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Special Events


Listed below in the following order:

  • Big A 50K (May)
  • Four on the 4th (July)
  • York Days 5K (Late July/ Early August)
  • Mt. A Trail Challenge 5K/1 Mile (September)


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Big A 50k

THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 2023 EVENT! Over $4,000 was raised to go towards maintaining the trails and protecting the significant habitats found in the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region!

Sign Up for the 2024 Big A 50k: Click HERE!
For More Information about Mount A: Click HERE!
2024 Potluck Aid Station Food Sign-ups: Click HERE!

The Big A 50K Course

The course is composed of three 10.35 mile loops starting at the summit of Mount Agamenticus (Big A) and climbing back up the Big A and going over Second Hill and Third Hill and back up the Big A. There are opportunities to cross the finish line at approximately 10 miles and 13 miles (or any multiple of them up to 31 miles/50K). The terrain is mostly single track with some dirt road and ATV-type trails. Footing is technical with plenty of rocks, roots, and elevation changes. Trail running shoes are recommended. The full 50K has approximately 5,787 feet of elevation gain.

Course Records

  • Patrick Caron 4:48 (2017)
  • Lila Gaudrault 5:22 (2022)

Race Contacts

Please direct registration related question to Nick Darby –
For race related questions email Rich & Bob –


For more info click here

Four on the 4th

THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 2023 EVENT! Over $30,000 was raised for the Rotary Club of York!Rotary logo

Sign Up for the 2024 Four on the 4th: Click HERE!

York Parks & Recreation and York Rotary are happy to announce the 2024 Annual Four on the 4th Road Race in York, Maine!
Registration opens on Monday, February 19th, 2024 at 8:00am and stays open until July 2nd, 2024 or until filled, whichever comes first. The race is limited to 1,000 participants so register early! The first 500 registrants will be guaranteed a free race shirt. Beyond 500 registrants, shirts will be given upon availability.

NO DAY OF REGISTRATION AVAILABLE! All registrations must be completed by July 2nd at 8pm!
Those participating in the race on July 4th will pick-up their bib and shirt that morning, at York High School between 6:30am-7:25am. The race begins at 7:30am sharp. Early bib pick up will be available at YHS on July 3rd from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

This is the 45th Annual Four on the 4th and we hope you join us! Thank you again for your support!

Race Contacts

Please direct questions to Nick Darby –

York Days 5k


York Parks & Recreation are happy to announce the 2024 Annual York Days 5k Road Race in York, Maine!

Sign Up for the 2024 York Days 5k: Click HERE!

The fourth race in the Seacoast Road Race Series, this 5K is part of the Annual York Days Celebrations. This race benefits youth programming throughout York. Registration opens on Monday, February 19th, 2024, at 8:00am and ends July 26th, 2024, at 8:00pm. The first 400 to register will be guaranteed a free race shirt in their requested size. Beyond the first 400 to register, shirts will be given upon availability.

Participants may pick up their race shirt and bib on race day, Sunday, July 28th. The race begins at 8am sharp and day-of bib and shirt pick up opens at 7:00am.

THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. All registrations must be complete by July 26th!

Thank you again for your support!

Race Contacts

Please direct questions to Nick Darby –

Mt. Agamenticus Trail Challenge


We’d like to extend our deepest gratitude to all participants and volunteers who attended our rescheduled in-person event, everyone who participated in our virtual event, and our incredible community donors and sponsors who supported the Challenge in 2023!

As always, all funds raised go right back into Mount A conservation & education efforts. Thank you for your continued support!

2023 live event results are now available HERE.

Mark your calendars for the 2024 Trail Challenge on Saturday, September 21st!

Course Descriptions:

5k Course: Starts in open field at summit, follows Big A trail around the top for a gentle warm up.  Follow down the road to Hairpin Turn trail to the first water stop. Continues to Ring trail and follows it all the way around counter-clockwise, to second water stop before a challenging climb back to the top. Course will overlap slightly before the connection to Witch hazel trail. This year the course follows a portion of the Big A once again and finishes at the start area.

1 Mile Course: Starts at the center platform and follows the universal access trail around the inner loop and then outer perimeter to finish near our pollinator garden. Virtual participants: look for pink signage to help guide your way.

Race Contacts

Please direct questions to Nick Darby –


Where and when is the race?
Race dates, times and locations are listed on the registration forms and Facebook event pages.

