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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 in August – this  annual race of canoes, paddleboards and kayaks on the Kennebunk River starts at the resort,  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 mid  July – Portland Harbor hosts 8istoric tallships on their final stop of the  Tallships Challenge. The highlight, the Tallships Parade, sails into Portland Harbor.

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.

August brings 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.

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

Maine Lobsterman Triathlon in South Freeport is September as well.

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.

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Fall is Fair Time in Maine!

bouysFall is Fair season in Maine, and we’re not talking about the beautiful cool sunny days or the calm seas and turning leaves. No, we’re talking food fairs, craft fairs, agricultural fairs – where folks come from far and wide to enjoy rides, harvests, handmade goods, see livestock and live shows – often all that in the same day. Maine is very proud of its heritage and homemade art, crafts, food and fun – and there is no better place to witness all of this than a Maine fair, ayuh.

September  Wells Annual Laudholm Nature Craft Fair at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, now in its 28th year, crafts people show their wares at this beautiful farm on a natural slat water estuarine.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0749.September Summer Solstice Craft Show in Wells – at the Wells Elementary is a display of over 70 Maine crafters, local food producers, artists and photographers.

September Cappricio in Ogunquit is a town-wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater, craft fairs and food, plus concerts. Ogunquit’ Festival of Kites is a highlight.

September  Old Orchard Beach Bikefest on the Pier – a fair for bike fans with motorcycles, parts, people and music on display by the beach.

September Litchfield Fair is a classic Maine Country fair with midway, animal exhibits,  pulling events. and of course fair food

w-farm-pumpkins4September Farmington Fair hosts a midway with rides, exhibit halls, livestock and animal games and  pulls, harness racing, and a demolition derby.

September Oxford County Fair offers rides on the midway, Maine fair food, livestock shows, crafts, exhibits and harness racing.

September New Portland Lion’s Fair – North New Portland. Midway with rides, exhibit hall, animal and tractor pulls, Maine crafts, livestock exhibits and fair food

September  Common Ground Fair in Unity celebrates rural life and farming with demonstrations, Maine organic-produced foods, crafts and livestock on display.

September-October Cumberland Fair is a big one, with large exhibit halls, a midway with games, rides and prizes, plus food, crafts,   livestock exhibits. animal pulling events and harness racing.

October Fryeburg Fair is the big daddy of all Maine fairs, the fair to which all others in New England compare. This is Maine’s largest agricultural fair, a Blue Ribbon Classic, that last over a week and spans acres – folks come out of the word (as the saying goes) to attend this fairest of fairs. Fryeburg Fair, started in 1851, features a midway of rides, games and fair food, plus crafts, local products, farming equipment and livestock, and nightly entertainment with top name live bands. The pig scramble and harness racing are top attractions – so is the people-watching and the fired dough, or watching the local Maine people eat fried dough!

October  Kennebunk Harvestfest is a family fair with a day dedicated to crafts, a farmers market, kids games, costume parade, climbing wall, and music in downtown Kennebunk.

October Sunday River’s Fall Festival – Maine’s ski mountains come alive in fall with music, food and crafts, plus the annual North American Wife Carrying Championships at this annul peak foliage Columbus weekend.

October  Portland Harvest on the Harbor is a fancier fair featuring food- Maine’s best chefs compete to create the prize winning cuisine while patrons get to taste, sip and see a view of the water. Th pricey tickets, $465 for the whole event, is far higher than Fryburg’s $10 bucks a day, but this swank foodee event is a fundraiser for End Hunger in Maine.

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So let’s be fair, there’s a fair for everyone in the fall in Maine!  For lodging on the southern Maine Coast during your fall fair visit, check out our lodging in Wells, Ogunquit, places to stay in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Portland and hotels all over Maine.

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