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Best Events on the Southern Maine Coast

wells-so-beach3There are so many fun events in Maine from Kittery to Kennebunkport and Portland Maine. You just have to “sea” some of these zany vibrant foodies fun festivals to appreciate how Maine does things, fun parades, parties, and celebrations …”The Way Life Should Be”!

Every Saturday in Kennebunk is a Farmers Market from 8-1pm. Fridays throughout Southern Maine.Art Walks occur every Friday evening  in Maine – the 1st Friday in Portland, 2nd Friday is the Village Art Walk in the Lower Village Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, and 3rd Friday Art Walk in downtown Kennebunk.

The Padpaddle-boarder2dle Battle at the river front Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport is August 2– this third annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River starts at 1:30,  register for the race here.  Food, music and fun are part of the event for non-paddlers too on this Father’s Day.

Southern Maine Fireworks DisplayFireworks at Old Orchard Beach every Thursday night  on the beach next to the Old Orchard Beach Pier all summer June 25 – September 3rd.

July 4th  fireworks on the coast at Maine Beach Towns including York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk Old Orchard Beach, Portland.

pineapple-ketchThe Tallships Parade Comes to Portland Maine  July 18-20 2015  – Portland Harbor will hosts 8 historic tallships on their final stop of the 2015 Tallships Challenge . The highlight, the Tallships Parade, sails into Portland Harbor at 1pm July 18

Nonantum Resort Kennebunkport has live entertainment and riverfront dining Monday – Thursday all summer 6:30-9:30.

Stripers Waterside Restaurant stripers-lobster-bakeat the Breakwater Inn in Kennebunkport has an authentic  Maine Lobster Clambake every Monday night at 6pm served outside on the river with beautiful sunset views.

Aug 29, 2015 is Wells Annual Chilifest at Wells Harbor – a Mexican fiesta in Maine as Wells best restaurants compete for the best chili title.

breakwater-river-view7Laudholm Summer Solstice Nature Crafts Festival in Wells is the 1st Weekend after Labor Day featuring 100 artisans, jewelers, and crafts people display at Wells Laudholm Farms.

MaineStage Shakespeare presents outdoor Shakepeare theatre in the park every Wednesday-Saturday at the Colony, Lafayette Park and River Green in Kennebunkport.

portland-headlightMaine Open Lighthouse Day is September 12 with free admission to Maine lighthouses along the coast

Maine Lobsterman Triathlon in South Freeport is September 12

cape-neddick-yorkFor lodging on the Southern Maine Coast during any of these events and festivals, go to our Lodging Deals Guide.

For a list of Events throughout Maine, see our Maine events page.

11th Annual Kennebunkport Festival

 

kennebunkport-festivalWhat started as the Kennebunkport Fine Food & Art Festival a decade ago has expanded and become simply “The Festival” of Kennebunkport Maine! The Kennebunkport Festival is now  in year 11, as Maine Magazine’s pet project, organized and promoted by their staff, with event tickets priced from $15 for Brews and Tunes, to cocktail parties each night at $40, to as much as $250 for exclusive Chef dinners at private mansions on the beach, Ocean Ave and Wood Fired Maine at Wells Laudholm Farm. This year’s Kennebunkport Festival is June 8-13, 2015.

kennebunkport-festival-tentA portion of The Kennebunkport Festival proceeds go to a local Maine charity – this year’s beneficiary is Full Plates Full Potential. But mostly it’s an event for sampling local Chefs’ best bites, sipping cocktails on the Kennebunk River, a week to see and be seen in the  famous town of Kennebunkport!

kennebunkport-festival-drinksFrom the cocktail parties to the after parties (see the schedule below), it’s a festival infused with high spirit, spirits, art, food, music and Maine scenery. It’s hardly a locals event, instead its hobnobbing with the publications folks from Portland, chefs from around the state, and the well heeled second-home owners. But its a feel good, do good festival nonetheless.

