Kennebunks to Launch Maritime Festival

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The Kennebunks (Kennebunkport, Arundel and Kennebunk, Maine) will kick off summer with the first LAUNCH!, a maritime festival that gets underway on Friday, June 17. Fresh local seafood, nautical history and an array of events at locations throughout the area will celebrate the community’s rich maritime history, including shipbuilding, lobstering and commercial fishing.

Bringing to life this vibrant part of the towns’ cultures and culinary scene, LAUNCH! will highlight the community’s love of the sea through various anchor events and activities, including:

  • “Clam Jam” at the Seafood Center of Maine with homemade clam cakes and ice cream, buoy decorating and a bouncy house for kids.
  • “Chopped”-style chef competition, chowder cook-off and local food truck gathering in downtown Kennebunk.
  • Authentic Lobster Bake with red and white checked tablecloths at the Pilot House, overlooking the Kennebunk River.
  • River Lights boat parade and a VIP “Rock the Boat” adults-only shipboard after party.

Throughout the 3-day festival, visitors can also enjoy historic walking tours with costumed interpreters from the Brick Store Museum and White Columns (Kennebunkport Historical Society), brewery tours and tastings at the Kennebunkport Brewing Company, a craft fair on the river green and more. Sunday morning, the festival will conclude with a resurrection of the traditional Blessing of the Fleet in beautiful Cape Porpoise village, wishing captains and crew a safe and bountiful season.

For information on hotel room availability and more event details, call (207) 967-0857, or visit or, or follow the event’s Facebook page.

**Watch the Kennebunks episode of New England Boating TV, filmed in summer 2015!