To conform with guidelines concerning large gatherings and social distancing, we have decided to cancel the Alewife Festival and the Run with the Alewives road race originally scheduled for May 23. We hope to hold a version of both sometime in the Fall. The Quilt Raffle will remain open with the drawing to be held in the Fall.
Please stay tuned for details.
Our first festival was in 2007. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Fish Ladder and associated infrastructure. Our progress and current goals are described on the Restoration page.
The Rise of the River Herring
By the generosity of our sponsors, our community and our volunteers we provide
- Oysters, Beer, Seafood
- Ice cream, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers
- Coffee, Breakfast Sandwiches, Burgers, Smoked Alewives at Mulligan’s Smokehouse
- Music, Games and Activities for children
- Hats & Teeshirts
- Run With the Alewives 5K
- Face Painting
- Fish Printing
- Darling Marine Center Touch Tank
- Osprey Game
- Slide Show
- Silent Auction
- Bake Sale
- Goods & Gear
See the full festival Schedule.
We have a planning committee of volunteers from Damariscotta Mills and larger community of volunteers who staff the festival on the day. If you are interested in volunteering on the day see Volunteering.
Click for directions to the Fish Ladder. A shuttle bus to the Alewife Festival will be available all day from the Lincoln County Publishing Company parking lot at 116 Mills Road, Newcastle.
We are not optimistic about holding a festival at the usual time this year, but a road race combined with a small Fall festival are a possibility. BUT, the fish do not care about Covid and you can make plans to see them return! The alewives run during May 1-June 15, but most reliably from […]