Hailed by USA Today as “extraordinary.” Experience the glow of 5,000 pumpkins carved into amazing works of art and set in a magical display during this night-time spectacular. A team of professional pumpkin carvers spends six weeks creating the trail, resulting in a truly breathtaking display. Feast your eyes on thousands of carved and illuminated pumpkins with hundreds of them depicting people, places, and scenes — all with painstaking detail and amazing intricacy!
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Come to beautiful midcoast Maine for a celebration of all things pumpkin. This festival is a fun-packed week of events including a pumpkin paddle boat relay and pumpkin motor boat regatta, pumpkin polo, and the Maine Pumpkin Growers Organization-sanctioned giant pumpkin weigh-off. There’s also pumpkin catapulting, a pumpkin drop, underwater pumpkin carving, a giant pumpkin parade, 60 giant pumpkins lining Damariscotta’s main street, and a pumpkin derby.
The first day of this special weekend will open with an afternoon and early evening “Wine & Cheese Tasting” accompanied by music. Maine wine distributors will offer wines from around the world and Maine cheese makers will serve exciting pairings of specialty cheeses. ‘A BREWFEST TO REMEMBER’ will be held October 8. This event has been noted as “one of the spots not to miss” and one of the “top ten festivals in New England” by the national RV Magazine and New England brewery magazines, respectively.
Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps at Loon Mountain during White Mountain Oktoberfest, presented by Harpoon Brewery! It’s an annual celebration of German food, drink, and culture. Timed to coincide with fall foliage season, enjoy beer, brats, and sauerkraut. With an Oompah-band providing the soundtrack to a stein-holding contest, keg toss, and kids’ activities, you’ll have an awesome time. Prost!
Garlic lovers unite! Visit garlic cooking demonstrations, stay for a live band performance and learn how to grow garlic at informative lectures. Many garlic dips, spreads, cheeses and oils will be available for purchase from garlic specialty food vendors – most offering FREE samples to try before you buy! Stop by the produce stands for fresh garlic and a variety of other fall produce. When you’re hungry, venture over to the food court. Homemade roasted garlic sausage with peppers and onions, garlic marinated steak sandwiches, garlic roast pork sandwiches, deep fried garlic and garlic ice cream are just some of the items you’ll find! Bring the kids for some fun with rides and games.
This bona fide Bavarian weekend bubbles over with juicy bratwursts, yodeling and folk dance performances, a rousing entertainment lineup featuring die Schlauberger, Spitze!, and more. This year, there will be three Biergartens and expanded outdoor courtyard space for endless amounts of festivities. A kid-friendly Kindergarten area rounds out fall’s choice festival as a place for the whole family to sample Oktoberfest’s multitude of flavors. All held along the beautiful Providence waterfront.