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.

Fall Flag for the Bar Harbor Merchants Association

Look for the Fall Flag at our members' businesses!

Think Local First, Bar Harbor Merchants Association

For more than a decade, the Bar Harbor Merchants Association has promoted Bar Harbor as a Four-Season destination.

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Fall Flag for Bar Harbor Merchants Association

The Bar Harbor Merchants Association members fly one of our three different flags when they are open. Not all members are open throughout the entire year, but you can tell when they are by looking for the flag.

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Think Local First: Thinking locally reduces transportation costs and protects our environment, supports local artists, farms, businesses, producers and organizations, and creates a supportive community and more sustainable economy.




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The Scoop

The Latest News and Events in Bar Harbor, Maine

Fall is in the air! With crisp mornings and beautiful colors,your year round shops, businesses and restaurants are here to make the most of the season. Whether you want to get out and climb a mountain, sit by the ocean or simply enjoy the beauty of our Island’s colors, Bar Harbor Merchants can help you embrace the cooler weather and waning sun. Reconnect with your friends and family for treasured 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 All Year! FALL 2019 COMING SOON


Ongoing Events

Every Wednesday, 8:00am – Noon
Weekly Birding Tours
The Natural History Center

For details, check The Natural History Center’s Facebook Page weekly.
(Members: All Merchant Association members are welcome to come as guests to learn about what The Natural History Center does)
November 2019 Rich is guiding a custom cruise, so will not be available

Leary’s Landing Irish Pub
Tuesday: Fish Fry Discounts on Fresh Fish Menu Choices
Thursday: Trivia Night 7pm

November through May
Discounted Local Rates
Massage Bar Harbor


Monday, November 11th 11am
Blue Star Memorial marker Bar Harbor
Veterans Day
The Bar Harbor Garden Club will be holding a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Blue Star Memorial Marker.
The public is invited to join and pay tribute to the members of the United States military who have served and are serving our country.

Monday, November 11th noon-1pm
Bar Harbor Congregational Church
Veterans Day Luncheon
MDI Hospital is hosting a Veterans Day Lunch on Monday, November 11, 2019. The luncheon will take place at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church at 29 Mount Desert Street from 12:00-1:00 pm (following the 11:00 am Veterans Day Service). All Veterans and a guest are invited to attend this free Veterans Day Luncheon sponsored by MDI Hospital and the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. For more information, contact Carly McFarland at 801.5046

Monday, November 11th 2 – 5pm
Mount Desert Ice Cream on Firefly lane
Eat Ice Cream for the Kristen Klint Arts Fund
An end of season celebration at Mount Desert Island Ice Cream on Firefly Lane on November 11 from 2-5 pm.
All scoops will be served for donations to benefit the Kristen Klint Arts Fund, which supports MDI women and girls in their creative endeavors.
In addition to delicious ice cream, there will be beverages and savory snacks.

Wednesday, November 13th 7 – 8pm
Author Book Talk & Signing: Christopher Lockwoods “Why the Cane”
Jesup Memorial Library 
Christopher Lockwood’s life changed in a split second when he was involved in a devastating accident. Join Lockwood, the former Executive Director of the Maine Municipal Association and author of “Why the Cane?” for an author talk and book signing on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. He will be sharing his journey through transformation and recovery.
“Why the Cane?” is the true story of Lockwood’s accident, his subsequent recovery and the support that has enabled him to regain a level of activity he thought would not have been possible during the thirty years since “the accident.” This book begins in a recovery room at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1989 and takes the reader through a medical odyssey, along with intimate insights into the painful upheaval experienced by his family.
Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. For more information on the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245.

Friday, November 15th 3 – 5pm
Book Publishing 101 Workshop
Want to write a book? Getting hung up on part of the process? Wish you knew a real author you could ask questions to?
New York Times Best Selling Author Carrie Jones is going to lead us through the book publishing process and share some tips to get you through from your book dream to book reality!

Friday, November 15th 7 – 8pm
Story Slam “Family Gatherings”
Jesup Memorial Library
Just in time for Thanksgiving, join the Jesup Memorial Library for the next Words Unleashed! Story Slam on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the theme is “Family Gathering.” Stop by and share your own family gathering story. Emcee Jeff Miller will keep you laughing and you will not want to miss these great stories.
The setup is similar to “The Moth” Radio Hour on NPR. All stories are true, first-person stories that are five minutes or shorter. Is there something that happens every year at your families’ gathering? Maybe there a year someone ruined the meal by starting a grease fire? Come tell us all about it or just come to listen to the stories of your friends and neighbors. At the end of each slam, the theme for the next slam is chosen.
For more information on the slam, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245.

