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Maine Lobster Boat Races

Its like NASCAR on the Atlantic… as Maine lobster boats race on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon in Maine, in front of hundreds of floating fans. Boats raft up to one another, coolers are brimming with beers, and BBQ grills are as fired up as the lobster fishermen throttling their boats down the marked channel for bragging rights. Spectators cheer for each set of speeding boats – typically two to four boats race at a time – plying the waves and each other’s wake – charging for the finish line and the best time.

Each summer Lobster Boat Races are hosted up the coast and Down East, from Portland to Harpswell, to Pemaquid, Boothbay and beyond…

There’s no cost to attend. It’s a free for all, free for all! Most of the these Maine fishing and lobstering vessels are designed to fish …not to go fast. That’s what makes it fun – funny even! Seeing a lobster boat speed at upwards of 30 mph is exciting… especially when competing head to head amongst friendly fishing friends – turned competitors.

Lobstering is hard work, on often cold mornings, in harsh seas, fog, rain, Maine weather, so its nice to see lobster fishermen on a day off, having fun, enjoying their boats in a friendly competition in front of their fans and families.

The best place to watch the Lobster Races is on a boat. Some Maine harbors also charter special boat trips and ferries on race day to bring spectators out to the fleet field. Best bet, find a friend with a large barge or comfy cruiser, offer to bring lunch and beverages in trade for a ride and front row seat.

Or hop on an ferry. Bring a cooler, snacks, sunscreen, a swimsuit for a quick “cool” dip between heats,  and a hat – its a long day viewing in the sun – often starting with small work boat class, a wooden boat division, diesel vs gas classes, and building up to the bigger beefier working boats, ending with a tug boat tug of war for the win. The sup’ed up lobster boat heats are by far the loudest, a real crowd pleaser…

2020 Maine Lobster Boat Schedule:

June 20       Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races
June 21       Rockland Lobster Boat Races
June 28       Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races
July 4          Moosabec Reach Lobster Boat Races
July 12       Stonington Lobster Boat Races
July 19       Friendship Lobster Boat Races
July 26       Harpswell Lobster Boat Race best viewed at Dolphin Cove Marina Restaurant – one of our fave waterfront restaurants in Maine!
Aug 8          Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races
Aug 15       Long Island Lobster Boat Races
Aug 16       Portland Lobster Boat Races
Aug 16       Merritt Brackett Lobster Boat Races (Pemaquid)
Oct  17       Awards Banquet & Dinner (Robinson’s Wharf, Southport)

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Shore Signs of Spring In Maine

Spring has arrived in Maine…sometimes its slow to arrive, with snow in April and skiing til May at Sugarloaf. Maine winters can be long, cold and snowy – skiers and snowmobiler love it but some folks just long for spring. Longer warmer days, beach weather and beautiful flowers. Cheers – spring is here!

Here are 7 shore signs of Spring in Maine:
Flowers popping their tender heads out of garden beds… the bright yellow daffodils, purple pansies, regal red tulips and golden forsythia buds busting forth – say that 3 times!

Shrink wrap ripping of boats as trailers and hauls drop boats into the water – well not literally dropping the boats – that would be a bad start to the yacht season!

Shorts – As the barometer peaks over 60, bold brave eager Mainers shed their long LL Bean layers and don shorts for the first time since September. Beware the bright white legs that have been under rap all winter.

Decks at your favorite Maine restaurants on the water are opening up faster than you can say “let’s get a drink down by the water.”

Portland’s Sea Dogs are playing ball. Nothing says spring in Maine like a home opener of baseball at Portland’s Hadlock Field with Slugger the Sea Dog and the Boston Red Sox Double A Team.

Lawns – the purr of lawnmowers returns as homeowners greet and groom the green grass they have missed  – buried under a winter coat of snow.

Lobster – yes it’s the season to start cracking into Maine lobster again. Here’s praying for a plentiful yield of crustacean this year. Maine lobstermen have set and exceeded their records for the biggest catch for seven straight years… insert clap of claws here.

Cheers to spring in Maine! Get in your short, get on a boat, go to the beach, catch a ballgame, enjoy a beer on a waterfront deck, and enjoy some Maine lobster.

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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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Maine’s Best Festivals

Best Festivals in Maine – food, crafts, music, decorations – you name it – Maine celebrates it!

