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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 family-poolthe 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.

w-farm-pumpkins4w-farm-pumpkins4Fall 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 29-30 The Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston – Actor Patrick Dempsey’s annual Cancer Fundraiser walk/run/bike ride

Oct 6 Columbus Weekend Sunday River hosts the North American Wife Carrying Championships

5bass-harbor-maine18Oct 13York Harvestfest

Oct 19-21 OgunquitFest

Oct 17 – 21 Harvest on the Harbor in Portland food and wine festival

Oct 13  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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15th Annual OgunquitFest – Fall for Maine!

Its fall y’all and that means  Ogunquitfest in the beautiful seaside village of Ogunquit. For this year’s 15th annual Ogunquit, get ready for a festive 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 19-21.

Come celebrate Halloween a weekend early in Ogunquit Maine, join in the fall festivities including pumpkin decorating and an Autmn Bzaar 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

Saturday, October 20, 2018
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.

GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH PRESENTATION 10-11:30am, Dunaway Center, School Street. An autumn delight for kids of all ages. Pumpkins, paints, markers, and stickers supplied, however no sharp instruments or carving for everyone’s safety.

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 11:30-12:30 old Village School , Cottage Street. Who can eat Maine’s favorite dessert treat fastest?

WINE TASTING 2pm-5pm. Village Food Market, 230 Main Street. Wine tasting with fall foods and Thanksgiving pairings in mind.

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.

RUCK FOR OUR FALLEN 12-6pm Footbridge Beach fundraiser for Gold Star families.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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

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 Noon  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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