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Below are some of our area's most popular events that are sure to entertain individuals, couples or the entire family. On your next visit to Camden, be sure to make 16 Bay View your home away from home as you enjoy what our mid-coast region has to offer, year-round.
Coming off their Drama Desk nominated show Le Jazz Hot, virtuoso saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson return to Bay Chamber to explore the musical context and hits of big band legend Duke Ellington. Prepare to dive into the sultry sounds of Kansas City, New Orleans, and Harlem that shaped the sound of American Music for generations to come. Peter and Will, along with guitarist Alex Wintz re-imagine Ellington’s Take the ‘A’ Train, Mood Indigo, Single Petal of a Rose, Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing and other hits by Duke Ellington and his contemporaries. For tickets and more information, click here.
Calling all auto enthusiasts of all ages! Dust off that classic, antique or special interest car and start the season with an epic excursion through Midcoast Maine. This inaugural spring event invites classic car owners to dust off their vehicles and hit the road! After gathering at OHTM, participants will spend the day exploring a specially curated scenic route, stopping at iconic locations in beautiful Midcoast. For more info, visit owlshead.org.
Local groups are joining together to throw a festival of independence party with music, parades, fireworks, and breathtaking natural beauty. Make a long weekend of it and celebrate in style. Watch a spectacular community-financed fireworks display over Camden Harbor on the evening of July 4th to honor our heritage and our history.
Over 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in scenic Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. Stroll around the different vendor tents and shop for unique art and crafts while enjoying the view. For more information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at 207-236-4404 or visit Camden Harbor Arts.
The North Atlantic Blues Festival, one of the more prestigious festivals on the East Coast will run for two days, July 14 and 15, 2018. The event will be held at the popular festival site, Harbor Park in Rockland, Maine, overlooking picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music will be featured on the Main Stage. For details or to purchase tickets, visit the North Atlantic Blues Festival.
Spend an idyllic summer evening of dining and dancing to live music as the sun sets over the vineyard at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville. Trillium Catering will be providing a decadent family style dinner; and stay tuned for the surprise live music entertainment. This event is always a show-stopper and something not to be missed! Visit mainewine.com for tickets and more info.
Join Cellardoor for a World Fair inspired afternoon in the Vineyard and enjoy carnival games, live music, local foods, brews and of course, Cellardoor wine. This year’s musical acts include Maine’s very own party band, Wavelength; singer-songwriter Judith Hill; Jamaican-American reggae singer-songwriter Anita Antoinette; and Grammy winner, Aaron Neville. Be sure to commemorate the day in the Maine Photo Camper photobooth! Visit mainewine.com for tickets and more info.
What do you get when you mix nine tents, the world's greatest lobster cooker, a sea goddess, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, US Navy ship tours, all you can eat pancakes, professional and amateur cooking contests, marine heritage, road races, kids events, and over 20,000 pounds of lobster? The Maine Lobster Festival! For more informations, visit The Maine Lobster Festival.
If you love the coast of Maine, you won't want to miss this high-summer event! Each year we gather Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time, so you can meet them in person. For more info, visit maineboats.com/boatshow.
The 2018 Union Fair will be a great week of family fun and entertainment! There will be contests, live music, harness racing, the Wine Pavilion, fireworks, the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Coronation, 2 Demolition Derbys, exhibits, food, demonstrations & shows, the Midway, 4-H, Laser Tag, lots of food, the Matthews Museum, High Flying Frisbee Dogs, the pulling, new for 2017 Lawnmower Drag Racing and more at the 146th Union Fair! For more info, visit unionfair.org.
Join us in the Vineyard for Havana Nights, an elegant evening featuring a multi-course plated meal prepared by the talented team at Trillium Caterers and live entertainment. We’re thrilled to be welcoming the angelic voice of Leela James and look forward to meeting you on the dance floor with our pals, Matchmaker. Visit mainewine.com for more info.
At Sip, Eat, Dance on August 25th, that’s precisely what we’ll do. Sip. Eat. Dance! Your all-inclusive ticket includes passed apps, food and beverage pairing stations, and interactive food demonstrations presented by the fantastic Trillium Catering team. Dance it all off with our favorite band from Texas, Matchmaker! For more info, visit www.mainewine.com
Every Labor Day weekend, Camden hosts a windjammer celebration of maritime heritage. Throughout the day on Friday, Schooners from around Maine sail in and dock in our harbor—whether you’re a boat lover or not, it’s a spectacular site. After nightfall, fireworks officially kick off the weekend, and festivities continue throughout. For more information, visit www.camdenwindjammerfestival.org
The Camden International Film Festival returns to the midcoast for its 15th season. The festival will once again shine the spotlight on works that show dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. All films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice. For more information, click here.
The Common Ground Country Fair attracts about 60,000 people each year for three days and since 1998 has been held on more than 250 acres of farmland and forest owned by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. With no amusement park rides and a menu from vendors made up primarily of locally-sourced and organic ingredients, its main draw is events focused on sustainability and rural living. If you've never been, it's worth a visit! For more info, visit mofga.org.
On October 12th, join us at Cellardoor Winery to celebrate the bounty of the harvest at our fall Bistro with seasonal fare from Trillium Caterers and musical entertainment from the spectacular Tameca Jones. Tameca Jones is known as the Queen of Austin Soul Music and first joined us here in Lincolnville at last year’s Live in the Vines.For more information, visit www.mainewine.com.
The PopTech conference is a convening of brilliant minds from different corners of the world. Far from a traditional conference, PopTech is an influential event that places high value on authentic human connection. It is an immersive and enriching experience filled with cutting edge presentations, interactive sessions, shared meals, fireside chats in front of real fireplaces, late night debates, movie screenings and music-making. For more information visit poptech.org.
In December, Camden is transformed into a festive and intimate fairytale town, complete with an enchanting star on top of the mountain overlooking the town. Christmas by the Sea, featuring a full weekend of activities, kicks off the season with a holiday parade, Santa’s arrival (by boat!) to the Midcoast, store-wide sales, free photos with Santa, open houses and craft fairs. For more information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce or call 207-236-4404.
A week-long celebration of winter beginning with ice carving and snow sculpting and culminating with the US National Toboggan Championships, fireworks, a snow plow parade, concert and dance, all with a festive Maine Mardi Gras theme. For more information and to see a detailed schedule of events, visit: www.camdenwinterfest.com.
This amateur event started in the 1990s and has swelled into a serious affair, with people coming from all over the U.S and overseas, often with their wooden toboggans roped to the roof of their family SUVs. The 400-foot long, one-run toboggan chute is located at the Camden Snow Bowl skiing area. For more information, call 207-236-3438 or visit camdensnowbowl.com.
As always, this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline packed action sports, the 2019 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Hosted by Maine Sport Outfitters and held at the Strom Auditorium in Rockport, each night will be a mix of different films. For tickets, call (207) 236-7120.
In 2019, the Camden Conference will address China’s growing engagement in global affairs, exploring topics such as the role of China’s leaders on the world stage, tensions over political and human rights, and what’s ahead for the Chinese economy. For more information, visit their website camdenconference.org.
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