January
Polar Plunge New Years Day l Kennebunkport, Portland and Old Orchard Beach
New Years dips in the ocean, polar -plunge, lobster dip, freezin for a reason…

2heart-dock-square-ocean2February is for Lovers | Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport celebrates February for Lovers with a “Paint the Town Red” month of Red tag sales in boutiques, red plates at the best restaurants,  lodging specials,  red lights and hearts strewn around the seaside town.

March
Maine Maple Sunday | Statewide
Maine Maple Sugar Shacks provide free samples and show how maple syrup is made at sugar shacks aroiuond the state typically the third weekend in March.

April
Parrothead Spring Fest Ski Weekend | Sunday River, Bethel
Jimmy Buffet music, spring skiing, margarita mix key lime pie contests and pond skimming at this annual event at Sunday River.

perkins-cove-footbridge2Patriots Weekend l Ogunquit
Fife & Drum Parade, Soldier Re-enactments, taste of the town and a Patriotic Pooch parade. Cxl 2020

Sugarloaf Reggae Fest l Sugarloaf
4 days of Reggae Bands, and spring skiing at the Loaf

kennebunkport-festival-singerMay
Kennebunk May Day
The 1st weekend in May downtown Kennebunk hosts a hometown parade, live outdoor music, craft fairs and farmers market.

Taste of Bar Harbor | Bar Harbor
This May festival of food in Bar Harbor showcases creative local cuisine, with the best chefs and restaurants of Bar Harbor.

Memorial Day Weekend Parades and Events Throughout the state of Maine Towns.

June
kennebunkport-festivalKennebunkport Festival | Kennebunkport
An early June fine food, art and wine festival celebrated in Kennebunkport. Cxl 2020

Kennebunkport LAUNCH – a Maritime Festival and Blessing of the Fleet| Kennebunkport Cxl 2020

George H W Bush Celebrity Golf Classic  | Kennebunkport Cxl 2020
Annual June golf tournament with past presidents, pros and celebrities is followed by an evening gala in a fundraiser for Gary’s House.

arundel_wharfTour de Cure | Wells Reserve, Wells
Annual fund-raising bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association offers one of five routes, 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, or 100 Mile.

Trek Across Maine l Sunday River to Portland
A mid June bike ride fundraiser across Maine from Sunday River to Portland, Maine to benefit the American Lung Association.

July
Southern Maine Fireworks DisplayFireworks July 4 around Maine, and at beach towns Kennebunk, Old Orchard, York and Portland

Windjammer Days Festival | Boothbay Harbor
A parade of windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor.

Moxie Festival | Lisbon
Since 1982, a festival celebrating Moxie – Maine’s original soda pop l Lisbon
Maine Windjammer Parade in Rockland and Tall Ships in Camden Harbor | Rockland

lobsterLobster Boat Races | Stonington
Deer Isle goes wild as working lobster men in suped-up boats race around the harbor.

Maine Lobster Festival  | Rockland
Maine lobsters, music, Maine arts and crafts.

August
Maine Boats, Homes and Harbor Show
| Rockland
Three day in water boat show in Rockland

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

Casco Bay Swim Run l PortlandWells Annual Chilifest | Wells

September
Camden Windjammer Festival and Parade | Camden
Camden’s beautiful windjammers sail in fleet through Camden Harbor.

Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival | Laudholm Farm, Wells
Summer Solstice and Nature Crafts Festival the first Weekend after Labor Day.

Lobsterman Triathlon | South Freeport
riathlons of lobstermen and athletes swimming across Casco bay, biking and running.

halfway-light-casco-bay (3)Maine Open Lighthouse Day
Maine’s lighthouses are open to the public and free of charge one day each September.

October
Fryeburg Fair | Fryeburg
Since 1851, local farmers show off their produce, livestock and goods, along with a midway, live entertainment and booths.

The Dempsey Challenge | Lewiston
Actor Patrick Dempsey’s (Grey’s Anatomy) annual Cancer Fundraiser walk/run/bike ride from Lewiston Auburn through Maine’s Lakes and Mountains.

North American Wife Carrying Championships | Sunday River, Bethel
Men and women compete in a challenging obstacle course with a twist – the husband must carry the wife in the Estonian style to win her weight in beer and a cash prizes. Sunday River’s annual Wife Carrying is Part of the resort’s Fall Fest during Columbus Weekend.

w-farm-pumpkins4Kennebunk Harvestfest | Downtown Kennebunk
Farmers Market, parade, craft fair, food and music are part of this  fall festival.

