I absolutely love this month and apparently so does the state of Maine because every single weekend is jammed with fall festivals, foodie events, craft brew events, artist events, apple picking, leaf-peeping, cider tasting and more. Plus it’s road trip season. Check out this giant corn maze in Levant and make a day of it.
Maine Craft Weekend
Saturday, October 5 & Sunday, October 6 — Statewide
Plan your route this weekend to do a little leaf-peeping (see my recent story on three road trips to take here) and check out Maine artists in this statewide celebration. You might see private artist studios, visit multi-artist pop-up galleries, enjoy craft breweries collaborating with artists, and even see demonstrations on pottery or glass blowing. Here is everything happening in The Midcoast and Belfast is one of their featured cities this year. Locally we have The Belfast Fall Festival on Saturday with demos happening all day and restaurant/bar specials. If you’re in Rockland, one-of-a-kind scarecrows are being displayed throughout town. There’s also the 21st Annual Freeport Fall Festival happening all weekend with an outdoor craft fair, food/beverages and live performances.
Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue
Saturday, October 5 — Camden
This is a really cool and touching story. Glenn Jenks, a beloved music teacher and composer in Camden unexpectedly passed away in 2016 and his friends and community have rallied to preserve his ragtime legacy. See my recent story on that here. The culmination of all of their hard work has turned into a special tribute show with musicians and composers from all over the country flying in to play Jenks’s music. Amazingly, it is happening on the 30th anniversary of Jenks’s original ragtime show held at the Camden Opera House. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. General Admission $15 / Seniors & Students $10. FMI: camdenoperahouse/shows
Killer Road Trip: Portland Art Book Fair & Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 5 — Portland
Books ‘n brews and lederhosen is the name of this game. The New England Art Book Fair takes place at SPACE Gallery celebrating artists, booksellers and small presses for a celebration of independent publishing and the arts starting at 11 a.m. Then head over to Pat’s Pizza Portland (30 Market Street) for a city-wide Oktoberfest pub crawl starting at 4 p.m. Get your tickets ($15-$20) and wristband and join the other costumed revelers for drink and food specials all along the way. FMI: Oktoberfest
Pancake Breakfast & Chairlift Rides
Sunday, October 6 — Camden
Every October, a chairlift ride at the Camden Snow Bowl is on my bucket list as you can see from my 2013 story. Chairlift rides are $10 for adults/$5 for kids. Pancakes will be served from 8:30-10:30 am. Chairlift Rides from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 for a family. And this all goes to benefit multiple programs The Camden Snow Bowl supports.
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