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  • Annual Events

  • First Friday in May: Annual Awards Celebration & Silent AuctionThe Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce shows appreciation for the people who make the Bethel area so special. Enjoy a fun night of celebration with a cocktail reception, awards ceremony, and silent auction. 

    July 4: The Fourth of July Community Picnic & Concert at Bethel Historical Society – Outdoor concert by the fabulous Portland Brass Quintet. 

    Bethel Art Fair, usually held the first Saturday in July, is being reorganized by Bethel Area Arts & Music. Stay tuned...

    Third Saturday in July: Bethel Area Summerfest (formerly Molly Ockett Day) - Bethel area's big summer homecoming festival for over 50 years. Parade, road races, live music, kids’ entertainment, the famous frog jumping contest, fireworks, and craft, food, and community group vendors on the town common.

    Third weekend in August: New England Trappers' Weekend - Trapping and hunting demonstrations, contests, music, and auction at Olsons' Furs. 

    Third Saturday in September: Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff - A classic fall festival on the town common with artists & crafters, chowder cook-off with over a dozen restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities.

    First weekend in October: Jeep Jamboree - Hundreds of Jeepers descend on Bethel to enjoy the trails during foliage season.

    Columbus Day Weekend: Fall Festival & North American Wife-Carrying Championship at Sunday River - Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival, live music, concerts, wagon rides & lots more.

    Thanksgiving through Christmas: Country Christmas in Bethel features an entire month of holiday events, shopping, and restaurant promotions throughout the Bethel area. 

    Black Friday: Local Craft & Wares FairShop locally with 35+ handmade craft vendors right in the village of Bethel. Christmas and home decor, jewelry, toys, accessories, art, natural bath & beauty products, and lots more. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the village in the afternoon!