In February, as you shoveled some of the 80-plus inches of snow we received this past winter, and cursed the clouds above that brought it upon you, you dreamed of this day. The temperatures have risen above 80 — you slip on your flip-flops, and you head to the beach, downtown, the golf links, the river, the market, the mountain, wherever. You remember, blissfully, that Maine is the most beautiful state in the country, and no, you’re not biased one bit. That’s an objective fact, just like how your grandchildren are the most perfect kids in the world, the Red Sox is the best team in baseball, and your way is always the right way.
Last summer, you gave us great feedback on our assembled list of 50 things to do in the summer. We compiled more lists to include fall and winter activities, and now, it’s come full circle and is time for a new summer list — with an almost completely new lineup of events, places, things, foods and much more to experience, from Portland to Madawaska, from Oxford County to Washington County. You have three months to cram in as much fun as you can. What are you waiting for? Get out and have fun!
1. Bangor Festival Flea Market
Bass Park, Bangor; every weekend except the last three in July and first and last in August
Furniture? Clothes? Collectibles? A snack and a chance to meet people? All of that and more are available at the Bangor Festival Flea Market, which kicked off two weekends ago. Taking its cue from the flea markets all over the South, it’s open to any and all with something to sell, whether it’s a family yard sale or a farmer and his or her produce. For information, visit bangorfestivalfleamarket.com.
2. Stone Mountain Arts Center
Dugway Road, Brownfield; events almost every weekend
Tucked into the woods of western Maine is a beautiful wooden barn that hosts countless folk, bluegrass, country, blues and rock musicians all summer long. Stone Mountain Arts Center is the baby of songwriter Carol Noonan, who this summer brings the likes of James McMurtry (June 12), the Indigo Girls (June 20 and 21), country legend Marty Stuart (July 9 and 10) and bluesman Robert Cray (July 18), among many others. For ticket information and directions, visit stonemountainartscenter.com.
Bangor, Mount Desert Island, Rockport and Portland; once a month, the day varies depending on location
If you’re new in town, and you’re looking to make professional or personal connections, look no further than Greendrinks, a monthly gathering of people interested in green living in their communities. Bangor, MDI, Rockport and Portland each have popular events, at a different location each time, generally featuring a local brewery, snacks and some sort of topic of discussion. It’s a fun, informal way to network and meet new people. For information, visit greendrinks.org.
4. Midsommar Festival
116 Station Road, New Sweden, June 17-19
Hej och välkommen till Aroostook County! That was in Swedish, but whether or not you have any Swedish ancestry, you can visit the annual Midsommar Festival in New Sweden, a celebration of the Swedish community in Aroostook County. Aside from visiting places such as the Nylander Museum and the Caribou Historical Society Museum, you can try your hand at Kubb (Viking lawn bowling) and dancing around the Majstang (Maypole), put a traditional wreath in your hair, learn to dance the Hambo, and enjoy a Swedish supper and a Smorgasbord. For a full schedule, call 896-3461 or visit www.maineswedishcolony.info.
5. 25th annual Southern Maine Pride and Bangor Pride
Southern Maine Pride, June 12-19, Deering Oaks Park; Bangor Pride, June 25-26, West Market Square
Parades, dance parties, music, burlesque, drag queens and much more are offered during these two June celebrations of Maine’s gay community. It’s laid-back, celebratory fun, and the 2011 Southern Maine Pride, held all week June 12-19 in Portland’s Deering Oaks Park, is the 25th anniversary of the event — making it one of the oldest in the country. Bangor Pride is held the last weekend in June in West Market Square. Visit southernmainepride.com and facebook.com/queencitypride for schedules, as they are announced.
6. Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra
7 p.m. June 17, Centre Street Church, Machias; 7 p.m. June 18, Eastport Arts Center, Eastport; 3 p.m. Atlantic Time, June 19, St. Andrews Catholic Church, St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Now in its fourth season, the PBSO is one of the very few international orchestras in the world; players from both New Brunswick and Maine make up the group. This summer’s program, performed in Machias, Eastport and St. Andrews, NB, will feature conductor Trond Saeverud playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, and a performance of Sibelius’ First Symphony. The PBSO also will participate in orchestra weekends with local students and musicians in Lubec, as part of the Summerkeys program, set for July 31-Aug. 1, Aug. 6-7, and Aug. 13-14. For information, call 853-4846.
