Fairs, Festivals, & Music
Common Ground Country Fair - September 19, 20, 21, 2014
Come to the Fair and see why Downeast Magazine calls Common Ground "Maine's most authentic country fair, uniting, as it does, old-time folkways with progressive ideas about living the good life on a fragile planet." Put on by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine 04988. Phone: 207-568-4142
"MAINE HIGHLAND GAMES" - Always the third Saturday in August.
Bag Pipe Bands, Highland and Scottish Dancing, Arts and Crafts, Scottish Fiddlers, Children and Adults Games including Tossing of the Caber, Wheat Sheaf Toss and Putting of the Stone. Border Collie Herding Demonstrations, Highland Cattle, Piping Contests. The Only Scottish Event of its kind in the State of Maine! Open to all, Scots and non-Scots alike enjoy the color, pageantry and atmosphere.
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
The festival began in 1979 and made a profit of $3.16. Very successful, since it takes most festival years to even break even! Past festivals have included fireworks, a hot air balloon, weddings, special guest appearances from Miss Maine’s, a visit from the Governor, cloggers, anniversaries, pajama parties, High Teas, Halloween Parties and so much more! Ask our guests to tell you their favorite story! 29 Meadow Road, Brunswick, Maine 04011or call (207) 725-6009 -or- Toll Free 1-877-TPB-4321 Website
Yarmouth Clam Festival -“Always the third Friday in July”
The Yarmouth Clam Festival takes place every summer, during the third weekend in July in the charming coastal village of Yarmouth, Maine. This summertime tradition draws visitors from all over the country who come to enjoy the music and arts, events and competition, and of course, the delicious food. Website
Exit 17 off of I-295 (From Gray take I-95S to exit 52 Falmouth/I-295. From Old Orchard take I-95N to exit 52).
Cumberland County Fair- "Always in September"
September 21 through September 27, 2014. The very first Cumberland Fair was held for two days on October 10th and 11th of 1868 in the center of town in back of what is now Greely Junior High School. The land was provided by Capt. Enos Blanchard. His house is now Dr. Louis Hanson's office on the corner of Tuttle Road and Main Street. The ladies of the town had an opportunity to show all who attended what marvelous cooks they were, and what fine needlework their fling fingers could provide. Farmers brought their biggest and best-tasting vegetables. Those men with working steers could show off the strength and coordination of their animals at the ox pulling contest. Local horsemen raced their finest steeds on Main Street from the junction of Tuttle Road and Blanchard Road to Greely Road. And so it began. Website
160th Topsham Fair
Rt 196, Coastal Connector Topsham, Maine
A Maine family tradition. Great food, exhibits, animals, 4-H. Website
Sept 28-Oct 5, 2014. It was a chilly day in March of 1851 when a few local farmers and merchants got together and decided to show off their produce, cattle and wares to the community. Since those humble beginnings, Fryeburg Fair has grown to become Maine's largest agricultural fair complete with six days of harness racing, a farm museum second to none, the world's largest steer and oxen show and a reputation known throughout North America.
The 8-day Blue Ribbon Classic has flourished since that first fair when William Walker of Lovell won $3 for the best acre of corn and William Spring of Brownfield earned $1 for the best seed wheat. Today, the early October fair boasts Maine's largest agricultural event held on 185 acres in the Saco River Valley in the foothills of the White Mountains. Fryeburg Fair attracts more than 300,000 people annually. Website
LL Bean Summer Concert Series
Weekends June-August at 7:30pm in Discovery Park, Freeport, US Rte 1. (Exit 20 or 22 off of I-295).
Jones Landing- Reggae Sundays, Peaks Island ME
Since its launch in 1992, the Reggae Sunday series on Peaks Island has become one of Portland's biggest summer attractions, prompting hundreds of revelers to pile onto boats and ferries for an afternoon of dancing and drinking. The 12:15 PM Sunday Casco Bay ferry to Peaks is packed when the weather is nice, so either take the 11:15 (or the 1:15), or be sure you’re in line at Gate 5 plenty early. Website
Alive at Five, FREE concert series, Monument Square, Portland ME
Thursdays, 5pm. don’t forget to enjoy a cold beverage in the beer garden.
(I-95 North from Gray, South from Old Orchard, to exit 52 Falmouth/I-295). I-295 to Portland, Exit 7, Franklin. Turn Right onto Congress St. Monument Sq is on the left. Schedule
The Salvation Army Old Orchard Beach Pavilion
The Pavilion was built in 1998 in the location where, since 1885, The Salvation Army Camp Meetings have been conducted. Dedicated in July 1998 by President and Mrs. George Bush, it is surrounded by stately white pine trees and nestled in the middle of what is now known as the “old camp meeting grounds neighborhood”.
There’s not a bad seat in the house with our state-of-the-art sound system, covered pavilion, stadium seating, and unobstructed views. Enjoy a concert accented by cool ocean breezes and the scent of Maine pine trees.
The Pavilion has hosted numerous artists and speakers since 1998, including Sandi Patty, Ron Kenoly, Mark Schultz, Legacy 5, Rachael Lampa and Mark Lowry.