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August

Ocean Park Illumination Night

Date/Time: Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 6:30pm

Venue: Ocean Park Association – 14 Temple St Ocean Park, ME 04063

Website: oceanpark.org | Phone: 207-934-9068

The annual Ocean Park community festival of lights, music, and food, which celebrates the family-friendly spirit that makes Ocean Park a special place. Illumination Night is a collage of the activities and experiences that make up a summer in Ocean Park.

6:30 pm Fun begins in the Square with a Strawberry Shortcake Festival in front of Jakeman Hall. [Crowd on Temple Ave]
6:30 to 7:30 pm Concert by the Ocean Park Band in the Square in front of Jakeman Hall.
8:00 pm The annual “walk about” from street to street and onto the beach. View the lighted cottages, experience the sights and sounds, and chat with fellow strollers.
8:00 pm PorchFest! Be sure to stop by 13 Oceana Avenue during your walk and enjoy old favorites sung and played by Jerry Scheinfeldt, Music Director, and family from his porch.
9:00 pm The Dunlap Highland Band in the Square in front of Jakeman Hall. We welcome back this 20-member band of pipers and drummers who play to large and enthusiastic audiences every Illumination Night. Under the direction of Pipe Major George Pulkkinen and Drum Major Dan Bernardini, the band has both adult and youth members. The performance, in the Square in front of Jakeman Hall, will begin after the light viewing. (Concert held in The Temple in the event of rain.)

Arts & Crafts Show

Date/Time: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00pm

Venue: Memorial Park – 4 Heath St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oldorchardbeachmaine.com | Phone: 207-934-2500

The event, which will showcase works by Maine artists and craftspeople, is sponsored by the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Our 2nd Annual OOB Art in the Park Summer Art Show will feature Maine-made fine art, mixed media, photography, handmade goods, local food, fine crafts and more!

Thrillin’ & Grillin’ BBQ Fest

Date/Time: Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 11:00am

Venue: Aquaboggan Water Park – 980 Portland Rd Saco, ME 04072

Website:  oob365.com | Phone:207-590-4201 

Maine State Championship BBQ Festival called Thrillin’ & Grillin’ BBQ Festival at Aquaboggan! With your Aquaboggan pass you get to sample and VOTE for some of the Best BBQ you have ever eaten! Come Hungry too as we will have some BBQ Plates for sale that will surely make your mouth water! Fun for the entire family!

Beach Olympics

Date/Time: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8:00am

Venue: Downtown Old Orchard Beach – 1 Old Orchard St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oldorchardbeachmaine.com | Phone: 207-934-2500

34th Annual Old Orchard Beach Olympics presented by the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce and Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank. Three days of games and fun competition including opening ceremony, live music, and silent auction all to benefit Special Olympics Maine.

Breakaway 5K Race

Date/Time: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:45am

Venue: Downtown Old Orchard Beach – 1 Old Orchard St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oldorchardbeachmaine.com | Phone: 207-590-1690

5K race start time is 7:45AM, Kid’s Fun Run at 9:00AM. Race starts at the corner of Walnut Ave. and West Grand Ave. and finishes at The Brunswick. The course runs to Ocean Park and back and is mostly flat. It’s a local favorite!

Save a Stray 5K and Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 8:00am

Venue: Main St Freeport Maine –  95 Main St Freeport, ME 04032

Website:  http://saveastray.coastalhumanesociety.org | Phone:207-449-1366

Join us with your friends and family (both human and canine!) to enjoy some exercise on a beautiful August morning to support shelter pets. All are invited to run the 5K or take a leisurely stroll during the one-mile walk. Make sure to stop by the Festival afterward which features food trucks, doggy demos, face-painting, Pooch Smooch, and MUCH MORE!

