Registration for AFTMD 2023 is now open!

For centuries, Downeast Maine has flourished as a crossroads for many styles of music and dance: Acadian, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and Québécois – just to name a few. The Acadia Trad Festival is dedicated to promoting education and appreciation of these traditions through an annual celebration held June 26-July 2, 2023 at the beautiful oceanfront campus of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Since 2013, the Acadia Trad Festival has brought world-class performers, students and the public together for awe-inspiring nightly concerts and dances, as well as daily classes and workshops. Our flagship program, Acadia Trad School, is a weeklong intensive program offering unparalleled instruction in fiddle, dance, piano, guitar, flute and other disciplines.

Students of all ability levels and a wide range of ages (adults and children 12 years and up) are welcome. Full-time students spend the week in intensive studies, jam sessions and fun. A wide selection of afternoon workshops, dances and concerts are open to the public. Instrumental classes are taught in the aural tradition, with an emphasis on learning by ear. 

Shortly after the former Acadia Trad School 501(c)(3) disbanded in 2020, a dedicated group of volunteers began working to give new life to a reimagined festival in time for summer 2023. Explore our website to learn more about our mission and history, how to register for Trad School, and ways you can support the Acadia Trad Festival.

Liz Faiella playing fiddle
Kieran Jordan step dancing
contra dance

Images: Dylan Ladds

The Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance is a project made possible by a grant from the Maine Traditional Music Association and supported by Fractured Atlas, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit devoted to empowering arts organizations. Website art by Anabelle Keimach and Annelise Papinsick.