June is full of festivals celebrating Portland’s Old Port, bluegrass music, local beer and local wine. Check out some sweet rides during Corvette Weekend, celebrate historic preservation on Peaks Island and buy some art in Saco.
Old Port Festival
Sunday, June 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This annual one-day festival in the heart of downtown Portland includes live music on four stages through the Old Port, Maine-made arts and crafts, food, drink and the Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel by DiMillo’s on the Water. The festival kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. Rain or shine. (portlandmaine.com/old-port-festival)
Back to the Beach Corvette Weekend
June 8–10, Old Orchard Beach
Car show June 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Old Orchard St.
Hundreds of Corvette lovers converge in Old Orchard Beach during this annual weekend event that culminates in a parade of American muscle cars on Saturday. Stay for an overnight or two and enjoy all the fun ’n sun of OOB, plus classic cars. (Full schedule at back2thebeach.net)
Maine Women’s Ride
Sunday, June 10, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rides begin and end at Discovery Park, L.L.Bean, Freeport
This fundraiser for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine celebrates women who bike. Route options (10, 25, 50 or 62 miles) follow quiet roads with beautiful views of the Maine coast and countryside. There are rest stops, healthy snacks and support vehicles along the way. Back at Discovery Park, you’ll be welcomed with music, lunch and a party! (Info and register at mainewomensride.com)
Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival
June 13–17 and Aug. 22–26
Litchfield Fairgrounds, 30 Plains Road, Litchfield
If you love banjos, fiddles and those high, lonesome harmonies of bluegrass bands, check out this family-friendly bluegrass festival, with local bands from all over the world coming to Maine in June and again in August. Come for the day or bring your RV or tent and set up camp for the whole festival. (blisteredfingers.com)
Launch! A Maritime Festival
Throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel
Fresh local seafood, nautical history and a variety of events throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel celebrate the community’s rich maritime history—one that continues to this day. Highlights include the Sailors & Sirens 5K, Captain’s Cook-Off, Lobster Bake, Rock the Boat after-party and the River Lights Boat Parade. (Schedule and tickets at gokennebunks.com)
Native Plants Sale at Maine Audubon
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth
If you want native plants, shrubs and trees for your yard, Maine Audubon’s annual native plants sale makes it easy. This one-day event brings together more than 40 species of local plants from state and regional vendors, as well as gardeners, wildlife specialists and other experts to help get you started in creating a naturally beautiful landscape. (207–781–2330; maineaudubon.org)
Portland Wine Week
Multiple locations in Portland
From the casual wine lover to the serious oenophile, this week of world-class wine, learning experiences and award-winning food is the way to toast to a beautiful summer. Activities include pairing and performance events, wine dinners, tastings, classes and seminars, special menus and other happenings that feature vino. (Full schedule at portlandwineweek.me)
Greater Portland Landmarks Gala on Peaks
Friday, June 22, 6–10 p.m.
Greenwood Gardens, Peaks Island
Celebrate historic preservation with Greater Portland Landmarks as the nonprofit raises awareness for the Peaks Island Amusement District (1880-1930)—one of its Places in Peril sites. Join the fun in “rusticator style” for a boat ride, live music, open oyster and cocktail bars, a lobster feast and live and silent auctions. ($125; portlandlandmarks.org/events/gala-2018)
Saco Sidewalk Arts Fest
Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Main Street, Saco
More than 75 artists and craftsmen display a rich variety of artwork photography and sculpture at this one-day event in the heart of historic downtown Saco. Head on down to Main Street for a day of food, art, music and fun. Parking is available at the Saco Transportation Center (train station), less than a block from the festival. (sacomainstreet.org)
4th Annual Allagash Street Fair
Saturday, June 23, 1–6 p.m.
Allagash Brewing Company, Industrial Way, Portland
Spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon drinking Belgian-inspired beer and listening to live music with a couple thousand other craft beer lovers. Buy tickets in advance, as this event tends to sell out ($20 for 21+, $10 for ages 13–20, free for 12 and under). Rain or shine. (eventbrite.com)
Yoga in the Outfield
Sunday, June 24, 10–11:15 a.m.
Hadlock Field, Portland
Find your zen at pre-game yoga class on the outfield, then watch the Sea Dogs play the Trenton Thunder at 1 p.m. Bring your own mat and enjoy a yoga experience that’s accessible for all ages and levels. Limited to the first 100 to purchase yoga-and-game tickets ($15 each). Bring a (non-stuffed) toy to donate to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. (207–879–9500; seadogs.com)
This three-day annual festival includes a Moxie Recipe Contest and a Moxie Chugging Challenge as well as a 1950s dance party with sock hop band Jessi & the Cruisers. The New England Moxie Congress convenes here with a car show and a lobster dinner. (Full schedule at moxiefestival.com)
The Dance Mile
Saturday, July 14, 4–7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park, Portland
Nothing can put a spring in your step quite like The Dance Mile. You get a bib number just like you’re running a race, but then all you have to do is get down, get down, get down…down the streets of Portland. The joy is contagious. (Info and tickets at thedancemile.com)
Yarmouth Clam Festival
Main Street, Yarmouth
Fried clams, lime rickeys and homemade pie! Fantastic food served by dozens of nonprofits is just one of the highlights of this summertime classic festival, which includes a parade Friday night, fireworks Saturday night, road races, live music on three stages, arts-and-crafts shows, a white elephant sale and the carnival on the midway. (clamfestival.com)
Casco Days Park, 948 Meadow Road, Casco Village
Casco Days is a small-town carnival in the Lakes Region with roots going back to 1935. There are fireworks on Thursday night, a children’s parade on Saturday night and the Casco Village Church Supper on Sunday night followed by Rick Charette & the Bubble Gum Band. (Full schedule at cascodays.com)