ShineOn Oakland Open Air Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, behind Williams Elementary School in Oakland. Local artisans will be there, along with dozens of Maine food vendors, local bands, a car show and more at Oakfest 2023. Submitted photo

OAKLAND — A weekend of family fun is set for Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, in Oakland.

Two days of family entertainment begins Friday evening with Oakfest’s Downtown Dine on Main Street in Oakland.
Bring the children to the Oakland Lions Club Scavenger Hunt for 8- to 12-year-olds, enter the corn hole tournament in Buddie’s
Groceries parking lot to benefit the Oakland Memorial Hall Renovations project, and catch the parade coming through
town at 6 p.m.

There will be a beer tent, sponsored by the Oakland American Legion, food trucks all evening, and music
by DJ Richard Jandreau from 6:30-8 p.m. Stay for the performance of Between the Lines at the street dance
from 8-11 p.m., according to a news release from Monica Wilcox Charette with the ShineOnCass Foundation.

Saturday’s ShineOn Oakland festivities start at 9 a.m. behind Williams Elementary School at 55 Pleasant St., with a 75-booth ShineOn Oakland Open Air Market. The day-long event features Maine-made artisans and crafters, a variety of food vendors, dozens of fun children’s activities sponsored by Kingdom Life Church, including bounce houses, water activities and carnival games. Have your children choose a free book, as part of the ShineOnCass Literacy Project. Plus there will be a Cruise-In Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy music until 3 p,m., and more.

Camp Manitou Band is among multiple bands scheduled to perform live throughout ShineOn Oakland Day, Saturday, July 29 as part of Oakfest 2023. For a full schedule of activities, music and entertainment, visit Submitted photo

Oakfest shines into the evening with a free Saturday Summer Concert from 6-8 p.m. at Oakland Waterfront Park, 22 Old Belgrade Road. Gather around the Oakland Gazebo for music by Dom Collizzi and Tourmaline. Or, bring the children to a free Family Movie Night featuring “Super Mario Brothers 2” at 8:30 p.m. at Williams Elementary School, presented by Kingdom Life Church.

Oakfest is sponsored by the Town of Oakland, Oakland American Legion, Oakland Lions Club, Buddies Groceries & Oakland Pharmacy, Kingdom Life Church, Oakland Waterfront Park Summer Concert Series and the ShineOnCass Foundation.


Oakfest is pleased to partner with the foundation to provide an annual community support project to the summer festival. This year, Oakfest will “Shine a Light on Literacy” by providing free books to children who attend ShineOn Oakland Day on Saturday. The foundation is collecting new and gently used books, and accepting donations. Books can be donated at Camden National Bank in Oakland. For more information about the project, visit

“Oakfest just gets better every year with new activities, great food, music and family-friendly events that bring people together to enjoy summer in Maine,” said Oakfest Committee Chair Kathy Paradis, who along with a committee of volunteers, coordinates the annual community festival.

For more information about Oakfest 2023, call Paradis at 207-465-7358 or visit

For more information about the foundation, visit


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