The first weekend of October is a good time to visit the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland and Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, as both are offering free admission at some level.

Fling Into Fall in Searsport

Admission will be free at Penobscot Marine Museum for all visitors during Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3. In addition, the Museum Store will offer 20 percent off all purchases Saturday, and many Searsport businesses are offering sales for the festival weekend. Grasshopper Shop is having a 20 percent off storewide sale Friday and Saturday; WORKS is having a storewide sale on books; and Searsport Shores Campground is offering free camping to Searsport residents. For the complete Fling Into Fall schedule, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Cardholder weekend at Farnsworth

On the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders enjoy free admission to more than 150 museums, in 30 states, nationwide. The Farnsworth Art Museum is the only participating museum in Maine.

Customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit cards and a valid photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4. For more information and a complete list of Museums On Us sites, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or