Taking place every third Saturday in July, Old Hallowell Day is a highly anticipated and much beloved tradition. Celebrating the history and local culture of the town, this vibrant festival is fun for all ages. Thursday through Sunday, come out to Hallowell for activities ranging from a bake-off to lantern-lit ghost tours and a parade.
With so many fun activities crammed into just a few days, it can be hard to decide how to spend your time. As a local expert, I’m here to highlight some of my favorite can’t-miss events! Enjoy my top six picks for an incredible Old Hallowell day.
Lobster Roll Supper
Kick off the weekend events on Thursday evening at Saints Matthew and Barnabas Episcopal Church Parish Hall for their traditional Lobster Roll supper. A Maine delicacy, experience these to-die-for lobster rolls complete with other mouth-watering treats like homemade pies and more!
For those who don’t enjoy lobster, or don’t enjoy seafood, “hot dog rolls” will also be available for purchase.
Red Cloak Haunted History Tour
Get educated on local lore and ghost stories with the Red Cloak Haunted History Tour! Suitable for all ages, this evening walking tour guides you through several well- and lesser-known areas and explores their hidden history.
No matter if you’re a fan of the paranormal, or just want to experience Hallowell from a new perspective, this tour should definitely be on your to-do list!
Hills and Thrills Bike Ride
Get your weekend started at 7:30 am on Saturday morning with the Hills and Thrills Bike Ride. One of the most anticipated events, this 25-mile race challenges bikers with the rolling hills of Hallowell as well as its surrounding communities.
Best for the moderate to experienced biker, the local community is encouraged to come out and cheer on their neighbors as they compete.
“Anything Goes As Long As It’s Flat” Old Hallowell Day 2018 Bake-Off
For those who enjoy a more laid back morning, the “Anything Goes As Long As It’s Flat” Bake Off also begins Saturday morning. Contestants bring in their best flat delicacies — from bruschetta to brownies — and are judged on visual appeal and tastiness.
The efforts are divided equally and sold for a dollar throughout the day, so be sure to stop and sample some of the community’s best entries!
A much beloved tradition, make your way over to Vaughan Field around 1pm on Saturday afternoon for the Bocce Tournament. Essentially lawn bowling, Bocce is played between two teams comprised of two players on a team, making it fun but highly competitive.
Participate yourself or cheer on your favorite competitors in this highly entertaining game!
After you’re done enjoying the many fun events and live music throughout the day, end your evening with a free fireworks display! Head over to Butternut Park for a fantastic show put on by Central Pyrotechnics.
An awesome festival highlight, trust me when I say these fireworks truly should not be missed!
Ready to Make Hallowell Home?
With such a vibrant local culture, it’s no wonder that people fall in love with this charming town! If you’re thinking of relocating to Hallowell contact Fortin & MacDonald. We’re here to help you explore the area, learn more about buying a home in Hallowell, and find the perfect home in just the right location.