Summer sweat: 30+ active things to do in Maine this summer!

Summer sweat: 30+ active things to do in Maine this summer!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer! That means it’s high time to get our summer plans in order, so we’re sure not to miss a moment of it. To help, I give you 30+ active things to do in Maine this summer.

Check out these summer posts, too:
– Retreat yourself: De-stress at one of these Maine (or near Maine) yoga retreats
– Fun runs: Add some mud, obstacles, costumes & beer to your runs this year
– Outdoor workouts!

Weekly Back Cove Series

6 p.m. May 31 and every Wednesday through August 30
Back Cove, Portland
Run a 5K every Wednesday with the Back Cove Series from Fleet Feet Maine Running Co. Races continue all summer, and don’t miss the “Big Run” Special Weekly Back Cove 5K Series Race on June 7.

Yoga at Sunflower Farm. Shannon Bryan photo

Yoga at the Farm – with GOATS!

Starting June 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and continuing every Thursday through August
Sunflower Farm Creamery, Cumberland
Free (donations welcome)
Do yoga in the field as the sun begins to set and the farm is quieting down. Afterward, you’re free to snuggle with baby goats! Yoga + baby goats! Is there a better combination? (No. No there is not.)
We checked it out: See photos from last year

An overlook on the stunning Cliff Trail in Harpswell, one of the eight trails that are part of the annual Harpswell Hiking Challenge. Shannon Bryan photo
An overlook on the stunning Cliff Trail in Harpswell, one of the eight trails that are part of the annual Harpswell Hiking Challenge. Shannon Bryan photo

Harpswell Hiking Challenge

June 3 and 4
Eight trails in Harpswell
The challenge encourages hikers* to explore eight of Harpswell’s finest trails over the course of the weekend.
*By hikers, they mean you, even if you’ve never been much of a “hiker.” You don’t have to summit Katahdin to appreciate Maine woods and trails. Giant’s Stairs, for example, is an easy shore walk (dogs welcome!) and Houghton Graves Park boasts scenic views and picnic tables (picnics welcome!).
We wrote about it! The Harpswell Hiking Challenge is June 3-4! Hike the Cliff Trail for water views & fairy houses

Color Dash photo
Color Dash photo

The Color Dash

June 3
Downtown Augusta
$40, team rates and VIP available
This is a family-friendly, untimed 5K with a focus on gettin’ colorful and having a good time. You’ll start off wearing your white Color Dash shirt, and at every kilometer you’ll be doused with blue, sprinkled with green, splashed with yellow, sprayed with orange.

Casco Bay Race Series. Shannon Bryan photo

2017 Casco Bay Summer Race Series

4:30 p.m. June 3
Willard Beach
First race is free, $60 for the series
This is the first event of the 2017 Casco Bay Race Series – paddleboard races take place in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, and Freeport, depending on the week. This inaugural event will be a short race (roughly 45 mins) around House Island in Portland Maine’s Casco Bay.

Riders at the Maine Women's Ride. Shannon Bryan photo
Riders at the Maine Women’s Ride. Shannon Bryan photo

Maine Women’s Ride

June 4
Starts and ends at LL Bean, Freeport
$55 adults, discounts for seniors and youth
Women cyclists! This ride’s for you! Choose from 10, 25, 50 or 62 mile options that’ll take you along the scenic roads of Freeport. There are stops along the way, a healthy lunch at the finish line, plus yoga and massages, music, and more!

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Dynamic Dirt Challenge

June 4
Pineland Farms, New Gloucester
This 4+ mile obstacle course will certainly challenge you. It’s split into two categories – one for competitive racers and one for casual participants who are equally focused on coming up with cool team theme costumes and the finish line (but really it’s mostly about the costumes). There’s also a Dynamic Dirt Family Fest on June 3.

