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2017 Maine Maritime Events
 

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Maine Maritime exhibits running for several months include:

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: he 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

March 2017

March 1, 2017 at noon at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC), University of Maine in Orono | Author of “Tides” to speak at the Darling Marine Center | The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) will host a book signing and talk by Jonathan White, author of “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean.” The event takes place on March 1 at noon. White is an expert mariner and marine conservationist who ran educational programs aboard his 65-foot wooden schooner Crusader in the 1980s. In 1990 Crusader was almost destroyed when it ran aground with a large tide in Alaska’s Kalinin Bay. White’s dramatic personal experience with ocean tides when Crusader was grounded was the impetus for this new book.Learn more

Friday, March 3, 2017 from 12 pm – 1 pm, Mount Desert Island Historical Society in Mount Desert Island | Historians’ Forum | The Mount Desert Island Historical Society will host historian Jack Russell for a Historians’ Forum at the Sound Schoolhouse on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 12 pm – 1 pm. After co-chairing (with Cookie Horner) the Acadia Centennial celebration in 2016, Russell has now returned to a substantial writing project begun several years ago. The presentation will feature excerpts from a book that he plans to complete by 2020. “Acadian Passages: Essays on Place through Time” is an illustrated lecture that will address subjects ranging from Acadia’s earliest geological events to the challenges of the Anthropocene era. The purpose of the Historians’ Forum is to provide a setting where authors can bring their works in progress before a considerate audience for feedback, constructive criticism, and encouragement. After the talk, Russell will facilitate a discussion with members of the audience. Learn more

Saturday March 4, 1 pm, Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine | Happy Healthy Lobster Tour (Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant) |  JOIN the Maine Lobstermen’s Association for a FREE, funny, engaging workshop! Dr. Jean Lavallée, a lobster veterinarian and the region’s premiere lobster health expert, is returning to Maine in March to present a series of free workshops chronicling what it is like for a lobster to go from the comfort of the ocean floor to a processing plant or holding facility.   Lavallée speaks on behalf of the lobster, explaining how its body functions and how and why it experiences stress. Lobsters can be deceptive when it comes to their health: they often look healthy on the outside. But a look below the surface reveals that there is much more to it. Learn more

Sunday March 5, 2 pm, Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal in Portland, Maine | Happy Healthy Lobster Tour (Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant & and Island Seafood) |  JOIN the Maine Lobstermen’s Association for a FREE, funny, engaging workshop! Dr. Jean Lavallée, a lobster veterinarian and the region’s premiere lobster health expert, is returning to Maine in March to present a series of free workshops chronicling what it is like for a lobster to go from the comfort of the ocean floor to a processing plant or holding facility.   Lavallée speaks on behalf of the lobster, explaining how its body functions and how and why it experiences stress. Lobsters can be deceptive when it comes to their health: they often look healthy on the outside. But a look below the surface reveals that there is much more to it. Learn more

Sunday March 5, 4 pm, St George Town Hall in St George, ME | Happy Healthy Lobster Tour (Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant, Port Clyde Fisherman’s Co-op and Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op) | JOIN the Maine Lobstermen’s Association for a FREE, funny, engaging workshop! Dr. Jean Lavallée, a lobster veterinarian and the region’s premiere lobster health expert, is returning to Maine in March to present a series of free workshops chronicling what it is like for a lobster to go from the comfort of the ocean floor to a processing plant or holding facility.   Lavallée speaks on behalf of the lobster, explaining how its body functions and how and why it experiences stress. Lobsters can be deceptive when it comes to their health: they often look healthy on the outside. But a look below the surface reveals that there is much more to it. Learn more

Monday March 6, 4 pm, Deer Isle Stonington High School, Stonington, ME| Happy Healthy Lobster Tour (Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant and Stonington Lobster Co-op) | JOIN the Maine Lobstermen’s Association for a FREE, funny, engaging workshop! Dr. Jean Lavallée, a lobster veterinarian and the region’s premiere lobster health expert, is returning to Maine in March to present a series of free workshops chronicling what it is like for a lobster to go from the comfort of the ocean floor to a processing plant or holding facility.   Lavallée speaks on behalf of the lobster, explaining how its body functions and how and why it experiences stress. Lobsters can be deceptive when it comes to their health: they often look healthy on the outside. But a look below the surface reveals that there is much more to it. Learn more

March 6, 2017 at The Aquaculture Research Institute, University of Maine in Orono | Aquaculture Summit | Anyone involved with Aquaculture in Maine is invited to meet, exchange ideas, and explore innovative, cutting edge solutions for Maine’s aquaculture industry needs. INFO & REGISTER: Learn more