York Harvestfest | York Beach
An annual celebration of Maine food and culture, a juried craft fair, marketplace, and music on York Beach, Maine.

OgunquitFest | Ogunquit
Fall weekend of pumpkin and cookie decorating, costume parade, classic car show, craft show, fun house, high heel race, bed race, wagon rides,  and a scarecrow contest.

Harvest on the Harbor | Portland
 pineapple-ketch-nonantumPortland’s premier food and wine event showcasing top local chefs, Maine food and wines in a beautiful waterfront settings.

Kennebunkport Halloween l Kennebunk Kennebunkport 
Halloween is fun for kids and adults with Summer Street fantastically spooky with decorations for trick or treating around these historic haunted mansions. Grown ups have costume parties with live music at local establishments like Hurricane, Old Vines, and The Burleigh. Day of the Dead is big fun, masks and margaritas and a live band at Pedros.

Festival of Lights | Kennebunk
Kennebunk’s Christmas Tree illuminates the night in downtown Kennebunk the weekend following Thanksgiving!

Lobster Trap Christmas TreeFestival of Trees | Saco
Dozens of decorated trees and wreaths are  displayed at Dyer Library, Saco Museum.

Lighting of the Nubble | Sohier Park, York
he annual Lighting of the iconic Nubble Lighthouse in Sohier Park at dusk is beautiful.

December
Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Celebration | Kennebunkport
Two weeks of holiday events, tee lightings, entertainment, shopping, craft fairs, caroling, and Santa in a lobster boat!

Freeport Sparkle Weekend | Freeport
Parade of Lights down Main Street, Holiday Movie Marathon, Tuba Christmas Concert, Visits with Santa, Horse Drawn Wagons, Musical Holiday Light Shows in Freeport.

Festival of Lights | York
Festival of Lights and craft fairs in York.

1kbpt-sign-heartChristmas By the Sea Celebration | Ogunquit
A seaside Christmas season celebration in December in Ogunquit.

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Portland
Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks.

Southern Maine Christmas Parade | Wells
Annual Christmas Parade in Wells now over 30 years of tradition.

See more great Maine Events and where to stay in Maine to enjoy all these fun festivals.

See our Southern Maine Coast lodging guide  – bring the family, the dog to a pet friendly place, or just your sweetheart to a romantic inn in Maine.

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Maine Summer Concerts and Theatre

wells-so-beach3Summer on the Maine coast means more than just beaches, lighthouse beacons and breaking into a fresh Maine lobster. You can add some culture to that side of Maine crustacean… after all summer stock theatre on the southern Maine coast is classic, and some of the best bands and performers come to the coast to host concerts and performances. Let’s just say it a good gig for the audience as well as the band.

ogunplayHere are the top theaters and concert venues on the southern Maine coast:
The Ogunquit Playhouse got its start in 1933, in a garage, during the depression when Walter Hartwig brought the Manhattan Theatre Colony to Maine.  In 1937, the playhouse moved to its current location on Maine Street, Route 1. In 1951, John Lane took the reins, before Bradford Kenney. The Ogunquit Playhouse brings top off Broadway productions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2020 is Ogunquit Playhouse 89th season!

kennebunkport-festival-singerHackmatack Playhouse in Berwick was founded in 1972 as a classic summer stock theatre in a 1716 barn, the old Gupthill farm in pastoral south western Maine.

dine-kennebunk-innVinegar Hill Music Theatre is Maine’s cool music venue, in the old Arundel Barn Playhouse near Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.  The new name Vinegar Hill pays tribute to the history of this area in Arundel and the Smith Sister’s Farm. Tim Harrington (also of  Kennebunkport Resort Collection) is the man behind the scenes as Vinegar Hill’s managing partner, with Broadway experienced George Dvorsky as Creative Director. Vinegar Hill will be more music venue than playhouse.

portland-headlightPortland Maine State Pier brings in top shelf bands in summer, open air with a view of the ocean.

At the Cross Insurance Center in Portland, aka the Portland Civic Center, you can see summer rock concerts, coutnry western and even the occasional ice show between hockey games in winter.

Kittery Star Theatre and Community Center is another cool venue for music, productions and theater camps.

kennebunkport-festival-tentSo there are just a few fun performances and plays to mix in with your time at the Beach in York, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach and Portland Maine! May your summer be full of fun, music and theatre.

