July 4, 2013

Grab a slice of summer at can't-miss festivals

By Aimsel Ponti aponti@pressherald.com
News Assistant

Summer's here, and the time is right for festivals. Maine has a bumper crop from which to choose, and it can be somewhat overwhelming. We've compiled a list of 10 must-attend festivals to help you find your way through the weeds.

Feeling the need to wrestle in a vat of mashed potatoes? Want to try your hand at hurling heavy wooden poles through the air? In the mood for a whole lot of lobster and clams? Up for some serious yoga? Feel like some sandcastle building and a lighthouse lighting? Hungry for a pig roast? Ready for some windjammers? Shopping for the best in hipster crafts?

We've got you covered.

Use this list as a summer planner, and check back with GO every week to supplement your festival fare, because there truly is something going on between now and Labor Day to satisfy every entertainment need. They don't call Maine Vacationland for nothing, you know.


There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who love the taste of the soft drink Moxie and those who are horrified by it. The good news is that the annual Moxie Festival doesn't require ingestion of the legendary liquid -- unless, of course, you want to. Over the course of three days, you can partake of fireworks, a car show, the Spirit of the Wolf Pow-Wow, a parade, a river race, a concert by the '80s cover band Twyce Shy and, yes, a Moxie Chugging Challenge.

WHEN: July 12-14

WHERE: Various locations, Lisbon Falls

COST: Free; admission fee for some activities

INFO: Moxiefestival.com



Put on some comfortable clothes and get ready to stretch, breathe, relax and stretch some more. The Maine YogaFest features 30 local teachers and 20 studios. Styles of yoga offered include acro, slackline, paddleboard, hooping and more. Whether you're an expert or a newbie, this festival invites you to learn about and experience a whole bunch of yoga. Five dollars from every ticket sold goes to Preble Street, which helps lower-income and homeless people.

WHEN: July 13-14

WHERE: East End Community School, 195 North St., Portland

COST: A few events are free. A four-workship pass costs $90; a five-workshop pass costs $125.

INFO: Maineyogafest.com



Celebrate the diversity and wonder of the Maine potato over the course of an 11-day festival in Fort Fairfield. There's a giant spud sack full of options, including river races, road races, a potato-picking contest, a town-wide yard sale, fireworks, a parade and, best of all -- mashed potato wrestling!

WHEN: July 13-21

WHERE: Various locations, Fort Fairfield

COST: Free

INFO: potatoblossom.org



When it comes to clams, Yarmouth is the place to be, and this year marks the 48th anniversary of the clam festival. Enjoy a craft show, a fine arts show, a parade, a canoe and kayak race, a road race, a clam-shucking contest, a firefighter's muster competition, a bike race, a diaper derby, fireworks, live music, a carnival and a whole mess of clams.

WHEN: July 19-21

WHERE: Main Street, Yarmouth

COST: Free

INFO: Clamfestival.com



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