4th Annual Blues Fest

Date/Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:00pm

Venue: Old Orchard Beach Ballpark –   7 Ballpark Way Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oobballpark.com | Phone: 207-205-6160

The Old Orchard Beach Ballpark presents the 2017 Annual Blues and Jazz Festival. This is a wonderful family-friendly event. Children under 12 are free accompanied by an adult. Lawn & stadium seating available. No coolers, food, or pets.   FEATURING FOUR MUSICAL ACTS: • The Fogcutters • Black Cat Road • Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations • The Juke Joint Devils   Tickets are only $20 in advance. Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Gates open at noon. No refunds.

Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

Date/Time: Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 8:00am

Venue: Memorial Park Old Orchard Beach –  11 First St Old Orchard Beach , ME 04064

Website:  ironman.com | Email: Maine70.3@ironman.com

This race features a beach start in soft sand. After running into the water, athletes will make their way through shallow water, so practice your dolphin dives. The swim will be a rectangular point to point swim, and athletes will have a quarter mile run from swim exit to transition.

The bike course starts out flat and fast before taking riders into a series of rolling hills, giving them the chance to experience the beauty of the surrounding Maine farmland and countryside. Tall pine trees provide shade over much of the course, which winds through Saco, Dayton, Lyman, Waterboro, Hollis, and Old Orchard Beach. Most of the climbing is completed by the midway point with a long low grade climb on Route 5 (miles 10-15) and some rollers on South Waterboro Road (miles 19-25). The back half of the course consists of some fast, flat, downhill sections that bring you back into Saco. After that it’s a relatively flat and fast ride into T2.

The run course is an out-and-back, giving athletes the chance to finish out the race on a flat and fast course that includes sweeping views of the Scarborough Marsh and over a portion of the storied Eastern Trail. Athletes will cross the finish line in downtown Old Orchard Beach to celebrate their accomplishments.

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/maine.aspx#ixzz4WnfG7dlt

September

New England Parkinson’s Ride

Date/Time: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6:00am

Venue: Old Orchard Beach Ballpark –   7 Ballpark Way Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  neparkinsonsride.com | Phone: 207-205-6160

Cyclists may choose from a 10, 30, 50, or 100 mile ride. Participants of all ages and skill level are welcome to join. The ride starts at the Ball Park in Old Orchard Beach. More information and list of the ride start times are on the event website.

Lighthouse Bike Ride

Date/Time: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7:00am

Venue: Memorial Park –  4 Heath St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  easterntrail.org | Phone: 207-284-9260

Sponsored by the Eastern Trail Alliance, the Lighthouse Bike Ride is a great event with a few distance options: Century 100 mile, Metric Century 62 mile, 40 mile, and 25 mile. There are nine lighthouses to view during the 100 mile ride! View the event website for more details and specific information about signing up!

Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Date/Time: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 9:00am

Venue: Maine Coast

Website:  lighthousefoundation.org/maine-open-lighthouse-day/

This popular annual event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights.

Fall Festival of Art & Crafts

Date/Time: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00am

Venue: Smiling Hill Farm –  781 County Rd Westbrook, ME 04092

Website:  unitedmainecraftsmen.com | Email: unitedmainecraftsment@gmail.com

Over 100 of Maine’s artisans will be exhibiting their unique handcrafted products at Smiling Hill Farm. Plenty of free parking, space to browse and to enjoy lunch at this beautiful outdoor venue.

25th Annual Car Show

Date/Time: Friday, September 14, 2018 at 3:00pm

Venue: Downtown Old Orchard Beach –  1 Old Orchard St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oldorchardbeachmaine.com | Phone: 207-934-2500 | Email: info@oldorchardbeachmaine.com

Enjoy one of the largest car shows Maine has to offer! Sponsored by Saco Biddeford Savings Bank and the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Wings 4 Wishes

Date/Time: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:30am

Venue: OOB Pier

Website:  https://wings4wishes.org/

Wings 4 Wishes is a fly-in benefiting the Make-A-Wish Maine. All planes will land right on our very own Old Orchard Beach! Pilots will have a chance to experience landing and take off on a unique 2000′ beach landing strip landing north bound over The Pier and taking off north bound. All profits benefit Make-A-Wish Maine.