See our Southern Maine Coast lodging guide  for lodging in Portland, Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit, Kittery and York.

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Love Wine and Love Maine? Try a Wine Walk

perkins-cove-footbridge2Wine Walks in Maine are the perfect pairing – wine education while on vacation – or an afternoon appreciating wine at new-to-you local venues. Your lovely host Erica Archer, CWP, WSET, offers this fun format of mobile wine classes in the Kennebunks, Ogunquit, and Portland, and Wine Sails in Portland and Camden.

I joined in a Friday Wine Walk in Kennebunk, as our group from Boothbay to Fort old-vines-bar-tableLauderdale, made our way to four Kennebunk restaurants tasting unique Chardonnays – the wine theme for the day. Erica, the beautiful blond brainchild behind Wine Wise – her wine event company founded five years ago, presented four fabulous wines with rich detail and description as we sipped away the afternoon together.

We uncorked our first taste at Duffy’s on Kennebunk’s Main Street. Chef John prepared a delicious poached salmon with summer squash medley that provided just the right balance to our buttery Kendall Jackson Vintner Reserve Chardonnay. Erica offered regional background, technical terms like malolactic fermentation, and then very pragmatic tips like how to open a bottle of wine perfectly and champagne like a pro (turning the bottle – not the cork).

winewalk2Our next stop at Owen’s Farmhouse, we smelled, sipped and savored a bright but subtle French Burgundy-region Albert Bichot Chardonnay which complemented the wood-fired pizzas we shared in this cozy café. Erica’s wine knowledge is impressive, she’s a Certified Wine Professional with Level Three Advanced Certification as a Sommelier. But she’s also warm, witty and passionate about her wines – no wine snobbery here. As Erica says, “If wine is a foreign language, we all become more fluent after a few glasses.”

At winewalk1Academe, in the Kennebunk Inn, Chefs Brian and Shanna had created a clever BLT – Arancini with Brussels sprout and bacon which was fantastic with our beautiful bubbly – Veuve Clicquot Champagne (a Chardonnay in fancy French clothing).

We learned wonderful little wine facts:
Champagne corks can release at 45 mph
80% of the taste in wines comes from the aroma
Wines are served too cold, red, white, even rosé
French White Burgundy = Chardonnay
Red Burgundy = Pinot Noir
The Master Sommelier Certification Exam has a less than a 10% pass rate
The best wine opener* is the basic corkscrew with a knife, screw, and two notches
*note to my friends: please no more silly battery operated openers for my birthday

winewalk5Our final stop was 50 Local for a Foxglove Chardonnay from San Luis Obispo California paired with spicy tofu, local field greens, earthy pasta and mushrooms. So we had toured the west coast to France and back in our two-hour wine block walk. Our minds had been opened with each bottle, to new approaches to drinking wine, and better appreciation of how territory and treatment affect each vine and harvest. Our food pairings were excellent – showing Erica’s attention to detail and collaboration with her host chefs.

We walked away from our Wine Walk having tasted and toasted new friends with a new improved vino lingo and greater love of wines.

Now I want to  Wine Sail in Camden or Portland at sunset, sounds sublime. See Wine Wise’s schedule for Erica’s upcoming Wine Walks in Ogunquit, Portland, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and Wine Sails in Casco Bay and Camden.

See more fun food and wine events on the Southern Maine Coast including  Kennebunkport’s Progessive Dinner Trolley and The Kennebunkport Festival!

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 16 with event tickets priced from $30 for  cocktail parties each night, to as much as $200 for exclusive Chef dinners at private mansions on the beach, Ocean Ave and Wood Fired Maine at Wells Laudholm Farm. This  Kennebunkport Festival is in early June5.

kennebunkport-festival-tentA portion of The Kennebunkport Festival proceeds go to a local Maine charity – 2019 raised $158,000! Its very charitable and its also an event for sampling local Chefs’ best bites, sipping cocktails on the Kennebunk River, enjoying art and music, 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.

 

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

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What is there to do on the Southern Maine Coast in winter?

