How to Spend a Day at Boothbay Harbor Fest

Boothbay Harbor, Maine is a wonderful 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 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 in September! Here are some of the things you’ll see at Boothbay Harbor Fest.

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Top 5 Events at Boothbay Harbor Fest

1. A Taste of Local Flavor

Crab cakes, lobster, and oysters, oh my! Nothing beats the food in Boothbay Harbor. During A Taste of Local Flavor, visitors have the chance to sample our region’s acclaimed cuisine. Simply purchase a ticket online and visit the restaurants, pubs, and markets listed on your “passport”. Each location promises a completely unique experience, and at the end of the weekend, you decide which one you like best!

2. Restaurant Theme Week

Another must-see for foodies is Restaurant Theme Week. In addition to delicious local eats, diners can enjoy special events like trivia night, film festivals, art shows, and workshops. This year’s participating venues include:

  • Mine Oyster
  • Caper’s Deli
  • Harborfields Boat Barn Gallery
  • Boothbay Harbor Inn
  • Carousel Music Theater
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Inn & Restaurant

3. 5K and Half Marathon

If you need to work off all that food, you’re in luck! Harbor Fest’s Half Marathon is fun for runners of all abilities. The course offers miles of water views, from the inner harbor to the open ocean. 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 spectacular. The terrain on this course is well maintained and is ideal for trail runners and walkers.

4. Live Music Showcase

Did you know that Boothbay is home to a variety of music venues? From an 1800’s opera house to restaurants on the waterfront, there are plenty of great places to visit after your run. Be sure to check out the Live Music Showcase online to see who’s playing during the festival.

5. A Stroke of Art

This year, our seaside village is honored to welcome world-renowned Plein Air artists to the Boothbay peninsula during Harbor Fest. These artists will paint on location and display their new masterpieces at various Stroke of Art venues. All works will be for sale, and art receptions will be open to the public. The best part? Admission is free!

Come Home to 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! Rooms are filling up fast so don’t wait – check our availability and book your stay today. We look forward to having you this September!


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