Camden offers a variety of events year-round. Whatever your preference for activity, you'll always find something to your liking in Camden.
U.S National Toboggan Championships
Toboggan races at the Camden Snow Bowl draw participants and spectators from around the world for this unique event that has been going strong for over 25 years. A field of up to 425 teams will race for the fastest times down the 400-foot-long wooden toboggan chute, which dates back to 1936, and fly across frozen Hosmer Pond to fantastic finishes. Come as a visitor, leave as a future racer - we know you'll be back! For more information, call 207-236-3438; www.camdensnowbowl.com
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
The Banff Centre is the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet. Our mission is inspiring creativity. Over 8,000* artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides them with the support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible. Maine Sport Outfitters hosts the Rockport, Maine tour location at the Strom Auditorium. A program is chosen that reflects the interests of the local audiences from a selection of films on exploration and adventure, culture and environment, and mountain sports.
International conference focusing on world issues.
This year: Refugees and Global Migration. For more info: www.camdenconference.org
Maine Restaurant Week
Restaurant Week is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During restaurant week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers. During restaurant weeks, they go above and beyond. The first restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009. FMI: mainerestaurantweek.com
Camden is Blooming
Celebrate spring in downtown Camden with sidewalk sales
and children’s activities in the village.
Check out our events schedule.
Jazz in JuneJune
Come enjoy great 3 days of music, fantastic food and fun in our lovely mid-coast setting. Music in our beautiful Camden Opera House , at the Camden Snow Bowl and all around town. FMI: visit Jazz in June Camden
Paces for PAWS
5k Race & 1 Mile Family Fun Walk, Belfast Rail Trail. Bring all your running friends out to participate in this fun, dog-friendly 5K and 1 mile walk to support our local animal shelter P.A.W.S. FMI: Paces For PAW
S or call 207-236-8702.
HIstorical Camden Walks
Fridays at 4:00pm, Late June–Mid-September
Join us for an entertaining, educational one-hour walking tour of downtown Camden’s historic sites. Free of charge; donations appreciated. Reservations encouraged. Sponsored by the Camden Public Library and the Camden Area Business Group. Call 207-236-3440 or stop by the Library circulation desk.
Festival of Independence
Join us in Harbor Park for music. Concerts and fireworks all overlooking beautiful Camden Harbor.
Monday Movies in the Park
Movies the old fashioned way, starting at dusk in the Camden Amphitheatre, rain or shine (we move indoors if it is inclement), July and August. For more information, call 207-236-3440; Camden Public Library
Harbor Arts & Books Fair
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 visit: Camden Public Library
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Our neighbor Rockland hosts the magnificent annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers. It’s widely considered one of the most prestigious blues festivals on the East Coast! For more information: www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com
Camden Garden Club House & Garden Tour
One of Maine's oldest and most famous annual summer tours. 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. Unique views, waterfront properties, and in-town jewels make this tour a must-see event. The 70th Annual House and Garden Tour will feature 7 diverse and remarkable properties including small town cottages, an 1820s gem updated for modern living while maintaining the charm of its origins, a 60 acre transformation of one man’s unique and personal vision, a magnificent Arts and Crafts estate situated on 21 acres, overlooking beautiful Penobscot Bay. FMI: camdengardenclub.com
Camden Shakespeare Festival
July - August
The Camden Shakespeare Festival is a professional, non-profit theatre committed to producing Shakespeare’s plays chiefly in the Camden Amphitheatre. We believe that Shakespeare plays speak to everyone, because of their universal themes, their unforgettable characters and their extraordinary poetry. These plays are produced in association with the Camden Public Library. For more information on the schedule and tickets visit Camden Shakespeare Festival
Camden Classics Cup
Classic yachts convene in Camden for several days of racing in
Penobscot Bay and events hosted by Lyman Morse Boatbuilding. FMI: Camden Classics Cup
Merryspring Kitchen Tour
Tour kitchens in area homes and taste delicacies prepared by local chefs at every stop.
Maine Lobster Festival
A Maine coast tradition at Rockland Harbor Park. The 70th Annual Maine Lobster Festival is one of New England’s great summer events. Tons of steamed Maine lobsters served; pageantry, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, visits to Navy and Coast Guard ships, harbor cruises, live entertainment, parade, lobster crate races, and more. For more information: www.mainelobsterfestival.com
Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show
If you love the coast of Maine, you won’t want to miss this high-summer event! Each year the show gathers Maine’s finest artists, architects, boat builders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers, and marine gear vendors together in ONE place at ONE time! For more information: www.maineboats.com/boatshow
Camden Windjammer Festival
Labor Day Weekend
Camden hosts a windjammer celebration of maritime heritage. Throughout the day on Friday, Schooners from around Maine sail in and dock in our harbor—whether you’re a boat lover or not, it’s a spectacular site. After nightfall, fireworks officially kick off the weekend, and festivities continue throughout. When it comes to a community party, the crews, captains, craftspeople, business owners, residents, neighbors, and visitors really know how to have a great, family-friendly time in one of the world’s prettiest harbors. For more information: Camden Windjammer Festival
Annual Maine Wienerfest
Maine Wienerfest is a celebration of dachshunds and the people who love them! FMI: Maine Wienerfest or call 207-236-8702.
Camden International Film Festival (CIFF)
The Camden International Film Festival, better known as CIFF, showcases the finest international documentary cinema. Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. The Festival utilizes beautiful and unusual venues in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. Screenings are followed by intimate Q&A sessions with directors and industry professionals. Festivities over the weekend include panels, workshops, photographic exhibits, musical concerts and exclusive parties. CIFF gets bigger and better every year! For more information: www.camdenfilmfest.org
Scenic Chairlift Rides at Camden Snow Bowl
Chairlift rides run Saturdays in October, 10am-2pm during the height of foliage season. Pancake breakfasts served in the lodge before the rides. www.camdensnowbowl.com
Harbor Arts & Books Fair
Over 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in scenic Camden Amphitheater, Harbor Park, and along Atlantic Avenue. For more information, call 207-236-3440; www.librarycamden.org
The annual PopTech, referred to as a conference for "real thinkers" by WIRED. What to expect? Three jam-packed days of brilliant stage talks, performances, workshops, conversations, happy hours, parties and our much loved randomly assigned lunches and dinners. For more information visit Poptech.org
Christmas by the Sea
Christmas by the Sea is a December tradition in Camden that kicks off the holiday season, eagerly anticipated by families both near and far. This year is no exception: plans include a holiday parade, stores open late with ongoing sales, carriage rides, a tree-lighting in Harbor Park, carolers, the "real Santa”, and many crafts, fairs and activities throughout the Midcoast communities. For more information visit our events page.