The eighth annual Boothbay Harbor Fest, boothbayharborfest.com, begins Friday, Aug. 30, featuring two weekends, four signature events, and two waterfronts.
Signature events include:
– A Taste of Local Flavor, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1: Three days of food tastings and live music at 15 local restaurants for $20, or $15 if one attends at least one other Boothbay Harbor Fest event.
– 5K and half-marathon, Sept. 1: The perfect destination races with registrants from 25 U.S. states. Both courses feature the best scenery Maine has to offer, from rocky coast to tidal rivers to nature preserves. Proceeds go to benefit YMCA chronic disease prevention and management programs.
– The East Side Vibe Vintage Arts & Music Festival, Sept. 7 and 8: Celebrate the working waterfront with two full days of entertainment for the whole family. A vintage and artisan market, food trucks, and spectacular live music, including Nashville recording artist Jamie Lee Thurston, Papa Tim Blues Band, The Dani Tribesmen, and The Reconstructed. Plus, Kids Zone, classic cars, and vintage campers. A weekend pass is $10; kids under 12 are free. Ticket includes shuttle service to nearby event parking.
– Fishin’ For Fashion Show, Sept. 7: The show of the season is back for year six and is ready to dazzle its audience once again. Talented designers debut original designs made only with materials from the marine industry, using everything from tarps and fishing line, to shrink wrap and lobster traps. Local merchants also hit the runway with their unique wares and local students help produce the show.
Proceeds benefit the Boothbay Region High School Project Graduation. There is a $30 general admission, with $40 for VIP and $10 for those under age 12.
“Boothbay Harbor Fest is missioned to showcase and support our local business community and more than 100 businesses and organizations participate on a variety of levels,” said festival producer Lori Reynolds. “Every aspect of the festival is Maine-made and we encourage our local community to attend the events and celebrate these businesses who work so hard to keep small business alive in Maine.”