Arts in the Park, a perennial favorite of Midcoast art shows, is more than a juried show of fine artists and artisans in a beautiful waterfront venue. Over the last 17 years of the show, its organizers have made efforts to create more of a festival feel, achieving this by hosting a lineup of musicians who play continuously during the weekend. Arts in the Park also offers a diverse selection of food vendors.

It all takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 7 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., downtown on Belfast’s beautiful harbor and waterfront. This year there are many new artists, along with a good number of regulars. In all, 85 artists and artisans will be participating including potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists and sculptors.

The music is as follows. On Saturday, The Rusty Hinges play from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers from noon to 2 p.m. and Maximum Blue from 2 to 4 p.m. On Sunday, the 195th US Army Jazz Combo will play from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the popular Blue Hill Brass from noon to 4 p.m.

Food offerings include The Game Loft’s grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and special Belfast Splash beverage; Uproot Pie Co., makers of on-site wood-fired pizza; Maine Falafel Co., serving delicious falafel and gyro on flatbread; Ye Olde English Fish & Chips with their British style fare plus Maine lobster rolls; ice cream vendor Stone Fox Farm Creamery; and The Good Kettle with hot coffee, iced tea, Maine whoopie pies and other home-baked goods.

Parking is available throughout the city. For more information, visit or check out the event’s page on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or