Monday, June 8 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Gratitude Cocktails at the Lodge on the Cove 5 – 7 pm $45
Barbara Bush’s 90th Birthday – Private Party – not part of the Kennebunkport Festival

Tuesday, June 9 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Cocktails at One Dock at Kennebunkport Inn 5 – 7 pm $40
A Taste of Grace at The White Barn Inn 7 – 10 pm $200

kennebunkport-festival-singerPrivate Art of Dining Tuesday Dinners
Captain Fairfield Inn Dinner with Chef Sam Talbot of Pig + Poet 7 – 10 pm $175
Handler Residence Art of Dining featuring Chef Brian Hill of Francine Bistro 7 – 10 pm $150
Hogan Residence Art of Dining with Chef Larry Matthews of Back Bay Grill 7 – 10 pm $175
Knudsen Residence dinner featuring Chef Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan 7 – 10 pm $175
Kuehnle Residence Dinner featuring Chef John Shaw of Tides Beach Club 7 – 10 pm $175
Leonardi Residence Dinner featuring Chef Josh Hixson of 40 Paper 7 – 10 pm $175
Lord Residence Dinner featuring Chef Damian Sansonetti of Piccolo 7 – 10 pm $150
Molloy Residence featuring Chef David Levi of Vinland 7 – 10 pm $175
Taranto/Ellms Residence featuring Chef Fred Eliot of Petite Jacqueline 7 – 10 pm $175
Weaver Residence featuring Chef Aaron Smith of Old Port Sea Grill 7 – 10 pm $175
After Party at Abbondante Tuesday 9-11pm – Complimentary

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0749.Wednesday, June 10 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Cocktails at The Colony 5 – 7 pm $40
Private Art of Dining Dinners on Wednesday 
Gillard Residence Dinner featuring Chef Dan Sriprasert of Green Elephant 7 – 10 pm $175
Gott Residence featuring Chef Mel Chaiken of The Fiddlehead Restaurant 7 – 10 pm $175
Granetz Residence featuring Justin Walker of Earth 7 – 10 pm $175
Hurlbutt Residence Dinner featuring Guy Hernandez of Lolita 7 – 10 pm $175
Kaufman Residence featuring Chef Jackson Yordon of Salt & Honey 7 – 10 pm $175
Keller Residence featuring Chef William Benner of The Black Point Inn 7 – 10 pm $175
Maushart Residence featuring Chef Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions 7 – 10 pm $175
Taranto/Ellms Residence II with Chef Chris Wilcox of The Velveteen Habit 7 – 10 pm $175
Raffaelli Residence featuring Chef Harding Lee Smith of The Rooms 7 – 10 pm $175
Rice Residence featuring Chef Emil Rivera of Sur Lie 7 – 10 pm $175
Turner/Bull Residence featuring Chef Jeff Buerhaus of Walter’s 7 – 10 pm $175
After Party at Stripers Wednesday 9-11pm – Complimentary

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0442.Thursday, June 11 Kennebunkport Festival Events
The Hinckley Reception at Chicks Marina 5 – 7 pm $40
The Spirit of Maine Party at Pilot House Boatyard 6 – 11 pm $150.00

Friday, June 12 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Art Works Opening Reception at Gallery at the Grand 5 – 7 pm $40
Wood Fired at Wells Reserve at Laudholm 6 – 10 pm $225
Cucchiara Grand Cru featuring Ocean Chef Pierre Gignac  6 – 10 pm $225
After Party Pedros  9-11pm – Complimentary

Saturday, June 13 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Grand Tapas Party at Pilot House Boatyard Tent Noon – 4 pm $65
Brews & Tunes on the The River Green 2 – 5 pm $15
Cocktails at Old Vines – Pims on the Patio 5 – 7 pm $40
Biking in Kennebunkport MaineChoice Art Show at Maine Art 5 – 7 pm $40
Festival Grand Finale at David’s KPT 7 – 11 pm $140

Sunday June 14
Tour De Cure at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

See you at The Kennebunkport Festival! Eat, drink and be merry in Maine!

