Summer is here and schools are out. We are going 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. Here is a list of free events that are occurring June 24- June 30

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 June 24th

Ellsworth - 9AM-12 Noon Ellsworth Public Library - Computer Class: Internet Skills - Discussion of internet services, web browsers and the cloud. Helping you to do more online. Computers will be available. You don't need to bring a laptop or purchase software to attend. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 667-6363 or signing up at the circulation desk.

Ellsworth - 7:30 - 9PM Flash in the Pans Street Dance - St. Joseph Catholic Church (Corner of Main and High Street). Donations will benefit the Families First Community Center serving homeless families in Hancock County.

Tuesday June 25th
Ellsworth - 10:30 -11:30AM - Ellsworth Public Library -Storytime and Craft (Ages 4-5) Join Miss Keli for stories, songs and crafts! FMI call the library at 667-6363. Recommended for kids ages 4-5 and their caregivers.

Northeast Harbor 12N - 5PM Northeast Harbor Public Library - Duplicate Bridge

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 - MDI Plastics Project. The Southwest Harbor Public Library is hosting the MDI Plastic Project with 4 Southwest Harbor teenagers that spearheaded successful initiatives to ban the single use plastic bags by local retailers in Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert and Tremont.

Bar Harbor - 7-8PM Jesup Memorial Library - Burt Neuborn "How Good Are the Brakes on This Train?' with Acadia Senior College and League of Women Voters. Neuborne will talk about the health (or lack thereof) of the constitutional braking mechanisms – a well-functioning representative democracy; the two Bills of Rights protecting autonomy and equality; separation of powers; federalism; and judicial review, which was installed, first, by the original Founders who focused on protecting autonomy, and then the protection of equality added by the post-Civil War Founders designed to slow down runaway democratic trains.

Wednesday June 26th

Southwest Harbor - 10- 10:45 AM Southwest Harbor Public Library - Toddler Storytime. Designed for children 3 -5 but all are welcome. Join the Children's Library starr in songs, simple sign language and interactive short stories.

Bar Harbor - 2 -4PM Jesup Memorial Library - Community Forum with the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Police Department.Join members of the Bar Harbor and Mount Deset Police Departments as they talk about what they do in Bar Harbor from law enforcement activities to community caretaking.  After they talk, join in a conversation and ask questions about the department and more. They also want to hear the community's thoughts on where there needs to be additional attention or enforcement during the summer

Northeast Harbor -4:30-6:30PM Northeast Harbor Public Library - Talk by Dianna Emory - Assess, Adjust, Advance" Facing Adversity and your Silver Lining

Ellsworth - 6:30 -7PM. Ellsworth Public Library - PJ Storytime (For All Ages). Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the weekly evening storytime. FMI call the library at 667-6363

Thursday June 27th

Bar Harbor - 10:30-11:30 Jesup Memorial Library - Summer Reading Program: Create A Planet!

Southwest Harbor - 1:30-2:30PM. Southwest Harbor Public Library - "Apple Tech Help" - Free assistance for Apple Laptops and devices. Pre-registration is required. Call 244-7065 to make a free half hour appointment.

Southwest Harbor 6PM Southwest Harbor Public Library - Family Sing-A-Long with local musician Dan Granholm. There will be a variety of songs that highlight neighborhood, Acadia National Park, United States and Earth. Everyone is welcome!
Ellsworth - 6- 7PM Ellsworth Public Library -"The Maine Play Book" A Four Season Guide to Family Fun and Adventure" with Jennifer Hazard. Are you wondering what to do with your children and grandchildren this summer? Jennifer Hazard is the author of "The Maine Play Book: A Four Season Guide to Family Fun and Adventure" and the  writer behind the award-winning blog, Join Jennifer to learn some of her favorite places for family outings. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event will take place in the Riverview Room.

Ellsworth 6-7PM, Ellsworth Public Library. The Ellsworth Chess Club hosted by Dick Powell meets weekly on Thursdays at 6PM. Visitors and new people are welcome

Bar Harbor - 6-8PM Jesup Memorial Library - Get Your Knit On! Knitters meet every Thursday from 6 to 8PM to knit, share/trade yarns, talk knitting and have fun!

Bar Harbor 7-8PM Jesup Memorial Library - Author and Artist Talk "Here and Now: The Art of Philip Frey" with Carl Little and Philip Frey. Philip Frey is one of the handful of artists responsible for changing the course of Maine painting. Daniel Kany, art critic for the Portland Press Herald, writes that “Frey’s art occupies the nexus between contemporary painting and brushy traditionalism. If there is a focus to this new direction in Maine painting, his art is it.” Author of a number of books on Maine art and artists, Carl Little explores art-historical influences on Frey from the Fauvists and Matisse to Rockwell Kent and Howard Hodgkin, and traces the history of landscape painting in Maine, revealing how Frey’s bold colors and dynamic brushwork set him apart. “His palette is strong and fresh, his approach painterly in a manner akin to Fairfield Porter and other devoted plein air painters,” writes Little. Beautiful reproductions of Frey’s portraits of Maine provide eloquent testimony of Frey’s vibrant originality
Friday June 28th

Southwest Harbor - 10-11AM 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 2 years but older siblings are invited.

Saturday June 29th

Bar Harbor - 9-10AM Jesup Memorial Library - Write On! Writer's Group. Writer's Group for all levels and genres. Come prepared to read your work and critique the work of your fellow writers.
Ellsworth - 9-9:45 AM  Ellsworth Public Library - Baby Story and Play (Designed for infants up to 3. Join Miss Cheryl for a story and sing some favorite songs followed by informal playtime. A great opportunity for parents to connect and the kids to play.

Southwest Harbor - 9:30 - 12:30PM Southwest Harbor Public Library. Every Saturday from 9:30 to 12:30 get help with basic computer tasks such as setting up an email account, transferring photos, attaching photos to emails, completing online forms, scanning documents, creating and using documents in Word, Excel, Access, Google Drive etc. Laptop users are encouraged to bring their own computer. Registration is recommended.

Ellsworth - 10:30-12 Noon, Ellsworth Public Library - Celebrate 50 Years of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" at the Library. Celebrate 50 years of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle with stories, crafts and snacks. Watch the life-cycle of a caterpillar and release the butterflies during this fun event.


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
Jesup Memorial Library - 207-288-4245

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