Special Events

February
February is for Lovers
Escape for a weekend away from home, enjoying good food, quiet times and the warmth of a romantic fire. Kennebunk-Kennebunkport offers the perfect winter destination, fine lodgings offer you unique romantic getaway packages. Cozy and intimate restaurants, quaint shops and unique galleries all set in a picturesque village setting.

May Events
May 26 5th Annual Heart of the Arts Reception and Celebration
Each gallery brings a sampling of the artwork that is displayed in their various galleries for viewing and enjoying. The event is deliciously catered. (207) 985-3331

May 27 16th Annual Live Your 5K Road Race
The road race will benefit the Senior Center at Lower Village. The starting gun goes off at 8:15 am from Firehouse Place on Route 35 in Lower Village, Kennebunk. Great fun-filled family event for runners and walkers alike. Free T-shirts to the first 250 pre-registered entrants, along with food and massage. The entry fee for pre-registered entrants is only $15 (Age 55+, $12) or $18 on race day (Age 55+, $15). (207)967-8514

June Events
June 1 Summer Street Stroll
Hosted at Four private homes on Summer Street in Kennebunk to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County. Ever wonder what those gorgeous and historic homes on Summer Street look like on the inside? Here is your chance to have a tour of these intriguing homes that so many of us wonder about! Admission includes tour, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and dessert poolside. (207) 985-5975

June 2 Laudholm Native Plant Sale
Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm - Laudholm Trust, in cooperation with York County Master Gardeners, offers landscaping advice and great prices on locally grown Maine native plants that are good for your yard and our shared environment. Preorder in the spring for pickup at the sale. (207) 646-4521

June 3 Kennebunks Tour de Cure
Bikers can enjoy the breath-taking views of Southern Maine and the Kennebunks, while supporting a great cause. The Tour is a ride, not a rave, with routes from 10 miles to 100 miles designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. American Diabetes Association. 1 (888) DIABETES

June 8 Fish Chowder Luncheon - Christian Church Kennebunk
Friday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Bring your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy a delicious, homemade lunch. Take-outs are available. Christ Church, 6 Dane Street, Kennebunk. (207) 985-4494

June 15 & 16 American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Friday & Saturday, The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be held at Wells High School Track.

Sunday June 22, 2008: Heartwood College of Art & Kennebunkport Historical Society Present…
"Paint the Port”

Over 55 well-known artists from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will gather in Kennebunkport for the fourth annual “Paint the Port” fresh paint day and art auction. The public is welcome to watch as participating artists paint at scenic locations throughout Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise. The paintings will then be auctioned off live that evening, following a cocktail reception with delectable hors d’oeuvres, at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. Proceeds will benefit both the Kennebunkport Historical Society and Heartwood College of Art.

Among the many well-known artists who have participated in “Paint the Port” are Anne Gable Allaire, Paul Bonneau, Anne Burnett, Lynne Blanchard Carr, Mary Anne Cary, Margaret Cummings, Iona Desomond, Claudette Gamache, Frank Handlen, Dewitt Hardy, Joe Havens, Madeline Hopkins, Nancy Davis Johnson, Berri Kramer, Janet Ledoux, Stuart Nudelman, Suzanne Payne, Ellen Pelletier, Ann Marie Therrien, Scott Tubby, Gwen Wagor, Aloma Wallace, Prentiss Weiss, Susan Wilder, Richard Winslow, Wade Zahares and others.

Ticket holders will be admitted to the catered reception at 4:00-5:30 and will be given a bidding number for the live auction at 5:30. Tickets to Paint the Port are $15 and may be purchased at Heartwood College of Art and the Kennebunkport Historical Society. For more information about Paint the Port, call 207-985-0985 (HCA) or 207-967-2751 (KHS).

July Events
July 4 Fireworks @ dusk. At Kennebunk Beach.

July 14 Annual “Gardens of the Kennebunks” Tour
Don’t miss the annual Garden Tour event of the summer to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County. Spend the day walking amongst the most lavish and colorful gardens in the Kennebunks. (207) 985-5975

July 15 A Painterly Day and Fresh Paint Auction at the Wells Reserve
Sunday, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm - Ninety artists paint pastoral landscapes, historic farm buildings, and quintessential Maine beach and marsh scenes while visitors stroll among them. The completed artworks are featured at an evening reception and auction that benefit coastal research, education, and stewardship at the Wells Reserve. (207) 646-4521

August Events
August 4 American Heritage Days
Saturday, 10-4pm - An all day family fun event with live western music, cowboy mounted shooting, black powder musket display, archery demonstration, crafts for kids of all ages, western line dancing, barrel racing, pony rides, silent auction, games, demonstrations and food throughout the day. Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West Street, Biddeford (207) 284-7721

August 8 Fashion Show and Luncheon
Wednesday, The Kennebunkport Historical Society will be holding their biannual fashion show and luncheon.

