If you are planning to visit MidCoast Maine, festivals are a great way to have fun, enjoy great food and drinks, and enjoy local traditions. Take a look at upcoming MidCoast Maine events in Rockland and Camden, and then book oceanfront lodging at The Craignair Inn by the Sea.

May, 2024
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Wed May 1, 2024 Nancy Baker Art Show Opening at The Craignair Gallery

A Wider Lens

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, May 1, 4–7 PM

 

 

Thurs May 2, 2024 Rockland Farmer's Market

Opening Day of the Spring/Summer Season at the Rockland Farmer’s Market in Harbor Park. You know that the warm weather is officially upon is when the Rockland Farmer’s Market pops up in its brilliant seaside location. The market continues every Thursday from 9 – 1 through early fall. Buy plants, greens, herbs, organic meat from local farms, freshly baked bread, artisan pizza, and enjoy live bluegrass and folk music as more and more vegetables come into season. The most beautiful local food and kindest people in Mid-Coast Maine. Read more about it here.

Fri May 3, 2024 First Friday Art Walk Rockland

First Friday Art Walk in Rockland now happens year-round! Rockland Main Street is closed to traffic, the many galleries and two world-class fine art museums are free and open to the public! Dress up and stroll in and out of openings, partake in complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, see and be seen; the Mid-Coast art scene is absolutely buzzing. The Farnsworth has all the details.

Sun May 5, 2024 Music at The Causeway

Join us for live music by Stephanie Ryann at The Causeway during brunch on Sunday May 5th.

May 10 - 31, 2024 Birding in Mid-Coast Maine

From mid-May to early June, migrating shorebirds are on the move in Maine.

Sun May 12, 2024 Mother's Day at The Causeway

Save your table early! Treat your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, godmother, or mother figure to a delicious, relaxed meal by the sea. Toast the mothers at your table with a custom Bloody Mary with all the trimmings or an effervescent mimosa. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th. Reserve your table on the ocean view deck, in the dining room, or the art gallery. Gather with your loved ones on a fine spring day for brunch or dinner.

Wed May 29, 2024 Ken Schweizer Art Show Opening at The Craignair Gallery

Ken Schweizer

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, May 29, 4–7 PM

Inspiration is everywhere; tall evergreens, ocean wildlife, working waterfronts and picturesque lighthouses.

June, 2024
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Fri June 7, 2024 First Friday Art Walk Rockland

First Friday Art Walk in Rockland now happens year-round! Rockland Main Street is closed to traffic, the many galleries and two world-class fine art museums are free and open to the public! Dress up and stroll in and out of openings, partake in complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, see and be seen; the Mid-Coast art scene is absolutely buzzing. The Farnsworth has all the details. Summer hours 5-8!

Fri - Sat June 7 - 8, 2024 Rockport Donut Festival

The Town of Rockport is home to the creator of the donut hole. Paying homage to the history of the donut and celebrating the start of summer! See full schedule of donut themed festivities and events on the Rockport Donut Festival webpage.

Fri & Sat June 14 - 15, 2024 Jazz in June

Two days of jazz events including headliner evening concerts at the downtown Camden Opera House

Fri June 21, 2024 Solstice by the Sea

Celebrate the glory of the Summer Solstice on a rocky remote island in Mid-Coast Maine. Friday, June 21, 2:30 – 7:30. The boat departs for Burnt Island at 2:30 and returns to the mainland for dinner at 7:30. This event is brought to us by the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School community. See their website for further details.

Sat June 22, 2024 Summer Solstice Celebration in Rockland

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a street fair in Rockland, Maine. Main Street is closed to car traffic and fun fills the street on this long afternoon of sunshine and community. There will be live music in multiple venues, food, fun, games, family-friendly activities, face painting for the kids, free entry to the Strand Theatre, and the great Rockland Sculpture Race at 2 o’clock. Kick off your Mid-Coast Maine summer with this sweet annual event.

July, 2024
Day(s)Date(s)Event
Fri July 5, 2024 First Friday Art Walk Rockland

First Friday Art Walk in Rockland now happens year-round! Rockland Main Street is closed to traffic, the many galleries and two world-class fine art museums are free and open to the public! Dress up and stroll in and out of openings, partake in complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, see and be seen; the Mid-Coast art scene is absolutely buzzing. The Farnsworth has all the details. Summer hours 5-8!

Fri July 5, 2024 Great Schooner Race

More than two dozen tall ships gather for an exciting all-day race. Maine’s windjammers and other visiting tall ships converge for the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships!

Sun - Sat July 7 - 14, 2024 Union Fair

The Union Fair: Maine’s Wild Blueberry Festival is the quintessential summer country fair in rural Mid-Coast Maine! Experience all the midway rides and games, agricultural exhibitions, live music on the main stage, fried fair food and sweet confections, tractor pulls, demolition derby, and meet the next Wild Blueberry Queen. This week-long fair is a highlight of summer to visitors near and far. Plan your visit! 

Sat & Sun July 13-14, 2024 North Atlantic Blues Festival

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held on the ocean, at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, an easy 30 minute drive from the Craignair Inn. Spend the day in the sun and music scene and return to your quiet room for a good night’s rest. Learn more about the blues fest here!

Sat July 25 - 27, 2024 Camden Classics Cup Parade of Sail

Don’t miss the spectacle of the Camden Classics Cup fleet parading around Camden’s Inner Harbor! Racing happens all weekend sailed where the mountains meet the sea. Great viewing from anywhere in the harbor. Business on the wharf at Lyman-Morse will be open, along with pop-ups for vendors, non-profits and more. Photo credit: Tyler Fields Photography

August, 2024
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Thur - Sun August 1-4, 2024 Maine Lobster Festival

What do you get when you mix the world’s greatest lobster cooker, 20,000 pounds of lobster, a sea goddess coronation, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, cooking contests, marine tent and MORE?!

Fri - Sun August 9 - 11, 2024 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show

The annual Maine Boat & Home Show welcomes between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors to a scenic waterfront location in Rockland (the Arts Capital of Maine) during the peak of the summer season (the second weekend in August). The event features boats in the water, boats on land, marine gear vendors, fine furniture and home wares, arts, architecture, live music, and delicious food. This is the largest in-the-water boat show north of Newport, Rhode Island. Learn more at the website of the coast. Gates open at 10.

September, 2024
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Thurs - Sun September 12 - 15, 2024 Camden International Film Festival

The Camden International Film Festival, presented by the Points North Institute is an international festival of documentary film. CIFF is packed with a hearty roster of filmmaker Q&As, interactive installations and networking sessions – with plenty of opportunity for surprise and discovery. From your home away from home at the Craignair, explore this boundary pushing weekend long event where creative people from all over the world meet to exchange ideas and explore how art can positively impact society. Photo credit: Lindsay Heald.

Fri-Sun September 20-22, 2024 Common Ground Fair

The Common Ground Country Fair is a demonstration of rural living, traditional farming practices, and a sustainable worldview. It is put on by the The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association every year on the fairgrounds in Unity, Maine, about an hour from the Craignair Inn. This gentle fair, which always occurs on the third weekend after Labor Day, is a rich celebration and beautiful weekend ritual for Maine people. You know it’s fall in Mid-Coast Maine when the Common Ground arrives again

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