Aura, 121 Center St. Too Late The Hero, Aug. 4; Ralphie May, Aug. 13; Hari Kondabolu, Aug. 30; Thievery Corporation, Sept. 29. 772-8274
The Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay. Steep Canyon Rangers, Jul. 28; Cherish the Ladies, Jul. 29. 633-5159
Blue, 650 Congress St. Irish Sessions, every Wednesday. 774-4111.
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. OneRepublic, Aug. 5; Brantley Gilbert, Sept. 8. 358-9327
Eastern Promenade, Summer Community Concert Series, every Monday through Aug. 783-1585.
Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Season Opening, Piano Concert, Aug. 24 783-1585.
Jonathan’s Ogunquit, 92 Bournes Ln., Ogunquit. Arlo Guthrie, Aug. 2; Jimmy Keys, Aug. 26. 646-4526
Maine Academy of Modern Music, 125 Presumpscot St. Junior Rock Camp, Aug. 14-25; Ultimate Rock Camp, Jul. 24-Aug. 4. 899-3433
Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. Orgelfest17, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22; 842-0800
Maine State Pier Portland. Lifehouse & Switchfoot, Aug. 5; Dark Star Orchestra, Aug. 6; Gov’t Mule, Aug. 9; Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 16; Old Crow Medecine Show, Aug. 22. 358-9327
One Longfellow Square, 181 State St. Hannah Daman and the Martelle Sister, Aug. 4; The Portland Jazz Orchestra, Aug. 17; Tim Mercer, Aug. 19. 761-1757
Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St. Dawn, Drive-By Truckers, Jul. 27; Donavon Frankenreiter, Aug. 11. 956-6000
Portland House of Music and Entertainment, 57 Temple St. DAMN Gina and The Red Eye Flight Crew Summer Residency, every Mon. Jun.-Sept. The Maine Dead Project Summer Residency, every Wed. Jun.-Sept. Live Music Mon. through Sat. 805-0134
Portland Lobster Co.,180 Commercial St. Live music every evening as well as Saturday and Sunday lunches. Voted best patio & outdoor bar in Portland of 2017 and 2016. 775-2112
Slab, 25 Preble St. Slab Summer Music Series, every Wed.-Thu., through Sept. 16. 245-3088
State Theatre, 609 Congress St. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aug. 04; Highly Suspect , Aug. 11; Grizzly Bear, Aug. 14; Bonobo, Aug. 25. 956-6000
Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd. The Press Gang, Jul. 21; Slaid Cleaves, Jul. 29th. 935-7292
The 1932 Criterion Theater, 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor. Danika Portz, Aug. 5; Brett Dennen, Aug. 11; Lazlo Gardony Jazz Trio, Aug. 18; Beau Soleil avec Michel Dusat, Aug. 27. 288-0829
Thompson’s Point, Portland. Glass Animals, Aug. 3; Alabama Shakes, Aug. 5.
Community Television Network, 516 Congress St. Portland Playback Theater, the first Friday of every month. 775-2900 ctn5.org
Lincoln’s, 36 Market St. Laugh Shack comedy every Thursday.
Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Rd., Brownfield. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aug. 5-6; Secret Sisters, Aug. 24; Enter the Haggis, Aug. 31; Spencer Albee, Sept. 8. 935-7292
Space Gallery, 538 Congress Street. Film series in partnership with Bayside Bowl, throughout the summer. Grand Budapest Hotel, Jul. 26; Get Out, Aug. 9; Hairspray, Aug. 23. 828-5600
Stonington Opera House, 1 Opera House Ln. The Passion of Joan of Arc, Aug. 17-27. 367-2788
Celebration Barn Theater, 190 Stock Farm Rd., South Paris. Mike Miclon’s The Early Evening Show, first Saturday in Aug., Sept. & Oct. 743-8452
City Theater in Biddeford, 205 Main St. Steel Wizard of Oz, through Aug. 6. 282-084
Deertrees Theater, 156 Deertrees Rd., Harrison. Last Train to Nibroc, through Aug. 18; Indoor/Outdoor, through Aug. 3. 583-6747
Fenix Theatre Company, at Deering Oaks Park, Portland. Three Sisters, through Aug. 5.
