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.

Winter Harbor Lobster Festival 2014

Downtown Winter Harbor Winter Harbor, ME

August 9, 2014

Watch the popular lobster boat races, with 13 classes rated by size and power; shop at the craft fair; eat a Maine lobster dinner and stay for the late afternoon parade at 5:30 p.m. Come for a day of family fun. No admission charge.

Acadian Festival 2014

356 Main Street and townwide Madawaska, E Phone: 207-728-3546

August 11-21, 2014

Events include a re-enactment of the first Acadian landing in northern Maine, traditional Acadian supper, Soiree du bon Vieux Temps (Night of good old times),traditional cultural displays, Golf Tournament, Family Fun Day, Festival Parade, "Party du Main Street', and much more. The Festival is held each year in conjuction with a huge family reunion. Time: see website for schedule.

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: http://bit.ly/oU4cN7

Skowhegan River Fest 2014

Downtown Skowhegan Skowhegan, ME 04976 Phone: 207-474-3621

July 29 - August 3, 2014

River Fest 2014 is a multi-day event that celebrates recreation and life on the Kennebec River. Among the week’s events are a chicken barbecue and classic car cruise-in and community band concert on July 29; an antique appraisal show and jazz concert by the Sunday Project and a pub crawl on July 30; bed, kayak and canoe races on July 31; a lobster bake and golf classic and woods walk on August 1; raft rides, a craft fair, family activities, a beer garden and fireworks on August 2; and a Celtic music concert at Coburn Park on August 3.

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.

Boothbay Harbor Harbor Fest 2014

Various locations; consult event website Boothbay Harbor, ME

August 29-September 7, 2014

This 10-day celebration of Boothbay Harbor includes lots of live music, a treasure hunt, marathon races, chili and chowder competitions, a golf tourney and much more. Musical headliners includes Shanna Underwood and Pete Kilpatrick and the Wailin Jennys. See event website for schedule.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival 2014

Downtown Brunswick, ME

August 16, 2014

More than 100 booths of artwork will display original paintings, sculpture, graphics and drawing, photography and fine crafts. Dozens of artists will be doing demonstrations on the mall. Throughout the day there will be live music, theater and dance performances, performance artists, face painting, and art projects for kids and families. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Common Ground Country Fair 2014

294 Crosby Brook Road Unity, ME Phone: 207-568-4142

September 19-21, 2014

Activities include horse, mule, cow, ox, dairy goat, sheep, llama, alpaca, rabbit, poultry and other animal exhibits and demonstrations; fleece and fiber related demonstrations in the Maine Fiber Farms Area; hayrides all weekend; vegetable garden parade for children; a country store with fair merchandise; live entertainment; folk arts tents; Indian basket making; stone working; fibre spinning. Time: gates open daily at 9 a.m.

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.

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.

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.