Festival and Events

Maine festivals Particularly in the summer and fall seasons there is a festival or event taking place in the Rockland/Camden area or nearby almost every weekend.  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.

JANUARY

15th Annual Pies on Parade Event
January 29, 2019 1-4pm
Rockland dubbed “Pie Town” by the Food Network celebrates National Pie Day (1/23) in a big way!  More than 45 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 $160,000 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. Tickets can now be purchased on line at www.historicinnsofrockland.com

FEBRUARY

29th US National Toboggan Championships
February 8-10, 2019
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 chili challenge and fireworks.  Great fun as a participant or just watching the show!

JUNE

Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge Weekend 
TBD Last Weekend June 2018
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 at the Berry Manor Inn or other Historic Inn of Rockland of your choice.

JULY

Festival of Independence
July 1 – July 8, 2018
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 from Islesboro to Rockland, with more than two dozen tall ships, is scheduled for 7/7 and includes fireworks and a Fabulous ‘50s antique car and airplane show at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.  The Berry Manor Inn also offers a special July 4th package.

Annual North Atlantic Blues Festival 
July 13-15th, 2018
The North Atlantic Blues Festival is now in its 25th year and although not the largest Blues Festival in the country it 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 Penobscot Bay!! This is an extremely popular event with many repeat customers, so book early to enjoy being walking distance to the event and the Saturday night pub-crawl.

71st Maine Lobster Festival
August 1st – August 5th, 2018
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 on site in the world’s largest lobster cooker.  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.

AUGUST

16th Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
August 10 – 12, 2018
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!

41st Annual New England Auto Auction
August 17th and August 18th, 2018
Come and bid or come and dream at the 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 18 -25, 2018
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…  A wonderful, old-fashioned community fair that is approaching 150 years of fun!

SEPTEMBER

Windjammer Festival and Labor Day
SAugust 31st – September 2nd, 2018
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.

Maine Open Lighthouse Day
September 8th, 2018
Coordinated by the US Coast Guard, the Annual Maine Open Lighthouse day will feature 22 lighthouses open to the public for tours. Many of these lighthouses are only open to the public on this day.  About 15 of the lighthouses are located in the Midcoast Maine region near the Berry Manor Inn. Your innkeeper can help you with directions and maps.

14th Annual Camden International Film Festival 
September 13-16, 2018
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.

2018 Pemaquid Oyster Festival 
September 30, 2018 12 noon to dusk
More than 10,000 oysters are served annually at this event to benefit the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. Held on the banks of the Damariscotta River at Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina. Other food options available. There is also an entertainment stage, educational exhibits and other locations. Noon to dusk, rain or shine.

OCTOBER

Maine Lobsterpalooza Cookoff Party  2018  10/14/18 at 1pm at the Rockland Elks. Sample and vote on lobster dishes by both professional and amateur chefs.

2018  Annual Damariscotta Great Pumpkin Festival 
The festival begins early in October with the great pumpkin weigh-ins, but the heart of the festival is really the following weekend 10/5-10/7, 2018  which will feature the pumpkin catapults for both distance and accuracy, the pumpkin drop and the ever popular Great Pumpkin regatta.

Fright at the Fort – Maine’s Scariest Halloween Adventure
October 12/13; October 19/20; October 26/27, 2018
Not for the faint of heart- named Maine’s scariest haunted house by DownEast Magazine!!  Offering haunted group tours through the dark and damp underground tunnels of Fort Knox for over 10,000 visitors! The theme for 2018 is Stephen King!

NOVEMBER

Festival of Lights Celebration
November 23rd and 24th, 2018
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. Enjoy the holiday house tour and Christmas Tree Auction to benefit the Rockland Public Library on Saturday, the 25th from 1-4pm (auction until 4:30).

DECEMBER

Christmas by the Sea
November 30th – December 2, 2018
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.