Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. But, if you’ve never been here before, you may be wondering what to expect. One of the best ways to get to know our area and culture is to attend Boothbay Harbor Fest. This 10-day celebration brings locals and visitors together for great food, live music, and plenty of fun events. It’s one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, and it’s coming up on Labor Day Weekend. Here are some of the things to expect at Boothbay Harbor Fest. Don’t forget to explore our free Vacation Guide to Boothbay Harbor, too. We included information on some of our favorite local events as well as more things to do in the area.
4 of the Incredible Events You Can Enjoy at Boothbay Harbor Fest
All of the excitement begins with the Harbor Fest Kick Off Party at The Mystic Mermaid, just a short walk from Topside Inn. There’s food, music, a cocktail competition, and more. Once the festival begins, be sure to check out these must-see happenings around town:
1. A Taste of Local Flavor
Crab cakes, lobster, and oysters are some of the delicious foods you can find at this event on Labor Day Weekend. Nothing beats the food in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. During A Taste of Local Flavor, visitors have the chance to sample our region’s acclaimed cuisine. Purchase a ticket online and visit the restaurants, pubs, and markets listed on your Tasting Passport. Stop by Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Boathouse Bistro, and several others in the area. Each location promises a unique experience with delicious foods.
Save money on your tickets: Since the Topside Inn is a lodging partner for the festival, you can get exclusive discounts on your tickets by staying with us.
2. 5K and Half Marathon
If you need to work off all that food, you’re in luck. Harbor Fest’s 5k and Half Marathon is fun for runners of all abilities. The half-marathon course offers views along the water. It even crosses over two islands and a historic footbridge. For those who’d prefer to tackle the 5K, the scenery and natural surroundings are equally spectacular. The terrain on this course is well maintained for an optimal running or walking route.
3. Taste of Labor Day
Starting in 2018, attendees can participate in the Taste of Labor Day event. Here, you can enjoy three tasting courses on the scenic waterfront of Boothbay. There’s also live music to pair with your food and wine experience. If you purchase tickets along with a Tasting Passport, you can get a discount.
4. The East Side Vibe
Another fantastic addition beginning in 2018 is The East Side Vibe. Several talented bands perform while you’re free to browse numerous vendors and shops. It’s a wonderful option for families or those looking to pick up unique gifts and souvenirs from their trip. You can also check out creative designs at the Fishin’ for Fashion show in East Boothbay for an afternoon of fun.
Check out This Other Must-See Festival in September
If you can’t get enough of our lively culture and excitement, we recommend attending the Boothbay Food & Music Festival. You can check it out in mid-September, shortly after the Boothbay Harbor Fest. It’s a great excuse to stay in our incredible area for a long summer vacation to enjoy both events.
This three-day celebration of food, wine, and music starts off with the popular Claw Down competition. Taste a variety of lobster bites as top-notch chefs go head-to-head for the best recipe. Then, continue your fun-filled weekend with dancing, fine dining, family fun, and several musical performances.
Stay Nearby at the Topside Inn
As you can see, a day at Boothbay Harbor Fest will leave you with lasting memories. If you’re planning to attend this year, make your reservations at the Topside Inn. Our bed and breakfast overlooks the harbor and boasts top-notch accommodations and amenities. We even offer a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning with fresh ingredients.
If you’re looking to catch the excitement, we recommend reserving Room 2. This bright, coastal-themed room on the second floor of our Main House is perfect for your next getaway. Rest easy in your comfortable, queen-size bed and wake up to unmatched views of the vibrant sunrise to the east. Rooms are already filling up quickly so don’t wait too long. Check our availability and book your stay today. We look forward to having you.
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