The Winter season can feel long in Maine. Snowy days are great, it’s the freezing rain and gray afternoons that make it seem to last a lifetime. Thankfully there is never a shortage of activities to keep your spirits bright! Whether you live in the area or are visiting for a long weekend there is always something to do in Maine.
This festival is within walking distance from my house, so I look forward to it every year. It has yet to be lucky in the snow department, each year it seems to snow a couple weeks before or after the event and it looks like there may not be snow in the forecast this year either. But don’t let that stop you! Stop by Mill Creek Park in South Portland from 11am to 3pm for free family activities and games hosted by community groups from SoPo and Cape Elizabeth. The fun includes exhibits, StoryWalk, ice skating, snowshoe obstacle course, musical and theater performances, touch-a-truck, and s’mores. (just to name a few) There’s also fireworks at 5:30pm at Fort Williams Park.for the fireworks show.
January 29, Mill Creek Park South Portland 11am-3pm, with fireworks following at 5:30pm Fort Williams Cape Elizabeth
Camden is one of my favorite places in Maine and the Winterfest looks super fun. It kicks off the festivities with a 10 team ice sculpting challenge at 11:00am, watch as 300lb blocks of ice get transformed right in front of your eyes. There’s also food, hot drinks, outdoor music and a book sale in the library rotunda. Let’s not forget the doggie fashion show and crazy polar plunge into the harbor.
February 5, Camden Public Library Amphitheatre & Harbor Park, 11am-2pm
Portland 207 Day
This year is the inaugural Portland 207 Day. Yay! It looks like a wonderful way to celebrate being a Mainer and Maine. The event centers around a free, three day scavenger hunt during which you’ll get to explore the city by completing tasks, learning a little history, and taking selfies with Portland landmarks. Hunters will also be able to enter a raffle for prizes. I love a scavenger hunt and this looks like so much fun, and a great way to explore Portland.
February 5-7, Downtown Portland
National Toboggan Championships
Toboggans are crazy scary to me. We had one when I was a kid and there was always the fear (sometimes warranted) that the long, wooden sled would tip or hit something on the way down. They can be difficult to stop, especially with 3 bodies on them! This doesn’t stop the teams at the National Toboggan Championship though. Teams (maybe yours, but not mine) vie for a winning time in several categories. These include two person, three person, four person and experimental (what the heck does that mean?!?!?) events. Costumes are encouraged and they can be wild. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, this is always a fun event.
February 11-13, Camden Snow Bowl
This will be the second year for Carnaval Maine. Events include ice sculpting, train rides, skiing and snowboarding demos, live music, face painting and of course excellent food and local beers. One of the highlights is sure to be the Nautilus Solar Rail Jam, where you can cheer on skiers and snowboarders or give it a try for yourself. I’m not a huge winter sports fan but I am a big heated igloo with drinks fan, so you’ll find me there.
February 17-26, Eastern Promenade, Portland.
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