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2017 Maine Maritime Events


Maine Maritime exhibits running for several months include:

Gone Fishing! 2017 Exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport, ME) Gone Fishing! Exhibit runs through October 15, 2017 at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine. The Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport, Maine) opens for their 81st year with Gone Fishing!  The new exhibit explores the world of Maine’s commercial fisheries through exhibits and programs that will entertain and educate children and adults alike. Learn more

Through These Gates: Maine Shipyard Photography 1858-2016 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ME | Exhibit runs Feb. 8, 2017 — Sept. 24, 2017: Whether taken by the shipbuilder’s sister or a professional photographer, in time of peace or time of war, shipyard photographs can provide a rare glimpse into the work day of a shipwright or a ship fitter. The photographs in this exhibit focus as much on the workers in the yards as they do on the vessels being built. The majority of the more than 60 images in the exhibit are from the museum’s collection of approximately 140,000 photographic images. Learn more

SEE THE LIGHT: The Preservation of Midcoast Maine Lighthouses at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ME | May 27, 2017 — Oct. 22, 2017: The new millennium has seen the U.S. Coast Guard handing over stewardship of the nation’s lighthouses to the public and private sectors. With the participation of at least a dozen Midcoast Maine lighthouse organizations, See the Light, on view in the Marjorie W. Kramer Gallery, will survey the challenges and success stories of preserving these iconic maritime structures. Learn more

July 2017

July 1-4, 2017 in Bath, ME | Bath Heritage Days | Heritage Days in Bath, Maine is a four day festival happening from Saturday July 1st through Tuesday July 4th. The events are held throughout city’s downtown area and include the following fun and exciting activities for the entire family. Learn more

Friday July 7, 2017 in Rockland, ME | Great Schooner Race | Maine’s tall ship fleet gathers for an exciting race from Islesboro to Rockland, followed by a festive Awards Ceremony/Party with live music. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships! Pre-Race festivities include fireworks and small boat races. Learn more

Saturday, July 8, 2017, Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor ME | Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market | This popular festival, sponsored by the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Abbe Museum, is hosted on the campus of College of the Atlantic and offers visitors, collectors, and gallery owners the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, as quality and authenticity is the hallmark for this Indian Market. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures from Maine and the Maritimes.Free and open to the public. Learn more

Sunday July 9th, 2017 in Stonington, Maine | Stonington Lobster boat Race | One of the most exciting lobster boat races in Maine.The Best Lobster Boat Races in Maine! In addition to the standard race classes Stonington hosts the Novi Boat Race, John’s Bay Boat Company Race, and the Jimmy Stevens Cup awarded to the Fastest Working Lobster Boat.  Best viewed from the water.  There is a public access boat ramp at Colwell’s next to the Isle au Haut Ferry and Mailboat wharf. Additional trailer parking is available at the ball field across from the Island Community Center. Sign up begins at 7:30am on the Stonington Commercial Fish Pier, this is also the location of the Race Awards. Learn more

Friday July 14th, 2017, Castine ME | Bastille Day | Come to Castine on July 14, 2017, the French National holiday. The town of Castine traces its French heritage to include the Baron de St. Castin. His marriage to Chief Madockawando’s daughter joined our French and Native American cultures-which he defended for more than a generation, with his Wabanaki allies from his base in our little town. Spend a day in our historic village, enjoying our French and Native American culture through music, food, film, lectures on French and Native American history, re-enactments, children’s activities, French cooking demonstrations and village walking tours. Start the day with French toast on our newly renovated historic Main Street and stay to experience our history from the water, with Castine Harbor boat tours. Then run the Baron’s Beach & Beacon 5K race as the sun sets over Penobscot Bay. Learn more

Friday July 14th, 2017, 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Rockland ME | Maine Windjammer Parade  | The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. Learn more

Friday July 14 – Sunday July 16, Belfast ME | Maine Celtic Celebration | The mission of the Maine Celtic Celebration is to renew the rich Celtic history, culture and hospitality found along the coast of Maine. If you love all things Celtic, this family-oriented celebration features performances and activities for everyone: music, dancing, athletic competitions and games, as well as food and craft vendors… Learn more

Saturday July 15th, 2017, 6:00 pm on Bailey Island ME | Hook, Line, and Dinner | Join the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) for their second annual Hook, Line, and Dinner. Celebrate Maine fishermen and Maine’s wonderful seafood in a gorgeous iconic Maine spot at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House on Bailey Island. If you love Maine seafood, Maine beer, and Maine music, this event is for you. Event starts at 6 and tickets are $55. Ticket fee includes beer, seafood, and music. Learn more / Tickets

