The 2017 Calendar of Local Events

This page includes current local events for southern Maine,  

from Kittery to Scarborough. Listings are updated weekly in season. 

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Register Now for Beginning Beekeeping Course, deadline September 28. 5-week Beginner Bee School will be held 6 to 8:30 PM, Wednesdays, October 4 through November 1, Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale. Course is sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association. FMI and fees 800-287-1535 (in state), 324-2814 or



Interested in beekeeping? Register for the 5-week Beginner Bee School in Springvale, to be held in October.

Kayaking on the Little River Estuary, 10 AM to 1 PM, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Paddle the salt marsh with a registered Maine guide and naturalist. Minimum age is 12 (12 to 15-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult). Maximum participants is 6. Maximum weight for kayaks is 325 pounds. Participants must be able to get up from a seated position on the ground. $40 members/$50 nonmembers. FMI 646-1555 or


"Influx:" A Multimedia Installation, Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 PM, Pepperell Mill Campus, Biddeford.  The collaborative of artists will draw their inspiration from the past, present and future. The collaborative of artists explore the reciprocal relationships between the mill, the river, and the city that developed around it. Continues through Friday, September 29 with a closing event from 5 to 9 PM. FMI


Wonders of the National Park Video Series. Starting September 20 and continuing every other Wednesday at 2 PM at the Hurd Library, 41 High Street in North Berwick. The North Berwick Historical Society, in conjunction with library, will host a series entitled "Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America." The video series will focus on the little known facts about out national parks. A discussion will follow the half-hour video. Admission is free. FMI call the library at 207-676-2215.


Annual Rosh Hashanah Services, 9:30 AM, Jonathan's Restaurant, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit. Services led by Rabbi William Leffler and Cantor Ellen Farber. A potluck lunch will follow. No kitchen facilities available. $20. All are welcome.  FMI and to RSVP, 251-1746 or


Hike with Maine Guide Linda Grenfell, 10 AM, meet at Wells Library parking lot, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Participants will receive directions to one of four parcels of Wells Conservation lands for the nature walk. This free event is sponsored by  the Friends of the Wells Library. FMI 6476-8181 or


Quiltport USA MINI, Ramada Inn, Saco Plaza, 352 North St., Saco. Quilt, chat and eat with other quilters. Continues to September 24. FMI and to register, go to



Monica Grabin discusses finding her family's history at the Brick Store Museum on Thursday, September 21.

Mothers Beach Walking Tour, 2 PM, meet at Trinity Chapel, Woodland Ave., Kennebunk Beach. Tickets $10/$5. Tours last 60 to 90 minutes and cover less than a mile on sidewalks and flat terrain. Sponsored by the Brick Store Museum. Continues Thursdays through October 5. FMI and tickets


Third Thursday Talk, 5:30 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Monica Grabin discusses finding her family’s history in the south. Supported by the Maine Humanities Council. $10/members free. Light refreshments served. FMI call 985-4802 or


Garlic Growing Workshop, 6 to 7 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners with Allan Amioka. Participants will help plant the All Seasons Garden. $5 donation requested. FMI and to register 324-2814 or


Conversational French Language Group, 6 PM, Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. An informal way to practice or re-learn French. Group meets weekly. FMI 646-8181 or

Fiber Arts Group, 10 AM, Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Embroidery, cross stitch, weave, quilt, etc. If you create with fiber and it's portable, you're welcome to join this weekly group. FMI 646-8181 or


End-of-Summer-Gathering, 4:30 to 7:30 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Spirits tasting, art sale, auction preview. Tickets limited. $20/$15 members. FMI and tickets, 985-4802 or


First Parish Marketfest, 7 AM to 6 PM, First Parish Congregational Church, York St., York Village. Activities for all ages, vendors and more. Ham and bean supper, 4 to 7 PM; admission charged. FMI 363-4937.



Don't miss the Shaker Hill Apple Festival, with lots of fun things for the whole family to do, including picking apples.

Saturday Tours of the Meetinghouse Museum, 10 AM to 1 PM, Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, 938 Post Rd., Wells. Continues Saturday, September 30, 10 AM to 1 PM. Free admission. FMI 646-4775 or


Shaker Hill Apple Festival, presented by York County Shelter Programs, Alfred Shaker Museum, Giles Family Farm and the Brothers Apple Store. 10 AM to 4 PM, Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred. Festival will offer juried arts and craft fair, Shaker Museum exhibits and demonstrations, book and yard sales, silent auction, apple and pumpkin picking, wagon rides, live music, children’s activities, antique car rides, farm and food booths. Free parking and admission; rain or shine. Continues on September 24. FMI call Megan Gendron or Joan Sylvester, 324-1137, or


Smithsonian Museum Day, 10 AM to 4 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. Print your own by visiting FMI 985-4802 or


Submitting Work to Literary Journals, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Dr., York. The Maine Writers and Publishers Association will present a program on how to manage the process, overcome roadblocks and create a plan to get one's work in front of editors. Includes a Q & A session. FMI 3673-2818 or


Pumpkin Patch Trolley, 11 AM to 3 PM, weekends through October 1, Seashore Trolley Museum, Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. Ride the streetcar to the pumpkin patch for games, face painting, raffles and pumpkin decorating. Snacks available. FMI 967-2800 or



Ride the streetcar to the pumpkin patch for games, face painting, raffles and pumpkin decorating on the Pumkin Patch Trolley at the Seashore Trolley Museum.

