LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival

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 for this family friendly fest, feast and fun! Who doesn't love bouncy houses, face painting and delicious clam cakes? 

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 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. 

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

Rock the Dock: But don't fall in! This special VIP after-party will feature live music, specialty cocktails and small bites of delicious food 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!

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. 

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2019 SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

TIME

LOCATION

Fishing for Freedom

10:00 AM Nonantum and the River

Chamber After Hours

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Kennebunkport - White Columns

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

TIME

LOCATION

Timber to Tides

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arundel - Vinegar Hill 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 14

TIME

LOCATION

Merchant Treasure Hunt

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

Living History Costumed Interpreters

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

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Federal Jacks

Historical Walking Tours

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Brick Store Museum 

Kennebunkport Historic Walking Tours-on the hour

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport - White Columns

Art Guild of the Kennebunks Season's Launch Opening Reception 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Kennebunkport - Masonic Hall

Castaway Cove for Kids

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennebunkport- Masonic Hall

Harbor High Five

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Harbor Inn

Pirate Pub Crawl

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunkport - Spirit of Massachusetts Start 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

TIME

LOCATION

Sailors & Sirens 5K

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Tent

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

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM` Meet at KBC Gift Shop 

Rain Gutter Regatta 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Make it KPT

Sailors & Sirens Post Race Party

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - Pilot House Tent

Art Guild of the Kennebunks Season's Launch

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

Living History Costumed Interpreters

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 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

Captains Cook-Off

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kennebunk – Waterhouse Center

Enter your homemade blueberry or whoopie pie treat! 

History of Kennebunk Beach Walking Tour

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Trinity Chapel, Railroad Ave, Kennebunk

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Federal Jacks
Launch! Garden Party 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Kennebunkport - The Gardens of  Captain Lord Mansion, The Captain Jefferds Inn & Maine Stay Inn
Historic re-enactment of the sinking of the Isadore 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Kennebunkport - White Columns 

KBIA Cove Walk

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kennebunkport Improvement Association 

Kennebunkport Historic Walking Tours

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport – Brick Store Museum 

Lobster Bake

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Boatyard 

Rock the Dock After Party

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club

River Lights Parade Watching Dessert Party 

8:30 PM Federal Jacks

River Lights Parade

9:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village, Kennebunk River

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

TIME

LOCATION

Blessing of the Fleet

11:30 AM

Kennebunkport – Cape Porpoise Harbor

Art Guild of the Kennebunks Season's Launch 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport - Masonic Hall
Merchant Treasure Hunt: Map pick up at any participating stores, local inns & hotels or at the Chamber and Kiosk. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Kennebunk, Lower Village Kennebunk & Kennebunkport

Something's Fishy! Father's Day Fun

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Kennebunkport - Seashore Trolley Museum

Scenic Cruise on Kylies Chance

11 AM / 1 PM / 3 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - Performance Marina

Father's Day BBQ on the Patio!

TBD Kennebunk Lower Village - Old Vines Wine Bar

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Federal Jacks