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Posted: August 2, 2017

2017 Can’t Miss Summer Events & Festivals in Maine

This summer, let’s maximize the amount of fun we have by hitting as many of these festivals and events as humanly possible.

Written by: Staff Reports

 

Well hey there, summer, we’re sure glad you’re here. It’s not that we don’t love the cold, long, dark Maine winters, it’s just that we love you just a little bit more…tourists and all.

We’ve rounded up a whole bunch of festivals and events to help you have your best summer yet.


The Yarmouth Clam Festival through the years. Press Herald staff photos

The Yarmouth Clam Festival through the years.
Press Herald staff photos


Aug. 23 to 27. Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival

Litchfield Fairgrounds |30 Plains Road,  Litchfield |  www.blisteredfingers.com
For five glorious days and nights you can immerse yourself is a sea of traditional and modern bluegrass music that includes local, regional and national acts and a whole lot of harmonies. This year’s list of performers includes – among many others – The Gibson Brothers, Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, Robinson’s Bluegrass Gospel, Zink & Company, The Zolla Boys and Nothin’ Fancy.

Aug. 24 to 27. Crown of Maine Balloon Fest

Presque Isle |  www.crownofmaineballoonfest.org
Eleven balloonists will be participating in this year’s Crown of Maine Balloon Fest. Maybe one of them will whisk you away to Oz?  Even if you opt to stay on terra firma the sky candy will be mesmerizing.

Sunday, August 28, 2005: Del McCoury (R) and his band perform bluegrass tunes for thousands of fans at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine. Staff Photo by Herb Swanson

Sunday, August 28, 2005: Del McCoury (R) and his band perform bluegrass tunes for thousands of fans at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine.
Staff Photo by Herb Swanson

Aug. 25 to 27. American Folk Festival

Bangor waterfront |  www.americanfolkfestival.com
It’s a music lover’s dream and you can make it a reality for a suggested donation of only $10 per day. The American Folk Festival. It kicks of at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night and wraps up at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday evening. In between you’ll get many earfuls of multi-genred music from acts including C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band,  Cora Harvey Armstrong, Las Cafeteras, Les Poules a Colin and Selvin Birchwood. Don’t let the name fool you, the American Folk Festival goes way beyond folk with blues, Zydeco, gospel, Quebecois, rock  and several other styles of music.

Sept. 1  to 3. Camden Windjammer Festival

Camden waterfront |  www.camdenwindjammerfestival.org
Celebrate Camden’s heritage and living traditions this Labor Day weekend by heading to the annual Windjammer Festival.  The windjammer make their grand entrance between Noon and 5 pm on Friday afternoon and from there the events continue all weekend with live music, talent show, pancake breakfast, nautical dog show, lobster crate race, build-a-boat parade and race, treasure hunt, live music and a boatload of other nautical awesomeness. Ahoy!

Sept. 1  to 10. Boothbay Harbor Fest

Various downtown locations| Boothbay Harbor Waterfront |  www.boothbayharborfest.com
For ten days Boothbay Harbor hosts their annual Harbor Fest and the whole town comes alive with live music including a concert by Marcia Ball, Adam Ezra Group and Raging Brass at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, signature cocktails, special chef tastings, a fashion show, art sales, trunk shows, half marathon, trail run and more. Come for all of it, come for some of it and have a ball in Boothbay Harbor.

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