2019 Annual Belfast Events

Saturday, February 2nd

Cabin Fever Sale, Our Town Belfast

Get your winter retail therapy fix the first Saturday in February. Businesses throughout downtown Belfast will be offering great deals! Relieve your cabin fever and treat yourself: to clothing, housewares, toys, books, food and more.

Saturday May 4th

2nd Annual Keeping Belfast Maine Beautiful Clean Up Day! 

Help Make and Keep Belfast Beautiful! 

Saturday May 4th – Rain Date is Sunday May 5th. 

Meet from 8-9am for coffee and donuts and to get assignments, as well as your Safety Green T-shirt  – at the Front Street / Harbor Walk Parking Lot. Head out to your assigned road sides at 9 am, pick up trash and Keep Belfast Beautiful! 

Come back for a cookout between 11:30-2:00pm! 

May 17th & 18th

All Roads Music Fest, Launchpad

All Roads is a one-day festival and celebration of indie music, featuring some of the most talented local music artists from across the state and region. The festival features performances in a variety of genres including indie rock, folk, pop, bluegrass and indie folk musicians, as well as performers from related contemporary genres, such as alternative country, punk and hip-hop.

The festival will offer over 2 dozen performances, representing 125+ Maine musicians in 2018. The festival also includes discussion panels, curated showcases and the Maine Songwriters Circle.

June 1st

Belfast Ukulele Festival, Midcoast Ukes

Each summer Ukulele enthusiasts gather for the annual Belfast Uke Fest at Steamboat Landing on the downtown Belfast waterfront.

The day is filled with ensemble performances, headline acts, and a variety of fun and informative ukulele workshops. Enjoy food, refreshments, and music vendors set up throughout the event area.

Belfast Uke Fest is hosted by the Belfast Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with Our Town Belfast and the Midcoast Ukes.

Saturday, June 8th

Belfast Has Pride

Supporting LGBTQ+ folks in the MidCoast through organizing, advocacy, and community building, from organizing the annual Belfast Pride Parade and Festival to supporting area efforts to increase supports for LGBTQ+ Mainers impacted by homelessness to providing opportunities for gathering and fellowship between community members in the area.​ 

June - August 5:30 to 7:30pm

Belfast Summer Nights

Outdoor summer music series, every Thursday (Late June – August) evening from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Free/donations. Bring your folding chairs and dancing shoes! PLEASE NO DOGS.

New Show each July

Summer Musical, Belfast Maskers

Make sure to mark your calendars for the annual Belfast Maskers summer musical! Enjoy a night out and cheer on members of the community as they don costumes and show off their sometimes-hidden talents for singing, dancing and acting. People of all ages participate in these shows, which in recent years have included Annie, The Addams Family and The Music Man. And if you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at theater, either on or off stage, give us a try! You don’t need to have previous experience to be a Masker and people of all skill levels are welcome to participate. The Belfast Maskers is truly community theater.

Thursday, July 4th @Noon

Happy Birthday America!, Cold Comfort Theater

Cold Comfort Theater will be presenting a spirited performance of song and dance to celebrate America’s birthday and honor our service women and men! Songs from the 1800s all the way to the current era will be presented LIVE at Belfast’s ‘Park on Main’, located on Main Street between Rollie’s and the bay. This FREE program is a heartwarming and sentimental homage to our country! Drive up, walk down, bring your seat and sing along with such familiar tunes as ‘Boogie, Woogie, Bugle Boy’, ‘America the Beautiful’, ‘This Land is Your Land’, and ‘Stars Spangled Banner’. 

Saturday & Sunday, July 6-7th

Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park is one of the most respected fine arts and crafts festivals in Midcoast Maine. The variety of artwork and crafts is outstanding, and continuous live music and the smells of freshly grilled food add to the festival atmosphere. The venue is undeniably beautiful: set on the water’s edge, right downtown, with sailboats and dinghies moored a few feet away.

Wednesday, July 17th

Our Town Belfast Auction & Gala, Our Town Belfast

Each year Our Town Belfast showcases items and experiences unique to Belfast and Midcoast Maine at our Annual Auction and Gala.  Where else can you bid on a schooner excursion around the bay, a vintage-style portrait of your home, or a photo with the rooftop elephant at the Colonial Theatre?

Join us for a night of community, cocktails, refreshments, and friendly bidding wars, all while supporting the economic health and human happiness of our historic downtown.

Friday-Sunday, July 19th-21st

Maine Celtic Celebration

The Maine Celtic Celebration is a three day, family oriented, celebration of the rich Celtic heritage, culture and hospitality found along the Coast of Maine.

