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Maine Fairs and Festivals entertain with music, seafood, dance, and arts

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September 10-14, 2015

Entertainment, panel discussions, workshops, art exhibits, and science related programs are on the agenda. There are opportunities for stargazing from different sites in the park. Indoor and outdoor events are planned. Highlights include night walks led by park rangers to observe the wildlife active during darkness, a special ecological program, a picnic with the planets and a photography workshop.

Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 within Acadia National Park Southwest Harbor, ME Phone: 207-244-9264

October 9-11, 2015

This fun fall festival includes great microbrews, wine and cheese tasting with wines from several countries, live music and a crafts tent with artisans from Maine and beyond. The event is held rain or shine under big tents. Time: Wine Tasting on Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Brewfest on Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Beers by Allagash Brewing Company, Oak Pond Brewing Company, Ricker's Hard Cider, Baxter Brewing Company, Orono Brewing Company, D.L. Geary Brewing, Vermont Hard Cider Company, Rock Harbor Brewing, Downeast Cider House, Kennebunkport Brewing Co. / Federal Jack's, Gritty McDuff's Brewing, Liberty Craft Brewing, Seadog Brewing Company, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company, Geaghan Brothers Brewing, Strong Brewing Company.
Food by Nostrano Private Dinner Club and Barbeque, Mainely Meat Barbeque, Sweet & Salty Kettle Korn. Crafts and Demonstrations by Karrottop Jewelry, Central Street Farmhouse, Fernandez Gifts, The Bar Harbor Bag Lady, Southwest Harbor Beer & Wine Lines, Far Point Farm, Donna Pickard, Harbor Handcrafts, Ye Olde Schoolhouse Crafts, Mainely Craft Coasters, M Designs, Framed Gardens.

200 Block of Water Street Gardiner, ME Phone: 207-582-3100

October 10, 2015

A beer tasting will showcase the incredible diversity and quality of Maine craft beers. In celebration of local Maine agriculture, fine restaurants and local food vendors from Gardiner and across the state will serve up a variety of interesting culinary dishes featuring local pork. Adding to the festivities, a line-up of favorite and emerging Maine bands will entertain throughout the day. Expect entertainment for all ages, including the chicken fling, frozen T-shirt race, and the 4th annual Maine rock, paper, scissors championship. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 155 Hogan Road Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-783-6795

The Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival features Greek folk music and dancing, a wide variety of Greek foods, a bazaar, book store, and games for kids. Time: Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

233 Ellsworth Road Blue Hill, ME Phone: 207-374-3701

September 3-7, 2015

Major agricultural fair with livestock area, draft horse and oxen pulling, harness racing, sheep dog trials, grange and arts and crafts exhibits. Entertainment includes FMX Motorcycle Stunt Team, Hot Dog Pig Racing, the Great Maine Lumberjack Show, Disc-Connected K9 Frisbee Dogs, and Just Paul's Comedy, Magic, and Juggling. The Blue Hill Fair also offers opportunities for those wishing to exhibit their skills in a number of contests.

Bethel Common, Main Street Bethel, ME Phone: 800-442-5826

September 19, 2015

An old-fashioned fun fall festival with artists & crafters, chowder cook-off with over a dozen restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities. time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

586 Wiscasset Road Boothbay, ME Phone: 207-633-4727

October 10-11, 2015

The sound of the train's steam whistle resonating throughout the crisp fall air reminds guests that this is not your typical craft show. Every Columbus Day weekend the Railway Museum's Village Green has welcomed dozens of vendors of handmade items and food and plenty of live entertainment. Pumpkin carving contests, too! Email: margaret@railwayvillage.org Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $4.

September 20-26, 2015

Large midway, exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, animal pulling events, harness racing.

1450 Bangor Road Clinton, ME Phone: 207-897-2681

September 10-13, 2015

Here you’ll find a large agricultural exhibit with many farm animals, animal pulling, exquisite examples of almost every imaginable food variety and one of the best truck and tractor pulling events in the area.  Also, a great midway with rides and games for all age groups, a parade, and much more.