Freeport Community Players, 30 Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook St., Freeport. Seussical, Jul. 20-30; The Servant of Two Masters, Sept. 14-Oct. 1. 865-2220
Hackmatack Playhouse, 538 Route 9, Berwick. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Jul. 5-22; Steel Magnolias, through Aug. 12; The Fantasticks, Aug. 16-Sept. 2. 698-1807
Gaslight Theater, Winthrop St., Hallowell. Baskerville, Aug. 18-27. 626-3698
Lakewood Theater, 75 Theater Rd., Madison. The Savannah Sipping Society, Aug. 3-12; Bullets Over Broadway, Aug. 17-26; Baskerville, Sept. 1-9; A Comedy of Tenors, Sept. 14-23. 474-7176
Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Rte. 1, Falmouth. Don Quixote, Aug. 10-19. 781-7672
Maine State Music Theatre, Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Grease, through Aug. 5; Newsies, Aug. 9-26; Alice in Wonderland, Aug. 21. 725-8769
Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St., Ogunquit. Ragtime, Aug. 2-26; Heartbreak Hotel, Aug. 30-Sept. 30; From Here to Eternity, Oct. 4-29. 646-5511
Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor Opera House. Calendar Girls, begins Sept. 8. 131 Main St. 942-3333
Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Rd., Standish. Peter Pan, through Jul. 30; Disney Before Dark KIDS, Aug. 4-6; Once Upon This Island, Aug. 18-20; Dracula, Sept. 19-Oct. 15. 642-3743
Stonington Opera House, 1 Opera House Ln. Henry IV, Aug. 17-27. 367-2788
Theater at Monmouth, 796 Main St., Monmouth. My Father’s Dragon, through Aug. 17; Three Days of Rain, through Aug. 18; The Learned Ladies, through Aug. 20; Macbeth, through Aug. 18; Othello, through Aug. 19; Red Velvet, through Aug. 17; Peter and the Starcatcher, Sept. 14-24. 933-9999
Waterville Opera House, 93 Main St. 3rd Flr., Waterville Rocks! Outdoor concert series, Jul. 28. Waterville. 873-7000
Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. Kate Gilmore: In Your Way, through Oct. 7, 786-6158
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1 Bath Rd., Brunswick. The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, through-Aug. 20. 725-3275
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland. William Wegman; Reel to Real, through Oct 22; Screen: Pop Killed Culture, through Sept. 18; John Walker: From Seal Point, through Oct 29.
Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville. Marsden Hartley’s Maine, through Nov. 12. Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, through Aug. 6; Graphic Matters: George Bellows & World War I, through Sept. 3. 859-5600
Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland. American Treasures From the Farnsworth, through Oct. 29; Celebrating Maine, Apr. 5-Oct. 29; Andrew Wyeth at 100, through Dec. 31. Marguerite Zorach–An Art-Filled Life, through Jan. ‘18. 596-6457
First Friday Art Walk, downtown Portland. Visit local galleries, studios, and museums. Aug. 4; Sept. 1.
Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland. Henry Isaacs Jul. 6-29. Colin Page Aug. 3-Sept. 2 772-2693
Maine Maritime Museum, 234 Washington St., Bath. Through These Gates: Maine Shipyard Photography 1858-2016, through Sept. 24; See the Light: the Preservation of Midcoast Maine Lighthouses, May 27-Oct. 22. 443-1416
MECA, 522 Congress St. “American Genre: Contemporary Painting” Exhibition. through Sept. 15; Artist Lecture: Sonya Clark, Jul. 31
Ogunquit Museum of Art, 543 Shore Road, Ogunquit. Gary Haven Smith stone sculpture on display in the garden, through Oct. 30. 688-4468
Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq., Portland. Hans Hofmann, through Sept. 3; A New American Sculptor, 1914-1945, through Sept. 8; Child’s Play, through Dec. 17. 775-6148
Longfellow Garden at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St. First Friday Fiction, Aug. 4; Sept. 1.
