Maine, a state in New England Region, plays host to a number of unique festivals and events. Thousands of people visit Maine every year to experience its rich culture and exciting festivals. While there are countless festivals for visitors to have loads of fun in Maine, there is none as unique or as popular as the Maine Lobster Festival. Some of the other popular festivals in Maine include the Old Port Festival, Moxie Festival, Kahbang and Kennebunkport Festival. To know more about the most exciting festivals in Maine, read on.
Here Are 7 Best Festivals In Maine
Maine Lobster Festival
Lobsters are identified with Maine. People descend in droves to Maine to eat the delicious crustacean – lobster – during the famed Maine Lobster Festival. The inception of this interesting and rather quirky festival can be traced back to the summer of 1947. A group of like minded citizens who had a healthy appetite for this delicious seafood got together and decided to have an appropriate marine festival. Today, a thousand volunteers help to feed an army of citizens while paying suitable homage to this much loved crustacean. The Maine Lobster Festival which is celebrating its 66th edition this year has become more like a charming country fair with a small music fest, an arts and crafts bazaar and even a beauty pageant which is celebrated along with the main culinary festival. Besides the ubiquitous lobster revelers attending Maine’s premier seafood festival can also taste other delicious seafood like calamari, rock shrimp, haddock, mussels, clams and scallops.
Old Port Festival
Portland, Maine celebrates the beginning of summer with the Old Port Festival. The Old Port Festival which is celebrating its 42nd season is a much loved tradition which is enjoyed by people of all age groups since 1974. The main attractions of this day long festival include the colorful arts and crafts bazaar, the delicious food stalls and a lineup of interesting children’s activities. The Old Port Festival kicks off a colorful parade. Other prime attractions of this festival include watching live sidewalk chalk drawings, enjoying music by popular bands and the chance to participate in dance competitions.
Moxie Festival is a yearly festival which is held in the second weekend of July in Lisbon, Maine. This colorful festival which has been celebrated since 1982 is named after Moxie an iconic soft, dark carbonated drink unique to Maine. One of Maine’s largest summer festivals, the Moxie Festival include one of a kind parades, floats, colorful dancers and pulsating music which are all dedicated to this distinctive beverage. A highlight of the Moxie Festival is the colorful Friday night fireworks which sets the night sky ablaze with colors. The Moxie festival in short is the venue to get your whole family to have a memorable day of fun.
Celebrate the good life in Maine with the lively Kennebunkport festival. Kennebunkport festival is one of Maine’s biggest and finest festivals. Kennebunkport festival, which is held on the banks of the Kennebunkport river, is a six daylong celebration of the good life. This week long festival which draws a crowd of nearly 3800 people is currently celebrating its 11 installment. Visitors to this festival are invited to grand tastings, beautiful art exhibitions, exclusive private dinners and lively galas. Kennebunkport Festival which is hosted by ‘ Maine’ and ‘Maine Home and Design’ magazines, is the ideal place to get together with fellow foodies, art collectors and local artists.
Kahbang Music and Art Festival, popularly referred to as Kahbang, is a four day long music, art and film festival which is celebrated in the historic cities of Bangor and Portland in Maine. This festival which began in 2009 is currently celebrating its fifth season. Kennebunkport festival is aimed at discovering, developing and supporting independent artists. This one day long festival provides the perfect stage for independent artists to showcase their unique talent. Besides watching independent film screening, witnessing art installations and listening to different genres of music, visitors to the KahBang festival can also participate in the popular brew fest or even enjoy a relaxing boat cruise.
Ossippee Valley Music Festival
The Ossippee Valley Music Festival is one of the largest roots and American festival in the whole of New England. This music festival is conducted on the banks of the Ossippee River along the foot hills of White Mountains, which is located about forty five minutes west of Portland. This yearly music festival which runs from July 23 rd to July 26th attracts a young and energetic crowd. Visitors to this festival can also enjoy swimming, yoga, dancing sessions at this one of a kind music fest.
Maine Brewers Festival
Maine Brewers Festival is the place to be if you enjoy a tall glass of icy cold beer. This three and a half hour long festival is the ideal venue to taste different kinds of beer. Besides enjoying the different kinds of brews, visitors to this unique festival which is celebrating its 21st season also get a chance to eat great food, enjoy fantastic music and win awesome prizes.