The Patriots are coming…to Southern Maine!

Wells Beach signSpring is an exciting time on the southern Maine Coast, as flowers blossom, trees bud, and the beach warms up for pleasant beach walks. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy an affordable getaway, lodging rates are still low, crowds are nil, but the weather can be lovely for beach walks and a stroll on Kennebunkport’s Ocean Ave or Ogunquit’s Marginal Way.

One of the highlights of spring in southern Maine is Ogunquit’s Patriots weekend April 17-20, now celebrating its 25th Patriots Weekend in 2015! You must muster to this historic fun weekend celebrating our early colonist, with fife and drum, period costumes, a parade, war re-enactments, Taste of the Town Americana-style, and a kids carnival. This is a family-oriented weekend – the kids will learn US history- in a fun festive way. Come to Ogunquit, enjoy the beach, a lobster dinner, and stay at Ogunquit Resort for a deal!  The Patriots are coming

patriots_day_celebrationHere is  schedule of the fun events during Ogunquit’s Patriots Day Weekend:

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015

7:00pm: MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FEST (259 Main Street) Tickets are $10 for the “OUTDOOR”  film festival outdoors at the historical 1923 Leavitt Theatre.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

9:00am-5:00pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE at Ogunquit Memorial Library – all weekend

7:15pm-7:30pm: HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE at  Main Beach Parking Lot

7:30pm-7:40pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE and Concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church!

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:

OGUNQUIT STOCKS AND PHOTO OPS (Main Beach Parking Lot) fun photo opportunity  with a life-size cut-out stand-up, dress in old-time bathing suits, as Uncle Sam, and more!

LANTERN TREASURE HUNT (under the tents at the beach) Paper lanterns at the craft fair can be sued to unscramble the letters to solve the phrase

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015

8:00am – 11:00am: PANCAKE BREAKFAST  at the Fire Station $6 for adults and $4 for kids

9:0Portland Maine Old Port0am – 4:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tents on the Main Beach parking lot)

9:00am-2:00pm: ABC SALE (Ogunquit Museum of American Art) ABC stands for art, books, and collectibles from the museum, the museum shop, and from donated gifts.

9:30am – 10:30am: COLONIAL CHILDREN’S GAMES AND CRAFTS (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road)Play games from the colonial era, and make your own to take home and play later! Make your own Bilbo Catcher, Button Whirligig, or Toothpick Top, then learn how they work. Learn about the crafts of the colonial times, then make your own doll of yarn. Learn about the fashions of colonial times – make paper dolls and appropriate outfits for you to dress them in!

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot. Weather permitting.) $5 per person.

10:00am – 12:00pm: TRADITIONAL CRAFT and QUILTING at Knight’s Quilt Shop, 1901 US Route One, Cape Neddick – live demonstrations

10:30-11:30am: TRADITIONALCARDING AND SPINNING WOOL at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road

11:00am: AMERICAN PIE CONTEST at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street – A contest of home-made pie in “American” flavors for “celebrity judges” in a Taste o fthe Town event.

11:00am – 2:wine_glass_cork00pm: “TASTE OF THE TOWN” Dunaway Center, 23 School Street – Area restaurants  serve up their special dishes in samples! Tickets at the door or  $10. Tickets for “Touring Taste of the Town” are $15, and include admission to the event at the Dunaway Center as well as tasting portions at establishments during their business hours.

2:00-5:00pm: WINE  TASTINGS at Village Food Market, 230 Main Street and at  Perkins & Perkins Wine & Cheese Shop, 478 Main Street)

3:00pm: BOOK MAKING at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Decorate a book to record your Patriots Day Weekend adventure! You will leave with one or two books made from paper or fabric. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

1cape-neddick-york0:00am – 3:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tent at the Main Beach

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES at Main Beach $5 per person.

