Upcoming Events

Acadia Area Calendar of Events 2019 

Join us this season for some of the fun that the Acadia National Park region offers. Our events offer something for everyone, from fabulous, food, art, sporting events, bird watching, celebrations and more. See you soon!

  • Saturday, May 25
    Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Beers and Gears
    5-7:30PM: The museum is hosting a series of monthly Beers & Gears gatherings throughout the winter. Come in from the cold to hang out with us and your friends during the dark winter afternoons! BEER - SNACKS - GAMES -
  • Thursday, May 30
    Acadia Birding Festival
    Continues thru June 2; click here for scheduled programs. Acadia's birding community invites you and your family to celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues.
  • Tuesday, June 4
    Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Call Me American - a Memoir with Abdi Nor Iftin
    5:30PM: Registration required.
  • Saturday, June 15
    At Home Rowing Regatta Fundraiser
    8AM - 2PM: Join us for a day on the water! The At Home Rowing Regatta will have three different courses (5 miles, 2.4 miles and 1 mile) and is open to any age and any rowing skill level For info call: 374-5852
  • Sunday, June 16
    Sips Presents: Italian Wine Dinner
    6-8PM: Join us on Sunday June 16th at 6pm for an Italian Wine Dinner. Contact Sips at 207-244-4550 reservations.
  • Tuesday, June 18
    Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Geological Evolution of Mount Desert Island with Duane and Ruth Braun
    5:30PM: Registration required. Please call 244-7065. Have you ever wondered about the geological origin of Mount Desert Island? How it was put together? What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape?
  • Thursday, July 4
    Acadia Chamber Presents: Fourth of July Fireworks
    9PM: The fireworks will be held on July 4th and shot from the Acadia Fuel barge which will be placed in the middle of Southwest Harbor providing unobstructed views from Manset to the Coast Guard base. (Rain date: July 6th) This event is sponsored by the visitors, residents and businesses of the Southwest Harbor area.
  • Tuesday, July 9
    MDI Historical Society's Annual Strawberry Festival
    1-3PM at the Somesville Firehouse. Strawberry shortcake made with ripe Maine strawberries and freshly whipped cream! A limited supply of fresh strawberries will be available for sale by the quart. This event is hosted by the Seal Cove Auto Museum and the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. Additional sponsorship was provided by Hannaford Supermarkets and the Southwest Food Mart IGA.
  • Friday, July 12
    The 23rd Annual Hospice Regatta of Maine
    Continues thru July 14: Regatta Races, Race Viewing aboard the Maine Seacoast Mission’s Sunbeam with champagne lunch, Rendezvous cocktail party at Morris Yachts’ boatyard in Northeast Harbor, musical entertainment, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks, and Fun!
  • Friday, July 12
    Harbor House Presents: 2019 Annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival
    Continues thru July 15. The annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival is whimsical, lighthearted and decidedly pink, this fun filled family festival truly has something for everyone.
  • Saturday, July 12
    Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Dawson's Fall with Roxana Robinson
    5:30PM at the MDI High School: The Jesup Memorial, Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor Public Libraries are thrilled to announce their first island-wide author event with critically acclaimed author Roxana Robinson at the Mount Desert Island High School.
  • Monday, July 15
    Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Schooner Maggie B: A Southern Ocean Circumnavigation
    5:30PM: In 2005, Frank Blair built a 63-foot wooden schooner and, with an all-volunteer crew, set off on her two-year maiden voyage on a Southern Ocean circumnavigation, around the great capes. Join this blue-water sailor as he tells of his adventures during his voyage around the world! 244-7065
  • Tuesday, July 16
    ArtWaves Presents: Little Cranberry Island Workshop
    8-4 July 16 & 17: Little Cranberry Island is a working harbor full of lobster boats and unmatched views of the Great Harbor and its many Islands. Emphasis will be on honing observation skills, massing the main shapes for strong composition and perceiving the landscape abstractly.
  • Saturday, July 20
    Bar Harbor Garden Club's Tour: Fine Island Gardens
    10AM - 4PM, rain or shine: View some of the finest gardens on MDI. Advance tickets are $30 ($35 on the day of the tour.) Click here for information on the tour and on where to purchase tickets.
