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Giant Pumpkins!

Each year, local Maine artists more than meet the challenge of decorating sixty to seventy Atlantic Giant Pumpkins which are displayed in downtown Damariscotta & Newcastle during Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™.

Click here for a printable ‘Pumpkin Trail Guide’ enabling you to tour Damariscotta/Newcastle and see all of the decorated Atlantic Giant Pumpkins displayed there after they are deployed on the Thursday before the Holiday weekend for the next two weeks.





Getting Here

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta takes place here in the heart of Midcoast Maine, about midway between the cities of Portland and Rockland. Click here to find out more about how to get to Pumpkinfest, including directions and interactive maps.


2019 Dates Announced!

Full 2019 Pumpkinfest Schedule
(as of October 11, 2019)

Volunteer Growers Weigh-off
Saturday, October 5

Great Pumpkin Commonwealth
– Sunday October 6

Official Giant Pumpkin Parade
Saturday October 12

Pumpkinboat Regatta
Monday October 14


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Maine’s Pumpkin Trail!

Follow Maine’s Pumpkin Trail from Labor Day through Halloween, to celebrate the arts, history, and giant fruit of Midcoast Maine! Maine’s Pumpkin Trail covers 40 miles of Maine’s most charming coastline and features  the Maine Maritime Museum, Visit Freeport, Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens, and Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta. Squashbucklers, fall foliage seekers, and artists young and old will find fun events for the entire family! All aboard for Maine’s Pumpkin Trail! Click here for a schedule of events.

Pumpkinfest 2019 Design

2019 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta Design

We’re proud to announce the 2019 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & RegattaTM winning design by artist Heather Chouinard of Edgecomb, Maine. Heather’s design was selected from among 42 entries that were submitted by 40 artists, the largest number of artist participants to date for the annual Pumpkinfest T-shirt Design Contest.
Read the press release.

Interactive Pumpkinfest Map

We have created an interactive Pumpkinfest map that includes parking, dining and event locations in one convenient place! Check it out below:

Event Matrix

2019 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta Event Matrix

Along with the Interactive Map we have also created a handy-dandy list of all Pumpkinfest events in one easy-to-use location, complete with links to more details on every event! It’s organized by date and time to give you a great idea of what’s going on each day.

Click here to take a look.



Click the blue button to find contacts for e-mail, social media, and our mailing address – as well as our non-profit status and license number.

Click the green button to download the 2019 event schedule and start planning your trip to Pumpkinfest now!