Bar Harbor offers an array of shops, restaurants and activities.


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Look for the Spring Flag at our members' businesses!

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For more than a decade, the Bar Harbor Merchants Association has promoted Bar Harbor as a Four-Season destination.

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Bar Harbor Merchants Association Spring Flag

The Bar Harbor Merchants Association members fly one of our three different flags when they are open. Not all members are open throughout the entire year, but you can tell when they are by looking for the flag.

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Think Local First: Thinking locally reduces transportation costs and protects our environment, supports local artists, farms, businesses, producers and organizations, and creates a supportive community and more sustainable economy.

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The Scoop

The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

Spring is in the air! Your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are here to make coming out of hibernation a breeze. Whether you want to get out and climb a mountain, sit by the ocean or simply enjoy the beauty of the everything waking up, Bar Harbor Merchants can help you embrace the longer days and lazy times. Reconnect with your friends and family for treasured adventures and memories. For current non donor events also check out our local Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar

Download our current edition of The Open Directory for Bar Harbor Merchants that are open this Winter!
Every Wednesday, 8:00am – Noon
Weekly Birding Tours
The Natural History Center

For details, check The Natural History Center’s Facebook Page weekly.
$20:00 per person
(Members: All Merchant Association members are welcome to come as guests to learn about what The Natural History center does)

November through April
Discounted Local Rates
Massage Bar Harbor

The Bistro at Atlantic Oceanside
Live Local Music on Fridays

Through March 31st
Hancock County Food Drive

The 8th Annual Hancock County Food Drive has begun! Through March 31, members of the Hancock County Food Security Network and partner organizations are working together to raise funds and collect food items for 17 food pantries, free meal programs, and school backpack programs.
In 2018, the Food Drive generated enough resources to provide almost 92,000 meals for households experiencing food insecurity in Hancock County. This year, we aim to collect 5,000 food items and raise $25,000 for participating food security organizations.
The 2019 Food Drive kicked off with a multi-site, county-wide collection event on March 2nd. In just a few hours, Food Drive volunteers collected nearly $6,300 and over 1,000 food items from community members shopping at any of the 14 participating retailers, grocery stores, and downtown businesses across the county. Star 97.7FM broadcasted live from Friends and Family Market in Ellsworth during the event, and will continue to promote the Food Drive throughout March.Other exciting events to benefit food security programs and organizations across Hancock County during the Food Drive include a Lip Sync contest on March 23 (click here to register), and a live concert at Pleasant Street Pub in Blue Hill (TBA). Visit the Hancock County Food Drive’s Facebook page (@hcfooddrive) for information about these and other planned events.
If you would like to contribute to the Food Drive, please donate non-perishable, non-expired, healthy food items, such as the following:

  • Canned Fruit, canned in water or 100% fruit juice
  • Canned Vegetables, low sodium or no salt added
  • Canned Meats or Fish, canned in water
  • Peanut Butter
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Healthy Soups
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Low-sugar Cereal

To reach our fundraising goal of $25,000, the Hancock County Food Drive also needs your help financially! You can donate by texting “FeedME2019” to the number 41444 or by clicking here.


Wednesday, March 20th 2pm – 5pm

Introduction to Computers Part 2
Jesup Memorial Library
In this two-part class, you will learn the basics of how to use a computer. If you have never used one, or if you just need a refresher, this class is perfect for you. 
Call the Jesup at 207-288-4245 to register for these classes.
Wednesday, March 20th 7 p.m.
“Washington and Augusta: What’s New?” with Jill Goldthwait and Fred Benson
This talk was rescheduled from February. Join Goldthwait and Benson as they talk about the big issues on the state and federal levels and how the 2018 elections have shaped the legislative bodies. They also will endeavor to answer the question of whether partisanship will get better or worse. Goldthwait is a political columnist who served in the Maine State Legislature and Benson has been engaged in national and international government affairs activities in the White House, the Pentagon and with the Weyerhaeuser Company.
Thursday, March 21st 5pm – 7pm
Exhibit Opening for wolankeyutomon
Join us at the Abbe Museum on Thursday, March 21 from 5 to 7 pm for the opening of our newest exhibit – wolankeyutomun: Take Care of Everything. This exhibit, a collaboration with Maritime Indigenous Artists, Inc., explores the protection of waters sacred to the Wabanaki and the conservation of sea-life living in those waters. It features original artwork created by Indigenous artists living in the New England region of the United States and the Canadian Maritimes.
Tickets $10 (members are free)
Thursday, March 21st 5pm – 7pmThursday, March 21st 5pm – 7pm
Business Buzz and Brews
Speed networking and Happy Hour at Machias Savings Bank Bar Harbor.
Stop in or stay for the whole time, the format works on your time frame!
Bring you business card and meet fellow workers.
Please RSVP
Friday, March 22nd 7 p.m.
“From Bavaria with Love” Talk and Slideshow with Bob Clifford
Last summer, father and daughter duo Bob and Anna Clifford traveled to Bavaria, Austria, Denmark and Sweden. Bob, who lives in Hall Quarry, will share pictures and tell stories of his time abroad. He also will share some of his travel tips and give recommendations for your next trip
Saturday, March 23rd
6:30-7:30 p.m. Free Family Dance
7:30-10 p.m. Contra Dance 
Join Big Moose Band for a night of contra dancing with caller Chrissy Fowler. Contra dancing is fun and each dance is taught beforehand, so no dance background–or partner–is needed. New this year, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there is a free family dance with no cover charge. This is a great time for families with children to come try out dancing. From 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the regular dance, which has a cover charge of $8 per person or $25 per family to help pay the caller. Children younger than 12 and College of the Atlantic students can dance for free. 
Sunday, March 24th 2 p.m.
Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series: “Jazz with a Twist” with Ed Liu and Basile Tarchini
Drs. Edison Liu and Basile Tarchini are scientists with a passion for music. The duo, with Liu on the piano and Tarchini on the double bass, will perform a mix of jazz standards, contemporary pieces and original compositions. Dr. Liu is the President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), a nonprofit research institution with a 90-year history on MDI. He is a physician scientist who has made discoveries in the genomic causes of breast cancer. Dr. Liu started classical piano at the age of seven and migrated to jazz when he was 13, all in the music-rich city of San Francisco. Dr. Tarchini, an Assistant Professor at JAX, is an expert on how the inner ear develops to allow hearing. He started playing classical clarinet in Switzerland where he grew up, but took up double bass during his doctoral studies in biology. 
Wednesday, April 3th 2 to 5 p.m.
Social Media Part 1
This two-part class is for anyone who has basic computer skills and wants to join or learn more about social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. 
Call the Jesup at 207-288-4245 to register for these classes. 
Wednesday, April 10th 2 to 5 p.m.
Social Media Part 2
This two-part class is for anyone who has basic computer skills and wants to join or learn more about social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. 
Call the Jesup at 207-288-4245 to register for these classes. 
Wednesday, April 24th 2pm – 5 p.m. 
Internet Safety
This class teaches tips and strategies for keeping you safe online and will answer your questions about how to protect yourself and your information on the internet.

Call the Jesup at 207-288-4245 to register for these classes.