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Twilight 5K

7 p.m. June 8
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
$25 walkers, $35 runners, plus a $100 fundraising minimum
Enjoy a sunset race course with Casco Bay Views in South Portland. There’s a 1.2-mile course for walkers and a 5K course for runners. The Twilight 5K finishes with live music provided by Tickle, awards, a pizza party, and beer tent provided by Shipyard Brewing Company.

Sunset canoe on the Scarborough Marsh. Shannon Bryan photo

Full Moon Canoe Tour

8-9:30 p.m. June 8 (also June 9, July 7, 8 & 9, August 5, 6, 7)
Maine Audubon, Scaborough Marsh
$14 ($12 members)
Climb into a canoe as the sun is setting and enjoy a guided paddle through the twists and turns of the Scarborough Marsh as the full moon shows itself (hopefully – assuming it’s a clear sky). Watch for black-crowned night heron along the bank or snowy egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. You may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water.
Fit Maine checked it out: Sunset and full moon canoe tours on the Scarborough Marsh with Maine Audubon

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Yoga Hike in the Whites

June 10
Welch & Dickey Mount Trail, Thornton, NH
(Okay, technically this is in New Hampshire, but it sounded too fun not to share. Go on a guided hike Be guided through the Mount Washington Valley, then enjoy a mountain-top yoga class. After, have a healthy box lunch before making your way down.

Heck yea! Trek Across Maine Shannon Bryan photo
Heck yea! Trek Across Maine Shannon Bryan photo

Trek Across Maine

June 16-18 (two day option June 17-18 also)
From Sunday River to Belfast
3 Day Fundraising: $550 per person ($400 for ages 7 – 17)
2 Day Fundraising: $450 per person ($350 for ages 7 – 17)
A 3-day, 180 mile route cycling tour from the mountains of Sunday River Ski Resort to the sea in Belfast. Overnight stops at the University of Maine in Farmington and Colby College in Waterville provide a place to rest and relax after each leg of the Trek.
More: 5 reasons to sign up for the Trek Across Maine

Sailors and Sirens 5K. Shannon Bryan photo

Sailor and Sirens 5K

June 17
Start and End at The Franciscan Monastery, Kennebunk
$25 in advance, price increases for day-of registration. Use promo code FITMAINE for $5 off!
Dress up like a sailor, pirate or mermaid (hopefully with a tail designed for mobility) for this inaugural 5K in Kennebunk. The race starts and ends on the grounds of the beautiful Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk, Maine. Wind down Beach Avenue to the waterfront and run in the sand toward character photo stops. (Don’t you love it when races build-in photo opp stops? I do.)


Greater Gardiner River Festival

June 17
Gardiner waterfront, Gardiner
So much activity on the water! Zumba and yoga on the waterfront, giant Twister and Jenga, paddleboard and kayak demos, nature walks, belly dancing, hula hooping, plus tons of food, music, yard sales, pancake breakfasts, kids activities.

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5:30-8 p.m. June 18
Cape Neddick Lobster Pound
$40, $25 with your own board
Enjoy an evening SUP yoga class followed by optional post-yoga drinks and snacks.

Kelly Rich yoga photo

Summer Solstice // 54 Sun Salutations

6 p.m. June 21 (donation yoga runs Tuesdays all summer)
Bug Light Park, South Portland
By donation ($10-$15 recommended)
Enjoy yoga under the sun in grassy Bug Light Park, with beautiful views of Portland, Bug Light, and boats passing in Portland Harbor. This solstice event will have yogis going through 54 sun salutations (a yoga Mala is comprised of 108 sun salutations, which would take 4 hours). On other Tuesdays, the class is a regular yoga flow.

Rock Lobster Relay

June 23 & 24
From Bar Harbor to Portland
$1,320 + $52.80 registration feefor 7-12-person team
The Rock Lobster Relay is the first of its kind in Maine. You and your friends will be running and enjoying Maine’s eastern rocky coast in its most beautiful time in the summer. The course starts in Bar Harbor, located on Mt. Desert Island and winds its way through 34 beautiful coastal Maine towns before ending in the historic Portland neighborhood, the Old Port.

