LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival

 

The Kennebunks will kick off summer with the second annual LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, which gets underway on Thursday, June 15. Fresh local seafood, nautical history and an array of events at locations throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel will celebrate the community’s rich maritime history - one that continues to this day. Shipbuilding, lobstering and commercial fishing remain a vibrant part of the community.

Main events include:

Clam Jam: It's all hands on deck for this family friendly fest, feast and fun! Who doesn't love bouncy houses, face painting and delicious clam cakes? 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Captain's Cook-Off: Watch local chefs turn Maine ingredients into a gourmet dish, and see one crowned the winner. Amateurs, professionals and even kids can enter their own cooking contest, with prizes awarded for best chowdah, best blueberry dessert and best maple dish. Those who don't want to cook can still taste all of the entries and vote for people's choice winners, as well as enjoy the food truck court featuring local food trucks. 11-2 Saturday. 

Lobster Bake: Think red and white tablecloths, lobster, corn and blueberry pie, all eaten along our working waterfront. Fun for the whole family! 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

Rock the Boat: But don't tip the boat over! This special VIP after-party will feature live music, a champagne toast, creative cocktails and small bites of delicious food on board one of our local vessels. It's the perfect way to end Saturday night and have a front-row seat for the boat parade! 8-11 p.m. Saturday.

River Lights Boat Parade: Let's light up LAUNCH! with a boat parade featuring sparkling lights and fun decorations! After sunset, Saturday night. Dusk. Applications available here.

It will be an “all hands on deck” weekend with area hotels featuring nautically-themed packages, restaurants preparing their finest seafood delights, and local shops and boutiques showcasing unique and creative crafts and gifts. The weekend will evoke memories of yesteryear mixed with modern day style, sure to be fun for the entire family!

The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel Chamber looks forward to helping visitors plan their stay this June to set sail on this fantastic voyage! For information on hotel room availability and more event details, please call 207-967-0857.

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Read our coverage in Resorts and Lodges.com

Our 2017 schedule and access to purchase tickets will be posted on April 1. (It will be much the same as our 2016 schedule, so look below to get a general idea!)

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

TIME

LOCATION

Landing School Boat Launch

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

River Basin - Kennebunk/Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

Historic Walking Tours

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport – Brick Store Museum
& The Kennebunkport Historical Society
@ White Columns

Living History Costumed Interpreters

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport

Clam Jam

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Arundel - Seafood Center of Maine

Cape Arundel Cottage Crawl

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Arundel – Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve

Pirate Pub Crawl

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

TIME

LOCATION

Sailors & Sirens 5K

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Franciscan Monastery

Ship Building Odyssey Experience

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport – Brick Store Museum

Crafts on the River

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport - South Congregational Church

Launch! Kids Zone

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport – Historical Society at White Columns

Open House Tours

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Arundel – Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve

Captains Cook-Off

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Kennebunk – Waterhouse Center

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

Historic Walking Tours

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport – Brick Store Museum
& The Kennebunkport Historical Society
@ White Columns

Living History Costumed Interpreters

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport

Local Shipwreck History

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport – Clement Clark’s Boathouse

Cove Walk

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Kennebunk – KBIA (please call 207-967-2180 for reservations)

Lobster Bake

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Boatyard

Rock the Boat After Party

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Spirit of Massachusetts

River Lights Parade

8:30 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village, Kennebunkport

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

TIME

LOCATION

Blessing of the Fleet

8:00 AM

Kennebunkport – Cape Porpoise Pier

Father’s Day BBQ & Open House

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Arundel – Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop


Save the Date poster!