Spring in Maine: Fun Events in Maine for Locals & Visitors April 13, 2015 04:32



Spring is a fickle season in Maine.  One day there’s sun, with temperatures near 60 degrees, and the next is chilly with an unwelcomed snowfall.  Winter clings on and fights until the bitter end, much to our chagrin.  All the more reason to get out, see some sights, and shake off winter (at least, mentally and emotionally) during the April and May months. Spring is coming, we promise!

Whether you’re visiting the state and are looking to experience some traditional, hearty Maine entertainment, or are a constant resident wanting something new to do, this list of Maine Springtime Events is for you!

 

April 18th - 9th 32nd Annual Gem and Mineral Show

Put on by the Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society, this is event is a must-attend for any rock enthusiast.  Dealers of precious stones, rare fossils, and rare minerals come from around the world to display their wares, making this show one of the largest of its kind in New England.  Other highlights include demonstrations, a children’s corner, silent auctions, and a Grand Prize Raffle.  FMI on cost and schedules, visit their website at http://www.mainemineralclub.org/show.

 

April 28th Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration

Indulge in a selection of exquisite seafood dishes while learning about Maine’s fascinating marine environment.  Hosted at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and put on by GMRI staff, this event is a delicious way to support healthy Maine marine ecology and sustainable seafood.  FMI on cost, dates, or the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, visit their website at http://www.gmri.org/events/calendar/gulf-maine-seafood-celebration.

 

May 9th Chowderfest on the Pier at Old Orchard Beach

Put in your vote for the #1 chowder in the state! Sample a selection of the best chowder recipes from all around Maine while taking in the relaxing atmosphere of the OOB pier.  For more information, visit: http://www.oobpier.com

 

May 14th - 17th Taste of Bar Harbor

Described as, “a local food festival celebrating the traditions and flavors of downeast Maine,” this event is definitely for true foodies looking to experience traditional dishes of the region.  Enjoy specialty tastings, classes, and tours from participating restaurants and venues-- and the 2nd Annual Waiter’s Race!  For more information on schedules and events or to purchase tickets, go to:http://www.barharborinfo.com/Events/Taste-of-Bar-Harbor.aspx

 

May 15th - 17th Home Garden Flower Show’s May Fair

If flowers and home decor strike your fancy, the Home Garden Flower Show’s May Fair might be right up your alley!  Named one of Maine’s top 20 events twice in three years, this massive event takes place at the Fryeburg Fairground and contains oodles of garden and home improvement exhibitors and seminars. For more information on attendance, exhibitors, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.homegardenflowershow.com/abouttheshow/.

 

May 22nd - 25th Memorial Day Weekend Down East Spring Birding Festival

Take advantage of the spring migration and breeding season with this weekend birding festival!  Adventure through the terrain of Eastern coastal Maine on individual hikes and expert-guided tours.  Called one of the top birding events in the country, this mini-getaway highlights a distinct and vibrant sect of Maine wildlife.  FMI on the 2015 schedule, go to http://www.cclc.me/page/911-3214/downeast-spring-birding-festival.


Want more to do?  Check Maine Today’s list of spring events.


What’s your favorite activity to do during the spring season in Maine?  Share in the comments below! We love hearing from you.

 

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