Maine Festivals & Events
Maine is home to many unique traditions, stemming from our bountiful lands and sea, diverse arts and culture, and homespun agricultural heritage. Today, Mainers celebrate these longstanding traditions with annual festivals, fairs and events across the state. Before you come, be sure to check event websites for schedules and updates.
Maine Food Festivals
We know the best flavors are grown and sourced right here, and Maine food festivals rejoice in the seasonal bounty of our lands and waters. Join the world’s biggest celebration of lobster at the Maine Lobster Festival. Sweet tooths will find their (blueberry) jam at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, honoring the “blueberry belt” of the state with treats, pie-eating contests and more.
Arts & Cultural Events and Heritage Festivals
Maine’s cultural history is thousands of years old and millions of memories deep. Beginning with its first native peoples, the Wabanaki, Maine’s culture grew to include people and practices from Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Today, in addition to appreciating our collective heritage in museums and cultural centers, numerous festivals honor Maine’s historic roots and generations of artists and crafters. Appreciate handcrafted works at one of the many arts and culture events. Or dance to the beat at one of our diverse music festivals.
Celebrating the age-old heritage of local farming and agriculture, Maine’s state and county fairs draw crowds looking for family-friendly fun and all manner of entertainment. These multiday events typically feature livestock shows, agricultural and craft exhibits, animal and mechanical pulls, midways, harness racing and live music—plus rides and iconic fair food.