Autumn is the only season where pumpkins are judged by their personality as well as their performance in the swimsuit competition. Get to know Fall's finest with today's GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get two tickets to the Swine and Stein Festival on Gardiner Main Street on October 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (a $30 value).
The Swine and Stein Festival toasts autumn's arrival with a picturesque outpouring of beer, food, music, and frolicking. Set outdoors amid the quaint elegance of Gardiner Main Street, the celebration touts entertainment for critters great and small and treats elders to top-notch local libations. Admission includes three 5-ounce taster tickets, allowing barley fans to sample the diversity of Maine's craft beers without traveling cross-state with funnels in their mouths. Local songsmiths score the scene with mirthful melodies while festival-goers immerse themselves in regionally produced pork dishes from statewide restaurateurs and street vendors. Worthy calories sacrifice themselves to an array of family activities, including stick-pony races, a dunk tank, and a chicken fling to commemorate Maine’s hacky-sack ban. This year, the first 1,000 roisterers through the gate receive an honorary souvenir glass, perfect for storing beer in both its liquid and marbleized form.
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.
Bridge St. & Water St.
Gardiner, Maine 04345Get Directions