11am: PATRIOT RE-ENACTMENT at Marginal Way

12:00pm: PATRIOTIC POOCH PAGEANT AND FASHION SHOW at Liquid Dreams 696 Main StrPineapple Ketch Boat Tourseet.  Dress your dog in patriotic costume, or just come to watch the show!

1:30pm: CUB SCOUT DUCK RACE at Ogunquit River

Sea you at Ogunquit Maine for Patriots Weekend!

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Where’s the Maine Lobster at Maine Restaurant Week?

Maine has arrived as a Foodie State, now hosting several Maine Restaurant Week events – in the fall and spring. Having caught the culinary attention of top food magazines and media of late, Bon Appetite, Gourmet, Saveur, Taste, Food and Wine, and The Food Network have all featured Maine’s best chefs, the Maine local food scene and of course – articles on Maine seafood with lobster as the king. But recent culinary competitions have me wondering where’s the Maine lobster – instead of “where’s the beef?”

davids-serverMarch 1-14 Maine Restaurant Week 2015 kicked off their Signature Tasting Event as Maine chefs paired a cocktail and signature dish – but the menus fell short of Maine ingredients and culinary classic that have made Maine’s seacoast famous. Here’s a sampling of Maine Restaurant Week tastes, with seafood and lobster sadly under-represented:

The new Portland restaurant, Timber Steakhouse, won Maine Restaurant Week Signature Judge’s Taste with a cucumber martini and bite-sized cucumber cup filled with smoked salmon-goat cheese mousse and topped with tobiko (Japanese fish roe). David’s Opus Ten in Portland won People’s Choice wit1kbpt-sign-hearth a Mexican chocolate martini and pulled pork beignet. Chef David Turin now has a very successful sister restaurant to his Portland original, David’s KPT in Kennebunkport at the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel near Dock Square on the Kennebunk River.

Other Kennebunk based chefs, chefs Brian and Shana O’Hea from Kennebunk Inn – served a meatball slider skewered with fried mozzarella with an Italian Sunday Tuxedo -a spicy style bloody Mary, made of pureed roasted vegetables, hopefully from Maine gardens.

Another other-worldly taste from Tiqa, the new Mediterranean restaurant on Commercial Street in Portland, served The Miss Muffet Cocktail combining Double Cross Vodka (Ok- a Maine potatoes based Vodka – finally), Vya dry vermouth and labne whey (the milky liquid from strained yogurt), garnished with a Palestinian olive, paired with chef Bryan Dame’s Berbere-spiced labne on crispy chicken skin. So much for the good old fashioned Maine lobster roll or Clam Chowder. Is anyone else hankering for some recipes representing Maine flavors and fresh seafood?

lobsterGood news, you can dine at Stripers at the Breakwater Inn in Kennebunkport on their 2 for $20 Lobster Lovers menu this month. Also from March 1-14, foodies can dine at participating Maine Restaurant Week restaurants on three course lunches and dinners – specially prepared by the Chefs at a prixe fixe of $15, $20 and $25 for lunch, $25, $35 and $45 for dinner. I hope the Chefs include local lobster.

Maine Restaurant Week is predominantly Portland Maine restaurants, but expands to Freeport, Boothbay and south to Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and York, where Maine’s best Chefs flaunt their flavors and local-sourced food turned into culinary delights.

lobster-ocean-bloodyNew this year to Maine’s food scene is Coastal Maine Restaurant Week – April 26 – May 2 Coastal Maine Restaurants will offer special dining menus, in Kittery York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk – organized by the York County Coast Star. During this week southern Maine chefs will prepare special three course gourmet menus –often with an ocean view at a prix fixe dinner of $25, $35, and $45 per person, before beverages, tax and gratuity. Ok, maybe not a deal, but a special tasting experience.

