Festivals & Events Calendar for the Region
Coastal Washington County, Maine & Charlotte County, N.B.
Coastal Maine's Washington County and New Brunswick's Charlotte County are host to a variety of annual festivals and events throughout the year. Also check out our Local Events and Exhibits pages for events in Cutler, Lubec, Trescott, and Whiting, Maine and Campobello Island, N.B.
Cultural Passport to the rich cultural heritage and artistic life, listing events and exhibitions by location, date and type for the Greater Passamaquoddy Region.
A vibrant hub of activity Down East, offering workshops, classes, and events year-round; space for community groups to meet; an experiential program for high school students; and a lodge that can accommodate up to fifty people for longer classes or retreats.
The Garcelon Civic Center in the Town of St. Stephen provides a full range of health, wellness, and cultural services to residents and businesses with a NHL sized ice arena, walking & jogging track, swimming and fitness center, conference center, canteen, catering and pro shop.
Bass fishing tournaments April into October throughout Washington County, Maine.
Free concerts by faculty Wednesdays at 7:30 PM at the Lubec, Maine, Congregational Christian Church during the SummerKeys music vacation workshop schedule mid-June through August.
Mid-June through mid-September, short bilingual (French-English) ranger talks about events that took place during the short-lived, but historically important, settlement (8 miles south of Calais, Maine).
June - October, monthly riding events (gymkhanas, horse shows, trail ride benefits, etc,) throughout Washington County, Maine.
Six concerts featuring internationally known artists Tuesday evenings July into August at 7:30 PM in the Centre Street Congregational Church, in Machias, Maine. Fee.
Get a (weather dependent) boat ride to the island for Little River Lighthouse Open House in July and August - different dates each year, depending on tides.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sliding, tote sled rides, horse drawn sleigh, and nature walks are just a few of the activities that you can participate in. Ski and snowshoe trailer for free loans. 4th Saturday in January.
This elegant, candle-lit buffet, usually the first Saturday in February, is made possible by the contributions of many enthusiastic cooks of ethnic food dishes inspired by cuisine from all parts of the world. Admission to the dinner is half price if accompanied by an ethnic dish.
Valentine weekend Saturday at the Pottle Tree Farm in Perry, Maine to support families caring for children with congenital heart defects. Cross-country ski race, open trails, skating, snowshoeing, sledding, hiking, labyrinth walk, igloo making, ice fishing and Fireside Potluck.
Last Saturday in February in St. George, New Brunswick at Magaguadavic Place - 10 Jospinney Drive. Enjoy snow sculpting, a snowman contest and other outdoor activities, plus some indoor games and wonderful performances!
Fried smelts, coleslaw, rolls, organic blueberry cobbler and drinks plus a tour of the Wild Salmon Resource Center, the Pleasant River Hatchery, the Heritage Fish Camp with venison/moose stew, and fisheries displays.
A celebration of two great fish migrations - the Atlantic salmon smolt, and the river herring - by the Downeast Salmon Federation, followed by refreshments, including whole-smoked alewives, or Bloaters.
Over the Memorial Day long weekend, based in Washington County Maine, sponsored by the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and the Cobscook Community Learning Center, this birding festival offers a variety of habitats from ocean islands to boreal forests to a food-rich "staging area" for migrating birds.
Held at the University of Maine at Machias on the weekend closest to June 12th to celebrate the Battle of the Margaretta, first Naval Battle of the American Revolution, with a 10 AM parade, soldier re-enactors and period food, demonstrations and activities and games for children,
Between Lubec, Maine and Campobello, New Brunswick. Runners say it is one of the toughest, but most beautiful! Held on the 4th Sunday in June.
July 1st, celebrated throughout Charlotte County.
Always held on Canada Day, July 1st, sponsored by the Passamaquoddy Yacht Club, this sailing race begins off Eastport and ends at St. Andrews with a barbacue at the St. Andrews Yacht Club.
4th of July, Independence Day
4th of July celebrated throughout Washington County.
1st Saturday after July 4th. Admire the candy-striped lighthouse with tours of the tower by the U.S.Coast Guard! Live music, food vendors, raffles, etc., in beautiful Quoddy Head State Park overlooking the easternmost point in the continental U.S., Sail Rock.
Participants come to Iota on Campobello Island, to study all forms of short prose writing, including essays, prose poems, short stories, flash fiction and nonfiction, micro essays, and much more.
Three days of festival activities - an antique car show, a Day Adventure Centre, Little People's Parade, seniors' tea, corn boil, duck race, four person golf scramble, Festival Fun Run, and tennis tournament - wrap up with fireworks.
Two day sailing race, sponsored by the Passamaquoddy Yacht Club in the middle of July past many of Passamaquoddy area's historic lighthouses to Grand Manan's Swallowtail light and back.
