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.

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

Clinton Lions Fair 2014

1450 Bangor Road Clinton, ME Phone: 207-426-8013

September 4-7, 2014

Here you’ll find a large agricultural exhibit with many farm animals, animal pulling, exquisite examples of almost every imaginable food variety and one of the best truck and tractor pulling events in the area.  Also, a great midway with rides and games for all age groups, a parade, and much more.

Litchfield Fair 2014

44 Plains Road Litchfield, ME Phone: 207-268-4981

September 5-7, 2014

The Litchfield Fair includes all the good old-fashioned elements of a country celebration; animal exhibits, antique cars and farm equipment, vegetable competitions, homemade baked good, rides and games for the kids, live music and more. Time: Friday, 7 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. Cost: adults, $6; youth ages 12-17 and seniors over age 65, $2; children under 12, free.

Windsor Fair 2014

82 Ridge Road Windsor, ME Phone: 207-549-7121

August 24-September 1, 2014

This fair has everything from rides and games, truck pulls, animal exhibits, a Fair Queen Pageant, a demolition derby, the Giant Pumpkin and Squash Contest weigh-in, and a draft horse and draft pony show, and more. Time: see website for schedule. Admission: General admission is $7 the first Sunday to Thursday and Monday, Labor Day. Admission is $9 for Friday, Saturday, the second Sunday. Children under 16 admitted free. Senior citizens (60+) $3 on Woodsmen's Day & Senior Citizens Day. Season pass is $50.

Cumberland Fair 2014

197 Blanchard Road Cumberland, ME Phone: 207-829-5531

September 20-21, 2014

this year, the fair will include the Rawhide Rodeo, two full professional rodeos, bull riding and a children’s rodeo. Also: farming exhibits, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, demonstrations in the exhibition hall, museum and sugar house, livestock shows and competitions, horticulture, Harness racing, and more. A demolitions derby will take place Sunday evening. Rides by Gillette Midways. Cost: Children 12 and younger, free; adults age 13 & older, $9; seniors on Tuesday and Thursday, $3.

Harvest on the Harbor 2014

Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland Company Complex, Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME Phone: 207-772-4994

October 22-25, 2014

Experience the flavors of Maine at Harvest on the Harbor. The three-day event will feature seminars, tastings, and exquisite dinners crafted by renowned chefs from Maine and afar. Learn from food experts. Sip fine wines, beer and spirits. Maine chefs compete for the title of Maine's Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant, and much more.

Harmony Free Fair 2014

Main Street between Route 150 and 154 Harmony, ME

August 29-September 1, 2014

Midway, truck pull, cribbage tournament, demolition derby, pie auction, oxen pull, woodsmen's competition, arm wrestling, circus, and more.

Piscataquis Valley Fair 2014

Fairview Avenue Dover-Foxcroft, ME Phone: 207-943-2650

August 21-24, 2014

A milling parlor with home made ice cream, agricultural exhibits, crafts, midway, animal pull events. Time: Open daily 6 a.m.; midway open at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $6 per person; children age 5 to 10, $2; seniors admitted for half price on on August 21. Everyday is a wrist band day. Wrist bands are $15.

Springfield Fair 2014

94 Park Street, Route 169 Springfield, ME Phone: 207-738-4134

August 29-September 1, 2014

This farm-based festival is all about entertainment, agriculture, and education. Springfield Fair features all the usual traits of a New England 4-H state fair, like farm exhibits, animal shows, tasty treats and the like, plus a demolition derby, a midway, and more. Fair Hours: Gates open, 8 a.m.

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2014

Boothbay Harbor, ME Phone: 207-671-7676

August 29- September 7, 2014

Harbor Fest is a 10-day celebration of our Boothbay Harbor. Major events include the Harbor crawl, music fest and chili-chowder challenge, art show & treasure hunt, golf tournament, restaurant week, fishin' for fashion show, grand finale party, and two-day community wide yard sale. Musical headliners includes Shanna Underwood and Pete Kilpatrick and the Wailin Jennys. See event website for schedule. Many events are free, some require tickets.

Camden International Film Festival 2014

Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, ME

September 25-28, 2014

The festival will once again shine the spotlight on works that show dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. All films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice.