Print: A Bookstore, 273 Congress St. Margot Livesey, discusses her new novel , Mercury, and a new collection of essays, The Hidden Machinery, Aug.1; David Gessner discusses his new book, Ultimate Glory with Bill Roorbach, author of The Girl on the Lake, Aug. 8; Jessie Chaffee, author of Florence in Ecstasy and Lisa Carey, author of The Stolen Child, discuss their latest works with Slice Magazine creative director, Celia Johnson, Aug. 16; Tom Perrotta discusses his new novel, Mrs. Fletcher, with Richard Russo, author of Trajectory, Aug. 24. 536-4778
Yarmouth Historical Society, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth. As part of the 2017 Lecture Series, Colin W. Sargent will read from and lead discussion on The Boston Castrato, Aug. 17. 846-6259
York Housing Authority, 4 Pine Grove Lane, York. A reading and discussion of The Boston Castrato with Colin W. Sargent, Sept. 21.
West Buxton Public Library, 34 River Road, Buxton. A reading and discussion of The Boston Castrato with Colin W. Sargent, Sept. 28. 727-5898.
Aurora Provisions, 64 Pine St. Two to three free tastings each month on Tuesdays. 871-9060
Craft Beer Cellar, 111 Commercial St. Craft beer tasting every Fri. 956-7322
Leroux Kitchen, Portland. Free wine tastings on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 1-3 p.m. 553-7665,
Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland. Music Brunch with Sean Mencher and friends, every Sun.
Lolita Vinoteca + Asador, 90 Congress St., Portland. Tapas Mondays, every Mon. 3:30-10:30; wines paired with small plates. 775-5652
Otherside Delicatessen, 164 Veranda St. Monthly wine tastings. 761-9650
Rosemont Markets, Portland and Yarmouth. Two to three free tastings each month on Fridays. 774-8129
Sweetgrass Farm Old Port Tasting Room, 324 Fore St. Tasting bar is open year-round for Maine-made wines and spirits. 761-8GIN
Wine & Food Walks, Portland. Join Sommelier Erica Archer for a themed walk through a Portland neighborhood with wine and spirit tastings paired with delicious foods, every Sat. 619-4630
Belfast Harbor Fest, 34 Commercial Street, Belfast. National Boat Building Challenge, Boat Show, Pancake Breakfast, 6th Annual Bug Run 5K, Live Bands and more family fun. Aug. 18-20.
Biddeford Boat Building Festival, 32 Main Street, Biddeford. Six participant teams will each build their own Compass Skiff, a 10-foot motorboat, over the course of the weekend. The festival will also include nautical-themed exhibitors, local youth non-profits, a Friday evening event at Engine with special guests the Lowell Brothers, kids’ activities, food and music, and more, Sept. 16 & 17.
Claw Down, Newagen Seaside Inn, Cape Newagen. Enjoy lobster dishes prepared by some of Maine’s top chefs at the 5th Annual Claw Down, Sept. 14. 633-2353
Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor. Bangor State Fair, Jul. 28-Aug. 6. 561-8300
Cumberland Arts & Crafts Show, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road. Over 200 talented Maine artisans will be exhibiting at one of Maine’s largest art and crafts shows, Aug. 11-14.
Live! On The Lake Music Festival! Snow Pond’s Bowl In The Pines, Messalonskee Lake, Sidney, A Lake Music & Food Truck Festival, featuring live acts and delicious street food, Aug. 19. 476-6976
Portland Chamber Music Festival, Hannaford Hall, University of Maine Portland campus. Season Finale: Songs and Serenades, Aug. 11; Mendelssohn, Synchronisms & Elgar, Aug. 12; Family Concert, Aug. 13; Phantasy Quintet & Brahms Trio, Aug. 17. 320-0257
Paddle Battle, Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport. Join the annual paddle race down the Kennebunk River. Followed by a barbeque and music on the resort’s lawn, Aug. 6 967-4050
–Compiled by Sarah Moore
Summer of Love
You’re spoiled for choice during Maine’s packed summer festival season.
