The 2015 schedule is in the works! We will add more information as it becomes available.
2015 Festival Schedule
thursdayThu 7:00 PM - Friends Baxter State Park Nature-Based Tourism Speaker SeriesJoin Friends of Baxter State Park wilderness and nature based tourism speaker series and be part of a conversation about ideas and opportunities for the Katahdin region.
Fish of the Wilderness: Maine's Native Brook Trout
Fisheries biologist Forrest Bonney will speak at Baxter State Park Headquarters about Maine's native brook trout, their wilderness habitat, and the world-class recreational fishery the Maine offers. Bonney is the author of several books on Maine brook trout. Thu 4:00 PM - North Light Gallery "Paint-Out"Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14
Artists are invited to participate in an Annual "Paint-out" in downtown Millinocket. Artists may register Thursday evening. Registration fee is $10.00 and includes exhibition in the gallery for Saturday's reception from 10:00-6:00, including refreshments. Lodging and meals are the responsibility of the artist but the AT Cafe has showers for a fee.
FRIDAYFri 7:00 AM - Hard Core ProjectA yearly Trails End Festival tradition and a way to give back to the Appalachian Trail. Work on the AT, earn a Trails End Hard Core patch then enjoy a Bar-B-Q at the AT Lodge. It is a hard day's work but a lot of fun!! To register call 723-4321.Fri 8:00 AM - Town Wide Yard SaleSpoiled Hair Studio is sponsoring a Town Wide Yard Sale in Millinocket to kick start the Trails End Festival weekend as well as provide an excuse to empty your closets & make a couple bucks. Those wishing to participate and have their addresses listed should register no later than September 1st by picking up a registration form available at Spoiled Hair Studio or the Chamber of Commerce. A $10 minimum donation is requested.
A list and map of participating yard sales will be advertised via local papers, social media and will be available at KACC and local merchants by September 10th.Fri 5:00 PM - Local MusiciansLocal area musicians will perform at the bandstand on Friday night. Fri 3:30 PM - Walk with a Local NaturalistMeet at Crandall Park and walk along the Michaud Trail with a local naturalist and explore the natural resources we have in downtown Millinocket. Learn the difference between native and invasive species of plants as well as the bird and insects that pollinate them.Fri 5:30 PM - 3rd Annual TEF Chili Cook OffYou be the judge!!! Taste all the chili and cast your vote for your favorite. The winner will receive a trophy to display in their business or organization for the year, along with bragging rights for the best chili in the area. Proceeds benefit the Trails End Festival. $5 per personFri 6:30 PM - Moonlight Kayak PaddleBring a flashlight to paddle around the Millinocket Stream from Jandreau's Greenhouse to Crandall Park. Meet at Crandall Park at 6:15pm. Transportation to Jandreau's Greenhouse will be available and kayaks will be available if needed. Sign up at the Chamber booth at Veteran's Park.
SATURDAYSat 10:00 AM - ParadeLed by the Warrior Hikers and the fun, upbeat sounds of the Blue Hill Brass Band, the parade begins at Stearns High School to the bandstand at Veteran's Memorial Park. Hikers, bikers, walkers ATV'S are welcome. Polish up your favorite trail gear and join the parade. Sat 10:00 AM - North Light Gallery Open HouseFeaturing the works of the "Paint Out" artists from 10 am - 6 pm at North Light Gallery, 256 Penobscot Ave. Reception with refreshments. Music by Mark Miller from 1-3pm. This open house will also include a group show of North Light Gallery artists.Sat 10:30 AM - Blue Hill BrassThe Blue Hill Brass makes its first appearance this year at The Trails End Festival. They have been performing for over 25 years and bring a unique style of brass music to audiences from Kittery to Caribou. Perhaps you have seen and heard them as they are traditions at the Bangor State Fair, the Fryburg Fair and the Marthaís Vineyard Agricultural Fair. This lively group will lead the hikerís parade on Sat. morning from Stearnís HS to the bandstand where they will perform more of your favorite tunes.Sat 11:00 AM - Warrior HikersWarrior Hikers "Walk Off the War Program" will speak about their experiences as AT thru-hikers, veterans and what this very special program means to them. Come meet and greet the Veteran's who completed their hike in time to celebrate the Trails End FestivalSat 11:00 AM - Learn how to paddle!Learn how to paddle! Join Greg Friel, Registered Maine Guide, for lessons and demonstrations of kayak and canoe techniques. Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to experience the Katahdin area water trails! All equipment will be provided.Sat 1:00 PM - National Geographic Movie: AppalNational Geographic Movie: Appalachian Trail with presentation by Bruce Grant, MATCSat 1:00 PM - Homemade Pie & Cake AuctionEach year local citizens and volunteers bake their best pies and donate them to the festival pie auction and local auctioneer, Kermit Cote, auctions them off. Join in the fun and soothe your sweet tooth with a homemade pie. Proceeds to benefit the Trails End Festival.
Submitting a pie or cake for the auction? Drop it off at Appalachian Trail Lodge by 10:00 am Sat 1:30 PM - Emily GuillowEmily Guillow is a true friend to the festival, she has performed here since her early teens. It has been fun watching her song styling and writing ability grow. Emily is a full time student at the University of Maine Orono and works various clubs in the greater Bangor area. Sat 3:00 PM - Hiker ForumAnything you want to know about hiking the AT... just ask. A group of hikers will be present to share with you their thoughts and advice for hiking on the Appalachian Trail.Sat 5:00 PM - NashVegasNashVegas is a Bangor based band playing high energy country rock and top 40 country. Front man Parris Bacon is a singer song writer who has spent time in Nashville. These guys are great fun and you don't want to miss them.Sat 7:00 PM - Downtown Pub CrawlEnd this fun-filled day with a little cheer! Purchase our fun, reusable mugs at the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Appalachian Trail Cafe or Angelo's Pizza before the event or during the day at the Trails End Festival and gear up for some local beer!
Stay tuned for all pub specials you can expect as you drink your way through town. Cheers!Sat 8:00 AM - 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk 2.5K WalkRace/walk begins at 8 am behind Stearns High School and follows the newly developed Michaud Trail thru Downtown Millinocket. Registration begins at 7 am or you can pre-register online at www.active.com. Entry fee is $15.00 (children 12 and under $5.00) Sat 1:00 PM - Blind Courage TrailerTIME TO BE DETERMINED---Debra Irwin, wife of late Bill Irwin will be here with the Executive Producer Jack Fox and Director Clint Ross to show trailer and discuss film titled "Blind Courage" https://www.facebook.com/BlindCourageTheMovie
SUNDAYSun 10:00 AM - Hike the Bait HoleJoin local trail expert Don Nodine for a hike on the Bait Hole Trail. Sun 11:00 AM - Tai Chi DemonstrationThe Tai Chi demonstration will take place in the small park next to the Millinocket Municipal building.Sun 11:30 AM - Emily GuillowEmily Guillow is a true friend to the festival, she has performed here since her early teens. It has been fun watching her song styling and writing ability grow. Emily is a full time student at the University of Maine Orono and works various clubs in the greater Bangor area. Sun 2:30 PM - The Mallett Brothers BandThe Mallett Brothers Band are an Alt/Rock/Country band from Portland, Maine by way of Sebec.Sun 9:00 AM - Classic Car/ Cycle ShowTaking place in the public parking lot in Downtown Millinocket. Registration from 8-9 a.m. Show runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 entry fee. People's Choice Awards. Shine it up and show it off!