Wicked Good Maine
October Calendar of Events
Fall Foliage in Maine
From late September to late October, the state of Maine offers some of the most spectacular fall foliage in the country. Whether you enjoy guided tours, state fairs, picking apples at local orchards, or simply driving on your own through the golden countryside, Maine has something for you.
Fryeburg, Maine. September 28 - October 5, 2008. By far, this is Maine's largest agricultural fair. It usually falls at the peak of fall foliage season, which adds to the beauty and fun. Enjoy browsing the exhibit halls, the museum, watch the harness racing and livestock shows. Huge amounts of entertainment and of course, the food. Contact June Hammond at (207) 935-3268 or visit the website.
Bath Autumn Fest
Bath Maine. October 4, 2008. Antiques and Arts in Autumn. The 12th Annual Great Scarecrow Event is a fun activity for the whole family, as well as free antiques appraisals, an outdoor art studio, hay rides, a farmer's market and plenty of goodies. Phone (207) 442-7291 or check the Bath webpage for details.
Annual Mount Desert Island Fall Celebration
Southwest Harbor (Smugglers Den campground). October 4, 2008. The 11th annual Oktoberfest, International Food Festival and Craft Fair with music and entertainment and all Maine products. Twenty three Maine brewers and countless craft booths. Everything will be held under giant tents in anticipation of rain or shine. Noon to 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce. Call (207) 244-9264 or (800) 423-9264 or check the website for admission prices and other information.
Sunday River Fall Festival Weekend
Bethel. October 4-5, 2008. A weekend of activities during peak foliage that includes a free outdoor concert with Max Creek, the Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair, a season kick-off party, wine tasting, the North American Wife Carrying Championship, BBQ's and more. To book your lodging reservations, call 1-800-543-2SKI or visit the website listed above.
Fall Foliage Festival
Boothbay Railway Village. October 11-12, 2008. Craft fair, food booths, chowder, hot cider, cheese and chili. Home baked goods, face painting, llamas and alpacas plus two days of music and entertainment and steam train rides. Phone (207) 633-4743 or visit the website.
Fall Foliage Fat Tire Frolic
Carrabassett Valley. October 5, 2006. Each fall the Bicycle Coalition of Maine organizes a foliage-filled mountain biking romp in the woods of Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Join us for a 20-mile loop declared by Mountain Bike Maine to be "the most scenic, enjoyable ride in the state." Ride over streams, along dirt roads and single tracks, along the base of Bigelow Mountain and through stands of trees spectacular with color. Or come along on the hybrid-friendly Easy Rider 15-mile option. Start time, 10:00 a.m. Call (207) 623-4511 for more details.
Moosehead Lake - Moose on the Run
Moosehead Lake Area. October 12, 2006. On the Sunday of each Columbus Day Weekend, runners from near and far line up and compete with each other and the landscape. Always a great time, with nice views of Moosehead Lake, and some good competition, along the way! Contact: 207-695-2702 for more information.
Great Maine Apple Day
Unity (Common Ground). October 18, 2008. Celebrate autumn with the fall apple day in Unity. Events include apple pie contest, farm tours, hayrides, free apple samples, display of antique apple varieties, music, children's contests, cider dunk tank, and seminars on apple wine and cider making. See the Maine Pomological Society for more apple info.
Haunted Hay Ride
Skowhegan Fairgrounds. October 25-26, 2008. Annual Haunted Hayride in Skowhegan, local businesses set up spooky scenes to scare area visitors as they ride through the fairgrounds. Wonderfully creative scenes! Come and enjoy this fun-filled weekend at the "haunted" fairgrounds. For more info call the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce at (207) 474-3621.
Waterville Harvest Fest
Waterville. October 18, 2008. Take the family to Castonguay Square in downtown Waterville for a day of fall fun. Hay rides, a road race, pumpkin carving, live music, a farmers' market, and more. Free and open to the public. Contact (207) 680-2055 or send an email to [email protected].
Halloween in Freeport
Freeport. October 31, 2008 between 4 and 6 p.m. "Trick or Treating" at area merchants up and down the quaint main street of Freeport Village. For details phone (207) 865-1212.
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