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 February 17, 2016
Bar Harbor, Maine Events For 2016

 Bar Harbor, Maine, is often synonymous with fresh lobster, outdoor adventure and breathtaking views... And, there are many reasons for that! Every year, 5,316,000 lobsters are eaten here in Bar Harbor, more than two million recreational visitors arrive to take advantage of the sites, trails and carriage roads in Acadia National Park, and there is a non-stop photoshoot of the island's natural landscape. But, there is more happening here than what the region is best known for. Bar Harbor has fun and inviting events all year long for those of all interests and ages, from dedicated shoppers and foodies to families and star-gazing aficionados. We promise there is an event for everyone to attend in 2016, and every year after that.

Acadia's Centennial

Coinciding with the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, Acadia National Park is also celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016! The region will be holding events all year long to "Celebrate our past!" and "Inspire our future!"

May 19-22
Taste of Bar Harbor Food Festival

Food lovers are Bar Harbor aficionados, and we know why! The Bar Harbor region is full of culinary traditions and new ones are always starting to form. The many world-class dining experiences are a must when visiting the Bar Harbor region. What better time to do so than during the Taste of Bar Harbor food festival! Four days of exploring new tastes, learning from top chefs and touring local food venues will give you a whole new appreciation for Maine's ever loved cuisine.

June 18-19
66th Annual Art in the Park

In the 1800s, "rusticators" (tourists) started coming to the island to experience the beauty they had heard of in Henry David Thoreau's writings and seen in paintings of Maine's landscapes by renowned artists. Thanks to the help of art, Bar Harbor became a well-known travel destination. Today, Bar Harbor and Downeast Maine remain lively art communities. Join us to celebrate the region's artistic heritage at the longest running art show in Bar Harbor where more than 30 painters and photographers will display and sell their work.

June 19
Father's Day Concert

Dance the day away with your dad and the rest of your family in Agamont Park! Happening on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Agamont Park in downtown Bar Harbor, the free outdoor concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the music will stop at 7 p.m. Complete the special day with dad's favorite meal or outdoor activity.

July 4
Fourth of July Celebration

Commence a new Fourth of July tradition in Bar Harbor! The Today Show voted Bar Harbor's Fourth of July festivities as the #1 Fourth of July celebration in America. Start the day off with a blueberry pancake breakfast and then head to the craft fair/marketplace for a large selection of Maine crafts. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and is sure to make you smile. Then, it is time to enjoy seafood at the area's largest seafood festival and root for the crustacean participants in the lobster race! The day isn't over until the tunes are played and the fireworks are displayed over Frenchman Bay. See what all the buzz is about; #BarHarbor4th!

July 13 - August 17
Seaside Cinema

Enjoy a movie beside friends and family on a blanket under the stars every Wednesday night from July 13 to August 17. The 16-foot screen will feature a different family-friendly movie each week, including classics and new favorites. Seaside Cinema will take place in Agamont Park, located in downtown Bar Harbor overlooking Frenchman Bay.

September 22-25
8th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival

Maine has a lot of lobster, and stars! Enjoy one of the premier night sky events on the east coast. This festival will be packed with events for all ages, and what better place to stargaze than atop Cadillac Mountain with astronomers or while cruising in a boat along Maine's coastline. Learn from nationally renowned speakers and get hands on with photography workshops, nighttime kayaking and viewing events. For more information, please visit

November 12
22nd Annual Early Bird Sale and Bed Races

Hop out of bed early in the morning and wear your pajamas to get the best discounts at local shops in downtown Bar Harbor. From 6-9 a.m., shop away, then take a break from shopping starting at 10 a.m. to be entertained by the annual bed and pajama parade. The parade starts at the Village Green and is followed by the 9th Annual Bed Races on Cottage Street. Yes, a race to see which team can roll a bed down the street the fastest! A unique and funny tradition Bar Harbor is proud to host annually.

December 2
Village Holidays and Midnight Madness Sale
Ring in the holiday season in Bar Harbor by caroling, drinking hot cocoa and welcoming Santa Claus to town! Follow Santa and the carolers to the MDI YMCA for family activities and crafts, to take a picture with him and to enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride. Later on, score some deals at the 15th Annual Midnight Madness Sale!

Bar Harbor has something to offer for every interest and age, and so do these annual events! This unique array of annual events offers many opportunities for all to explore Bar Harbor's culture and natural landscape, together with family and friends or on your own.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor, Maine is the gateway to Acadia National Park, one of the nation's most visited national parks, and the largest community on Mount Desert Island. Visitors from around the world come to Bar Harbor to experience the region's dramatic, varied scenery and see the historic summer "cottages" that were once the summer retreats of America's wealthiest families. A five-hour drive from Boston and 50 miles from Bangor International Airport, Bar Harbor is the heart of island activity, including shopping, dining, entertainment and organized travel experiences. With a thriving year-round population, it also serves as the Downeast region's center of economic activity, supporting a wide range of industries ranging from lobstering and boat building to banking and biomedical research.