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Top 20 Maine Events in 2012

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Top 20 Maine Events in 2012
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MAY 5: KENNEBUNK, May Day Festival. Family-friendly fun throughout the downtown: Make your own May basket; watch the parade; stroll the book sale, art exhibit, farmers’ market, and craft booths; and enjoy wagon rides, demonstrations, and more.

MAY 18-20: FRYEBURG, Northern New England Home, Garden & Flower Show. Home-improvement and gardening inspiration abound at Fryeburg Fairgrounds, thanks to innovative energy displays, landscape displays, and more than 300 exhibitors, plus seminars and a “Meet the Chef” culinary series with live demonstrations and cooking tips. 800-359-2033;

MAY 31-JUNE 3: MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Acadia Birding Festival. Celebrate the ecological wonders of the avian species inhabiting the Gulf of Maine. Lectures, walks, and adventures at various locations will connect you with the area’s diverse habitats. 207-233-3694;

JUNE 10: PORTLAND, Old Port Festival. Continuous musical entertainment at stages from Congress Street to Commercial Street, plus arts and crafts, children’s activities, ethnic displays, a variety of food vendors, sidewalk sales, exhibits, and a parade. 207-772-5800;

JUNE 15-17: DEER ISLE/STONINGTON, Lupine Festival. The area welcomes the longer days of spring and summer with garden tours, local suppers, open studios, boat-plane and schooner trips, kids’ activities, and more. Drive the “Lupine Loop” and take it all in. 207-348-6124;

JUNE 15-17: NAPLES, Maine Blues Festival. This town is singing the blues over Father’s Day weekend with musical performances at a variety of locations, plus concerts at the Naples Green on Saturday, alongside artisans, food vendors, and kids’ activities.

JUNE 22-24: BRUNSWICK, Curtis Friends Library Book Sale. Offering more than 60,000 items, including books, CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles, and tapes, sorted into some 30 categories for your bargain-hunting pleasure at Brunswick Junior High School. 207-725-5242;

JUNE 22-24: NEW SWEDEN, Midsommar Celebration. Eat, dance, and sing in celebration of Maine’s Swedish colony heritage and the arrival of summer. Museum and house tours, demonstrations, fishing derby, lawn bowling, dance lessons, and more. 207-316-7306;

JUNE 30: SOUTH BERWICK, Strawberry Festival. A full day of fun on the Central School grounds: road race, pancake breakfast, arts fair, entertainment, and kids’ activities, all topped off by a chicken barbeque and the star of the show–strawberries–atop classic desserts.

JULY 7-8: BELFAST, Arts in the Park. A juried show attracting more than 80 artisans offering a variety of wares, from pottery to paintings, photography, fiber arts, and more. Plus live music and food vendors, all downtown on the picturesque waterfront.

JULY 13-22: WATERVILLE, Maine International Film Festival. Representing the best of American independent and international cinema, this 10-day festival showcases 100 films at three local screening locations, spotlighting some of New England’s most exciting and innovative artists. 207-861-8138;

JULY 20-22: YARMOUTH, Yarmouth Clam Festival. A weekend of fun, from a parade to fireworks, arts-and-crafts shows to road races, competitions to raffles, and great food booths, which are donating their earnings to local nonprofits. 207-846-3984;

JULY 21-22: CAMDEN, Carol Sebold Camden Harbor Arts Juried Arts & Crafts Show. The creative works of the area’s artisans are on display at Harbor Park. See fine paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and more, while enjoying the harborfront setting. 207-236-4404;

JUNE 26-27: BOOTHBAY, Boothbay’s 50th Windjammer Days Festival. The ship doesn’t have to sail without you. Simply enjoy the beauty of fully rigged windjammers sailing into Boothbay Harbor, or arrange to go aboard on an overnight or hourly cruise. The fun carries over to various locations throughout the town and includes a pancake breakfast, waterfront concerts, a craft fair, an antique boat parade, and fireworks. 207-633-2353;

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.

Updated Monday, May 14th, 2012

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