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16th Punkinfiddle Family Festival

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm Save to Calendar

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


Not Required


  • Kids (under 16): Free!
  • Members: $5
  • Non-Members: $7
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Howdy, Punkinfiddlers!

2018 will be our 16th annual event! We're trying to squeeze more goodness into less time, celebrating from 10am to 2pm. Plan to stay from start to finish! (Then you can hit the trails, head to the beach, or just relax on the campus.)

What's Punkinfiddle?

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
  • Animals
  • 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.

Special Pricing!

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

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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.

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.


Arrive on time and spend the day. We'll have activities from 10 to 2 and then you can hit the trails, head to the beach, or keep relaxing around the campus.

10:00 — Elizabeth and Ben Anderson blend Scottish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies, creating a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original.

11:00 — Sheepdog Demonstration by Two Coves Farm.

11:30 — History Tour with Ed Bellegarde. Learn about the background and buildings of Laudholm.

11:30 — Jason Anick Acoustic Trio (with Max O'Rourke and Greg Loughman) is a perfect example of employing an open-minded approach, fusing together contemporary jazz, classical, and new acoustic music.

12:30 (tentative) — Story Time with author Tony Viehmann reading Whales are Amazing... Just Like You.

1:00 — Sheepdog Demonstration by Two Coves Farm.

1:30 — Estuary Tour with Bob Fox. What makes these coastal habitats so special. Take a tour today, National Estuaries Day.


To be posted a day or two before the event.

Many Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors!

(Exclusive Media Sponsor)

To sponsor Punkinfiddle in 2019, please contact Nik Charov at 207-646-4521 ext 144.

More to See and Do

  • GAMES: Our volunteers keep the action happening with these and more: 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: Make Corn Husk Dolls and Other Fun Projects
  • ANIMALS: Featuring the energetic sheepdogs of Two Coves Farm
  • KAYAKING: Sorry, not during Punkinfiddle. But someone will win a kayak in our raffle!
A couple of decorated pumpkins looking happy at Punkinfiddle


You won't go hungry! These vendors will keep you fueled for the day…

  • Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen
  • Burrito Betty’s
  • The Head Table Café
  • The Cider Donut Company

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

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.

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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