• Kid Fun Zone
• Professional Sand Sculptor
• Lindbergh Event
• Downeasters Chorus of Maine

Cumberland County Fair

Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 6:30am

Venue: Cumberland Fair Grounds – 197 Blanchard Rd Cumberland, ME 04021

Website:  Cumberlandfair.com

Featuring Monster Events! Monster Truck Shows with the Stinger Shuttle!
• Harness Racing Daily
• G-Force Laser Tag
• Museum, Exhibition Hall and Blacksmith Demonstrations Daily
• Gillette Shows – Daily on the Midway
• Monday & Wednesday & Thursday – “Bracelet Days” – Ride All Rides – One Price $15.00
• Senior Citizens Days – Tuesday and Thursday (65 & Over)

5K Canicross

Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 8:00am

Venue: Smiling Hill Farm –  781 County Rd Westbrook, ME 04092

Website:  maineveterinaryreferralcenter.com/canicross-5k-race-for-vets.html | Phone: 207-885-1290

2016 – Inaugural Soldier’s Pace Canicross Race – A 5k and Family Day brought to you by the Maine Veterinary Medical Center

Proceeds to benefit  K9s on the Frontline” nonprofit

The canicross will be a 5k timed race through sprawling Smiling Hills Farms, in Westbrook, Maine just minutes from Portland. The race and all proceeds are to benefit “K9s on the Front Line.” K9s on The Front Line is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Portland, Maine. Their experienced team supplies fully trained PTSD service dogs at no cost to the recipient. The nonprofit rescues shelters, trains them to be certified service dogs and then places them with suffering PTSD/TBI military Veterans. Their work is invaluable.  Our goal, through the race and various sponsorship opportunities, is generate enough funding to place 12 service dogs with 12 Veterans in need.

Approximately 1.7 million dogs are euthanized annually in the U.S. At the same time, more than 8,000 Veterans commit suicide, many of which have been suffering from PTSD (source: northedgek9.com)

We thought that there was no better place to host an animal run than Smiling Hill Farm, home to 25 kilometers of natural trails and an establishment that aims to respect and protect its animals while honoring ancestors by maintaining the land in a way that is sustainable for the future and sensitive to the environment.

In addition to the run, there will be pet activities, canine handling demonstrations, live music, pet and food vendors as well as a photographer doing family/pet photos against a fall scene background. After the race participants are encouraged to spend the day enjoying the farm.

Maine Lakes Brewfest

Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11:00am

Venue: Point Sebago Beach –  261 Point Sebago Rd Casco, ME 04015

Website:  mainelakesbrewfest.com | Email: officemanager@mainelakeschamber.com

If the words beer and “sampling” are music to your ears, you’ll love the 13th Annual Maine Lakes Brew Fest. This 21-plus event features live music, over 35 brewers and 15 vendors to satisfy your appetite.  Your ticket includes a Souvenir Sampling Glass and 10 drink tickets.

The event originated in Casco Village with a handful of local brewers and drew a crowd of around 300. It has now grown to be the premier beer festival in the area, with attendance last year of over 3,100.

The brewers will be offering almost 100 varieties of beer and wine for customers to sample. There will also be two live bands, and local favorite, Chad Porter will be a guest entertainer in the Pavillion from 1-3 pm.

The food vendors will offer everything from hot dogs, burgers, hot wings, chili, wood-fired pizza, sausage and pulled pork sandwiches, oysters, and Maine lobster rolls. The entire event is held under tents and on the beach at Sebago Lake, and, regardless of the weather, the sampling goes on.  “Rain or shine, we’ve got you covered!”

An Artisan’s Craft Show rounds out the day.

Fryeburg Fair

Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:00am

Venue: Fryeburg Fair Grounds –  1154 Main St Fryeburg, ME 04037

Website:  fryeburgfair.org | Phone: 207-935-3268 | Email: info@fryeburgfair.org

It was a chilly day in March of 1851 when a few local farmers and merchants got together and decided to show off their produce, cattle and wares to the community.