August 18 Mustangs in Motion
Featuring performances of mustangs at all levels of training and a performance of talented and trained mustangs under saddle. Ever After Mustang Rescue, 463 West Street, Biddeford (207) 284-7721

September Events
Sept 8 & 9 Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival
Saturday & Sunday , 10 am - 4 pm - The 20th anniversary of this highly respected exhibition brings 100 artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks in a lovely seaside setting. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event. Fee. (207) 646-4521

Sept 9 “Strut Your Mutt”
Bring your dog and enjoy a walk. Benefits the Animal Welfare Society. (207) 985-3244

Sept 14 Fish Chowder Luncheon - Christian Church Kennebunk
Friday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Bring your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy a delicious, homemade lunch. Take-outs are available. Christ Church, 6 Dane Street, Kennebunk. (207) 985-4494

Sept 29 Punkinfiddle, A National Estuaries Day Celebration
Saturday , 10 am - 5 pm - Our harvest festival fosters stewardship of coastal environments by celebrating the richness of estuaries, Maine’s cultural traditions, and our beautiful historic site. Punkinfiddle features family fun and learning, traditional crafts, pumpkin carving, great live music, animals, games, wholesome food, and more. $10 a carload. (207) 646-4521

Sept 30 Hayride and Pumpkin Picking - Harris Farm
Hayride to the pumpkin fields for pumpkin picking. Harris Farm, Dayton. (207) 499-2678

October Events
Oct 7 Hayride and Pumpkin Picking - Harris Farm
Hayride to the pumpkin fields for pumpkin picking. Harris Farm, Dayton. (207) 499-2678

Oct 8 Annual Columbus Day Party and BBQ
Federal Jack’s Restaurant Annual Columbus Day party and BBQ benefits a local charity. Kennebunk Lower Village. (207) 967-4322

Oct 12 Fish Chowder Luncheon - Christian Church Kennebunk
Friday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Bring your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy a delicious, homemade lunch. Take-outs are available. Christ Church, 6 Dane Street, Kennebunk. (207) 985-4494

Oct 14 & 21 Hayride and Pumpkin Picking - Harris Farm
Hayride to the pumpkin fields for pumpkin picking. Harris Farm, Dayton. (207) 499-2678

Oct 27 All Souls’ Walk
Narrated ghostly tour through Hope Cemetery. The Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. (207) 985-4802

Oct 31 “Trick or Treat” in the Kennebunks
Merchants throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport hand out goodies to the little ghosts, pirates, princesses, etc.

November Events
Nov 9 Fish Chowder Luncheon - Christian Church Kennebunk
Friday, November 9 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Bring your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy a delicious, homemade lunch. Take-outs are available. Christ Church, 6 Dane Street, Kennebunk. (207)985-4494

Nov 17 School Around Us Winter Craft Fair
A tradition! Held at Kennebunk High School, Fletcher Street, Kennebunk. Proceeds benefit the School Around Us. (207) 967-3143

Nov 25 Christmas In Kennebunk
Sunday, 5:30 pm - Santa arrives by horse drawn wagon to throw the switch! Rotary Park, corner of Main and Water Streets, Kennebunk Downtown.

Nov 29 Annual Prelude Champagne Reception
Annual Prelude Eve Champagne Reception at the Nott House, Kennebunkport Historical Society. (207) 967-2751

Nov 30 Prelude Dock Square Tree Lighting
Friday, 6 PM - lighting the Dock Square Tree to kick off Christmas Prelude. Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Tree lighting is held regardless of the weather.

Nov 30 Lobster Trap Tree Lighting
Friday, 7 PM - Kennebunkport’s most original holiday decoration will be officially lit with Christmas caroling. Cape Porpoise. Tree lighting is held regardless of the weather.

Nov 30- Dec 9 26th Annual Christmas Prelude Celebration
A magical season filled with events, entertainment, shopping, craft fairs, and Santa in a lobster boat!

December 2007 Events
Dec 1 2nd Annual Hat Parade
3pm. For holiday hat wearers of all ages. Promenade with your handmade, homemade, or store bought creations. All hat wearers welcomed and should gather in the parking lot behind Allison’s Restaurant, Dock Square by 2:45. Revelers will march to Jackie’s in the Lower Village where prizes will be awarded. Cocoa and cookies served.

Dec 1 Tree Lighting and Christmas Stroll
Saturday, 5:30 pm at Lower Village. Join us at the corner of Christensen Lane and Route 35 for the lighting of the Lower Village Tree with carols by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Singers. Following the lighting, enjoy the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery.

Dec 1 Candlelight Caroling
Saturday, 6:30 pm - hosted by the Franciscan Monastery. Enjoy chestnuts roasted on an open fire at the gate of the Monastery, Beach Avenue, Lower Village, Kennebunk

Dec 1 & 2 Holiday Trolley Rides - Seashore Trolley Museum
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am - 3:30 pm - Ride an historic electric street car on 3 1/2 miles of trolley tracks through the Maine woods. Warm drinks and snacks available. Museum Store open. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (3 miles north of Dock Square). (207) 967-2712

Dec 1 - 9 26th Annual Christmas Prelude Celebration
A magical season filled with events, entertainment, shopping, craft fairs, and Santa in a lobster boat! (207) 967-0857.

Dec 2 Santa Arrives!
Sunday, 2 pm. Santa arrives by lobster boat behind the Landing Restaurant. Then follow Santa and his Lobster Elves through Dock Square to the Community House on Temple Street for photos.

Dec 8 Historic Inns Open House
Saturday, 1 pm - 3:30 pm - the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport will display their splendid holiday decorations and serve refreshments. Admission $5. Captain Fairfield Inn, (207) 967-4455

Dec 8 & 9 Holiday Trolley Rides - Seashore Trolley Museum
Saturday and Sunday, 11 am - 3:30 pm - Ride an historic electric street car on 3 1/2 miles of trolley tracks through the Maine woods. Warm drinks and snacks available. Museum Store open. Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road (3 miles north of Dock Square). (207) 967-2712

Dec 9 Santa Arrives via Lobster Boat
Sunday, 2:00 pm - After a quick layover at Goat Island Lighthouse Santa comes in to Cape Porpoise Harbor via lobster boat.

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