- May 25–26
- Spring Art Fair
Island Arts Association Spring Fair in Bar Harbor.
- May 30–June 2
- Acadia Birding Festival
Find your birds in the natural beauty of Acadia National Park and environs.
- June 2
- Acadia Half Marathon
Half marathon through one of America's best national parks. Sponsored by the MDI YMCA.
- July 4
- Bar Harbor's Independence Day celebration
Voted the #1 top Fourth of July celebrations in America by the Today Show, and recognized by National Geographic as one of the top ten in the U.S. as well. The day is capped by fantastic fireworks near the Bass Cottage Inn.
- July 13–14
- North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland ME
One of the best outdoor blues festivals on the East Coast, in nearby Rockland (about a 2 hour drive away).
- August 15-17
- Ellsworth Antiques Show, Woodlawn, Ellsworth ME
A significant antiques event in nearby Ellsworth at the Woodlawn Museum.
- August 17–18
- Island Arts Association Craft Fair, Southwest Harbor ME
See crafts created by artists of Mount Desert Island and nearby islands off the coast.
- August 23–25
- American Folk Festival, Bangor ME
THE major folk music event in the country, about 45 miles away on the Bangor Waterfront along the Penobscot River.
- August 31–September 1
- Island Arts Association Weekend Fair in the Park
Major in town art event just steps from the Bass Cottage Inn.
- September 25–29
- Acadia Night Sky Festival
With the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receiving national attention, Maine is increasingly being referred to as one place “that still has stars.”
One of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard, featuring a full schedule of events. With workshops, nationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Help us celebrate the starlit skies of Downeast Maine through education, science and the arts.
- October 12
- Downtown Oktoberfest, Southwest Harbor ME
Show your gemundlichtkeit. In nearby Southwest Harbor.
- October 20
- MDI Marathon and Half Marathon
One of the USA's most competitve and beautiful running events.
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