Upcoming Events

2017 - Events: Southwest Harbor, Maine

Join us this season for some of the fun that the Acadia National Park region offers. Our events offer something for everyone, from fabulous, food, art, sporting events, bird watching, celebrations and more. See you soon!

  • Tuesday, June 20
    SWH Library Presents: The Geological Evolution of Mount Desert Island
    5:30PM: Have you ever wondered about the geological evolution of Mount Desert Island? How was it put together? What effect did the glaciers have on the current landscape? The Brauns are back by popular demand to take us on a geological history tour! Their talk will begin around a billion years ago. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065. Pre-registration required.
  • Thursday, June 22
    SWH Library's Annual Claremont Dinner & Silent Auction
    5:30-6:30 p.m. Cash Bar & Silent Auction; 7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Claremont Hotel. Join us for this Fundraising Event benefitting the Library at the Claremont Hotel. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Sunday, June 25
    Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races and Blessing of the Fleet
    Lobster Boat Races start at 10 am. Three anchorages are in the inner harbor. Several marinas are in the area as well. A blessing of the fleet happens after the races. Other activities are also scheduled; starting with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Library at 7:30AM at the Tremont Town Dock. Plain or blueberry pancakes, sausage and a beverage $7. (Kids 4 and under free.) (207) 244-3798
  • Monday, June 26
    Bass Harbor Library Presents: Tremont Historical Society Presentation
    7-8PM: Programs of historical interest are presented at the monthly meetings, which are at 7 P.M. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library March through November. For more information, please call 244-3798.
  • Tuesday, June 27
    SWH Library Presents: Art Paine: The Building of the Dory "Rose"
    Maine boat designer & builder, artist, photographer, & great storyteller Art Paine will give an illustrated talk, "The Building of the Dory 'Rose'", detailing a boat he designed & built with his daughter. The boat was borrowed for an ocean voyage by a man who had a 42-years-long quest to row from Albany, Maine, to Nova Scotia. It's a good dory and a good story! For more information, call 244-7065.
  • Saturday, July 1
    Wendell Gilley Museum's Family Program: Flamingo Puppets!
    1-2:30 pm: Encouraging the creative spark in all of us, we offer art & nature programs for families for children ages 5 & up with their adult companions. We focus on exploring, learning, and creating art together. Registration encouraged. Today we will craft flamingo puppets. Come learn about these long-legged wading birds and make a flying puppet to parade during the Flamingo Festival. 244-7555
  • Monday, July 3
    SWH Library Presents: Erin Myers Madeira
    5:30 PM: As a Global Program Leader at The Nature Conservancy, Erin's work focuses on strengthening the voice, choice and action of indigenous peoples and local communities to shape and manage natural territory in ways that improve people's lives and drive conservation outcomes. For more info, call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Tuesday, July 4
    SWH & Tremont Chamber of Commerce Presents the Annual Fireworks Display
    9PM: The fireworks will be held on July 4th and shot from the Acadia Fuel barge which will be placed in the middle of Southwest Harbor providing unobstructed views from Manset to the Coast Guard base. (Rain date: July 8th) To be successful we need broad based support for this project and we hope you will consider contributing to this event. Call 244-9264 for more information or to make a donation.
  • Friday, July 7
    21st Annual Hospice Regatta of Maine
    Continues July 8: This multi-day sailboat racing event is held to raise money for local nonprofit hospices. Hundreds of sailors, organizers, sponsors and supporters around the country raise more than $1 million each year, while enjoying the competition and unique camaraderie of these events. For more information, click here or call 667-2531.
  • Saturday, July 8
    Seal Cove Auto Museum's Cars and Coffee Day
    9AM to Noon: An opportunity for proud drivers to show off their own special cars, and all auto enthusiasts to congregate to kick tires, peer under hoods, and enjoy coffee with their fellow car-lovers. All are welcome, with or without their own antique or vintage automobile. There will be autos of all sorts, something for everyone to enjoy and admire! Second Saturday of each month. 244-9242
  • Saturday, July 8
    Wendell Gilley Museum's Family Program: Flamingo Puppets!
    1-2:30 pm: Encouraging the creative spark in all of us, we offer art & nature programs for families for children ages 5 & up with their adult companions. We focus on exploring, learning, and creating art together. Registration encouraged. Today we will craft flamingo puppets. Come learn about these long-legged wading birds and make a flying puppet to parade during the Flamingo Festival. 244-7555
  • Tuesday, July 11
    MDI Historical Society's Annual Strawberry Festival
    1-3PM Join us at the Somesville Firehouse for our Annual Strawberry Festival. Taste the best of the season! Our volunteers will dish you up our secret-recipe shortcake covered with succulent berries. You can buy pints to take home, as well. But come early or you will miss out! More info: (207) 276-9323