Maine Summer Adventure Race

June 24
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson
$30 to $125
The premier race will involve trail running (or hiking) and off-trail orienteering through pristine forests, biking on Maine’s bucolic roads (and an optional mountain biking leg), and a sea kayaking route specially designed by our local partner Tidal Transit Kayaks. There will also be a simultaneous beginner race for those new to the sport and for those looking to get the entire family outside for a day in the woods.

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Craft Brew Races graphic

Craft Brew Races

July 1
Payson Park, Portland
$55-$65 for 5K and beer fest, $45-$55 festival only. Prices go up as the event gets closer.
Gotta love these words: “relaxed 5K.” Walkers welcome at the Craft Brew Races, which will take participants on a course around Back Cove. More importantly, the race is followed by a beer festival in Payson Park, with upwards of 40 craft breweries present. Beer fest-only tickets are also available.

Paddle Battle

8:30 a.m. July 1
Tarry A While Resort, Bridgton
$55 (free t-shirt for first 25 )
A 2K course for recreational paddlers and a 5K course for the cruisers! There will be real competition but the race is about having fun and raising money to protect Maine’s beautiful lakes. Proceeds benefit the Lakes Environmental Association.

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Maine YogaFest

July 7-9
East End Community School & East End Beach, Portland
3-workshop pass $99, 5-workshop pass $135. Prices go up June 30.

All kinds of yoga, all weekend long. From the popular paddleboard yoga sessions on the water, to sessions focusing on inversions, aerial yoga, yoga bootcamp, SURFSET yoga, warrior yoga, Yamuna Body Rolling, meditation, and more. Lectures and talks, breakfast bar, vendor village, and more. Don’t miss the Friday night Rock and Flow Extravaganza.

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Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon & 5K

July 8
Half marathon: $50-$70 depending on how soon you register. 5K: $20-$30 depending on how soon you register
The course cuts through the heart of the Old Port and West End neighborhood, boasting sweeping views of the Casco Bay, the Presumpscot River, the City of Portland skyline, and Back Cove.

Bradbury Mountain Trail Running Series

9 a.m. July 9 (races on August 13 and September 10 as well)
Bradbury Mountain, Pownal
Race on the trails at Bradbury Mountain State Park with this race series hosted by Trail Monster Running.

Steak & Steamers with Kayaks & Paddleboards

July 14-16
Knubble Bay Camp, Georgetown
$135 non-member ($125 for AMC members)
It’s a weekend of kayaking and paddleboarding in Midcoast Maine! You’ll stay overnight at Knubble Bay Cabin for two nights, which includes breakfasts and a Saturday night happy hour bonfire and dinner with steak, clams and all the fixins.

Shannon Bryan photo

Color Me Rad

July 15
Simard-Payne Park, Lewiston
Run or walk this 5K. Either way, you’ll end up looking like you go into a fight with a box of sidewalk chalk. (You’ll have a ton of fun, too.)

Fort Kent 40K trail race

July 15
Fort Kent Outdoor Center
The course consists of a 20K course that can be run once for a 20K finish, or twice to earn a 40K finisher’s “pat on the back.” This is a “fat-ass” race, so no medals or fancy stuff.

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Dance Mile

July 15
Downtown Portland
$19 early-bird, $12 kids (prices increase as the event gets closer).
No actual running during the Dance Mile – just busting moves! Dance your way along the one-mile course. Zumba warm-up, bedazzling station, and post-dance party!

Nordic Trail Festival 2017

July 21-22
Nordic Trail Festival, Presque Isle
Tackle the trails for a full day of running or biking, or relax and take part in a variety of events. Enjoy live music, games, contests, food, racing and the awesome trails of the Nordic Heritage Center.