  • Thursday, July 25
    Charlotte Rhoades Park's Annual Butterfly Release
    3:30PM; reservations required. This annual event is a wonderful family affair that is fun for everyone! Money raised at the event helps support the park by providing funds for plants, supplies, and equipment for maintaining the garden, and producing educational materials. Click here for info and to purchase tickets.
  • Friday, August 2
    Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: We Were an Island with Director, Peter Logue
    2 showings; call 244-7065 for reservations and times. Inspired by the book, We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art & Nan Kellam by Peter P. Blanchard III, the film stars Loudon Wainwright III and Becky Ann Baker, as a couple who moved to Placentia, an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine, in 1949, where they lived in near isolation for four decades.
  • Sunday, August 4
    YMCA's Acadia 70.3 Triathlon
    We are so excited to have you join us for our first triathlon, on the Quietside of Acadia. The money raised through your entry fees help sustain the YMCA's scholarship programs, ensuring that individuals and families have access to the care, services, and programs that can help them improve their lives through healthy living or community activities.
  • Tuesday, August 6
    Harbor House Community Center's Annual Lobsters on the Sound
    5:30PM: Join us for a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres from many local restaurants, a lobster bake, live and silent auctions and music and dancing under the stars at the Hinckley Company in Southwest Harbor. Proceeds from Lobsters on the Sound support the many programs and services Harbor House provides to the communities of Mount Desert Island. For tickets call Diana at 244-3713.
  • Sunday, August 25
    Acadia National Park Fee-Free Days
    Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free on one of five fee free days in 2019. The entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be: Saturday, April 20 First day of National Park Week, National Junior Ranger Day. Sunday, August 25 National Park Service Anniversary. Saturday, September 28 National Public Lands Day. Monday, November 11 Veterans
  • Tuesday, August 27
    Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: A Fickle Tide with Maine Author Monica Moeller
    5:30PM: In her debut novel, A Fickle Tide, Maine author Monica Moeller, aka mystery writer Moe Claire, takes you on a journey to the fictional Pyke Island, Maine, where on one night in early January multi-crimes shatter the quiet of the winter season. The author is a year-round resident of Lamoine. She is on the board of the Maine Granite Museum and teaches literature at Downeast Senior College.
  • Tuesday, September 10
    Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Geological Evolution of Mount Desert Island with Duane and Ruth Braun
    5:30PM: Registration required. Please call 244-7065. Have you ever wondered about the geological origin of Mount Desert Island? How it was put together? What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape? The Brauns are back by popular demand to take us on a geologic history tour! Their talk will begin around a billion years ago!
  • Wednesday, September 25
    Acadia's Night Sky Festival
    Continues thru September 29. Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Click here for a full schedule and other information.
  • Friday, October 11
    3rd Annual Southwest Harbor Week
    Kicking off on Friday with Acadia's Annual Wine Tasting, and finishing with the MDI Marathon on October 20, Southwest Harbor Week is 10 days filled with great programs highlighting the Quietside of Acadia. Cruises, walks, talks, tours and activities featuring the wonders of Acadia and our great museums. Stay tuned for more information as the events are scheduled.
  • Friday, October 11
    Acadia's 10th Annual Wine Tasting
    4-6PM: Join us at Smuggler's Den Campground under the big tent for an evening of wines from around the world. Hosted by Sawyer's Specialties and catered by Sips Restaurant, this intimate evening is always a treat. Click here for more information and a link to purchase tickets.
  • Saturday, October 12
    Acadia's 24th Annual Oktoberfest
    Noon - 5PM: Join us at Smuggler's Den Campground under the big tent for our annual brewfest! More than 20 brewers, pouring more than 60 craft beers for your tasting pleasure. Music by Banned from Eden and Pitch Black Ribbons, great food from local vendors, crafts, games and our 2nd home brewers competition are just some of the highlights.Click here for more info and a link to purchase tickets.