7. Image Gazer Film Festival
June 16, Stonington Opera House; June 17, Blue Hill Town Hall; June 18, Alamo Theatre, Bucksport; June 19, The Grand, Ellsworth
This four-day traveling film festival is the brainchild of Dylan Howard, a Maine native now based in Providence, R.I. Student films, short films and documentaries, from Maine and beyond, will be shown in daylong programs at four Hancock County venues, along with discussions and performances from local musicians. For a full schedule of films and events, look up the Image Gazer Film Festival on Facebook.
8. Bangor Alleycat Bike Race
3-6 p.m. Sunday, June 19, start point at the Hannibal Hamlin statue in downtown Bangor; end point and party at the Charles Inn
So what’s an Alleycat Race? Rally with your bicycles at a set location, and ten minutes before the race begins, you’re given a list of 5-10 checkpoints, all of which you have to hit before you complete the race. The first person to cross the finish line with all checkpoints hit is the winner, but prizes are given for second and third place, dead last and other fun categories. This is the second Alleycat Race in Bangor, after last November’s popular race. Knowledge of Queen City landmarks is very helpful. The Black Ribbon Bicycle Crew, which also organizes bike polo matches in Bangor, puts on the race, another of which will be held in the fall.
9. South Solon Meeting House
121 South Main St., Solon; open during the day, most days
Tucked away in the small Somerset County town of Solon is the South Solon Meeting House, which is remarkable for many things. Most especially, it’s the fact that in the 1950s, a group of artists from the nearby Skowhegan School of Painting transformed the interior with huge, luminous frescoes, a medium rarely seen in contemporary art. The building itself was built in 1842, but was renovated in 2007. With the frescoes, it’s as if an old New England church were imbued with the spirit of the Italian Renaissance. It’s a hidden treasure. For information, visit southsolonmeetinghouse.org.
10. James Beard award nominated-winning restaurants
Feeling like a treat? Look no farther than your home state to experience a truly magnificent, world-class feast. Maine is home to no fewer than 10 James Beard Award nominated — or winning — restaurants. A James Beard award is to food what the Oscars are to movies. Kind of a big deal. In Portland, there’s Hugo’s, Bresca, Fore Street and Emilitsa; in Ogunquit, there are last year’s winners Arrows; in Camden, Francine Bistro; in Rockport, Shepherd’s Pie; in Belfast, Chase’s Daily; in Ellsworth, Cleonice; and in Rockland, Primo. Save up some dough, and prepare yourself to be wowed. Naturally, reservations are encouraged.
11. Fourth Annual Lee Golf Scramble
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, Bangor Municipal Golf Course, 278 Webster Ave.
Golfers, unite for a very good cause. This annual event helps out Penobscot County Special Olympics, and is a great way to tee off and know you’re benefiting those who need it. An $85 registration fee gets you 18 holes, a cart, breakfast and lunch, and entry into drawings for great prizes. Whether you’re a wizard on the course, or just a casual player, it’s sure to be a fun day.
12. Rock City Velvet Lounge
Rock City Coffee, 318 Main St., Rockland 7-9 p.m. every Friday
If the house-roasted coffee and homemade soups and pastries don’t tempt you, the Friday night musical offerings surely will. Each week, Rock City hosts the Velvet Lounge, a laid-back evening of music, from songwriters and performers from all over the state. It’s a great way to end (or begin) a night in Rockland. Friday, June 17, brings Maine bluegrass-folk songwriter Putnam Smith; on June 24, it’s Tango, a duo interpreting the great American songbook; blues group Pitch Black Ribbons is set for July 1; a blues jam with Maine blues legend Blind Albert will be offered July 15; and 4 Shillings Short, a Celtic group, will play on July 22. More performances will be scheduled; check out Rock City Coffee on Facebook for updates.
13. Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge
June 25 and 26, all over the midcoast
For two days in June, Mainers and visitors alike have the rare opportunity not only to see but also to go inside seven lighthouses in the midcoast. Dyce Head in Castine, Fort Point in Stockton Springs, Grindle Point in Islesboro, the Rockland Breakwater, the Owls Head lighthouse, Marshall Point in Port Clyde and Pemaquid Point in Bristol will all be open to the public. There will also be tours of the Curtis Island and Indian Island lighthouses, leaving from Rockland harbor eight times a day, both days, for $20 for adults, $12 for kids. Additionally, a 4½-hour, $35 sunset cruise leaves from Port Clyde at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, for views of even more lighthouses. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is a sponsor of the event; to reserve spots or for more info, visit http://www.rocklandlighthouse.com/challenge.html.
14. Penobscot Theatre Northern Writes New Play Festival
June 21 to July 3, Penobscot Theatre at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.
The festival returns to the theatre and to celebrate the development of close to 100 scripts over the last four years. The theater will choose some of its favorites and give them more fully realized productions on top of presenting readings from submissions we received from all over the world.
15. Stillwater Artsapalooza
6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 25, throughout downtown Orono
The Orono-Old Town area will offer one massive night of music, dance, storytelling, visual arts and much more, with this first-ever event, organized by Stillwater Community Arts. Everything from opera singer Lauren Onsrud to bluegrass group the Pike Street Pickers; fashion designer Jessi Sader and a slam from Story Slam Bangor; the Robinson Ballet, Orono and Old Town High School jazz, theater and music departments, and much more. 12 venues, from Asa Adams Elementary School to Verve Burritos. If you live in the area, it’s a great chance to see local arts; if you want to come back to your old college town, you can see what’s new and exciting. For information, visit http://stillwatercommunityarts.wordpress.com/.
16. Acadia Repertory Theater
Performances 8:15 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays; children’s theater 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1154 Main St, Somesville
For nearly 40 years, Acadia Rep has brought comedies, mysteries, classics and children’s theater to Mount Desert Island, performing in its historic Masonic Hall and welcoming more than 700 actors and actresses to its stage. This year, plays include “The Mystery of Irma Vep” from July 1-17; “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” July 19-31; “Blithe Spirit,” Aug. 2-14; and “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily,” Aug. 16-Sept. 4. The children’s play this year is “Thumbelina,” July 6-Sept. 3. Tickets are $10-$23; for information, visit www.acadiarep.com.
17. Fourth of July Boat Parades — Bath, Swan Lake and Belgrade
Many communities offer boat parades as part of Fourth of July celebrations, including Bath Heritage Days’ boat parade at 2 p.m.; and Belgrade’s boat parade at noon starting at the mouth of the Mill Stream on Great Pond. To participate in Bath’s parade, call Ed Rice at 504-2628. Swan Lake’s boat parade will start at noon sharp at the boat ramp, and all boats are welcome, decorated or not.
18. Activities at the Farnsworth Art Museum
Open seven days a week during the summer, the museum offers a plethora of art workshops, lectures and events for adults and children that can be viewed at www.farnsworthmuseum.org/calendar. Many must be registered for in advance. The 2011 Farnsworth Summer Gala, 6 p.m. Saturday June 25, will be an evening of dining and dancing to celebrate the presentation of the Maine in America Award to Paul Caponigro. This summer, the museum will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Farnsworth’s acquisition of the Olson House, scheduled in 2011 to be named a National Historic Landmark, with the watercolor paintings exhibit “Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House” open June 11-Oct. 30 in the Wyeth Center.
19. Pemaquid Watershed Association Paddles
May 28-Sept. 24
There are now 14 scheduled outings, mostly on Saturdays starting at 10 a.m., that are free and open to the public. Paddlers must provide their own kayak or canoe, wear a personal flotation device, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and downloadable schedule, visit http://www.pemaquidwatershed.org.
For weather cancellation information, contact Peter Lawrence at 563-7663, 563-3104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
20. Ebenezer’s Pub & Restaurant
44 Allen Road, Lovell
Beer Advocate Magazine rated them the No. 1 beer bar in America and the world for the last five years in a row, and with 35 Belgian beers on tap and more than 700 well-kept bottles, including their very own award-winning Black Albert, they’re worth checking out.
21. Newforest Institute
66 Monroe Highway, Brooks
Take advantage of the institute’s 300 acres of forest, fields, edible forest gardens and permaculture gardens by signing up for a workshop or course, participate in one of their scheduled nature walks, or just stop by to visit and check out the gardens and grounds. For information, call 722-3625.
