What we’ve rounded up are some of summer’s highlights – things we think you shouldn’t miss if you’ve got a choice in the matter.
Summertime in Maine — it’s the stuff that sweet memories are made of. While the influx of tourists might ruffle some feathers, let’s remember that we’re all in this together because we love Maine in all of its sandy, salty, woodsy and majestic splendor. With a keen eye on packing in as much fun, relaxation and lobsters as possible before the snow starts flying again without mercy, we offer up a lineup of 31 events that has something for everyone: boaters, beer drinkers, foodies, music fans, outdoor enthusiasts, runners, bicyclists, sand sculptors, stone skippers, clam eaters, dancers, Moxie aficionados and of course fans of the Round Pond Parade. Pour yourself a lemonade and peruse this cross-section of some of the best the summer of 2016 has to offer. Then put on some sunscreen and get out there.
June 15 – 19 & August 26-29: Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival
You’ll have two chances this summer to see some of the biggest and most popular family music events in New England. Bluegrass fans from around the globe converge in Litchfield to hear banjos, fiddles and of course a whole mess of harmonies.
More info: www.blisteredfingers.com
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine invites you to cruise along winding country lanes as you take in the breathtaking, rocky coast and see lighthouses, lupines and lobster boats from the comfort of two pedal-powered wheels. You’ll have your pick of five distance options. When the ride is over you’ll get a pair of Lobster Ride bike socks and a lobster roll and can jump in Hosmer Pond to cool down.
More info: mainelobsterride.com
More than 35 breweries will be pouring their beers all day at Thompson’s Point in Portland. The festival also includes beer school mini-classes and the Homegrown Beer Competition featuring brews made from Maine-grown ingredients. Food trucks will be lined-up so you have something to wash down with all that beer.
Open Farm Day is an annual family event that allows the general public to learn about the business of agriculture.Farms throughout the State of Maine open their gates and many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities may include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.
More info” www.getrealmaine.com
Main events include a road race, fun run and walk, The Great Lobster Crate Race, arts and crafts, food, marine tent,The Big Parade, seafood cooking contest, entertainment and the Maine Sea Goddess Pageant & Coronation, Oh and did we mention there would be lobster. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 pounds of it. Get crackin’ !
More info: www.mainelobsterfestival.com
Harold Lane, Hebron
It’s a redneck extravaganza like none other out at Harold’s place. The festivities include a pig roast, lawn mower races, red Solo cup saloon, bobbing for pig’s feet, a tire beer trot, and toilet seat horse shoes. You might not win a gold medal, but anyone who attends this thing is a winner in our book.As for the [blank] – think five colored and heavily copyrighted rings and you’ll catch the drift.
Lincoln Park, Portland
This juried indie craft fair celebrates its ninth year in Lincoln Park. Peruse and purchase indie crafts and vintage wares including clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, toys, photography, housewares, fine art and more from over 100 vendors. Live music will be cranking all day and food trucks will be waiting for you.
Celebrate recreation and life on the Kennebec River with a host of lively events, from bed races and river paddles to pub crawls and bingo night. There will be raft rides, a craft fair. lobster bake and fireworks.
Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston, $25 to $55.
With 8 color stations you’re going to be a real-life rainbow by the time you cross the finish line. Volunteers will show no mercy as they douse you with powders and gels of pink, yellow, green, blue and violent. They’ll also hit you with something called “New Slime.”
Two words: haggis and whiskey. But that’s not all, the 2016 Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival also features live Scottish music from acts including Rathkeltair and the Robert Burns Luncheon. The sound of pipe bands will fill your heart and Scottish country dance performances, the Parade of Tartans, harp concerts and more will make this a memorable day even if you don’t have a drop of Scottish blood in your veins.
Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston
Got your head in the clouds? This is not a problem at the Great Falls Balloon Festival. The festival was founded in 1992 and continues to be a much-loved celebration with hot air balloons, food and entertainment.
More info: www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org