The Best Ways to Enjoy Fall in Ogunquit
Cooler days. Brisk nights. Blankets. Fireplaces. Hikes with breathtaking views. Apple cider. Pumpkin beer. Food fresh off the harvest. All set against a breathtaking backdrop of vibrant golds and reds. It must be fall in Ogunquit. Here at The Dunes we’ve got plenty of fall-centric ways to help you make the most of the changing seasons.
Ripe For the Pickin’
Nothing harkens the arrival of fall in Ogunquit quite like a bagful of juicy apples or a nice round pumpkin. After all, these fall staples are perfect for picking, eating, drinking, carving, decorating and just about any other autumnal pursuit you can think of. The best place to do your picking is at one of our local “U-Picks” (also known as “Pick-Your-Own”) farms. And they offer plenty to do after you’ve filled your basket too. Climb aboard for a down home hayride. Try your hand at navigating a corn maze. Visit a farm store and sample a true Maine delicacy – the apple cider donut. Some of the area’s best picking spots are just a stone’s throw from The Dunes – including Spiller Farm, McDougal Orchards, Giles Family Farm and Smith’s Red Apple Farm.
A Festive Fall.
Come celebrate fall in Ogunquit with these truly unique festivals that not only usher in the season, they also provide the perfect anecdote for those end-of-summer blues.
Plein Air Painting Event
Ogunquit’s second annual Plein Air Painting Event, which takes place in Perkins Cove on September 10th, captures the true spirit of Ogunquit’s historic Art Colony. Scores of plein air (the French expression for “open air”) painters descend on Ogunquit to show their wares as they work to capture some of the area’s more spectacular landscapes on canvas – right there in the open for everyone to see. In addition to seeing painters along Marginal Way and down to Perkins Cove, the entire day will be filled with even more activities including live music, painting demonstrations, and historical art talks.
OgunquitFest is one of the biggest fall festivals in the Northeast. This town-wide happening is truly a celebration of everything Autumn. And just in time for Halloween. From scarecrows to high heels, there’s a little something for everybody. Weekend events feature tons of ghoulish happenings as well as a huge craft fair, classic car show, a beachy Halloween obstacle course, wine and beer tastings, a whole bunch of really great local eats and to top it off, a madcap high heel dash around Perkins Cove. October 21-October 23.
An Opus to Fall
The curtain comes down on the Ogunquit Playhouse’s 90th season with the world premiere of Mr. Holland’s Opus. Based on the oscar-nominated film of the same name, the story follows Glenn Holland, who gives up his dreams to teach high school music just to make ends meet. Little does he realize that his temporary detour will eventually lead to a lifetime impacting the lives of hundreds. This musical journey is a love letter to the enduring influence music has on humanity and the difference one person can make. Directed by B D Wong (Jurassic World and Law & Order SVU)). Runs until Saturday, September 10th.