Since those humble beginnings, Fryeburg Fair has grown to become Maine’s largest agricultural fair complete with six days of harness racing, a farm museum second to none, the world’s largest steer and oxen show and a reputation known throughout North America.

 

October

Freeport Fall Festival

Date/Time: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:00am

Venue: Downtown Freeport Maine

Website:  freeportfallfestival.com | Phone: 207-865-1212

The Freeport Fall Festival, now in its 18th year, attracts thousands of people to Freeport for a day of art, music, and fun. Over 100 artists exhibit works ranging from photography oil, watercolor, mixed media, fine craft, and jewelry set to the tunes of live musical performances throughout the day. We’ve added a delicious selection of Maine food producers to the Festival and Freeport Community Services will be on site hosting their annual Chowdah Challenge to raise funds for camp scholarships! Hosted on the L.L.Bean campus and the Freeport Village Station Plaza  in Freeport, the two-day event is free and includes children’s art activities and music for the whole family. Plan to spend the day in Freeport, visit the artists, listen to music, and visit hundreds of great stores, outlets, and boutiques located within a couple of blocks from the Festival!

Acadia’s Oktoerfest Beer, Food, Music & Crafts Festival

Date/Time: Friday, October 5, 2018 at 4:00pm

Venue: Southwest Harbor Maine – Main St Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

Website:  http://www.acadiaoktoberfest.com

This autumn, through a week of tours, concerts, tastings, talks and demonstrations, Southwest Harbor will feature the history and riches of Acadia’s Quietside. The week begins with Acadia’s 23rd Oktoberfest during Columbus Day weekend and ends on Sunday October 14th at the finish line for the 17th running of the MDI Marathon. Each day during the intervening week a theme will highlight one of the area’s cultural resources.

 

November

Portland Beer Week

Date/Time: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:00pm

Venue: Portland Maine – Commercial St Portland, ME 04103

Website:  http://www.portlandbeerweek.org

Collection of events celebrating the vibrant beer culture in downtown Portland and throughout the surrounding areas.

From the brewer to the bar to pint glass, we invite all beer enthusiasts to join the Maine craft beer industry and local businesses as we partake in various events taking place in Portland, Maine and surrounding areas.

Portland Beer Week is a series of events organized by industry participants to enhance beer knowledge and appreciation in the City of Portland and surrounding areas.

Veterans Flag Raising Ceremony

Date/Time: Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00am

Venue: Old Orchard Beach Memorial Park – Staples St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oobmaine.com/home/events

 

The biggest and brightest light display in Maine!

Date/Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:00pm

Venue: Maine Botanical Gardens – 132 Botanical Gardens Dr Boothbay, ME 04537

Website:  http://www.bothbaylights.com

Over 500,000 LED lights will decorate Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ central gardens and buildings. Spectacular!

December

Holiday Art & Crafts Show

Date/Time: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 9:00am

Venue: USM Sullivan Gym – 66 Falmouth St Portland, ME 04103

Website:  http://unitedmainecraftsmen.com/shows/ | Email: unitedmainecraftsmen@gmail.com

United Maine Craftsmen’s final show of the season, with nearly 100 Maine artisans exhibiting their handcrafted items for your holiday shopping.

Celebration By The Sea

Date/Time: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12:00pm

Venue: Downtown Old Orchard Beach – 1 Old Orchard St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oldorchardbeachmaine.com | Phone: 207-934-2500

Christmas Celebration by the Sea is sponsored by Saco Biddeford Savings Bank and the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy free refreshments, a visit and pictures with Santa Claus, local choirs, and so much more!

New Year’s Eve Last Blast

Date/Time: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 4:30pm

Venue: Downtown Old Orchard Beach – 1 Old Orchard St Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

Website:  oob365.com

Bonfire will be lit at 4:30 pm. Firework display at 7:00 pm.

Hot Cocoa, Marshmallow Toasting Pits, Kettle Corn, Cotton Candy and Great Music with DJ JOEYOKE!

Bring down your Christmas Tree to Feed the Fire!

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