The 14th Annual Kennebunkport Festival is June 4-9, 2018
Its festival time in KPT. The Kennebunkport Festival, now over a decade old, is forever young, fabulous and rich ~ loaded with events revolving around eating, drinking, admiring art and socializing in this 1653 charming seaside setting. Get your tickets now to the best Kennebunkport Festival before the best parties sell out!
The Festival is the pride and joy of Maine Magazine with event tickets priced from $20 for Brews and Tunes – now called the Maine Craft Music Festival, to cocktail parties each night at $45, to as much as $195 for exclusive Chef dinners at private mansions on the beach, Ocean Ave, Old Vines Wine Bar, and Wells Laudholm Farm.
A portion of the Kennebunkport Festival proceeds go to a local Maine charity – Full Plates Full Potential. But mostly it’s about sampling local Chefs best bites, sipping cocktails by the sea, seeing and being seen in the famous town of Kennebunkport!
From the cocktail parties at , Kennebunkport Inn, The Colony and The White Barn, to the after parties, the Maine Art Block Party, and the big Puttin’ On The Glitz soiree, formerly Spirit of Maine, under the tent at Pilot House Boatyard, and the Grand Finale at On The Marsh, it’s a festival infused with high spirit, flowing spirits, music, surrounded by Maine art and scenery. See our Top 10 favorite festival events.
It’s hardly a locals event, instead its hobnobbing aboard Hinckley’s at Chicks Marina with the publication folks from Portland, dining at private homes with top chefs from around the state and the well-heeled from all over. It’s pay to play, dress to impress, with the exception of Saturday’s Maine Craft Music Festival which is a causal outdoor concert venue on the Captain Lord Mansion lawn – River Green.
Similarly the after hours are casual, no admission fee – just come as you are, cash bar. Over all the Festival is a feel good, do good event (fundraiser for Full Plates, Full Potential)– and it’s a weeklong succession of back to back parties so remember it’s a Maine marathon of eating and drinking, not a sprint…
Here is the Kport Fest schedule of events, who’s who and what’s going on where!
Monday, June 5 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Gratitude cocktail party at Stripers– the hosts of the private dinners are hosted – sold out.
Tuesday, June 6 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Cocktails at Kennebunkport Inn Burleigh 5 – 7 pm $45
Tuesday Private Art of Dining Dinners 7 – 10 pm Tickets $195
Manetti Residence Art of Dining featuring Chef Rian Wylie from Little Giant
Turner Residence featuring Chef Rick Shell from Cliff House
Hurlbutt Residence Dinner featuring Chef Pierre of Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn
Molloy Residence featuring Chef Romann Dumorne of Northern Union
Old Vines Wine Bar Art of Dining featuring Chef Joel Souza
Kuehnle Residence dinner featuring Chef John Shaw of The Burleigh
Pear Tree Farm Dinner featuring Chef Peggy Liversidge from Kitchen Chicks
Kennebunkport Historical Society Dining at Nott House with Chef German of Ports of Italy
Wednesday, June 7 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Cocktails at The Colony 5 – 7 pm $45
Wednesday Private Art of Dining Dinners 7 – 10 pm
Heard Residence featuring Chef Guy Hernandez of Lolita
Sullivan Residence featuring Chef Matt of Evo
Feingold Residence Art of Dining featuring Chef Avery of Black Tie Co.
On The Marsh Art of Dining featuring Chef Peter Pappas
Marquis Residence Art of Dining featuring Grace Chef Adam Flood
Raffaelli Residence featuring Chef Harding Lee Smith of The Rooms
Rice Residence featuring Chef Emil Rivera of Sur Lie
Harrington Residence featuring Earth Chef Joseph Schafer
Thursday, June 9 Kennebunkport Festival Events
The Hinckley Reception at Chicks Marina 5 – 7 pm $45
Puttin’ on The Glitz Big Tent Party 6:30-10pm $135
Friday, June 9 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Maine Art Block Party 5-8pm $55
Grand Cru Chef’s Night Dinner Laudholm Farms Wells 6:30-10 $195
Saturday, June 10 Kennebunkport Festival Events
Grand Tasting Party at Pilot House Boatyard Tent Noon – 3 pm $75
Maine Craft Music Festival, Brews & Tunes on The River Green 2 – 5 pm $20
Festival Grand Finale at On The Marsh 7 – 11 pm $175
Sunday June 11
Tour De Cure at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm
Get your Kennebunkport Festival Tickets here…and we’ll see you there!
If that’s not enough to make your Maine head spin, the following weekend is Kennebunkport’s annual Launch – a maritime fest complete with a River Lights Boat Parade, Rock the Boat VIP Party, Blessing of the Fleet and Sirens and Sailors 5k! So put on your party pants people and come to Kport!
See our Guide to dining in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk Maine, and where to stay during the Festival in the Kennebunks.
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