Top 20 Maine USA Events and Festivals
This selection of Top Events USA presents only the top Maine events and festivals (from January to December) taking place in Maine, USA.
Two of the top Maine events and festivals are the Maine Lobster Festival in August and the Fryeburg Fair in late September.
See below for a complete list of the top Maine events and festivals.
US National Toboggan Championships
Camden Snow Bowl – Camden, Maine
A popular event for more than 22 years, the US National Toboggan Championships attract over 5,000 people each year and feature more than 400 teams and nearly 1,300 racers from all over the USA and outside the US as well, competing in two-, three- and four-man toboggan races as contestants shoot as fast as 45 miles-per-hour down the iced-over, 400-foot long, wooden toboggan chute with a vertical incline of over 70 feet. There is also a very popular team costume contest, and live music and food vendors
For more information about the US National Toboggan Championships in Camden visit:
The Sled Dog Races in Fort Kent every year attract over 8,000 spectators who come to watch the skills of more than 600 dogs as mushers from all over the world compete in challenging 30-, 60- and 250-mile sled races. The 250-mile race is especially important as it is also a qualifier for the Iditarod and Yukon Quest competitions. Part of the fun elements of this event are the popular breakfast parties and the mushers' banquet.
For more information about the Sled Dog Races in Fort Kent, visit:
Dedicated to Greenville's popular moose, the month long Moosemania event in the area of the USA chosen as one of the "Top 10 US Travel Destinations For 2013" by LonelyPlanet.com, features a variety of moose-related events and activities for all ages, including moose safaris, the Moose River Canoe race, a rowing regatta, a mountain bike race, Tour de Moose, craft fair, as well as a fun day for children including the fun and famous Moose Tales.
For more information about Moosemania in Greenville visit :
Old Port Festival
A tradition for almost 40 years, Portland's annual Old Port Festival is Maine's largest one-day event. Eight areas of live rock, world, acoustic, blues and country music, crafts, activities and fun, a new dedicated Maine-made artists and craftspeople area, international food as well as festival favorites, Portland's own Shoestring Theater Puppet Company, and the highlight of the festival, a fun and festive foot-powered parade down Exchange Street.
For more information about the Old Port Festival in Portland visit: http://www.portlandmaine.com
Windjammer Days Festival
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
For two fun-filled days, full rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the annual Windjammer Days Festival that has been a tradition here for more than 45 years. Events during the festival include a pancake breakfast, craft fair, antique boat parade, shipyard tours, street parade, live musical entertainment and of course a visiting fleet of historic windjammers. The events end with a fireworks extravaganza.
For more information about the Windjammer Days Festival in Boothbay visit:
Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival
Thursday to Sunday : June - August
Litchfield Fairgrounds – Litchfield, Maine
One of the largest family musical events in New England, the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival attracts thousands of music lovers from all over the world to hear some of the Greatest Bluegrass music. With banjos, fiddles, and those high, lonesome harmonies converging in Litchfield twice a year, this event features many national and local bands. Many visitors come to experience the “Welcome Home” feeling. There is something for all ages including a Kids Music Academy. Camping is available with free hot showers, lots of food, an extra large tent for cover, and indoor bathroom facilities.
For more information about the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Litchfield visit:
The 5-day Heritage Days event that has been a popular event for 40 years in downtown Bath features everything from Maine’s largest annual street parade as well as a boat parade on the Kennebec, a carnival with dozens of rides and different games, outdoor concerts of local and national talents, competitions including the Fireman’s Muster in which teams from more than 5 states show their skills as they compete with with antique fire pump rigs, the Tug-of-War Competition on the waterfront, a 2-day, juried craft event with over 50 vendors, as well as artists from all over New England showing their talents in the park, an amazing fireworks display at the waterfront. For the visitors with food on their minds, there is the ever popular Rotary Barbecue and the competitive Chili Chowder Fest.
For more information about the Bath Heritage Days visit:
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
Fort Fairfield, Maine
One of the oldest and most established festivals in Maine, and now a popular event for more than 65 years, the 9-day Maine Potato Blossom Festival takes place every year when the potato blossoms are in full bloom and features everything including farmer olympics, a potato-picking contest, mashed potato wrestling, a culture day, pageants, parades road races, arts & crafts, fireworks, river races, and fun for the entire family.
