Ogunquit Maine’s Capriccio Festival of the Arts

September offers an amazing opportunity for you to experience the most beautiful place by the sea paired with the Capriccio Festival of the Arts.  For generations, Ogunquit Maine has been home to artists from all walks of life. The breathtaking views, peaceful setting and charm of our seaside village naturally creates inspiration for everything from sculpture to painting.  It’s no wonder the Annual Festival of the Arts has been a success for the over 25 years.  We are all excited to welcome back the town-wide Ogunquit Festival for this year’s fun!

With the support of the Ogunquit Performing Arts, local churches, art galleries and many other organizations and businesses in town the event will boast concerts, new exhibits and receptions, historical look-backs, special tours and the festival of kites along Ogunquit beach.  The festival often begins just steps from our Ogunquit hotel with a Labor Day Concert featuring various artists at the Ogunquit Baptist Church on Shore Road.

Then during the week and following weekend, events and art fill the days. Example include Tim Sample – Maine’s Native Humorist at the Dunaway Center in Ogunquit.  Saturday kicks off with the Festival of Kites at Ogunquit Beach featuring professional demonstrations, kite decorating for the kids and of course filling the sky with loads of kites.  The Ogunquit Heritage Museum offering an Afternoon Tea following the Festival of Kites  – a great way to enjoy a taste of history with a special selection of teas, cakes and sandwiches in Ogunquit’s historic tearoom.  Then head back to our Ogunquit Hotel for a nap or a dip in the Roman Spa before enjoying the Gala Reception at the Barn Gallery as they open their fall exhibitions. Maybe you’ll be able to finish the evening with Grammy Award winning Jazz Pianist Paul Sullivan for an evening of music by the sea.

The Ogunquit Playhouse joins in the fun, often offering discounted pricing for the anticipated titles like “Million Dollar Quartet” at America’s foremost summer theatre.  That show featured Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the recording session that brought rock’n’roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together for the first and only time is sure to be an unforgettable performance by the Ogunquit Playhouse.

Some of the fun will bring you back to old days – like Harry Langdon Silent Comeedyat the historic Leavitt Theatre in the heart of Ogunquit.  This silent film features the acclaimed comedic style of Harry Langdon.  Enjoy the Ogunquit Museum of American Art on Saturday with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Maine’s Rocky Coast and the beautiful gardens. The OMAA features exhibits such as Winslow Homer’s Civil War, Todd Webb: Georgia O’Keeffe & the American West and many masterpieces of their permanent collections.

Capriccio Festival of the Arts ends with Open House at the Galleries.  Visit any Ogunquit Art Gallery and pick up a tour map pointing out all the wonderful art galleries in town. Many will offer a special Capriccio welcome and an array of masterpieces from painting to sculpture for you to enjoy.

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