Midcoast Maine Activities, Weekends in Wiscasset

Weekends in Wiscasset – July 18th to 21st

Farmer’s Market – Wiscasset
When: Thursday, July 18, 3pm – 6pm
Where: Wiscasset Recreational Pier – Downtown
Description: Enjoy the goodness growing, baking, and being created across our community! Vendors indlude: Big Barn Coffee, Buckwheat Blossom Farm, Creamed Baking Co., Hawkes Farm, Island Mushroom Co., Micromainea, Pinetree Poultry, SeaLyon Farm

Music on the Commons
When: Thursday, July 18, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Just below courthouse in downtown Wiscasset
Description: Concerts start at 6:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair, a boxed lunch, sit back and enjoy the music in the air! Concert Schedule

Bath Art Walk
When: Friday, July 194:00 – 7:00pm, Bath
Description: Discover Bath’s lively arts community during the art walk. Come downtown and stroll through the streets to see Bath’s talented artists and grab a great meal at one of our many fabulous restaurants. All locations are in walking distance.

Truck and Tractor Show
When: Saturday and Sunday July 20, 10am – 3pm
Where: Owls Head Transportation Museum
Description: From grounbreakers to big rigs, this 2-day celebration is all about massive machines on a mission. Featured Marque: International Harvester

Rails, Tails & Ales
When: Saturday, July 20, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Rd, Boothbay
Description: | $35 | Passport to All Participating Brewers Enjoy great craft beer from Maine breweries, an outdoor vintage car show, plus a family-friendly setting including steam train rides and a Village Green filled with classic, vintage, antique, hot rods, muscle cars and much more – on the great Midcoast of Maine. Brewers & Others

Old Stone Jail tours
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm – 4pm
Where: 133 Federal Street, Wiscasset
Description: Built in 1811, it is one Maine’s oldest surviving jail buildings, serving as the state’s first penitentiary between 1820 and 1824. It is now a museum operated by the Lincoln County Historical Society.

Music at Waterfront Park
When: Saturday, July 20, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Bath, Maine
Description: Summer Saturday Concernt Series on the Waterfront. Bring a blanket, pack snacks and enjoy these open air concerts featureing the best in local and regional musicians. If raining, the concerts will be held in the Chocolate Church.

Lobster Boat Racing – Friendship or Portland
When: Sun, July 21, 10am – 12pm
WhereFriendship or Portland
Description: Just what it sounds like, lobster boat racing

Haunted History Tour – Damariscotta
When: Sun, July 21, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Damariscotta
Description: Residents and visitors in Maine are invited to explore the little known history & mysteries of Damariscotta during lantern lit walking tours of historic sites and ghostly haunts. Participants will be taken through back streets to hear tales of local hauntings and the history behind them. Buildings that once seemed ordinary will take on eerie new dimensions as “The Lady in the Red Cloak” relives their history and that of the ghostly entities that are said to still reside there.

For a list of all the regular weekend events visit our Weekends in Wiscasset page.

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Live Music in Wiscasset on Thursday Evenings

The town common is the green space on Route 1 as you enter the town and just below the courthouse.

Also on Thursdays is the Wiscasset Farmer’s Market

The market is from 3 – 6 pm on the Recreational Pier which is the one further from Route 1.

And don’t forget the last Thursday of each month is the Art Walk.

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Weekends in Wiscasset July 4 – 7th

Bath Heritage Days (July 3 – 7)

A 5 day festivel with events held throughout the city’s downtown area including 30 bands and activities for the entire family.

Wiscasset 4th of July Events

A community breakfast, parade, music and fireworks. Click here for times.

All-American Cruise-In

Saturday, July 6th from 10 am to 3 pm at Owlshead Transportation Museum. Showcase of American automotive design and ingenuity. Highlights the syle and power of automotibles beginnning inthe early 20th century and extending through the 70’s.

WWF Ice Cream Social and Steam Trains

On Saturday July 6th from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Take their afternoon trains from Sheepscot station and enjoy and ice cream social at Alna Center Station.

