The 10 Best Music Festivals in Maine

Maine is known for its stunning scenery, delicious seafood, and endless outdoor activities. But did you know that Maine also has some of the best music festivals? From country music festivals to blues festivals, there is something for everyone in Maine.

Here are some of the best music festivals in Maine.

1. All Roads Music Festival

Downtown Belfast, Maine

When: May (two days)

The All Roads Music Festival is a two-day event recognizing the works of indie musicians, with many performances coming from across the state and nearby areas. The festival showcases a range of talent from various genres.

The festival not only includes performances, but also discussion panels and showcases curated by artists from all over Maine.

2. Trails End Festival

Millinocket, Maine

When: September (three days)

The Trails End Festival is an annual three-day event that celebrates both music and nature. It’s held in Millinocket’s stunning mountains.

Go trekking, biking, or canoeing in the picturesque surroundings and then enjoy some of the best musicians Maine has to offer.

3. Kingfield POPS!

Kennedy Farm, Kingfield

When: June

The concert has expanded to featuring various Maine musicians. Music composed especially for the event and captivating collaborations have been performed live.

The festival also features art displays, food vendors, and a craft fair. It’s a festival for all ages and is a great way to celebrate the summer season.

4. Ossipee Valley Music Festival

Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, South Hiram

When: July (five days)

Bluegrass and folk music are just some of the genres performed at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival. Performing artists from throughout Maine and nearby states come together to create a festive atmosphere that celebrates acoustic music of all kinds.

There are also workshops and food vendors for all different age groups, as well as other activities to keep everyone at the festival entertained.

5. River Rock Festival

Sunday River Resort Newry, Maine

When: July (two days)

This Christian Music Festival has been held for years and brings together some of the best Christian artists from all around the state.  Not only do attendees get to enjoy amazing Christian music, they also get to explore the beautiful Sunday River Resort.

The best worship bands and artists play over two days, and attendees can enjoy their favorite Christian music and enjoy all the activities that Sunday River Resort has to offer.

6. Atlantic Music Festival

Waterville, Maine

When: June – August (eleven days)

The Atlantic Music Festival aspires to defy the conformity often seen in American musical performances. Hundreds of up-and-coming artists flock to Waterville, Maine to pay homage to musical greats.

The festival committee invites talented musicians with the potential to make a difference in this world each year. Musicians specializing in composition, conducting, orchestral instruments, and more are all welcome.

7. Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival

Litchfield Fairgrounds, Litchfield

When: June (four days), August (four days)

The Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festivals are perfect for music lovers of all ages. With two festivals every year, thousands of people come from all over the world to enjoy bluegrass music.

Tents, campers, and RV’s are welcome, making it easy to enjoy the full four-day festival experience. If you’re a bluegrass fan, this family-friendly event is a must!

8. Sweet Chariot Music Festival

Swan’s Island, Maine

When: August (three days)

The Sweet Chariot Music Festival is a three-day event held on Swan’s Island, Maine. The festival features Americana and folk music with an emphasis on traditional performers from the region.

What makes this music festival unique is you get to sail to the island on the Sweet Chariot and enjoy your favorite music while surrounded by beautiful, natural scenery.

9. Belfast Summer Nights

Steamboat Landing Park, Belfast

When: June – September (Thursdays)

This weekly outdoor live music event is held in the beautiful Steamboat Landing Park. With a range of genres and styles, local bands perform while families enjoy food trucks and outdoor activities.

10. Bowdoin International Music Festival

Studzinski Recital Hall

When: June – August

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is renowned for its excellence in teaching and training budding musicians. The Bowdoin International Music Festival’s purpose is to give skilled young musicians worldwide a chance to study under world-renowned artists and present classical music performed at the highest artistic levels for audiences.

Final Thoughts

With a wide variety of genres, from bluegrass and Christian music to classical and Americana, there’s something for everyone in Maine. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a musical experience, these ten festivals are sure to entertain.

So grab your tickets and get ready to explore all that Maine has to offer!