Whatever Season, There's a Reason to Celebrate
Start spring with the glorious bloom of 35,000 tulips at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in May, then float into summer with Windjammer Days, a long tradition going back half a century and featuring grand sailing vessels featured in an awe-inspiring Parade of Sail. Events include the rollicking Cod Fish Race where teams transport a fish through town in full foul weather gear, to one-design races, a street parade, art shows, waterfront concerts, and spectacular fireworks display in June and July.
September rolls in with Harbor Fest with 10 days of eclectic events that include the Fishin’ for Fashion Show—using seashells and fishing gear to make innovative outfits—a popular mixologist match-up called The Spirit of Maine Cocktail Competition, the Harbor Crawl 5k and half-marathon, live music, and more. Visit the Boothbay Railway Village in October for the Fall Foliage Festival, where local crafters, food vendors, and musicians gather to share their appreciation of the beauty of the changing leaves. Bargain hunters will love the Early Bird Sale in November when merchants offer deep discounts; wear your pajamas for even more savings!
Then it’s on to the holidays with our Harbor Lights Festival through December. During this spectacular event, the entire peninsula gets strung with half a million or more colorful lights. At its partner Gardens Aglow event, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens decorates the gardens and buildings with 330,000 bulbs or more, offering visitors the largest LED light display in Maine. Under twinkling lights Santa arrives by boat, carols fill the air, talented baker’s of all ages and skill compete for glory in the Gingerbread Spectacular. You can even board the North Pole Express and all its offerings.
The Windjammer Days festival marks the kick off to summer in our region and is a time to reconnect with family, friends, and neighbors after the long winter, an opportunity to support local businesses and welcome visitors. It is a time to honor our maritime history and celebrate the vital role it plays in the lives of all who live here.
Every Columbus Day Weekend the Museum’s Village Green welcomes dozens of vendors of handmade items and fabulous food, along with a wide variety of live entertainment, for the Fall Foliage Festival. The sound of the train’s steam whistle resonating throughout the crisp fall air reminds guests that this is not your typical craft show.
The beautiful crafts are center stage on the Village Green surrounded by the historic buildings and structures of the Boothbay Railway Village. Rides on the narrow gauge steam train and the opportunity for guests to explore exhibits detailing Maine’s railroad heritage, interpreting village life, and displaying more than 60 antique automobiles set this event apart.
The Boothbay Food & Music Festival is a 3-day event celebrating the very best of Maine’s food, drink, and entertainment. The Festival is organized by local business owners with the generous support of our valued sponsors.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Boothbay Region Community Resource Council, Boothbay Region YMCA, and Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund.
The 7th Annual Claw Down is a gourmet lobster lover’s dream event,” says Patricia Royall, Executive Director, Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “You get to meet incredibly talented chefs, eat delectable, handcrafted lobster bites while enjoying some of the finest wines and beers.”
The Festival kicks off with 10 chefs going head-to-head to create their perfect lobster bites. The perfect bites will be judged by a panel of experts and the audience in a fun, lively competition.
The Mission of the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest is to promote education to citizens of all ages regarding the specific agricultural science required to grow giant pumpkins and to provide local non-profit organizations with opportunities for dissemination of information on their activities and fundraising.
Boothbay Harbor is not without its winter festivities! Join the region as they celebrate the season in grand old-fashioned holiday style with the Harbor Lights Festival. The Festival offers a variety of activities for young and old and will surely put you in the holiday spirit! Meet Mr. and Mrs. Clause who arrive via boat, take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the harbor, sing Christmas Carols, watch the lighted boat parade, and gather up lots of cheerful holiday merriment.
Purchase your tickets online for Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s major winter event, Gardens Aglow or discover the many local restaurants and businesses that will be teaming up to offer an unforgettable experience this town has never had before. This is an opportunity to experience the best of Boothbay, in the winter season. You’ll have the chance to do some holiday shopping, dine at our delicious restaurants, enjoy festival events and so much more.