Sheepscot River Race

Saturday, July 6th from 3:00pm – 6:30pm starting at Sherman Lake Rest Area in Newcastle and ending at the Wiscasset Waterfront. This is the 30th anniversary of the Sheepscot River Race.

In addition to these special events we have numerous events that occur every weekend. For a full listing of those events checkout out our Weekends in Wiscasset page.

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4th of July in Wiscasset

The day starts at 7:30 – 9:30 am the Morris Farm Store with a free community breakfast (although donations are greatly appreciated). Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be making our famous blueberry cobbler for the feast and Mammy’s Bakery is donating something special. If you’d like to donate food please contact Elizabeth at the Morris Farm Store – she can be reached on Facebook or Instagram.

The farm will have craft supplies on hand so children – and adults – can make doodlebug costumes to wear in the parade and all are welcome to join the farm’s “Doodlebug” float. Big Al’s has donated sunglasses to help create bug eyes. Ames True Value is providing a flatbed truck and bales of hay so even the littlest doodlebugs can enjoy being in the parade.

The 4th of July parade starts at 10 am at the Town Offices. It heads north on route 27 then back to town via Federal Street finally ending up at the far pier (recreational pier) on Water Street. I’ll be marching in the parade as part of the Orange Barrel Ballet.

We’re looking for a couple of Banner Carriers for the Orange Barrel Ballet. If anyone is wanting to join in the fun, email Saundra@wiscassetwoods.com if you’re interested/available.

The Wiscasset Yacht Club will be selling strawberry shortcake from 11 am to 2 pm.

At 6 pm there’s live music on the commons then the fireworks display is at 9:15 pm over the water.

Looking for something more? Check out Bath’s Heritage Days Celebration which includes carnival rides, a music festival, and some fun runs as well as evening fireworks.

For more events around Maine check out Maine Today’s list of list of 4th of July Activities around Maine.

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Weekends in Wiscasset June 27th – 30th

Wiscasset Art Walk

When: Thu, June 27, 5pm – 8pm
Where: Wiscasset
Description: Enjoy a delightful summer evening as you park your car and stroll the charming Village of Wiscasset. View the incomparable art and meet the artists, sip some wine, and enjoy the sounds of our strolling minstrels. Be sure to visit the Village collection of one-of-a-kind shops – from high antiques to folk craft and mid-century furnishings; personal luxuries and gifts for loved ones back . Artwalk Page

Farmer’s Market – Wiscasset

When: Thu, June 20, 3pm – 6pm
Where: Wiscasset Creamery Pier – Downtown
Description: Enjoy the goodness growing, baking, and being created across our community! Vendors indlude: Big Barn Coffee, Buckwheat Blossom Farm, Creamed Baking Co., Hawkes Farm, Island Mushroom Co., Micromainea, Pinetree Poultry, SeaLyon Farm

Lecture: Preserving Maritime Artifacts: The Art and Science of Archaeological Conservation

When: Thu, June 27, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Maine Maritime Museum
DescriptionLearn the secrets and science behind conserving artifacts found underwater. Molly O’Guinness Carlson, of the Head Tide Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, will share her experience and challenges working as a marine conservator.

Boothbay Windjammer Days – June 23rd to 29th

When: Sunday June 23rd to Saturday June 29th
Where: Boothbay Harbor
Description: Windjammer Days marks the kick off to summer in the Boothbay region and is a time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors after the long winter, an opportunity to support local businesses and welcome visitors. It is a time to honor our maritime history and celebrate the vital role it plays in the lives of all who live here. Clich here for full schedule of events

“Art in the Barn” Lulu’s Barn

When: Sat, June 29, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Lulu’s Barn, Westport
Description: Guided Painting Event Moon over Pines Join us for a guided painting event Moon over Pines hosted by artist, Marie L. Spaulding.

PLUS ALL THE OTHER GREAT ACTIVITIES THAT OCCUR EVERY WEEKEND. CLICK HERE FOR A LISTING OF ACIVITIES THAT CAN BE ENJOYED EVERY WEEKEND. And don’t forget to check out our events calendar to help you plan your next Maine Vacation.

