Summer brings out the best in all of us. So, when you’re looking for fun things to do with family and friends, explore these top summer events in Maine. Whether you love food and wine, arts and crafts, or Moxie, here are a few of the summer events we know you’ll enjoy. Some are traditional, while others are unique and just plain quirky. But each event promises a fun and memorable time. What’s more, each summer event is an easy drive to the Wolf Cove Inn, an exceptional bed and breakfast on the shores of Tripp Lake.
Portland Bach Experience – Portland
This classical music experience offers immersive events, intimate concerts, and an annual June festival that highlight the talents of award-winning artists.
Portland Wine Week – Portland
Come sip and savor to your heart’s content. This annual celebration of good food and fine wine offers tastings, seminars, discussion, lunches, brunches, and much more.
Launch, A Maritime Festival – Kennebunkport
This celebration of the community’s rich nautical history and fresh local seafood is a delight for residents and visitors alike. During the festival, area restaurants prepare their best seafood creations, while shops and boutiques showcase unique and creative crafts and gifts, ideal as souvenirs or treasures for that special someone.
South Berwick Strawberry Festival – South Berwick
This annual festival honors the value of volunteerism and community. Come enjoy music, food, and entertainment – all focused on celebrating the humble strawberry.
Windjammer Days – Boothbay
An annual salute to Maine’s maritime history, Windjammer Days kicks off summer in Maine. The week includes: Harbor Aglow, Pirates of the Dark Rose, Cod Fish Races, Gathering of the Fleet, Street Parade, Fireworks over the Harbor, Vintage Boat Parade & Pier Party, and Artist’s Alley.
4th of July Fireworks – Statewide
Depending on your schedule of activities for the day, we’re near several area 4th of July celebrations. Want to stay and play in the water? There are celebrations nearby in Lewiston, Bridgton, Naples, and Norway. If you’re heading out on a day trip to Brunswick, Camden, or Boothbay, you’ll find plenty of sparks and flares there too.
The Moxie Festival – Lisbon
Calling all Moxie fans. Join like-minded folks for three days of peace, love, and Moxie with a line-up of recipe, chugging, and Whoopie Pie eating contests, as well as a 5K race, car show, and parade.
Bates Dance Festival – Lewiston
The Bates Dance Festival blends an international community of choreographers, performers, educators, and students, including renowned contemporary dance artists from around the world to celebrate the art of dance.
Bivalve lovers unite to celebrate all things oysters, scallops, and mussels with a parade, carnival, games, arts, crafts, and more.
Maine Outdoor Film Festival – Portland
Thousands of attendees, filmmakers, athletes, volunteers, and brands throughout the world come together to honor the art of film making. Enjoy film screenings international film makers in the great Maine outdoors.
Wild Blueberry Festival – Statewide
Celebrate the wild blueberry during this wild weekend of blueberry farm tours, inventive blueberry dishes, and an opportunity pick-your-own fresh berries.
Great Falls Balloon Festival – Lewiston-Auburn
Hot air balloons never look so beautiful as they do against Maine’s scenic landscape. Come feel the thrill of seeing the balloons take flight. Or hop in the basket for your own sky ride to experience floating on air. Hot air balloon rides are whimsical and exciting, yet peaceful and serene. Rides do fill up fast, so reserve early.
Portland Fine Craft Show – Portland
Join a gathering of 100 juried artists from Maine and the Northeast as they exhibit their works in a large variety of media, from baskets, ceramics, and furniture to glass, leather, stone, and wood. This well-organized and high-quality event will issue awards for Best Booth Design and Best of Show. Cast your own vote for The People’s Choice Award.
Mark your calendars for any of these top summer events in Maine. When you do, be sure to book your stay at our little slice of heaven in Poland, Maine. You’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning, warm hospitality, and wonderful amenities. What’s more, our comfortable guest rooms (or private cabin), landscaped gardens, and picturesque Tripp Lake offer something above the rest. Listen to the birds, kayak across the lake, watch the sunset… it’s all waiting for you.