Fall Festival

« All Events October 11, 2014 - October 12, 2014


Wife CarryingCome and celebrate the end of summer with live music, the always-entertaining 15th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, the 31st Annual Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair, and a full array of activities for the whole family.

15th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship
11 a.m. on Saturday, October 11

This event continues to draw thousands of spectators to the slopes of Sunday River to watch 50 teams of two compete in this Finnish-style race for the grand prize of the wife's weight in beer plus five times her weight in cash. A fun event for the whole family. Click here for more information.

New England Corn Hole Championship
10 a.m. on Sunday, October 12

Grab a partner and start practicing now because $500 up for grabs on Sunday along with the title of first-ever New England Corn Hole Champion.  Accompanying the action will be live music, BBQs, a beer tent. Learn more.

Craft Fair31st Annual Blue Mountain Arts and Craft Fair
Saturday, October 11 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, October 12 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Regional artists and artisans exhibit paintings, fine jewelry, pottery, woodworking, photography, and more! Over 40 exhibitors will be located throughout the South Ridge Lodge. 

Free Outdoor Concerts

Saturday 1-5:30 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

What better way than spend a fall day jamming out to some of New England's most popular bands. Line-up to Free Concertsbe announced soon.

Saturday: Tomorrow Morning & Gang of Thieves

Tomorrow Morning is a central Maine band known for mass-appeal original music and creative renditions of popular covers. The band was founded by Adam Babcock, the singer/songwriter, when he decided to take his original music to the stage. Adam is known for catchy music and clever wordplay, and with this ability, keeps listeners entertained all day long. Tomorrow Morning is becoming known for studio quality live performances and keeping New England dancing every weekend.

Gang of Thieves is stealing back the spirit of American rock n roll! These legendary Vermont Rockers bring the funky fury of the Northeast with them wherever they go. A national touring act, Gang of Thieves is coming to you live in support of their NEW ALBUM: Gang of ThievesTHUNDERFUNK, recorded in Berkeley, CA with Grammy Award winning engineer Michael Rosen (Santana, Rancid, Less than Jake). The Gang was also recently nominated for "Rock Act of the Year" by the 2013 New England Music Awards, and Best Funk Group by 7 Days "Seven Daysies" contest. Gang of Thieves' sound and energy is a cross between Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with a funky blast of Green Mountain soul thrown in the mix.

Sunday: The Pete Kilpatrick Band and The Mallet Brothers Band

Pete Kilpatrick hails from the music mecca of the northeast, Portland, Maine. He has been writing, Pete Kilpatrick Bandrecording, and performing regularly since 2002 and has released six independent albums to date including the most recent, Heavy Fire (2012). Pete has been named Maine's best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed over 1,200 shows since he began his career, sharing the stage with such notable acts as Dave Matthews Band, David Gray, Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, Guster, Amos Lee, Matisyahu, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Brett Dennen, The Wailers, Dawes, Blues Traveler, and DJ Logic, among countless others.

The Mallett Brothers Band is a nationally touring alt-country/rock band from Maine. Slightly more rock than country, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by folk and singer/songwriter influences as by harder rock, punk and psychedelic sounds. Led by The Mallet Brothers Bandbrothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band is rounded out by Brian Higgins on drums, Nick Leen on bass, and Wally on dobro and electric guitar. It's song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that's equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. 


Wine Tent
Saturday, Noon- 3 p.m.

If you're looking to sample some of the best wines paired with delicate offerings, then head to the Wine Tent on the patio of South Ridge. One cost will get you an etched Sunday River logoed wine glass, unlimited samples and amazing appetizers such as lobster artichoke dip, duck liver pate, crudité display and more.  Featured wines will be Palm Bay International, Deutsch Family Wines, Vias Imports LTD, and Honig Vineyards.

Sunday River Sports Pre-Season Sale
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Find great buys on demo equipment, apparel, and this season's newest gear. Located at the Discovery Center at South Ridge Lodge.

Kids Games and Pony Rides
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Back by popular demand. The Lewiston Swim Team has created these carnival-like games that Wine Tentkids flock to year after year. Add pony rides, face painting and a bounce house and you got a formula for happy kids!

Free Wagon Rides
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Come meet Ben and Bill, Belgian Draft Horses, and nestle in for a free wagon ride around scenic Sunday River. Butch and Becky from Meadow Creek Farm have been coming to Sunday River for years offering this unique experience to all ages.

Chainsaw Demonstrations
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Meadow Creek FarmsJoin Bill Fournier as he creates wood sculptures by chainsaw. Demonstrations located outside of the Welcome Center at the South Ridge Lodge.