My summer-long love affair with Portland, Maine continues today as I will be heading over there to attend a couple of the small city’s signature summer events including the 48th Annual WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival.

Portland Farmers’ Market

PFMFirst up will be a visit to the Portland Farmers’ Market in the city’s lovely Deering Oaks Park. I visited the Portland Farmers’ Market earlier in the season and loved it. However, I can’t wait to get there today to see the Market in full late summer mode.

About the Portland Farmers’ Market: “The Portland Farmers’ Market is a year-round market featuring fresh, delicious, locally grown foods including vegetables, fruits, herbs, beef, pork, chicken, duck, goat, lamb, milk, cider, cheese, yogurt, eggs, kefir, honey, grains, jams, and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and tempeh. You’ll also find beautiful plants, flowers, and fiber, and so much more! We offer farm products exclusively and you can trust that EVERYTHING at our market was grown and produced in the great state of Maine! Our market has been in existence since 1768 and we are proud to continue to offer the Portland Community a place to come together and enjoy the bounty of Maine’s harvest! You can enjoy the market and support local farmers year-round at the Portland Farmers’ Market!”

The Portland Farmers’ Market runs Saturdays through the fall at Deering Oaks Park in Portland from 7:00am-Noon

The 48th Annual WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival

WCSHNext I plan to make my way over to the WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival which pretty much takes over Portland’s downtown streets.

I remember making the pilgrimage to this fair every summer when I was a kid and it was a highlight of vacation (even though it came in late August and signaled the end of summer and we would go back-to-school shopping while in the “big” city).

The WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival attracts artists from all over the country and is one of the nicest fairs of its type in New England.

Find a map of the 48th Annual WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival here.

Portland Picnic Music+Arts Festival

ppicMeanwhile on the other end of the city, the upstart Picnic Music+Arts Festival is a perfect complement to the more established Sidewalk Art Festival. Now in its sixth year, Portland’s Picnic Music+Arts Festival celebrates the more independent artisans (read: hipsters) and is a lot of fun.

About the 6th Annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival: “Hi everyone! The 6th Annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013! This juried indie craft fair will be held outdoors at Lincoln Park on Congress and Franklin Streets, in Portland ME. The festival will run from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. The Picnic Music+Arts Festival will feature over 100 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, photography, housewares, fine art, vintage goods, and more.”

See more about Portland’s Picnic Music+Arts Festival here.

Portland Flea For All

FFAWhile in town I hope to check out the weekends-only Flea For All which I had posted about in the past. When I discovered the Flea For All it was on a weekday so I made a note to check it out when I was next in Portland on a weekend – so today could be the day.

About the Portland Flea For All: “The Portland Flea-for-All is a vintage, antique and artisan marketplace located in the heart of Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. With a rotating cast of vendors, everything from antique furniture to vintage clothing to handmade jewelry to classic vinyl is on display. Whether or not you have a special item in mind, chances are you’ll find something at the Flea.”

See more about the Portland Flea For All here.

Acton Fair – Acton, ME

ACFAs if all these great events in Portland were not enough, if I have time at the end of the day, I hope to swing by the Action Fair on my way back to New Hampshire. The Acton Fair is the quintessential rural New England agricultural fair and is full of charms and entertainment.

The Acton Fair has everything you want in a country fair, including a midway, music, and plenty of prized livestock on display. But for me it is all about the competitions and the Acton Fair hosts an annual Women’s Skillet Throw and the ever popular Pig Scramble.

The Acton Fair runs through August 25, 2013 at the fairgrounds in Acton, Maine.

As always, check back here in the coming days when I will share with you all the great “finds” I uncover on my perfect Saturday in Portland, Maine.