SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Acadia’s Oktoberfest returns to Southwest Harbor this weekend. The beer festival kicks off an entire week of festivities in that region.
For years, the MDI Marathon and Acadia Oktoberfest have attracted people to Southwest Harbor. Next week the town plans on using the two major events to highlight the whole area.
“It was an attempt to take these two really established events and tie them together and then focus on the organizations primarily on the western side of the island,” said Southwest Harbor and Tremont Chamber of Commerce President Alan Feuer.
Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are two of the more popular spots on MDI. Southwest Harbor Week gives people a chance to see that there’s much more to the island.
“Almost without exception, people rave about Southwest Harbor, about this side of the island, about the businesses here, about the experience they have and about our museum,” said Wendell Gilley Museum Director Sean Charette.
The museum has a full slate of activities scheduled for Tuesday October 9, including museum tours, a bird watching walk and other workshops. They’re teaming up with the seal cove auto museum for a hood ornament carving workshop as well.
Other activities throughout the week aim to focus on the cars, boats, lighthouses, rocks and history of the island. Everything kicks off Friday night with the Oktoberfest wine tasting and of course ends Sunday October 14 with the MDI Marathon. Southwest Harbor Week is only in its second year but hopes for a lot of people to come and enjoy.
“They may gravitate to going to their favorite hikes in the park or to Bar Harbor, but there’s lots more to the island and that’s really what the purpose of this is,” said Feuer.