15 Winter Events for 2024 in Aroostook County

There’s a whole new world to explore in Aroostook County once the snow begins to cover the land. When Mother Nature turns the vast and varied landscape into a winter wonderland, the Crown of Maine is busier than ever!

Point your compass north and make your winter destination The County where you can stay for the day or as long as you please. At the end of a frosty day filled with adventure, find top-notch overnight accommodations and delicious local cuisine (like poutine and the locals favorite - molasses donuts).

From winter-themed festivals, dog sled racing, fishing derbies to snowmobile excursions, there’s no shortage of activities to do. Find a huge list of events listed here, but these are our favorite 15 events and adventures waiting for you this year:

WEEKLY EVENTS

Jalbert Youth Ski Program

  • Fort Kent Outdoor Center - Fort Kent, Maine
  • Beginning December until March, children ages 4-14 of all skill levels can participate in the monthly ski lessons. Rentals are included as part of the fee.

2024 Snowshoe Series

  • Fort Kent Outdoor Center - Fort Kent, Maine
  • Meet up with some old friends and new ones! Weekly nighttime treks through the trails surround Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Snowshoe rentals available.

Wednesday Walkers

  • Four Season Trail Association - Madawaska, Maine
  • Every Wednesday December throuhg March the snowshoe club will tour the trails - lots of chances for wildlife viewing and birding is an added bonus! Snowshoe rentals available.

Thrifty Thursdays with LL Bean at BigRock Mountain

  • Mars Hill, Maine
  • Visit BigRock Mountain this winter, where you can experience the highest vertical drop of any ski spot in Northern Maine or Eastern Canada! Every Thursday from 1-7 PM, lift tickets are discounted to $15, and rental packages are $10.

2024 SIGNATURE EVENTS

Deprey Classic Ski Race

  • Four Season Trail - Madawaska, Maine
  • Can you hear the cowbells as the athletes Nordic ski their way through the course? Spectators love this race on the beautiful trails in Madawaska. January 21st Participants pack the trails for a shotgun start and race to the finish line with a variety of races throughout the day.

Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby

  • St. Agatha, Maine
  • An annual tradition in St. Agatha, the Ice Fishing Derby draws fishing enthusiasts from all over as it is the largest in the State! January 27th and 28th participants compete for cash and other prizes, including a new snowmobile!

WinterKids Family Day at BigRock Mountain,

  • Mars Hill, Maine
  • Ring in the New Year at BigRock Mountain on February 4th for a family day filled with skiing and deep discounts.

Moosestompers Weekend

  • Houlton, Maine
  • Get ready for family winter fun at the three-day Moosestompers Weekend, beginning February 2nd through the 4th! Activities include snowshoeing, selfie photo station, ice fishing derby, sliding hill, mystery gift giveaway, and so much more!

Acadian Pond Hockey Classic

  • St. Agatha, Maine
  • The Acadian Pond Hockey Classic is having its 4th Annual 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Tournament off the shores of Long Lake in St. Agatha, Maine. Six rinks will be prepared for two days of action! February 24th & 25th.

The State's largest snowmobile festival - SnowBowl!

The Caribou SnowBowl

  • Caribou, Maine
  • Get ready for five days of winter fun! From February 28th to March 3rd, Caribou and Spud Speedway hosts the Caribou SnowBowl, where a bevy of winter activities take place, including activities for the kids, casino night, live music, bonfire, vintage snowmobile show, parade, and some serious snowcross.

Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races

  • Fort Kent Outdoor Center - Fort Kent, Maine
  • See the longest dog sled race in the eastern United States! March 2nd through the 6th, racers and spectators flock to the town of Fort Kent to experience all the excitement and competition. Most events are on the 4th.

Free Snowmobile Weekend

  • All of Maine
  • March 8th-10th is Free Snowmobile Weekend, a nonresident (from another state or province) may operate a snowmobile in Maine (no reciprocity necessary) so long as he/she has a valid registration from another state or province. If you plan to participate in Free Snowmobile Weekend as a nonresident, please complete the registration on this page.

St. Francis Annual Snow Drags

  • St. Francis, Maine
  • March 9th the drags will race through the region and it is a spectacle that excites the whole family. Can you say yes to red hot dogs?

Angel Snowfest

  • St. Agatha, Maine
  • March 9th in St. Agatha includes a winter fun for outdoor enthusiest. With Poker Runs, Bonfires, Sledding, and Skating - we know the whole family will warm up to the season!

Acadia Ski Marathon

  • Four Season Trail - Madawaska, Maine
  • March 17th in the Four Season Trail Associon host's the Acadia Ski Marathon. Registration is required, however spectators are welcome.

2024 US Biathlon National Championships

  • Fort Kent, Maine
  • The United States Biathlon Association announced that the Fort Kent Outdoor Center will host the 2024 US Biathlon National Championships, March 21st through 24th.

Maple Syrup Sunday

  • All of Maine
  • March 23rd and 24th, participating sugar shacks open their doors and offer educational demonstrations and taste testing!

Maine Eclipse

  • Island Falls, Houlton, Presque Isle, Limestone, and Caribou
  • Monday, April 8th, a total solar eclipse will cover parts of Maine in total darkness as the moon completely blocks out the sun. The towns have scheduled live music, races, festivals, entertainment, and star parks to view the phenomenon from April 5th through April 8th.

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