Each year on the first Friday and Saturday of August, tiny Wilton, Maine, celebrates its signature local fruit: the blueberry. This two-day festival is a chance to make the most of the beautiful summer weather with a parade, concerts, races and more. The Wilton Blueberry Festival is fun for the whole family, so come for the weekend or stay longer to explore the stunning wilderness around town.
Since its original inception as a casual church bazaar, the Wilton Blueberry Festival has grown into a popular two-day event, but despite its size, this festival retains its friendly, small-town vibe. In 2020, there are more than 60 different events to look forward to.
One of the most highly anticipated events of the Wilton Blueberry Festival is the Re-Creation Concert on Friday night. This year, the concert sticks to the festival's theme of "Happy Birthday Maine! Red-White-Blue." Expect patriotic standards and a variety of contemporary songs from this popular group, which runs a full schedule of performances for veterans around the United States. With the spectacular costumes and heart-stopping talent, this concert is sure to draw a crowd.
On Saturday, August 8, bring your lawn chair or blanket to Bass Park to hear the Air Force Heritage of America Blues Band. This group, which specializes in retro rock and blues tunes, will bring the park to life with its lively songs. After the concert, be sure to hang out to watch the final event of the Wilton Blueberry Festival: the fireworks show.
Families love the Blueberry Festival Parade, which happens on Saturday morning. It runs down Main Street, so don't miss the doll carriages and bikes that travel en masse as part of the event. You'll also find fire truck rides, boat tours, an art show and more.
Throughout Friday and Saturday, the streets of Wilton come to life with blueberry-themed events. Bring your appetite to the Blueberry Bazaar or do some shopping via the local artisans who display their wares downtown. As you explore the festival, stop and listen to the concerts and performances around town. Other popular events include the book sale, the lobster roll bag lunch and the pie social. If you're bringing little ones, head to the children's games and face-painting station in Kineowatha Park. One of the most exciting parts of the festival is the food. There's a chicken barbecue, a blueberry pancake breakfast and plenty of snacks and drinks.
Want to burn off a few blueberry pie calories? Sign up for one of the Wilton Blueberry Festival races. You can get a good workout in as you run around Wilson Pond in the Bill Yates Memorial Race 10K or join the walkers and joggers in the 5K event. For kids, there's a 1-mile Family Fun Run that starts and ends at the Wilton Town Garage. Sign up in advance or register on the day.
The Wilton Blueberry Festival happens in Wilton, Maine. This small town sits in the center of the state's eastern corner about 70 miles north of Portland and 90 miles west of Bangor. The festival takes place around the downtown area with venues including Bass Park, Academy Hill Gym and Main Street.
An RV is a great way to experience the Wilton Blueberry Festival. By staying at one of the parks around town, you can wake up to peaceful forest views. There are no festival-specific RV accommodations; however, since Wilton sits within a quick drive of classic Maine wilderness, camping is a breeze. Don't have an RV? An RV rental from RVshare is an easy way to try out your dream rig and enjoy a comfortable home away from home during the event.
The closest campground to Wilton is Troll Valley Campground, which is just under 5 miles to the northeast. Pull your RV into a site under the trees; this is an excellent spot to stay cool in the August heat. Some sites offer sewer hookups while others come with electricity and water hookups. With 36 spots, this campground can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet long. Bringing the family? You'll love the on-site restaurant and disc golf courses.
Wake up to views of the water when you bring your RV to the campgrounds around Webb Lake, which sits about 15 miles to the northeast of town. At Dummer's Beach Campground, you'll enjoy spectacular sunsets over the water. This is the perfect spot for boating, swimming and fishing as the lake is a quick walk from most of the campsites in the park. For the best views, book one of the seven waterfront sites. With two dump stations, a semiweekly septic pumping service and hot showers, this is a convenient place to camp. For kids, there's a playground, a dedicated swimming beach and plenty of sports fields.
Across the lake, check out the campground at Mount Blue State Park. With its beautiful views and well-developed facilities, this is a comfortable spot to spend a few days or a whole week. Bring your bike or your hiking shoes to explore the trails through the forest and take along a tackle box to fish in the lake. Make your reservation ASAP to get one of the sites with electricity and water hookups; alternatively, you can book a dry site. Be sure to check the RV site lengths carefully as some only fit motorhomes of up to 25 feet.
Near Dixfield, Maine, you'll find several campgrounds that are less than 15 minutes from the Wilton Blueberry Festival. The family-friendly Mountain View Campground offers Wi-Fi, hot showers, a laundromat and a pool; at Pejepscook Campground, sites offer water and electric hookups. There's also a dump station on-site as well as kayak rentals. A little farther south, sleep next to the private beach at Honey Run Beach & Campgrounds. With full hookups and hot showers, this is a great place to hang out for a week.
If you're not bringing an RV to the Wilton Blueberry Festival, you'll find hotels within an hour's drive of town. There are no hotels in Wilton itself; the closest option is the Wilson Lake Inn. The next best options lie to the northeast on Highway 2, so check out the Comfort Inn and Suites, the Colonial Valley Motel or the Mount Blue Motel.
Scattered throughout the countryside around Wilton, small establishments like The Weld Street Inn, Kawanhee Inn and The Lakeside Loft offer friendly accommodations. You can also find cabin rentals at Honey Run Beach & Campground.
The largest concentration of mainstream hotels is located about an hour from Wilton in Augusta. Here, you can choose rooms at the Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn, Days Inn, Super 8 and more. More options are located in Waterville and Fairfield.
The easiest way to get to the Wilton Blueberry Festival is by using Highway 2, which runs just south of town. Whether you're coming from Bangor or Augusta, you can take Interstate 95 to Highway 27 to reach Highway 2. Wilton itself is tiny, so getting around is a breeze. In an RV, it's a good idea to stick to Depot Street or Main Street to avoid narrow streets.
Keep in mind that parking is very limited in Wilton; the easiest option is to leave your RV at the campsite and take a passenger vehicle into town. If that's not possible, you'll find the biggest parking availability at the town's Academy Hill School or Gerald D. Cushing School. From there, it's an easy walk to any of the festival venues.
The Wilton Blueberry Festival is free to attend, so you don't need to worry about buying tickets. To make sure that you get a seat for the different events throughout the weekend, it's a good idea to arrive early.
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