Fourth of July Celebration
Family, friends and visitors alike join in the old fashion day style celebration of parades, flag waving, special foods, evening concerts and the best fireworks display over the bay anywhere!
This year, make your reservations early and stay in one of our cottages, homes for rent or one of our cozy B&B’s. The Castine 4th of July Celebration will soon become a family tradition.
Bastille Day Celebration – July 14
The idyllic and historic setting of Castine, Maine, with its pristine Penobscot Bay as a backdrop, is hosting their second annual Bastille Day Celebration on Friday, July 14th. This family celebration takes place on the French national holiday and encourages visitors from near and far to experience our Franco-American and Native American culture through music, food, film, lectures, children’s activities, and lighthouse tours. Castine traces its French heritage to the Baron de St. Castin. His marriage to Wabanaki Chief Madockawando’s daughter linked our French and Native American cultures.
The celebration begins appropriately with a French toast breakfast. You’ll learn the art of French cooking during our chef’s demonstration. Celebration goers will be encouraged to wear white to our late afternoon “Picnic en Blanc” where you’ll be seated at long white tables at the town hall, under the elms, while listening to Franco-American music. Select your designer picnic from our local purveyors or bring your own with French delights. A plethora of other activities allow you to take in the sites while enjoying a lighthouse tour or tasting hand-cranked ice cream while you take in a little history at the Wilson Museum. Jesters, jugglers and dancing clowns will delight children of all ages throughout the day. Historic lectures and films are designed to satisfy even the most discerning history buffs. Complete your celebration experience with a summer evening concert on the waterfront tapping your toes as you watch sail boats in the distance.
This event is hosted by the Town of Castine’s Bastille Day Celebration Committee.
Plein Air Festival – July 20-22
The Castine Arts Association is pleased to announce the 2017 festival will take place over three days, from July 20 to 22. The coastal town of Castine, Maine is the ideal setting for plein air painting. The town and surrounding Penobscot Bay area is endowed with a rich history of art and has been a popular destination for many of America’s most famous artists for over 150 years. The area possesses a stunning collection of beautiful landscapes, rugged coastlines, historic architecture, and an abundance of New England charm.
The festival will include artist awards and an opportunity to sell work created during the event to the public. There will be a welcome cocktail reception on the evening of July 19th. The festival will conclude on the evening of July 22nd with an exhibition and sale of the art created over three days of painting. Artists may paint at a variety of locations of their choosing within a deﬁned area surrounding the town of Castine.
July 20 | Artist Registration and Festival Launch | 6:00 – 8:30 AM
Artists check-in at the Castine Town Common to obtain their information packet and have their blank canvases stamped for the event. Visitors will enjoy traveling around Castine and capturing the artists at work on Thursday and Friday.
July 22 | Reception Exhibition and Art Sale | Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy, Pleasant St. | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Public exhibition and art sale – artists will host their display tables. All submitted artwork, up to a maximum of six paintings, must be available for sale at the exhibition and sale.
Plan to visit Castine during this exciting opportunity to see artists in action, painting in historic Castine where many famous artists have painted before and purchase your favorite work directly from your favorite artist. Be sure to get your accommodation reservations early as the community will be fully booked during this event!
Castine Classic Yacht Race – August 2-3
Celebrating Aage Nielsen
On August 2 we will honor Aage Nielsen, a genius of twentieth century yacht design, at an exhibition at the Town Dock and a symposium at Maine Maritime Academy, chaired by Doug Adkins. Maynard Bray and Tom Jackson, authors of “Worthy of the Sea,” the definitive Nielsen treatise, will help orchestrate the presentation. All Nielsen yacht owners wishing to participate are urged to contact Committee@CastineClassic.com.
We look forward to seeing you in Castine this summer. Please contact David Bicks at (917) 331-5482 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Fort George Fortification – September 9-10
On the weekend of September 9 & 10, 2017, volunteers at Fort George and Castine will show us what life may have been like between 1779 and 1783 while Crown troops protected the Loyalists who had moved to the area believing that the Penobscot was going to be the border between the new United States of America and British North America.
The weekend will be filled with music, food, history, presentations and entertainment for the whole family. For more information and a schedule of events visit the Friends of Castine Fortification website.