82 Ridge Road Windsor, ME Phone: 207-549-7121

August 30-September 7, 2015

This fair has everything from rides and games, truck pulls, animal exhibits, a Fair Queen Pageant, a demolition derby, the Giant Pumpkin and Squash Contest weigh-in, and a draft horse and draft pony show, and more. Time: see website for schedule.  

294 Crosby Brook Road Unity, ME Phone: 207-568-4142

September 25-27, 2015

Activities include horse, mule, cow, ox, dairy goat, sheep, llama, alpaca, rabbit, poultry and other animal exhibits and demonstrations; fleece and fiber related demonstrations in the Maine Fiber Farms Area; hayrides all weekend; vegetable garden parade for children; a country store with fair merchandise; live entertainment; folk arts tents; Indian basket making; stone working; fibre spinning. Time: gates open daily at 9 a.m.

94 Park Street, Route 169 Springfield, ME Phone: 207-738-4134

September 4-7, 2015

This farm-based festival is all about entertainment, agriculture, and education. Springfield Fair features all the usual traits of a New England 4-H state fair, like farm exhibits, animal shows, tasty treats and the like, plus a demolition derby, a midway, and more. Hours: Gates open, 8 a.m.

Various locations in Eastport Eastport, ME Phone: 207-853-4644

September 6, 2015

The main event of the Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival is the Salmon Sunday meal, starring delicious grilled salmon.

68 Pottle Road Oxford, ME Phone: 207-743-9594

September 16-19, 2015

This is a large-scale county fair with tractor pulls, an agricultural show, a demo derby, contests, a fair museum, a midway, and much more. Admission: $1-$10, depending on day; parking, $1-$5.

Most events are held at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street Ogunquit, ME Phone:

September 7- 20, 2015

Events will include concerts, new exhibits and receptions, historical look-backs, special tours of theaters and art galleries, and the art of kite-flying.
Monday, September 6
Labor Day Concert at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 7 p.m.
Friday, September 11
Backstage Tour of the Ogunquit Playhouse. 11 a.m. (Repeats September 13 and 18)
Humorist Tim Sample at Ogunquit Performing Arts, Dunaway Center. 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 12
Capriccio Festival of Kites, Ogunquit Beach. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Historic Afternoon Tea, Ogunquit Heritage Museum. 2 - 4 p.m.
Fall Exhibitions Gala Reception, Barn Gallery. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Jazz pianist Paul Sullivan, Ogunquit Performing Arts, Dunaway Center. 8 pm
Tuesday, September 15
Million Dollar Quartet Ogunquit Playhouse (See website for specific information.)
Thursday, September 17
Harry Langdon Silent Comedy, Leavitt Theatre. 8 p.m.
Friday, September 18 Tour of the Leavitt Theatre. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 19
Capriccio Day At The Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open House at the Galleries. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Short Sands Beach York, ME Phone: 207-363-4422

October 17, 2015

This festival includes a variety of activities, live bands, bean hole beans and 150 local food vendors and juried & marketplace crafters from all over the country. Harvestfest also includes Kidsfest, horse & wagon rides, pumpkin stroll, storytelling, pony rides, roaming railroad and much more. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

South Ridge Base Area,15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME, 04261 Phone: 207-824-5104

October 9-11, 2015

Watch couples compete in this Finnish-style race for the grand prize of the wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. Also: kids pumpkin pie eating contest, New England corn hole championship, Blue Mountain arts and craft fair, wine tent, Sunday Bloody Sunday tent (dedicated to all things Bloody Mary), scenic chairlift rides, kids games and pony rides, wagon rides and live music.

Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland Company Complex, Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME Phone: 207-772-4994

October 21-25, 2015

Experience the flavors of Maine at Harvest on the Harbor. The three-day event will feature seminars, tastings, and exquisite dinners crafted by renowned chefs from Maine and afar. Learn from food experts. Sip fine wines, beer and spirits. Maine chefs compete for the title of Maine's Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant, and much more. See event website for details of events.

