Summers are short and sweet in Maine, so the locals don’t waste a single day of it. From the beginning of June, the festival season kicks off in high gear with noteworthy events happening every week right through the end of the fall. Many events involve the sea, lobsters, crafts, and Maine’s beautiful nature. You’ll have no trouble finding official or unofficial Maine holidays to celebrate between June and October.
When the ski season comes to an end at Sugarloaf Mountain each April, the resort throws one big Jamaican-style party. This popular reggae festival is one of New England’s biggest musical events and welcomes summer with a bang. For two days, reggae bands from around the world play both indoors and outdoors at the beautiful resort.
One of the best ways to experience the full scope of Maine lifestyle is to plan a trip around the annual Fishermen’s Festival, held each April in Boothbay Harbor. Everything about this unique event is centered on fishing, from the lobster crate races to dory bailing and a cod fish relay. A highlight is the boat parade that sees dozens of classic fishing boats cruise around Boothbay in formation. Plenty of amazing seafood, friendly people, and seafaring make this event worth checking out.
Old Port Festival
Portland’s biggest event is this fun festival held at historic Old Port each June. It serves as the kick off for Maine’s busy summer season and includes an amazing parade, global cuisine, and an incredible array of entertainment. From music to jugglers, theater and jazz, the 10 stages set up around Old Port keep the crowds pleased for this long weekend.
Maine Lobster Festival
Lobster is a mainstay of the state’s economy, but in reality most residents don’t eat it that often. A four-day event held every August, the big parade along Main Street is a highlight and the charming town of Rockland and its pretty Harbor Park encourage everyone to indulge in this tasty crustacean in a myriad of forms. Eating competitions, food vendors, live music, entertainment, and lots of kids’ activities make this one of Maine’s most popular summer parties.
Great Falls Balloon Festival
Head to the town of Lewiston in August for a weekend of ballooning where the sight of colorful hot air balloons floating en masse over the green woodlands is an incredible thing indeed. Around 50 balloons take part each year, offering visitors the chance to ride in them and learn about the activity. Highlights include the moon glow night burning and the morning mass ascension.
Maine’s biggest annual state fair happens at this fun, inland town each October. The weather couldn’t be more perfect or the setting at the Fryeburg Fairground more scenic for a host of classic entertainment. From livestock and produce to music, crafts, and lots of other fun, this is best fall festival.