Calendar | Active things to do in Maine

Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids
July 28, 2018
Sign up now for this 2.4 mile historic open water swim from Peaks Island to Portland’s East End Beach.
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Dash for Dogs 5k @ Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am
Dash for Dogs 5k @ Greater Androscoggin Humane Society | Lewiston | Maine | United States

Join us on Sunday, April 29, 2018 for the 5th Annual Dash for Dogs 5K & Strut your Mutt Dog Walk. If you’d like, bring your 4-legged partner and walk or run for a great cause. The 5K course (timed for runners, not timed for walkers) will start at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society and follow the scenic paved Greenway Trail along the river. Awards for the top finishers in each male/female age category will follow completion of the run (separate categories/prizes for participants running with a dog). All walkers and runners will be entered to win great prizes, which will be drawn after the awards are given. NEW this year: a special prize for the top fundraiser.

The Dash for Dogs 5k is one the very few road races that allows you to run with your canine companion. Your registration fee will go directly towards the care of the over 4,000 dogs, cats and other companion animals that the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society takes in annually.

Note: Dogs must be on standard leashes (no flexi-leads) and current on all vaccinations.


Guided Bog Walk @ Hidden Valley Nature Center
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Guided Bog Walk @ Hidden Valley Nature Center | Riverside | California | United States

Hildy Ellis, Coordinator at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, will lead visitors on a walk along the margins of the bog at Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center on May 11 from 10 am to 12 pm. A 220-foot boardwalk extends into the heart of the wetland, making it possible for visitors to interact with a fascinating, but incredibly delicate ecosystem, and to witness the spring explosion of plant life there.

Meet at HVNC gate and be guided to our kettlehole bog to explore the explosion of plant life as spring arrives. Easy walk – 10 minutes each way.

Dress appropriately, there could be bugs, binocs are a plus.
$5 Donation
No dogs please


Magical History Tour @ Maine Historical Society's Brown Library
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Magical History Tour @ Maine Historical Society's Brown Library | Portland | Maine | United States

Join us for our fourth annual exploration of fascinating historic sites around Portland that you’ve never seen – and maybe didn’t even know existed! The Magical History Tour is your key to unlocking fascinating historical places in Portland that are not usually open to the public.

It’s a self-guided tour guaranteed to amaze and amuse both adults and children. Equipped with a map, and at your own pace, you will be greeted by guides at each location ready to share the history of the tour stop.

You’ll find out where the tour will take you when you get your map on Saturday—or join us for the grand reveal at Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party at O’Maine Studios on Friday night. Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party also features an energetic and fun live and silent auction, often featuring opportunities you can’t find anywhere else.

+ Longfellow’s Cocktail Party: Friday, May 11, 5:30-8:30pm at O’Maine Studios.
+ Magical History Tour: Saturday, May 12, 10am-4pm at secret sites around Portland.

25th Annual Mutt Strut and 5K @ Kennebec Valley Humane Society
May 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
25th Annual Mutt Strut and 5K @ Kennebec Valley Humane Society | Augusta | Maine | United States

For 25 years, the Mutt Strut and 5K has brought our community together to raise money and find forever homes for animals. All funds raised go directly to support more than 2,000 animals that find their way to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society annually. Along with our 5K walk and run, we will have vendors, food, activities and much more! We hope to see you there!

Registration and Check In will start at 8AM
The 5K walk will start at 9:00 AM
The 5K run/race will start at 9:15 AM

Early Registration: $20, $25 with dog
(Until April 1st)

Regular Registration: $25, $30 with dog
(April 2nd to May 25th)

Same Day Registration: $30, $35 with dog
(May 26th)

The 5K will start and finish at the Kennebec River Rail Trail entrance next to the Kennebec Valley YMCA. It will be timed by Back 40 Events using chips.

The race will also include a pre-race warm-up, and a variety of services by local vendors before and after the race.

All dog registrations will include a Mutt Strut collar bandana for your dog. All dogs are welcome!

Register here:

Please contact Jamie at with race questions or sponsorship/table set-up inquiries


Safe Voices 5k Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence @ Bates College Commons
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am
Safe Voices 5k Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence @ Bates College Commons | Lewiston | Maine | United States

Join us for a fun-filled day as we raise funds to support Safe Voices’ mission: to support and empower those affected by Domestic Violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Oxford, and Franklin counties.


SMH Run for Wellness 5K @ pin Stephens Memorial Hospital (Maine)
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
SMH Run for Wellness 5K @ pin 	 Stephens Memorial Hospital (Maine) | Norway | Maine | United States

On June 3, 2018 we will be holding our sixth annual 5K road race that is open to Stephens Memorial Hospital employees and the community. If you are an experienced competitor or if you are interested in participating in your first race, we invite you to walk or run with us on June 3rd in the SMH Run for Wellness 5K!

Don’t wait! Sign up today. Participants signed up prior to May 1, 2018 will receive a SMH Run for Wellness 5K t-shirt on race day.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and top three female runners. Certificates will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age category. Come run with us for the health of it!


Rainbow Run 5K @ Orono Brewing Company
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rainbow Run 5K @ Orono Brewing Company | Orono | Maine | United States

Join us for the first ever Rainbow Run 5K to benefit Health Equity Alliance. Sponsored by Orono Brewing Company, participants will follow the designated route to receive a cold beverage at the end of the race at OBC’s newest location, 61 Margin Street, Orono! This event kicks off Pride in the Bangor area! Everyone receives a race t-shirt. Registration is NOW OPEN!

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Springvale Farm Walk @ Multiple farms in Springvale
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Springvale Farm Walk @ Multiple farms in Springvale  | Sanford | Maine | United States

Farms on Hanson Ridge and Deering Neighborhood Springvale (via one-day-only landowner permission and Sanford Trails).

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018

Self-guided walk through fields, orchards, pasture and woods beginning at McDougal Orchards and ending at Blueberry Bend. The route connects to 10 farms and measures 4.5 miles from start to finish. Want to make a day of it? Walk the full 9 miles and support your local farms and trails!

Dogs on leashes and owners who pick up after them are welcome.

Served by Three Rivers Land Trust from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at McDougal Orchards. Price is $8, children under 5 are free.

Parking Options:
– Mousam Valley Mushrooms, 21-B Blanchard Road
– Rivard Farm, 110 Blanchard Road
(Drop a vehicle at Rivard Farm or Mousam Valley, catch a shuttle back to the start at McDougal’s, and walk toward your car: 4.5 miles)
– McDougal Orchards, 202 Hanson Ridge Road
(Park at McDougal’s, walk to Blueberry Bend, and then walk back the way you came to return to your vehicle: 9 miles)

Shuttle service is available and made possible by your generous donation. It is recommended that your group be prepared to wait at shuttle stops or plan ahead by dropping a car off in advance at Rivard Farm or Mousam Valley Mushrooms.

Bring a backpack, as each farm along the way sells their produce, meats, dairy, and/or prepared food. Most farms also provide their own unique, refreshing beverage! Lamb BBQ will be available for lunch purchases at Noon Family Sheep Farm from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Springvale Farm Walk is a one-day-only event – most of the Farm Walk traverses private property that is NOT available for recreation except for on this one day. Enjoy the walk, respect landowners, and pick up a Sanford Trails map at McDougal’s to find out where you can walk, bike, or ride in the future!

This event is held rain or shine – pack accordingly!

5K Race for Recovery @ Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am

Wellspring’s 3rd Annual Race for Recovery will take place on September 16th, 2018. Keep an eye out for updates!