Celebrate New Brunswick Day at the end of July into beginning of August in the village of Grand Harbour with an island fishermen's competition, crafts, music events, awards presentations, a comedy evening, fire engine pull, lobster supper and a parade! Each year has a different theme.
Three to five days of free art and music throughout the island to celebrate New Brunswick Day (first Monday in August).
Sponsored by the Passamaquoddy Yacht Club in early August, this sailing race is held within the Johnson’s Bay, Friar’s Bay, Friar’s Roads and Cobscook Bay area depending on weather conditions.
In early August celebrate shellfish in a clam shell throwing contest, boat ride around Western Bay, education and craft activities for children, a clam-shucking demonstration, a touch tank with local sea critters, music and locally prepared food.
Annual two-day sailing race sponsored by the Passamaquoddy Yacht Club includes a Saturday race for the Eleanor Cup and a Sunday race for the Franklin Cup held in the bay at Welshpool opposite the Roosevelt Park.
The Passamaquoddy tribe holds a three-day Indian Days celebration each August (Grand finale is always on the 2nd Sunday of August) at Sipayik (Pleasant Point).
Family friendly events, activities, demonstrations and entertainment to celebrate the unique relationship between the two border towns separated by the St. Croix River.
Would you like to be inducted into the Chocolate Lovers' Society or be declared the Chocolate Lover of the Year? This week long celebration of chocolate will delight your senses as well as your funny bone.
Centre Street Congregational Church, rolls out the blue carpet each third weekend in August with a new musical, an all-day flea market on Friday, over 250 crafters Sat & Sun, and free outdoor, musical entertainment, contests, raffles, and all things blueberry.
Annual Blackfly Ball
Held at the historic Machias Valley Grange & Cultural Center at the height of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, the annual Blackfly Ball is a riotous celebration of community and history near Bad Little Falls.
Held at the Pembroke Trotting Association Fair Grounds located on Old County Road in Pembroke, with Trotter/Pacer races, New England style music, crafts, demonstrations, horse demos in ring, food, and children's area.
Celebrate music and the arts as well as the closing of the summer season at the seaside Galloway's restaurant grounds with a wide range of performers, in an intimate outdoor setting, just steps away from the ocean. Bring your own chairs and suitable clothing (umbrellas?), and be ready to be entertained!
Hosted by the Downeast Amateur Astronomers at the Cobscook Bay State Park, Edmunds for the Friday and Saturday closest to the new moon. Solar and evening observation, astronomy games and talks. FMI, call Charlie Sawyer at 207-214-1846.
An island in the middle of the Bay of Fundy with its own ecosystem and an inviting rest stop for migrating birds... what more could birders ask for? With a wide array of activities, guided tours, and talks by experts this festival promises world class birding in Grand Manan!
Labor Day weekend, filled with activities, features the Salmon Sunday meal. Eat under the big tent at a table surrounded by friends, neighbors and visitors and look up at the unsurpassed view of the bay.
Celebrate the weekend after Labor Day with a parade, a top-name band, fireworks display and a costume ball.
An annual event, which occurs on the second Saturday of September each year, offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb the towers of and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights. It is an additional opportunity to tour the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Tower!
Lubec Harvest Howl
End of September celebrates with hayrides, food and craft vendors, raffles, face painting, horseshoe tournament, live music, pie eating contest, pumpkin decorating contest and the bake-it, veg-it and craft-it contests, games and music on Water Street in historic downtown Lubec.
Held at the Ganong Nature Park, 6 miles from St. Stephen, the fair provides an entertaining and fun celebration of rural living with three days of exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, games, activities and lots of food. Starts the second weekend in September.
1st Saturday of October 9-1, a real Downeast fair not to be missed with over 90 vendors selling everything and it is FUN!
This celebration on the first weekend in October features live music, poetry, arts, crafts, food and wares. All are welcome, participation is encouraged, and admission is free! Open to all Crafters, Food sellers, Musicians, Poets and Story-tellers.
Indulge in the finest cuisine New Brunswick has to offer and experience authentic Fundy Coastal hospitality in St. Andrews by-the-Sea.
On the second weekend in October at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, Ricefest is filled with music, arts, artisans, food, and celebration with school field trips Friday and lunch by the Masons and children’s games and activities on Saturday.
Watch as a giant red Maple Leaf is lowered at 12 midnight Atlantic time (11:00 pm Eastern) and at 12 midnight Eastern time as an 8 foot Sardine is dropped to Eastport's downtown Bank Square from the third story of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art building to celebrate the arrival of the New Year in Campobello and Eastport!
Extravaganza parade of boats, floats, lobsters and Santas lit up for fun for all ages!