As temperatures rise and the landscape grows greener, Mainers and visitors take the opportunity to enjoy the weather and everything Maine has to offer. If you’re planning a May trip to the Pine Tree State – or if you’re a Mainer looking for something new to do in Maine – here are a few ideas from around the state.
Bug Light Kite Festival (South Portland)
Go fly a kite. As flowers bloom around the state, the sky in South Portland is filled with color, too, during the Bug Light Kite Festival. With the city of Portland as a backdrop across the harbor, everyone from first-time flyers to kite enthusiasts fill the sky with kites of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy a day along Casco Bay in one of South Portland’s most popular parks with this great family-friendly event!
Black Fly Brewfest (Houlton)
It’s the season for Maine’s most pesky insect to return, but this Black Fly is a welcome treat! Head up north to experience the best from Maine’s brewers and nom on some yummy craft food as well. Over 40 breweries will be on hand, so you might have to plan how you’ll sample before you go!
All Roads Music Festival (Belfast)
Indie music returns to Penobscot Bay for another weekend of this popular annual festival. Check out your favorite artists or discover someone new on any of the participating venues around the city of Belfast. There’s no better way to enjoy spring than with some fresh new music!
Alewife Festival (Damariscotta)
Spend a spring day along Salt Bay as fish make their annual trek from the Damariscotta River to Damariscotta Lake. Whether you want to participate in the morning “Run with the Alewives” 5K, sit back for a day of music, or explore the touch tank of sea life, there’s a little bit of something for everyone (of all ages!) at this annual event. Don’t miss the silent audition and bake sale, either!
Abbe Museum Indian Market (Bar Harbor)
The Abbe’s Indian Market is an amazing opportunity to learn about Maine’s indigenous culture. It’s also a great reason to visit Bar Harbor before the peak season begins! This three-day weekend includes the Indigenous Film Festival, a fashion show, and a lineup of incredible Native artists from basketmakers to jewelers to everything in between. It’s a must-visit event for anyone interested in arts and culture, all surrounded by the beauty of Mount Desert Island.