# Family friendly events
Things to do 8/13 and 8/14 in Maine
While August seems to be flying by, there are still plenty of events and activities going on in Maine to keep everyone busy this weekend. Maybe you are interested in viewing some art, or you would like to listen to some live music, or maybe you just crave some funnel cakes, cotton candy, and a ride on the Ferris wheel. Luckily for you, I have you covered with all of these activities and more! While inflation continues to take a bite out of our paychecks, there are plenty of fun and free activities that won't make you sigh having to open up your wallet. Some of the activities are perfect for a date, whether it's a second date or your partner of ten years. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and go listen to one of the free concerts.
Looking for something to do this weekend in Maine?
It's August in Maine, and with that comes many kinds of activities going on. Whether you are looking for a craft fair, a road race, some live music, or something else, I've put together some events you might like to check out this weekend. The weather looks to be nice for outdoor activities, with warm and sunny weather. Make sure you stay hydrated and don't forget to put on sunscreen before heading out the door to enjoy the weekend activities. I've included activities for all ages and varied interests, along with some free events and some with an admission fee. If you know of an event that I didn't mention, please feel free to mention it in the comments section with the location, time, and any admission fees. Now get out and enjoy the weekend. Have a great weekend, everyone!
The 75th Annual Maine Lobster Festival
Maine is known for many things, and one of our most well-known items is the Maine lobster. Anywhere along the rugged and rocky coast of Maine, you are sure to see Maine lobstermen and lobsterwomen hard at work setting traps to haul in fresh Maine lobster for people to enjoy. Summer in Maine not only means plenty of tourists, but it also means lines at the local lobster shacks with people waiting to enjoy a fresh Maine lobster roll. Every year, the town of Rockland celebrates these crustaceans with a big festival. This year is the 75th annual Maine lobster festival, and this festival is five days of fun, along with plenty of food to enjoy and, of course, the Maine lobster as the star.
Things to do in Maine July 30th and 31st
If you would like to get out of the house this weekend and are looking for something to do, then check out these events going on this weekend. As always, while I would love to list every event going on in the state, it's just not possible, so please feel free to add an event you are aware of in the comments. Please make sure you mention the location, time, and if there is an admission fee so others can be prepared if they want to check it out.
Weekend events for July 23rd and 24th
The weekend is upon us, and with it comes plenty of chances to get out of the house and do something fun this weekend with this weekend's edition of things to do in Maine. Whether you are visiting Maine for the weekend or are a Mainer, you are sure to find something to do this weekend. As is always the case, I can't mention every single event happening this weekend as there are always many events going on in our state. Feel free to mention an event I didn't mention that you are aware of in the comments for others to look into. All events are family-friendly and some are free, while others charge an admission fee. For every event, I always make sure to mention admission charges if there are any, so you can choose if it's an event within your budget. So make sure you grab your sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, and something cold to drink to keep hydrated outside in this weekend's heat. Have a great weekend and enjoy the events, everyone.
The fair season keeps rolling along in Maine with the 70th annual Pittston Fair, which opens on Thursday, July 21st and runs through Sunday, July 24th. Starting in 1952, the Pittston Fair is known as "Maine's Friendliest Fair." The Pittston Fair is also a Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs member. Fairs that are members of the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs are some of the best educational entertainment you can find for families. The town of Pittston is a small town located in Kennebec County with a population of 2,875. Every July, the Pittston Fair is a small country fair geared toward families, complete with agricultural events, children's games, and a midway. Pittston is a fifty-two-minute drive from Portland, one hour and twenty minutes from Bangor, and a two-hour drive from North Conway, New Hampshire. Admission to the fair is $8.00 for everyone ages 13 and up and free for anyone 12 and under with an adult. Parking is also free, and an ATM is located at the cook shack. In addition to a midway and plenty of animals to see, the Pittston Fair will also have 4-H exhibits, Grange exhibits, and children's exhibits along with daily events. The Pittston Fairgrounds are at 995 East Pittston Road, Pittston Maine.
Yarmouth Clam Festival
A Maine summertime tradition since 1965 has returned this summer. The Yarmouth Clam Festival has returned after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. This year marks the 55th year of the festival, which will take place from Friday, July 15th, until Sunday, July 17th. The Yarmouth Clam Festival is held in the small Maine town of Yarmouth, which has a population of 5,681 people. Yarmouth is a twenty-minute drive from Portland, Maine. The festival is an annual summertime tradition that was started to promote the community and provide fundraising opportunities for local non-profits. This event is very family-friendly and has plenty of fun-filled activities for all. The festival has a parade every year on the first night of the festival. The parade is an hour long and travels for a mile and a half with floats, marching bands, antique cars, and entertainers that travel to Yarmouth from all over New England and Maine to participate in the parade. The parade has a theme every year and this year the theme is "Maine! The Way Life Should Be." This is the Maine state slogan, and if you live in Maine or have ever visited the state, then you understand why Maine has the title.
