October 18, 2017 — The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's final foliage report shows past peak conditions in zones 6 and 7. Central and coastal Maine (zones 1, 2 and 3) are at 70 to 100 percent color change. Moderate to high leaf drop is also reported throughout the state.
"While the upcoming weather forecast calls for warm weather, the recent cooler weather will help push the remaining zones to peak or near-peak conditions by this weekend. Leaf peepers will still find spotty green in a lot of the deciduous trees along the immediate coast where we were fortunate enough to escape the recent frost, but don't wait, the weather can change dramatically between now and October 31," according to Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson.
For foodies, Portland's annual food and spirits festival, Harvest on the Harbor, will continue through Sunday. Events include a Flavors of Maine celebration, Harvest Happy Hour, Maine Lobster Chef of the Year and a Harvest Crawl.
Enjoy traditional fall activities for the whole family at the 14th Annual OgunquitFest October 20-22. On Friday, kick off the weekend with some pre-Halloween fun by joining in the Haunted Theatre Tours and a downtown Trick or Treat with the kids.
Next Saturday, October 28, in the neighboring town of Wells, people can take in the autumn hues while listening to DaPonte String Quartet during their last October Leaf Peeper Concert.
Continue your fall foliage touring at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, just outside of Freeport. Hike to the top of Bradbury Mountain with a picnic lunch for picturesque views of the still-colorful leaves. Easy, moderate and more-advanced trails are available. After you leaf peep by land, take the short 20-minute drive to Portland for a cruise or kayak tour through Casco Bay for foliage views from the water.
Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state's official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.comto sign up to receive weekly reports by email, and can share their photos from throughout the state as the progression of color begins. Our Facebook page will include statewide events taking place throughout the foliage season, and our Instagram account (@mainefoliage) will also feature colorful fall shots. For more information about fall activities and events in Maine, go to www.visitmaine.com.