The Fundy-Acadia Region explodes with festivals and events during the spring summer and fall, celebrating birds to blueberries, painting to boating and everything in between!
In recent years, the Abbe has grown from a small trailside museum, privately operated within Acadia National Park, to an exciting contemporary museum in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. In 2013, the Museum became the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine.
At the Abbe's downtown museum, visitors find dynamic and stimulating exhibitions and activities interspersed with spaces for quiet reflection. The history and cultures of Maine's Native people, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions, special events, teacher workshops, archaeology field schools and craft workshops for children and adults.
From spring through fall, the Abbe's historic trailside museum at Sieur de Monts Spring continues to offer visitors a step back in time to early 20th century presentations of Native American archaeology in Maine.
Acadia Community Theater, or ACT, seeks to enrich the lives of individuals, families and the community by encouraging growth and expression in theater arts and by providing live performances on and around Mount Desert Island.
In 1994 a group of teachers formed the “After School Players” to stage shows for and including children in the Mount Desert Island, Maine area. This group was subsequently renamed the Union 98 Teachers’ Theater. According to an e-mail from Debbie Mountford, that first group included Mark Puglisi, Maryann Van Dorn, Debbie Mountford (nee Hacket), Paul Winkler, Paula Richardson-Gannon “and whoever else we could nab!”
In 2000, the group formed the non-profit corporation Acadia Community Theater and shortly thereafter was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The activities of Acadia Community Theater are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Some of the many activities sponsored during the festival include:
Rotary Pancake Breakfast
Roger Willey Road Race
33rdAnnual Car Show
Mill Mall Family Day
Maine Coast Mall
Live Without Limits Children’s Fair
Union River Boat Rides
Autumn Gold Beer and Wine Tasting
Rubber Ducky Race
Come join us June 17-18, 2017 at the longest running art show in Bar Harbor. The 67th Annual Art in the Park show, where more than 30 painters and photographers will display and sell their original work.
The beauty of Bar Harbor was first captured on canvas in the mid-1800’s by noted American painters. Soon, other artists followed and today Bar Harbor and Downeast Maine support a lively arts community.
Fogfest is a free, five-day annual music, art and heritage festival on beautiful Campobello Island in the Bay of Fundy. Music ranges from classical, gospel and jazz to bluegrass, folk, rock and country.
Fogfest Art features exhibits by local and regional artists from both sides of the border. Venues run the gamut from rustic, turn-of-the-century cottages to heritage houses, restaurants, cafes, bars, beaches and parks. Come and join us this year!
The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season with four days of guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations, all led by local guides with local knowledge. The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has named the Down East Spring Birding Festival one of the best in the country, and Yankee Magazine listed it as an Editor’s Choice event in 2014.
While birding, festival participants will enjoy the tranquility and great natural beauty of Down East Maine’s Cobscook Bay area. The region sports the greatest variety of habitats on the East Coast, including boreal and northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands, extensive tidal flats, and coastal islands.
The Cobscook Bay area is home to numerous year round and migratory birds. Over 400 bird species have been sighted in Maine. Almost three-quarters of those species have been sighted here. During the 2015 festival, the Solitary Sandpiper and White-winged Crossbill were designated as the most unusual sightings. The most unusual sighting is described as the species most unusual to the Down East region at that time of the year. Other species sighted that are unique to this area were the Black-legged Kittiwake, Great Cormorant, Atlantic Puffin, Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, 25 species of Warblers, Boreal species, and the American Woodcock.
Come see why eastern coastal Maine and the waters around Machias Seal Island (home to Atlantic Puffins!) have been identified as "one of the important bird areas in the US" by the American Bird Conservancy.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sliding, tote sled rides, horse drawn sleigh, and nature walks are just a few of the activities that you can participate in. Ski and snowshoe trailer for free loans. 4th Saturday in January.
From July 2 through July 4 the streets of Eastport are packed with locals and tourists celebrating the 4th with activities for all ages. Contests, races, parades, food and craft stalls, and boat trips all make the weekend an enjoyable one for the whole family.