Tuesday March 7, 9 am, Swan’s Island Fisherman’s Co-op, in Swan’s Island, ME | Happy Healthy Lobster Tour (Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant and Swan’s Island Fisherman’s Co-op) | JOIN the Maine Lobstermen’s Association for a FREE, funny, engaging workshop! Dr. Jean Lavallée, a lobster veterinarian and the region’s premiere lobster health expert, is returning to Maine in March to present a series of free workshops chronicling what it is like for a lobster to go from the comfort of the ocean floor to a processing plant or holding facility.   Lavallée speaks on behalf of the lobster, explaining how its body functions and how and why it experiences stress. Lobsters can be deceptive when it comes to their health: they often look healthy on the outside. But a look below the surface reveals that there is much more to it. Learn more

Tuesday March 7, 4 pm, Northeast Harbor Library, Mellon Room, in Northeast Harbor, ME | Happy Healthy Lobster Tour (Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant and Cranberry Isle Fisherman’s Co-op) |  JOIN the Maine Lobster Association for a FREE, funny, engaging workshop! Dr. Jean Lavallée, a lobster veterinarian and the region’s premiere lobster health expert, is returning to Maine in March to present a series of free workshops chronicling what it is like for a lobster to go from the comfort of the ocean floor to a processing plant or holding facility.   Lavallée speaks on behalf of the lobster, explaining how its body functions and how and why it experiences stress. Lobsters can be deceptive when it comes to their health: they often look healthy on the outside. But a look below the surface reveals that there is much more to it. Learn more

Wednesday March 8, 9:30 am, Gouldsboro Community Center, in Gouldsboro, ME | Happy Healthy Lobster Tour (Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant, Beals/Jonesport Lobster Co-op & Winter Harbor Lobster Co-op) | JOIN the Maine Lobstermen’s Association for a FREE, funny, engaging workshop! Dr. Jean Lavallée, a lobster veterinarian and the region’s premiere lobster health expert, is returning to Maine in March to present a series of free workshops chronicling what it is like for a lobster to go from the comfort of the ocean floor to a processing plant or holding facility.   Lavallée speaks on behalf of the lobster, explaining how its body functions and how and why it experiences stress. Lobsters can be deceptive when it comes to their health: they often look healthy on the outside. But a look below the surface reveals that there is much more to it. Learn more

Thursday, March 16, 6:30 pm, Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland ME Exploring our Marine “Backyard”: the Gulf of Maine Talk | Learn about our own marine “backyard” at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center. Join Beth Goettel, recently retired refuge manager, who will take you on an exploration of what makes the Gulf of Maine such a productive resource.  Slides will also introduce the variety of ecosystems and organisms in our marine “backyard.” Learn more

Sunday, March 19, 2 pm – 3 pm, at the Camden Public Library, in Camden, ME | The Golden Age of Camden’s Cottages – A lecture with architect Chris Glass | This will be a survey of house design through Camden’s history, concentrating on the turn of the twentieth century, when builders competed to supply the new market for Shingle Style summer cottages. The Camden Library has a good collection of period views and descriptions of the houses and biographies of the builders. We will look at what came before, during and after them. Learn more

Friday March 24, 10-6 pm, Saturday March 25, 10-6 pm, Sunday March 26, 10-4 pm, Portland ME |  The  Maine Boatbuilders Show | A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work. Note: New location this year! 512 Warren Avenue, Portland, ME 04103 (Portland Sports Complex). Learn more

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Penobscot Marine Museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library (9 Church Street) | A Rural Life for ME: Stories from Maine Elders | Author and personal historian Meghan Vigeant shares stories and plays audio recordings about Maine’s hardscrabble rural life gathered from the elders, larger-than-life characters, and tricksters she has worked with over the years. Stories range from building a cabin in the back woods for only $97 to how to mend a broken leg on a remote island. Touching, funny, and well told – this presentation is sure to entertain as well as inform anyone who wants to save someone’s story. Learn more

April 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00-7:00pm at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor ME | Twisted Path IV: Vital Signs Exhibit Opening | The Abbe Museum is excited to announce that the critically acclaimed Twisted Path exhibit series is back and will celebrate its fourth year in 2017. Twisted Path IV: Vital Signs is an invitational exhibition that features artwork that reflects personal stories about tribal identity and balancing life in a complex world. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to celebrate with curatorial staff, artists, and fellow supporters while snacking on refreshments from local eateries. All guests must RSVP below or to RSVP@abbemuseum.org or 207-288-3519. Learn more

