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!) each October as they cross the finish line in Southwest Harbor.
25 - Westside Ride - Join many other biking enthusiasts for a very scenic 29 mile bike race around the Western side of Mt. Desert Island. Race proceeds benefit the Harbor House Sports Programs. For more information and to register call Scott Phelps at 244-3713 or Bob Sheilds at Southwest Cycle at 244-5856. Fee: $15.00 for pre-registration, $20.00 after May 20th. Registration the day of the race begins at 11:00am.
29-June 1- 16th 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, visit the event's website.
JUNE 1 - Acadia National Park Half Marathon - 2nd 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!
JULY 4 - Fireworks Over Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor. Enjoy the spectacular display on the waterfront, downtown Bar Harbor 9pm.
JULY 11-14 - 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.
26 and 27 - 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 27 and 28. Call 207-244-9264 or 800-423-9264.
JULY 31 - Annual Butterfly Release at Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly Garden- Visit the seaside garden and witness the 4:30pm butterfly release. Refreshments - $30/person with children under 12 free. Reservations required by calling 207-266-6047 (or 244-9264).
August 3-9 - Claremont Hotel's Annual Croquet Classic- Players Compete in a week-long nine-wicket double elimination tournament in both singles and doubles. Spectators welcome. For more info call 207-266-6047.
AUGUST 9 and 10 - 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 10 and 11. Call 207-244-9264 or 800-423-9264.
AUGUST 17 - Island Arts Association Craft Fair held on the Pemetic School Green, Southwest Harbor 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 207-288-5008.
AUGUST 25 - 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 20 - MDI Garlic Festival
- 16th 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 20 - Half Marathon and Fall 5K - 37th Annual. Visit the event's website and click on "Events".
SEPTEMBER 27 - 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 11 -
19th 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.
OCTOBER 11 - Triathlon - Acadia Lions Triathlon run/bike/canoe at Ponds end in Somesville. Sponsored by the MDI Lions Club and Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.
OCTOBER 19 - 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 Qualifyer. For more information visit the official website.
this page is updated regularly when event dates are posted...