Summer is racing by, far too quickly! August 1st is on Wednesday! We continue to try and keep a list of FREE, family friendly, events that are going on in the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island area, which will be published weekly on the WDEA website. The free movies begin in Northeast Harbor on Thursday, August 2nd! Here is our list for the week July 30th - August 5th. .

While this is not a comprehensive list, it's what I have been able to find by talking to the Chambers of Commerce, Public Libraries and events that I'm generally aware of. If you would like to have your FREE event listed, please email it to me in advance at

Monday July 30th
Southwest Harbor - 10AM-11AM Southwest Public Library - Early Elementary Story Time - A new summer story time for early-elementary-aged kids! Parents welcome, too.

Northeast Harbor - 10:30AM Northeast Harbor Public Library - Chewonki Traveling Natural History Prgram: Animal Adaptations: Survival in the Wild.
Chewonki Foundation offers many opportunities to enhance the environmental literacy of your children, students, or community members. They spark interest and appreciation for sciences, wildlife, and conservation with their many programs.  Since 1985, Chewonki has been home to a collection of ambassadors. Birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians with injuries or conditions that prevent their return to the wild now play a role in educational presentations. Chewonki’s teachers are extensively trained and take deep pleasure in making connections with students, and in passing on a lifelong appreciation for the value of wildlife and nature. Come to the Northeast Harbor Library to see an interactive presentation all about animal adaptations. Try on costumes, and observe adaptations first hand with some live animal guests!

Southwest Harbor -5:30-7PM Southwest Harbor Public Library. Maine author Susan Hand Shetterly will talk about her book Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town. This is part of the ReadME program. Shetterly will talk about how she built the book and what she was thinking as she wrote. She will also read passages and answer questions.

Ellsworth -Harbor Park Water Street 7:30-9PM. Flash in the Pans Steel Drum Concert to benefit the Beth C Wright Cancer Center.  5:30 - 6:30 pm - Stepping Out Line Dancers will be performing. There will be a Silent Auction with over 50 items to bid on
Food can be purchase from Harris Harborside Take-out and the  Darlings Ice Cream truck will be there  and much more.Throw on your most tropical shirts and hats and come on down to the Ellsworth Waterfront Park. The Flash will begin playing at 7:30, so be ready to dance. Rain location will be the Grand on Main Street in Ellsworth.

Bar Harbor - Town Band Concert 8PM Bandstand - Village Green (Lasts 1 hour)

Tuesday July 31st
Ellsworth - 10:30 -11:15 AM - Ellsworth Public Library - Reading Rocks! A family music group that meets every Tuesday through August 14th. You're invited to join this music group as they sing, dance, play instruments and have lots of fun while working on early literary and social skills. The class is geared towards kids ages 3-6 but all ages and abilities are welcome.

Bar Harbor - 4-7PM. Free Community Meal with entertainment. Prepared by Open Table MDI. Served at Bar Harbor Congregational Church on Mount Desert Street.

Southwest Harbor- 5:30-7PM Southwest Harbor Public Library . Retired Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele will give an illustrated talk about his 38-year National Park Service career. "From Bear Dens in the Rockies to the Oval Office: My 38 year Career with the National Park Service." Steele has served at 7 different national pakrs and has extensive experience preserving natural and cultural resources and managing park operations including visitor services, park maintenance, search and rescue and wildlife management.

Wednesday August 1st
Southwest Harbor -10AM-10:45AM Southwest Harbor Public Library Toddler Storytime Sing-A-Long with Paul Kaplan. (Designed ages 3-5 but all welcome.)

Ellsworth - 12Noon - Ellsworth Public Library - Tightwad Exchange - Brown Bag Session. Join others who are looking for ways to save money, stretch the budget and share frugal ideas. Coffee and tea provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Meet in the Riverview Room.

Ellsworth - 6PM Ellsworth Public Library. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers present "Everybody Loves Pirates". 8 year old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean dwelling friends including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby and an overgreen sea monkey.

