Trail Events

Events on the Eastern Trail - 2019

Happy people enjoying the Eastern Trail!

There are many fun events that take place on a regular basis on the Eastern Trail! You can also find additional events on our online ETA Calendar.

Help us develop new activities on the trail:

  • Consider leading an activity on the trail — a walk, a bicycle ride, OR a birding expedition. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your idea!
  • Consider hosting an event on the trail that takes advantage of its fine resources. An example of such an event is the Snowy Egret Run/Walk for the Marsh, held on the Trail each Memorial Day weekend. Such events need to fill out a Event Request Application.

Events on this page are organized with Trailwide events first, then specific sections:  So. Portland-Scarborough-OOB-Saco, Biddeford-Arundel-Kennebunk, and Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, Kittery, North Berwick, Wells.  At times we will also list other interesting Maine, New England region and national trail events here.

Upcoming Trailwide Events:

  • Saturday, April 6th – 2nd Annual Eastern Trail Gala Fundraising event for trail expansion - 7 pm; Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Rd, Scarborough (map). Join the Eastern Trail for their 2nd Annual Gala as a fundraiser to help with the trail projects. Great dancing, great foods being showcased and fun and exciting silent auction items! Go here for more information and to buy tickets.
  • Wednesday, May 8th – Eastern Trail Annual Meeting | Location – Vinegar Hill Theater, Arundel.
  • Maine Lighthouse Ride — Saturday, September 7, 2019. This is our premier event for the year, and we will once again cap the ride at 1200 registered riders! We sell out each year, so please register early. If you do not wish to ride and still want to participate, please consider volunteering to help support the ride. More information here.

Upcoming So. Portland-Scarborough-OOB-Saco Section Events:

  • Saturday, April 6th – 2nd Annual Eastern Trail Gala Fundraising event for trail expansion - 7 pm; Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Rd, Scarborough (map). Join the Eastern Trail for their 2nd Annual Gala as a fundraiser to help with the trail projects. Great dancing, great foods being showcased and fun and exciting silent auction items! Go here for more information and to buy tickets.
  • Friday, April 19, Full Moon Walk, Scarborough, 7-8:30 pm; Pine Point Parking Lot - Scarborough (map). Join the Eastern Trail representative look for animals, learn about the trail, enjoy conversation and walk in the light of the full moon. Please leave your devices behind and enjoy the peace of the trail. FMI please call 207-284-9260. No Flashlights or Pets Please. Please check our FaceBook page for possible cancellation.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Third Annual John Andrew Memorial 5K - 9AM; O’Reilly’s Cure restaurant – Scarborough. Registration is open - Register Now!

Upcoming Biddeford-Arundel-Kennebunk Section Events:

  • Saturday, April 19, Opening Trails Day, Biddeford Southern Maine Medical Center - Physician Services, 9 Healthcare Drive  (map). More information coming. Please also check our FaceBook page for more information and possible cancellation.
  • Friday, April 19, Full Moon Walk, Biddeford, 7 - 8:30 pm; Southern Maine Medical Center - Physician Services, 9 Healthcare Drive  (map). Join the Eastern Trail representative look for animals, learn about the trail, enjoy conversation and walk in the light of the full moon. Please leave your devices behind and enjoy the peace of the trail. FMI please call 207-284-9260. No Flashlights or Pets Please. Please check our FaceBook page for possible cancellation.

Upcoming Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, North Berwick, Wells Section Events:

  • No events scheduled at this time.

Here are some exciting group trail events planned for 2019:

      • Maine Lighthouse Ride — Our Biggest Event takes place September 7, 2019. This is our premier event for the year, and once again will be capped at 1200 registered riders! Each year we sell out early, so register now! Three great ride options:
        • Century  (100-mile) 7:30 am (See all 9 lighthouses.)
        • 62-mile   (metric century) 8:15 am (8 lighthouses visible)
        • 40-mile   9:00 am (8 lighthouses visible)
      • Lunch and Loop Rides. To acquaint participants with the beauty of the Eastern Trail and increase two-wheeled camaraderie, the Eastern Trail Alliance will sponsor from three to five bike rides. To allow riders to enjoy Maine’s seasonal changes, ride organizer Russ Lamer will lead them from Spring through Fall. More information here.
      • Happy people enjoying the Eastern Trail!ET Moonlight treks are scheduled throughout the year, often every month -— walking in the summer, snowshoeing and skiing as possible in the winter.

Other Maine, New England Region and National Trail or Related Events:

  • Saturday, April 13 - National Opening Day for Trails. This year marks the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s seventh annual Opening Day for Trails! On Saturday, April 13, 2019, people across the nation will kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride or special event. Go here for more information.
  • GREAT MAINE BIKE SWAP, Sunday, April 14, 10am – 1pm. Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex, 66 Falmouth Road, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Drop off bikes on Saturday, April 13 in the evening between 3-6 p.m. More information here.

In addition to the events shown above:

  • Check our separate Events Calendar, which lists all activities that we know about that take place on, or are otherwise related to, the Eastern Trail.
  • Check our page Ideas for Getting Out on the Eastern Trail, which lists great ideas and resources for getting out on the Eastern Trail.
  • Eastern Trail Ambassador Program. Do you enjoy being out on the trail? Meeting people? Learning about the History of the area and sharing what you’ve learned? Perhaps looking for an activity to do with your children, spouse or best buddy? Want to become more involved with the Eastern Trail and your community? Then we invite you to become an Eastern Trail Ambassador! Read more:  Details flyer and Poster.

Happy people enjoying the Eastern Trail!Click here for a great set of pictures from a Sunset/Moonrise Walk held April 2012 on the ET (pictures taken by ETA volunteer Jim Bucar). Watch the ETA calendar for similar upcoming events.

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