Cramming in everything Fall this weekend

Weekend Spotlight: BBQ Party, Apple-Picking, ARTober and a Pumpkin Fest

Thu, 10/06/2022 - 12:00pm

    Looking at another great weekend ahead with Friday topping out as the warmest, here’s a little cultivated list of some hometown, fun, fall-like things to do and places to go.

    Killer Road Trip: Damariscotta’s Pumpkin Fest

    Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9—Damariscotta

    Photo courtesy Maine Pumpkin Festival

    Take a trip down to Damariscotta this weekend to see the giant and fantastical pumpkins that Maine artists have transformed all around Damariscotta and Newcastle for their annual weekend. On Friday, the artists uncover their creations, on Saturday, the annual parade starts at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, the pumpkin Regatta starts at noon. The area is teeming with things to do  which you can find on the Maine Pumpkin Trail covering 40 miles of Maine’s coastline. The event is free, family-friendly, but you’ll probably want to make use of the parking shuttles. FMI: Pumpkin Fest

    Killer Road Trip: ARTober in Bangor

    Friday, October 7—Bangor

    The finale for ARTober (the month-long celebration of the arts in Bangor) sponsored by Bangor Greendrinks will take place October 7 at the Zillman Art Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition to snacks, drinks, live music, as well as Zillman's current exhibits, there will be an award ceremony for the first-ever Bangor Arts Award. This event is free and open to the public. FMI: Details

    Rio’s BBQ Anniversary Party

    Saturday, October 8—Searsport


    Remember that cute little place in Searsport I did a story on about a year ago? Well, they are celebrating being in business for one year by hosting a BBQ anniversary party with pig, chicken, and beef short rib on the grill and homemade sides and desserts. The musical lineup includes The Cedar Shakes from 2:00 to 4.30 p.m. and Tom DiMenna singing Gordon Lightfoot from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 and will be going fast. FMI: Details and Tickets

    Hope Orchards Fall Festival

    Sunday, October 9—Hope

    Hope Orchards apples. Photo by Kay Stephens

    Come to the small family-owned orchard in Hope (434 Camden Road-Rte. 105) for a day of apple-picking, (20 varieties of apples and three varieties of pears) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rosey Gerry and his musical friends will provide live entertainment from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Joining him will be bass player, Jimmy Ostergard; fiddle/mandolin queen Lise Becu and the mojo master of banjo, Stevie Davis. Check out our past story on Hope Orchards. FMI: Details

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