Lifestyle Things to do in August & September

Things to do in August & September


There’s still time to revel in summer before the fall arrives. Hit a costume party, savor a food and beer festival or enjoy some outdoor theater. Here are some events to catch this August and September.

Maine Antiques Festival
Aug. 4–6
Union Fairgrounds, Union
Antiques and vintage collectibles as far as the eye can see! Or at least a lot to choose from on the grounds, in booths, outside and under tents. There will be food trucks and beer on sale as well. Admission $10. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and early-bird pass on Friday from noon to 5 p.m. for $25.

Southern Maine Steampunk Fair
Aug. 5, noon to 6 p.m.
Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk
Steampunk often features anachronistic technologies or “retro-futuristic” inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and this fair will include crafters of Victorian-futuristic art and crafts, wandering performers and Victorian lawn games. Main Street sidewalk strolls are at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.

MaineStage Shakespeare: Bard in the Outdoors
Through Aug. 12
Colony Hotel and Lafayette Park, Kennebunk
MaineStage Shakespeare presents both “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and “A Winter’s Tale” in an alternating schedule. All MaineStage Shakespeare shows are free, open to the public and in the great outdoors. The season runs through Aug. 12, with performances in The Colony Hotel’s garden on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and at Lafayette Park on Storer Street in Kennebunk on Saturdays at 7 p.m. View full schedule online.

46th Annual Blueberry Festival
Aug. 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Winslow Congregational Church, Winslow
Celebrate the Maine blueberry, starting with a blueberry pancake breakfast. Stick around for the yard sale, silent auction, music and kids’ activities.

2017 Maine Red Hot Dog Festival
Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Downtown Dexter
There’s a 5K in the morning, inflatable obstacle courses, beer and wine tents, live music and kids’ activities. But really, it’s about the red hot dogs. So gobble ’em up—you can even enter an eating contest! Admission is free.

First hike on New Pisgah Trails
Aug. 12, 9 a.m.
Mount Pisgah Community Conservation Area, Winthrop
Join Jean-Luc Theriault, Kennebec Land Trust’s stewardship director, and Howard Lake, a director of KLT, for a guided hike on Mount Pisgah in Winthrop. This hike will extend past the historic fire tower and continue along the ridgeline of Mount Pisgah on Phase One of the new trails. The hike is free.

Foothills Food Festival
Aug. 12, noon to 9 p.m.
Longley Square, Norway
Local food is the focus of this festival—from local farmers and local brews to local action. There will be plenty to eat, as well as workshops, speakers and a farmer’s market. Live music and entertainment continues all day.

Power of Place
Daily through Oct. 16, 7 a.m. to sunset
Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells
Sixty-five sculptures by 36 New England artists are set on the supremely scenic backdrop of rolling fields and woodland trails at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The sculptures, made of granite, steel, marble and bronze, were inspired by the Maine landscape and are viewable daily through Oct. 16. Admission to the grounds and beach is $5 for adults, $1 for youth and free under age 6 (members free).

Deer Isle Jazz Festival
Aug. 11–13
Three locations on Deer Isle
World-class jazz musicians and fans come together for three evenings at various locations on Deer Isle, including the Stongington Opera House and Watson Gallery. Featured musicians include Artifacts Trio, The Campbell Brothers and Gary Smulyan Duo. Tickets are $25–$40.

Seashore Trolley Museum’s Downeast Meets Dixie
Aug. 18, 6–10 p.m.
Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport
This costume dinner party gives adults a chance to dress up like a sea captain or a cowgirl and transport themselves to another time and place. Gumption Junction will perform bluegrass and sea shanties and dinner will be chowder and BBQ. Of course, there will be chance to ride a trolley. Tickets are $55.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maine Street and Town Mall, Brunswick
Browse and buy all kinds of art, from painting to sculpture to photography and fine crafts. There will be interactive demos and food vendors, as well as live music on two stages, performance artists, face painting, craft projects and activities for kids. Admission is free.

Behind Closed Doors Tour of Castle Tucker
Aug. 19, 10–11:30 a.m.
Castle Tucker, Wiscasset
Get a peek into rooms not usually seen on the regular tour of this Victoria home, built in 1807. The mansion is filled with the original furnishings and decorations of the Tucker family who lived here for over 140 years. Cost is $15.

Guided Flagstaff Paddle
Aug. 25–27
Maine Huts & Trails, Flagstaff Hut
Spend two nights at Maine Huts & Trails’ Flagstaff Hut, enjoying hardy meals, an outdoor fire pit and a glass of wine or beer. On Saturday, spend the day paddling on Flagstaff Lake with a guide who’ll bring you to a remote island for a lakeside lunch. Plenty of time for swimming, hiking and lounging, too. Costs $116–$215.

Boothbay Harbor Fest
Sept. 1–10
Boothbay Harbor
Experience local foods, live music, fine arts, creative wares, a 5K, half marathon, wellness events and a one-of-a-kind fashion show during this 10-day coastal festival. The Taste of Flavor passport ($15) gets you access to local restaurants, pubs and markets for food and live music.

Tour of Nellieville
Sept. 3 & Sept. 17, 1 p.m.
Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies, Deer Isle
207-48-6182 or
Join sculptor Peter Beerits for a one-hour tour of Nellieville and its collection of buildings, installations, characters and creatures made (mostly) out of found objects. Wander through a western town, juke joint, general store, tea room and several acres of orchard, woods and meadow. Donations welcome.

14th Annual Maine Lighthouse Bike Ride
Sept. 9, 7 a.m.
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
Whether you choose the 25-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile ride option, you’ll be treated to scenic views and plenty of lighthouses (stopping to enjoy them is encouraged)! All rides are fully supported and include rest stops. Registration is $75–$95 ($25 for youth 12–17).

Maine Brew Fest
Sept. 8–10
Sunday River, Newry
Enjoy your beer in multiple ways, starting with the Full Moon Beer Dinner on Friday night ($59), which includes a chondola ride to Peak Lodge. Saturday’s Brew Fest ($40–$45) includes samples of more than 50 beers from Maine craft breweries. The Maine Oyster Brew ($10 bucks for 5 shucks or $15 bucks for 10 shucks) event pairs local beers with delicious oysters. And Sunday’s Kegs and Eggs will end the weekend right.

Loon Echo Trek
Sept. 16, 7 a.m.
Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Bridgton
Hike, bike and raise funds for the Loon Echo Land Trust. Choose a 4.5- or 6-mile hike across the Pleasant Mountain ridgeline, or bike 25, 50, 80 or 100 miles through the scenic hills and valleys of western Maine. Do a bit of both with the Trek’s Hike & Bike option. Costs $60–$85.

Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff
Sept. 16, 9 a.m.
Town Common, Bethel
It’s a hint of fall at the end of summer, with artists and crafters, a chowder cook-off of local restaurants, baked Maine potatoes, an apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides and kids’ activities. Free admission.


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