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.

September, 2023
Fri September 1, 2023 Rockland First Friday Art Walk

Art studios and galleries are open for the evening from 5- – 8pm. Stroll Main Street and the neighborhood. The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Center for Contemporary Art are open through the evening.

Fri - Sun September 1 - 3, 2023 Windjammer Festival
Camden Windjammer Festival features the largest gathering of schooners in the Northeast. Held on Labor Day Weekend, Camden’s annual celebration brings two full days of nautical events and exhibits celebrating Camden’s maritime heritage. Entrance to the Camden Windjammer Festival is free.
As many as 18 windjammers and schooners parade into the harbor on opening day. From fireworks over the harbor on Friday night to Saturday’s highlight – the Lobster Crate Race – where contestants race across a line of crates trying to avoid falling into the salty brine, guests are sure to have a blast. The fish relay race is another spectacle, in which teams carry slippery fish and toss it into a “ship’s hold.”

Local day-sailing schooners are available daily to treat passengers to a taste of the seafaring life on Penobscot Bay. Details on website: facebook.com/WindjammerFestival

Wed September 13, 2023 Art Show Opening Robert Steinmetz

Artist Robert Steinmetz will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from September 13 – October 10.

Robert Steinmetz primary artistic background consisted of years spent making presentation drawings of his architectural designs. Since 1992, his paintings have been selected by juries for inclusion in over 30 local, national and international watercolor exhibitions, including the Shenzhen Biennial in China in 2013. He has won awards in over 20 of those shows, including several “Best in Show” awards.  He has been elected to “Signature Member” status in America’s two most prestigious watercolor societies, The American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. He also enjoys similar status in the North East Watercolor Society.

Sat & Sun September 16 - 17, 2023 Lighthouse Climbing Tours

Tour Owls Head Lighthouse and See the Jewel Inside

Suggested donation: $5.00 per person

October, 2023
Sat October 7, 2023 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Regata

The art of growing giant pumpkins, blended with pumpkin art, and pumpkin regatta – a race with hollowed out pumpkins.

Sat - Mon October 7 - 9, 2023 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Parade

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest! Pumpkin art-decorated, painted, sculpted, and the pumpkin parade. Each year, local Maine artists decorate dozens of “Atlantic Giant” pumpkins that are displayed in downtown Damariscotta & Newcastle during Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta. The parade is at 2pm on Saturday. Website: www.mainepumpkinfest.com

Sat - Sun October 7 - 8, 2023 Fall Foliage Festival in Boothbay

The 57th annual Fall Foliage Festival is one of Boothbay Harbor’s most popular autumn traditions! The event features plenty of musical performances, delicious food, classic automobiles, and pumpkin carving.

SAT 10:00 AM  to 5:00 PM

SUN 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wed October 11, 2023 Art Show Opening Christos Calivas

Artist Christos Calivas will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from October 11 – November 7.

November, 2023
Wed November 8, 2023 Art Show Opening Gwyn Sylvester

Artist Gwyn Sylvester will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from November 8 – December 5.

Gwyn has lived Maine since the 1990’s. Her art is based on seeing, perceiving and responding to the power of nature and the quiet beauty in the world. Creative ideas are set in motion during relaxed concentration while sketching, doodling and/or painting outdoors, en plein air, from still life or live models. In the studio she tries to enhance and refine natural patterns and light by layering intense, transparent colors with semi-opaque softer “veils” of paint.


Thur November 23, 2023 Thanksgiving Dinner

Enjoy a multi course Thanksgiving meal at The Causeway.

December, 2023
Wed December 6, 2023 Art Opening Anne Cox

Artist Anne Cox showing in the Craignair Gallery from December 6 – January 3.

I have a professional background in landscape design. Currently I continue to develop and tend the landscape and gardens surrounding the Hedgerow Market and Gallery, in Martinsville. I also grow the organic vegetables that we sell at our seasonal market.

Since moving here in 1997 I have designed, installed, and tended many gardens in the midcoast area. In 2007 I began designing and hooking rugs, many of which have received Viewers’ Choice Awards at the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild shows, and in 2018, I was a featured artist at one of the shows. I started painting, mainly in oil, in 2015. In both the rugs and the paintings I am working to understand and reflect the patterns and beauty of the world I encounter. Hedgerowdesign.com for more info.

January, 2024
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February, 2024
Fri-Sun February 2 - 4, 2024 US National Toboggan Championships

The only organized wooden toboggan race in the country! The toboggan chute is located in Camden, Maine, at the Camden Snow Bowl, a community-owned year-round recreation area.

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