Acton Fair, Route 109, Acton. Live entertainment, 4-H animal events, horse and oxen pulling, tractor pull, midway, vintage car show, King Arthur flour baking competition, Miss Acton Fair pageant, women’s skillet toss, woodsmen’s day of competition, and of course a pig scramble, Aug. 24-27.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Town of Allagash. Displays, exhibitions, guest speakers, bateau rides and a bean supper, Aug. 20.
Bangor State Fair, Cross Insurance Ctr., 515 Main St., Bangor. 4-H animal shows, demolition derby, Frisbee-catching dog show, July 28-Aug.6.
Blue Hill Fair, 233 Ellsworth Rd. Animals, live music, helicopter rides, fireworks, gardening, cooking, and crafts. Contests include largest squash and best blueberry pie, Aug. 31-Sept. 4. 374-3701
Boothbay Harbor Fest, Boothbay Harbor. A 10 day immersion into the food, culture, arts and music of Boothbay Harbor, Sept. 1-10.
Clinton Lions Fair, 1450 Bangor Rd. Rides, food, harness racing, and family fun, Sept. 7-10.
Cumberland County Fair, Cumberland Fairgrounds. Exhibition halls, midway, livestock, animal pulls, demolition derby, barbecue, and pumpkin and squash weigh-offs, Sept. 24-30.
Casco Days, Casco Village. Road race, parade, fireworks and more! Come enjoy the activities and entertainment abound, July 27-29.
Eliot Festival Days,various locations around town. 5K road race, crafts, food booths, pancake breakfast, parade, and fireworks, Sept. 30.
Farmington Fair. Livestock, midway, harness racing, and animal pulling, Sept. 17-23. “Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic” since 1851. Livestock, pig scramble, midway rides, sheepdog trials, a woodsmen’s field day of timber-related competitions, live music, magicians, storytelling, and puppets, Oct. 1-8. 935-3268.
Harmony Free Fair, Route 154. Every Labor Day weekend since 1947, with a parade, horse show, rides, zombie run, sheepdog demonstration, and animal barn, Sept. 1-4.
Monmouth Fair,79 Academy Rd. Since 1907, live bands and performances, horse and steer pulling, barrel racing, bicycle raffle, sheepdog demonstrations, and pig scramble, Aug. 2-5.
Northern Maine Fair and Music Festival, Presque Isle. Annually since 1855, the fair features both modern entertainment– live music and rides–along with traditional events, such as 4-H competitions, Jul. 28-Aug.5.
Oxford County Fair, 68 Pottle Road. Livestock shows, horse pulling, pig scramble, petting zoo, ATV and lawnmower pulls, traditional farming and crafting demonstrations, live music, and food, Sept. 13-16.
Piscataquis Valley Fair, Fairview Ave., Dover-Foxcroft. Celebrate the 128th anniversary with homemade ice cream, milking parlor, agricultural exhibits, demolition derby, midway, and an AC/DC tribute, Aug. 24-27. 564-3689.
Skowhegan State Fair, Constitution Ave. The oldest continuously run agricultural fair in the nation features truck pulls, demolition derbies, harness racing, grizzly bear show, pig scramble, midway, agricultural exhibits, laser tag, magic show, and live music, Aug. 10-19. 474-2947
Southern Maine Steampunk Fair, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk. At Maine’s only steampunk fair, you’ll discover purveyors of Victorian-futuristic art and crafts; wandering performers; a visit with Queen Victoria; and take part in Victorian lawn games, Aug. 5. 985-4802
Springfield Fair, Rte. 169. Laser tag, agricultural event, monster trucks, and crafts, Sept. 1-4. 738-4134
Topsham Fair, Valhalla Dr. Sheep herding, blueberry pie contest, live bluegrass music, agricultural show, demolition derby, fireworks, and truck pulls, Aug. 6-13. 729-1943.