Maine Lobster Ride photo
Maine Lobster Ride photo

Maine Lobster Ride

July 23
$85 early bird, $95 after June 22, $100 last-minute
Camden Snow Bowl, Camden
Ride winding, country lanes along the rockbound Maine coast, past lighthouses, lupines, and lobster boats. Choose your distance, from a family friendly 15-mile ride, 30-mile, 50-mile, 60-mile, 80-mile, and 103-mile. Lobster roll lunch at the finish line.

Tough Mountain Challenge

July 29
Sunday River, Newry.
The Tough Mountain Challenge is “an adventure obstacle race that tackles alpine terrain and throws in natural and man-made challenges to mix things up.” Because why not add an actual mountain to your obstacle race, right? Registration includes “a free beer you can have before your heat, after your heat, or even during your heat at our mid-course beer station.”

Skowhegan River Fest logo
Skowhegan River Fest logo

Skowhegan RiverFest

August 2-5
Kennebec River, Skowhegan

Annual Sundowner canoe and kayak race, glow stick river run, raft rides, bean bag tournament, plus live music, beer garden, duck derby, lobster bake and plenty of activities for the kids.

Paddle Tour around Little Swan Island

8-9:30 a.m. August 5
Swan Island, Richmond
$8 per person, ages 5 & under free
Bring your canoe or kayak to explore Swan Island while paddling the Kennebec River. You might even see a prehistoric looking sturgeon leaping from the water! This trip is suitable for beginners, but beware that the river is tidal, so portions of the trip could be “upstream” paddling.

Peetlesnumber1 photo via Wikimedia Commons
Peetlesnumber1 photo via Wikimedia Commons

Free park entrance days at Acadia National Park

August 25
Acadia National Park
Happy birthday to the National Park Service! The Park Service turns 101 years old on August 25, 2017, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than free park entrance to Maine’s only national park. (All national parks have free entry, if you happen to find yourself elsewhere in the country). Show Acadia some birthday love and visit!

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Farm to Fork Fondo graphic

Farm to Fork Fondo

August 26-27
Starts and ends at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport
So much more than a bike ride, the Farm to Fork Fondo includes a course that tours past Maine’s local farms, with fresh local treats at stations along the way, and a lobster bake and barbecue lunch. Ride options from 11 to 90 miles. New this year: Meet the Farmers Dinner, 2 brand spankin’ new Bianchi bikes to give away, and expanded post-ride festival.

Paddle Battle collage
Paddle Battle collage

Paddle Battle

TBD for 2017
Nonantum Resort, Kennebunport
Calling all kayakers, paddleboarders, and canoeists! The Paddle Battle returns to Nonantum Resort for a day of river races that recreational and competitive paddlers will enjoy. There’s also a family friendly BBQ, live music, and activities

Maine Lighthouse Ride photo
Maine Lighthouse Ride photo

Maine Lighthouse Ride

Sept 9
Southern Maine Community College, South Portland
$65 for ETA members, $85 non-members early bird. Prices increase as event gets closer!

Choose your ride, from 25 to 100 miles, and see lighthouses all along the way (stops for lighthouse selfies are encouraged). There are rest stops along the way and lunch is included. This ride has sold out in recent years, so get on it!

Trail to Ale 10K Race/Walk

September 17. Starts on the Eastern Prom, Portland. $35.
It’s fall tradition! The course starts on Portland’s Eastern Prom and loops around Back Cove. The run is scenic, you can run or walk it, and proceeds support Portland Trails. All good things. Also good: the finish-line beer, pizza, yoga, massages, healthy snacks, and DJ’d dance party.

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Ragged Mountain Scuttle

Sept 24
Camden Snow Bowl, Camden
$45 individual. 4 to 7-person team options, too
This 5K loop on Ragged Mountain boasts 20 or so obstacles designed to challenge you – from the 4’ short wall and triple wall to net crawls and weighted pulls. There’s also that amazing view, so it’s a fine trade. There will be food, beer music, and a kids course at the base of the mountain.


Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.