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Welcome to the Acadia Trad School!

At the Acadia Trad School, we are passionate about promoting traditional music, dance and culture. While focusing mainly on the Celtic traditions (Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Acadian, Quebeçois, Old-Time, etc), we believe in honoring historical traditions as well as respectfully evolving them. We emphasize technique, theory, and cultural understanding — not just learning tunes.

We offer a variety of concerts, sessions, workshops, school programs and dances across Downeast Maine throughout the year. However, our flagship event is the week long Acadia Trad Festival. It’s held each year in Bar Harbor during the last week in June.

Whether you attend a concert, workshop, dance or join us the Festival, we sincerely hope you will join us!

The Acadia Trad Festival

June 23-28, 2019 • Bar Harbor, Maine

A week of world-class traditional music and dance on the beautiful coast of Maine? What’s not to love? With almost 20 courses of study, workshops, jam sessions, concerts and dances, The Acadia Trad Festival offers something for everyone.


Year-round Programs

At the Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts, our highest priority is to provide world-class educational programs in traditional music, arts and culture. All ages — children, teens, families, adults and seniors — will find a wide range of learning opportunities in our year-round programs.

  • Concerts
  • Workshops
  • Jam sessions
  • Dances
  • School programs


Upcoming Concerts:

Miller | MacDonald | Cormier

Wednesday, November 14 at 7PM

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church
41 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME

Adults $15 / Students $10