How do I register for a race?
Register online, using a race’s link listed above.

What is the race’s course?
Each race’s course should be linked to their respective registration page or linked above.

Where can I pick up my bib once I’ve registered?
Bib pick up takes place on race day beginning 1 hour before the race start time.

Can I get a refund once I’ve registered?
Race registrations are non-refundable.

Am I eligible for a t-shirt?
All runners registered before the t-shirt deadlines will receive a race t-shirt. A shirt deadline is posted on all registration forms.

Where do I get my t-shirt?
T-shirts are given to eligible participants the day of the race (see race applications for specific deadlines).

Where can I find my race results?
Results will be posted on this page, under each race.

Can I run with a baby jogger/stroller?
Baby joggers/strollers are welcome, but we ask that runners who use them please begin the race toward the back of the pack. In some cases, a volunteer may guide your baby jogger/stroller through the chute at the finish area.

Can I run with my dog?
For the safety of your dog and other runners, we do not allow dogs at our any of our races.


Check out our exciting lineup of community events, conveniently listed in chronological order from January to December! Join us throughout the year for a variety of fun and engaging activities that cater to all interests and ages. Don't miss out on these opportunities to connect with your neighbors and make lasting memories together. Mark your calendars and get ready to experience the best of what our community has to offer!


YLG Penguin Crew

Sweetheart Ball

Sweetheart Ball - Thursday, February 8th, 2024
Kids aged 4-12 accompanied by an adult figure of their choosing.

This is our 8th Annual Sweetheart Ball! Come treat your child to a festive evening of dressing up and dancing. A photo area will be set up, complete with fun accessories. This semi-formal event will include family friendly music, dancing, and light refreshments. Space is limited and pre-registration is a must for this event, we suggest registering early as we anticipate a sellout again this year!

A huge thank you to the Union Bluff Meeting House for hosting us again this year!

REGISTRATION: November 1st - Until Full
DATE:               Thursday, February 8th
COST:               $30 per couple / $10 each extra guest
LOCATION:        The Meeting House at the Union Bluff
TIME:                5:00pm-6:30pm


For the Love of Student Art

For the Love of Student Art Showcase
February 16th-18th, 2024

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share student art with the community at this showcase held at the York Art Association. Special thanks to the wonderful art teachers from the York Schools for making student art available for this show and to the York Art Association for their generous hospitality. 

York Art Association
Friday through Sunday

February 16th-18th, 2024

Springtime Surprises

Springtime Surprises at Mount Agamenticus!
April 6th, 2024!

We hope that families will plan to join us for this fun-filled morning at Mount Agamenticus. We’ll be sure to have all the favorite springtime activities including an egg hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny, prizes, games, goodies and more. Come dressed for the weather as this is an outdoor event and don’t forget to bring your own basket or bag. Registration in advance will be a must! This is a free family event, but registration is required due to popularity!

LOCATION:         Mt. Agamenticus Summit!!
REGISTRATION:  Ongoing until full, space is limited. York Residents Only!
DATE:                Saturday, April 6th
COST:                FREE
SCHEDULE:        Up to Kindergarten - 8:00am-9:00am
                        1st Grade & Up - 9:00am-10:00am

York Residents Only, please!
Registration in advance is a must, as space is limited!

Ellis Parks Summer Concert Series

6:30pm-8:30pm at the Gazebo

July 4th - Big Picture Band

July 5th - New Magnolia Jazz Band

July 6th - Gerry T Band

July 7th - Brian Walker

July 11th - Miraj

July 12th - ELVIS!!

July 13th - After Hours Band

July 14th - Fred Dame Jr.

