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Posted: May 16, 2017

2017 can’t-miss spring events in Maine

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spring events featured imageWhen mother nature cooperates, there’s nothing quite like a Spring day in Maine. But even when the rain is falling and the temperature less than balmy, us Mainers still know how to have a good time. Restaurants start to open their decks, baseball starts, ice cream shops come out of hibernation, birds are chirping with unfettered joy and we all start to wrap our arms around Spring because we know that what comes next is even better. Here’s a collection of Springtime events to get you chirping along with all those birds.




May 20: Bug Light Kite Festival

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, Bug Light Park, South Portland. Free. www.facebook.com

Kite flyers know: Bug Light Park is one of the best kite-flying locations in New England. Bring your kite if you’ve got one or purchase one at the South Portland Historical Society’s museum gift shop. Kite-flying experts will be on hand for tips and workshops, and there will also be food and drinks on sale, as well as a barbecue at the museum. And Bug Light will be open for tours.

Portland Press Herald file photo by Gabe Souza.


May 20: All Roads Music Festival

All day and evening, Saturday, May 20.  Multiple venues throughout Belfast. $20 in advance, $25 day of festival; for VIP, $25 in advance, $40 day of festival. allroadsmusicfest.org

The All Roads Music Festival is a one-day event featuring indie rock, folks, pop and bluegrass musicians. Catch live music at multiple venues in town, including Colonial Theatre, the Belfast Free Library, the American Legion Hall and Waterfall Arts. This year’s lineup includes The Ballroom Thieves, The Mallett Brothers Band, Spose, Weakened Friends, Chris Ross & The North, Paranoid Social Club and several others.


Staff photo by Gordon Chibroski

May 27-29: Maine Days at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27, 28 and 29 (Memorial Day Weekend), Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. www.mainegardens.org 

Admission is free to the stunning grounds of Maine Botanical Gardens during this weekend. Just present your Maine license or ID, then peruse the gardens all day.


May 27 & 28 Salomon Trail Running Festival

Saturday and Sunday May 27 & 28 (Memorial Day Weekend). Pineland Farms, New Gloucester. $30 to $90. pinelandtrails.com

Two-day extravaganza of trail races, beer drinking, barbeque, potluck salads and desserts, old time music, and fun family events. Festival includes seven races with distances from 5k to 50 miles.


June 4: Maine Women’s Ride

Sunday, June 4. Departing between 7:20 a.m. and 9:20 a.m., depending on the route, L.L. Bean Flagship Store’s Discovery Park, 95 Main St., Freeport. $25 to $65, 12 and under free. mainewomensride.com

Join in the celebration of women and bicycling. The Maine Women’s Ride is friendly, supportive and is aimed at girls and women of every age and ability. Choose a 10-, 25-, 50- or 62-mile route and get pedaling! Stops and snacks along the away will keep you going, and music, yoga and munchies await you at the finish line.


Kevin Walsh prepared for the 2012 Kennebunkport Festival by trying out his lobster-herb pizza. Portland Press Herald file photo by Gordon Chibroski.

June 5-10: Kennebunkport Festival

Multiple venues, Kennebunkport. $15-$495 depending on the event. kennebunkportfestival.com 

The best food, wine and art that Maine has to offer are all on display. Many of the events take place in designer homes with a chef and a sommelier for the perfect pairing.


Spring Guide

The Twilight 5k in South Portland Courtesy photo

June 8: Twilight 5K

7 p.m.  Thursday, June 8, start at Southern Maine Community College, South Portland. Racers must raise at least $100. twilight5k.com

This race raises money for Maine Cancer Foundation. There will be prizes, food, live music and a gorgeous view.


June 11: Old Port Festival

Sunday, June 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old Port, Portland. Free. Facebook

A precursor to summer, the festival will have Maine-made arts and crafts and food from local restaurants. The parade will march down Exchange Street.


Back in 2003, John Bliss hoed the spinach crop free of weeds at Sunrise Acres in Cumberland. He learned farming skills through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

June 17: Farm and Homestead Day

All day, Saturday, June 17, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Free. www.mofga.org  

If you’re thinking of trying to raise goats for the first time or just want to learn how to make a fence, this is the place to be. The Homestead Day is a hands-on, skill-sharing event. There will be workshops on how to use a sewing machine, harness a draft horse and grow native herbs.


Back in 2008, Rich Delanoy of Bristol, New Hampshire, played along with the band on stage at a different bluegrass festival in Brunswick, Maine, on a mandolin he made. Press Herald file photo by Gordon Chibroski.

June 14-18: Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival

Wednesday to Sunday, June 14 to 18. Litchfield Fairgrounds. $80. blisteredfingers.com

You’ll hear banjos, fiddles and high, lonesome harmonies from national and local bands. You can bring a tent and camp while you immerse yourself in a whole mess of bluegrass.


June 17: Tap into Summer Beer Festival

Noon for VIP session, 1 p.m. for regular session, Saturday, June 17, Bangor Waterfront, 330 Harlow St.  $35 to $75, $10 to $20 for designated drivers. brownpapertickets.com

Twenty-five breweries will be serving you samples of their many fabulous beers, and you’ll be spending the afternoon smiling, sipping and chugging. VIP tix include lunch with the brewers and an extra hour of unlimited samples along with a Tap into Summer T-shirt.

 

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