LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival

LAUNCH! 2018 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. Would you like to enter the competition? Sign up here.

Lobster Bake: Think red and white tablecloths, lobster, corn and blueberry pie, all eaten along our working waterfront. Fun for the whole family! 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! 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. SIGN UP 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 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? We would love your help and you can sign up HERE.

2018 SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

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

After Hours After Party

7:00 PM - ?

Kennebunk Lower Village - Old Vines Wine Bar

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

TIME

LOCATION

Timber to Tide

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Arundel - Vinegar Hill | TICKETS

Pirate Pub Crawl

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Kennebunk Lower Village – Spirit of Massachusetts Start | TICKETS

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

TIME

LOCATION

The Landing School Annual Epic Launch & Boat Christening TBA TBA

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

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 – 7:30 PM

Kennebunk - The Waterhouse Center

Pirates at the Seashore

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Kennebunkport - Seashore Trolley Museum | TICKETS

Pirate Pub Crawl

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunkport - Salt & Honey start | TICKETS

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

TIME

LOCATION

Chalk Fest

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Kennebunkport - North Street Firehouse

Sailors & Sirens 5K

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Tent

Sailors & Sirens Post Race Party 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Kennebunk Lower Village - Pilot House Tent

Ship Building Odyssey Experience

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kennebunk/Kennebunkport – Brick Store Museum 

Rain Gutter Regatta

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

Launch! Buoy Bounce

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport - North Street Firehouse

Living History Costumed Interpreters

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport
Art Guild of the Kennebunks Season's Launch 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Kennebunkport - Masonic Hall

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

Captains Cook-Off

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Kennebunk – Waterhouse Center

Enter your homemade blueberry or whoopie pie treat! Sign up here.

History of Kennebunk Beach Walking Tour

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Trinity Chapel, Railroad Ave, Kennebunk | TICKETS or purchase at door.

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

Captain's Garden Party 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Kennebunkport - Captain Lord Mansion & The Captain Jefferds Inn
Historic re-enactment of the sinking of the Isadore 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Kennebunkport - White Columns

Kennebunkport Historic Walking Tours

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunkport – White Columns

"Walk with Ben" Director of Photography at Down East magazine 3:00 PM Kennebunkport - Ben Williamson, Director of Photography at Down East magazine, will lead a group of 20 people on a photography workshop leaving from the Nonantum. "A Walk with Ben" will be a fun, interactive gathering to delve a little deeper into creative image making. Ticket includes a cocktail after the walk. TICKETS.
Scalawags & Salty Dogs at the Kennebunkport Marina – to benefit The Posh Fund at the Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunkport - Kennebunkport Marina | Calling all Scalawags and Salty Dogs to come aboard for nautical fun and seaside snacks at the Kennebunkport Marina!  Join us for Yappy Hour boat rides and games, while you sample our Salty Dog cocktails and mocktails.  Donations to The Posh Fund, which supports the Kennebunk AWS Community Veterinary Clinic, will be appreciated. 

Lobster Bake

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Pilot House Boatyard | TICKETS

Rock the Boat After Party

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – Spirit of Massachusetts | TICKETS

River Lights Parade

9:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village, Kennebunkport | SIGN UP

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 17

TIME

LOCATION

Blessing of the Fleet

8:30 AM

Kennebunkport – Cape Porpoise Pier

Chalk Fest

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM North Street Firehouse
Rain Gutter Regatta 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village - Make It KPT

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 – 5:00 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 Marine

Kennebunkport Brewing Company Tour

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kennebunk Lower Village – KBC Gift Shop

 

STAY PACKAGES:

HARBOR INN: Advertised exclusively through the Chamber, enjoy 10% off your stay which includes a true Farm to Table breakfast each morning. There will also be corn hole tournaments throughout the week for your chance to win a growler a day of LAUNCH IPA during your stay. To put more wind in your sail there will be a drawing post-LAUNCH to win a free night at The Harbor Inn.  *reservations must be booked directly through The Harbor Inn via phone 207-967-2074 or website www.harborinnkennebunkport.com.

MAINE STAY INN: Dogs for Dads: Join us at the Maine Stay Inn to celebrate LAUNCH! and Father's Day Weekend with an old fashioned backyard cookout, complete with hot dogs, lemonade, and yard games! Kick back and relax from 2-4 pm on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Donations to our local food pantry are always welcome. Also note that off peak prices are offered the entire month of June.  Prices range from $199-$339.

PORT INN: LAUNCH! Into Summer Special! Join us from June 13 to June 19 to kick off the summer, and receive 15% off your stay of two or more nights!  Your stay includes 15% off your stay of 2 or more nights between June 13 and June 19, 2017, complimentary artisan continental breakfast featuring locally-sourced items and free use of our wonderful summer amenities, including our outdoor heated pool, hotel bicycles, beach passes, and beach equipment (chairs, umbrellas, towels). Book by June 17, 2018.

WALDO EMERSON INN: Launch into Summer Special! Celebrate the return of summer and join us for the Kennebunkport Festival (June 4-9) or the LAUNCH Festival (June 13-17), or both! Book 3+ nights and save 15% off your stay! Promo Code: LAUNCH *Valid for stay May 25 - June 19, 2018. Cannot be combined with other offers or third party gift certificates. New reservations only when booked directly on www.waldoemerson.com