Particularly in the summer and fall seasons there is a festival or event taking place in the Rockland/Camden area or nearby. There are celebrations to honor Pumpkins, Cheese, Local Farms, Maple Syrup, Oysters, Pies, Mushrooms, Blueberries and of course the Lobster Festival to celebrate our favorite foods. Windjammers, Blues, Toboggans, Lighthouses, Arts, Wineries, Films, Pirates just to name a few of the other honorees for events. Needless to say this is only a partial list of the larger or more notable Maine festivals and events in the area that surrounds our Rockland, ME lodging.
10th Annual Pies on Parade
January 25-26, 2014
Rockland dubbed “Pie Town” by the Food Network celebrates National Pie Day (1/23) in a big way! More than 40 types of sweet and savory pies are served at over 20 different inns, restaurants and businesses to ticket holders as a fundraiser for our local food pantry. To date more than $63,000 has been raised. It is a great event for a great cause. Check out our 1 and 2 day packages but book early we sell out early.
24th US National Toboggan Championships
February 7-9, 2014
The Camden Snow Bowl is host for the country’s only wooden toboggan race. Over 400 teams participate in this fun two-day event that includes individual, duos and team races; costume contests; a chilli challenge and fireworks. Great fun as a participant or just watching the show!
Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge Weekend -
June 29 – 30, 2013
This is one of two weekends that many of the lighthouses in the Midcoast Maine region are all open to the public to go inside. You will have the opportunity to visit seven lighthouses over the two day event; take a sunset cruise on Friday night to see six total lighthouses (4 only visible from the water); enjoy tales from a lighthouse keeper’s daughter on Saturday night and with the completion of your “lighthouse passport” be entered in a drawing for a free two-night stay.
Festival of Independence
July 1 – July 7, 2013
All of the local communities share in the celebration with several different fireworks displays available for viewing on land or on a schooner, community chicken BBQ, parades and outdoor concerts. Additionally, the Great Schooner Race with more than two dozen tall ships is scheduled for 7/5 and a Fabulous ‘50s antique car and airplane show at the Owls Head Transportation Museum (7/6 & 7/7).
19th Annual North Atlantic Blues Festival -
July 12-14th, 2013
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is now in its 19th year and although not the largest Blues Festival in the country is considered to be one of the best. Enjoy a remarkably talented line up of head liners and up and coming musicians while looking out over the beautiful Penobscoat Bay!!
66th Maine Lobster Festival
July 31- August 4, 2013
Five days of fun dedicated to celebrating Maine’s famous crustacean – the lobster! The festival opens with King Neptune and his sea hags coming from the sea with a Coast Guard escort of course!! The eating tent serves freshly caught single, double and triple lobster dinners from noon to closing cooked in the world’s largest lobster cooker on premise. There are also other seafood and festival foods available; a crafts tent; marine tent; carnival games and rides; entertainment; lobster crate races; lobster cook offs and much more including a fabulous community parade on Saturday morning. Sunday is community day with free admission.
11th Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
August 9 – 11, 2013
This is the only in-water boat and home show which features local boat builders, craftsman, designers, cabinet makers and artists. Great Maine food, demonstrations and Sunday is the World Championship Boatyard Dog contest where one of the rules requires dog and owner to go into the water!
34th Annual New England Auto Auction
August 17, 2013
Come and bid or come and dream at the 34th Annual New England Auto Auction at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Up to 200 antique, classic and special-interest vehicles are on the block.
Union Fair and Blueberry Festival
August 17 -24, 2013
This week long agricultural fair salutes the Blueberry – Maine’s Wild Blueberry that is! There are animals, tractor pulls, greased pig contests, music, carnival rides and everything blueberry – blueberry pies, muffins, breads, ice cream, etc…
Windjammer Festival and Labor Day
August 30 – September 1, 2013
Celebrate the unofficial end of the summer season with a three-day weekend celebrating Midcoast Maine’s maritime history. All of the schooners will be in harbor for tours, the crew’s vie for bragging rights at the talent show, there are pirates, maritime history booths and fireworks! Book early on one of the day sailers to be out in the open water with all of the windjammers. End the weekend at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s vintage motorcycle and antique airplane show.
2nd Annual Lobsterpalooza
September 8-14th, 2013
Join us in the Midcoast Maine to celebrate and support the lobstering community. There will be lobster cash mobs, voting for the best lobster roll, lobster dish, specials throughout the area featuring lobster and on Saturday, August 14th enjoy a “Lobster in the Street” party as Rockland’s downtown will be closed to vehicular traffic and local restaurants will serve up their favorite lobster dishes. There will be music, dancing and a “lobstacle” course.
Camden International Film Festival & VinFest Weekend
September 26-29, 2013
Camden International Film Festival includes a weekend of screenings of films and takes place in Camden, Rockland and Rockport throughout the weekend including receptions and parties to celebrate the event.
VinFest 2013 takes place on 9/28 from 11-5pm at the Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville to celebrate the grape crush. Guided tours, tastings, food and wine pairings, cooking demonstrations and other fun events for all ages.
Festival of Lights Celebration
November 29 – December 1, 2013
Start the Holiday season right at Rockland’s Festival of Lights Celebration. Santa arrives by Coast Guard boat, the famous lobster trap tree lighting, Festival of Lights parade and a holiday house tour.
Christmas by the Sea
December 6-8th, 2013
The Holiday celebrations continue in the Rockland/Camden area with the Christmas by the Sea celebration. Parade, community tree lighting, entertainment, business open houses and holiday sales take place throughout the downtown area.