LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival is Maine's Hottest Summer Festival

LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival is just days away from kicking off the official start of summer here on the southern Maine Coast. Hosted throughout Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and Arundel, this summer festival is the hottest new event in Maine. Launch! embraces the culinary and seafaring history of the area with incredible events from June 13-17, 2018.

Launch into summer with Maine’s best summer festival!

Early summer weekends bring lots of excitement to Kennebunkport Maine with Memorial Day weekend followed quickly by the all new Kennebunkport Festival but Father’s Day Weekend and Launch Fest kicks summer into high gear. The Kennebunkport Festival celebrates the finest things in life (fine food, fine spirits, and fine art, all in the most incredible of settings – right here in Kennebunkport), but Launch Fest celebrates everything that is classic Maine. With fun events for visitors and locals of all ages, there is no other festival like it – and it is not to be missed!

Launch Fest brings awesome festival events like the Captain’s Cook Off, where Maine chefs compete for the best dishes – and attendees can taste the creations or sample from Maine’s hottest food trucks. Or check out the classic Lobster Bake, complete with lobster, corn, and blueberry pie, served right on the waterfront! And for the first time ever, our boutique Kennebunkport hotel is dishing up “Dogs for Dads” – and old fashioned backyard barbecue to really kick off the summer fun and celebrate all the special dads out there for Father’s Day Weekend. The very next weekend we welcome summer with LAUNCH! Kennebunkport’s connection to the sea has always been strong, influencing local culture and cuisine, but in recent years the culinary scene has really exploded.

Activities abound during the day, including brewery tours, guided tours of Kennebunkport, treasure hunts, and more! Start your weekend of culinary adventure off with the Sailors and Sirens 5K or just enjoy a walk along the coast. But at night, don’t miss the Rock the Boat Party on the Spirit of Massachusetts – the ship will be rocking’ with incredible live music, special event cocktails, and great food!

And here at the Maine Stay, we’ll start off your LAUNCH! fest getaway with Maine favorites each morning. So start your summer off right with LAUNCH! fest 2018 right here on in Kennebunkport!

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