Kennebunkport is known for its history of shipbuilding and fishing, with the Kennebunk River connecting the town to the ocean beyond. From historic schooners and sloops to fast lobster boats and luxury yachts, Kennebunkport is home to many kinds of marine industries and boats. The Launch! Maritime Festival celebrates the area's rich heritage with a family-friendly festival that showcases boats, beer, and seafood—our favorites!
June 12-16 2019 is the 4th annual Launch! Maritime Festival in Kennebunkport, and during your visit, you'll find family fun, boat races, parades, and sails, and of course, a lobster bake. Guided tours from the Brick Store Museum will provide a historical background with points of interest in Kennebunkport and the neighboring village of Kennebunk. The chef's cook-off at The Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk will provide a great look into the variety of Maine foods, from lobster and cod to blueberry desserts and whoopie pies. Help to award the People's Choice winner by tasting your way through the entries. Local food trucks will be on hand too, making it a must-do for any foodie.
The 5-day festival ends with a VIP party and boat parade on the Kennebunk River. The "Rock the Dock" party at the Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club will have specialty cocktails, appetizers, live music, and a front-row seat for the boat parade on the Kennebunk River. Kennebunkport's Launch! Maritime Festival is a great way to kick off summer in the Kennebunks and our Kennebunkport boutique hotel Captain Fairfield Inn offers the perfect spot from which to enjoy it.