Annual Events at Eastport Arts Center
A lively slate of annual events are at the heart of EAC programming, and are a time when members of the constituent groups collaborate, with the guidance and direction of the Permanent Programming Committee (PPC). These annual events include, but are not limited to:
Moose Island Follies
The Follies are part of the city-wide Old Home Week festivities which lead up to the Fourth of July. A lighthearted review of diverse talent acts, the show features champagne seating option for EAC supporters.
Paint Eastport Day
In conjunction with the Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival, held on Labor Day weekend, this event is an open call to artists to get out and paint, concluding with an auction boasting works painted the same day. Proceeds are shared between the contributing artists and the Eastport Gallery.
AN AUTUMN CELEBRATION ON PASSAMAQUODDY BAY
For almost 30 years, the end of summer in Eastport, Maine, has been celebrated with a festival, a gathering, an homage to our local resources, especially the Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of Passamaquoddy Bay. Of course, no community festival is complete without a meal, and the Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival is no exception. The centerpiece of Salmon Sunday has always been the salmon barbecue. Through the years, the details of the events and the meal --- the side dishes and desserts, the musicians, the wine, the servers and cooks --- have varied, but the one constant that brings us back year after year is that delicious piece of grilled salmon. We eat under the big tent in a crowd of friends, neighbors and visitors. We look up from our repast and gaze contentedly at the breathtaking view of the Passamaquoddy Bay just a few feet away. Those of us who live here try not to take our stunning surroundings for granted, and we’re happy to share with travelers who are wise enough to step off the beaten path to seek us out. Come for music, arts and crafts, a Fiber Arts Show, galleries, gift shops and museums, locally brewed beers, (wine too), a farmers’ market, flea market, delicious seafood, and a fabulous salmon barbecue dinner.
This summer we are sponsoring five exciting concerts featuring internationally known artists during our season!
Experience Scottish culture through music, games, food and drink on the beautiful grounds of Government House.
This promises to be a fun-filled family weekend packed with bagpipes, highland dancing, Celtic music, Gaelic language, workshops and, of course, the best-tasting Scottish treats! Caber-tossing and other traditional sporting events, a 5-km. (3-mi.) Kilted Run,children's games and genealogy can also be experienced at the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival.
Be a Scot for a weekend.
Indulge, New Brunswick’s food and wine festival in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, is back again and this time we’re shaking things up a little! All your favourite events will be back this October – Friday Night Cocktail Kick-off, Saturday Afternoon Wine Trail, nightly Chef’s Tasting Dinners, Wine/Beer & Cheese Pairings and everybody’s favourite: the Saturday Night Sociable.
This year, you can expect the Sociable to “rock” a little more as we “roll” with our new location – New Brunswick Community College, Saint Andrews. Indulge in an impressive array of food from some of New Brunswick’s best chefs and food producers, complemented by a large variety of wine, beer and spirits from suppliers near and far. After dinner, get ready to kick up your heels and dance the night away as we bring the ‘sock hop’ to a whole new level!
If you haven’t had the chance to Indulge, now’s the time. Come to Saint Andrews for a weekend of wine, food and fun . . . you deserve it!
It all began at a gathering of a group of citizens and summer folk in March 1947, where a discussion arose as to what could be done about reviving the summer activities that Camden had prior to the war years. It was decided that having a marine festival of some sort would be appropriate. Having it become an annual affair was intentional from the beginning.
It was suggested that it was time the Maine lobster and the Maine lobster fishermen came into their own. On that basis, the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival was conceived as being the logical type of festival for this area.
Upon deciding to do this, a non-profit organization known as the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival Inc. was formed. Its president was Earl Fuller of the Maine Coast Sea Food Corporation; the vice president, Clinton Lunt of the Camden Shipbuilding and Marine Railway Co.; the secretary, E. Hamilton Hall, editor of The Camden Herald and the treasurer and executive director, Henry S. Bickford.
