Midsummer guide: Festivals and fairs worth checking out

Bangor State Fair
Dating back to 1883 and drawing crowds of up to 70,000, the 10 day long, Bangor State Fair is one of the biggest in the state. It’s got all the bells and whistles of a typical fairground: amusement park rides, carny games, fried dough, farm animals and packs of jubilant teenagers. There’s a certain Maine flair to the affair though, when you factor in the local live music, fudge vendors and agricultural shows. | $12 | July 29 to Aug. 7, 2:00pm to 9:00pm | Bangor, Maine | http://www.bangorstatefair.com/ |

Northern Maine Fair
Dubbed, a “family a-fair,” the Northen Maine Fair, has also been around for a long time. 162 years to be exact. Locals have been gathering here to enjoy the simple things in life: family, friends, food, free stuff and animals. Attractions here include the Flying Wallendas, horse racing, truck pulls, a demo derby, a car show and the baby beef auction. Come pet the goats at this typical Maine gathering, but be warned, it’s over 4 hours away from us. So you better really like goats. | FREE | July 29 to Aug. 6 | Presque Isle, Maine | http://www.northernmainefairgrounds.com/ |

Maine Lobster
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this festival is truly the best and most famous one here in Maine. It's the only one I've been to, that actually resulted in vivid memories from the occasion. The world knows about Maine's Lobster Festival, and past musical guests there have included the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and the Temptations. This festival is a superb homage to our marine heritage. Apart from the quality live music, this festival is obviously all about lobster — over 20,000 pounds of it! While you feast on the succulent crustacean, make sure you check out the sea goddess coronation, the international crate race, fine art vendors, the seafood cooking contest, the big parade and the marine tent. I can almost hear the cracking of shells now. | $5 | Aug. 3-7 | Rockland, Maine | http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/ |


Picnic Music+Arts Festival

The ninth annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival is a juried indie craft fair, held outdoors in Lincoln Park on Congress and Franklin streets, in Portland. The festival will run from 11:00am to 6:00pm Saturday, rain or shine. Come shop the best in handmade indie crafts and vintage goods. Admission is free. Aug. 6 | Portland, Maine | https://www.facebook.com/events/610578669124049/

The 91st annual
St. Peter's Bazaar
and Street Festival
Food and fun in the Italian street festival tradition. The Italian Street Festival "Bazaar" is an annual fundraising and community event for St. Peter's Church the Italian Parish of the Diocese of Portland celebrating the Feasts of the Assumption and St. Rocco. | FREE | Aug. 12, 13 and 14, 4:00pm to 10:00pm | Portland, Maine | https://www.facebook.com/StPetersBazaar/timeline |

Wild Blueberry
Make your way to one of the first places that sees the sunlight of a new day in America, and celebrate everything about a powerful little fruit: the scrumptious blueberry. In downeast Maine, the blueberry harvest is a big deal, and the locals here have an ol’ fashioned good time with it. Scarf down blueberry everything (ice cream, cakes, pies, pancakes) while you enjoy the children’s parade, painted adirondack chairs, an inspired by nature photo contest, a chicken barbecue and streets filled with buskers. There’s also a musical comedy scheduled called, Blueberry to the Future. The jury’s out on what that’s going to be like. | FREE | Aug. 19, 20 and 21 | Machias, Maine | http://www.machiasblueberry.com/ |

Great Falls Balloon
Over 100,000 people are expected to show up to this “world class festival, throughout the weekend. Because I know you all need an excuse to head over to Lewiston, here's one! Dozens of colorful and uniquely shaped hot air balloons will dot the sky overhead, while you sample a multitude of food vendors, carnival rides and artistic activities. The theme this year is “The Force Takes Flight,” so I better see a giant Yoda, or Darth Vader head coasting through the sky. If you're willing to shell out the extra cash, the options there to ride in a hot air balloon, an experience that offers amazing views of the town we all love to hate. | FREE | Aug.19-21 | Lewiston, Maine | http://www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org/ |

Brunswick Arts
The 10th annual Brunswick Arts Festival will see the Maine Street and the Town Green downtown abundant with happy people and cultural art offerings. A mime or two are even expected to show up. Apart from the crafts, paintings, sculpture and photography, there will also be several interactive demos and speciality food vendors. Two stages will be hosting live music, and several tables will have activities to distract the kids, like face-painting and craft workshops. Let's get artsy. | FREE | Aug. 20, 9:00am to 5:00pm | Brunswick, Maine | http://brunswickdowntown.org/ |

Fine Craft/WCSH
Sidewalk Art Festival
The craft show festival happens on the same date as the WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival. The 51st annual WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Festival takes over Congress Street. Expect street closures and throngs of art and craft lovers. | FREE | Aug. 27, 9:00am to 4:00pm | http://www.wcsh6.com/life/2016-sidewalk-art-festival/44614568

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