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Celebrate Nature and Culture at the 18th Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival 2024: July 24th – 26th


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18th Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival 2024: July 24th – 26th

Experience a unique blend of history, culture, and outdoor adventure at the 18th Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival 2024. Held from Wednesday, July 24th to Friday, July 26th, this festival honors the legacy of Henry David Thoreau and the rich traditions of the Wabanaki people. Hosted in the stunning Moosehead Lake region, the festival offers an array of activities that promise to delight and inspire attendees of all ages.


Festival Highlights and Activities

Cultural Immersion Canoe-Camping Trip (July 21-23): Preceding the main festival, join the Penobscot Nation for a Cultural Immersion Canoe-Camping trip from Sunday, July 21st to Tuesday, July 23rd. This immersive experience provides an intimate look at the cultural practices and traditions of the Penobscot Nation.


Wednesday, July 24:

  • Maine’s Master Wooden Canoe & Paddle Builders: From 1-5 pm at Crafts Park in downtown Greenville, meet and learn from Maine's finest canoe and paddle builders.

  • The Great Canoe Loop: At 7 pm, visit the Lakeside Event Center at 35 Pritham Ave., downtown Greenville, for an engaging presentation on the historical and cultural significance of canoe routes.

Thursday, July 25:

  • It’s For the Birds! Guided Birding Walk: Join a guided birding walk at 7:30 am, meeting at the Greenville Junction Wharf parking lot.

  • The Maine Bird Atlas: At 7 pm, learn about this comprehensive bird monitoring project at the Lakeside Event Center.

Friday, July 26:

  • Thoreau-Wabanaki Ways in the Woods: A children’s guided nature walk and outdoor story reading from 10-11:30 am. Meet at the Greenville Consolidated School field bleachers at 10 am.

  • The Thoreau-Polis Relationship to Wabanaki Land Back Movement: At 7 pm, explore the relationship between Thoreau's philosophy and the Wabanaki Land Back Movement at the Lakeside Event Center. Evening program admission is $10 per person; children 12 years old or younger attend for free.


Additional Festival Activities

Guided Canoe Trips: Embark on serene journeys along the same waterways Thoreau once explored. Expert guides will lead canoe trips, providing historical insights and sharing the natural beauty of the region.


Traditional Wabanaki Storytelling and Dance: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Wabanaki people. Enjoy traditional storytelling sessions and dance performances that offer a glimpse into their ancient traditions and way of life.


Educational Workshops and Lectures: Learn about the flora, fauna, and geology of the Moosehead Lake region through a series of engaging workshops and lectures.


Nature Hikes: Explore the scenic trails of the Moosehead Lake region on guided hikes, discovering the area's diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.


Arts and Crafts: Participate in hands-on arts and crafts sessions where you can create traditional Wabanaki crafts and other nature-inspired artworks.


Live Music and Entertainment: Enjoy live performances by local musicians, featuring a mix of folk, traditional, and contemporary music.


Camping and Outdoor Activities: Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather by camping under the stars. The festival offers designated camping areas and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like fishing, swimming, and bird watching.


Local Food and Vendors: Savor delicious local cuisine from various food vendors and browse stalls featuring local artisans and their handcrafted goods.


Event Schedule and Location

  • Dates: July 24th – 26th (Pre-festival Cultural Immersion Canoe-Camping Trip: July 21st – 23rd)

  • Location: Moosehead Lake region, Greenville, Maine

For a detailed schedule of events and activities, please visit the festival's official website or contact the organizers directly.


Contact Information

For more information about the 18th Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, including registration details, accommodations, and specific event times, please contact:



Join us for a weekend of celebration, education, and adventure at the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival. Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or looking for a fun family outing, this festival offers something for everyone. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the natural and cultural heritage of the Moosehead Lake region.


What to Do in Moosehead Lake

For those seeking more activities and detailed guides, Moose River Lookout offers a wealth of information about the Moosehead Lake area. From seasonal events and community news to outdoor adventure guides and dining recommendations, Moose River Lookout is your new resource for exploring the region. In addition to hiking, you can find information on boating, fishing, camping, and local attractions.

Want more information checkout our Moosehead News!


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Whether you're here to explore the great outdoors or simply relax and unwind, Moose River Lookout provides the perfect home base for your Maine adventure.

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