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

Acadia Night Sky Festival 2014

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, ME Phone: 207-288-5103

September 25-29, 2014

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.

Acadia Oktoberfest 2014

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

October 10-11, 2014

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: Friday 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Cumberland Fair 2014

197 Blanchard Road Cumberland, ME Phone: 207-829-5531

September 20-21, 2014

this year, the fair will include the Rawhide Rodeo, two full professional rodeos, bull riding and a children’s rodeo. Also: farming exhibits, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, demonstrations in the exhibition hall, museum and sugar house, livestock shows and competitions, horticulture, Harness racing, and more. A demolitions derby will take place Sunday evening. Rides by Gillette Midways. Cost: Children 12 and younger, free; adults age 13 & older, $9; seniors on Tuesday and Thursday, $3.

Freeport Fall Festival 2014

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

October 4-5, 2014

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.

Harvest on the Harbor 2014

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

October 22-25, 2014

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.

Boothbay Harbor Fall Foliage Festival 2014

Boothbay Railway Village Boothbay, ME Phone: 207-633-4727

October 11-14, 2014

This annual fall festival features crafts, entertainment, hot cider, food and activities for kids, and steam train rides.

Camden International Film Festival 2014

Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, ME

September 25-28, 2014

The festival will once again shine the spotlight on works that show dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. All films are selected because of their ability to arouse discussion on documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice.

Common Ground Country Fair 2014

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

September 19-21, 2014

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.

Fling Into Fall 2014

Penobscot Marine Museum, Mosman Park, Public Safety Building Searsport, ME Phone: 207-548-2529

October 10-11, 2014

This local favorite festival lights up the Maine harvest season with family fun including a pumpkin and craft fair with live music, dancing, and a bright parade of floats and marchers. This year's celebration features a Tonka truck restoration challenge and an antique car show. Be sure to scope out the maritime photography exhibits at Penobscot Marine Museum! Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pemaquid Oyster Festival 2014

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

September 28, 2014

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.

OgunquitFest 2014

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

October 24-26, 2014

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.

Punkinfiddle Family Festival 2014

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

September 27, 2014

Punkinfiddle is a family festival and a celebration of National Estuaries Day, with traditional crafts, hands-on learning, lively music, old-fashioned games, fun food, farm animals. Kids may build scarecrows, press apples, churn butter, decorate pumpkins, and play games... sack races, three-legged races, egg-and-spoon relays, and wheelbarrow races. Artisans demonstrate crafts and describe traditional livelihoods. Wells Reserve staff will explain why estuaries are important for sea life. Time : 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission : Adults age 17 and older, $7; kids younger than 17, free. Information:

York Harvestfest 2014

York Beach Ball Field, Railroad Avenue York, ME Phone: 207-363-4422

October 18, 2014

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.-5 p.m.

Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff 2014

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

September 20, 2014

Celebrate the harvest and the beginning of fall foliage season with arts, crafts, music, and a farmers market, a chowder and apple pie cookoff, and much more. At Chowdah Cookoff people line up as many of favorite locatl restaurants vie for Peoples’ or Judges’ Choice!

Fall Festival at Sunday River 2014

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

October 11-12, 2014

Come celebrate the end of summer with live music from Entrain and Bronze Radio Return, a wine tasting, the always North American Wife Carrying Championship, the Mountain Epic Peak to Peak Challenge, the Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair and a full array of activities for the whole family. Spend the weekend with spectacular foliage great deals, good company and more. Admission: Free.

Farmington Fair 2014

Farmington, ME Phone: 207-778-6083

September 14-20, 2014

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

Fryeburg Fair 2014

Fryeburg Fairgrounds, off Route 5 near Route 302 Fryeburg, ME Phone: 207-935-3268

September 28 - October 5, 2014

This fair has it all: extensive exhibition halls, museum craft demonstrations, fiber demonstrations, harness pulls, live entertainment, a midway, animal exhibits and contests, a parade, contests, games, baked goods, and million more things. Time: gates open daily at 8:30 a.m. Cost: Adults, $10; children under 12, free; senior citizens (age 65 and older) admitted free on Tuesday. Parking is $5 to $10. Hours: Gates open at 7 a.m.; buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Harness racing at 1:30 Tuesday through Sunday. Night Shows Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

North American Wife Carrying Championship 2014

Sunday River Ski Resort, 15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME Phone: 207-824-3000

October 11, 2014

The origin of North American Wife Carrying Championship is a jolly field game based on a Finnish tradition. Warriors would prove their strength by carrying sacks of flour -- and occasionally, their women -- across an obstacle course over some tricky terrain with weather traps.

Saddleback Fall Festival 2014

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

September 21, 2014

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.