LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival 2018LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival celebrates it’s third, annual return in 2018. If you’ve yet to experience this 5 day festival of fun in the Kennebunks, you’re missing out! A 5k road race, chef cook-off, lobster bake, live music, and much, much more. June 13th through the 17th, 2018.

Most everything about the Kennebunks centers around the water, our beaches, our maritime history, and Maine’s nautical heritage. For many years, Kennebunks christened the boating season with a June Blessing of the Fleet. LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, celebrates our history and brings back this tradition – and then some!

The five-day festival features a cornucopia of events and activities in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel. The whole shebang kicks off on the 13th with Fishing For Freedom to salute Veterans and an after-hours Garden Party at the historic White Columns that evening.

Other popular events for LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival 2018 include:

The Captain’s Cook-Off – 11am to 1pm, June 16, at Kennebunk’s Waterhouse Center
Come sample (or submit!) the offerings of local chefs – both professional and amateur. Watch as professional chefs create gourmet dishes from traditional Maine ingredients then taste all the entries and vote for your people’s choice winners!

River Lights Boat Parade – 9pm, June 16 on the Kennebunk River:
Enjoy an evening parade of local boats, hung with sparkling lights and lavish decorations, up the Kennebunk River! This signature LAUNCH! event always sees lots of spectators lining the banks of the river. So beautiful!

Pirate Pub Crawl – 8pm to ?, June 14 & 15, starting off in Kennebunk’s Lower Village
Last year’s pub crawl was so popular, they’ve expanded it to two evenings for 2018. Come join the pirate crew visiting five different pubs each night. Your ticket even gets you an eye-patch. Arrrrrrrr!

Lobster Bake – 4pm to 7pm, June 16 at Kennebunk’s Pilot House Boatyard
Come enjoy a classic Maine coast meal of freshly steamed lobster, corn, pasta salad, or cole slaw. Follow it all up with a slice of delicious blueberry pie as you sit back and enjoy the live music and beautiful view. Perfect.

LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival

June 13-17, 2018 in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, & Arundel, ME
We’ve barely scratched the surface of all there will be to do and see during LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival. Be sure to visit gokennebunks.com for tickets and a full schedule. You can also follow the event on Facebook.

Kennebunkport Lodging
As you can imagine, an event as big as LAUNCH! takes a big bite out of local accommodations. If you’ve plans to be in the Kennebunks during the festival, you’ll want to acquire your lodging now, before it’s too late! Captain Jefferds Inn offers 16 individually decorated guestrooms and delicious, three-course breakfasts. Our Kennebunkport B&B consistently ranked number 1 and 2 on Trip Advisor and are proud to maintain a 98% approval rating. Book your stay at Captain Jefferds Inn today!