  • Tuesday, July 11
    SWH Library Presents: A Special Evening with George Mitchell
    5:30PM. Preregistration is required for this program. Senator George Mitchell will speak about his book, A Path to Peace: a Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East. George Mitchell served as a Democratic Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. A reception will follow. For more information, call 244-7065.
  • Friday, July 14
    Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival
    The annual Harbor House Flamingo Festival is whimsical, lighthearted and decidedly pink, this fun filled family festival truly has something for everyone. Join us from July 14-17th, 2017. Stay tuned for this years' theme and a schedule of events!
  • Saturday, July 15
    SWH Library's Annual Paperback Book Sale
    All day - continues Sunday, July 16. The Library will hold its Paperback Book Sale on the front lawn of the Library from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. This annual sale takes place in conjunction with Southwest Harbor's famous Flamingo Festival. There will be a special section of children's books. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Sunday, July 17
    Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival 4-Miler
    Our 4 mile race is part of the Eden Athletics – Smile Design Points Series. This scenic race runs through part of Acadia National Park and ends at the Tremont Community Center. Walkers are welcome. Following the race is a free Fun Run for kids 12 & under. All Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Tremont Community Center on Sunday. to register: 244-3713
  • Tuesday, July 18
    SWH Library Presents: How to Recreate a Masterpiece by local artist, Judy Taylor
    5:30PM: Judy is in the process of recreating a 16th century painting by Pontormo. The picture shown here is only half way through the process. This is a fascinating painting and the story behind it is riveting. Don't miss this special event! For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Thursday, July 20
    Seal Cove Auto Museum's Demo Day
    10am - 3pm: As a part of its July Demonstration Day, we will be offering a series of curator led discussions featuring four "Hidden Gems of the Collection." Highlighted vehicles will include the 1911 American Underslung, the 1908 Stanley Model K Semi-Racer, the 1910 Stoddard Dayton, and the 1905 Pierce Great Arrow. For more information, call 244-9242.
  • Sunday, July 23
    Seal Cove Auto Museum's Murder Mystery Dinner
    Enjoy a full-course dinner among a collection of elegant antique cars from the early 1900s, and help determine the killer when a murder occurs! Prizes awarded. Costumes encouraged but optional; character profiles available. Tickets $100 non-members, $75 members. Info: 244-9242
  • Tuesday, July 25
    SWH Library Presents: Library Talk Master of Suspense, Tess Gerritsen at the Library
    5:30PM: International bestselling author and one of Maine's most admired writers will be at the Library to talk about her work. More information to come! 244-7065
  • Thursday, July 27
    Charlotte Rhoades Park Annual Butterfly Release
    3:30PM: This annual event is a wonderful family affair that is fun for everyone! Money raised at the event helps support the park by providing funds for plants, supplies, and equipment for maintaining the garden, and producing educational materials. $30 per person 12 and over, includes one butterfly. Children under 12 free admission butterfly not included. Click here for more info.
  • Tuesday, August 1
    Harbor House's Annual Lobsters on the Sound
    Come join us at The Hinckley Company in Southwest Harbor for a night of fun. 5:30pm Cocktails & Silent Auction; 7:30pm Dinner, Live Auction & Dancing. Proceeds from Lobsters on the Sound support the many programs and services Harbor House provides to the communities of Mount Desert Island. For information about Harbor House or to purchase tickets, contact Diana Novella at 207-244-3713.
  • Tuesday, August 1
    SWH Library Presents: Barbara Kent Lawrence: The Other Island: Ben's Story
    5:30PM: Love and Fish? Camden resident Barbara Kent Lawrence explores both in her new novel The Other Island: Ben's Story - the sequel to her 2013 debut Islands of Time. For more information, please call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Thursday, August 3
    Wendell Gilley Museum's Annual Flight of Swallows
    The Museum's annual wine tasting benefit will feature superb selections of fine wines. Spread your wings and fly to Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor to enjoy delicious fare and fellow friends from the flock. Mark your calendar to save the date! For tickets, call 244-7555.
  • Tuesday, August 8
    SWH Library Presents: Dr. Stephen Kress and the Puffin Project
    5:30PM: "Puffins are an excellent indicator of the health of the oceans," said Kress, the Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society. Recent ocean conditions are threatening the puffin colonies Project Puffin has worked so hard to rebuild. Learn more at this important talk! For more information call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Tuesday, August 15
    SWH Library Presents: Charles Kowalski - Mind Virus
    5:30PM: Associate Professor at Tokai University in Japan, international writer of mystery, winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Award, and son of the Library's own Vesta Kowalski will be at the Library to talk about his new novel, a fast-paced thriller! For more information call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Thursday, August 17
