Owls Head Transportation Museum – Owls Head
If you’ve got a youngster that can’t get enough of vehicles, be it trucks, cars, motorcycles or planes, then a visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum is a must. Located in Knox County near Thomaston, the OHTM is open year round, Wednesday to Sunday. At this time, reservations are required to visit the museum. Visit owlshead.org to reserve your tickets.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Boothbay
The grounds of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are a garden-lovers’ paradise. From cultured gardens and swaths of native plants to woodland and wetland trails traversing our 300 acres on the coast of Maine, there is so much to see and explore with the entire family. The buildings and central gardens are ADA compliant, making them fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. A full list of the many events both regularly scheduled and special can be found at mainegardens.org
Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad train rides – Unity to Belfast
This year, the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad offers weekend round-trip excursions from its Unity venue at 212 Depot St. Access to the B&ML, requires pre-purchase of tickets. Online you can also discover fun exercustions like the Pizza & Whoopie Pie Train coming Saturday, June 12 and Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Book tickets and find more events, fares, schedules and venues online at Belfastandmooseheadlakerail.org.
Versant Power Astronomy Center and Maynard Jordan Planetarium – Orono
Have a hankering to explore space? With its dark skies and little light pollution, Maine is one the best states to catch great views of the stars. The Versant Power Astronomy Center and Maynard Jordan Planetarium banks on that with weekly planetarium programs and public access to the observatory on Friday evenings (weather permitting). Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 207.581.1341, or at the ticket box office prior to the show. Astro.umaine.edu
Moxie Festival – Lisbon Falls
Love it or hate it, this festival celebrates that famous Maine soft drink with the funny aftertaste. Events typically include parades, a 5k road race, delicious food, music, kids’ activities and fireworks. Details are not yet available, but the festival is scheduled for the second weekend in July. Find more at moxiefestival.com.
Maine Potato Blossom Festival – Fort Fairfield
Organizers are planning to move ahead with the 73rd Maine Potato Blossom Festival, scheduled for July 10-18, 2021 in the host community of Fort Fairfield. The Maine Potato Blossom Festival celebrates the region’s agricultural heritage and honors veterans. Many new events are promised for this year, along with those you’ve come to expect like a potato picking contest, parade and more. Fortfairfield.org
Bangor State Fair – Bangor
The Bangor State Fair returns to Bass Park for another year of rides, food, fun, music, animals, games, people-watching and much more. The Bangor State Fair typically draws between 40,000 and 50,000 people a year and dates back to 1849. Set for July 29-August 7, 2021. bangorstatefair.com
Eastport Pirate Festival – Eastport
Arrgh! Grab your eyepatch and head to this celebration of all things pirate! No updates for 2021 have been announced at this time, but the event is typically scheduled for the weekend after Labor Day. Stay tuned for updates at eastportpiratefestival.com.
Belfast Harbor Fest – Belfast
Celebrate the boating traditions of Belfast from Friday through Sunday, August 13-15, 2021 at Steamboat Landing & Heritage Park. Events include an Evening by the Bay Charity Auction, pancake breakfast, National Boat Building Challenge, music, kids’ activities, touch tank, delicious food, Touch-a-Truck and much more! Belfastharborfest.com
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival – Brunswick
The Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival brings bluegrass music and family to the shores of midcoast Maine. This four-day event starting Sept. 2, 2021 features world-renowned acts and legendary late-night picking. Thomaspointbeachbluegrass.com
Thursdays on Sweden – Caribou
Plans for this annual event on Sweden Street are still uncertain. Visit cariboumaine.org for updates.
Great Maine Lumberjack Show – Trenton
Watch Timber Tina and her crew chopping, log rolling, throwing axes, speed climbing in more in this fun display of Maine lumberjack skills. Shows nightly at 7 p.m. from mid-June through the end of August. mainelumberjack.com
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