LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival

The Kennebunks will kick off summer with the second annual LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, which gets underway on Wednesday, June 14. 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 for this family friendly fest, feast and fun! Who doesn't love bouncy houses, face painting and delicious clam cakes? 5 to 7:30 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 (entry to be cooked at home and then brought to the Waterhouse Center), with prizes awarded for best chowdah or best blueberry 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. 11-1 Saturday. ENTRY APPLICATION HERE

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. TICKETS

Rock the Boat: But don't tip the boat over! This special VIP after-party will feature live music, specialty 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. TICKETS

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.


Merchant Treasure Hunt: Collect a stamp from 15 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. Download map here.

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Read our coverage in Resorts and Lodges.com

 

 

 

LAUNCH SPECIALS

COFFEE ROASTERS OF THE KENNEBUNKS: Buy any breakfast sandwich or pastry and get a free cup of coffee

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

TIME

LOCATION

Fishing For Freedom

10:00 AM

The banks of the Kennebunk River past the Nonatum Resort and the beach jetties

Chamber After Hours

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Kennebunkport - White Columns

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 15

TIME

LOCATION

Sirens Soiree

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arundel - Bentley's Museum - Tickets Here

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

TIME

LOCATION

The Landing School Annual Epic Launch & Boat Christening 3:00 PM Kennebunkport - South Congregational Church River Green

Living History Costumed Interpreters

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunk/Kennebunkport - Various Locations
Merchant Treasure Hunt: Map pick up at any participating stores, local inns & hotels or at the Chamber and Kiosk. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Kennebunk, Lower Village Kennebunk & Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

Kennebunkport Historic Walking Tours

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport - White Columns

River Tree Arts Artisan Market Opening - Wine, cheese and beautiful art 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - River Tree Arts

Castaway Cove for Kids

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Kennebunk - The Waterhouse Center

Cape Arundel Seabreeze Social

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Arundel – Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve

Pirate Pub Crawl

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Federal Jacks start - Tickets Here

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

TIME

LOCATION

Sailors & Sirens 5K

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Franciscan Monastery

Sailors & Sirens Post Race Party 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - Toroso
KBIA Cove Walk 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association, reservations required at 967-2180

Ship Building Odyssey Experience

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport – Brick Store Museum - Tickets Here

River Tree Arts Artisan Market & Maritime Painting 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - River Tree Arts

Rain Gutter Regatta

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - Make It KPT

Crafts on the River

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport - White Columns Lawn

Launch! Buoy Bounce

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village - Lower Village Park & Playground

Living History Costumed Interpreters

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport

Merchant Treasure Hunt: Map pick up at any participating stores, local inns & hotels or at the Chamber and Kiosk.

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

Captains Cook-Off

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kennebunk – Waterhouse Center - participant application here

Ahoy Mutties Photo Booth

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Kennebunkport - Digs, Divots and Dogs

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

Captain's Garden Party 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Kennebunkport - Captain Lord Mansion & The Captain Jefferds Inn

Kennebunkport Historic Walking Tours

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport – White Columns

Visit a Shipping Village Lecture

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport – Clement Clark’s Boathouse

Lobster Bake

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Boatyard - Tickets Here

Rock the Boat After Party

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Spirit of Massachusetts - Tickets Here

River Lights Parade Watching Dessert Party 8:30 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - Federal Jacks - Tickets Here

River Lights Parade

9:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village, Kennebunkport

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

TIME

LOCATION

Blessing of the Fleet

8:00 AM

Kennebunkport – Cape Porpoise Pier

Rain Gutter Regatta 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village - Make It KPT

Merchant Treasure Hunt: Map pick up at any participating stores, local inns & hotels or at the Chamber and Kiosk. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Kennebunk, Lower Village Kennebunk & Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON MAINE, GO TO www.visitmaine.com.


H.B. Provisions

Kennebunkport Marina

Nelson Family

Kennebunk Festival Committee

  

H.B. Provisions