    Wendell Gilley Museum: Ten Days in Acadia Book Talk and Signing
    5:30PM: Join author Hope Rowan for a conversation about her recently published book, Ten Days in Acadia: A Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island. She will talk about her map-making process, taking field notes, and the value of exploring outdoors. The Museum will provide materials to make bookmarks. 244-7555
  • Friday, August 18
    Camp Beech Cliff Presents: Circus Superstar Show
    5:30 - 6:30PM: Don't miss MDI's only circus performance. Acrobatic Stunts! Juggling! Aerials! Comedy! And more! Come experience Circus Superstar by professionals from CirqOvation, the most fantastic show in all the island! Fir directions and information, call 244-0365
  • Tuesday, August 22
    SWH Library Presents: Christina Baker Kline - A Piece of the World
    5:30PM: Join Ms. Kline for a talk and wine and cheese reception. $35 includes a signed copy of her new book, A Piece of the World. Limited seating. Tickets available at the Library. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Friday, August 25
    National Park Service Birthday: Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park
    Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free today!
  • Tuesday, August 29
    SWH Library Presents: Ann Judd and the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden
    5:30PM: Learn more about Monarch butterflies and about this Monarch Waystation – and about organic gardening practices that can sustain and protect butterflies. Ann Judd of the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden has for some years recorded when the first monarchs arrive in the garden - usually the last ten days in June. For more information call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Saturday, September 9
    Maine Open Lighthouse Day: Bass Harbor Head Light
    9AM to 3PM: This popular annual event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, September 9
    Acadia Family Center's Annual Hike or Bike for Mike
    Continues through September 17. Sign up today! You will have 9 days to hike and/or bike as much as you would like in Acadia National Park or anywhere else on MDI or nearby. Recruit friends, family, and co-workers to sponsor you and see how much money you can raise for Acadia Family Center. And be sure to keep track of how far you go. For more info, call 244-4012.
  • Tuesday, September 12
    SWH Library Presents: Ron Chase and The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery
    5:30PM: This true-crime biography chronicles the life of Bernard Patterson, a much decorated Vietnam War hero turned real-life version of Don Quixote, Butch Cassidy, and Robin Hood all rolled into one. On November 12, 1971, Patterson robbed the Northern National Bank in Mars Hill, Maine, escaping with $110,000. For more information please call the Library at 244-7065.
  • Thursday, September 21
    9th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival
    Continues thru Sept. 24. Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. We will have 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. Click here for more details.
  • Tuesday, September 26
    SWH Library Presents: Anton Chekhov and the Barn Arts Collective "What's So Special About Chekhov?"
    5:30PM: Spend an evening exploring the work of Russian writer Anton Chekhov with the Barn Arts Collective. The evening will begin with a panel discussion followed by food and drinks. At 7pm, attendees are invited to join the Chekhov Club - a local group that meets to read Chekhov's plays and stories together – and meet around tables to participate in reading a part out loud. Info: 244-7065
  • Saturday, September 30
    National Public Lands Day: Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park
    Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free today!
  • Friday, October 6
    SWH & Tremont Chamber of Commerce's Annual Wine Tasting
    4-6PM: The ticket includes the wine itself. And food, cheese and other substantial eats. There will be around 45 different wines from eight or nine different regions or countries. This is an intimate event, with opportunities to taste the wines, talk to the experts, and place orders for your favorites. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday,October 7
    Acadia's Annual Oktoberfest
    Noon to 5PM: Our annual brewfest features live music, great food, local crafts, games, and of course, great beers! Get your tickets in advance or at the gate. Click here to visit our website for lots more information!
  • Sunday, October 15
    MDI Marathon
    This annual marathon, relay and half-marathon draws participants and viewers from all over. "Most Scenic & runner-up Best Overall Marathon!" says -Runner's World. Whether you are a runner or a viewer, you can find all the information you need by clicking here and exploring our web site.
  • Saturday, November 4
    Friends of Acadia's Annual Take Pride in Acadia Day
    8AM: Each fall, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia's historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter. Because of the size of this event, registration is required. Click here or call: 207-288-3340. This event typically fills to capacity, so early registration is recommended!

Harbor with dock and boats

Sunset on the Harbor