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Top 20 2013 Maine Summer Events

Top 20 2013 Maine Summer Events
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by in May 2010

JULY 15: CAMDEN/ROCKPORT, Camden Garden Club House and Garden Tour. Stroll through fine homes and this year enjoy the first-ever decorator show house. Professional designers from near and far will transform a historic home and guest cottage on High Street in Camden. Preview Party, Twilight Tours, and other festivities. 207-236-8946;

JULY 16-18: BELFAST, Maine Celtic Celebration. Belfast’s waterfront buzzes with traditional Celtic activities, including highland games, accordion workshop, live music, Irish and Scottish genealogy, ceili dance, “Men in Kilts” contest, and much more. 207-338-2692;

JULY 16-18: YARMOUTH, Yarmouth Clam Festival. More than 100,000 visitors come together at Memorial Green and townwide to celebrate a delicious and vast array of food, an entertaining themed parade, clam-shucking contests, firefighters’ muster, live music, and fireworks spectacle, plus road, kayak, and bicycle races and much more. 207-846-3984;

JULY 30-AUG. 8: BANGOR, Bangor State Fair. A variety of entertainment arrives at the Bangor State Fairgrounds, with children’s shows, concerts, animal exhibits, a carnival midway, and the tastiest of fair food. 207-947-5555;

JULY 31-AUG. 1: EAST BOOTHBAY, Boat Builders Festival. Shipbuilders Park/Ocean Point Marina is the place to be for all things nautical, with a two-day art show and sale opening on Saturday. Working and pleasure vessels open to visitors on Sunday; plus lectures, demonstrations, and a seafood feast. 207-633-4818;

AUG. 4-8: ROCKLAND, Maine Lobster Festival. First, head to Harbor Park’s “Maine Eating” tent to have your fill of delicious lobster and, of course, gorgeous views of Penobscot Bay. Then amble through maritime displays and demonstrations, browse arts and crafts vendors, take a harbor cruise, and listen to live entertainment. 800-562-2529, 207-596-0376;

AUG. 12-21: PORTLAND, Portland Chamber Music Festival. Featuring 20 dynamic performers, the repertoire includes traditional and contemporary works performed at Abromson Community Education Center at the University of Southern Maine campus. 800-320-0257;

AUG. 13-15: ROCKLAND, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. The state’s only in-water boat and home show, presented at Buoy and Harbor parks, will feature Maine’s finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, marine-gear vendors, musicians, and more. Don’t miss the model yacht pond, live music, marine activities area, food, and–great fun for the entire family–the running of the “World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials” on Sunday. 800-565-4951, 207-594-8622;

AUG. 13-15: UNION, Maine Antiques Festival. Indoor and outdoor displays cover Union Fairgrounds at Maine’s largest antiques show. Dealers from across the U.S. and Canada offer a range of pieces, from formal to folk. 207-563-1013, 207-221-3108;

AUG. 20-22: LEWISTON, Great Falls Balloon Festival. More than 40 hot-air balloons take flight over the town at dawn and dusk, while “Moon Glows”–balloons tethered and lit with propane–are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings at Simard-Payne Memorial Park. Other festivities include food, live music, a carnival, crafts, and fireworks. Reservations and an hourly fee are required for all balloon rides. 800-639-6331, 207-783-2249;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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