An executive committee was formed to work with and advise the group from the very first festival and still continues today. The organization and success of each year's Maine Lobster Festival depends on the dedicated service of a Board of Directors, all volunteers from the local community, who work throughout the year to handle thousands of details. The Festival Corporation is a non-profit organization. Individuals can join as members, and a special effort has been made since 2005 to encourage this new level of membership. While nearly 1,000 area citizens volunteer some time during each year's Lobster Festival, it is the Board of Directors who makes it possible for the gates to open. No sooner have the gates closed on one year's celebration than the planning begins on the next year's event.
The Maine Lobster Festival is indeed one of Maine's premier summer events and is recognized nationally. During the past several years, scores of articles about the festival have appeared in international magazines and major metropolitan newspapers. It also has been featured on several international television programs, including a feature broadcast on the Food Network.
All Roads Music Festival
Bar Harbor Music Festival
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival
North Atlantic Blues Festival
American Folk Festival
Summer Outdoor Concert Series (throughout the summer):
Waterfront Concerts - Bangor
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
For over 20 years Paddlefest has been an annual event in the seaside community of St. Andrews. Starting as a group of friends organizing paddling excursions, BBQs and kitchen parties the event has evolved into a multi-faceted festival that combines music, art and paddling/outdoor events over a 4 day span. Guided paddling and other activities happen throughout the daytime at various locations across town. In the evenings and into the night the town comes alive with music, with multiple venues (cafes, restaurants, gallerys, etc.) hosting music as well as the Main Stage which is centrally located in the town’s square. It’s truly a festival with something for everyone!
"Summerkeys is a WONDERFUL way to spend a summer vacation. I've been coming for five years now, and taken piano and violin. There is music at all levels, from beginner to advanced; friendly, highly skilled musicians who understand adult learners as teachers; nonjudgemental, enthusiastic audiences; plenty of opportunities to perform (or not, if you're shy), all in an absolutely beautiful town. Sit and watch the seals play as you rest on the bench down the hill from your practice room, listen to world-class faculty concerts, eat lobster and good food in the various restaurants, enjoy the cool summer weather and the glorious sunrises & sunsets, and, if you want an active vacation, you can build your aerobic capacity by walking all over town--everything is a short walk away. Highly recommended for the music lover, regardless of skill level!" - Margaret Knox Morris
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre was founded by Mrs. Eidlitz over 50 years ago, to create real opportunities for people to appreciate the connection between art and nature. The centre is located in the heart of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, established in 1783 and considered Canada’s premier historic seaside resort.
Sunbury Shores’ 130 year old building is newly renovated and offers world class facilities. The centre’s 6,000 square feet provides two galleries for exhibitions, studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, jewellery & metalsmith, pottery and other art and nature programs.
The centre is open year round and offers programs to support the local community, the region’s schools, summer residents and visiting artists coming to the area primarily from across Canada and the Eastern US seaboard.
Operating from a cross border (U.S. / Canada) perspective, the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) serves as a cultural catalyst and cultural anchor for the eastern coast of Maine. It does so by weaving together a range of interests (art, architecture, history) with a range of programs (exhibitions, artist residencies and talks, educational outreach, collections). New contemporary cultural works are fostered, created and exhibited through special projects and partnerships and through TIMA’s StudioWorks Artist-In-Residence (SWAIR) program that attracts artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad. TIMA has built the most significant wide ranging cultural collections existing anywhere that reflect this cross border region with connections to the wider world. Through its cross border cultural initiatives (such as Artsipelago) and memberships (such as with the Maine/New Brunswick Cultural Initiative and the Council for Canadian and American Relations), TIMA works to strengthen cultural ties within the international Passamaquoddy Bay region, between Maine and New Brunswick, and between New England and Atlantic Canada.
Come celebrate the powerful little fruit that put our corner of Downeast Maine on the map. Centre Street Congregational Church, UCC, rolls out the blue carpet each August with crafts, food, entertainment, contests, and all things blueberry. There’s no admission charge.
We are on the Downeast part of Maine’s beautiful, rugged coast, two hours from Bangor, about an hour and a half from Bar Harbor, and a little more than an hour from St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
From whale-watching to lighthouses, from hiking and kayaking to eagles and lobster rolls, our little corner of Maine has a lot to offer!