Kennebunkport’s Launch – A Maritime Fest in Kennebunkport-Kennebunk-Arundel is held annually mid June.
The annual waterfront celebration first launched in 2016 brings together locals, fishermen, lobster fishermen, local chefs, pirates, mermaids, kids and grands, and visitors alike! Launch June 2021 is June 16-20 deck mates!
Kennebunkport is such a seafaring, fun loving, festival throwing kind of town. Everything in the Kennebunks centers around the water, the beaches, the maritime history and the love of Maine’s nautical heritage. Even in the heart of winter, when Kennebunkport celebrates Christmas Prelude and February for Lovers. So where better in Maine than to have a lively marine celebration? Old salts in town will recall that for many years Kennebunkport had a Blessing of the Fleet in June to christen the boating season. “LAUNCH” a Kennebunkport Maritime Festival is typically held the weekend following the fabulous fancy food & wine event – The Kennebunkport Festival (unfortunately canceled 2021).
Launch 2021 – Calendar of Events:
Wednesday June 16 LAUNCH
Launch After Hours 5-7:30 at the historic White Columns
Launch After Hours Party at Old Vines Wines Bar
Thursday June 17
Historic Tour 12am Brick Store Museum, learn about the history of seafaring and shipbuilding in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.
Relaunch 5-7pm A nautical themed cocktail event supporting Ben’s Fight
Drive Up Movie of Andre 8pm at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
Friday June 18
Historic Tour 11am, 1pm Brick Store Museum, learn about the history of seafaring and shipbuilding in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.
Art Trail of the Kennebunk 5-7 Friday visit the Maine Art Hill Studios, Maine Art Show and Maine Art Gallery community and more local art galleries, part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk.
Sea Love Candles at Maine & Vine 6pm & 7pm Candle & wine night
Friday live music 7-10 at Old Vines Wine Bar.
Saturday June 19 Sailors & Sirens 5k fun race at 9am – mermaid & sailor costumes encouraged.
Historic Walking Tour of Kennebunk Beach 11am- 1pm
Claws for a Cause Buy a lobster roll at a below participating Lobster Roll Trail spots on June 19 and $2 for each lobster roll sold will be donated to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.
The Boathouse Restaurant
Captain’s Landing at the Burleigh
The Clam Shack
Mabel’s Lobster Claw
White Barn Inn
Historic Tour 12pm, 1pm Brick Store Museum, learn about the history of Kennebunk.
Saturday live music 1-4pm at Old Vines Wine Bar.
Inn to Inn Garden Party is 2-4, 1802 House, Inn at English meadows, Waldo Emerson Inn.
KBIA Cove Walk 1– 3 at Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association, more info
River Lights Boat Parade – LAUNCH’s signature event on the Kennebunk River at 8pm Saturday, local boat owners are invited to deck their boat decks with lights and lavish decorations and parade in formation from Colony Beach up the Kennebunk River while spectators line the River banks to enjoy the flow and show of lights floating past (might plan your spot now at Stripers at The Breakwater Inn, Nonantum Resort, Arundel Wharf or The Boathouse Bar).
Sunday morning, June 20 at 11:30am LAUNCH weekend concludes with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet at Cape Porpoise Pier, wishing captains and crew a safe and bountiful season.
Sunday live music 1-4pm at Old Vines Wine Bar.
Father’s Day at Old Vines Wines Bar
All weekend of Launch, ask your favorite bartender about Launch Cocktails on The Cocktail Trail! More info about Launch here!
See our Top 10 Reasons We LOVE LAUNCH! Other LAUNCH events during the weekend include Cove Walks, Goat Island Lighthouse Boat Tours, a Shipping Village visit, historic maritime tours with costumed characters by The Brick Store Museum and White Columns – Kennebunkport Historical Society, and a Buoy Bounce.
Leave it to the locals to launch such a fun festival, the week following the Kennebunkport Festival. Why dry up when you can party in your preppy nautical attire all season long?!
Sea you at LAUNCH, where Kennebunkport, Kennebunk and Arundel celebrate local seafood, shipbuilding, and salute fishermen, lobstermen, captains and crew. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport’s deep nautical history and passion for the ocean are what make this Maine seaside community such a special place.
For seaside lodging during the Launch festival, see our guide to inn and hotels in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. For the best places to eat in the Kennebunks, see our restaurant guide. For boat charters, sailing and whale watching, see our guide to boating on the Kennebunk River.
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