7 of the Best Things to Do at the Boothbay Harbor Fest

The Boothbay Harbor Fest is an annual end-of-the-summer event filled with a wide variety of things to do and experience. With event venues just a short drive from the Russell House bed & breakfast, you can easily enjoy 10 full days of activities, food, crafts, art, and more. Here is what you can expect at this year’s late summer bash!

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7 Things to Do at the Boothbay Harbor Fest

1. A Taste of Local Flavor

This delicious event is entertainment for your senses! From September 1st-3rd, participants in the Taste of Local Flavor receive a passport to use in nearly 20 restaurants, pubs, markets, and shops. Once you have tasted each establishment’s signature food or drink item, you’ll receive a sticker in your passport. Be sure to earn them all!

2. Live Music Showcase

Many people don’t know that Boothbay Harbor’s live music scene is one of the most diverse in the nation. From 1800s opera to vibrant reggae, we have it all! During the Boothbay Harbor Fest, you’ll have the chance to hear some of the region’s most talented local artists. Take a look at the music calendar to find who is playing and where you’ll find them during the festival.

3. 5K and Half Marathon

This race is the only one of its kind in the state of Maine. The brand new course leads you by stunning water views, lakes, and tidal rivers. You will also cross over two islands and a historic footbridge. Proceeds from the event are donated to Lincoln Health, the YMCA, and the Boothbay Region Land Trust. It’s a picturesque journey for a good cause! Register for the race today!

4. WARE It’s At

During the week of the festival, local shops will host their own events. With ghost tours, book signings, trunk shows, and sidewalk sales, you’re sure to find something that sparks your interest. Find the full list of Ware It’s At events on the Boothbay Harbor Fest website.

5. A Stroke of Art

Renowned artists from all over the world will make an appearance in Boothbay Harbor for the event. For six days, the artists will paint on location and then display their masterpieces at designated venues for all to see. You will have the opportunity to purchase your favorite pieces during the festival.

6. Restaurant Week

From trivia nights to workshop dinners, there is always something happening at local restaurants during the Boothbay Harbor Fest! It’s also a prime opportunity to taste the local cuisine or indulge in handcrafted drinks.

7. Fishin’ for Fashion

Local designers will be showcasing their best work to the public and four specially chosen judges, including Miss Maine herself! This event usually sells out fast, so be sure to get your tickets as soon as they become available!

Where Is the Best Place to Stay Near Top Boothbay Harbor Events?

The Russell House Bed & Breakfast is a secluded and historic accommodation that’s just outside of town. When you stay with us, you’re far enough away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to easily enjoy the local events and attractions. Our lovely, renovated guest rooms are perfect for romantic getaways, celebrations, or a simple weekend escape. Indulge in a delicious homemade breakfast each morning with complimentary coffee, tea, and other tasty treats.
Book your next vacation with us today! We look forward to welcoming you to Boothbay Harbor soon.