See our list of our favorite coastal restaurants in Ogunquit & York,  Wells Beach, The Kennebunks, and Portland’s best restaurants, and we will see you out and about celebrating good food and our good fortunate to be on the Southern Maine Coast.

Annual Events on the Southern Maine Coast

Jan 1 The Polar Plunge | Portland, Kennebunk, and Old Orchard Beach – swimmers start the New Year with a cold dip in the Atlantic at Maine beaches January 1 for a good cause benefiting various charities. Old Orchard Beach has a Lobster Dip.

Lobster Trap Christmas TreeFebruary is for Lovers | Kennebunkport -The seaside town of Kennebunkport will “Paint the Town Red.” Red tag sales in boutiques, red plates at the best restaurants, a red light ceremony, and carriage rides are highlights. Kennebunk-Kennebunkport offers the perfect winter destination, romantic lodging with ocean views, jacuzzis, and fires. Getaway packages include dining at cozy intimate restaurants, even spa treatments in a picturesque village setting.

Maine Maple Sunday – the third weekend in March Maine Sugar Shacks demonstrate syrup making and give maple candies and maple syrup samples.

Kennebunk May Day Parade and Festival – 1st weekend in May downtown Kennebunk hosts a hometown parade, live music, craft fair and farmers market and family fun.

Memorial Day Weekend Parade Kennebunkport and Kennebunk

wine_glass_corkJune 8-13, 2015: Kennebunkport Festival | Kennebunkport – a fine food, art and wine festival celebrates Kennebunkport’s artists, galleries, top chefs and fine restaurants. Award-winning chefs prepare extraordinary dinners paired with wine and art. Before and After parties, concerts, boat parties, Pop The Kennebunks, Grand Tastings, Brews and tunes, and  Grand Finale comprise this annual waterfront festival in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk. Kennebunkport Festival lodging packages are available at Kennebunkport historic bed and breakfast, inns, resorts and oceanfront hotels.

June 22-23, 2015: George H W Bush Celebrity Golf Classic  | Kennebunkport – A Cape Arundel Golf Club golf tournament with past presidents, pros and celebrities is followed by an evening gala at The Colony Hotel in a fundraiser for Gary’s House.

Tour de Cure | Wells Reserve, Wells –   June bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association offers one of five routes, 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, or 100 Mile on Maine’s scenic coastline of Southern Maine with the start and finish at Wells Reserve in Wells.
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Old Port Festival | Portland – A mid June-tradition for 40 years, Portland’s annual Old Port Festival is Maine’s largest one-day event with bands, a parade,  artists and craft fairs.

June 28 Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort l Kennebunkport – Annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River.

Southern Maine Fireworks DisplayJuly 4  Fireworks | Maine Beach Towns including York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk Old Orchard Beach, Portland

Aug 29, 2015: Wells Annual Chilifest | Wells – Wells Harbor becomes a Mexican fiesta as Wells best restaurants compete for the best chili title, last weekend in August.

Laudholm Summer Solstice Nature Crafts Festival | Wells – 1st Weekend after Labor Day 100 artisans, jewelers,  and crafts people display at Laudholm Farm.

Lobsterman Triathlon | South Freeport – the most popular triathlons of lobstermen that swim across Casco bay, bike and run  in Freeport mid September.

Maine Open Lighthouse Day – September weekendMaine’s lighthouses are open to the public and free of charge

Wells Beach signOct 17, 2015: York Harvestfest | York Beach – York’s annual celebration of Maine food and culture, music and crafts on York Beach, Maine.

October 2015: OgunquitFest | Ogunquit – last weekend of October is filled with fall fun, pumpkin decorating, costume parade, classic car show, craft show,  high heel race, bed race, wagon rides, and a scarecrow contest.

Oct 2015: Harvest on the Harbor | Portland Maine’s top chefs serve local food and wines on Portland’s waterfront for the title Maine Lobster Chef of the year

October 30, 2015 Nonantum Phantom l Kennebunkport annual Halloween Bash for adults with costumes and live music at this historic, haunted Kennebunkport inn.