Camden Windjammer Festival 2014

Camden Waterfront Camden, ME

August 29 - 31, 2014

Magnificent windjammers ply the coast with a full schedule of maritime events near Camden Harbor. The weekend kicks off with a parade of schooners sailing into Camden harbor, followed by a crew talent show and fireworks. All three days feature the Maritime Heritage Fair with exhibits of information about boats, sailing and other maritime endeavors. Saturday's highlight is the Lobster Crate Race. In the Build-A-Boat Contest, teams create a surprising variety of boats that compete on the water on Sunday.
The Sea Dog show takes over Harbor Park on Sunday as dogs compete in a variety of funny contests. Sunday also features the colorful attack on Camden by the Pirates of the Dark Rose, with their swords out and cannons ablaze. The cruising schooners are open for tours and rides Saturday and Sunday afternoon. On Friday, visitors can bid on a dockside dinner aboard one of the schooners famous for their food.

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.

Thomas Point Bluegrass Special 2014 Thomas Point Bluegrass Special Brunswick ME

Thomas Point Beach, 29 Meadow Road Brunswick, ME Phone: 877-TPB-4321

August 28-31, 2014

Celebrate the magic of bluegrass with family and friends at beautiful Thomas Point Beach during this annual weekend of music. See website for schedule details

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.

Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival 2014

Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road Wells, ME Phone: 207-646-4521

September 6-7, 2014

This highly respected exhibition brings 100 artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event. Also, music, food, and environmental immersion at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

OgunquitFest 2014

Main Street and other locations Ogunquit, ME Phone: 207-646-2939

October 24-26, 2014

Weekend festival including scarecrow contest, costume parade, high-heels and bed races, pumpkin and cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, ghost stories, marketplace and much more. Admission is free.

Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff 2014

Bethel Common, Main Street Bethel, ME Phone: 800-442-5826

September 20, 2014

Celebrate the harvest and the beginning of fall foliage season with arts, crafts, music, and a farmers market, a chowder and apple pie cookoff, and much more. At Chowdah Cookoff people line up as many of favorite locatl restaurants vie for Peoples’ or Judges’ Choice!

Fall Festival at Sunday River 2014

South Ridge Base Area,15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME 04261 Phone: 207-824-5104

October 11-12, 2014

Come celebrate the end of summer with live music from Entrain and Bronze Radio Return, a wine tasting, the always North American Wife Carrying Championship, the Mountain Epic Peak to Peak Challenge, the Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair and a full array of activities for the whole family. Spend the weekend with spectacular foliage great deals, good company and more. Admission: Free.

Farmington Fair 2014

Farmington, ME Phone: 207-778-6083

September 14-20, 2014

Large midway, exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, animal pulling events, harness racing.

Fryeburg Fair 2014

Fryeburg Fairgrounds, off Route 5 near Route 302 Fryeburg, ME Phone: 207-935-3268

September 28 - October 5, 2014

This fair has it all: extensive exhibition halls, museum craft demonstrations, fiber demonstrations, harness pulls, live entertainment, a midway, animal exhibits and contests, a parade, contests, games, baked goods, and million more things. Time: gates open daily at 8:30 a.m. Cost: Adults, $10; children under 12, free; senior citizens (age 65 and older) admitted free on Tuesday. Parking is $5 to $10. Hours: Gates open at 7 a.m.; buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Harness racing at 1:30 Tuesday through Sunday. Night Shows Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

North American Wife Carrying Championship 2014

Sunday River Ski Resort, 15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME Phone: 207-824-3000

October 11, 2014

The origin of North American Wife Carrying Championship is a jolly field game based on a Finnish tradition. Warriors would prove their strength by carrying sacks of flour -- and occasionally, their women -- across an obstacle course over some tricky terrain with weather traps.

Oxford County Fair 2014

68 Pottle Road Oxford, ME Phone: 207-743-9594

September 10-13, 2014

This is a large-scale county fair with tractor pulls, an agricultural show, a demo derby, contests, a fair museum, a midway, and much more. Admission: $1-$10, depending on day; parking, $1-$5.