat Landings Park, Belfast, early July, 2020 dates tbd: This 25th annual, family-friendly crafts show features a diversity of quality arts and crafts, live music throughout the weekend, and great local food, all offered in the beautiful setting of downtown Belfast’s waterfront.
North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland Public Landing, July 11 – 12, 2020: This annual blues music festival showcasing national blues performers is considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The event features all-day, top-notch live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and a Saturday evening Club Crawl on Main Street. This year’s performers include Thornetta Davis, Tennessee Redemption, Coco Montoya, Johnny Rawls Soul Revue, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.
Summer Harbor Arts & Books Fair, Camden Harbor Park & Amphitheatre, July 11 – 12, 2020: This long-time annual show hosts a wide variety of artists and crafters displaying their work al fresco on Camden’s waterfront, as well as a large used book sale on the library lawn.
Maine Celtic Celebration, Heritage Park, Belfast, July 17 – 19, 2020: This festive weekend boasts ten different Celtic bands/performers and such eclectic activities as the Kilted Canter 5K Run/Walk, the Manx Uphill Three-legged Race, a hilarious Cheese Roll, sheepdog herding, and the Highland Heavy Games.
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland Public Landing, July 29 – August 2, 2020: The 73rd annual celebration of all things lobster offers fun and feasting for all—a midway packed with rides and food vendors, parade, 10K Road Race, the Great Lobster Crate Race, a seafood cooking contest, the Maine Sea Goddess Pageant, a tent full of arts and crafts, wine tasting, musical performers including Pat Colwell & the Soul Sensations and the Tom Petty tribute band Runnin’ Down a Dream, and most importantly, plenty of boiled lobster!
45th Annual Wings & Wheels Spectacular, Owls Head Transportation Museum, August 1 – 2, 2020: The aerobatic airshow (biplanes!) is the highlight of the Museum’s longest running annual event, which features classic antique cars and planes, free kids’ activities, and Model T rides.
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, Rockland Public Landing, August 7 – 9, 2020: This collection of artists, architects, boat builders, craftspeople, furniture makers, and vendors of all things marine offers something for everyone. Highlights include live music, the Boatyard Dog Trials, Boston Whaler rendezvous, and a kids’ marine experience park.
Union Fair & State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival, Union Fairgrounds off Route 17, August 22 – 29, 2020: This traditional (148th annual) country fair has everything you’d expect and more, including a midway full of rides, harness racing, live music, fireworks, the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen coronation, agricultural exhibits, farm animals, the Matthews Museum, demolition derbies, and ox and horse pulling contests. We’ve been going to this one for years, and now we take our kids and grandkids.
Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden Public Landing and Harbor, September 4 – 5, 2020 (Labor Day weekend). A celebration of Camden’s marine heritage, this waterfront festival hosts a schooner procession into the harbor, schooner crew talent show, fireworks over the water, lobster crate race, fish relay, chowder challenge, windjammer tours, and more.
Camden International Film Festival & Points North Forum, Camden, Rockport & Rockland, October 1 – 4, 2020: The 16th annual film festival showcases the work of nonfiction film-makers and documentary storytellers from around the world, as well as additional interactive discussions and presentations on films and film-making.
Fall Harbor Arts & Books Fair, Camden Harbor Park & Amphitheatre, October 3 – 4, 2020: This long-time annual show hosts a wide variety of artists and hand-crafters displaying their work al fresco on Camden’s waterfront, as well as a large used book sale on the library lawn.