Ellsworth - Ellsworth Community Band 7PM - Harbor Park and Marina (Lasts 1 Hour)

Bar Harbor - Seaside Cinema - Free Movie in Agamont Park at Sunset (Approximately 7:58PM) "Boxtrolls" Rated PG

Thursday August 2nd
Ellsworth - 6PM Ellsworth Public Library - The Ellsworth Chess Club meets every Thursday evening at the Ellsworth Public Library. New members are welcome.

Ellsworth 6-7PM - Ellsworth Public Library - The Ellsworth Public Library Book-A-Month Club meets. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett will be discussed. Meet in the Riverview Room

Southwest Harbor 6:30 PM. Southwest Harbor Public Library - The Southwest Harbor Public Library’s Family Concert Series continues with "Gnomes, Fairies and Elves". The Summer Story Campers will share local legends of gnomes, fairies and elves witht he help of Barn Arts Resident Artist, Nate Speare.

Northeast Harbor - Free Movie by the Marina (Approximately 7:56 PM) "The Incredibles" Rated PG

Ellsworth - Free Movie in Knowlton Park at Sunset (Approximately 7:56 PM) "Coco" Rated PG

Bar Harbor - Town Band Concert 8PM Bandstand - Village Green (Lasts 1 hour)

Friday August 3rd
Southwest Harbor - 10AM-11AM Southwest Harbor Public Library - Baby Storytime Susan Michalski and Amanda Crafts welcome babies with songs, rhymes, and short stories. Baby Storytime is designed especially for babies under two years. Siblings are welcome

Ellsworth - Waterfront Concert Series at Ellsworth's Union River Harbor Park 6PM- New Shades of Blue - Juliane & Christopher began playing together in college when they met as students in a Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. They continued to perform together in various groups until the band was formed in its present configuration. Since then New Shades of Blue has enjoyed an extensive playing schedule up and down the coast of Maine and New England. They please audiences with an eclectic mix, from old time jazz favorites to blues, originals and sometimes even reggae...The core of the band is Juliane Gardner - lead vocalist & keyboards & Christopher Poulin - lead vocals, Guitar, & Flute

Saturday August 4th
Ellsworth - 10AM-12Noon Ellsworth Public Library - Library Knitting Group. Come work on your project and socialize. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Fiber arts of all types and levels are welcome. Meet in the Knitting Nook on the 3rd Floor.

Southwest Harbor - 4PM Southwest Harbor Public Library. Dr. Khaled Furani, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University will speak about his book Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in the Palestinian Poetry. He will also talk about Islam and why he loves Maine.

Sunday August 5th
Bar Harbor 7PM - The Criterion Theatre. If you work on Mount Desert Island your invited to come see "Dirty Dancing" for FREE! You just need to bring your paystub for free admission. The Criterion wants to thank the hard-working seasonal (and year-round) employees for all that they do for the community.


Ellsworth - Knowlton Park's Splash Pad is the place to cool off in Ellsworth!

Photo Chris Popper
Photo Chris Popper

The restroom facilities are open from 8AM to 9 PM. The changing rooms at Knowlton Park are open as well. Water in the Splash Pad will operate between 10AM and 8PM, everyday, unless the temperature falls below 65, which it will then automatically shut off until the temperature rises again.

Looking for somewhere that's kid friendly and FREE in Bar Harbor to cool off? The place to go is the Glen Mary Wading Pool! The Pool has a maximum depth of 2 feet and is open daily from 10AM to 8 PM. There is no lifeguard on duty, and children under 10 need to be accompanied by someone 14 and over. Pets are not allowed in the fenced in area. Food and beverage is allowed but not in the water. There are changing facilities

The Glen Mary Wading Pool is located at 11 Waldren Road. The easiest way to get there is to go on Park Street and go past the YMCA and cross Ledgelawn Avenue. At the end of the road turn right onto Glen Mary Road. At the end of the road turn left onto Waldren Road.


Handy Phone Numbers
Ellsworth Public Library - 207-667-6363
Southwest Harbor Public Library - 207-244-7065
Northeast Harbor Public Library - 207-276-3333

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