Top 7 Must-Attend Events: 2023 Southern Maine's Summer Spectacular

Top 7 Must-Attend Events: 2023 Southern Maine's Summer Spectacular

Summertime in Maine is a season of endless fun for all ages, coastal charm, and vibrant community celebrations. As the days grow longer and warmer, locals and visitors alike eagerly await the array of exciting events that capture the essence of this picturesque region. From lively festivals to outdoor film screenings, here's a roundup of the upcoming summer events in the Southern Maine region that should be on your calendar.


1. Yarmouth Clam Festival, July 21 - July 23

First on the list is the legendary Yarmouth Clam Festival, an annual extravaganza that celebrates Maine's rich maritime heritage. Taking place from July 21 - 23, this iconic event offers something for everyone. Whether you're a seafood lover, music enthusiast, or a fan of thrilling rides, the Yarmouth Clam Festival has it all. Indulge in mouthwatering clam chowder, fried clams and other delectable treats while enjoying live music performances, arts and crafts, an array of family-friendly activities, and a mesmerizing fireworks display. Don't miss the parade and the exciting clam shucking contest!




Photo courtesy of MOFF (Maine Outdoor Film Festival)

2. Maine Outdoor Film Festival, July 20 - July 30

Grab a lawn chair and a blanket because Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF) kicks off in Portland, Maine with a thrilling lineup of 96 films from national, international and Maine-based filmmakers celebrating outdoor adventure, conservation, and the arts. From July 20th to July 30th, experience 22 unique screenings at various indoor and outdoor venues across the city, including the scenic Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Eastern Promenade. Your ticket not only grants you access to incredible films but also supports a great cause, as a portion of MOFF's proceeds goes to benefit Teens To Trails, a non-profit connecting students to life-changing outdoor experiences. With the generous support of sponsors like ReVision Energy and Baxter Brewing, this year's MOFF promises to be an unforgettable event that combines the power of cinema with a commitment to the great outdoors.
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3. L.L.Bean's Summer in the Park, July 4 - September 3

Immerse yourself in nature and embrace the scenic beauty of Maine at L.L.Bean's Summer in the Park a series of free events held at Discovery Park in Freeport. From July 4 - September 3, you can join a wide range of activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga sessions, and hiking adventures all guided by experienced instructors who ensure your safety and create unforgettable memories.  Not one for the outdoor recreational adventures? Then you'll love the free concerts in the park, featuring an impressive lineup all summer long of talented musicians like Melissa Etheridge and Scotty McCreery. Get ready to embrace the summer vibes and make the most of this sensational event!




Photo courtesy of Ann Kaplan Photography

4. TD Beach to Beacon 10K, Kids' Fun Run, High School Mile, Beacon Walk, Run & Roll, August 4 - August 5

Join or spectate the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, Kids' Fun Run, High School Mile and Beacon Walk, Run & Roll, four exhilarating race events that celebrates athleticism, community, inclusivity, and stunning coastal views! Founded by Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, TD Beach to Beacon 10K attracts runners from all over the world. This iconic race involves a picturesque 6.2-mile course that starts at Crescent Beach State Park and finishes at Portland Head Light, one of Maine's most famous lighthouses. Children 12 years or younger can compete in the Kids' Fun Run race event happening on August 4th. Beacon Walk, Run & Roll is a race that is open to ALL no matter the abilities. High School Mile is a race that showcases Maine’s top high school athletes with graduation dates of 2023-2025. There's still time to register! See details here.


5. Gray Wild Blueberry Festival, August 12

Calling all blueberry lovers! Get ready to indulge in the sweet and tangy flavors of Maine's beloved fruit at the Wild Blueberry Festival in Gray. This exciting event celebrates the vibrant culture and bountiful harvest of wild blueberries. With something for all ages, the festival promises a day of fun and entertainment. Kids can enjoy engaging activities, while adults can explore a diverse array of over 40 artisans, crafters, community groups, and local businesses. Immerse yourself in the delightful world of wild blueberries, from mouthwatering treats to captivating displays, at the Wild Blueberry Festival in Gray.




6. Great Falls Balloon Festival, August 18 - August 20

Prepare for a breathtaking spectacle as colorful hot air balloons take to the skies at the Great Falls Balloon Festival. From August 18-20, this beloved event in Lewiston-Auburn promises a mesmerizing experience for all ages. Marvel at the sight of the vibrant balloons as they ascend into the air, creating a kaleidoscope of colors against the picturesque backdrop of the Androscoggin River. Enjoy live entertainment, craft vendors, and delicious food offerings, making it a perfect outing for the whole family. Don't miss the magical "moon glow" at dusk on Friday, August 18th when the balloons ascend and light up the night sky, casting a spellbinding ambiance.




7. Cumberland Fair, September 24 - September 30

Prepare for an authentic slice of Maine's agricultural heritage at the Cumberland Fair. Taking place from September 24-30, this beloved event attracts thousands of visitors each year. Delight in the sights, sounds, and flavors of traditional fair festivities, including thrilling amusement rides, live entertainment, farm animal exhibits, and delectable fair food. Explore the vibrant midway, test your skills at classic carnival games, and don't forget to indulge in a mouthwatering corndog, fried dough or cotton candy treat. The Cumberland Fair promises wholesome fun for all ages.


Summer in Southern Maine is filled with opportunities for unforgettable experiences. From the Yarmouth Clam Festival to L.L.Bean's Summer in the Park, the Cumberland Fair, the Maine Outdoor Film Festival, TD Beach to Beacon 10K, Gray Wild Blueberry Festival, and the Great Falls Balloon Festival you can experience a diverse range of activities that capture the spirit of the region. Whether you're a local resident or planning a summer getaway, these events promise to create cherished memories and highlight the unique charm of Cumberland County. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready to make the most of this summer season! 


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