Fairs and New England go hand-in-hand like America and apple pie. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting for the first time or you’ve been here since day one, fairs are a cornerstone of what makes Maine great and provide events that people look all year toward.

If you’re in the mood for cotton candy, fried dough, or grilled red hot dogs (yes, they’re better than their brown cousins!) then get out your calendar, check out the list of fairs and carnivals in Maine, and prepare to block off a few weekends.

Common Ground Country Fair (Unity)
Hosted by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardiner’s Association, the Common Ground Country Fair gives visitors a hands-on learning experience about Maine’s agriculture with the attractions and events you’d expect from a country fair. Directions

Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival (Lewiston)
Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, this festival celebrates Greek culture with a full menu of authentic Greek cuisine, including dinners, desserts, and wine. Directions

Harvest on the Harbor (Portland)
Harvest on the Harbor is Portland, Maine’s annual food and Drink festival featuring a delicious, diverse, and engaging line up of events. Every ticket sold helps benefit Full Plates Full Potential with a mission of ending childhood hunger in Maine.

Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cook off (Bethel)
Celebrate the harvest and the beginning of fall foliage season with arts, crafts, music, a farmers’ market, an apple pie contest and much more on the town common of Bethel, Maine’s most beautiful mountain village.

United Maine Craftsmen’s Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts (Westbrook)
United Maine Craftsmen is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 by a handful of crafts people. UMC hosts several shows throughout the year, visit their website for more information and directions.

York Harvestfest and Kidsfest (York)
Live music, local food vendors, and juried crafters from around New England provide the heart and soul of this autumn festival. Kidfest includes story telling, interactive musical activities, a roaming railroad, and more! Directions

International Seaplane Fly-in (Greenville)
The International Seaplane Fly-In brings thousands of participants and spectators to the Moosehead Region on the week-end after Labor Day. Directions

Fryeburg Fair (Fryeburg)
The Fryeburg Fair, considered to be one of the best agricultural fairs in the U.S. offers non-stop livestock, agriculture and farming exhibitions with over 3,000 head of large animals and hundreds of smaller animals. Directions

Acadia Night Sky Festival (Mount Desert Island)
Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Directions

Acadia Oktoberfest, Wine Tasting, and Beer Fest (Southwest Harbor)
Maine is home to a vibrant craft beer industry with more than 90 breweries now in operation throughout the State. A great time to sample many of our fine Maine beers, ciders and mead is at Acadia’s Oktoberfest held annually on Columbus Day Weekend. Directions

Cumberland County Fair (Cumberland)
In operation since 1868, the Cumberland County Fair is one of Southern Maine’s oldest agricultural fairs. The fair boasts several amusement rides, livestock competitions, local food vendors, and much more. Directions

Yarmouth Clam Festival (Yarmouth)
The Yarmouth Clam Festival is an annual summer event that promotes the community and provides opportunities for Yarmouth-based non-profit organizations to raise funds in support of their missions. Admission to the Festival is FREE! Directions

Did you notice a fair or carnival that we missed? Let us know by emailing newenglanddads@gmail.com.

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