All year round there are fun things to do in Maine's Kennebec Valley. So drop the selfie-stick and make a beeline to the region's riverside towns and backroads for adventures of all kinds that you will simply never, ever forget.
JANUARY: Snow, snow and more snow.
Even with this year’s strange weather patterns, we’ve got snow by the bushel basket full in the Kennebec Valley; mix that with recent sunny clear days and well-groomed trails make a trip here a must for you winter activities types.
FEBRUARY: Ready, set, fish!
It’s never too early to get a head start on a great year of fishing season; or for that matter, getting outside to do just about anything. With the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and Maine Free Fishing Days sitting smack dab in the middle of the month you will have a couple chances to do just that and still have time to snuggle by the fire for the rest of the month.
MARCH: Maple Syrup – ours is tops.
The best maple syrup comes when you mix wicked cold nights and warm winter days, the result? Heaping plates full of smiles. On March 27, Maine Maple Sunday, nearly 20 maple producers here open their doors to that magic. Plus, Skowhegan celebrates with events during the preceding week. See you there!
APRIL: Brrrring on the early spring fly fishing.
Cold waters and fresh hatches offer outrageous opportunities to hook beautiful native and stocked fish along the banks and in the tributaries feeding the Kennebec River. Our welcoming sporting camps and resorts are here to make your trip (whether it be your first or fiftieth) simply the best ever.
MAY: Tune up for some outdoor fun.
Late spring in Maine is all green, mossy and often surprisingly warm. Breezy days and cool nights are perfect for hiking, paddling or biking. Seek out and discover the region’s most pristine parts. Or if you can’t get out to the woods visit Augusta’s Viles Arboretum or the Bond Brook Trails; The Quarry Road Trails in Waterville or Lake George Regional Park (in Canaan just minutes from downtown Skowhegan).
JUNE: Camping is classic summertime family fun.
The first and best way to introduce a kid to the outdoors is with the classic family camping trip. Wander through forests by day, set up camp, build a fire and fall asleep to crickets and peepers under a starry Maine sky. Don't forget the s'mores
Each summer cities and towns across the Kennebec Valley host an ever expanding assortment of summertime festivals including these: the Whatever Festival, Fiber Frolic, Blistered Fingers (Parts I and II), MIFF and MOFF, The Kneading Conference, Egg Festival, Atlantic Music and Country Fest. Our festival season begins in and run all summer long, so make sure to look at our event calendar and then make a plan.
AUGUST: Whitewater rafting is more fun than a…
If you can’t finish that sentence, it’s time you made a whitewater rafting trip on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers kicks off in May and runs all the way through to October making the Kennebec Valley the undisputed king of New England rafting bliss. From a daylong float to a rip-roaring turbine test with blazing fast water and monumental wakes we have the trip for you.
SEPTEMBER: Prize pigs and blue-ribbon pies.
As home to nearly half of the dozen official agricultural fairs taking place here each September, we can proudly say that we take home the blue ribbon for Best in Show! From down home fun to grand spectacle the Kennebec Valley has the fair to fit your fun factor.
OCTOBER: Autumn will leave you breathless.
No contest we have best leaves, period. Now make a plan to travel along our backroads and scenic byway to see for yourself what we mean. Or get out of the car and head out off on the trail on foot or on a rented ATV to see our fine fall foliage up close; you won’t be disappointed.
NOVEMBER: A season of traditions.
The traditions of autumn tend to take over this time of year. The fall foliage gives way to the hunt or some well deserved time spent with friends and family. You can get a head start on annual gift giving too when you include shopping at craft festivals offering the best Maine Made artisan foods and crafts available.
DECEMBER: The holidays are in full display.
Put time in your holiday shopping calendar to visit the riverside towns along the Kennebec River. From Gardiner to Waterville you can discover the charms shared by each of these towns every Christmas season. From a day spent with Dickens in Hallowell to the thrill of sharing secrets with Santa in Kringleville, even without the doorbusters we have got this season covered.