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There are so many Maui events and festivals that it can be hard to keep track of them all! But it's worth finding out about them - not only are they a lot of fun, many of them are completely free, making them great for travelers on a budget.
So, time to get going and find out what's happening on Maui during your stay:
Here are a few Maui events that occur every single month, so no matter what time of year you'll be here, there's a good chance you'll be able to attend:
Hawaiian Music Series: This free monthly concert is held in Lahaina, on the lawn of the historic Baldwin Home Museum.
Lahaina Arts Society Fine Art Fairs: This is a fantastic stop for art-lovers and souvenir seekers. It's held in Lahaina, under the enormous Courthouse Square Banyan Tree.
Friday Night Street Fests: If you want to get off the tourist track and have some local-style fun, then be sure to check these out! Every Friday, you'll find one somewhere on the island:
Maui Whale Festival: Although this next event does not occur every month, it does stretch out over half the year. If you'll be in Maui during whale season (December to early May), be sure to check out some of the Maui Whale Festival events, brought to us by the Pacific Whale Foundation.
Golf aficionados take note! This month features a very prestigious golf tournament:
The Whale Festival continues its celebration of all things related to Maui's whales:
And countless other whale-themed events.
There are a lot of Maui festivals to choose from in April! Here are some of the highlights:
There are a ton of events to choose from in May!
Film buffs should plan their Maui vacations for June so they can take in the Maui Film Festival!
This year, look for it from June 4-8, 2014. Screenings take place at multiple places thoughout the island, including the Castle Theater at Kahului's Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and the outdoor "Celestial Cinema."
For details and tickets, contact the festival box office at 808-579-9244.
If you're not into films, then maybe one of these Maui events will suit you better:
I'd be all over this one if I were here in August! If you like to hike, and you're interested in learning more about Maui, then sign up for the free tour of the Nu‘u Refuge that will be held on August 9, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Nu'u Refuge is an 82 acre property located on Maui's isolated South East coast. It's home to pristine wetlands that are a home to several species of endangered birds.
The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust puts on these walks - meet at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store (located across the street from the Tedeschi Winery).
To register, call (808) 244-5263 or e-mail them ( info at hilt.org)
Lace up your running shoes! The Maui Marathon is on for September 21, 2014! I think it's safe to say this is probably one of the only marathons in the world where you might see a runner in a hula skirt!
Here are some highlights for November:
Spending Thanksgiving on the island? Here are the best places to have Thanksgiving Dinner on your Maui vacation!
The Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree in Lahaina makes for a great way to start off the holiday season! This year, the festivities will be taking place on December 6, 7, and 12, 2014.
New Year's Eve is always a big night! Here are some great ideas for some fantastic New Year's Eve Maui events that will be totally different from the typical mainland celebration! Don't forget to book early!
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