October 9, 2019 — Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reaches peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.
“To clear up any misconceptions, peak conditions are a projection for the upcoming holiday weekend. Included with the foliage map is a key that indicates color progression. While there is still some green in the canopies (mostly the oak trees, which are very hardy), peak is indicated when the forest is at 70 – 100 percent color,” reports Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson. “From my visual perspective, the entire state is very, very close to peak with low leaf drop,” added Ross.
Enjoy one of many fall-themed events taking place over the course of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day long weekend. Starting tomorrow, Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™ kicks off with a weekend-long lineup of family-friendly, pumpkin-related activities, including pumpkin-boat building, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin pie eating contests, a giant pumpkin catapult a pumpkin slingshot and more. On Friday and Saturday, Acadia’s Oktoberfest will offer a variety of local foods, beer, wine and crafts. In the mountains, Sunday River’s Fall Festival is also taking place this Saturday and Sunday, featuring the North American Wife Carrying Championship, New England Corn Hole Championship, music, a wine tent and more.
For foodies, next week is the much anticipated Harvest on the Harbor event, featuring unique culinary experiences and highlighting Portland’s incredible food scene.
If you plan to explore Downeast this weekend, take a road trip to Acadia National Park to see the foliage surrounded by mountains, lakes and the Atlantic. Drive up Cadillac Mountain for the ultimate foliage views at the summit and see up to 100 miles, or for outdoor adventurers, hike the mountain. Rent a bike on the island and pedal along the carriage roads to enjoy the foliage from a different perspective.
Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state’s official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.com to sign up to receive weekly reports by email, and can share their photos from the different regions of the state highlighting the progression of color. Our Facebook page will include statewide events taking place throughout the season, and our Instagram account (@mainefoliage) will feature colorful fall shots. For more information about fall activities and events in Maine, go to www.visitmaine.com.
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