Putting the FREE in Freeport


Free food. Free parking. Free activities. Free concert. All in Freeport, Maine. Really. No strings attached.

This weekend, June 21-22, L.L. Bean hosts a double header, and both events are free. The 27th annual Paddle Sports Festival takes place at the store’s Lower Flying Point Paddling Center. Park at the downtown store, then hop a free shuttle to the site.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., events include test-paddling kayaks and canoes, taking part in a GPS Techno Treasure Hunt (age limits), and kids craft sessions. Chow down at the–yes, free–oceanside cookout until 3 p.m. Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?. Listen to live bluegrass music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also available for a $29 fee (reservations recommended) are 90-minute kayak tours for ages 10 and older.

In the evening, the action switches to Bean’s Discovery Park, downtown, for a free concert by the swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Bring a blanket or chairs, and prepare to snag a prime spot early.


  1. Not so Free in NJ

    I used to be an official (credit) card carrying L.L. Bean shopper. The best part was that orders shipped to New Jersey were sales tax free.

    Several years ago L.L. Bean opened a couple of retail stores in NJ and because of their presence here, they had to start charging sales tax to NJ residents.

    That put an end to my LL Bean mail order shopping, except for clothes which are not taxed in NJ.

    Anyways, sounds like a fun weekend in FREEport.