The Nateva Festival at the Oxford Fairgrounds kicked off Thursday, but Friday starts three days of music, featuring the Flaming Lips, Further (featuring former members of the Grateful Dead), the Drive By Truckers, Parliament Funkadelic, Moe., Jakob Dylan and more. There are still day passes available by going to natevafestival.com.
The Stonington Opera House presents Burt Dow Deep Water Man, a musical based on the children’s book by Robert McCloskey. It’s a fun show and it plays at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Stonington Opera House. For info, visit operahousearts.org.
3. Fourth of July, Up North
Just about every town from Kittery to Fort Kent has something fun planned for the Fourth. Up north, the Houlton Agricultural Fair is already underway, with events, rides, performances and demonstrations from animals and tractors. Admission is $10. Millinocket hosts a kid’s day all day on Saturday, along with a parade starting at 10 a.m. On Sunday, there’s a fair and market in the park, along with lots of bands. Fireworks are set for 6:45. And, in Milo, the Black Fly Festival will offer a parade at noon and a huge assortment of vendors and farmers selling their wares all afternoon.
4. Fourth of July on the Coast
Heading east for the Fourth, check out Eastport’s celebration, including barbecues, boat races, a beauty pageant, a relay race, a parade, a blueberry pancake breakfast, fireworks and more. Bar Harbor’s got a big parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, along with a seafood festival all afternoon and fireworks in the evening. Blue Hill has fireworks, too. In fact, who doesn’t have fireworks? Here’s a list of every fireworks celebration in the state. You can always go further south, and check out the pyrotechnic displays in Searsport, Camden, Thomaston and Islesboro.
5. Fourth of July in Greater Bangor
Finally, Bangor and Brewer host the biggest 4th of July parade in the state, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday and heading into Bangor. There’s a pancake breakfast in Brewer that morning, a concert by the Bangor Band at 7 p.m. Sunday at Paul Bunyan Park, and of course the big fireworks starting at dusk over the Penobscot River.
If that’s not enough for a busy weekend, check out the Bangor Daily News calendar pages for more stuff to do in Maine.
To paraphrase Craig Ferguson, It’s a great weekend for America, everybody.