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.

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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

Progressive Dinner

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Kennebunkport - Nonantum and others

Siren Soiree

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arundel - Bentley's Museum - Tickets Here

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

TIME

LOCATION

Living History Costumed Interpreters

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

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

Arundel - Seafood Center of Maine

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

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

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

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
Treasure Hunt 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

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

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 - 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

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

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

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