The 2016 Calendar of Local Events

will resume April 1, 2016. 

This page includes current local events for southern Maine,  

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

How to List Your Event - click here


POPULAR ANNUAL EVENTS

The Annual Maple Sunday Breakfast

is sponsored by the Abenaki Draft

Horse Association. It takes place

mid-March at the Abenaki

Clubhouse in Lyman.

The Dunlap Highland Band marches

in Kennebunk's May Day parade.

Native Americans in traditional dress

dance at a powwow in Wells.

The exhibits at Maine's agricultural fairs

are a fun way to get up close and

personal with farm animals.

Paint the Port features an art exhibit

and live art auction in June to benefit

Heartwood College of Art.

Enjoy a walking tour of Cape Arundel

and learn about the history

of the oceanfront homes.

Shakespeare in the Park is performed

in Kennebunk during the summer.

Visit one of the many summer outdoor art

and crafts shows in southern Maine.

White Columns, in Kennebunkport,

is open for tours May to mid-December.

The Brick Store Museum exhibits art

and artifacts depicting the history of

Kennebunk and its environs,

and has events throughout the year.

Private Gardens of the Kennebunks offers garden tours to benefit Kids Free to Grow.

La Kermesse Franco-American festival in Saco features traditional food

and entertainment in late June.

The Summer Solstice Craft Shows,

taking place in July and September,

in Wells, feature more than 70 juried crafters selling jewelry, folk art and crafts.

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church,

Saco, hosts their annual Greek festival,

with dancing, music and family fun in July.

Visit a Maine farm and learn about

local agriculture and animal husbandry

on Open Farm Day in July.

Kennebunk Old Home Week

features a day full of food, music

and other entertainment throughout

Kennebunk in early July.

Enjoy antique tractors, competitions,

crafts, food and festivities in a 3-day

tractor show in Eliot at the end of July.

Every year a Family Sand Sculpture Contest is held on the beach

in July at Ocean Park.

This painting by Berri Kramer, entitled

Homage to Charles Ewing,

was auctioned at a Trust in Art event.

In August, the Annual Antiques Show at the Kennebunk High School benefits the Animal Welfare Society.

Vintage car on display at one of the many area cruise nights in southern Maine.

Historic Hamilton House,

in South Berwick, has guided tours

of the house and gardens.

Canoe from dawn to sunset

in the Scarborough Marsh.

Mother's Beach, Kennebunk,

is the scene of the FireMan Sprint

Trialthlon and Duathlon races in August.

The Decorator Show House events

in York, hosted by the Museums of Old

York, take place in July and August.

A Revolutionary War encampment,

tactical demonstration and cannon firing take place at Fort McClary in Kittery

every August.

The Shaker Museum in Alfred

has traditonal crafts classes

and exhibits througout the year.

Runners are off to a fast start during

the EcoDay 5K race at Laudholm Farm.

Dress up for Vintage Costume Day

at the Seashore Trolley Museum,

Kennebunkport, in early August.

Circus Smirkus brings their acrobatics

to Kennebunkport every August.

In October, join in the fun on Transit Day

at the Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport.

The Ogunquit Art Association hosts

an annual auction of art by members

every August.

Maine Primitive Gathering in Wells includes

archery tournaments, kids' games and music.

In late August, head for Wells to sample food at the Wells Chili-fest, an event

that is popular with the kids.

In September, Strut Your Mutt

at Kennebunk Beach raises funds

for the Animal Welfare Society.

Punkinfiddle, a National Estuaries Day Celebration, is a fun family festival

held at the end of September,

at the Wells Reserve, in Wells.

The Nature Crafts Festival

at Laudholm Farm offers fine crafts, art

and entertainment in September.

Portland Head Light is among the lighthouses in Maine open during Open Lighthouse Day in September.

Festival of Kites features kite flying demonstrations, kite-making and more,

during Capriccio in Ogunquit, in September.

Take a ride on a trolley and pick your own pumpkin at the Seashore Trolley Museum

in Kennebunkport, in late September.

Starting in June, Old Orchard Beach

puts on a show of fireworks every Thursday, through September.

Meet alpacas during

Maine Alpaca Open Farm Weekend

at the end of September.

Kennebunk's Harvest Fest is one of many fall festivals the whole family can enjoy this time of year in Southern Maine.

A craftswoman demonstrates

Shaker basket-making at the fall

Shaker Hill Apple Festival in Alfred.

In October, visit kitchens in the Kennebunks during the Coastal Kitchen Tour to benefit the Senior Center at Kennebunk Lower Village.

Every year, in late October, Ogunquitfest features a bed race, haunted house,

classic car show, crafts and more.

Winter in Maine is a great time to visit

local farms that offer cross-country skiing,

sleigh rides and locally made goods.

Main Street in Ogunquit is decked

out in festive lights for the town's

Christmas by the Sea celebration

in early December.

The Nubble Lighthouse is lit up

for the holiday season in November.

Enjoy Christmas in the Stable at

Ever After Mustang Rescue

in Biddeford.

Band members set the pace at the Annual

Southern Maine Christmas Parade in Wells.

Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport

is he perfect time to don crazy hats

and parade through Dock Square.

Fireworks light up Dock Square during Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude, that takes place the first two weeks in December.

These dogs are dressed to the nines

during the Pooch Parade in Kennebunkport.

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Calendar of Events in Southern Maine

There is no charge to publicize events on www.touristnewsonline.com or
Tourist News in print. The calendar deadline is 14 days before the issue date.

The earlier we have your information, the better publicity we can give you!

Listings will appear in both online and print publications.
Listings may be edited to conform to our editorial style and/or to fit available space.

If you want your event to be considered for a feature story, send info EARLY and include a contact name and phone number/e-mail address. Please send a schedule of all, or at least, your major events, for the entire year (or as far ahead as you have them planned). It helps with editorial planning and ensures that your event has maximum exposure. TN goes to press Monday afternoon. Delivery begins Monday night and is completed by Wednesday. Issue dates are always Thursday. Please note May 4 deadline for the FULL SEASON CALENDAR in the May 28 issue.

Please include all information: date, time, venue, town, address, admission (or specify “free”),

age limits (if any), sponsor(s) and beneficiary (if it is a fundraiser).

For our use, include a contact name with telephone number and/or e-mail address.

Good quality photos are welcome; please indicate if a photo credit is required.

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