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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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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.

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

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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

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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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Fall sun, fun, music, beer and boats

1cape-arundel-inn-oceanFall on the Southern Maine Coast is super. The warm summer weather continues, ushering cool clear evenings and autumnal sunsets. You can still have your beach days, boat rides, and the towns of Kennebunkport ,Ogunquit and Wells are far less busy as kids have gone back to school. September and October are full of festivals, fairs, art and music in Maine.

vinegar-hillMusic, craft fairs and concerts fill the fall air. Ogunquit Playhouse has wonderful Broadway style plays in September while Vinegar Hill Music Theatre hosts live concerts.

The 2nd Friday of the Month is Kennebunk & Kennebunkport’s the Village Art Walk, always the 2nd Friday. Art galleries and artisan studios in LoweKport1 (3)r Village Kennebunk and Kennebunkport open their doors and serve snacks and drinks for patrons to enjoy while browsing local art, photography and crafts.

The weekend after Labor Day in September is the big Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival in Wells at Laudholm Farms.

While you are visiting Southern Maine, be shore to get aboard a boat, The Rugosa Lobster Boat Tour is a great hour and half trip out the Kennebunk River, you will haul lobster traps, see the Bush’s estate – Walkers’ Point from the water, and maybe a few harbor seals during your beautiful cruise. If you prefer pineapple-ketchto sail, The Pineapple Ketch is a beautiful sailboat which also departs from the docks at the Nonantum for daily sails and a spectacular sunset cruise. If fishing is your thing, then Captain Bruce will take you out aboard the Libreti Rose II to catch some striper and have a fun charter at sea.

See our Maine lodging guide for the best places to stay in Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit, York and Old Orchard Beach, Portland and Freeport too.

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