The beautiful coastal town of Ogunquit was established in 1686. To this day, Ogunquit carries a proud heritage of sea faring, coastal art and seafood. The “beautiful place by the sea”, Ogunquit’s translation in Abenaki, celebrates its seaside vibrancy with festivals. perhaps the biggest event is Ogunquit’s Annual Patriots Day Weekend celebration April 21-23!
The entire ocean front communities turns out and celebrates with historical characters walking the streets, musterings, and fife & drum concerts, craft fairs, Colonial treasure hunts, and a Chefs’ taste of the Town. this year marks the 27th Annual Patriots Weekend in Ogunquit with some extra fun events like a Pooch Pageant, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and Maine Street – Ogunquit’s biggest nightclub – celebrating 17 years with a big Friday night party. For lodging during this fun festive weekend, see our Guide to Ogunquit’s best lodging.
Ogunquit’s Annual Patriots Day Weekend Events:
All Weekend Long
TREASURE HUNTS: Complete your Patriots Day booklet to the Chamber at the Main Beach tent, and be entered to win a prize! As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize!
HISTORICAL BUILDING HUNT (throughout Ogunquit) Patriots Day celebrates Ogunquit’s history. Draw at least six of the following the most historic buildings and landmarks in your Patriots Day booklet and be entered to win a prize: Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit Playhouse, Marginal Way Lighthouse, Perkins Cove Bridge, Footbridge (at Footbridge Beach), pedestrian bridge (at end of Wharf Lane)
FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
9:00am-5:00pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library) Used book sale, with proceeds to fund the Ogunquit Memorial Library.
5:00pm: FUNDRAISING FRIDAY (Bintliff’s Restaurant, 335 Main Street).
6:50pm-7:10pm: HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE, December 25, 1776 (watch from Sea Chambers or the Main Beach Parking Lot) You’ve seen the painting – now see it come to life! asked that read to all of his soldiers. Hear George Washington excerpts from this reading of Thomas Paine’s December 23, 1776 The American Crisis before Washington crosses the River.
7:10pm-7:20pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE (starting at Sea Chambers and ending at Ogunquit Baptist Church) March with historic characters to authentic revolutionary music to a fife and drum concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church!
7:30pm (or directly following the parade): FIFE AND DRUM CONCERT (upstairs at the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Learn about our colonial heritage of song as the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo play traditional songs and teach us about the instruments themselves and the signals revolutionary fifers and drummers gave to the soldiers in the heat of battle.
8:00pm: MAINESTREET CELEBRATES 17 YEARS (Mainestreet). – Free hors d’oeuvres and red carnations (the flower for 17th anniversaries) at Ogunquit’s biggest wildest night club. Free limited edition MEST pint glass koozies (come early-while supplies last). Fun music videos playing on our multiple TV screens in our newly renovated main lounge. 21+.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:
OGUNQUIT STOCKS, AND PHOTO OPS (Main Beach Parking Lot & Perkins Cove) Selfie photo opportunities for the whole family! Don’t worry, the stocks don’t lock, but they will be available all weekend for photo opportunities. Another fun photo opportunity available with a life-size cut-out stand-up where you can take a photo of yourself dressed in old-time bathing suits, as Uncle Sam, and more!
COLONIAL FLAG TREASURE HUNT (under the tents at the Beach) Find all of the flags at the craft fair. Using the page in your brochure, draw each flag in the appropriate colony’s box. Don’t worry, you aren’t being judged for artistic talent! We may throw in some other Colonial-era flags in to throw you off the trail! Turn in your solution at the Ogunquit Chamber table under the tent, and be entered to win a prize.
GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE TEA CHEST (under the tents at the beach) How much did a tea chest weigh? Look at the chest and guess what it would have weighed when full of tea. No, as a safety precaution, you will not get to lift the box! As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize!
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR ( Kennebunk Savings Bank tents at the Beach parking lot) Over 50 vendors will sell their wares under the tent! We’re collecting donations of non-perishable food for York County Shelter Program, and pet food for the Animal Welfare Society.
9:00am-5:00pm: OGUNQUIT MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library)
9:30am – 10:15am: 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!
10:15 – 10:45am: BOOK READING AND SIGNING (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Local author Brenda York Goodale will read her new children’s book, The Pride of Perkins Cove, the tale of a boy’s quest to find a lost carved boat, loosely based on Perkins Cove history, that adults as well as children will enjoy. Appropriate for children ages 5-10. Books available for sale and signing by author after the reading.
10:45-11:30am: MAKE A PATRIOTS DAY SCRAPBOOK (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Nowadays, it seems like everyone has a Kindle. But real books were all the fashion in colonial days. Learn how to make a book using a fold and cut method and a sewing method. Then use our art supplies to start decorating the book. Use it to record your Patriots Day Weekend adventure! Appropriate for ages 9 and up.
10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot0 $5 per person.
12:00 noon: AMERICAN PIE CONTEST (downstairs at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) Submit one home-made pie in an “American” flavor to our “celebrity judges”. Pies will be judged during Taste of the Town in the following categories: theme, appearance, and taste. The grand prize winner will receive $50 in Gift of Ogunquit gift certificates, and the recipe will be featured in the next edition of our Ogunquit cookbook. Of course the best prize is the bragging rights for having made the best pie in Ogunquit! Winners will be announced after Taste of the Town.
12:00 – 2:30pm: “TASTE OF THE TOWN” (Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) A variety of Ogunquit restaurants’ top Chefs will serve up their special dishes for you to try out! Buy tickets at the door or ahead of time under the tent at the beach. AGAIN THIS YEAR: You can choose to eat only at the Taste of the Town at the Dunaway Center, or buy an expanded “Touring Taste of the Town” ticket. Tickets for the traditional event at the Dunaway Center are $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.
6:30pm: RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY (Perkins Cove) Watch our colonists from the dock as they throw chests of tea off the Bunny Clark.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tent at the Main Beach parking lot) See Saturday description.
10:30am: CUB SCOUT DUCK RACE (Ogunquit River) Buy your tickets for the Duck Race under the tent prior to the race. You need not be present to win.
11am: RE-ENACTENT OF THE FLAG RAISING AT IWO JIMA (Marginal Way) While the flag raising at Iwo Jima did not take place during the Revolutionary War, we take a moment to remember and give thanks to all of those who have fought for our freedom throughout our history. Weather permitting.
12:30pm: PATRIOTIC POOCH PAGEANT AND FASHION SHOW (Liquid Dreams parking lot, 696 Main Street. Weather permitting.) Dress your dog in costume, or just come to watch the show! Two costume categories: Patriotic(red, white, and blue) and Favorite American (any Abe Lincoln wannabe’s out there?) Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic costume and best costume impersonation. Animal Welfare Society will be there to feature some of their adoptable dogs.
2:00pm: OGUNQUIT PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS FREE FILM – “THE PATRIOT” (Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) See “The Patriot”, starring Jeff Daniels as George Washington. Free parking! Free movie! Free popcorn!
5:00 – 8:00pm: MARGINAL WAY FUNDRAISER – MEATLOAF CONTEST (Bintliff’s Restaurant, 335 Main Street). Prizes! Raffle! Silent Auction! Lots of yummy meatloaf! All to help preserve the Marginal Way, one of Maine’s greatest treasures.