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 2015:
Last Major Update:
Camden Windjammer Festival – Camden, ME – September 4-6, 2015
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.
Maine Lakes Brew Fest – Sept 26, 2015
12th annual event at The Beach at Point Sebago. 30 brewers and 10+ food vendors expected. Tickets are $25 starting on May 1 and increase in price after Sept 1. $5 Parking per car.
Booth Bay Harbor Fest – Boothbay Harbor, ME – September 4-13, 2015
A 10 day celebration of local food and live music on the waterfront.
Camden International Film Festival – Sept 17-20, 2015
11th annual documentary film and art festival in mid-coast Maine. Over 70 films are screened from dozens of countries.
MDI Garlic Festival – Southwest Harbor, ME – September 12, 2015
17th 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. Entry fee is $5 per person.
Harvestfest and Chowdah Cookoff – Bethel, ME - September 19, 2015
Chowdah cookoff, apple pie contest, scarecrow contest and other events to celebrate the harvest.
Cornish Apple Festival – Cornish, ME – September 26, 2015
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.
Eastport Pirate Festival – Eastport, ME – September 11-13, 2015
10th 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.
Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor, ME – September 10-14, 2015
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.
Freeport Fall Festival – Freeport, ME – October 3-4, 2015
A two day festival showcasing New England artists and craft makers on the L.L.Bean campus.
OgunquitFest – Ogunquit, Maine – October 23-25, 2015
Pumpkin decorating, scarecrow contest, costume parade, classic car show, craft show, wagon rides and more.
Fryeburg Fair – Fryeburg, ME – October 4-11, 2015 Livestock exhibition, parade, competitions like the Fireman’s Muster and the Skillet Throw, midway rides and carnival games. Admission is $10 a day.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta – Damariscotta, ME – October 3-12, 2015
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.
York Harvestfest & Kidfest – York Beach, Maine – Oct 17, 2015
31st 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 18, 2015
Workshops, cider-pressing, orchard tour and delicious treats at the Common Ground Education Center. Admission is $2 (members) or $4 (non-members).
Maine Harvest Festival Bangor – ME – Nov 14-15, 2015
Cooking demonstrations, pie contest, live music, local wines and beers. Located at the Cross Insurance Center.
Waterville Parade of Lights – Waterville, ME – Nov 27, 2015
Annual community holiday parade starting at 6 pm on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Last Year’s Events:
Saddleback Fall Festival – Saddleback, ME – September 21, 2014
Visit the ski mountain for arts & crafts, food, live music, children’s pie eating contest and other fall activities like a pumpkin patch.
Pemaquid Oyster Festival – Damariscotta, Maine – September 28, 2014
More than 10,000 oysters are served annually at this event to benefit the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund.
Manchester Apple Festival – Manchester, ME – September 28, 2013
Harvest on the Harbor – Portland, ME – October 22-25, 2014
Kennebunk Harvest Fest – Kennebunk, Maine – Oct 11, 2014
Sunday River Fall Festival Weekend – Newry, ME – October 11-12, 2014
Waterville Harvest Fest – Waterville, Maine – October 5, 2014
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