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Maine's favorite crustacean plays a starring role in the Maine Lobster Festival, where you can get your fill of seafood and also have a heck of a good time. Highlights include a lobster crate race, a fun run and walk, an arts and crafts show, a cooking contest, a marine tent and a big parade. This year's live music schedule boasts Keith Partridge himself, David Cassidy; The Spin Doctors; The Nutopians; The Mallett Brothers Band and the Preservation Jazz Band, among others.
WHEN: July 31 to Aug. 4
WHERE: Harbor Park, Rockland
COST: $8; $2 for ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and under. Tickets required for some events.
YORK DAYS AND LIGHTING OF THE NUBBLE
Southern Maine is the place to be for the annual York Days and Lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse. Events include concerts, sandcastle building, a craft fair, Christmas in July (without the cold), softball and golf tournaments, and fireworks with the Air Force Band of Liberty.
WHEN: July 27 to Aug. 4
WHERE: Short Sands Beach and Sohier Park, York
REDNECK PIG ROAST BBQ AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
With tongue placed firmly in cheek, you are invited to celebrate a particularly fun side of life with the Redneck Pig Roast BBQ and Music Festival. (Formerly known as the "Redneck Olympics" before the real Olympics got wind of it.) The "sporting" events include mud runs and lawn mower races, bobbing for pigs' feet, toilet seat horseshoes and a greased watermelon haul.
There will also be a "very wet" T-shirt contest, a demolition derby and plenty of live music from the likes of Skosh, Cold Blue Steel, The Mallett Brothers Band, Back in Black, Uncle Jack and others. What's more, funds will be raised for several charities, including Camp Sunshine, Bikers Against Bullying and the Shriners Hospital for Children.
WHEN: Aug. 1-4
WHERE: 12 Harold Lane, Hebron
COST: $20 day passes. Weekend passes are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate. (Free camping with weekend pass.)
MAINE HIGHLAND GAMES & SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
Kilts aren't required -- but are most certainly welcome -- at this year's Maine Highland Games & Scottish Festival. It's a celebration of all things Scottish and Celtic with pipe bands, dance competitions and the Parade of the Tartans. You can also watch or participate in traditional athletic events such as the caber (large wooden pole) toss. While you're there, you can visit more than 60 clan tents and learn about Scottish organizations and vendors.
WHEN: Aug. 17
WHERE: Topsham Fairgrounds, Route 196
HOW MUCH: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate; $5 for ages 6 to 12
PICNIC MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
The PICNIC Music and Arts Festival celebrates its sixth year in Portland. Expect more than 120 vendors from Maine and beyond peddling some of the most uniquely produced crafts and artwork out there, including clothing, jewelry, prints and accessories. You'll also find assorted treasure troves of vintage goods. While shopping, bask in the glow of live local and regional music on the PICNIC stage, and enjoy food from local vendors.
WHEN: Aug. 24
WHERE: Lincoln Park, Portland
CAMDEN WINDJAMMER FESTIVAL
Celebrate the age of sail and go back to when schooners were launched in the harbor and the windjammer business was born. Then enjoy the present day with modern windjammers and yachts that have always been part of Camden's fabric. There will be a talent show, a lobster crate race, a build-a-boat contest, displays of maritime activities and history, a chowder challenge, pirates, windjammer tours and live music, among other festivities.
WHEN: Aug. 30 to Sept. 1
WHERE: Public Landing and Harbor Park, Camden
COST: Free; tickets required for some activities
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