16th Annual Lobster Dash, a 5-mile beach run, 8:45 AM, Ogunquit. FMI


David Witbeck Exhibit opens at Maine Art Gallery, 14 Western Ave.,  Kennebunk Lower Village. Gallery open daily from 10 AM. Continues to October 19. FMI or 967-0049.


13th Annual Tour of Fairy Houses, 11 AM to 3 PM, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Features more than 100 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs, businesses, families and school children. Proceeds donated to the nonprofit organizations, schools and civic groups that participate in the tour. Free parking is available on Pierce Island. Sponsored by the Friends of the South End. Rain or shine. Continues on September 24. FMI


2nd Annual Maine Invitational Show – "Autumn," a group exhibition, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 PM,  Arundel Farm Gallery, 76 Arundel Road, Arundel. Exhibit continues through September 14 when there will be an Artists Conversation, 1 to 3 PM. FMI call 561-702-6396 or visit


Seacoast Cancer 5K, 7:30 AM registration; 8:30 AM warm-up; 9 AM walk/run begins. At 10 AM, awards, refreshments and post-event celebration takes place at the south parking lot, Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, Central Ave., Dover, New Hampshire. Donations benefit families and patients receiving care at the Seacoast Cancer Center each year. No pets, bikes, roller blades or skateboards. FMI, to register or donate, 603-740-2687 or



Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is host to the 13th Annual Tour of Fairy Houses on Saturday, September 23.

Season End Car Show, 11 AM to 3 PM, Bentley’s, Rte. 1, Arundel. Hundreds of cars on display – antique cars, 1956 and older; bikes 1984 and older. Rain date, October 2. FMI


Fall Film Series, 3 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Dr., York. This week's film is The Light Between Oceans, which is rated PG-13. FMI 3673-2818 or


Friends of the Ogunquit Heritage Museum annual fundraiser, 5 to 9 PM. The public is welcome. Reservations are required by Sunday, September 17. Entitled “Dinner and a Chance,” the event at Jonathan’s Restaurant in Ogunquit includes a buffet dinner, dessert and coffee. There will be a cash bar and a raffle with tickets at $2 each, or 5 for $10. Prizes include a Norman West painting, a handmade Irish chain quilt, a dozen lobsters, a wine basket and more. A silent auction will feature artwork donated by local artists. Live music performed by Sea Smoke. Tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds will help the Heritage Museum expand its educational programs. For reservations, call 646-0255 or email


End of Life Planning: A Panel Discussion, 6 PM, Wells Public Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Panel is comprised of representatives of local funeral homes and advocacy groups. Free event is sponsored by Friends of the Wells Library. FMI or 646-8181.


Author Talk, 7 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Dr., York. Maine writer Caitlin Shetterly will discuss her book Modified: GMOs and the Threat to our Food, our Land, our Future. Shetterly will answer questions and have books for sale and signing. FMI 3673-2818 or


Lunch and Learn with Pura Vida! Costa Rica's "Pure Life," noon, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $2 suggested donation. FMI 646-1555 or


Friday, September 29


Maine Women in the Arts Big and Small Fine Art Show runs from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 29 to Oct.1, in Kennebunkport.

Pastel Painters Society of Maine 18th International Juried Show opens, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. FMI 985-4802 or


40th Anniversary Awards Show, "Big and Small" Fine Art Show, 10 AM to 7 PM; reception, 5 to 7 PM, Masonic Lodge, Temple St., Kennebunkport. Hosted by Maine Women in the Arts, the show of fine art including paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, pottery and fabric art from more than 50 Maine artists. Continues Saturday, September 30, 10 AM to 5 PM; Sunday, October 1, 10 AM to 4 PM.


"It Is Possible That" Exhibit opens, 5 to 8 PM, Engine, 265 Main St., Biddeford. Artist Allen West creates in textiles such as felt, knitting and weaving. Show continues through November 4. FMI 370-9130 or


37th Annual Eliot Festival Days with fireworks, DJ and chili cook-off on Friday night. Continues September 30. Saturday includes a pancake breakfast, 5k road race, parade at 11 AM, and crafters from 10 AM to 3 PM, State Rd., Eliot. FMI


Saturday, September 30

Museum Fall Online Auction begins, all day, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Continues through October 20. FMI and online link,


15th Annual Punkinfiddle, a National Estuaries Day Celebration, a family-friendly festival, 10 AM to 4 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Admission charged; free for kids. FMI 646-1555 or

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