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International Festival

Calais, Washington County, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada Welcome You !
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2013 Dates are:  August 4th through August 11th.
The International Homecoming Festival - a rich tradition!

The International Festival has evolved into a week-long celebration of the friendship shared between Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The Festival began as a three-day event put on by the St. Stephen Rotary Club in 1974 and now spans more than a week of pageants, concerts, parades and other family events–ending with a Street Fair, International Parade and of course, the traditional fireworks show to close out the week. The populations of both cities almost doubles during this week as family and class reunions revolve around the Festival; hence the newly named International “Homecoming” Festival.

Each year our small group of volunteers take on the challenge of planning the yearly festivities while trying to add new events. And each year it seems to grow, thanks in part to the volunteers, the generosity of local businesses and the cooperation of local media in getting the word out. Please come out and enjoy yourself. Without all of YOU there wouldn’t be an International Festival!

In 2004, Calais, Washington County, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada celebrated the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the settlement of St. Croix Island. Visitors, both national and international came to enjoy nature's inviting displays and a history of the first French settlement in the New World.