Bar Harbor offers an array of shops, restaurants and activities.

Discover our quaint, sleepy coastal village during the quieter seasons — late fall, winter and spring.

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The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

Fall is a blaze of color heralding the start of our quiet season. Your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are here to make your Fall and Holiday preparations a breeze – functional, fun and entertaining. Whether you want to get out and climb a mountain or set up your home for visitors and celebrations, Bar Harbor Merchants can help you embrace the cool crisp mornings and cozy nights and reconnect with your friends and family for tresured adventures and memories. For current non donor events also check out our local Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar

Download our current edition of The Open Directory for Bar Harbor Merchants that are open this Fall COMING SOON!

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
6:00 AM – 10:30 AM Village Green
Early Bird Pajama Sale & Bed Race
Wear your best morning look for the 23rd Annual Early Bird Pajama Sale, followed by the Bed Races!
Schedule of Events:
6:00am-9:00am: Roll out of bed and come early for the steals and deals at Bar Harbor’s finest retail locations for the annual Early Bird Pajama Sale, where those who shop in their pajamas receive even better discounts! Participating retailers listed below!
7:30am: ​Early morning movie at The 1932 Criterion Theatre: If someone dragged you out of the house early for the sale, but shopping is not your bag, then drop in to The 1932 Criterion Theatre for an early morning movie. The movie will let out just in time for the 8th annual Bed Races!
10:00am: Watch for the Bed and Pajama Parade rolling down Main Street on their way to Bed Races that follow directly afterwards. The parade will leave the Village Green and travel down Main Street onto Cottage Street before it ends at the head of Rodick Street.  Back again this year to emcee is Krazy Jake!
10:15am:Bed Races. Watch as teams of 5 from area businesses and organizations decorate and race their own themed bed. With prizes given for ‘Fastest Bed’ and ‘Best Decorated’, it’s a fun time for everyone, racers and spectators alike!

Friday, December 1st, 2017
4.30 PM – 12.00 AM Downtown Bar Harbor
Village Holidays & Midnight Madness Sale
The evening begins at 4:30pm on the Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor with carolers and hot cocoa. Then, join us in welcoming Santa Claus to the Village Green at 5pm.
From there, follow Santa and the carolers down to the MDI YMCA for family activities and crafts and your chance to visit with Santa, from 5:30-6:30pm. Activities and crafts provided by the MDI YMCA and Summer Festival of the Arts.
The Midnight Madness Sale begins at 8:00pm. Make a night of it with dinner at one of Bar Harbor’s many restaurants before shopping the generous discounts and sales from participating businesses.
And don’t forget to bring your receipts down to the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on the corner of Main and Cottage Streets to enter to win the midnight raffle drawing. Every receipt from a participating location will be good for one entry into the drawing for 2 round-trip tickets from Bar Harbor to Boston on Cape Air. The more you shop the better chances you’ll have to win!

Friday December 1st – Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
9.00 AM – 3.00 PM Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center
Island Arts Association 43rd Annual Island Arts Association Craft Fair
The Island Arts Association will host their 43rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Friday, December 1st from 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center, Route 3, Bar Harbor. Join us for this annual holiday fair that includes crafters from Mount Desert Island and the surrounding islands,a raffle table, as well as the YWCA’a annual luncheon and goodies. Time to do your holiday shopping? Look no further as the local crafters offer a variety of hand-made crafts for your gift-giving season.

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Small Business Saturday

Saturday January 13th, 2017
Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest
Craft beer, Local food and Winter fun