5seaside-inn-winterWhat is there to do on the Southern Maine Coast in winter? Plenty – walk the beach, shop, eat, drink, ski, sled, skate, surf, cozy up to a fire at a romantic seaside inn, eat lobster, snowshoe, paint, read, write…

You can walk the beach all year round. In winter, Ogunquit, Wells Beach, Kennebunk Beach and Old Orchard are all beautiful. You can watch the surfers ride the winter waves, walk your dog, take pictures of the snow and sand, and just enjoy an entirely different season on the beach, read: not wearing your bikini.

Cross country skiing or snowshoeing at nearby Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm on their 7 mile of beautiful trails or Harris Farm in Dayton makes for a great day, even an hour outside enjoying the snow and the scenery.

2dock-square-kbpt2For a more relaxing romantic endeavor, take a horse drawn carriage ride through Kennebunkport’s Docks Square, Ogunquit and Kennebunk both have beautiful outdoor ice skating rinks. Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Pavilion is a free public covered ice rink in downtown Kennebunk next to the Kennebunk Inn.

Sledding hills are peppered throughout the coast – Kennebunk’s Sea Road Dump, no longer a landfill, is very popular for sledding on the well-pitched hill. Munjoy Hill and the Eastern Prom in Portland have some good sledding spots too.

99love-kbpt-davidsAs for fun festivals, Kennebunkport celebrates Paint The Town Red and February is For Lovers with red and white lights, Ice Bar at The Boathouse Waterfront, heart decorations and romantic specials on lodging at fabulous inns, happy hours, dining and shopping.  Ogunquit throws a Mardi Gras party on th weekend prior to Fat Tuesday with jugglers, a Masquerade Ball, and a Hat and Mask Parade down Ogunquit’s Main Street. Let the good time roll in Ogunquit in winter.

4dock-square-kbpt7Shopping is a four season sport, and Maine is no exception, especially with LL Bean open 365 24/7. Winter shopping in Maine means deals and sales – whether you are at Kittery Outlets, Freeport’s Outlets, or the many boutiques and shops in Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and the Old Port of Portland. You can also find bargains at Mardens and Reny’s  -two classic Maine shopping experiences – buy it if you see it – these Maine shopping institutions are never the same twice. The local people watching is a hoot to.

davids-serverMaine restaurants host Maine Restaurant Week in mid March –  it’s actually two weeks of great Maine dining deals at the best restaurants in southern Maine. Maine’s foodie scene as rocketed to top chef status, in fact Portland recently topped Boston as the coziest city in America – with the great dining spots as a number 1 reason.

Per capita, Portland Maine has more restaurants than any other city in the United States, and many are walkable and wonderful! Winter is a better time to tackle the Top Restaurants in Portland – less lines and less waiting for a table and better dining deals than peak summer. Don’t worry, lobster is always on the menu, clams too.

6captain-lord-mansion-kennebunkportLastly, cozy romantic lodging along the Southern Maine Coast in winter is a great deal. You can score a beautiful suite or a fireplace room in a BNB for less than spring, summer or fall, and you have the place to yourself. Many lodging properties like Seaside Inn and Captain Lord Mansion in K’port, and Ogunquit Resort Motel offer packages including wine and flowers, or dining certificates to local restaurants during your stay, even late check outs. Family resorts like Rhumb Line in Kennebunkport and Village by the Sea and Misty Harbor in Wells have indoor heated pools perfect for a family vacation.

love-kbpt-davids6See our Southern Maine Coast lodging guide and plan a winter getaway today – bring the kids, the dog to a pet friendly place, or just your sweetheart to a romantic inn in Maine.

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15th Annual OgunquitFest – Fall for Maine!

Maine Fall CoastFall means  Ogunquitfest in the beautiful seaside village of Ogunquit. For 15 years  annually Ogunquit hosts a festive festive weekend with a Dog Costume Parade and Pooch pageant, Maine Whoopie Pie Eating contest, wine tastings, Antique Car Show, and the world-famous high heel dash and Waiters’ Race. The Ogunquit fall events range from family friendly to silly to a total scream… Ogunquitfest is Friday- Sunday October 23-25, 2020.

Come celebrate Halloween a weekend early in Ogunquit Maine, join in the fall festivities including pumpkin decorating and an Autumn Bazaar full of maine crafts, art and food locals food items. Its also a great peak foliage weekend to 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.

15th annual OgunquitFest Calendar of Fun Events (2020 events will be similar)

Friday Oct 25, 2019
4-7pm Haunted House
at Leavitt Theatre, 25 Main Street

5:30-7pm Trick or Treat Main Street, Beach Ave, Shore Road and Downtown Ogunquit
Dress in costume and visit shops and businesses with the “Come In” sign in their window for treats.

