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The 2021 Maine Lobster Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to see you August 3-7, 2022.

Marine Tent

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The Marine Experience Tent is a Festival attraction that provides hands-on chances to touch and learn about a wide variety of Marine life.  Maritime activities and demonstrations will continue during the festival.  Who knows what creatures from the deep will show up?  Exhibitors set up interesting displays for all ages. 

The Gulf of Maine is a complex and sometimes mysterious place. Who knows what creatures from the deep will show up in the Marine Experience Tent? Each year, Marine tent exhibitors, from lobster trap builders to fishermen, explain and demonstrate how they fit into a very big picture. The touch tank allows visitors of all ages to get up close and personal with some of Maine’s smaller sea life. Learn how lobster traps are made by watching a demonstration by Brooks Trap Mill of Thomaston, Maine. Learn about boat building and sailing on the open ocean from The Apprenticeshop of Rockland, Maine. These are just a few of the exhibitors you’ll meet in the Marine Experience Tent.

The Marine Experience Tent frequently hosts book signings by Maine authors and illustrators. In 2014, we welcomed Kevin Mills, author of Sons and Daughters of the Ocean, Sidelined, and Breakwater. The same year, Darcy Scott who authored Hunter Huntress and award-winning Maine Island Mysteries: Matinicus was also available for book signings in the Marine Experience Tent. Maine Island Mysteries: Matinicus won “Best Mystery” in 2013 at the Indie Book Awards, the Silver Prize at Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, and the Bronze Prize in 2013 at the IPPY Awards.

Scheduled Marine Tent demonstrations and book signings for 2022 will be announced in early July, 2022. We encourage you to check this page regularly for updates, and to check our social media updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For exhibitor information, contact:  Celia Knight at 207-596-5670 or 207-594-4068 or email

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