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


Laudholm Campus

Punkinfiddle logo

Howdy, Punkinfiddlers!

2018 will be our 16th annual event! We're shortening the day to squeeze more goodness into less time. Plan to stay from start to finish!

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
  • 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.


To be announced.

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.


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

Maine magazine is our Exclusive Media Sponsor

Laudholm Live Stage

To be announced.

Traditional Arts

To be announced.

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!
A couple of decorated pumpkins looking happy at Punkinfiddle


Bring a picnic if you like, but don't worry if you don't have time to prepare a basket.

Tentative plans include:

  • Food trucks for lunchtime hungries.
  • Arundel Ice Cream for cool scoops.
  • The Cider Donut Company for tempting treats and coffee.
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.

2012-2016 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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