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Date: November 13-14, 2021
Saturday, 11:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Outdoors at the Lincolnville Cultural Center and Museum

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About the Historic Lincolnville Festival

This year the Historic Lincolnville Festival is “Honoring Our Lincolnville Seniors 80+”.  The free, family-friendly event includes music, dance, food and more.  For precautionary reasons, it is being held outdoors at the Lincolnville Cultural Center and Museum.

Saturday’s events kick off at 11:00am with a Senior Honoree Reception.

Then at Noon, the Festival gets in full swing with some great music. That includes performances by local talent, Al & Anthony (Double A), Jazz Series – Doug Carn Trio, Cellus, Marker 82, and Heart of Elaine.

Be sure to come back on Sunday for church service.  Dr. Marvin Johnson and The New God Anointed Messengers, Speaker: Min. Karla Tandy (First Baptist Church).

History of the Festival

The festival was started in 1979 by Jazz musician Doug Carn and the late businessman Christopher Lightburn (a famous alligator wrestler). It was meant to be a jazz festival with the atmosphere of a block party.  And it was known as the Lincolnville Heritage Festival.

Washington Street was closed from Bridge to St. Francis Street. Local churches set up tables with food and pies; area vendors sold hand-made wares. A stage was put together in one of the empty lots where residents were treated to the talents of local performers.

Then, in the early 90’s. the festival was moved to Eddie Vickers Field where it could accommodate more people due to the increase in the festival’s popularity.

In 2010, under new organization, the event moved out of Lincolnville to Francis Field.  It featured national music acts like Kool & the Gang and The Blind Boys of Alabama.  After celebrating 31 years in 2011, the festival declined, stopping altogether.  Moving the festival turned out to be unsustainable.

After a three year hiatus, the festival returned to Eddie Vickers Park in November of 2015. The Rev. Ron Rawls, pastor of St. Paul AME Church, along with several other members of the community…including Doug Carn, organized the 36th annual Lincolnville Festival. It featured local jazz, R&B, country and reggae bands, church choir groups, vendors and nonprofits.

The Lincolnville Festival helped celebrate the 150-year Anniversary of Lincolnville in 2016. Festivities included live music, food, local vendors and artists with booths set up to visit.

2018 saw another move; this time to the Lincolnville Cultural Center and Museum where it continues today.

The festival helps fund the restoration of Lincolnville which continues to preserve and restore Lincolnville’s great history to this day. It is proudly presented by the Lincolnville Historic Preservation and Restoration Society.

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