As stubborn snowbanks melt and temperatures rise, Mainers are excited to head outside and celebrate the start of a new season. As these five popular events show, there’s a little bit of something for everyone in April!
Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race (Kenduskeag / Bangor)
Melting snow makes rivers around the state of Maine rage during the month of April, and canoeists and kayakers are more than happy to take to the water and race. One of the most popular competitions is held each year along the sixteen and a half mile stretch of the Kenduskeag Stream that runs from the town of Kenduskeag to where the stream meets the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor.
Now in its 53rd year, the race is a popular destination for spectators (known as “river vultures”) who cheer the triumphs (and the defeats) of those participating in the race. It’s an annual tradition that shouldn’t be missed!
Spring Fest (Newry)
With the winter drawing to a close, the season at the Sunday River ski resort refuses to go out without a final hurrah – the Spring Fest Weekend. Known for great music, great food, and great skiing, Spring Fest is a great excuse to make a final trip to the slopes of western Maine for the year.
Ogunquit Patriot’s Day Celebration (Ogunquit)
Participate in treasure hunts, watch Revolutionary re-enactments, and even be on hand for a patriotic pooch pageant in one of Maine’s most beautiful beach towns. The weekend-long celebration has a huge variety of themed events commemorating Patriot’s Day and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Sugarloaf Reggae Fest (Carrabassett Valley)
There’s nothing like a good groove on the slopes, and Sugarloaf is happy to provide as the winter season comes to an end. Get in a few last runs or just enjoy music from a variety of reggae artists as you welcome in spring.
Denmark Sheepfest (Denmark)
Looking for something a bit more… agricultural? Visit the western Maine town of Denmark to watch as sheep are shorn for the summer. While you’re at it, learn about the products made from wool, Angora, and more, and participate in a hot lunch fundraiser. Once you’ve gone once, you’ll likely be baaaaaaa-ck again in years to come.