July 18th - Key Elements Band

July 19th - All Together Now

July 20th - Sing Along with Rich

July 21st - Dover Community Band

July 25th - Cool Beans

July 26th - Merrimac Valley Concert Band

July 27th - Truth About Daiseys

July 28th - Johnny Bubar

August 1st - World Famous Grassholes

August 2nd- Seacoast Wind Ensemble

August 3rd - Amherst Town Band

August 4th - 60's Invasion

August 8th - ELVIS

August 9th - Windham Swing Band

August 10th - Compaq Big Band

August 11th - Mark Marquis Band

August 15th - Eastern Sound Band

August 16th - Amherst Brass Quintet

August 17th - Morlocks

August 18th - Fugitive

August 22nd - North River Music

August 23rd - Bel Airs

August 24th - The Visitors

August 25th - Stone Broke

August 29th - Knock on Wood

August 30th - Paul Marquis

August 31st - Chris Desmond

York Days Craft Fair

Get ready for an incredible fair experience! With over 50 local vendors and crafters showcasing their amazing creations, this event is not to be missed! Best of all, public entry is absolutely free! Treat yourself to delicious food and drinks available for purchase, while the kids enjoy endless fun with giant lawn games and entertainment. We've got you covered with convenient portable restrooms and hand sanitizing stations on-site for your comfort and safety.
Vendor entry remains open until July 30th, so seize the opportunity and secure your spot today! Don't miss out on being a part of this unforgettable event!
For Vendor Information and Application: Click Here!

Nubble Light Challenge

Join us for a 2.5-ish mile ocean swim around the Nubble Lighthouse peninsula by way of swimming through "the gut" which is the waterway located between the mainland peninsula and the island housing the Nubble Lighthouse.

For more information: Click Here!

Questions: Contact

Beach Bonfire Benefit

The Annual Beach Bonfire Benefit in York, Maine is a heartwarming tradition that has been going strong since 2001. It was initiated by the Woods family of Graystone Builders of Maine after the tragic events of 9/11. Their goal was to raise funds for the New York City Fire Department. Over the years, this event has evolved into a beautiful community gathering that supports various local charities and organizations.

Here’s how it works: The Woods family and their friends stack firewood to create a massive bonfire on Long Sands Beach in York. The warmth of the flames not only brings people together but also benefits those in need. The proceeds from this event, which has raised over $100,000, now go to organizations like the York Community Service Association Food Pantry (YCSAFP). It’s heartwarming to see how a simple act of kindling a bonfire can make a significant impact on people’s lives.

Festival of Frights - Trunk or Treat

Festival of Frights Parade with “Trunk or Treat”
Friday, October 27th 2023

The York Parks & Recreation Department, with special help from the York Police Department and Center for Active Living, is pleased to, once again, host this Halloween event to be held October 27th at Short Sands. The event will consist of a Halloween costume parade that begins at Short Sands parking lot at 4:30pm and finishes at the Center for Active Living. If you’d like to be in the costume parade, please line up at Short Sands no later than 4:15pm. Following the parade portion of the event there will be a “Trunk or Treat” for all participants to get some candy and treats at the Center for Active Living. Get those costumes ready and join us for a night of fun!

COST:               FREE
LOCATION:        Parade starts at Short Sands and ends at the Center for Active Living
                        “Trunk or Treat” immediately following parade
DAY:                  Friday, October 27th
TIME:                Parade line starts to form at 4:15pm
                        Parade leaves for the Center for Active Living at 4:30pm

Veterans Breakfast

Annual Veterans Breakfast -Saturday, November 11th 2023

Join us for our Annual Veterans Breakfast! Held on Saturday, November 11th from 6:00am-2:00pm at Norma’s Restaurant. Free special for Veterans, generously sponsored by the York Committee for Veteran Affairs. All others may purchase any meal of their choosing. This event started and continues to thrive off the generosity of our community and sponsors! Thank you to all veterans for your service!

No registration necessary, just stop by
Norma's Restaurant at 529 US Rte 1 in York
on Saturday, November 11th

Thank you for your service!

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights Parade - Saturday, December 2nd 2023

Join us in celebrating York's Holiday Season with the Festival of Lights Parade. The parade starts promptly at 4:30pm on Saturday, December 2nd. Applications are available at the York Parks & Recreation Office and on our website: All are welcome!!! We would like to encourage the businesses in York to get involved in this community parade. What a great way to advertise your business and at the same time join in the spirit of the holidays and be involved in your community…a friendly competitive spirit could put a “Best Business’” banner on your float this year! Other honors include Best use of Music, Best Lights, Best Children’s Float and Most Magical.

Winter Community Concert

Winter Community Concert- Sunday, December 10th 2023

The Festival of Lights finale! Join us in the York Community Auditorium at York High School for a festive community concert! The Seacoast Wind Ensemble will be performing many holiday favorites to delight audiences.

This is a FREE Community Event
Donations for Youth Programming Accepted at the Door

LOCATION:        Community Auditorium at York High School
DAY:                 Sunday, December 10th
TIME:               3:00pm-4:00pm, Doors open at 2:30pm

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