Schooner Landing, Main Street Damariscotta, ME Phone: 207-380-9912

September 27, 2015

A celebration of the working waterfront featuring the Damariscotta River's bounty of fresh oysters. Day long music, poetry contest, touch tank, shucking contest, educational exhibits, boat rides to oyster beds. Oysters available raw on the half shell, cooked in a variety of choices and served with a gourmet selection of condiments. Time: Noon to Dusk.

Main Street and other locations Ogunquit, ME Phone: 207-646-2939

October 23-25, 2015

Weekend festival including scarecrow contest, costume parade, high-heels and bed races, pumpkin and cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, ghost stories, marketplace and much more. Admission is free.

Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road Wells, ME Phone: 207-646-4521

September 12-13, 2015

This highly respected exhibition brings 100 artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event. Also, music, food, and environmental immersion at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

L.L. Bean campus, Main Street Freeport, ME Phone: 207-865-1212

October 3-4, 2015

This two-day art festival on the campus of L.L. Bean brings the best New England artists and makers of fine craft for a juried exhibition and sale. The two days of live music includes performances by Gunther Brown and the Kenya Hall Band on Saturday and the Primo Cubano and Royal Hammer on Sunday. Grab a picnic lunch and listen to the great tunes. Children’s activities and a chowdah challenge with tastings.

Waterfront & other locations around Eastport Eastport, ME Phone: 207-853-4343

September 11-13, 2015

The Eastport Pirate Festival is a great time to dress and act like a pirate in a beautiful seaside community. Not that you ever need an excuse to dress and act like a pirate. Location: Downtown Eastport Maine. Time: see website for schedule. 

Saddleback Base Lodge, 976 Saddleback Road Rangeley, ME Phone: 207-864-5671

September 20, 2015

The Saddleback Fall Festival is New England harvest-time fun for families and people of any age. This event features an arts and crafts show and sale, live musical talent, freshly baked goods and an outdoor barbecue. Activities to keep the kids smiling include pie eating contests, pumpkin patches to explore, a play fort made of hay, fall crafts and face painting.
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Townwide; consult website Damariscotta, ME Phone: 207-592-6184

October 3-12, 2015

A fun-packed week of events include the a pumpkin paddle boat relay and pumpkin motor boat regatta (October 12), a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin hurling, a giant pumpkin parade (October 10), first annual pumpkin derby (October 11), two dozen giant 600-pound decorated pumpkins lining Damariscotta's main street, children's activities, a pumpkin cooking contest, pie eating competition, a giant pumpkin drop, and Pumpkin Patch Express train rides from Brunswick to Rockland (October 10 and 11). Live music by the Peterson Project, October 9, Schooner Landing, 9 p.m.; Nikki Hunt Band, October 10, 2:15 p.m. Street performers will perform during Saturday and Sunday during Columbus Day weekend.

Brewer Days 2015

Brewer Auditorium, 318 Wilson Street Brewer, ME Phone: 207-989-5199

September 11-13, 2015

This three day community festival offers fireworks, a carnival for kids, pancake breakfast, live musical, pony rides, giant water slide, indoor skating, a street dance for adults and kids, a car show. Most of the action happens in the city auditorium. Bands performing in 2015 include The Ian Black Band, The RetroRockerz, Allison Ames Band, and The 195th Army Band Jazz Combo.

Camden Waterfront Camden, ME Phone:

September 4-6, 2015

Magnificent windjammers ply the coast with a full schedule of maritime events near Camden Harbor. The weekend kicks off with a parade of schooners sailing into Camden harbor, followed by a crew talent show and fireworks. All three days feature the Maritime Heritage Fair with exhibits of information about boats, sailing and other maritime endeavors. Saturday's highlight is the Lobster Crate Race. In the Build-A-Boat Contest, teams create a surprising variety of boats that compete on the water on Sunday.
The Sea Dog show takes over Harbor Park on Sunday as dogs compete in a variety of funny contests. Sunday also features the colorful attack on Camden by the Pirates of the Dark Rose, with their swords out and cannons ablaze. The cruising schooners are open for tours and rides Saturday and Sunday afternoon. On Friday, visitors can bid on a dockside dinner aboard one of the schooners famous for their food.