Fall Maine Festivals
The Maine fall festivals are pretty standard for a smaller populated state on the ocean. There are a few harvest festivals, a seafood festival and a regatta offer a diverse selection of choices after Oktoberfest in Maine is over. Here is the list of September and October festivals in 2016:
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Last Major Update:
Blue Hill Fair – Blue Hill, ME – Sept 1-5, 2016
An annual Labor Day weekend event located at 233 Elsworth Road in Blue Hill. Features live entertainment, attractions and exhibits for the family. Describes itself as a true “Down to Earth” Country Fair.
Camden Windjammer Festival – Camden, ME – September 2-4, 2016
A weekend of maritime fun on the harbor including tours of the windjammers, lobster crate race, Build-a-Boat contest, Chowder Challenge, talent show and other maritime activities.
Booth Bay Harbor Fest – Boothbay Harbor, ME – September 2-11, 2016
A 10 day celebration of local food and live music on the waterfront. A food and fashion show.
Eastport Pirate Festival – Eastport, ME – September 9-11, 2016
11th annual event. Starts with the Invasion of Lubec before the festival, followed by a weekend of activities for pirates. Attendance estimated at 10,000+ and 90% reportedly dress as a pirate.
Nostrano Garlic Festival – Southwest Harbor, ME – September 9-11, 2016
18th annual event at Smugglers Den Campground. Local restaurants, garlic growers, and breweries celebrate the harvest of the garlic crop.. There is also a large farmers market.
Camden International Film Festival – Sept 15-18, 2016
12th annual documentary film and art festival in mid-coast Maine. Over 70 films are screened from dozens of countries.
Belgian Beer Fest – Portland, Maine – Sept 17, 2016
A one day two session event with hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and inspired offerings. Sponsored by the Allagash Brewing Company.
Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor, ME – September 22-25, 2016
Families and amateur astronomers enjoy the stars for a weekend. Seminars, presentations, boat cruise, kayak tour, climbing and other activities with an emphasis on astronomy.
Manchester Apple Festival – Manchester, ME – September 24, 2016
13th annual event at Lakeside Orchards. Admission and most events are free.
Cornish Apple Festival – Cornish, ME – September 24, 2016
This free festival is held in historic Cornish Village on the last Saturday in September. Event includes apple pie contest, live entertainment, arts & crafts, 5K race and other activities. It is a fundraising event for the Cornish Association of Businesses.
Maine Lakes Brew Fest – Sept 24, 2016
12th annual event at The Beach at Point Sebago. 35 brewers and 15+ food vendors expected. Tickets are $25 starting on May 1 and increase in price after Sept 1. $5 Parking per car.
Pemaquid Oyster Festival – Damariscotta, Maine – September 25, 2016
More than 10,000 oysters are served annually at this event to benefit the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. Held on the banks of the Damariscotta River at Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina. Other food options available. There is also an entertainment stage, educational exhibits and other locations. Noon to dusk, rain or shine.
Kennebunk Harvest Fest – Kennebunk, Maine – Oct 1, 2016
Features include a pancake breakfast, book sale, farmers market, kid’s activities area, costume parade, zombie walk, wagon rides, and live music.
Freeport Fall Festival – Freeport, ME – October 1-2, 2016
A two day festival showcasing New England artists and craft makers on the L.L.Bean campus.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta – Damariscotta, ME – October 1-10, 2016
Pumpkinboats are paddled or motor powered in this famous regatta on the Damariscotta River. Also includes giant pumpkin weigh-off, parade, pumpkin drop, pumpkin pancake breakfast and other activities. Main events are over Columbus Day Weekend.
Fryeburg Fair – Fryeburg, ME – October 2-9, 2016
Livestock exhibition, parade, competitions like the Fireman’s Muster and the Skillet Throw, midway rides and carnival games. Admission is $10 a day.
Sunday River Fall Festival Weekend – Newry, ME – October 8-9, 2016
North American Wife Carrying Championship, Kids’ Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, New England Corn Hold Championship, Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair. Wine Tent, Sunday Bloody Sunday Tent. Concerts on Saturday and Sunday. Scenic Chairlift Rides to the Peak Lodge, free wagon rides and more.
York Harvestfest & Kidfest – York Beach, Maine – Oct 15, 2016
32nd annual event on the weekend after Columbus Day. Held from 9 AM to 4 PM. Live performances by Don Campbell Band and Something in the Water, food, kids games, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Public parking at York’s Wild Animal Kingdom.
Great Maine Apple Day – Unity, ME – October 16, 2016
Workshops, cider-pressing, orchard tour and delicious treats at the Common Ground Education Center. Admission is $2 (members) or $4 (non-members).
Harvest on the Harbor – Portland, ME – October 20-23, 2016
Culinary creations from Maine’s top chefs. Events include sampling at the marketplace, the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition, and Grand Tasting on the Harbor (wine, beer and spirits with views of Casco Bay while enjoying morsels from notable Maine chefs).
OgunquitFest – Ogunquit, Maine – October 21-23, 2016
Pumpkin decorating, scarecrow contest, costume parade, classic car show, craft show, wagon rides and more.
Maine Harvest Festival Bangor – ME – Nov 19-20, 2016
Cooking demonstrations, pie contest, live music, local wines and beers. Located at the Cross Insurance Center.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Harvestfest and Chowdah Cookoff – Bethel, ME – September 19, 2015
Chowdah cookoff, apple pie contest, scarecrow contest and other events to celebrate the harvest.
Saddleback Fall Festival – Saddleback, ME – September 20, 2015
Visit the ski mountain for arts & crafts, food, live music, children’s pie eating contest and other fall activities like a pumpkin patch.
Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival and Parade – North Adams – October 4, 2015
Waterville Parade of Lights – Waterville, ME – Nov 27, 2015
Annual community holiday parade starting at 6 pm on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
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