Best Summer Festivals near Searsport ME

As you plan your summer getaway, you’ll want to include the best summer festivals near Searsport, ME. Summertime in Maine is like traveling back to the best days of the summer of your youth. Picture bicycling down an idyllic Main Street, staying up late to watch the blinking fireflies, and returning every year for your favorite fair or festival. It’s like summer camp crossed with a super-sized banana split of awesome. No question, you will definitely want to visit Maine in the summer.

First, you will want to book your stay at the Captain Nickels Inn! You can play like a kid all day, and come back to grownup comfort and relaxation–a perfect combination! Take a deep breath and dive into summer fun; where else will you find concerts, birding, blueberries, duck races, and lobster! But if you prefer fall or another season, we have compiled a great list of seasonal local events for your convenience.

Festivals in June

Acadia Birding Festival

Date: June 1 – 4, 2023
Time: Thur 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Fri 5:30 am – 8:00 pm, Sat 6:00 am – midnight, Sun 6:00 am – 5:30 pm
Location: American Legion Building, 22 Village Green, Southwest Harbor

Join fellow bird enthusiasts for the 24th annual festival in Acadia. There are dozens of field trips, including a Pelagic Seabird Boat Trip, lectures, and workshops. Registration is required in advance, and a parking pass to Acadia National Park is required for some field trips.

Jazz in June

Date: June 16 – 17, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843

This year’s lineup features a “Women in Jazz” night, featuring Grace Kelly Group and Staci Greisbach, as well as a special appearance; “An Evening with Bill Frisell.” There are free concerts on Friday and Saturday featuring the UMaine Jazz Ensemble and other Maine artists.  Enjoy a pre-show jazz receptions at Zoot Coffee on Saturday morning.  Tickets are available at

Bucksport Pride

Date: June 2023
Location: Bucksport Waterfront Walkway, Bucksport

Although Bucksport supports a month-long celebration of affirmation and dignity, they also have a one-day party with music, food, speakers, and vendors.

Arts in the Park

Date: June 24 & 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Steamboat Landing Park, 34 Commercial St, Belfast

Returning for its 27th year, Belfast’s Arts in the Park is well known for its arts and fine crafts. The location is jaw-dropping, right on the water’s edge, which will make
everything taste, sound, and look even better. There will be more than six live music acts to enjoy throughout the weekend.


Festivals in July

4th of July -Searsport

Although many neighboring communities have parades and fireworks, we like our local Searsport celebration. Awesome fireworks, a great parade, and morning donuts followed by an evening barbecue. You can even book a 4th of July 2023 cruise in Searsport.

Bucksport Bay Festival

Date: July 22,2023
Location: Various, downtown Bucksport, including the Marina

Local 4th of July celebration includes a boat parade, pageant, fireworks, and maybe a rubber duck race.

Maine International Film Festival

Date: July 7 – 16, 2023
Location: 3 movie theaters in Waterville, including a drive-in

Here is your chance to see some of the 100 films spotlighting independent and international filmmakers.

Orrington Old Home Week

Date: July 14 – 23, 2023
Location: Various sites around Orrington

Happy 235th Birthday, Orrington! Multiple old-time activities highlight this weeklong celebration that includes a huge yard sale, scavenger hunt, ice cream social, and ships sailing on the Penobscot River. It’s a celebration of Orrington’s rich heritage

Maine Celtic Celebration

Date: July 21 – 23, 2023
Location: Adjacent parks of Steamboat Landing and Belfast Common in downtown Belfast

The Maine Celtic Celebration is a mecca for fans of Outlander, all things Scottish, and all-around fun! Three days of Highland Heavy Games, Cheese Rolling, Kilt Competitions, food, music, and a Kilted 5K Race! Plan for an amazing time.

Union Fair and Blueberry Festival

Date: July 23 – 30, 2023
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (approximate)
Location: Fairgrounds Ln, Union

Continuously running since 1869, this annual fair has everything from oxen pulling, 4H competitions, music, and of course, food. If you are an aficionado of the blueberry, do not miss July 28 – Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Day!


Festivals in August

Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland

Date: August 2 – 6, 2023
Time: Wed Noon – 10:00 pm, Thu – Sat 8:30 am – 11:30 pm, Sun 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Location: Free parking with shuttle at 30 Broadway

There will be over 20,000 pounds of lobster served at this world-renowned festival! Aside from the lobster, you can enjoy a huge parade, a sea goddess coronation, great musical artists, crafts, and an international crate race. You won’t want to miss this!

Camden Summer Sounds:  The Right Track

Date: Sundays in August
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnstown Rd.

Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic and enjoy a free show.  Each week features a different genre.  Presented by the Camden Opera House.

Belfast Harbor Fest and Boat Show

Date: August 18 – 20, 2023
Time: Sat 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Steamboat Landing and Commercial Park, Belfast

This is a celebration of boating. There is a boat-building competition, a classic boat show, a cardboard boat competition, a 5K, shipyard tours, the 23rd annual regatta, music, food, kids activities, and a lobster gala.

Bucksport Arts Festival

Date: August
Location: Downtown Bucksport

Tour downtown Bucksport and see works of talented artists and fine crafters.


A Stay at Captain Nickels Inn

As you can see, no matter when you choose to visit us at Captain Nickels Inn this summer, one of the best summer festivals near Searsport, ME will be going on! Grab your calendar, your family, and friends, and plan a trip to Maine. Don’t wait too long, during the summer months our rooms book quickly! Check availability now.


Published: March 2023



And we can’t wait to share it with you!  With so much to do, one night is never enough. Stay two or more nights and enjoy a discounted stay.  No code needed – it is automatically applied when you book direct.


Want a little extra room? Our newest room, renovated in 2023, is the Willard Room. It is located on the third floor with partial water views, a separate sitting room, and a jetted walk-in shower.