Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Located in the communities surrounding Acadia National Park, the Acadia Night Sky Festival features many art, music, science, poetry, and stargazing events. Here the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi. As the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receives national recognition, Maine is increasingly referred to as someplace “that still has stars.” Discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights. Activities include a Star Party on Cadillac Mountain and a Bioluminescent Night Paddle, an evening paddling about Castine Harbor, a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for glow-in-the-dark water organisms.
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The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation join together for this annual celebration of Maine lighthouses. More than 20 lighthouses along the Maine coast will be open to visitors on this day. It’s a great family event!
BikeMaine, a project of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, is a 7-day, 350-mile fully supported group ride designed to be a celebration of Maine people, places, culture and food. Riders bike about 55-60 miles a day, and camp overnight in host communities that have been working hard to provide the best in activities, entertainment and local food the town has to offer. For details on this year’s route, please see our website.
Every year on the first weekend after Labor Day, St Peter’s Church holds its annual Apple Festival. Craft vendors from all over the Northeast set up tents on the historical Monroe Green to sell everything from doll clothes to jewelry to woodcrafts. There are games for kids, tons of great food and baked goods, and apples, apples, apples!
One of the four largest in-water boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show features both power and sail on fifteen acres along America’s Cup Ave. with 850 exhibitors and more. Newport is renowned as one of the world’s best sailing destinations.
Celebrate the fall season at The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast celebrating 100 years in 2016. For 17 days during New England’s most colorful season, enjoy free top-name entertainment, major exhibits, The Big E Super Circus, rides, shopping, crafts, parades, and foods from around the world. Take a stroll along the Avenue of States and see impressive replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. Take a step inside and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes and of quintessential New England.