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Art Walk Season in Midcoast Maine

June is the start of Artwalk season in Midcoast Maine. The artwalks are a great chance in the evening to stroll through shops, listen to live music and buy art made locally.

Wiscasset Artwalk takes place between 5 -8 pm on the third Thursdays in June, July, August and September. Wiscasset Woods Lodge is a major sponsor of Wiscasset’s Art Walk.

Bath Artwalk is on third Fridays from 4 -7 pm.

Portland’s Artwalk takes place on the First Friday of each month between 5 – 8 pm.

Boothbay Harbor has First Friday Arts Tours from 5 – 7 pm.

There’s a great resource for Maine art walks by MaineToday Also check out our list of Weekends in Wiscasset events and our Event Calendar.

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Weekends in Wiscasset – June 6, 7, 8, 9

All activities listed here are either in Wiscasset itself or are in Midcoast Maine within and hour’s drive of Wiscasset Woods Lodge. For more details on each event go to our Events Calendar.

Thursday, June 6

10am Midcoast Craft Sidewalk Sale – Downtown Wiscasset
10am Members Art Show – Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
3pm Farmer’s Market – Wiscasset Recreational Pier – Opening Day
6pm Lecture: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Hanover: The Romance and Reality of a Maine Shipwreck – Maine Maritime Museum
7:30pm Haunted History Tour – Bath/Damariscotta/Hallowell (7pm)

Friday, June 7

10am Members Art Show – Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
10am Midcoast Craft Sidewalk Sale – Downtown Wiscasset
11am Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House and Castle Tucker – Wiscasset

Saturday, June 8

6am Montsweag Flea Market – Woolwich
7:45am PIYO on the Pier – Wiscasset Commercial Pier (near the Yacht Club)
10am Midcoast Craft Sidewalk Sale – Downtown Wiscasset
10am Members Art Show – Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
10am Monkey C Monkey Do is Open – Wiscasset
10:30am WWF steam trains operating – Alna
11am Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House and Castle Tucker – Wiscasset
3:30pm Lighthouse Lovers Cruise – Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
4pm Historic Tidbit Tasting Tour – Hallowell

Sunday, June 9

6am Montsweag Flea Market – Woolwich
11am Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House and Castle Tucker – Wiscasset

These are just some of the many great activities available every weekend throughout Midcoast Maine. Keep checking our events calendar for more activities. And reserve your room at Wiscasset Woods Lodge today to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!

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Damariscotta Oyster Celebration

The Damariscotta Oyster Celebration is Thursday, June 13th to Saturday June 15th.

The event celebrates an oyster culture dating back to 200 B.C., the communities of the Damariscotta River Region invite oyster lovers from around the world to Maine for the second annual Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, June 13 -15, 2019.

Maine’s Damariscotta River and estuaries produce a unique oyster crop that is recognized around world for diversity of flavor and quality. The Damariscotta Oyster Celebration was spearheaded by an alliance of Damariscotta oyster farmers to educate and inspire oyster culinary innovations in food, drink and culture.

The three-day celebration kicks off on Thursday, June 13, with chefs from North America competing in the International Oyster Chef of the Year competition at the Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort. 

On Friday, June 14 and Saturday June 15, experience the Tour de Source and Open Houses, across the Damariscotta region. This year we have expanded our behind the scenes look at the Damariscotta oyster community by two days. Meet the oyster farmers, and tour and taste your way around the bounty of the Damariscotta River. Experience local oyster farms, local food and beverage producers, the latest aquaculture innovations, and historic oyster middens.

On Saturday, June 15, the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration culminates with oyster shuckers from top restaurants in the United Sates and Canada going head-to-head in a timed competition for the Can-Am Shuck Star. The competition will be hosted in Damariscotta at the Damariscotta River Association’s Round Top Farm with the celebration including more oyster tasting, beverage pairings, and music.

Map of the event locations for the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration
Map of Damariscott Oyster Celebration Locations

For more information or to buy tickets visit the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration‘s website at https://www.damariscottaoyster.com/

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We are a Bicycle Friendly Hotel

We allow bicycles to be stored in hotel rooms.

