Third Annual Pennamaquan Alewife Festival

Third Annual Pennamaquan Alewife Festival

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Join us for the Third Annual Pennamaquan Alewife Festival!

Come celebrate a “spectacle of abundance” as this native Maine fish returns for its spring spawning season, heading up the Pennamaquan River.

Read more about alewives in this great article by Downeast Maine which includes the 2023 Pennamaquan Alewife Festival:

May 24 + 25, 2024 in downtown Pembroke
10am–5pm, both days
12 Little Falls Road, Pembroke ME 04666

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    We will begin smoking fish the day before, with a free local food buffet beginning at noon. If you want to join in the dipping, gutting, and brining, make sure to get a fishing license from the town office.
    NOAA Fisheries Biologist Max Tritt will be on hand all day Saturday to lead learning experiences about alewives for all ages, with his interactive Stream Smart table, followed by a presentation about Atlantic salmon restoration. (Saturday only) with Downeast Salmon Federation Fisheries Biologist Mike Manning
    Join bike rides up the Pennamaquan, and a long one around Pennamaquan Lake. Mike Stewart of Mike’s Bikes will be on hand Saturday for bike tune-ups. Haul your bike out of the garage and take a spin up the river, along the rail trail bridge for a short, medium or long ride in the peak of Shadbush flower season. Mike will lead a golden hour group bike ride (longer) up to Pennamaquan Lake, leaving the crossroads at 3pm on Saturday.
    Enjoy a fish painting activity and a lifecycle treasure hunt to explore the riparian habitats of the Pennamaquan, led by artist Rebekah Elizabeth Guiltner (whose work wraps the DSF smoke truck)
    Saturday: Live music by Will Neils and the Midnight Ramblers
    Both days: Greenhorns Artist-in-Residence Brian Dewan will sing songs from the Grange. He’ll share his work in progress on a film strip about Civic Halls.
    Electric car charger available!
    The Smithereen Farmstore will be open with local produce, cheese, meats, bakery etc. Plenty of delicious treasures to take home.
    Make a weekend of it and book your campsite at Smithereen Farm, Cobscook Bay State park for a full agritourism experience.
    Thank you to Maine Tourism for supporting this event. 

Greenhorns is a small organization that celebrates and welcomes next-generation land stewards through advocacy, education, and media projects. Learn more about us at

Smithereen Farm is a super diverse, MOFGA-certified organic farm operation looking out on Cobscook Bay in beautiful downeast Maine. We’re building an abundant, dynamic, and multi-faceted agroforestry operation, producing healthy food for Washington County and beyond. 

School groups welcome! Please contact to let us know you’re planning to come.

Additional Details

Name of contact person - Severine von Tscharner Welcome

Country - United States


Date And Time

2024-05-24 @ 10:00 (EDT) to
2024-05-25 @ 17:00 (EDT)

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