As summer fades, autumn's beauty emanates from the changing hues of a tree's leaves and the gradual reddening of a football coach's face. Revel in the colors of the season with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for admission to the Swine and Stein festival for two with three 5-ounce beer tastings per person (a $30 value)
- $25 admission to the Swine and Stein festival for four with three 5-ounce beer tastings per person (a $60 value)
From 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, visitors join in a local interpretation of the traditional Oktoberfest down the length of Water Street. Chefs from Maine restaurants and food trucks plate eclectic pork dishes, each focused on a theme of locally produced pork and farm-to-table cuisine. In the beer tent, vendors from breweries such as Allagash Brewing Company, Baxter Brewing Company, and Shipyard Brewing Company pour sudsy beers into souvenir glasses. Four area bands provide a soundtrack to drinking, eating, and games such as a rubber-chicken-throwing contest, a frozen T-shirt contest, and stick-pony races. The first 1,000 visitors also receive a souvenir beer glass.
Gardiner Main Street
Dr. Sylvester Gardiner became the unwitting founder of a city in 1754, when he decided to use a 130-foot waterfall on the Cobbosseecontee Stream to provide energy for two saw mills, a felting mill, a potash factory, and a grist mill. Nearly 100 years later, in 1849, his plantation became the City of Gardiner. Today, the historical New England mill town is a home to artists, merchants, and students, and also hosts an array of seasonal events, such as an Greater Gardiner River Festival, ArtWalks, Barks In The Park, the Swine and Stein Oktoberfest celebration, and a Christmas tree lighting.
The town's brick sidewalks, Victorian and early 20th-century architecture, and long-running farmer's market have earned it a designation as a Main Street Maine and Preserve America community. Its downtown is recognized as a National Historic District, and some of its buildings have been included in both the National Register of Historic Places and the Empire State Building's list of secret crushes. Self-guided walking tours of the town take visitors past the homes of Pulitzer Prize–winning writers, such as poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and author Laura E. Richards.