Oct 31 “Trick or Treat” Halloween Night in the Kennebunks | the Kennebunks’ local merchants hand out goodies to costumed kids in the late afternoon.

Nov 28, 2015 Festival of Lights | Kennebunk –  the largest Christmas Tree in downtown Kennebunk is lit up the weekend following Thanksgiving! Caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and ice skating at Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Pavilion.

nubble-light-southern-maine-coast.jpgNov 28, 2015: Lighting of the Nubble | Sohier Park, York – In Sohier Park, the Nubble Lighthouse is illuminated and Santa makes an appearance.

Dec 3 – 13, 2015: Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude | Kennebunkport – seasonal seaside celebration with  tree lighting , shopping, craft fairs, caroling, and Santa in a lobster boat! Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude is the first two weeks in December.

Freeport Sparkle Weekend | Freeport – 1st weekend of Dec. Freeport  has a Parade of Lights down Main Street, Holiday Movie Marathon, Tuba Christmas Concert, Visits with Santa, Horse Drawn Wagons, Musical Holiday Light Shows, Holiday crafts, Complimentary Gift Wrapping and more!

Dec  5, 2015: Festival of Lights | York – Christmas fun includes the Polar Express, Breakfast with Santa, Festival of Ginger-bread Houses, Festival of Trees, the Lighting of York Village, and a Festival of Lights Parade.

Snow TreesDec  11-13, 2015: Christmas By the Sea Ogunquit | Christmas celebration with a parade, holiday decorations, caroling, Ogunquit shopping, and craft fairs.

2nd Saturday of Dec: Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Portland Harbor –  Casco Bay Lines Boat Parade of Lights fills Portland harbor with decorated lighted boats and fireworks.

Dec 13, 2015: Southern Maine Christmas Parade | Wells – an annual holiday parade of floats, decorated vehicles, mascots and marching bands Wells Plaza at 2pm to the Wells Junior High School.

For lodging on the Southern Maine Coast during any of these fun annual events, see our Maine Lodging Guide and we hope to “sea” you soon!

Winter in Maine – Southern Coast Events

Snow TreesWinter in Maine brings snow and a sparkling blue color on the ocean. The best way to enjoy Maine winters is to get outdoors – snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. Southern Maine hosts a profusion of winter recreation and events from holiday festivals and shopping to sleigh rides, skating and cross country skiing. The Southern Maine  region embraces the spirit of the holidays in the winter months, but you can still walk the beach all year round.

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree: Saturday after Thanksgiving: York, ME, Lighting of the Nubble For some York locals, the Holiday Season doesn’t start until the annual Lighting of the iconic Nubble Lighthouse. In Sohier Park, there can be music, hot cocoa, cookies and while Santa makes an appearance. At dusk, the Nubble will be illuminated as testament of the coming Holidays.

Lobster Trap Christmas Tree1st two weeks of December: Kennebunkport, ME  HGTV noted Kennebunkport as the nation’s 2nd most spirited Christmas Town with respect to its holiday inspired events, tree lightings, entertainment, shopping, craft fairs, caroling, a Fire and Ice Bar at The Nonantum Resort on the River, and Santa in a lobster boat in its Annual Christmas Prelude Celebration.

1st two weeks of December: Ogunquit, ME Enjoy Ogunquit’s Annual Christmas By the Sea Celebration with  holiday decorations, caroling,  parade, races, shopping, craft fairs and more!

December 14: Watch holiday-themed characters, ornamented vehicles, and marching bands in the Southern Maine Christmas Parade in Wells.

January 1: Daring individuals take the Polar Plunge in Portland, Old Orchard and Kennebunk Beach to start the New Year with a dip in the cold Atlantic water annually at Maine beaches benefiting various charities. Old Orchard Beach hosts the annual Lobster Dip – same concept.

