Southwest Harbor and Local Area Events
There are a variety of events that take place in town and on the Island. Art shows/exhibits are very popular. Come for Octoberfest Columbus Day weekend and try some of our wonderful local micro-brews, local area wines and great food; or come for the Quietside Flamingo Festival in July. Help congratulate the runners in the MDI Marathon (26 miles and a qualifier for Boston!) each October as they cross the finish line in Southwest Harbor.
2-5- 18th Acadia Birding Festival - Maine's 1st annual bird watching festival (formerly the Warblers and Wildflowers Festival) established in 1998 is being held on Mount Desert Island this year! For more information, 207-233-3694 or visit the event's website.
JUNE 5 - Acadia National Park Half Marathon - 3rd Annual. Visit the event's website and click on "Schedules/Events" or phone the race director at 207-288-3511 - a great experience on a beautiful course!
JUNE 19 - Seal Cove Auto Museum-Dad's visit free all day and, weather permitting, can take a vintage Bronze Era car ride!
JULY 4 -Fireworks over Southwest Harbor! Great seats available from your private deck or our breakfast deck at Kingsleigh Inn - book now and enjoy the show.
JULY 11 - Mount Desert Historical Society's Annual Strawberry Festival- 41st Annual, 1-3pm.
JULY 15-18 - Southwest Harbor's annual
Quietside Flamingo Festival -
Every year Southwest Harbor holds this fun filled festival that has something for everyone. Events include a kids carnival, craft fair and, of course, the grand Flamingo Parade on Saturday morning that you must truly see to believe. The weekend ends with the infamous Polo & Yacht Club cocktail party at the Causeway Club Barn. It is important to note that you neither need to play polo, nor own a yacht to attend. All that is required is festive attire and a desire for some fun! See the Harbor House calendar listings for times and locations.
30 and 31 - Gallery on the Green -
Offered by the Coastal Fine art Alliance of Maine and sponsored by the Southwest Harbor Tremont Chamber of Commerce. Two days of outstanding art work--rain or shine. Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. Call 207-989-4655.
JULY 28 - Annual Butterfly Release at Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Garden- Visit the seaside garden and witness the 3:30pm butterfly release. Refreshments - $30/person with children under 12 free. Reservations required by calling 207-266-6047.
August 2 - Somes Sound Windjammer Parade- Windjammer Fleet sails through the sound! Great viewing from the Flying Mountain Trail - for more info, phone 207-374-2993.
AUGUST 13 and 14 - Gallery on the Green - Offered by the Coastal Fine art Alliance of Maine and sponsored by the Southwest Harbor Tremont Chamber of Commerce. Two days of outstanding art work--rain or shine. Saturday and Sunday,
August 8 and 9. For more information phone 207-989-4655.
AUGUST 21 - Island Arts Association Craft Fair held on the Pemetic School Green, Southwest Harbor 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
AUGUST 25-28 - Fee Free Day at Acadia National Park- America's best idea - our National Parks! Come celebrate the National Park Service's Birthday with free entrance to the park.
SEPTEMBER 9 - MDI Garlic Festival
- 17th Annual event with music, beverages and unlimited garlic tastes at Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 in Southwest Harbor. Nostrano provides some wonderful garlicky fare.
SEPTEMBER 10 -Open Lighthouse Day - Tour the Bass Harbor Lighthead from 9-3pm sponsored by the US Coast Guard.
SEPTEMBER 17 - Half Marathon and Fall 5K - 39th Annual. Visit the event's website and click on "Events".
SEPTEMBER 17- Car Free Morning on the Park Loop Road- Hikers, Strollers and Biker rejoice - til noon there will be no autos on the road!
SEPTEMBER 24 - Fee Free Day at Acadia National Park- America's best idea - our National Parks! Come celebrate National Public Lands Day with free entrance to the park.
OCTOBER 7-9 -
21st Annual Octoberfest featuring
Food, Maine Made Crafts and Musical Entertainment all under giant tents (rain or shine) at Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 in Southwest Harbor. Recognized as one of the outstanding festivals in the country. Sample dozens of fantastic regional microbrews! From noon to 6:00 p.m. Call 207-244-9264 or 800-423-9264.
Visit the website.
OCTOBER 16 - Annual MDI Marathon begins in Bar Harbor and ends in Southwest Harbor on Main Street in front of Pemetic High School. Help congratulate the runners as they cross the finish line!
26 miles and a Boston Marathon Qualifier. For more information visit the official website.
this page is updated regularly when event dates are posted...