LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival

STAY PACKAGES CAN BE FOUND HERE

THE LAUNCH! COCKTAIL TRAIL CAN BE FOUND HERE

 

LAUNCH! 2019 is setting sail!

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:

Castaway Cove for Kids: It's all hands on deck at the Waterhouse Center for this family friendly fest, feast and fun! Who doesn't love bouncy houses, face painting and aquatic life touch tanks?

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 (entry to be cooked at home and then brought to the Waterhouse Center), with prizes awarded for best whoopie pie or best strawberry treat. 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. 

Lobster Bake: Think red and white tablecloths, lobster, corn and blueberry cobbler, all eaten along our working waterfront. Fun for the whole family! 

Rock the Dock: This special event will feature a DJ, specialty cocktail from Batson River and delicious food from The Burleigh at the Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club. It's the perfect way to end Saturday night and have a front-row seat for the boat parade! All proceeds will go toward the floating wheelchair fund.

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

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.


Merchant Treasure Hunt: Collect a stamp from 10 of our 30 participating businesses for your chance at winning treasure! Pick up your treaure map at the chamber of any of the 30 participating shops and start your hunt! Return this stamped map to the Chamber Kiosk (1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, across from HB Provisions) or snap a picture of your completed map and send it to events@gokennebunks.com by 12 p.m. Sunday, June 18. From all entries we receive, we will choose one winner for each of the 30 prizes donated from these local businesses. 

For up-to-the-minute information, join our Facebook page.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up HERE!

2019 SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

TIME

LOCATION

Fishing for Freedom: Cheer on Wounded Warriors as they head out for a day of fishing on the ocean.

10:00 AM Nonantum and the Kennebunk River jettys

Pop-Up for Launch! with Wade Zahares: Join us in celebrating with local pastel artist, and LAUNCH! poster designer, Wade Zahares in our Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill. 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lower Village - Maine Art Hill

Chamber After Hours: An outdoor garden party featuring live music by Ocean Ave. with special guest Mark Gunter, food and cocktails from our local restaurants and tasting rooms. 

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Kennebunkport - White Columns

$10 members / $20 non-members

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

TIME

LOCATION

Pop-Up for Launch! with Wade Zahares: Join us in celebrating with local pastel artist, and LAUNCH! poster designer, Wade Zahares in our Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill. 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lower Village - Maine Art Hill

Timber to Tides: The Arundel Conservation Trust invites you to the 2nd Annual Gala hosted by Vinegar Hill. It will be a spectacular night of fine food, cocktails, and entertainment by Stolen Mojo.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arundel - Vinegar Hill | TICKETS

$50 per person

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 14

TIME

LOCATION

Living History Costumed Storytellers:  Go back in time and hear the tales directly from our historical characters.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunk/Kennebunkport - Various Locations

Art Guild of the Kennebunks: Enjoy a fine art exhibit where all sales benefit the community and general public.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport - Masonic Hall

Merchant Treasure Hunt: Collect a stamp from participating shops for your chance at winning a treasure! Get your map at the visitors center, any hotel or participating store.

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lower Village/Dock Square

Pop-Up for Launch! with Wade Zahares: Join us in celebrating with local pastel artist, and LAUNCH! poster designer, Wade Zahares in our Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill. 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lower Village - Maine Art Hill

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour: An opportunity to learn and taste a variety of local signature hand-brewed Shipyard/Kennebunkport brewing products.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Lower Village - KBC Shipyard Store

Kennebunkport Historic District Walking Tours: One mile walking tour through historic Kennebunkport.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport - First Families Museum at White Columns

$10 per person

Castaway Cove for Kids: It's all hands on deck for this family-friendly fest, feast and fun! Featuring bouncy houses, face painting, aquatic touch tanks, food trucks and so much more!

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennebunk - Waterhouse Center

Harbor High Five: Join five guys who are pooling their resources to host a fundraiser for the Floating Wheelchair Fund and River Tree Arts. 

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Kennebunkport - The Harbor Inn | TICKETS

$42 per person

Pirate Pub Crawl: Calling all mateys for a night of visiting five rogue establishments in one evening. 

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Lower Village/Kennebunkport - Spirit of Massachusetts Start | TICKETS 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

TIME

LOCATION

Sailors & Sirens 5K: Calling all mermaids and seafarers to run a scenic seaside course that will benefit the Arundel Historical Society.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Tent |       SIGN UP HERE

Sailors & Sirens Post Race Party: A post race celebration with live music, prizes and more!

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - Pilot House Tent

Launch! Tour to Goat Island Lighthouse with New England Eco Adventures 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village - Meet at KBC Gift Shop         (weather dependent)

Rain Gutter Regatta: Build your own floating foam sail boat and race it down the rain gutter course. 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village - Make it KPT

DETAILS HERE.

