It still feels a lot like summer, but today marks the Autumn Equinox—the official first day of fall. And fall is spectacular in Maine! Warm days and cool nights, a blaze of color in the trees, and the harvest coming in. We’re ready to get out and celebrate what is (for many of us) our favorite time of year. Here are our team’s top travel plans for the first fall weekend:
Common Ground Country Fair
September 23-26, Unity, Maine
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has made the Common Ground Fair a festival of crunchy community fun that can’t be missed. We look forward to this celebration of amazing food, gorgeous handcrafts, music, folk arts and a mindful, sustainable living every year. Our favorites? The children’s Garden Parades, the marketplaces, food vendors and demonstrations, and of course all the wonderful performances of Maine roots music on the Spotlight Stage. (You know how we feel about live music …)
Tip from our team: There’s not a lot of shade on the fairgrounds, so you’ll definitely want to bring sunscreen, a sunhat and a water bottle that you can refill at the many water stations!
Cumberland County Fair
September 25—October 1, Cumberland, Maine
If the midway is your favorite place to play, head to the annual harvest festival in Cumberland. A sweet and charming southern Maine staple, the Cumberland Fair is just the right size for family fun. We’re big fans of the livestock barns (especially the oxen and bunnies), the tractor pulls, the pig scramble and the pumpkin and squash weigh-in on Sunday, September 26. You won’t believe how big these orange giants can get!
Acadia Night Sky Festival
September 21-25, Bar Harbor, Maine
The sun is setting much earlier now, and the wonderful Acadia Night Sky Festival helps us feel a little bit better about that. From the Northern Stars Planetarium to the peak of Cadillac Mountain, there’s a jam-packed roster of fun and fascinating events. The history of celestial navigation, photography workshops, astronomy lessons and a nighttime tour of Frenchman’s Bay are just some of the amazing activities scheduled.
Tip from our team: Did you know that Castine Harbor is Maine’s own Bioluminescent Bay? You can join an evening kayak tour of the Harbor to study the dazzling constellations above and the glowing phytoplankton below. It’s magical. Call 207-866-3506 to purchase your tickets for the nighttime paddles.
How are you kicking off the season or observing the equinox? Let us know! And if you’re on the road, be sure to stop in to our stores in Bangor, Freeport, Newcastle, Portland and Raymond. We’ve just stocked up on warm wools and fuzzy fleeces for the new season!
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