7:30 Monsters Movie- Free showing at Leavitt Theatre

Saturday, October 26, 2019
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.

PUMPKIN Decorating 10-11:00am Dunaway Center, School Street. An autumn delight for kids of all ages.

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

WHOOPIE PIE EATIN CONTEST 12:00-1:00 old Village School , Cottage Street. Who can eat Maine’s favorite dessert treat fastest?

WINE TASTING 2pm-5pm. Perkins & Perkins, Main Street. Wine tasting with fall foods.

RIVER RALLY  Kayak and SUP 2-4pm, Ogunquit Footbridge, end of Ocean Street. Meet at the Footbridge,  paddle to the Beach Street bridge and back. It’s not a race, just good fun. Kayaks and SUPs welcome. Weather permitting.

Ogunquit Fest Obstacle Course 2:30-3:15pm Riverside, Ogunquit Beach – fun for kids.

4-7pm Haunted House at Leavitt Theatre, 25 Main Street
Sunday, October 27, 2018

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

Children’s Costume Contest 10-11:30am Ogunquit Village School

DOGTOBER POOCH PARADE and POOCH COSTUME AWARDS 11am, Ogunquit Main Beach. Costumed kids, adults and canines welcome! Pooch pageant to follow at 11:30am!

WAITERS RACE 12:30pm End of Beach Street. Ogunquit’s best waiters race with full trays to the beach and back. Anyone can enter!

HIGH HEEL DASH AND WALK-OFF 3pm, Perkins Cove Road. 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.

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What to wear in Maine in Fall Y’all

Maine fall landscapeIts sweatah weathah to quote my friend in her salty Maine accent. Mainahs just love fall, except for the raking of the leaves that fall in your dooryahd.

Fall along the Southern Maine Coast brings warm sunny days, usually a perfect 65-70-degrees so you can stroll the sandy beach, bike along pretty coastal paths, or kayak on the rivers to enjoy the spectacular kaleidoscope of colors. Maple, oak, and birch provide reds oranges and yellows contrasting Maine’s state pine tree in green and the sparkling ocean and waters that turn a deep dark blue. Evenings on the southern Maine coast, the temperatures drops to a cool 50, perfect for a fireside dinner, and the sky fills with fantastic stars following a brilliant orange sunset.

Fall foliage is the highlight of a Maine visit in autumn. And there is still so much to see and do. For your planning, peak foliage is typically Columbus weekend, but the last few weekends in September through the third week of October offer prime viewing in various locations from the coastline to inland lakes and rivers.

Fall is a great time to go apple picking, Kport1 (3)hiking, biking and walking along nature trails. Fall also marks the harvest, with farmers markets,  craft fairs and agricultural fairs. While the  Fryeburg Fair is the big daddy of fairs, followed by the Cumberland County Fair, there are Maine craft fairs galore in York, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport and on up to Portland, Camden, Boothbay and Bar Harbor featuring locally made Maine crafts, art, food and entertainment. See our list of Fall events, fairs and festivals in Maine.

Fall is also a great time to score a deal on lodging along the southern Maine Coast as peak summer is over, and rates really fall after Columbus Day weekend while the leaf peeping remains prime for a few more weeks. So lobster_platepack your sweater, your camera and be prepared to be wowed by the display of foliage, and don’t forget to make time for a Maine lobster dinner at a waterfront restaurant before winter arrives.

September in Wells – The Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival

Mid September in Freeport – The Lobstermen’s Triathlon

Mid September  – Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Early October The Fryeburg Fair – Maine’s largest agricultural fair

Sept 28-29 The Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston – Actor Patrick Dempsey’s annual Cancer Fundraiser walk/run/bike ride

Oct 12 Columbus Weekend Sunday River hosts the North American Wife Carrying Championships

5bass-harbor-maine18Oct 19 York Harvestfest

Oct 25-27 OgunquitFest

Oct 17 – 20 Harvest on the Harbor in Portland food and wine festival

Oct 19  Camp Sunshine’s Maine Pumpkin Festival at LL Bean in Freeport

See more at Southern Maine Coast Lodging Guide , Visit Maine Lodging Directory, and Kennebunkport Maine Lodging Guide.

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