The Maine Event.
There’s no better way to enjoy what Maine has to offer than with these fantastic events.
There’s no telling the sights you’ll see as you explore this coastal state, or in the case of outstanding outdoor music events, hear. You’ll love discovering all that Maine has to offer, one event at a time.
Waterfront Concert Series
Catch amazing musicians and entertainment at eight different venues all year long. 2017 shows include Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Same Hunt, Nickelback, and more!
When: Various Dates
Where: Various Locations – Maine
Summer Kickoff Weekend
Explore Portland’s historic wharves and piers and enjoy the very best of downtown Portland! Weekend events include Shop for a Cause Day and the Old Port Festival.
When: June 10-11, 2017
Where: Downtown Portland
Old Port Festival
Start the summer in Maine at the 44th annual Old Port Festival! This family-friendly outdoor event is a celebration of music, art and community in the heart of beautiful historic Downtown Portland. Enjoy awesome live music, Maine-made arts and crafts, food from local businesses, kids’ activities and more.
When: June 11, 2017
Where: Old Port, Portland
Trek Across Maine
Join the American Lung Association for the 33rd annual Trek Across Maine on Father’s Day Weekend. From the mountains at Sunday River to the sea in Belfast, cycle 180 miles across the state of Maine.
When: June 16-18, 2017
Where: Sunday River to Belfast
Portland Bach Festival
Enjoy an eight-day concert festival in intimate venues, close to the musicians and music! Attend performances, lectures, masterclasses, open rehearsals, and the popular Bach and Beer on the Waterfront. Between shows, dine in some of the best restaurants in America, stroll the cobblestone streets of the Old Port, sail Casco Bay, or hike Maine’s beautiful forests.
When: June 18-25, 2017
Stars and Stripes Spectacular
Celebrate the 4th of July in Portland with a free festival, concert, fireworks, and 70,000 spectators! The Stars & Stripes Spectacular concert and fireworks display is held on Monday, July 4th with a rain date of Tuesday, July 5th.
When: July 4, 2017
Where: Eastern Promenade, Portland
Old Port Half Marathon + 5K
Run a fun, fast, and beautiful 5k. Portland’s premier summer running event cuts through the heart of the Old Port district and West End neighborhood, and features sweeping views of the Casco Bay and its many islands, ferries, sailboats, lobster boats, tug boats, paddlers, and the Presumpscot River.
When: July 8, 2017
Namaste. Join together in a wellness event that celebrates the healing powers of yoga. Experience a sense of togetherness and community among yoga teachers, studios and practitioners, all of whom seek to raise awareness of the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga.
When: July 7-9, 2017
Summer Session Beer Festival
The biggest and best brewfest in Maine is back to Thompson’s Point for the annual celebration of Maine’s craft beer community. Raise a pint to the ultimate summer afternoon on Maine’s waterfront.
When: July 29, 2017
Where: Thompson’s Point, Portland
First Friday Art Walk
Portland’s First Friday Art Walk is the state of Maine’s largest free monthly cultural event. Every month the galleries, museums, alternative venues, and streets of downtown Portland celebrate the creative culture that makes the city one of the best in the country.
When: 1st Friday each month
Where: Arts District, Portland
Maine Lobster Festival
Five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine! Enjoy seafood cooking contests, arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, the Great Lobster Crate Race, the Big Parade, the Maine Sea Goddess Pageant & Coronation, road race, fun run and walk, and much more.
When: August 2-6, 2017
TD Beach To Beacon 10K
Join runners of all abilities from across the country and around the world at the starting line. Experience the same environment, sense of community and rich history that played an important role for Cape Elizabeth native Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the first-ever women’s Marathon at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
When: August 5, 2017
Where: Cape Elizabeth
All aboard for a three-day fundraising festival of sailboats, tugboats, and lobster boats combined with a shore side benefit auction celebrating the glory of the Portland waterfront. MS Harborfest raises funds to support vital MS services and research to help more than 3,000 Mainers and 2.3 million worldwide living with multiple sclerosis.
When: August 18-20, 2017
Where: Portland Harbor
Great Falls Balloon Festival
Join upwards of 100,000 visitors over the weekend in a picturesque setting at the Androscoggin River and rocky Great Falls to view dozens of balloons that visit each year. This exciting festival features balloon rides, live entertainment, a family fun day, carnival, parade, craft show, and much more.
When: August 18-20, 2017
Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival
Ceud Mìle Fàilte! Celebrate Scottish culture and heritage at this fun family festival with piping, drumming, highland dancing and ancient Scottish events including the sheaf toss, weight for height, caber toss, heavy hammer, open stone and braemar stone put.
When: August 19, 2017
Where: Topsham Fairgrounds, Topsham
Farm to Fork Fondo
There’s no better way to experience gorgeous landscapes, diverse local agriculture and farm to fork freshness than from the seat of your favorite bicycle! Events include rides of distances from 10 to 100 miles, plus gourmet aid stations hosted by local farms, live music, family activities, and more! Men’s Health magazine called the Farm to Fork Fondo a “2017 Bucket List Event!”
When: August 27, 2017
Where: Wolf’s Neck Farm, Freeport
The Maine Marathon features a moderately hilly out-and-back course for marathon, relay and half marathons, and is open to participants of all skill levels. The spectator-friendly course starts and finishes along the beautiful inner bay of the Back Cove. The marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
When: October 1, 2017
Harvest on the Harbor
Celebrate the harvest at Portland’s annual food and spirits festival featuring a delicious, diverse and engaging line up of events designed for foodies of all kinds, and a taste (and sip) for every appetite. This multi-day festival tells the story of the local food and drink scene, fosters an inclusive community of passionate food and drink lovers, and gives back to the local community.
When: October 19-22, 2017