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Top 20 Maine Events for 2009

Top 20 Maine Events for 2009
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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

JULY 31-AUG. 9: BANGOR, Bangor State Fair. Traditional event, with a variety of entertainment at Bangor State Fairgrounds. Children’s shows, concerts, animal exhibits, carnival midway, and the best of fair food. 207-947-5555; bangorstatefair.com</p>

AUG. 1-2: EAST BOOTHBAY, Boat Builders Festival. Two-day nautical art show and sale opens Saturday; on Sunday, visit working and pleasure vessels, attend nautical lectures, watch demonstrations, and indulge in a seafood feast, all at Shipbuilders Park/Ocean Point Marina. 207-633-4818; bbrlt.org

AUG. 7: SOUTHPORT, Book & Bake Sale. The town hall provides plenty of space for tons of homemade cakes, cookies, breads, and pies, plus hundreds of good used volumes in a wide variety of categories. 207-633-5740

AUG. 7-9: UNION, Maine Antiques Festival. Maine’s largest antiques show features dealers from across the U.S. and Canada, featuring all categories, from formal to folk pieces, displayed indoors and out under tents on Union Fairgrounds. 207-221-3108; maineantiquefest.com

AUG. 13-22: PORTLAND, Portland Chamber Music Festival. World-renowned performers from the New York Philharmonic and Chicago and St. Louis Symphonies and other renowned groups, all at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. Featured composers include Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Bartok, and more. 800-320-0257; pcmf.org

AUG. 14-16: MACHIAS, Wild Blueberry Festival. More than 200 crafters and artists, 1- and 5-mile footraces, baking and pie-eating contests, blueberry-theme musical comedy, historical and cultural exhibits, and plenty of food. 207-255-4402, 207-255-6665; machiasblueberry.com

Please Note: This article 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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One Response to Top 20 Maine Events for 2009

  1. Robert Goodwin April 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    What? No mention of the American Folk Festival in Bangor? I feel that is a gross omission.

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