Union Fair, Union Fairgrounds. Blueberry festival, crowning of the Blueberry Queen, talent show, fireworks, dock dogs competition, live music, bubblegum-blowing competition, and fireworks, Aug. 19-26.
Windsor Fair, Windsor Fairgrounds. A tradition since 1888 encompassing 275 acres, with livestock, a pumpkin contest, harness racing, woodsman day, and barrel racing, Aug. 27-Sept. 4. Ridge Rd.
York Days, Short Sands Beach. Concerts, crafts, softball tournament, and other events all week, Aug. 4-5.
Acadia’s Oktoberfest & Food Festival, 20 Main St., Southwest Harbor. Wine and cheese tasting, Maine-based brewfest, locally sourced food, and crafts, Oct. 6-7.
Apple Pumpkin Festival, Livermore Falls. Food, music, kids’ activities, crafts, Sept. 30. 897-6755.
Cornish Apple Festival, 17 Maple St., Cornish. 5k road race, craft and produce vendors, apple-pie baking competition, food booths with apple and non-apple offerings, and live entertainment, Sept. 30.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta. Pinkham’s Plantation, 431 Biscay Rd. Pumpkin-boat regatta and derby, pumpkin catapulting, giant pumpkin art, pumpkin-pie eating, and parade, Oct. 6-9.
Frenchboro Lobster Festival, Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal. Live music, raffles, and lobster, Aug. 12. 334-2974.
Harvestfest, Short Sands Beach, York. Traditional fall harvest food, kids activities, crafts, and music, Oct. 14.
Harvest on the Harbor, Ocean Gateway, Portland. 9th annual food and wine festival (21+ only). Chef demonstrations, lobster chef competition, Brews & Blues BBQ, tastng events, Oct. 16-24.
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Dedication to Maine’s berry of choice is done up in syrup, a pie-eating contest, tours of a blueberry farm, blueberry quilt raffle, and a blueberry musical, Aug. 18-20.
Maine Harvest Festival, Cross Insurance Ctr., Bangor. A delicious celebration of Maine’s small farms and their bounty,Nov. 11-12.
Maine Lakes Brew Fest, Point Sebago Beach. The area’s largest annual sampling event and Oktoberfest features Maine-made beers, micro-brews, and wine; with food, live music, and the Point Sebago Craft Fair, Sept. 30.
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland’s Harbor Park. Starring 20,000 pounds of Maine lobster, with a parade, cooking contests, blues and rock bands, marine biology education, and a feast with a view of Penobscot Bay, Aug. 2-6.(800) 576-7512.
Second Annual Maine BBQ Festival, Bangor. A weekend celebration of barbecue, great music, and beer, Sept. 22-24. 288-0269
Taste of Greater Waterville, Downtown. Food booths and fine dining, sidewalk sales, craft vendors, live music, kids events, face painting, and a petting zoo, Aug. 2.
Ploye Festival & Muskie Derby, Fort Kent. 24th annual festival. Giant griddle cakes and giant fish: Traditional Acadian buckwheat griddle cakes festival in conjunction with the annual popular and competitive 3-day fishing derby with a $35k prize for the biggest fish. Muskellunges are challenging freshwater sport fish, and the St. John River has 225 miles of muskie habitat. Aug. 11-13.
Wilton Blueberry Festival. Blueberry-themed parades, live music, food, bingo, boat tours, and crafts, Aug. 4-5. 778-4726
Winter Harbor Lobster Festival. A downeast celebration with blueberry pancake breakfast, lobsterboat races, 5K road race, and lobster dinner, Aug. 12.
