5 Things to Do in Maine in September

Whale breaching the water.

As we breeze toward the start of another school year, many families eagerly turn their attention to a potential September getaway to Midcoast Maine. Summer’s clock has nearly reached midnight, meaning it’s time to start planning that well-deserved, long-awaited trip to Edgecomb, Maine, home to Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort and Water’s Edge. As the summer crowds disperse, we welcome dozens of wedding parties to our riverfront getaway. But we also see an influx of couples, groups, and families who know that September is arguably one of the best times to visit Maine – traffic is lighter, lines for lobster rolls are shorter, and the temperatures are ideal. So, to ensure that your upcoming escape to Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort is nothing short of picture-perfect, we’ve compiled five of the top things to do in Maine in September.

The 5 Best Things to Do in Maine in September

1. Boothbay Harbor Fest

Every Labor Day weekend, thousands of families flock to Boothbay Harbor Fest to partake in one of the premier festivals in New England. This annual celebration costs just $15 per person, which includes unlimited food tastings, live music, and exclusive access to the 5K Trail Run, Cold River Cocktail Competition, and discounts on lodging. The entire event spans over a ten-day period; don’t miss all the fun to close our summer. 

2. Whale Watching

Hop aboard one of Cap’n Fish’s vessels, and cruise out into the Atlantic Ocean to spot migrating whales deep at sea. Each voyage drifts along highly-populated feeding grounds where you’ll observe the world’s largest and most majestic mammals. You’ll be greeted by a wide variety of whales, including humpback, minke, and sperm.

3. A Self-Guided Lobster Roll Tour

things to do in maine in septemberOne of the most popular things to do in Maine in September is to stop at as many lobster shacks as possible before they close up shop for the winter. There are dozens of delicious, world-class lobster rolls in Midcoast Maine, but we highly recommend visiting Red’s Eats, Shannon’s Unshelled, Boothbay Lobster Wharf, and Five Islands Lobster Co.

4. Pemaquid Oyster Festival

On the final Sunday of September, oyster lovers from across New England trek up to Damariscotta, Maine, for one of the world’s largest oyster festivals. This annual festival is located in beautiful downtown Damariscotta along the river’s edge, only ten minutes from Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort. Savor award-winning oysters, munch on juicy lobster rolls, learn about the area’s aquaculture, listen to live music, and take a scenic boat tour this September at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival.

5. Family Harvest Days

Family Harvest Days remains one of the top things to do in Maine in September, especially for those with young children. Festival-goers gather to decorate pumpkins, chug through the forest on a hayride, pet adorable sheepdogs, and watch blacksmiths hard at work. This annual event takes place at the beautiful Boothbay Railway Village, a preserved slice of the past.

Weekend Getaways in New England

things to do in maine in septemberSheepscot Harbour Village Resort is just minutes away from all of the most popular things to do in Maine in September, including several activities we haven’t named yet, such as sailing, shopping, haunted history tours, and lighthouse cruises. You and your family can participate in a wide variety of quintessential September activities while also enjoying the amenities of our charming riverfront resort. To book a well-deserved family vacation to Edgecomb, Maine, please give us a call today at 207-579-1800, or visit us online at MidcoastSHVR.com. Come fall in love with Maine, this fall!