22. 2011 Fort Knox Scottish Tattoo, July 9
6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 711 Fort Knox Road, Prospect
Returning to the historic Fort Knox, on the banks of the Penobscot River is this annual presentation of Maine’s Scottish Highland Pipebands, featuring the music of the Anah Highland Pipeband of Bangor, the Dunlap Highland Band from Oceanwood and Oakland and the Maine Saint Andrews Pipes & Drums of the Greater Bangor Area. Making their premiere presentation at the event will be the Claddagh Mor Pipeband from Portland. So put on your best kilt and head to Waldo County. Tickets are $10 each, $5 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available at the Friends of Fort Knox Gift Shop. For information, call 469-6553 or visit http://fortknox.maineguide.com.
23. Orne’s Candy Store International Rock Skipping Contest
Boothbay Harbor, noon Saturday, July 9
Sign-up starts at high noon for this silly showdown of rock skippers from all over, now in its eighth year. Sign-up fees are $5 for grownups, $2 for kids, with all proceeds benefiting the Boothbay Food Cupboard. Participants can bring their own three rocks. Orne’s Candy Store, a Boothbay institution for the past 126 years, organizes the event. Everybody gets rock candy as a prize; the winner gets a pound of rocky road fudge and a trophy made of — what else? — rocks.
24. Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park
19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth
Woodlawn is a 180-acre historic estate located a quarter-mile from downtown Ellsworth. Once home to three generations of the Black family, it is treasured for its historic house museum, its gardens, and its public park. Visitors can explore the historic house, stroll through beautiful gardens, play croquet, hike on pristine trails, or participate in some of the many special events planned at the site for the summer. For a schedule and more information, call 667-8671 or visit http://woodlawnmuseum.com.
25. Out-of-the-way beaches (Crescent, Colony, Cleaves, Goose Rock, Owls Head, Popham)
We’re known for our magnificent coastline, so why not check out some of the best out-of-the-way beaches the state has to offer? These are just a few that we know about and if you look hard enough, there are plenty more.
26. Legacy of the Arts Festival
June 19-26, Bar Harbor
Celebrating Bar Harbor’s rich history of art, music, Native American culture and much more. Activities include live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, workshops, and historic tours. The week opens with the town’s traditional Father’s Day concert at Agamont Park and ends with the 61st annual Art Show on the Village Green.
27. Celebration Barn 40th anniversary festival
July 16 at 190 Stock Farm Road, South Paris
Thirty performers plus 11 acres equals a good time for the whole family to celebrate art and innovation. In addition to more than 50 performances, attendees can enjoy eepybird.com’s famous Coke and Mentos fountains, or take mime and juggling lessons. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 kids. Can’t make the festival? No worries. Celebration Barn has performances almost every Saturday night throughout the summer. For information, call 743-8452 or visit http://www.celebrationbarn.com.
28. Martha Stewart’s maps at College of the Atlantic, July 7-23
Ethel H. Blum Gallery, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor
An exhibit of domestic diva Martha Stewart’s map collection from her Mount Desert Island home will be on display with an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Summer gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 288-5015, visit http://www.coa.edu or email email@example.com.
29. Come Boating in Belfast Community Rowing, June-September
With a mission to create boating-related programs that help preserve and broaden the maritime heritage in the Belfast area, the organization is offering free morning and late afternoon rows throughout the week to the public. For the Community Row, no experience is required, just a desire to have fun and a willingness to row. Community rows are generally scheduled for 6, 7 or 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. If you have a group that would like to row at any other time, call Come Boating at 338-3466. The organization hosts other rowing events throughout the summer for various skill levels. For a complete listing, visit http://www.comeboating.org.
30. Fawcett’s Antique Toy Museum
3506 Atlantic Highway (Route 1), Waldoboro
Summer’s a perfect time to reconnect with the child in all of us, and for those with little ones, Fawcett’s Antique Toy Museum provides an excellent place to share childhood memories. The toy museum has two floors of display and we’re told it will take about one hour to see the collection. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day to Columbus Day. For information, call 832-7398 or visit http://home.gwi.net/~fawcetoy.
