Events

Stay up to date on upcoming events with the MLA calendar. We post MLA meetings, trainings, festivals and openings as well as other events that pertain to the lobster industry. You can sort by category or tags (i.e.lobster boat races).  Let us know if you have something to post! 207-967-4555 or andi@mainelobstermen.org

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May
26
Sat
Damariscotta Mills Fishladder Restoration Festival @ Damariscotta Mills downtown
May 26 all-day

For the 3nd year we will have THE RUNNING WITH THE ALEWIVES 5K & 10K races. There will be lots of great food including pulled pork and chicken, oysters, lobster & crab rolls, hamburgers, breakfast sandwiches and more! The Chris Fitz Band will play Saturday night at the Lincoln Theater. The festival is an amazing community event!!

Penobscot Marine Museum Opens for the Season @ Penobscot Marine Museum
May 26 all-day

The 2018 Summer Season has begun! Stop by to see amazing displays of maritime history and more in our special collections:

Small Craft. Working and recreational boats from the early 20th century include a Beals Island lobster boat; a North Haven dinghy; a Lincolnville wherry; a Herreshoff 12 ½; peapods; dories; canoes; marine engines and lots more.

Marine Art. We have a world-class collection of 19th century marine art featuring Thomas and James Buttersworth, Robert Salmon, and Antonio Jacobsen; ship portraits and port paintings from around the world; ships’ figureheads; dioramas and shadowboxes.

Furniture, crafts and domestic furnishings. In addition to domestic manufactures of the 19th century, many Searsport homes were furnished with a wealth of fascinating objects from the Orient, brought back by local sea captains. Our fully-furnished sea captain’s house shows how a 19th century home might have looked, with objects ranging from grandfather clocks and cuff crimpers to “larding needles” (to insert more fat into meat), hooked rugs, traveling desks, Chinese sewing boxes, oil portraits, and a piano with mother-of-pearl keys.

Tools. Artifacts of economic labor abound in the Working The Bay exhibit. You’ll see the tools used by Penobscot Bay’s loggers, farmers, ice harvesters, ship builders and mariners.

Ship Models. You’ll see builder’s half-hull models; large-scale fully-rigged plank-on frame models; exquisite miniatures; a French prisoner’s model made of bone; presentation models; a working steam-powered tug model and more.

Scrimshaw. Our collection includes both inscribed and rare painted whales’ teeth; baleen and walrus ivory objects; and related craft pieces.

Photography. Over 100,000 items, including collections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company and Atlantic Fisherman; and work by photographers Carroll Thayer Berry, Charles R. Coombs and Joanna Colcord.

Special Exhibits. Every season there are special and temporary exhibits that feature rarely-seen gems from our collections and items on loan. See the Home Page and Calendar of Events for details.

Jun
16
Sat
Maine Lobster Boat Race- Boothbay Harbor @ Boothbay Harbor
Jun 16 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Jun
17
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race- Rockland @ Rockland Harbor
Jun 17 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Jun
24
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race – Bass Harbor @ Bass Harbor
Jun 24 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Jun
30
Sat
Maine Lobster Boat Race -Moosabec Reach @ Moosabec Reach
Jun 30 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Jul
8
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race -Stonington @ Stonington Harbor
Jul 8 all-day

The Fastest Boats on the Coast!

Overnight docking and fuel is available at Billings Diesel & Marine Service. There is a
public access boat ramp at Colwell’s next to the Isle au Haut Boat Services wharf.
Additional trailer parking is available at the ball field across from the Island Community
Center.
Registration for the races begins at 8:00am on the Stonington Commercial Fish Pier; this is
also the location of the Race Awards at the end of the event. Races start at 10:00am.
BE AWARE the red can on the north side of the track off the Isle au Haut Boat Services
wharf is marking a ledge. Remain on the south side.
The races will be broadcast on VHF Channel 10. For additional information contact
stoningtonlobsterboatraces@gmail.com – Genevieve McDonald @ 207 266 5113 or Cory
McDonald @ 207 664 4525.

Jul
22
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race-Friendship @ Friendship
Jul 22 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Aug
1
Wed
Maine Lobster Festival @ Harbor Park
Aug 1 – Aug 5 all-day

We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful midcoast Maine and the world-renowned Maine Lobster Festival!

The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine. This annual event takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Rockland, Maine, each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster dinners, nationally renowned entertainers, cooking contests, carnival rides, Maine craftsmen and artists.

What started as an idea for a local marine festival to revive Midcoast Maine communities has turned into an internationally-recognized celebration of local seafood. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts visitors from as near as Owls Head, Maine, to visitors from countries throughout Europe and Asia.

Since 1947, the Maine Lobster Festival has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Maine’s communities. As a non-profit organization, the Maine Lobster Festival donates all proceeds back to the Midcoast Maine communities each year. We support local food pantries, high school sports teams, community service groups, local emergency services, and offer college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

The Maine Lobster Festival is run exclusively by volunteers. More than 1,300 volunteers from the community and “from away” help us year after year on the festival grounds. From our board of directors right down to the wonderful men and women who serve lobster dinners to our visitors, our hard work is repaid in the form of happy visitors and the satisfaction of supporting Maine’s lobster industry.

For more information click here

The festival wouldn’t happen each year without our more than 1,100 volunteers. Our volunteers come from our local community and all over the country. Learn how you can volunteer and earn one of our highly coveted Maine Lobster Festival volunteer T-shirts!

Aug
11
Sat
Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races @ Winter Harbor Town Dock
Aug 11 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.