Maine’s Top Summer Music Festivals
Maine loves music and our plethora of festivals is proof positive. Summertime in Maine means the air is full of music – from the mountains to the sea.
All Roads Music Festival in Belfast features over 40 performing artists each year, representing 150+ Maine musicians. The festival also includes discussion panels, curated showcases, and the annual Maine Songwriter’s Circle. The popular Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival in Litchfield is one of the largest family musical events in New England that takes place twice every year (June and August) with national and local bands performing. Ossipee Valley Music Festival, South Hiram is a family-friendly music festival with bluegrass, roots, americana, blues and folk music.
Here are some more suggestions for pop, rock, folk and traditional-music festivals:
County Bluegrass Festival, Fort Fairfield
East Benton Fiddler’s Festival, Benton
Kingfield Pops!, Kingfield
North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland
Sweet Chariot Music Festival, Swan's Island
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, Brunswick
Trails End Festival, Millinocket
Summer Chamber Music
Maine is also renowned for its summertime chamber music and classical festivals. They include the Portland Chamber Music Festival, celebrating chamber music as it was meant to be experienced: in living rooms and parlors, surrounded by family and friends. In addition to hearing live performances with some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, audiences mingle with these artists in an informal setting, and share musical insights and personal connections. The Atlantic Music Festival at Colby College in Waterville hosts promising young musicians from all over the world and is packed with world premieres, vocal, solo, chamber music, and orchestral works, including symphonies and concertos. SummerKeys, offering summer music workshops, also has free summer concerts in Lubec.
- Bar Harbor Music Festival, Bar Harbor
- Bay Chamber Concerts, Rockport
- Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick
- Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Blue Hill
- Salt Bay Chamberfest, Damariscotta
- Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, Harrison
Outdoor Concert Series
There’s nothing quite like enjoying live music as the sun sets and the stars come out to listen. Maine has numerous wonderful community-based outdoor concert series. Most take place near the water – along Maine’s vibrant waterfronts and rivers.