Sat. July 15 & Sun. 16, 2017 in Rockland Maine |North Atlantic Blues Festival | The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts.  Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge. Learn more

Sunday July 16 & 18, 2017 in Stonington-Deer Isle, Maine | The Lupine Festival | Island-wide activities including trail walks on Island preserves, boat tours, puffin boat trips, airplane rides, artists/artisans exhibits, business booths, kid’s activities, Lupine Cake contest, pickleball tournament, and more! Learn more

Sunday July 16 in Stonington, ME | STONINGTON FISHERMEN’S DAY | A great chance to get a glimpse of an authentic Maine lobstering village honoring its fishing heritage. The festival runs from 10am to 4pm and the schedule includes several events which are unique to Downeast Maine coastal celebrations, including a wacky row boat race and a cod fish relay race. Events: Learn More

July 20, 21 and 22, 2017, Castine ME | The 2017 Castine Plein Air Festival | The 2017 Castine Plein Air Festival – An artist’s reception will be held the evening of July 20th. Invitees include juried artists, festival committee members, sponsors and guests. After registering, artists will be free to create their work around Castine on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A Reception, Award Ceremony, and Art Sale will take place on Saturday July 22 from 4 to 6 pm in the Alfond Student Center at the MMA. The reception is free and open to the public. Learn more

July 21, 22 & 23, 2017, Bucksport ME | The Bucksport Bay Festival | Annual event |From the Parade and 5K, Miss Bucksport Bay Pageant, Street Dance with Right Out Straight, Fishing Derby, Antique Car Show, Movie at The Alamo Theatre, Dingy Races, Pizza cook off, food vendors, local craftsmen, local shops and restaurants, art galleries, ice cream, and the first ever Friars’ Invitational Brewfest to featured performances by Tim Sample, Judy Pancoast, and Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show and live music from The Willy Kelly Band, Sunset Strip, Jake Irish, Chris Ross and the North, Allison Ames and The Mallett Brothers Band and more with Fireworks over the Penobscot River… Learn more

July 21 & 23, 2017 in Yarmouth Maine | The Yarmouth Clam Festival | The Yarmouth Clam Festival is an annual summer event that promotes the community and provides opportunities for Yarmouth-based non-profit organizations to raise funds in support of their missions. Admission to the Festival is FREE!  Come join them for a long weekend (always the 3rd Friday in July) and enjoy all that we have to offer; Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, live music from 3 stages, fantastic food served by our non-profit volunteers, arts & crafts shows, road races and more. The Carnival on the Midway opens Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday. All other Festival activities start Friday at 10:00 am. Learn more

July 23, 2017 – Ride starts in Camden | Annual Maine’s Lobster Ride |  The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Lobster Ride follows winding, country lanes and the breathtaking rockbound coast past lighthouses, lupines and lobster boats. The ride features four distance options, from a family-friendly 15-miles to a 100-mile route that was recognized by Bicycling Magazine as one of the TOP TEN centuries in the country, as well as mountain bike rides and skills clinics.  Friday, July 21: 5-7 pm: Registration & Packet Pickup at Sidecountry Sports, 481 Main St, Rockland, ME  | Saturday, July 22: 4-6pm: Registration & Packet Pick-Up at Camden Town Offices, 29 Elm St, Camden, ME. Learn more

Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 7pm in Searsport Maine | Book Signing at the Penobscot Marine Museum –  Renny Stackpole | The Penobscot Marine Museum will host Renny Stackpole, author and PMM Director Emeritus. Stackpole returns to Penobscot Marine Museum to share his latest research, which he has just published in the book The Gillchrest Papers. The talk is free and will be held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Visitor Center at 2 Church Street in Searsport, Maine. Copies of The Gillchrest Papers will be available for purchase. Learn more

August 2017

August 2 – 6, 2017 in Rockland, Maine | 70th Annual Lobster Festival | Five days of feasting and fun on the fabulous coast of Maine! Enjoy fresh Maine lobster from our own lobster cookers on a sunny August day in Rockland, ME. The Festival site, at Rockland’s Harbor Park, is easy to find. Rockland is four hours by car from Boston and less than two hours from Portland. This year, you can take the Rally Bus from a number of locations throughout New England! Learn more