Friday, November 22nd 4 – 7pm
Thanksgiving Wine Tasting
House Wine 
Time to try some wines for your Holiday Entertaining!

Wednesday, November 27th 4 -6pm
Thanksgiving Eve Wine Tasting
House Wine 
In case you already drank what you bought on Friday or need more inspiration…. Join Chartrand Imports as we do an impromptu sampling of delicious organic wines for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28th
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bar Harbor Merchants Association


Thursday, November 28th 11 – 8.30pm
Celebrate Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving Day the full dinner menu will be served from 11 am until 8:30 pm.
Also a traditional all-you-care-to-eat Thanksgiving dinner of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with Larry’s famous gravy, stuffing, green beans, butternut squash, cranberry sauce and salad.
Adults $23. Children $15.
In addition to the usual homemade desserts, homemade pumpkin, apple, and pecan pie are available on Thanksgiving day.
Call early to make your reservation! 207.288.9706

Saturday, November 30th
Downtown Bar Harbor and Nationwide!
Small Business Saturday
Support your local small businesses and support your year round Bar Harbor Community
Visit our Facebook page to see when our members are open what our members are up to on Small Business Saturday.

Sunday, December 1st
Galyn’s Closes for the season

December 1 – 6
Downtown Bar Harbor
Voting open for BHMA Holiday Decoration Contest
Vote for your favorite display.

Friday, December 6th 4.30pm – Midnight
Downtown Bar Harbor
Village Holidays and Midnight Madness Sale
The Village Holidays celebration welcomes guests to the Village Green for free hot cocoa and cookies while carolers will fill the air with the sounds of the season. At 5:00 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive to help light the town Christmas tree and offer a special reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Santa Claus will then head to the MDI YMCA where children and families will have a chance to create some holiday crafts or take part in fun activities provided by local businesses.
Starting at 8:00 p.m., the annual Midnight Madness Sale will offer an exciting night of holiday shopping with a variety of discounts at local shops.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite holiday Decorations online or at the BH Chamber Visitor Center at Cottage and Main.

Friday, December 6th 9 – 5pm
Saturday, December 7th 9 – 3pm
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Conference Center
Island Arts Association’s 45th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
The Island Arts Association will host their 45th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Rt. 3, Bar Harbor on Friday, December 6 from 9am-5pm and Saturday, December 7 from 9am-3pm. The IAA is comprised of local crafters from MDI and the surrounding islands. Come join us for your holiday shopping.

Friday, December 6th 5.30 – 7.30pm
La Rochelle
Bar Harbor Historical Society – Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Open House
The Maine Seacoast Mission and the Bar Harbor Historical Society will be co-hosting a Christmas Open House.

Saturday, December 7th – Wednesday, December 18th
Downtown Bar Harbor
BHMA Annual 12 Days of Shopping & Dining Locally 
Our annual “Thank You” event! A purchase at one of the participating stores gives you an entry to a drawing for one of 12 $25 BHMA Gift Certificate.
Multiple entries at multiple locations are welcomed – the more you support your local small businesses, the more chance you have on winning!
Check the stores for any concurrent promotions and sales they may be running, and you still stay in the drawing for the BHMA Gift certificates!

Thursday, December 12th 11.30am
Side Street Cafe Reopens

Saturday, December 14th 11 – 2pm
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel Conference Center
Witham Family Charitable Christmas Celebration
Please participate in the 6th Annual Charitable Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11am-2:30pm at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor.
Have some holiday fun while helping local families. Bring a clothing donation (especially winter coats) for any age or a new unwrapped toy for local children this Christmas! Donations will go to Seacoast Mission and H.O.M.E. Charities.
Festivities will include:
Holiday Photo Booth
Hot Cocoa Bar
Letters to Santa
Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Holiday Games and Movies
Kids Crafts
Cookie Decorating

Sunday, December 22nd Nightfall
Hanukkah Begins

Wednesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 25th
Christmas Day
Be Merry!