The 3-day celebration is a “donation only” event taking place at the Belfast Commons and Steamboat Landing Park.

Friday-Sunday, August 16-18th

Belfast Harbor Fest, Belfast Rotary Club

The Belfast Harborfest is an annual event held on the third weekend in August on the Belfast Waterfront, sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club.  Highlights include the 5k Bug Run, Pancake Breakfast, National Boat Building Challenge, and live music.

Sunday, September 8th

Maine Wienerfest, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and Friends of Belfast Parks

Maine Wienerfest is a celebration of dachshunds and the people who love them! Now in its 15th year, the event will be held on Sunday September 8th from 11am-3pm at the Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast.

Maine Wienerfest originated as an informal picnic and gathering for families who lived with these adorable, tiny dogs. Gradually, it grew to include other activities with the number of dogs and dog lovers increasing each year. This year, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and The Friends of Belfast Parks continue the tradition with all proceeds benefitting P.A.W.S.

Friday-Sunday, September 20-22nd

Common Ground Country Fair, MOFGA
Unity, ME

If you’ve ever been to the Fair, you know – and if you haven’t been, anyone who has will tell you – it’s an event like no other, that brings together so many people from so many walks of life, all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. The Common Ground Country Fair is a fair in Unity, Maine sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). The fair began in 1977 in Litchfield, Maine.

Friday & Saturday, October 18-19th

Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast Poet Laureate 

The Belfast Poetry Festival celebrates poetry and artistic possibility. One of the few community-based, non-academic literary festivals in the country, the Festival is an inclusive and collaboration-driven event that gives poets, artists, and audience broad opportunity to make connections, share ideas, and discover possibilities for the arts beyond the merely expected. The Festival joins poets and artists in collaborative work that stretches the limits of each medium. We bring together established, recognized poets and emerging voices, a broad range of genres and techniques, poets from different regions across the state, and a mix of the familiar and the innovative.

Saturday, December 7th

Downtown Belfast Early Bird Sale, Our Town Belfast

The Early Bird gets the deals: Annual Downtown-wide sale in Belfast! Deep discounts and promotions from retail shops and restaurants throughout Belfast. Always the first Saturday in December. 

Saturday, December 7th

Belfast Tree Lighting, Our Town Belfast

Our Town Belfast invites community members to Post Office Square to celebrate the holidays in Belfast. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Belfast, ME is held the first Saturday in December: the same day as the Annual Early Bird Sale in Belfast.

The event begins at 4:30pm with cookies, cocoa, and caroling. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by Fire Truck before the tree is lit at 5pm. After the lighting, Mr. and Mrs. Claus head indoors to KeyBank for visits and photos with the children. The annual tree lighting is the perfect way to experirence the magic of Belfast for the holidays!

Saturday December 14, 2019

United Midcoast Charities’ 2019 Day of Giving
 
Shop Local, Support Many! On Saturday, Dec 14, participating businesses in Belfast, Camden & Rockland partner to donate a portion of their proceeds to UMC. Day of Giving is a great chance to support local businesses and support a good cause at the same time! All funds raised on Day of Giving will go toward UMC’s grant awards. In 2018, 58 businesses participated and donated more than $10,000 to support local nonprofits through UMC’s grants. 

Sunday, December 22nd

Belfast Menorah Lighting, Our Town Belfast

Our Town Belfast invites community members to Post Office Square to celebrate the holidays in Belfast. Everyone will gather around the 7-foot-tall menorah near sundown on the first night of Chanukah. The community celebrates with music, readings, and traditional snacks. The menorah will remain lit throughout the holiday.

Monday-Sunday, December 31-January 1st

New Year’s by the Bay

A yearly town-wide grass roots celebration that takes place on New Year’s Eve. NYBB is a chem-free, family oriented, affordable, cultural celebration of the New Year that takes place from 2:00pm till 12:30am., mostly in 8 indoor venues within walking distance, showcasing a wide variety of live performances, as well as several dance bands. Admission is by purchasing an NYBB Adult or Youth/Student Button to wear. Under 5 years are free.

Friday-Sunday, February 1-3

Belfast Winter Whoopla, Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

In February 2018, the Chamber launched the first Belfast Winter Whoopla – a 3 day event that offered a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities, including an “Ice Ball” dinner & dance, Chili Cook-Off and a Pancake Breakfast.  The purpose was simply to get people out and have some mid-winter fun!