August 11-13, 2017, Rockland ME | Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show August, 2017 | If you love the coast of Maine, you won’t want to miss this high-summer event! Each year the show gathers Maine’s finest artists, architects, boat builders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time! Learn more

August 12, 2017, Winter Harbor ME | Winter Harbor Lobster Festival | The 53rd Annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival is planned for August 12, 2017. Lobsters, Breakfasts, Craft Fair, Parade and more. Start the morning off with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Hall from 6:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. in Winter Harbor. A 5K George Schaeffer Memorial road race in Birch Harbor registration @ 7:00 a.m., race starts at 8:00 a.m.| Craft Fair at the school gym 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. | Lobster Boat races at Henry Cove 10:00 a.m. | Lobster Dinner 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Parade on Main Street in Winter Harbor at 5:30 p.m.Learn more

Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10:00 to 5:00 in Bucksport, ME |Bucksport Arts Festival | The 3rd Annual Bucksport Arts Festival will be held on the waterfront this summer on Saturday, August 12th from 10:00 to 5:00.  Fine artisans and craftspeople will line the waterfront and display their wares for all to enjoy. The festival is being organized in partnership with Main Street Bucksport, whose mission is to promote a vibrant downtown Bucksport. Learn more

Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10 to 5 pm, Bucksport ME | Bucksport Arts Festival | On the waterfront. The 3rd Annual Bucksport Arts Festival will be a gathering of artists and craftspeople in a beautiful waterfront location overlooking Penobscot Bay. A great way to discover the coastal community of Bucksport. Learn more

Saturday, August 12, 2017, Winter Harbor ME | Winter Harbor Lobster Festival | The 52nd Annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival is planned for August 12, 2017. A pancake breakfast is served at the Winter Harbor Masonic Hall from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The 5K George Schaeffer Memorial road race in Birch Harbor registration @ 7:00 a.m., race starts at 8:00 a.m. The craft fair opens at 9 a.m. on Harbor Road in Winter Harbor and a Lobster Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lobster Boat Races are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and a parade on Main Street begins at 5:30 p.m. A Contra’ Dance begins at 7 p.m. at Hammond Hall. Learn more

August 14, 2017, Pemaquid, ME (10 am – 2 pm) | 2017 Pemaquid Lobster Boat Races | The 2017 Pemaquid Lobster Boat Races will be held on Sunday, August 14th. See you there! Learn more

August 18-20, 2017, Belfast ME | Belfast Harbor Fest | The Belfast Harborfest is an annual event held on the third weekend in August on the Belfast Waterfront, sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club.Bug Run, Pancake Breakfast, and Walkabout, Come Boating Regatta, National Boatbuilding Challenge and more… Learn more

Searsport Maritime Heritage Days – Dates TBD

More lobster boat races scheduled in August – Dates TBD

September 2017

September 1st-10th, 2017 in Boothbay Harbor, ME | Boothbay Harbor Fest | Food, Music, Road Race, Wellness Fair, Daily Art Receptions, Funky Fashion Show! Harbor Fest is a ten-day celebration that showcases the creativity and individuality of more than 100 Maine businesses and organizations. The non-traditional festival format takes attendees on an adventure around the Boothbay peninsula to experience local foods, live music, fine arts, creative wares, a 5k, half marathon, wellness fair, photography workshops, an oyster fest, and a one of a kind fashion show featuring original designs made from the marine industry. Learn more

September 1, 2017  in Camden, ME | Camden Windjammer Festival | The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks. Raft-Up! Learn more

Early September (Dates TBD), Eastport | The Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival | More info coming soon. Learn more

September 12, 2017 in Brooklin ME | WoodenBoat | The fall gathering of the fleet takes place in Brooklin, Maine, headquarters of WoodenBoat Magazine and WoodenBoat School. Now in its 31st year, the event includes refreshments, live music, tours and a harbor full of historic schooners. Learn more

Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Freeport, ME | The 2017 Lobsterman Triathlon | The Lobsterman Triathlon is one of the most popular destination races in New England, attracting athletes from across the US. Ranked as a Top Race in America, The Lobsterman Triathlon and Aquathon features a stunning venue on the coast of Freeport, ME. A truly amazing Maine experience, complete with a full lobsterbake following the race, the Lobsterman is as good as triathlon gets. Learn more

October 2017

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December 2017

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