17th Punkinfiddle Family Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm Save to Calendar

A fun day to celebrate traditions, togetherness, and National Estuaries Day. And kids get in free!


Not Required


  • Kids (under 16): Free!
  • Members: $5
  • Non-Members: $7
This event is handicap accessible
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Howdy, Punkinfiddlers!

It's almost here! Have you seen the forecast?

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Special Pricing!

Kids Free! Over 16 = $7 ($5 for Laudholm members)

What's Punkinfiddle?

Punkinfiddle is a family festival and National Estuaries Day celebration. With Punkinfiddle, our aim is to foster stewardship of coastal environments by celebrating the richness of estuaries, Maine's cultural traditions, and our beautiful historic site.

Always the last Saturday in September.



11:45 — OldHat Stringband, an acoustic (folk/bluegrass/old-time/country) group known for strong harmonies and driving stringband sound

1:00 — The Reel McCoys, a powerhouse Celtic band with strong Canadian influences

Puppet Parade & Story Time

12:00 — Kimberly Ridley, award-winning science writer

Sheepdog Demonstrations

11am & 1pm — with Two Coves Farms

Estuary Walks

11:30am & 1:30am — Meet your guide at the Visitor Center

More to See and Do

New! Dunk Tank! 3 chances for $10

  • GAMES: Tug-o-War, Coastal Cornhole, Sack Race, 3-legged Race, Pumpkin Bocce, Stilt Walking, Hoop Racing, and Invented Games.
  • FAIRY HOUSES: Find your building materials under the copper beech.
  • CRAFTS: Try spindling. Make a corn husk doll and a fishy headband.
  • ANIMALS: Julie Giles brings her oxen, Ecoscape brings their goats, and Two Coves Farm brings energetic sheepdogs.
  • KAYAKING: Sorry, not during Punkinfiddle. How about October 1?

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Planning to Attend?

Thousands of people have enjoyed this event since the first one in 2003. We make it work rain or shine. It's a great time.

Please understand the Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a smoke-free facility and no pets are permitted on the site.

Arrive when the gate opens and spend the day. We'll have activities in the heart of the day and then you can hit the trails, head to the beach, or keep relaxing around the campus.

Many Thanks to Our Sponsors!

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To become a Punkinfiddle sponsor in 2020, please contact Nik Charov at 207-646-4521 ext 144.

Food Trucks & More

BBQ Betty's, Blue Mermaid, Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen, The Cider Donut Company, A.V. Murray & Co. Confections, Empanadas by Adrian Espinoza Garcia

A hole lot of fun!

For Performers, Artisans, and Vendors

Performers: We have been fortunate to welcome many talented musicians and storytellers to this event. If you are interested in performing at Punkinfiddle, please review this information first, then get in touch with us.

Artisans: We work with specific artisans who are especially interested in demonstrating traditional skills. The focus is on education rather than sales. If you have a special skill that would be a good fit for Punkinfiddle, please call us at 207-646-4521 or email trust@laudholm.org.

Vendors: Punkinfiddle is not a sales event, though musicians and artisans do sell products and promote services. The Punkinfiddle committee limits the food vendors to preselected, local businesses.

Want to Get Involved?

New ideas and fresh energy are welcome on the Punkinfiddle planning committee. Please contact us!

Punkinfiddle Art

Posters of the Wade Zahares festival art are still available in the Visitor Center.

Wade Zahares artwork created for the tenth Punkinfiddle

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