There’s nothing quite like fall in southern Maine. While the beaches are too cold for surfing, there’s still a lot to take in as the leaves change colors—including our famous fall festivals.
Here are the top five things to do this fall in Ogunquit, Maine:
If you’re planning to visit southern Maine this autumn, then you can’t miss Capriccio—a two-week celebration of the arts that signals the start of fall. Get ready to enjoy everything from painting to performing arts to architecture to sculpture the weekend after Labor Day. There’s also the Festival of Kites at Ogunquit Beach usually held on the first Saturday of Capriccio—sheer fun for the entire family!
Maine Open Lighthouse Day
Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the Open Maine Lighthouse Day in mid-September. A lighthouse tour is a great way to end a romantic date night and Maine is filled with so many beautiful guardians of the coast, from the Nubble Maine Lighthouse to Goat Island Light and more.
Located just a hop, skip and a jump from Ogunquit is the town of York which hosts the annual HarvestFest, held during the second weekend of October. The festival includes something for the whole family: from live music and crafts for the adults to hayrides, a pumpkin stroll and face painting during KidsFest. The weekend before—Columbus Day Weekend—York is the place to be if you want to take advantage of the Short Sands Beach Sidewalk Sales. This is the perfect time to stock up on gifts for the entire family and keepsakes of your trip to Maine.
This popular three-day-event takes place in the third weekend in October and is the highlight of fall celebrations throughout Ogunquit—with scarecrows, pumpkins, costumes, ghost tours, a high heel race and more. There’s also the Autumn Bazaar in the Main Beach parking lot on both Saturday and Sunday. The Antique & Classic Car Show is another can’t miss event which overlaps with the bazaar on Saturday.
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Take in the Fall Colors
There is no better place to be than southern Maine to take in the sea of leaves as they transition from green to yellow to burnt orange to crimson. Typically, Columbus Day weekend is peak leaf peeping time; but you can begin to experience the color change from mid-September through to October.
There’s no shortage of trails to choose from if you want to enjoy the spectacular views of autumn starting with a leisurely stroll along Marginal Way to the challenging trails of Mount Agamenticus.
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As you can see the fun doesn’t quit in Ogunquit just because summer has ended. Now that you know the best things to do this fall in Ogunquit Maine, it’s time to pack your bags and book your accommodation. Nestled in the midst of beautifully maintained grounds and gardens, the Footbridge Motel is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones. Learn more about our amenities here.