Dive into winter with these 11 seasonal events

Winter is in full swing and we have organized several events, both indoors and outdoors, to keep you active and having fun. Even with weather less than a wonderland and the disruptions brought on by omicron, Mainers can’t help but make the most of this longest of seasons, and we’ve got something for everyone, from foodies to enthusiasts. ski.

Stage at Sunday River during Wicked Air & After Light Show. Photo by Tig Tillinghast, courtesy of Sunday River

Wicked Air light show and afternoon
Entertainment from Saturday noon. Sunday River, 15 South Ridge Road, Newry. sundayriver.com
Let world-class skiers and snowboarders thrill you with stunts on a massive jump on the Rocking Chair Trail on Sunday River’s Barker Mountain, where you’ll also be dazzled by 3D snow projections during the event , presented by Samuel Adams. The fun starts at noon with a demo show and beer tasting. A DJ will be spinning during the pre-show starting at 5:30 p.m., then the jaw-dropping action will begin at 6:30 p.m. You can even mingle with the athletes afterwards in the lodge.

Winterfest ’22
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., fireworks at 5:30 p.m. on January 29. Mill Creek Park, South Portland and Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth. sp-ce-rotary.org/event/winterfest-3
South Portland and the Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club invite you to their combined Community Winterfest. Gather at Mill Creek Park in South Portland from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free family activities and games hosted by more than 15 community groups. Fun includes skateboarding demonstrations, tree identification, a puck toss, and a snowshoe obstacle course, among others. There will also be a history walk and community ice skating, as well as ice skating performances. Then, at 5:30 PM, head to Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth for the fireworks show.

Camden Winter Festival
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5. Camden Public Library Amphitheater and Harbor Park. librarycamden.org
Camden knows how to carve out a cool moment. During its Winterfest, you can cheer on 10 teams creating frozen works of art from 300-pound blocks of ice. There will also be food, hot drinks, outdoor music and a book sale in the library rotunda, as well as a dog fashion show featuring the first 30 canines to register. . Children will enjoy a family walk with Miss Amy that also includes a make-and-take craft. Things end with a polar dive in the harbor led by Sundog Outdoor Expeditions.

The Carrabassett Fat Tire Race takes place at Sugarloaf Mountain (pictured) on February 6. Mr. Bailey/Shutterstock.com

Carrabassett Fat Tire Race
10 a.m. Feb. 6. Sugarloaf Mountain Outdoor Center, Carrabassett Valley, $45, $10 for ages 15 and under. paindesucre.com
Calling all fat tire riders and their fans! Head to The Loaf on February 6 for two races: a short 9-10 mile and a long 18-20 mile. The exact layout will be determined by snow conditions and temperatures, but the ride is guaranteed to be fast and exciting. Register by 5 p.m. on February 4 to secure your spot, then get ready to race. A portion of each entry will go towards maintaining Carrabassett Valley Trails winter trails and winter biking in the Carrabassett area. Now let’s see some snow wheels!

Portland downtown skyline at dusk in winter. Shutterstock

Portland 207 Day
February 5-7. Downtown Portland. portlandmaine.com
Borrowing from the playbook of cities like Milwaukee and Chicago, Portland takes a day (actually three) to celebrate itself, and you’re invited to join in. Portland 207 Day, when the date matches the area code, is presented by Portland Downtown and Portland Buy Local. The event revolves around a free three-day scavenger hunt where you’ll roam the city completing tasks, exploring the city’s history and businesses, and taking selfies with the landmarks of Portland. Hunters will also be able to participate in a raffle to win prizes. While you’re at it, keep an eye out for some local companies offering 207-day deals. This year is Portland 207’s first day, and it’s a wonderful way to engage with the city, especially during one of its quieter months.

