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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 amazing acts and Tribute Bands.

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 of September 8-9 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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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!

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!

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!

Things to do in Southern Maine: Winter Events

Winter 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. Continue reading Things to do in Southern Maine: Winter Events