About the Festival
The Castine Arts Association will hold its fifth Castine Plein Air Festival on July 20-22, 2017. Forty wonderful plein air artists have been juried into this year's event. For our list of participating artists, click on the list to the right. The week begins on Wednesday, July 19th with a social at the Castine Inn, where artists, their hosts, and sponsors of the festival are invited to meet the artists. Then at 6am on Thursday the 20th, artists will register at the town common and begin painting. The public will enjoy watching artists creating their work around town. The festival ends with a public reception, award ceremony and art sale at the MMA's Alfond Student Center on Pleasant St. Castine. Art lovers and patrons shouldn't miss this evening event from 4 to 6pm on Saturday, July 22.
The visitor to Castine will find first class lodging in three fine coastal inns. And there are a number of additional housing options in the town as well. We are very proud of our local shops and galleries which offer the best of Maine art and gifts. Recreation and entertainment opportunities are many, including visiting museums offering exhibits focused on historical significance to Castine, the peninsula, and elsewhere. And when a busy day builds an appetite, one can always find the right establishment to satisfy the palate.