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
Fields of potato blossoms in MaineThe Maine Writer. The Maine Potato Blossom Festival turns 75 years old this year and will be filled with nine full days of family-friendly events. The festival is held during July when the potato blossoms are in full bloom. It's a very pretty scene to see the potato fields covered in blossoms. The Potato Blossom Festival celebrates how important potatoes are to Aroostook farming and Maine. This is also one of the oldest festivals in Maine, and Fort Fairfield hosts the festival every July when the potato blossoms are in full bloom. Make a day trip out of it or stay overnight in Aroostook County for the Maine Potato Blossom Festival, which runs from July 9th to the 17th.
Things to do in Maine July 9th & 10th
As is usually the case in Maine, there are plenty of events and activities going on this weekend. I am giving you some that you might be interested in checking out. Of course, I have to mention that you can also just pack a lunch and go to a local park or lake and enjoy some time outdoors, and the best part is it's free!
Maine Moxie Festival
Everything is coming up Moxie at the Maine Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls, July 8th-10th. Moxie has many fans in Maine and New England, and this is the only festival that celebrates the oldest continually produced soft drink in the United States. The Moxie Festival is three days of fun with events for all ages. Even if you don't like the taste of Moxie, you will like this fun festival celebrating the first bottled carbonated beverage made in the USA. Lisbon Falls is thirty-five minutes from Augusta; an hour and a half from Conway, New Hampshire; and an hour and thirty-five minutes from Bangor.
Ossipee Valley Fair
Mark your calendars for another fair you will want to check out this week. The friendliest of fairs, the Ossipee Fair, will be held from July 7th to 10th at 291 South Hiram Road in Hiram, Maine. There will be something for all ages to enjoy at the Ossipee Fair, which will be jam-packed with events and activities. The fair will feature activities, exhibits, and demonstrations that honor rural New England's agriculture, livestock, and handicrafts. Hiram, Maine is an hour and twenty-five minutes from Augusta, two hours and twenty-five minutes from Bangor, and half an hour from Conway, New Hampshire.
Fun for the 4th in Maine
If you are looking for something fun to do on the 4th of July, Maine has you covered with many fun for all ages events going on. You can get out and enjoy a craft fair, a car show, or just enjoy some music. Here is a list of a few of the many events towns will be offering around the state. All events will take place on July 4th. Have a fun and safe 4th of July everyone!
Parades in Maine July 3rd and 4th
Maine will celebrate the Fourth of July with many parades. There will be boat parades, bike parades, dog parades, doll carriage parades, and even ATV parades. Come out and show your patriotism while enjoying one of these parades on the 3rd and 4th. If you do attend any of the parades and take pictures you can email them to me at email the Maine Writer with your name and the parade you attended, and I will showcase your photos in a future article about Maine's 4th of July celebrations. Have a safe and fun 4th of July everyone!
Houlton Agricultural Fair
The fair season rolls on in Maine with the Houlton Fair on July 2nd–4th. The first Houlton Fair was held in 1847, and the fair was granted state fair recognition by the Maine Department of Agriculture in the 1980s. The Houlton Fair has become a community tradition and is held every year on the Fourth of July weekend.
Pick your own strawberries
After a long Maine winter, we always look forward to the warm, sunny days of summer and the farm-fresh produce and vegetables offered at farms and farm stands around the state. June also brings us sweet, juicy strawberries, and with that comes picking your own berries. I am sharing some farms that are offering pick-your-own strawberries, but you need to act quickly because strawberry season only lasts about three weeks and is usually done by the middle of July.
Things to do in Maine on June 25th and 26th
Are you looking for something to do this weekend in Maine? The good news is that I have some events that will be happening this weekend for you to check out. Grab your shades, suntan lotion, and bug spray, and get ready to have some fun this weekend.
The Biggest Car Show in the PNW is This Weekend
At 5:30 am on Saturday, June 25th, cars will begin to line up along Greenwood Avenue North in Seattle. And not just any cars, but the coolest and oldest cars around. The iconic Greenwood Car Show doesn’t officially start until 8 am, but it takes a while to get hundreds of cars in place. All of the vehicles, from hot rods to ancient trucks, enter the street on 70th and start driving north. Eventually the parking fills up and then people get to work polishing their vehicles and setting up displays.
Maine Whoopie Pie Festival
One of Maine's favorite treats the whoopie pie will be celebrated this Saturday, June, 25 in Dover-Foxcroft at the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. While a whoopie pie is not a pie instead it is two soft rounds of cake with a creamy filling sandwiched between them. Whoopie pies come in many different flavors from chocolate to carrot cake and numerous other flavors. Bakers can get creative with whoopie pies and you can enjoy tasting the creativity at the whoopie pie festival. The festival is a pretty popular event and since it has not been held for two years due to the pandemic it's going to be a welcome event returning. There will also be vegan and gluten-free whoopie pies.
Fair season starts this week in Maine
It's that time of year with fairs in New England, and the small town of Monmouth starts the fair season off this week. Monmouth is a town with a population of 4,066 and holds the Monmouth Fair to educate and entertain the public on agricultural matters. The first Monmouth fair was held in 1907.
Kids Can Operate Heavy Machinery on Dozer Day
Dozer Day may be one of the most unique, hands-on, family-friendly events around. It’s no secret that kids love big trucks and construction zones, and this is the only place where they can spend a whole day both watching and operating them.