15th Punkinfiddle Family Festival
A fun day to celebrate traditions, togetherness, and National Estuaries Day. Kids get in free.
- Kids (under 16): Free!
- Members: $5
- Non-Members: $7
It's our 15th annual event!
Punkinfiddle is a family festival and National Estuaries Day celebration. The day features:
- Old-fashioned Games
- Traditional Crafts
- Lively Music
- Hands-on Learning
- Tasty Food
- Farm Animals
- Sheepdog demonstrations
- Smiles and Laughs
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.
Punkinfiddle always falls on National Estuaries Day, the last Saturday in September.
The 2017 program is now posted.
Kids Free! Over 16 = $7 ($5 for Laudholm members)
- Invite your friends using Facebook
- Getting Here
- For performers, artisans, vendors
- Read blog posts tagged 'Punkinfiddle'
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.
Not sure? Check out photos from past Punkinfiddle festivals.
You can get directions to our site here. Please understand the Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a smoke-free facility and no pets are permitted on the site.
Many Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors!
- Camden National Bank
- Sevigney-Lyons Insurance Agency
- Kittery Trading Post
- Roger A. Auger & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services
- Maine magazine
Laudholm Live Stage
- 10:30 Storyteller Extraordinaire Jackson Gillman
- 12:00 The Violin Movers
- 1:30 Zach Ovington & Mike Arciero
- 3:00 The Short Brothers
More than a dozen artisans will demonstrate traditional skills and answer your questions about how to get started yourself.
- Violin Making with Claire Curtis
- Folk Instrument Making with Tom Berry
- Culinary Carving with Geoff Boardman
- Pumpkin Carving with Moe Auger
- The Southern Maine Guild of Spinners and Weavers
More to See and Do
- GAMES: Our volunteers keep the action happening with these and more: Tug-o-War, Wheelbarrow Race, 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: Make Corn Husk Dolls and Other Fun Projects
- ANIMALS: Sheep, Goats, Horses, Ponies, Chickens, and the energetic sheepdogs of Two Coves Farm
- AUDUBON: The York County chapter keeps tots busy with coloring pages and crayons, plus a "put the bird in its habitat" activity
- KAYAKING: Sorry, not during Punkinfiddle. But someone will win a kayak in our raffle!
Bring a picnic if you like, but don't worry if you don't have time to prepare a basket.
- Duffy's Tavern & Grill will be serving up a good lunch.
- Arundel Ice Cream will scoop out of their mobile dipping cart.
- The Cider Donut Company will tempt with cider donuts and coffee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
2012-2016 Punkinfiddle Art
Posters of the Wade Zahares festival art are still available in the Visitor Center.