Winter BeachFebruary is For Lovers in Kennebunkport: All month the seaside town of Kennebunkport Paints The Town Red with lights, a lobster trap shaped heart, horse drawn carriage rides and romantic red tag sales and red plates dinner specials. Book a lodging package with chocolates, Champagne and flowers and see why Kennebunkport is New England’s most romantic town.

Whether you’re visiting Southern Maine for the holidays on a winter vacation or family gathering, you’re welcome to indulge in our winter festivals!

Fall Fun at OgunquitFest

Ogunquit is a fun festive town, in all season, but Ogunquitfest just may be the best. Every fall Ogunquit throws a foliage festival, OgunquitFest, complete with costume parade, scarecrow contest, an outdoor film fest, monster mash and a high heel dash. The Ogunquit fall events range from family friendly to silly and scary to an absolute scream… Ogunquitfest is Thursday- Sunday October 23 -26.

If you don’t have Halloween plans for this coming weekend, you should come to Ogunquit Maine, join in the spooktacular events, dine on that last fresh Maine lobster of the season, shop, walk the beach on a crisp fall day, and stay at one of Ogunquit’s best lodging properties, or nearby in Wells Maine or lodge in The Kennebunks.

7th annual OgunquitFest Calendar of Fun Events

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ogunquit in the Fall
Ogunquit in Fall
MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL Leavitt Theatre. 8pm. short outdoor films from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Maine Outdoor Film Festivals. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children. Buy your tickets at the door or online at ogunquit.org.

Friday, October 24, 2014

MONSTER MASH Dunaway Center, School Street. 5-8pm. A child-friendly group of vignettes and great photo opportunities! Come in costume for dancing, music, refreshments, and more fun! Appropriate for the entire family. Bring your camera!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

AUTUMN BAZAAR 9am-4pm, Ogunquit Beach. 75 vendors with Maine crafts, perfect for holiday shopping! Non-perishable food donations are accepted for local food pantry or pet food for the Animal Welfare Society.

HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES 10am-4pm, Veterans’ Park. $5 per person. Weather permitting.

w-farm-pumpkins4GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH PRESENTATION 10-11:30am, Dunaway Center, School Street. An autumn delight for kids of all ages. Pumpkins, paints, markers, and stickers supplied, however no sharp instruments or carving for everyone’s safety.

ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10am-1pm, Main Beach parking lot. Vote on your favorite classic car! Winners announced at 12:30pm. Free admission.

WINE TASTING 2pm-5pm. Village Food Market, 230 Main Street. Wine tasting with Aissa Sweets tasting as well.

OGUNQUITFEST OBSTACLE COURSE 2:30-3:30pm, Ogunquit Main Beach. Let the kids run off some energy in our Halloween-themed Obstacle Course on Ogunquit Beach.

wine_glass_corkWINE TASTING 3-6pm, Perkins & Perkins Wine and Cheese Shop, 478 Main Street. Featuring great wines for fall.

CHILDREN’S FALL STORYTELLING 4-5pm, Dunaway Center, School Street. Listen to local storyteller Diana Abbott tell tales of spooks and haunted happenings.

GHOSTLY TOURS, 6-8:30pm. Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Obeds Lane. Stop in for a ghostly walk through Ogunquit. Tours by the Ogunquit Heritage Museum. Bring your flashlight – it’s dark out there! $5 Adults, children under 10 free. Weather permitting.

“PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” SILENT MOVIE, 8 pm, Leavitt Theatre, Downtown. Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber created the hit stage musical, this 1925 silent film adaptation starring Lon Chaney helped place ‘Phantom’ firmly in the pantheon of both horror and romance. Live piano accompaniment. See for yourself, if you dare! $10 per person.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

AUTUMN BAZAAR 10am-3pm, Main Beach parking lot. See Saturday description.