For more information about the Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield visit:
Saltwater Celtic Music Festival
Considered one of Maine’s leading cultural events, the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival is also one of the most respected Celtic celebration events in the USA, complete with a full cast of favorite and diverse performers, popular and relative food, drink, and merchandise, and a roped-off beer garden.
For more information about the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival in Brunswick visit:
Yarmouth Clam Festival
One of Maine’s most popular summer events, the Yarmouth Clam Festival, going strong for over 42 years, is a 3-day event that attracts nearly 120,000 visitors each year, swelling the quiet New England village to 15 times its size. Festivities include the Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, the Clam Shucking contests, clam cook-off, clam cooking demos, Firefighters’ Muster, over 150 craftspeople, artists, and photographers displaying and selling their work, performances by noted musicians and entertainers and, of course, more clams!
For more information about the Yarmouth Clam Festival visit:
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
Celebrating 39 years of this event, the people of Machias once again gather to celebrate the blueberry harvest in a festival that lasts all weekend long and offers a real old-fashioned good time. Events and attractions include a children's parade, a fish fry, a homemade blueberry pancake breakfast, arts & craft show and more.
For more information about the Machias Blueberry Festival visit:
Great Falls Balloon Festival
One of the largest hot air balloon festivals in northern New England this festival of more than 15 years attracts over 100,000 visitors and at least 30 to 40 balloons (including some special shape balloons) each year. Located on the banks of the beautiful Androscoggin River, with its backdrop of the rocky Great Falls, the festival also features 30 different food booths, craft and trade stalls, and a children’s area. Music is provided by many different entertainers, from children’s shows to blues singers, to jazz, pop, and oldies. A carnival, parade, and various demonstrations and contests round out the weekend events.
For more information about the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston/Auburn visit:
American Folk Festival
Following the tradition of the National Folk Festivals hosted in Bangor from 2002 to 2004, The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is a celebration of multi-cultural traditional arts – music, dance, crafts, food and storytelling. Traditional performers from across the country continue to celebrate the richness and variety of American culture in this free, 3-day, multi-stage event at the Bangor Riverfront Parks.
For more information about the American Folk Festival in Bangor visit: http://www.americanfolkfestival.com
Maine Lobster Festival
Along with tons of Maine lobsters, this world-famous New England summer event, just one of the top 20 Maine USA events and festivals, features maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, harbor cruises, contests, lots of wonderful entertainment, a giant parade, and much more. A celebration of Maine's maritime heritage, past performances have included top national musical talents such as the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Chubby Checker, and the Temptations.
For more information about the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland visit: http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com
Common Ground Country Fair
One of the most respected organic food events in the USA, the Common Ground Country Fair attracts over 50,000 visitors each year to enjoy one of the largest GMO-free catered events in the world. GMO refers to foods that have been genetically engineered for reasons unrelated to health or nourishment. Further attractions at this event include animal demonstrations, talks and lectures on a variety of topics and a wide range of organic gardening and environmental conservation demos.
For more information about the Common Ground Country Fair visit:
late September – early October
Since it was established in 1851 when local farmers and merchants decided on a show for their produce, cattle and wares, Fryeburg Fair has grown to become Maine's largest agricultural fair, now featured as one of the top 20 Maine USA events and festivals, complete with six days of harness racing, a farm museum second to none, the world's largest steer and oxen show and a great reputation throughout North America. In a beautiful setting in prime foliage time, Maine's largest fair also includes an exhibition hall, craft demonstrations, and nightly big name entertainment.
For more information about the Fryeburg Fair visit:
Harvest on the Harbor
Recognized as one of the best seafood and wine festivals in North America, named by People Magazine as a top event for the fall and praised by Martha Stewart Magazine as a “must do” event for the fall, Harvest on the Harbor showcases four full days of food, wine, beer and music with cooking demonstrations and the not to be missed Lobster Chef of the Year Competition. Harvest on the Harbor is the largest food and wine event in Northern New England.
For more information about the Harvest on the Harbor event in Portland, Maine visit:
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.