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Maine in August: What to Do and See

Maine in August

The closing days of summer bring out the best of Maine, from ideal temperatures that hover in the 70s to the festivals and picturesque scenery that dot the state. Maine in August is the perfect time of year to take advantage of what the state has to offer. Keep reading to see why this month is the best time of year to visit.


Scenic New England towns are reason enough to visit the Pine Tree State. Maine in August affords you summer’s longer days and pleasant weather that provides the perfect atmosphere for to explore towns like Portland, the state’s most populated city. Delicious dining options abound in Portland, as well as plenty of exciting festivals and events. Make sure to stop by the 9th Annual Picnic Music and Arts Festival while you’re there, slated to take place on August 6, 2016.

To catch a glimpse of Maine’s quieter side, travel to the resort town of York. Stroll its postcard-worthy beaches, and while you’re there, visit the York Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday from June 4 until October 8.

Outdoor Activities

Maine will keep its active visitors up and running (literally!) Plenty of races are held across the state in the month of August, including the Maine State Triathlon! This year’s race will take place on August 7, 2016, in Bethel. Looking for something a bit less strenuous? Head to Old Orchard Beach on August 26 for Glow Old Orchard Beach, a nighttime 5k that outfits contestants in glow-in-the-dark garb! These are just a few of the races that will be held during the month. Visit Running In The USA for a more comprehensive list of races, including marathons, trail races, and fun runs.

Maybe running isn’t what you had in mind while planning a visit to Maine in August. For a more relaxing option, try Celia Thaxter’s Garden Tour. A stunning tour of the gardens on Appledore Island and a gourmet lunch await you. August 6 and 13 are month’s dates for this year’s tours. Ticket prices and tour information can be found here.


A trip to Maine in August wouldn’t be complete without lobster! The Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland will take place August 3-7, 2016, where you can feast on this New England staple food. Events include the Great Lobster Crate Race, a lobster cooking contest, live music and much more! And if you don’t get your fill of luscious lobster, you can always make your way to the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival the following week on August 13, 2016, in Winter Harbor, Maine. Details for this year’s festival have yet to be released, but 2015’s edition featured a 5k race, lobster boat races and of course – lobster dinner. Contact the Schoodic Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Of course, lobster is the only thing celebrated in Maine. The 2016 Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival, presented by the St. Andrews Society of Maine this year on August 20, is an exciting celebration of Scottish heritage. According to the festival’s website, this year’s games will include the Braemar Stone Put, Heavy Hammer throw, and Caber Toss. Live Celtic music by Rathkeltair will also be featured during the festival at the Topsham Fairgrounds on Topsham, ME.

If you head inland, you’ll reach Litchfield, home of the Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festivals! From August 24-28, you can catch quality bluegrass performances from around the country. Tickets, a full lineup for August’s festival, and more information can be found on the festival’s website.

Enjoy Maine in August when You Stay at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant

No matter what part of our state you travel to, you’ll find that summer’s last month is best spent in Maine. Food, festivals and more abound here, and to take advantage of it all, you’ll need a place to stay. Don’t settle for mediocre lodging – contact Dockside Guest Quarters and Restaurant when you travel this summer, and we’ll help make sure that visiting Maine in August is an unforgettable experience. Get in touch with us today!