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Top 20 Maine Events for 2009

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;</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;

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;

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;

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;

AUG. 20-27: BAR HARBOR, Jazz Festival. Enjoy nine days of modern and classic music at various venues throughout town, ranging from historic theaters to earthy pubs. 207-288-5829;

AUG. 21-23: LEWISTON, Great Falls Balloon Festival. More than 40 giant models take to the skies–watch from the ground or take a ride. Festivities include food, music, a carnival, crafts, and fireworks. Reservations and hourly fees required for 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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Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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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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