Maine Fairs and Festivals entertain with music, seafood, dance, and arts

Blue Hill Fair 2014

233 Ellsworth Road Blue Hill, ME Phone: 207-374-3701

August 28-September 1, 2014

Major agricultural fair with livestock area, draft horse and oxen pulling, harness racing, sheep dog trials, grange and arts and crafts exhibits. Entertainment includes FMX Motorcycle Stunt Team, Hot Dog Pig Racing, the Great Maine Lumberjack Show, Disc-Connected K9 Frisbee Dogs, and Just Paul's Comedy, Magic, and Juggling. The Blue Hill Fair also offers opportunities for those wishing to exhibit their skills in a number of contests.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival 2014 Machias Wild Blueberry Festival 2012 Downtown Machias, 9 Center Street ME

Downtown Machias, 9 Center Street, ME Phone: 207-255-6665

August 15-17, 2014

This annual festival celebrates the area's top crop. The event features a children's parade, a fish fry, music, a blueberry pancake breakfast, over 250 craft booths, live music, a blueberry pie eating contest and plenty more family fun.

Crown of Maine Balloon Festival 204

Northern Maine Fairgrounds, Mechanic Street Presque Isle, ME Phone: 207-764-6561

August 21-24, 2014

This hot-air balloon festival features 15 hot-air balloons, balloon rides, entertainment, and a street fair; something for everyone. Tethered rides will be offered Friday and Saturday, 5-8 p.m., weather permitting. Time: Balloon rides start at 5:30 a.m. Cost: varies depending on balloon pilot. Information:

Artisan Bread Fair 2014

Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Constitution Avenue Skowhegan, ME Phone: 207-717-4578

July 26, 2014

Explore the art and science of growing and milling grains and baking artisan breads. The purpose is to revive the practice of locally crafted bread, from seed to loaf. Tour the Somerset Grist Mill, sample breads, pastries, and wood-fired pizza, buy home baking books and equipment, talk to professional bakers, enjoy live music, browse antique baking tools, get tips from King Arthur Flour experts, watch demos, and eat local foods. Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: free. All day parking at the Fairgrounds, $2.

Rangeley Lakes Logging Festival 2014

221 Stratton Road Rangeley, ME

July 25-6, 2014

The Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum hosts a celebration of all things wooden and saw-able. On Friday, experience Bob Giles' re-enactment of how logging was done with draft horses in the 1950s and '60s. Watch flaky biscuits become sun-baked to the tunes of Missisquoi River Band bluegrass. Saturday ushers in the main events, like the log parade at 10 a.m. and the festival kick-off at 11 a.m. Marvel at the size and strength of logging equipment, and learn how it's done. Woodworkers will display and sell their wares.

Bangor State Fair 2014

100 Dutton Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-947-5555

July 25-August 3, 2014

The Bangor State Fair has everything fair-goers could wish for; live entertainment, animal exhibits, a circus, a bike stunt show, food, rides, games, and more. Starting at 8 p.m. on July 26 there will be a different concert each night on the big stage in front of the grandstand! These shows are free with paid admission and will feature the best in rock, country, bluegrass, big band, and hip-hop music.

Maine Highland Games 2014

Topsham Fairgrounds, off Rt 196 onto Community Way Topsham, ME

August 16, 2014

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more. Time: 8 a.m. Admission: Adults, $15 advance / $20 at gate; children, ages 6-12, $5.

Maine Lobster Festival 2014

Harbor Park, Water Street Rockland, ME Phone: 800-LOB-CLAW

July 30-August 3, 2014

Tons of steamed Maine lobsters served along with pageantry, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, visits to Navy and Coast Guard ships, harbor cruises, contests, lots of wonderful entertainment, a giant parade, international lobster crate race, children's activities and much more. See event website for schedule of activities.

Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival 2014

Fairground Road Union, ME Phone: 207-785-3281

August 16-23, 2014

Enjoy games, rides, raffles, parades, live music, livestock shows, a midway, firework, demolition derby, and more. Lots of blueberry baking, tasting, judging, and eating events. On Friday, August 22, the featured entertainment will be a tribute to Maine country music artists. Time: gates open daily at 8 a.m. See website for events schedule. Cost: Adults, $12; children, $8.

Eliot Antique Tractor & Engine Show 2014

2077 State Road Eliot, ME Phone: 207-748-3303

July 25 -27, 2014

This weekend festival includes a children’s tractor pull, barrel tractor rides, many displays of working antique engines, implements and the Shingle Mill in operation. The tractor parades, tractor pulling, live entertainment, square dancing, great food, crafters and artisans round out the event. Homemade strawberry shortcake, ice cream, root beer floats, hamburgers, and hot dogs, will all be served throughout the day.
Time: Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $5 per person; children 12 and younger admitted free. Cost: $6 per person, children 12 and under get in free.

Acton Fair 2014

Route 109 Acton, ME Phone: 207-636-2968

August 21-24, 2014

Come to the fair and enjoy livestock exhibits, a pig scramble, horse and ox pulls, a beauty pageant, a parade, a midway by Fiesta Shows, and more. Also, live music, balloon animals, clogging, magic show. Music by the Kenny Brothers Band and singer Jill Martin Time: Gates open daily at 9 a.m. Admission: Adults, $6-$7; children under age 12, free; seniors on Friday until 4 p.m., $2; parking $3.

Great Falls Balloon Festival 2014

Railroad Park, off Oxford Street Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-782-2637

August 15-17, 2014

An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children's activities, carnival, and much more.

Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Music Festival 2014

Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, Off Route 25 Hiram, ME Phone: 207-625-8656

July 24-27, 2014

This festival is home to the New England Flatpicking and Banjo Championships, and the New England Songwriting Contest. There are workshops, nightly barn dances, children's dance parties, and Americana, bluegrass, country swing and folk acts on two outdoor stages. Camping onsite. Cost: Tickets start at $25 for a single day, rising to multiple days, with or without camping.

Wilton Blueberry Festival 2014 Wilton Blueberry Festival 2012 Wilton ME

Main Street Wilton, ME 04294 Phone: 207-778-4726

August 1-2, 2014

Festival goers are invited to pick their own blueberries on the farm before enjoying a host of weekend activities including but not limited to live entertainment, a bake sale, book sale, yard sale, horse and wagon rides, historical tours, auctions, barbecue, and more. New this year: Medical Inflatables display. Also, music by Re-Creation USA, Forty Years of American Music.