A still from ‘Follow The Light’, one of the Banff Center Mountain Film Festival’s world tour films. Image by JB Liautard

Banff Center Mountain Film Festival World Tour
February 8 and 9. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $21 in advance, $18 student, $24 day off, $21 student. statetheatreportland.com
There’s a reason the Banff Center Mountain Film Festival is the biggest and best-known festival of its kind: the films and their visuals are phenomenal. From your state seat, you’ll be transported to exotic landscapes and distant cultures where you’ll marvel at action sports happening on the big screen. You have the choice of two evenings (or both) with different films each evening. February 8 programs include “Enfin” from France, “Dream Mountain” from the United States and “My Midsummer Morning” from the United Kingdom. On February 9, the program includes “A Dog’s Tale” from Canada, “Inside – A Hole New Experience” from Austria and “Breaking Trail” from the United States

Members of the Fetching Yetis team celebrate a successful run in the four-way division at the 22nd U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl in 2012. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

31st US National Luge Championships
February 11-13. Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road. camdensnwbowl.com
It’s a party like no other at the Camden Snow Bowl during the USA National Toboggan Championships. Teams (maybe yours!) compete for a winning race time in multiple categories, including two-person, three-person, four-person, and experimental. Crowd bonus points for clever costumes, and whether you’re a competitor or a partier, it’s always a fun blast. It never gets old to watch the sleds hurtling down the chute at lightning speed and then gliding over the frozen Hosmer Pond.

Snowmaking at Lost Valley Ski Area. Andrée Kehn/Sun Journal

Play in the snow
5-9 p.m. Feb. 12. Lost Valley Ski Area, 200 Lost Valley Road, Auburn, $25 to ski or snowboard, $10 to tubing. Buy your tickets at thepublictheatre.org.
The Public Theater in Lewiston had to cancel its annual father-daughter fundraising ball in the interest of community safety. However, they found a way to bring people together safely in the open, thanks to their friends on the road in Lost Valley. Play in the Snow has great deals on skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing under the lights. There will also be raffle baskets for adults and children, a 50/50 raffle, hot chocolate, cookies and more fun than you can shake a ski pole. You will also help the theater continue its mission of presenting life-affirming plays, and the funds will also support their education and outreach programs. See you soon on the slopes!

Visitors watch the full moon rise during a walk at Wells Reserve in Laudholm. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Snowshoeing under the full moon
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. February 16. Wells Reserve in Laudholm, $8, $20 per family, open to ages 12 and up. wellsreserve.org
There is something more special about a full moon in the depths of winter. Here’s a chance to experience a guided snowshoe walk where you’ll learn about the phases of the moon, hear ancient moon stories, and most importantly, experience the splendor of a quiet, snow-lit winter night. moon. No worries if there is not enough snow to snowshoe, the walk will still take place. Please pre-register and be prepared for winter conditions – consider traction for your feet (if not snowshoeing) and plenty of warm layers. Wells Reserve in Laudholm has a limited number of microspikes and snowshoes available to rent for a $5 fee.

Ice sculpture during the 2020 Maine Carnival in Portland. Photo by Tim Greenway

Maine Carnival
February 17-26. Eastern Promenade, Portland. carnivalme.com
Carnival Maine kicked off in 2020, went on a pandemic hiatus last year, and is now back with its 10 days of epic winter events on Portland’s East Drive. Expect plenty of local food and beer, ice carving, train rides, ski and snowboard demonstrations, live music, face painting and more. Highlights include the Nautilus Solar Rail Jam, where you’ll cheer on skiers and snowboarders and even get to try it out for yourself, and a giant heated igloo, where you’ll stock up on food and drink. The outdoor snow stage will feature live music from several artists, including The Ghost of Paul Revere and Scotty McCreery, as well as several other artists throughout the festival. On February 17, there’s the Fire & Ice gala to benefit the WinterKids with live tunes from The Time Pilots. The opening ceremonies of the whole shebang will be held on February 18.

A Spirit Quest cocktail from the previous year from Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie in Portland. Photo courtesy of Maine Restaurant Week

Maine Restaurant Week
March 1-12. Locations throughout the state. mainerestaurantweek.com
This year marks the 14th Maine Restaurant Week, which was founded in 2008 in hopes of giving Maine restaurants a boost during the long toil of winter. It has become a much-loved annual dining tradition that involves restaurants across the state, including many in Greater Portland. Events include the Spirit Quest Cocktail Tour and a Confectionery Tour that sweets lovers will want to catch. Above all, Maine Restaurant Week gives places like MK Kitchen in Gorham and Petite Jacqueline in Portland the chance to shine and offer mouth-watering specials (dinner or take-out at most locations), and each participating restaurant shares a portion sales with Preble Street. Dig!

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