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The Acadia Night Sky Festival is busy preparing for its 7th Annual event set for September 10-14,2015, and is shaping up to be even bigger and better than ever before. As part of their mission to recognize the inspiration of the night skies over Acadia and Downeast Maine, the festival is happy to announce its second annual public Poster Artwork Contest is now open and accepting submissions.

All photographers and artists are encouraged to submit images of their work for consideration, and to possibly be selected as the 2015 Poster image for the 7th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. Photographers and artists over the age of 18 are eligible for participation and all skill levels and mediums are welcome. For full terms and conditions of the contest, please see the link above for further details.



Join us for one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. The 7th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival is set for September 10-14, 2015, and is already packed with a full schedule of events. With workshops, nationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Help us celebrate the starlit skies of Downeast Maine through education, science and the arts.


Bob Thayer

Photo by Bob Thayer Photography

Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Here, the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky, east of the Mississippi.

With the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receiving national attention, Maine is increasingly being referred to as one place “that still has stars.” We invite you to discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights at this annual celebration.


The Acadia Night Sky Festival is driven by volunteer power, with many individuals travelling here from far and wide to help us put on this great event.

We would like to thank The Moorings Inn, The Bluenose InnHolbrook House Bed & Breakfast and Aysgarth Station Bed & Breakfast for providing accommodation for these volunteers and our speakers during their stay here and for their support of this important community event.