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Fireworks at an event in Maine

Festivals

Our favorite is the Fourth of July in Castine when the whole town comes alive in an outdoor festival of activities. There is music on the waterfront, a costume parade, and traditional games on the common, such as: potato sack races, a town tug of war, and fireworks over the harbor after sunset. There is nothing better than Maine festivals!

  • “Wings, Waves & Woods”, the annual birding weekend, takes place May 18-20, 2018 on Deer Isle, Stonington and neighboring islands.
  • The Acadia Birding Festival is scheduled for May 31-June 3, 2018 and includes a Pelagic seabird boat trip, a wonderful birding opportunity.
  • Castine July 4th Celebration, don’t miss it!
  • Bastille Day Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. The day long festival includes cooking classes, concerts, a picnic en blanc, lectures and hand cranked ice cream.
  • Castine Plein Air Festival , July 19-21, 2018, brings together many great artists painting the landscapes and architectural uniqueness of Castine followed by an art exhibit and sale.
  • Castine Classic Yacht Race. The Castine Yacht Club annually sponsors the Castine Classic Yacht Race from Castine to Camden. This year’s event takes place August 1-2, 2018. This 19.6nm race will be the first of three day races in conjunction with the Camden Classic Yacht Race to Brookin and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. They are “fun” races of old, priceless, classic yachts, many of which do not regularly race competitively.
  • The Blue Hill Fair, August 30th through Labor Day 2018, is an old Maine county fair with traditional farm games, oxen and horse pulls, 4-H ribbon-award ceremonies, pig races, barrel relays on horse, and sheep dog trials.
  • The annual Common Ground Fair takes place September 21-23, 2018. This fair is organized by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association and features organic produce, hand made products, livestock and music. It is located in Unity, Maine and draws people from all over the state and New England.

When coming to Maine for some of the incredible festivals, stay in our award winning Maine bed and breakfast.

Gardens We Love

June is when the gardens come to life. Please start with ours. In 2000 this was an empty lot without grass; it’s been a labor of love.

I would also stroll up the street to the gardens at Leila and Jim Day’s. Further afield are the Asticou and Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor and Merryspring in Camden. Also visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. The Abby Rockefeller Garden is also available to visit by reservation in Seal Harbor.

Things to do in Maine - beautiful garden

Music

In Castine there is a thriving summer concert series of guest artists. The Pentagoet Inn now has a jazz trio on Tuesday evenings on the porch. The excellent Night and Day Trio perform from 5-8 pm with specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and grilling available. The Castine Town band has five concerts each summer performed in the open air for all to enjoy. They’re well worth the flight.

A short hop away is Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, the home of an international summer camp for classical music protégés since 1907. “Flash In The Pans,” a steel drum group from neighboring Brooksville, make regular appearances, as does the Bagaduce Chorale. Not to be missed the annual July 3rd “Blue Hill Pops” concert in Blue Hill. This event features the Bagaduce Chorale singers, Flash in the Pans, jazz luminaries and many other area musicians.

Musicians playing at a festival in Maine