31. Free live music in Bangor and Belfast
For free, live music, you can’t beat what Bangor, Belfast and Ellsworth have to offer. Bangor’s Cool Sounds concert series offers live music in Pickering Square starting at 6 p.m. Thursdays, June 9 through mid-August, and features bands such as the Celtic rockers the Bar Stuards, bluegrass group Evergreen and steel drum brigade FLASH! In the Pans. Belfast’s Summer Nights concert series is also 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 23, and offers bands such as gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche, rockers Odlaw and the blues group the Willy Kelly Band. For full schedules, visit downtownbangor.com and belfastmaine.com.
32. Haystack Mountain School of Craft
89 Haystack School Drive, Deer Isle
The international school of craft is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and as always, is offering a plethora of summer programs in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Participate in a quick workshop or stay awhile and delve into an intense two-week session. For information, call 348-2306 or visit www.haystack-mtn.org.
33. Kneading Conference
The fifth annual Kneading Conference July 28-29 will be followed by the third annual Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, July 30, at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Chef Michel Nischan, restaurant owner, award-winning cookbook author and media personality, is the keynote speaker and shouldn’t be missed. There also are plenty of opportunities to taste local foods and spirits. Definitely one you “knead” to attend. For a complete schedule, visit http://kneadingconference.com.
34. Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival
Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, downtown Grand Lake Stream
Right at the height of summer, in this charming, beautiful Down East village, is this annual celebration. Assembled are more than 50 folk artists and craftspeople from the northeastern United States and Canada. Collectible folk art and functional handcrafts will be presented in a wide variety of mediums. Many artists will demonstrate their talents, including handmade musical instruments, twig furniture, quilts, folk painting, turned wooden bowls, dried flowers and herbs, pottery, photography, stained glass, spinning, weaving, felting, clothing, baskets, ironwork, dolls, wood carvings and much more. Live music throughout the day. Bring your swimsuits and take a dip in the stream afterward.
35. Wine tastings at Maine wineries
What better way to spend a leisurely weekend afternoon than visiting one of Maine’s many small wineries and taking a tour? Between Cellar Door Wineries in Lincolnville, Bar Harbor Cellars Winery, Bartlett Winery in Gouldsboro, Sow’s Ear Winery in Brooksville, Winterport Winery, Savage Oakes Winery in Union and Sweetgrass Winery, also in Union, you’ve got the pick of the crop. Try a couple varieties, maybe sample a pairing of cheese, chocolate or bread, and learn about all that Maine’s burgeoning wine scene has to offer.
36. Runway Grand: Maine Made and Remade
Fashion in Maine is about much more than just camouflage, hunter orange and warm winter gear. The professionally staged runway show is an annual event that usually draws in a crowd of more than 300. The best part — there’s a trunk show after the show where you can buy from the designers you’ve just seen. Be sure to check it out Thursday, Aug. 4, at The Grand Auditorium, 165 Main St. in Ellsworth. For information, call the box office at 667-9500 or visit www.grandonline.org.
37. Stonington Jazz Fest
This one runs for three days, Aug. 5-7 and features performances from Jason Moran, Charles Lloyd and Matthew Ship at the Stonington Opera House on Main Street. Not only will you get to see performances by the three headliners, but they also have some amazing openers. For information and a concert schedule, call 367-2788 or visit www.operahousearts.org.
38. KahBang Festival, Aug. 5-13
Seven days of film, music and arts events in downtown Bangor, leading up to the two-day music festival on the Bangor Waterfront. The final headline act is Chicago-based rap artist Lupe Fiasco, but if rap and hip-hop aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of other entertainment, art and film that’s sure to pique your interest. For a full list of events and ticket prices, visit www.kahbang.com.
39. Winterport Music Festival, Aug. 6
From the blues of headliner Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish to the traditional Irish tunes of Girsa, the Winterport Music Festival is a one-day event featuring some fabulous music and is a bargain with admission at $5, free for children under 12. Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. For a complete list of performers, visit http://www.winterportmaine.gov.
40. Car meet at Owls Head
Hot rods, custom and muscle cars and an antique aeroplane show. Come celebrate America’s passion for cool cars starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum St. Admission $12 for adults and seniors, free for museum members and children under 18. For information, call 594-1188 or visit http://www.ohtm.org.
41. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
The expanding Eden of Boothbay has dubbed 2011 as “The Year of Education” because on Friday, July 15, they it open the Bosarge Family Education Center. Also, the Haney Hillside Garden grand reopening is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 16. Gardens admission will be free until that time. Refreshments will be served, and docents will be on hand to explain the features of this stunning garden. There will be a demonstration of the new Flora Find program that will debut that day. More events planned for the summer include the “Mad Hatter Father’s Day Tea,” 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden; “Welcome Summer with An Evening at the Gardens,” 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Visitor Center and Gardens; plein-air painting workshops July 2-3 and more. For information, visit www.mainegardens.org/events-and-programs/calendar or call 633-4333.
42. Masala Mahal and Sun Oriental in Portland
Whether you’re a gourmet chef or just like to experiment in the kitchen, Masala Mahal at 798 Main St. in South Portland and Sun Oriental at 626 Congress St. in Portland offer a variety of hard-to-find ingredients and products to make your meal authentic. For info on Masala Mahal, call 699-5555, visit http://masalamahal.weebly.com. To reach Sun Oriental Market, call 772-8675.
43. Cranberry Music Fest
Little Cranberry Island will be humming with music 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. At the Islesford town field, nine bands have committed to performing, according to the festival website, www.cranberrymusicfest.com. The event will include free activities and crafts for children and food prepared by Islesford Dock Restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Islesford Neighborhood House. For information, call Karen and Hugh Smallwood at 244-5123.
44. Wooden Arts Canoe Festival in Medway
Now in its 15th year, the festival was derived from a small group of people interested in the area’s outdoor heritage and continues to attract paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts. If paddling isn’t your cup of tea you can enjoy the features of the region’s woods and waterways. This year’s festivities will be on Aug. 13 at the Medway Recreation Complex. For information, visit www.katahdinmaine.com/area-festivals/wooden-canoe-festival.html call 723-4443 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
45. Bryant Stove and Music Museum
Located at 27 Stovepipe Alley in Thorndike, the museum of antique stoves, antique cars, player pianos, music boxes and more is open year round. But if you visit in the summer, Joe Bryant, owner of the collection, will be there to explain the items and sing to you at his player piano. The museum is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For information, visit www.bryantstove.com/museum.html or call 568-3665. Groups are welcome, call ahead to set up a time.
46. Mexican Restaurant
An authentic treat from coastal Maine, Mexican Restaurant (yes, that’s really its name) in Hancock is a must-eat. Located on Route 1 just outside Ellsworth, it’s one of the best deals we’ve come across if you’re looking for true Mexican cuisine.
47. American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront
The 2011 version of this three-day festival Aug. 26-28 offers many cultural representations of music, dance and other performing arts, in addition to food and crafts. It’s free, but a Bucket Brigade volunteer would be happy to accept visitors’ donations to help defray the festival’s expenses. Visit www.americanfolkfestival.com, email email@example.com or call 207-992-2630 for more info.
48. Acadian Festival
The 34th annual Acadian Festival in Madawaska will be celebrated in August for the first time in order to incorporate the International Acadian Day of Aug. 15. The five-day festival, Aug. 15-20, will introduce the annual theme “À travers les frontières” or “Beyond Borders” and will feature Canadian activities. Festivities include a cribbage tournament, watermelon eating contest, art show, parade, quilting show and traditional french music. The Cyr family will be honored this year. To learn about the Cyr family reunion, visit www.cyrandcyrroots.com. For information, visit www.acadianfestival.com where you choose to continue in English or French.
49. PICNIC Music and Arts Festival
A twist on your traditional craft fair, this craft and music festival started in 2008 as a way to showcase local artists from the DIY (do-it-yourself) craft scene and highlight local musical acts. Held rain or shine, this year’s event runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Lincoln Park on Congress Street and Franklin Arterial, in Portland. For more info, visit www.picnicportland.com.
50. Eastport Salmon Festival
For more than 20 years, the end of summer in Eastport has been marked with a festival with the highlight of a Sunday salmon meal. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, with a community potluck pie supper, the festivities continue 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. This year, the festival will feature its first fishing derby, along with “Paint Eastport Day,” local food and craft vendors, a farmers market, a walking tour of historic architecture, boat tours, auctions and children’s activities. For information, visit www.eastportsalmonfestival.com.