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Abbe Museum Indian Market

May 17 – 19, 2019 Mount Desert Island calls to many artists. Its cragged shores, woodland trails, and calming lakes inspire creativity and have lured artists to this place for generations. Wabanaki people are part of this artistic tradition, dating back thousands of years on this island. During the Rusticator era (the 1840s to 1920s), the Wabanaki people helped make Bar Harbor and the island so attractive to visitors – making art and selling it to the visitors ensure cultural survival for many art forms. For more informaton and events during the Abbe’s Indian Market visit

Acadia Night Sky Festival

Date and Time Wednesday September 25, 2019 – Sunday September 29, 2019 Location Throughout Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic Peninsula, and beyond. Fees/Administration Most events during the festival are free and open to the public. Please check the schedule of events for specific activities that require registration and/or fees. Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. The 11th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival is set for September 25-29, 2019, and will once again be packed with a full schedule of events. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Here, the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi River. With the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receiving national attention, Maine is increasingly being referred to as one place “that still has stars.”

Art in the Park

Date and Time Saturday June 15, 2019 & Sunday June 16, 201910:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT Location Village Green, Corner of Main Street and Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor Maine Fees/Administration This event is free to the public. The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce will once again host its’ annual Art in the Park show on the Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor. As the longest running art show in Bar Harbor we are honored to celebrate 69 years of supporting and showcasing fine artists in the two-dimensional art mediums of painting, print making and photography. Artist interested in participating in the 69th annual Art in the Park can access Guidelines and Application by Clicking Here

Bed Races

Saturday, November 10 Downtown Bar Harbor Roll out of bed and come early for the steals and deals at Bar Harbor’s finest retail locations for the annual Early Bird Pajama Sale, where those who shop in their pajamas receive even better discounts! Early Bird Pajama Sale 6:00 am – 9:00 am Shop at participating businesses & receive amazing discounts! Wearing your pajamas can earn additional discounts with some of the participants. Check below for participating locations and offers. Bar Harbor Bed Races 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Watch as teams from area businesses and organizations race decorated beds down Cottage Street. The race starts in front of The 1932 Criterion Theatre.

Fourth of July

Bar Harbor’s Fourth of July has been voted the #1 Fourth of July celebration in America by the Today Show, and recognized by National Geographic as one of the top ten in the U.S.  Schedule of Events (subject to change) 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Blueberry or plain pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee.  All proceeds from the event support local nonprofits. Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. 10:00 AM Independence Day Parade  The community shows off its patriotism and good humor. Parade route winds through downtown Bar Harbor from Main Street to Cottage Street to Eden Street to Mt. Desert Street to Ledgelawn Avenue. Produced by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Seafood Festival Enjoy lobster, mussels, corn, lobster rolls, hot dogs, hamburgers, and more at the area’s largest seafood festival! All proceeds from the event support local nonprofits. Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. 9:15 PM (approx.) Fireworks Over Frenchman Bay Enjoy the spectacular display on the waterfront, downtown Bar Harbor. Sponsored by Ocean Properties and produced by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

MDI Marathon

MAINE’S DESTINATION MARATHON, HALF & RELAY The Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half & Relay is North America’s premier destination road race. The award-winning course features miles of pristine terrain passing tranquil lakes, soaring mountains, sleepy Maine villages, and stunning seaside vistas, all set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Acadia National Park in peak fall foliage season. Races finish in the hardworking lobster fishing community of Southwest Harbor. More info on registration can be found at

Movies in the Park

Mark your calendars, because we have the schedule of  free movies that will be shown in Bar Harbor on Wednesday nights, as part of the Seaside Cinema Outdoor Movie Series, shown in Agamont Park. The Seaside Cinema Outdoor Movie Series is a partnership between the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Reel Pizza. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and snacks! Popcorn is provided! Schedule can be found at

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