Bar Harbor Area Events
During your stay at the Bar Harbor Villager Motel, be sure to take advantage of the many area events taking place from throughout the season. Many of these events are long standing traditions to the Bar Harbor area. From the Art in the Park show, where artists have been displaying and selling their work for 67 years, to the Bar Harbor Music Festival, which has been around for over half a century, the following events are sure to not disappoint!
May 31st – June 3rd, 2018: Acadia Birding Festival
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. Greet our warblers on early morning birding walks, visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observe Peregrine Falcons at an active breeding site in Acadia National Park. Our combination of lectures, walks, and adventures will connect you to Downeast Maine’s many bird species, diverse habitats and local birding experts.
More info and registration: www.acadiabirdingfestival.com
June 3rd, 2018: MDI YMCA Acadia Half Marathon & 10K
The MDI YMCA is the cornerstone of youth development and recreational activities on the island, and this race is the MDI YMCA’s 2nd largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the Half Marathon help fund our scholarship program.
This course features breathtaking views of Acadia National Park and Maine’s rocky coastline. It is a spectacular 13.1-mile course traveling on the scenic Acadia National Park Loop Road.
More info and registration: www.mdiymca.org/index.php?page=acadia-loop-half-mara
TBD: Taste of Bar Harbor
Enjoy the best that Bar Harbor has to eat and drink at its annual food festival, the Taste of Bar Harbor. This festival celebrates the rich culinary traditions of our region, and explores the exciting industries that are shaping the new flavors of Bar Harbor.
With cooking classes, brewery tours, and tastings for all palates happening throughout the weekend, the festival also features Dessert Night Competition, a Friday night Pub Tour, and the opportunity to sit at a Chef’s Table.
June 16th – 17th, 2018: Art in the Park
Join us on June 16 & 17, 2018 for the longest running art show in Bar Harbor!
The beauty of Bar Harbor was first captured on canvas in the mid-1800’s by noted American painters. Soon, other artists followed and today Bar Harbor and Downeast Maine support a lively arts community. Come to the Village Green on Saturday and Sunday to see the wonderful works of art from nearly 35 artists.
July 2018: Bar Harbor Music Festival
Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as “…one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the Bar Harbor Music Festival has gained national recognition for its important work. It remains one of the few music festivals in the United States whose guiding mission is to provide essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent. During the past 50 years, the Festival has advanced the careers of over 1,800 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers, presenting a glorious summer of music ranging from opera to jazz.
More info: www.barharbormusicfestival.org
July 4th, 2018: Bar Harbor’s Independence Day celebration
4th of July festivities including a pancake breakfast, parade, lobster races, music from the town band, seafood festival and, of course, fireworks over Frenchman Bay.
You can find the full schedule here: www.barharborinfo.com/events/july_4th.aspx
The MDI YMCA is the cornerstone of youth development and recreational activities on the island, and this race is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the Half Marathon help fund all of the MDI YMCA’s programs.
The course is a ½ marathon, 13.1 miles. It is a challenging loop course, with the start and finish at the Bar Harbor athletic field across from the MDI YMCA. Nine miles of the course are on Acadia National Park’s carriage roads, offering a car free, excellent running surface. This is the only half marathon that runs through a national park.
More info and registration: www.mdiymca.org/index.php?page=fall-half-marathon-5k
October 14th, 2018: Mount Desert Island Marathon
Presenting the award-winning Mount Desert Island Marathon, voted ‘most scenic’ and runner-up ‘best overall’ marathon by Runner’s World! Race day is held annually on the Sunday following Columbus Day. Hosted by Crow Athletics.
More info and registration: www.runmdi.org
These Bar Harbor area events are sure to make your vacation memorable and enjoyable! Our rooms tend to book quickly, especially around these popular event dates, so make your reservation online today, or call us at 888-383-3211 to book your room over the phone with a guest service representative.
For more information and details on upcoming events in the area, visit the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce website here.