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Below are some of our area's most popular events that are sure to entertain groups, individuals, couples or the entire family. Be sure to make the Lord Camden Inn your home away from home as you enjoy what our area has to offer all year long.
Grape Affair Cellardoor Winery Grape Affair I
July 26, 2014
Spend an idyllic evening of dining and dancing as the sun sets over our vineyard in Lincolnville. Appetizers, dinner and desserts will be featured and paired with Cellardoor wines. And as day turns to night, the stage will light up for an evening of dancing to spectacular live performances by The Chris Humphreys Big Band and Thelma Houston's Motown Review. Seats for this beautiful al fresco event are limited, so early reservations are recommended! Visit Cellardoor Winery for more information.

FestivalIndependence Festival of Independence
July 1 - 5, 2014
Four days of fun in the Midcoast! Local groups are joining together to throw a four day party with music, parades, fireworks, and breathtaking natural beauty. Make a long weekend of it and celebrate in style. Watch a spectacular community-financed fireworks display over Camden Harbor on the evening of July 3rd: an eve of independence celebration to honor our heritage and our history. For more info, click here.

NorthAtlanticBlues North Atlantic Blues Festival
July 12 - 13, 2014
The North Atlantic Blues Festival, one of the more prestigious festivals on the East Coast will run for two days, July 14 and 15, 2012. The event will be held at the popular festival site, Harbor Park in Rockland, Maine, overlooking picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music will be featured on the Main Stage. For a full lineup of musicians or to purchase tickets, click here.

HarborArts Camden Harbor Arts Show
July 19 - 20, 2014
Over 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in scenic Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. Stroll around the different vendor tents and shop for unique art and crafts while enjoying the view. For more information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at 207-236-4404 or visit

LobsterFestival Maine Lobster Festival
July 30 - August 3, 2014
What do you get when you mix nine tents, the world's greatest lobster cooker, a sea goddess, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, US Navy ship tours, all you can eat pancakes, professional and amateur cooking contests, marine heritage, road races, kids events, and over 20,000 pounds of lobster? The Maine Lobster Festival! For more info, click here.

Maine Boats & Harbors ME Boats Homes & Harbors Show
August 8 - 10, 2014
If you love the coast of Maine, you won't want to miss this high-summer event! Each year we gather Maine's finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time, so you can meet them in person. For more info, visit
Penobscot Bay Rendezvous Penobscot Bay Rendezvous
August 14 - 17, 2014
What a party! The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous is on the map as one of New England best regattas. Last year 55 sail and powerboats gathered for the four-night three-day event co-hosted by Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding. Recognized by Yachting Magazine as one of the Best events! Mark your calendars and come find out for yourself!
Grape Affair Cellardoor Winery Grape Affair II
August 22, 2014
Grab your boots and get ready to kick up your heels - Cellardoor is going a little bit country! Spend an idyllic summer evening of dinner and dancing as the sun sets over our vineyard in Lincolnville. Delicious Southern-inspired savory and sweet treats will be prepared by Megunticook Market and paired with Cellardoor wines. For more information, call 207-763-4478 or visit

WindjammerFestival Camden Windjammer Festival
August 29 - 31, 2014
The Camden Windjammer Festival is a community-led celebration of Camden's maritime heritage and living traditions. Every year on Labor Day weekend thousands of visitors from as far away as Alaska and as near as Bay View Street in Camden gather along the wharfs and parks to explore the ships themselves, learn salty crafts and skills, and swap sea stories and songs in talent shows and concerts that appeal to landlubbers and swabbies alike. For more info, click here.

CIFF Camden International Film Festival September 25 - 28, 2014
The Camden International Film Festival returns to the midcoast for its ninth season. The festival will once again shine the spotlight on works that show dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. All films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice.
For more info, click here.
Vinfest Cellardoor Winery Vinfest
October 3 - 4, 2014
Cellardoor Winery's annual harvest party down in the vineyard is back! Join us for an unforgettable evening of dinner featuring four talented chefs, live music and dancing to spectacular live performances by Grammy nominee and Broadway star, Frenchie Davis, American pop/rock singer Vonda Shepherd, and iconic American funk group KC and The Sunshine Band. For more information, call 207-763-4478 or visit
ChristmasBySea Christmas By The Sea
December 5 - 7, 2014
Come and join our 26th Anniversary of the areas most beloved celebration of the holiday season, Christmas by the Sea. The event will take place the first weekend in December in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville. In the spirit of the season, community businesses and organizations sponsor free festivities all weekend long that warm the spirit even if the air turns cold. From shopping to Santa and all sorts of performances, it's a great time to celebrate as a family and socialize with friends.
For more info, click here.

Banff Film Festival Banff Mountain Film Festival
2015 Dates TBA
As always, this year's tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental, and adventure mountain films. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline packed action sports, the 2015 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. Hosted by Maine Sport Outfitters and held at the Strom Auditorium in Rockport, each night will be a mix of different films.

Toboggan 25th Annual Toboggan Championships
February 7 - 9, 2015
Still going strong in 2015, the 25th annual Toboggan Nationals will boast a field of 400 teams and nearly 1,300 racers, with an expected spectator base of more than 5,000 over two days of heated competition. Without fail, the limited number of team slots annually sells out and the crowds of spectators makes the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area the most popular place to be each February. For more information, click here.
CamdenConference Camden Conference
2015 Dates TBA
The 27th Annual Camden Conference, The Middle East - What Next? takes place in late February, live from the Camden Opera House and simulcast to satellite venues, the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and the Grand in Ellsworth. The 2014 Camden Conference will focus on the current status and future prospects of the Arab Awakening across the Middle East and its likely impacts upon U.S. policies and U.S. roles in the region. For more information, click here.
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