COSTUME PARADE 11am, Ogunquit Square to Main Beach. Costumed kids, adults, and canines welcome! Rain location: Under the tents at the Main Beach Parking Lot. DJ Jodi will spin tunes for this and the Bed Race that follows.

OPA’S OOMPA BAND Noon-4pm: Join Cornerstone for some fun polka music!

high heelHIGH HEEL DASH AND WALK-OFF 3pm, Perkins Cove. Watch this hilarious high heel race as men, ladies and a mix of brave souls put their best, highest foot forward and dash for cash. The race around Perkins Cove in high heels is fun to watch, even better to participate! Racer’s HighHeels must be at least 2” high. Prizes are awarded for Best Time, Highest Heel and Most Outrageous Costume! Proceeds from registration will go to Frannie Peabody Center.

OgunquitFest Weekend is sponsored by the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce, our thanks to them from the SouthernMaineCoast.com Maine fall landscape

Best time to visit Maine in the Fall!

Maine fall landscapeI just love fall in Maine! Warm sunny days, usually a perfect 65-70-degrees allows you to stroll the sandy beach, or paddle a kayak on the rivers with just a light jacket. Some September and October weekends can be super warm, with swimming at the beach for brave souls. Evenings the temperatures drops to a delightfully cool 50 and the sky fills with fantastic stars after a brilliant orange sunset.

w-farm-pumpkins4Fall foliage is truly the highlight of a Maine visit in autumn. Peak foliage is typically Columbus weekend, but the last few weekends in September and first week of October offer prime viewing of the splendid changing leaves from yellow to gold, orange to red, all offset beautifully with the bright green pines and sparkling blue waters of Maine’s lakes and coastline.

Portsmouth WaterfrontFall foliage activities on the Maine coast and inland on Maine farmlands include apple picking, hiking, biking and walking along nature trails. Fall also marks the harvest season and the craft fair and agricultural fair schedule. The Fryeburg Fair is by far the most famous fall fair in Maine, but craft fairs in York, Wells, Ogunquit Kennebunkport and on up to Portland, Camden, Boothbay and Bar Harbor offer locally made Maine crafts, art, food and entertainment. See our list of Fall events, fairs and festivals in Maine, and we hope to see you in Maine enjoying the foliage and the fun that autumn brings!

September in Wells – The Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival

Mid September in Freeport – The Lobstermen’s Triathlon

Mid September Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Sept 28 – Oct 5, 2014 The Fryeburg Fair – Maine’s largest agricultural fair

Oct 4 – 5, 2014: The Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston – Actor Patrick Dempsey’s annual Cancer Fundraiser walk/run/bike ride

Oct 11, 2014 Sunday River hosts the North American Wife Carrying Championships

Oct 18, 2014: York Harvestfest

Oct 23 – 26, 2014: OgunquitFest

Oct 22 – 25, 2014: Harvest on the Harbor in Portland

See our Guide to lodging in Southern Maine and our Maine lodging guide for your autumn visit to Maine!

Southern Maine 4th of July Fireworks

Southern Maine Fireworks DisplayFor all of us who call America our home, celebrating 4th of July means we’re honoring the Independence of our country. It also means enjoying outdoor BBQs and beer with friends and family while sporting silly 4th of July hats. And of course 4th of July Fireworks Display is the highlight of the holiday.  It’s one of the few major holidays Americans can celebrate during the warmth of summer, at least for us New Englanders. We’d like to contend that there’s nowhere better than Southern Maine to observe the fantastic bright displays contrasting the dark summer sky while sitting back on the beach with toes in the sand. There are still rooms available in Southern Maine’s coastal towns for those who have procrastinated on their 4th of July getaway. So for those aiming to catch the best fireworks in a simply terrific aspect of Maine, here are all the 4th of July Firework Displays scheduled in Southern Maine from York to Freeport. Continue reading Southern Maine 4th of July Fireworks