April 8, 2017 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME| The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries: History Conference | This year’s History Conference delves into statement: Human innovation and technology have proven to be too successful for the health of our fisheries and our local ecosystem.  Our line-up of scientists, historians, journalists, activists, consumers and fishermen will answer the question. Learn more

April 15, 2017 at The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine | The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Andrew Wyeth at 100, with major watercolor exhibition “Andrew Wyeth: Maine Watercolors, 1938 – 2008” | This major exhibit will feature many of the painter’s most important watercolors of Maine spanning his entire career, from 1938 through 2008, including a study for his final work Goodbye my Love. The exhibition will be co-curated by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky and renowned American art scholar Henry Adams. Learn More

Monday, April 17, 2017, 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath ME | Navigating Midcoast Maine | Students will learn the basics about nautical charts, using navigational aids to cruise safely, and how to plan cruises using the information found on charts (e.g. buoys, lights, water depth).Cruising the coastal waters of Maine can be fun, especially when you know how to read a nautical chart so you miss all those rocks and arrive safely at your destination. This course is taught by members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and serves as an introduction to navigation using The Three Rivers Chart (#13293). This way you’ll become familiar with the coastal waters of our local region between Small Point and Pemaquid before ever setting sail. Learn more

April 21, 2017 at the Downeast Salmon Federation in Columbia Falls, ME | Annual Smelt Fry | On the third Friday in April, the Downeast Salmon Federation hosts a community smelt fry to celebrate spring and the annual harvest of rainbow smelt, a native sea-run fish. Friends, family, and visitors gather next to DSF’s Wild Salmon Resource Center on the banks of the Pleasant River. Within view of the festival are active and historic fish camps, where smelt fishermen tended their gear and picked fish from their nets. In addition to food and music, the Smelt Fry offers tours of a restored fish camp and the Pleasant River salmon hatchery. Learn More

Monday, April 26, 2017, 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath ME | Navigating Midcoast Maine | Students will learn the basics about nautical charts, using navigational aids to cruise safely, and how to plan cruises using the information found on charts (e.g. buoys, lights, water depth).Cruising the coastal waters of Maine can be fun, especially when you know how to read a nautical chart so you miss all those rocks and arrive safely at your destination. This course is taught by members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and serves as an introduction to navigation using The Three Rivers Chart (#13293). This way you’ll become familiar with the coastal waters of our local region between Small Point and Pemaquid before ever setting sail. Learn more

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath ME | 45th Annual Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Maritime History Symposium | A Curator’s Discovery – This year’s episode of a program that extends back to 1973 will focus on museum curators and the job they do. One important aspect of the job is learning things about the wonderful treasures their museums contain, and making that knowledge accessible to the public. Direct questions to Senior Curator Nathan Lipfert at lipfert@maritimeme.org. Learn more

May 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017, 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath ME | About Boating Safely | In this beginner boating class you will gain the basic knowledge to safely trailer, navigate, and operate a small vessel. This class will give you all the information needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification that many states are beginning to require. Topics include boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, and trailering and towing your boat.Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course. Learn more

May 19-21, 2017 in Stonington-Deer Isle, Maine | Wings, Waves & Woods Weekend | Annual Festival for “birding by land, by sea and by art”. Art Workshops, Shows & Receptions; Warbler Walks; Birding For Kids; Guided Puffin Boat Trips; Birding on Swan’s Island; Eagle Spotting; Live Owl Demo; Shore Bird Walk; Bird’s Eye View Flights; Workshop/Reading with Rebekah Raye; Landscaping for Wildlife; Maine Seabirds with Linda Welch. 2017 Wings, Waves & Woods Schedule For info call 348-2455. Learn More

Monday, May 24, 2017, 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath ME | About Boating Safely | In this beginner boating class you will gain the basic knowledge to safely trailer, navigate, and operate a small vessel. This class will give you all the information needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification that many states are beginning to require. Topics include boating laws, safety equipment, navigation, and trailering and towing your boat.Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course. Learn more

May 26-29, 2017, Cobscook Bay, ME | The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival | 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 Learn more

Saturday May 27, 2017, Searsport ME | Penobscot Marine Museum re-opens | Eight buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places grace the three acres of our Seacoast Village. Complete with a classic New England Town Hall, the First Congregational Church, private residences, and a commercial building, the Village buildings range in date circa 1810 to 1845. Come walk the Village grounds and enjoy the feeling of imagining how it must have been during this period of elegance and hard work. Learn more

