Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Maine, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From American Folk Festival to North Atlantic Blues Festival, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-American Folk Festival - Dates: Late August
"The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is a celebration of multi-cultural traditional arts - music, dance, crafts, food and storytelling."
-Boothbay Harbor Fest - Dates: Early September
"The festival is a community collaboration offering visitors and locals the opportunity to experience a collection of unique and vibrant events that celebrate who were are. There is something for every type of fun seeker: music geeks, foodies, artsy folks, fashionistas, athletes…"
-Trails End Festival - Dates: Mid September
-Arootsakoostik Music Festival - Dates: Mid July
-Old Port Festival - Dates: Mid June
-Maine Lobster Festival - Dates: Late July to Early August
"For real small town fun with big time entertainment and events, The Maine Lobster Festival has it all! Beginning the day after the gates close, the directors begin to work on the next year’s event." - Submit to Perform
-North Atlantic Blues Festival - Dates: Mid July
"The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts."
-Ossipee Valley Music Festival - Dates: Late July
"Maine's #1 roots music festival. Four days of roots, bluegrass, blues, country, folk, and acoustic music on several stages are highlighted by the best in farm-to-table and organic food vendors, music and dance workshops, yoga, New England microbrews in the Beer Tent, campfire jams, after-hours concerts and dances, copious childrens’ activities, a free Roots & Sprouts Music Academy for kids, swimming in the nearby Ossipee River, and so much more. Kids and camping are always free at Ossipee!" - Submit to Perform
-Harvest Ball - Dates: Early October
-Sweet Chariot Music Festival - Dates: First midweek of August
-Atlantic Music Festival - Dates: July
"Atlantic Music Festival's mission is to cultivate originality, independence, and innovation in the American musical performance arena. During the event, hundreds of emerging artists gather in Waterville, Maine to celebrate the work of musical masters."