North Atlantic Blues Festival
70 Lake Ave, Rockland, ME, USA
www.northatlanticbluesfestiv… - (207) 596-6055
North Atlantic Blues Festival Rockland Reviews
North Atlantic Blues festival 2009 Jul 11, 2009
If you are a music lover, you will love this festival. The North Atlantic Blues Festival comes around once a year to the Harbor Park in Rockland, Maine.
It is a good family environment, they have merchant booths set up and vendors are everywhere. It is a full day of music and good times in a nice setting. In my opinion if you want to get the most out of the festival, do not sit in the seats, pick a nice spot on the grass that way you can come and go as you please. You will be able to move around and not really worry about losing your spot. You can get a good view from just about anywhere, in fact the only way you would have a bad view is if you were on a boat in the harbor. After the main stage closes for the night, they close down Main Street and get ready for the pub crawl. This is an event where you can pay a onetime fee and get into all the bars that are participating, which is usually all of the bars from the Time Out Pub and Myrtle Street, all the way down to the Black Bull at the other end of Main Street. Also, once Main Street closes down and the pub crawl begins you will see different bands all along the street, along with various food and merchant vendors. This year I saw a man with a Hot dog hat which was pretty cool; I almost offered him money for it. The food vendors do not charge an arm and a leg, I bought fried dough for only $3 dollars and French fries were the same price.
People literally dance in the street. Everyone here is out for one thing and that is a good time. Safety is not so much an issue as the Rockland P.D. is out making sure everything stays in check. The entire time we spent walking around I did not once see the Police have to cuff anyone and take them to jail, what I did see to my surprise was a lot of children. It was a weekend, but we were out pretty late, I guess as long as they don’t get tired. There are Hotels nearby, but booking early is a must. The hotels have parking which can be an issue when attending the festival, there are various lots that allow you to park but for a fee, usually between $7 and $10 U.S. Dollars. Because of its location if you get there early enough you can also check out all the Shops along Main Street. One attraction worth checking out it the Farnsworth Art Museum, also the Breakwater Lighthouse is not that far away; although you will want to drive to this. Just turn where you see the signs for the Samoset Resort.
It is relatively inexpensive; it all depends on what you want to spend really. It is worth checking out!
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