The colors of autumn in Maine are absolutely breathtaking. Not only is September and October prime time for fall foliage, but it’s also the best time of the year to explore Maine’s offerings for fairs and festivals! There are so many festivals held every year, some even celebrating more than 100 years. With all the classic food, agricultural wonders, contests, old-fashioned rides, and more, how is it possible to decide which fairs are worth going to? We have put together a list of annual fall festivals that you simply can’t miss!
Oxford County Fair, Oxford
One of the first county fairs of the year, the Oxford County Fair is sure to get you your fix on all the basic fall festival activities, from livestock shows to crafts. New to the fair this year is a harness race track. In addition, there will be a Revival AAA Glidden Tour exhibit featuring up to 200 pre-1943 antique cars parading through the fair. If you’re an antique car enthusiast or collector, don’t miss this show!
September 11-17, www.oxfordcountyfair.com.
Common Ground Country Fair, Unity
The Common Ground Fair is the most celebratory, educational fairs in Maine. The spirit of the fair celebrates the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. There are a plethora of agricultural demonstrations, a bounty of Maine-Organic foods, and a large selection of unique crafts or pieces of art to purchase. Located in Unity, this fair is definitely off the beaten path but well worth the drive. With almost 60,000 attendees each year, there’s no hiding that this fair is one of the state’s favorites. September 23-25, www.mofga.org.
Cumberland Fair, Cumberland
The Cumberland Fair is a wonderful family event that takes place just minutes outside Portland! There are hundreds of vendors for both crafts and food, along with one of the largest fair ride selections the state has to offer. Place bets on race-horses at the track or enjoy a bull riding competition. This fair is a classic event that your entire family will never forget! September 25-October 1, www.cumberlandfair.com.
Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg
The Fryeburg Fair is at the tail end of the Maine fair and festival season. This fair is Maine’s largest agricultural fair and takes place at arguably the most beautiful time of the year in the midst of Maine’s fall foliage. There are many exhibit halls, museums, harness racing events, and livestock shows that will peak everyone’s interest. There’s even camping for those who are feeling a little adventurous! October 2-9, www.fryeburgfair.com.
For more information on the adventurous activities that you and your family can do this fall check out our Seasonal page. If you would like to book a weekend this coming season to enjoy New England fall foliage and venture out to one of these fairs, call our front desk at (207) 236-4200. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff members are happy to answer any of your questions.
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