American Folk Festival Bangor waterfront. A music lover’s weekend complete with music from C.J Chenier, Red Hot Louisiana Band, Cora Harvey Armstrong, Las Cafeteras, Les Poules a Colin and Selvin Birchwood, Aug. 25-27
Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival, Litchfield Fairgrounds. Hundred converge for this rendezvous featuring both local and national bluegrass bands, Aug. 23-27.
Camden International Film Festival. The 10th anniversary of the festival created to highlight emerging documentary filmmakers. Screening more than 70 films, most followed by Q&A sessions with the artists, Sept. 14-17. 593-6593
Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, Wells. Hundred of artisans exhibit their wares, along with music, and food., Sept. 9-10
Rangeley Art Show, Village Park, Oquossoc. Over 50 artists and craftsmen enter pieces in a juried art competition. Paintings, photography, jewelry, woodwork, pottery, and glass pieces available for sale, Aug. 3.
Beach Olympics, Town Square and Palace Playland, Old Orchard Beach. Three days of competition, music, and displays to benefit the Maine Special Olympics, Aug. 18-20. 934-2500
Belfast Harbor Fest. Launch party in a harborside tent with live music, 5K bug run, National Boatbuilding Contest, small-boat show, regatta, and plenty of lobster, Aug. 18-20. 338-2081.
Boothbay Harbor Fest, Live music, a concert by Ballroom Thieves at the Opera House paired with signature cocktails, chef tastings, a nautical themed fashion show, art sales, trunk shows, a half marathon, trail races and much more. Come alive with Boothbay, Sept. 1-10. 633-2353
Brunswick Outdoors Festival, Maine St., downtown Brunswick. Free event with more than 100 artists’ booths, artisan demos, live music, dancing, and kids’ activities to celebrate the arts, Aug. 19.
Bucksport Bay Festival, Bucksport waterfront. Parade, 5K road race, games, fireworks, Jul. 21-23.
Eastport Pirate Festival, downtown Eastport. Pirate parade, reenactments, races, cutlass fights, and a costumed pet show, Sept. 8-10.
Fall Festival Weekend, Sunday River Resort. The unofficial kickoff to Sunday River’s winter season, the festival includes live music, a beer garden, wine tasting, arts & crafts, scenic lift and wagon rides, children’s games and activities, and the famous North American Wife Carrying Championship, Oct. 7-8. (800) 543-2754
Forest Heritage Days, Greenville. Honoring the ties between the Maine forest and the Moosehead community with food, crafts, exhibitions, and the Logging Games, Aug. 11-12.
Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston/Auburn. Nearly 100,000 visitors come every year to see dozens of balloons launch near the Androscoggin River. The festival has food vendors, craft booths, and children’s activities, too, Aug. 18-20.
Harborfest, Belfast. Seventh annual Harborfest, featuring blueberry pancake breakfast, the Come Boating! Regatta, and live music. Aug. 18-20.
International Seaplane Fly-In, Greenville. On the shores of Moosehead Lake, enjoy fly-bys by rare aircraft, a craft fair, a steak-and-lobster cookout, lake cruise, flying, raffles, and contests, Sept.7-10. 695-2928
River Jam, Saco Island, Saco. When two cities come together, beautiful things happen. Biddeford and Saco celebrate a join festival with live music, food trucks, and local brews on the banks of the Saco River. Sept. 15-16.
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, Rockland waterfront. The only in-water boat show in the state, accompanied by land-based events such as architecture exhibitions, jewelry displays, marine gear vendors, live music, and food, Aug. 11-13
Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival, Topsham Fairgrounds. Contests of strength, pipe bands, sheepdogs, dancing, and a gathering of clans, Aug. 19.
The 17th Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival, World-class jazz musicians perform at various venues across the island, Aug. 11-12. 367-2788
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, Brunswick. World-class bluegrass on the shores of Mid-coast Maine, Aug. 31, Sept. 1-3. 725-6009
Windham Parks & Recreation Summer Concert Series, Windham. Enjoy a free summer concert series in Dundee Park, Windham, Aug. 2.