Saturday May 27, 2017, Cushing, ME | Olson House opening day | The Olson House is a property of the Farnsworth Museum | The Olson House was the subject of numerous works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including his well-known 1948 painting Christina’s World, owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Olson House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011. Learn more

June 2017

Thursday June 01, 2017 – Sunday June 04, 2017, Mount Desert Island & Bar Harbor, Maine | The Acadia Birding Festival | Find your BIRDS! Experience the birding wonders of Acadia National Park, from boreal to ocean—warblers, puffins, and more. Celebrate the Acadia Centennial during this 4-day festival by joining other birders on field trips, pelagic trips, canoe trips, talks, social events, and evening presentations. You will be amazed with the variety of birds in our very own park! The Acadia Birding Festival is a pay-per-event and requires preregistration online. Please visit www.acadiabirdingfestival.com for more information and registration, or emailbeckym@acadiabirdingfestival.com. Learn more

Saturday June 10, 2017, Machias ME | Margaretta Days Festival | Celebrating the American Revolution Downeast, specifically the Battle of the Margaretta – First Naval Battle of the Am Revolution and beginning of the US Merchant Marines – and the Battle of the Rim when the British returned for revenge and were repulsed by the Patriots and their allies, the Passamaquoddy. Basically we take you back in time, to life in 1775. It’s free, fun and educational for all ages. History comes alive with re-enactors: soldiers, musicians, trappers, timber framers, weavers etc. and with Passamaquoddy peoples. Taste the food, enjoy the music and dance. Meet some of the leaders in the Am Rev Downeast and hear their stories. There are activities for children and storytelling for everyone. Last, but not least, you can shop our contemporary artists and crafters. Learn more

Saturday June 11, 2017, Portland ME | Old Port Festival | Portland’s annual Old Port Festival. Maine’s largest one-day event, for over 40 years. Eight areas of live rock, world, acoustic, blues and country music, crafts, activities and fun. Maine artists and craftspeople sell their fare and international food is on display in tents along the Old Port. Learn more

June 12, 2017, in Rockland Maine | Schooner Gam | Kick off the summer season with a windjammer gathering of the entire fleet! Relive the age of sail during this quiet rendezvous of more than a dozen 19th-century-style sailing ships. Location is determined by the weather of the day! Live music and festivities Raft-Up! Learn more

June 15-17, 2017 in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel | LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival | The three-day festival set for June 17-19 will feature events throughout our three towns that celebrate all things maritime for which this area is so well known: a boat launch, a Sailors & Sirens 5K road race, historical tours (inside and out) and a craft fair, capped off by a summer lobster bake on the water complete with live music. Organizers are also hoping to include a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony and a lobster boat race, and we’re open to new ideas as we continue building out the weekend. Learn more

June (date TBD) Boothbay Harbor, ME (Time TBA) | 2017 Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races | The 2017 Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races will be held on Saturday, June 18th. See you there! Learn more

June (date TBD), Rockland, ME (Time TBA) | 2017 Rockland Lobster Boat Races | The 2017 Rockland Lobster Boat Races will be held on Sunday, June 19th. See you there! Learn more

June 25 – June 30, 2017 | Acadia Trad Festival | The Acadia Trad Festival is a jam-packed week of classes, concerts and jam sessions in the Irish, Scottish, Acadian, Cajun, Old-Time and Cape Breton styles. Our world-class Faculty and instructors teach programs for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, cello, piano, piano accordion, banjo, uilleann pipes, whistle, bodhran, dance, song, Celtic culture, and much, much more.. Learn more

June 26, 2017 (week of) in Rockland, ME | Windjammer Days | Participate in a grand sail parade on June 28th through picturesque Boothbay Harbor. Majestic windjammers come from up and down the coast to participate in this exciting early-season event. Shoreside activities include music and fireworks. 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

Mid July (Date TBD), 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

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

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 | Parade, music, food, games | Scheduled of events still TBA. 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

In July but date still TBD in Stonington-Deer Isle, Maine | Fisherman’s Day | Annual family fun day on the Stonington Fish Pier honoring the local fishing heritage: pet show, wacky row boat races, cod fish relay, local artisans and vendors, trap hauling demo, and the best seafood on the coast! Sponsor: Island Fishermen’s Wives Association. Liz Steele 207-322-9841; Vickie Hardie 207-975-9745

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

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