Top 20 Maine Events for 2009
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MAY 15-17: FRYEBURG, Northern New England Home, Garden, and Flower Show. One of the largest events of its kind, with more than 250 exhibitors of indoor home- and garden-related products, plus outdoor exhibits, all at Fryeburg Fairgrounds. The Garden Marketplace offers favorite and hard-to-find perennials, annuals, veggie seedlings, and shrubs; the Smart Home Owner seminar series on alternative energy options; and a “Meet the Chefs” cooking series featuring culinary artists sharing their secrets. 800-359-2033; homegardenflowershow.com
MAY 22-25: BARING, TRESCOTT, Down East Spring Birding Festival. Visit the Cobscook Bay area during spring migration and nesting season during America’s easternmost birding festival. See Atlantic puffins up close, and spot more than 150 different species on self-guided explorations, guided hikes, and boat tours. Presentations are led by area experts. 207-733-2233; thecclc.org, downeastbirdfest.org
JUNE 19-21: DEER ISLE, STONINGTON, Lupine Festival. Celebrate summer’s famous bloom with concerts, an art and sculpture show, craft fair, garden tour, boat excursions, airplane rides, quilt show, movies, and much more for the entire family. 207-348-6124; deerislemaine.com
JUNE 20, JULY 18, AUG. 15: YORK, Family Fun Saturdays. Plan some family fun this summer at the Museums of Old York, with tours of historic buildings, traditional craft demonstrations, hearth cooking, colonial games, and crafts for kids of all ages. 207-363-4974; oldyork.org
JUNE 23-24: BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Windjammer Days. Fully rigged schooners, including American Eagle, Heritage, Lazy Jack, and Eastwind, sail into the harbor each day. Other family events include pancake breakfasts, waterfront concerts, fireworks, tours of Navy vessels and the Coast Guard station, an antique-boat parade, and more. 207-633-2353; boothbayharbor.com
JUNE 25-28: MADAWASKA, Acadian Festival. Celebrating tradition at Maine’s largest cultural and ethnic heritage festival, with a tag sale, watermelon-eating contest, softball tournament, performances, dinner theatre, craft fair and quilt show, and picnic, townwide. acadianfestival.com
JUNE 27: SOUTH BERWICK, Strawberry Festival. Those luscious red berries rule at Central School for this eagerly anticipated annual event filled with entertainment, food, art displays, and, of course, plenty of homemade strawberry shortcake. 207-384-3300; southberwickstrawberryfestival.com
JULY 10-12: LISBON, Moxie Festival. Join the New England Moxie Congress and the Seashore Trolley Museum for a parade, Saturday-morning 5K road race (starting at the high school), clambake, tables of memorabilia and collectibles, and more in celebration of America’s oldest soft drink. 207-353-2289; moxiefestival.com
JULY 10-19: WATERVILLE, Maine International Film Festival. Celebrate the best American independent, international, and Maine-made cinema. Screenings and related events take place at the Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. 207-861-8138; miff.org
JULY 16: CAMDEN, ROCKPORT, Camden Garden Club House and Garden Tour. Since 1947, spectacular homes throughout these two towns have opened their doors and their garden gates to the public. Stroll through each property, and take home a few ideas to enrich your own indoor and outdoor space. 207-236-8946; camdengardenclub.com
JULY 17-19: BELFAST, Maine Celtic Celebration. Activities downtown include Highland games, Celtic music, Irish and Scottish genealogy workshops, ceili dancing, a “Men in Kilts” contest, and much more. 207-338-2692; mainecelticcelebration.com
JULY 29-AUG. 2: ROCKLAND, Maine Lobster Festival. Pull up a chair under the eating tent at Harbor Park overlooking Penobscot Bay and indulge in fresh, hot Maine lobsters–more than 20,000 delicious pounds of them. Maritime displays and demonstrations, arts and crafts, harbor cruises, contests, live entertainment, and a parade. 800-562-2529, 207-596-0376; mainelobsterfestival.com
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.