Heritage Day,Oquossoc clubhouse. Fly-casting competition, game meals, interactive exhibits, kids’ activities, and ecology education, Aug. 8.
Piscataquis River Festival, Guilford. This year’s Wizard-of-Oz-themed festival will feature a parade, food and craft vendors, live music, and a duck race, Jul. 29.
Punkinfiddle Family Festival and National Estuaries Day Celebration, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Live music, traditional arts demonstrations, sheepdogs, and horses gather to celebrate the beauty and value of Maine’s estuaries, and to foster environmental stewardship, Sept. 30.
Summerfest, Wiscasset Common. Live music, crafts, dog show and parade, food, and community enjoyment of high summer, to benefit local charities, July 22. 882-7544.
Sunday River Open Dart Tournament, Sunday River Resort. Zipline tours, hiking, mountain biking, and disc golf, in addition to dart matches with a $10k grand prize, Sept. 15-17.
Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden waterfront. Celebration of maritime heritage and traditions including exhibits, food, fireworks, lobster crate racing, and educational seafaring stories. Cruising schooners are open for tours, or take a smaller schooner out on the water for a sail, Sept. 1-3.
Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, Presque Isle. Balloon rides, balloon flights, meet the crews and captains, crafts, and entertainment, Aug. 24-27.
Lobsterman Triathlon, Freeport. One of the top triathlons in the country, this Olympic-distance “destination race” includes a post-race lobster bake, Sept. 16.
MS Regatta & Harborfest, Portland waterfront. A weekend festival with sailboats, powerboats, tugboats, and lobster boats to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, including a regatta, racing, and an auction, Aug. 18-20.
Acadia Night Sky Festival, Bar Harbor. Night hikes, a paddle in a bioluminescent bay, science presentations, and themed movies in this celebration of the best stargazing site on the Eastern seaboard, Sept. 21-24.
Attean Memorial Pow Wow, Maine Wildlife Park, Gray. Tribal representatives from Maine, New England, and around the country will be at the park for two full days with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers, and traditional food booths, Aug. 12-13.
Common Ground Country Fair, Unity. Celebrate the organic and rural version of the good life and learn new things about farming. Agricultural demonstrations–milking, blacksmithing, composting, stoneworking, orchard-growing–plus produce and crafts vendors, food, music, and camping, Sept. 22-24.
Festival of Nations, Deering Oaks Park, Portland. Maine’s cultural diversity celebrity in Portland’s prettiest park. Featuring authentic ethnic food, crafts, music, and education,Jul. 29. 420-1277.
International Homecoming Festival, Calais. Celebrate the American-Canadian border and first French settlement in the New World. Arts and crafts fair, music, waterfront events, raft race, Passamaquoddy Native-American demonstrations, Celtic music, and a lumberjack contest, Aug. 9-13.
Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, Laudholm Farm, Wells. This event brings more than 100 artisans, selected by jury, to exhibit their wares for thousands of browsers. Music, food, and fun round out the 2-day festival, Sept.9-10.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Thompson’s Point, Portland. Workshops for adults and children on how to survive and live outside in the wilderness, Aug 25 & 26
Save A Stray 5K and Festival, Freeport. Take a stroll with man’s best friend for a good cause this summer. L.L. Bean will host a 5K run or walk that is open to humans and canines alike. All proceeds will benefit the animals at The Coastal Humane Society and the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, Aug 26. (877) 755.2326
Vintage Motorcycle Meet & Antique Aeroplane Show, Owls Head Transportation Museum. Military aircraft, high-wheel bicycles, classic cars, antique planes, and a high-speed aerobatic air show. Pre-1994 vehicles of any make or model are welcome to exhibit, with Model-T rides, vehicle demonstrations, and family fun, Sept. 2-3.
Wings & Wheels Spectacular & Aerobatic Airshow, Owls Head Transportation Museum. This show highlights military aircraft, high-wheel bicycles, classic cars, antique planes, and a high-speed aerobatic air show, Aug. 5-6.