Art Guild of the Kennebunks: Enjoy a fine art exhibit where all sales benefit the community and general public.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Kennebunkport- Masonic Hall

Living History Costumed Storytellers:  Go back in time and hear the tales directly from our historical characters.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport- Various Locations

Pirate Encampment: Walk the plank with real pirates, learn pirate lore and history.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport - Clement Clark Boathouse

Merchant Treasure Hunt: Collect a stamp from participating shops for your chance at winning a treasure! Get your map at the visitors center, any hotel or participating store.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Kennebunk, Lower Village Kennebunk & Kennebunkport

Pop-Up for Launch! with Wade Zahares: Join us in celebrating with local pastel artist, and LAUNCH! poster designer, Wade Zahares in our Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill. 

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Lower Village - Maine Art Hill

Captains Cook-Off: Watch local chefs turn Maine ingredients into a gourmet dish, and see one crowned a winner!

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kennebunk – Waterhouse Center

Amateurs, professionals and kids can enter a homemade strawberry or whoopie pie treat HERE

Kennebunk Historic District Walking Tours: Enjoy an outdoor walking tour of Kennebunk's National Register Historic district. 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kennebunk - Brick Store Museum

$5 per person

History of Kennebunk Beach Walking Tour: Learn about the historic homes on the beach and the growth of the tourism industry since the 1880's. 

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kennebunk Beach - Trinity Chapel, Railroad Ave. |

$10pp, $5 for members

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour: An opportunity to learn and taste a variety of local signature hand-brewed Shipyard/Kennebunkport brewing products.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Lower Village - Federal Jacks
Launch! Garden Party: Explore the participating Inns beautiful gardens while enjoying lite bites and live music.  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kennebunkport - The Gardens of Captain Lord Mansion, The Captain Jefferds Inn & Maine Stay Inn

$5 donation to benefit the local food bank

Historical re-enactment of the sinking of the Isidore: Learn how sailors had premonitions about a shipwreck and how the phantom ship can still be seen patrolling the waters. 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Kennebunkport - White Columns 

KBIA Cove Walk: Explore the cove between Lord's Point and Strawberry Island at low tide with KBIA's marine biologist.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport Improvement Association 

$10 per family

Kennebunkport Historic District Walking Tours: One mile walking tour through historic Kennebunkport.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport – First Families Museum 

Classic Maine Lobster Bake: Feast on a freshly steamed lobster, corn, pasta salad or cole salw and blueberry cobbler while enjoying live music by Stealing North.

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Tent | TICKETS

Lobster dinner $30, Burger $15, Kids $10

Rock the Dock: Join us for an evening of merriment with a specialty cocktail from Batson River, delicious bites from The Burleigh, DJ and front row seats to the River Lights Boat Parade.

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club | TICKETS

$60 - proceeds benefit the Floating Wheelchair Fund

River Lights Parade: Enjoy this boat parade featuring sparkling lights, fun decorations and enthusiastic crew!

9:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village, Kennebunk River | SIGN UP HERE

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

TIME

LOCATION

Blessing of the Fleet: A tradition in seafaring communities, our local fleet will be blessed by Reverend Andrew D'Angio White of St. David's Episcopal Church to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

11:30 AM

Kennebunkport – Cape Porpoise Pier

Merchant Treasure Hunt: Collect a stamp from participating shops for your chance at winning a treasure! Get your map at the visitors center, any hotel or participating store.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Kennebunk, Lower Village Kennebunk & Kennebunkport

Art Guild of the Kennebunks: Enjoy a fine art exhibit where all sales benefit the community and general public.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport - Masonic Hall
Rain Gutter Regatta: Build your own floating foam sail boat and race it down the rain gutter course.  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village - Make it KPT

DETAILS HERE.

Pop-Up for Launch! with Wade Zahares: Join us in celebrating with local pastel artist, and LAUNCH! poster designer, Wade Zahares in our Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill. 

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Lower Village - Maine Art Hill

Something's Fishy! Father's Day Fun: Enjoy this family fun day of games, snacks and trivia! 

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunkport - Seashore Trolley Museum

Fathers are free!

Scenic Cruise on Kylies Chance: Treat dad to a beautiful scenic cruise down the Kennebunk River and along the Maine coastline. 

11 AM / 1 PM / 3 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village - Performance Marina

20% off family package by using code: FathersDay2019

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour: An opportunity to learn and taste a variety of local signature hand-brewed Shipyard/Kennebunkport brewing products.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Lower Village - Federal Jacks