We love bicyclists and we know some of the challenges bicyclists face. As a child and a Peace Corps Volunteer, Saundra’s main form of transportation was bicycles. We try our best to meet guests’ needs including allowing bikes to be stored in hotel rooms and providing a bicycle repair stand and tool kit courtesy of Pedro’s.

Bicycle repair stand and tool station courtesy of Pedro's.
Bide Repair Stand and Tool Station Courtesy of Pedro’s

We keep our dining room open until 9 or 10 pm (depending on the season) and have a microwave, hot water dispenser, plates, silverware, glasses, coffee, tea and muffins available for guest use. In the morning we fuel you up with our famous hot breakfast starting at 7 am.

At Wiscasset Woods Lodge, we're famous for our hot breakfast buffet.
A typical hot bar offering, we change our menu daily

If you, your bicycle club, or touring company are interested in staying at our hotel reach out to us and let us know how we can help you make the most of your stay!

Happy guests ready to explore Midcoast Maine after staying at our hotel, Wiscasset Woods Lodge
Guests getting ready to enjoy Midcoast Maine after staying that night at Wiscasset Woods Lodge

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Weekends in Wiscasset May 31, June 1

Friday, May 31

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Schooner Bowdoin and Ernestina-Morrissey

1-3 pm, Participants will meet at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.

Built in 1894 the Ernestina-Morrissey is a National Historic Landmark Vessel and the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Built in 1921, the schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy. Both vessels are currently undergoing restoration work at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. Presented by Maine Maritime Museum.

Saturday, June 1

Lighthouse Adventure Cruise to Burnt Island Light

9am – 12pm, Red Cloak Tours, Boothbay Harbor

This Boothbay Harbor cruise only happens once a year. View up to 4 or 5 lighthouses and then land on Burnt Island where you will have exclusive access to the island, open tower and open keeper’s house. Elaine Jones, DMR education director will be there to welcome the tour and Red Cloak Tours will have narrative about the island, families, lighthouse life, folklore & legends,the other lighthouses we might see, etc. during the whole 3 hour tour, which is on the Novelty of Balmy Days Cruises. Tickets for this one of a kind adventure are only $75 each, a portion of  your ticket price will go toward restoration of the light tower, which is looking forward to its 200th birthday in 2021. It is the only original light tower left in Maine. Advanced reservations required.

Auto TourOwls Head Transportation Museum

6:30am – 4pm, Owls Head Transportation Museum

Calling auto enthusiasts of all ages for an epic excursion through beautiful Midcoast Maine! Dust off that classic, antique or special interest car and kick off the season with the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Annual Spring Auto Tour, taking participants on a specially-curated, scenic route along the coast. After stopping to explore iconic locations throughout the day, the tour will break for a special lunch with our friends at the Fort Knox State Historic Site, Maine’s most visited historic site and home to one of the best-preserved military fortifications in New England.

Castle tucker & Nickels Sortwell House Tours

11am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, Wiscasset Historic District

Now open for the season. Historic New England oversees two historic homes in Wiscasset Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House. Come take a tour and learn the history of the homes and the town.

1811 Old Stone Jail Opens for the Season

Noon – 4 pm , Saturday and Sundays

The Old Stone Jail is opening for the season. Docents give tours every weekend through the summer. Located on Federal Street in Wiscasset.

Members Art Show

10am – 4pm, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset

Opening of the Annual Members Exhibition provides member artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in an non-juried, all inclusive show in the award-winning gallery.

Regular Weekend Events

Lighthouse Lovers Tour

3:30 – 7:30 pm, Maine Maritime Museum

See up to ten of the Mid-Coast’s most iconic lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, Seguin Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light.

Montsweag Flea Market

6am am – 1:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, Montsweag Flea Market is Midcoast Maine’s largest flea market 

Steam Trains Running

10:30 am – 1:30 pm Saturdays, Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway

To see a full list of all the events in Midcoast Maine see our Events Calendar.

Enjoy all that Midcoast Maine has to offer, make your reservation to stay at Wiscasset Woods Lodge today!