Belfast Harbor Fest

small rotaryThe Belfast Rotary Club Invites You to Celebrate the Boating Traditions of

Belfast, Maine

Friday through Sunday, August 17-19, 2018

Steamboat Landing & Heritage Park
Front Street between Main & Commercial Street (34 Commercial Street)
Belfast, Maine  04915

Some Highlights from the earlier Harbor Fests (click on links below):

This is the 2018 Harbor Fest poster with artwork by Dianne Horton. 


Rotary Gala and Art Auction

Under the big tent at Steamboat Landing on the Belfast Harbor on Friday night, August 17, 2018.  Proceeds to benefit the YMCA Summer Camp Scholarship Program.  Gates open at  5:30 pm. Purchase tickets online, from Rotary members or at the door.  More information.

5K Bug Run/Walk

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In Maine, we refer to lobsters as bugs.  The winner of the 5K Bug Run/Walk gets 20 lbs of lobsters or bugs. Go to to register for this 5K Bug Run/Walk through Belfast on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. More Information

Pancake Breakfast

Breakfast beside the Belfast Harbor. Served in the Boat House at Steamboat Landing from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18th. Free pancake breakfast for the 5K runners! More Information

National Boat Building Challenge

This year Belfast will be hosting the NATIONAL BOAT BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS.  Compete against the best of the best as current champions compete against each other for the title of NATIONAL CHAMPION!

See who will be building at this year’s challenge here

Build a boat in four hours under the huge tent at Steamboat Landing on Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., August 18, then launch it and win the relay race at 4 p.m.! $100 entry fee and all materials and directions provided. Scholarships are available. Put together a team of two, challenge your colleagues or competitors, bring your power tools and have a good time! No experience needed!  Again in 2018, there will be a $250 Design Award for the best workmanship. More Information 

Ongoing Activities


music instrumentsListen to local and regional groups and individuals!

Tap your toes and clap your hands to the musicians who will perform in the Steamboat Landing Gazebo all day on Saturday, August 18. More Information

Boat Tours

Several boats from the Belfast Boat Mafia will be running from City Landing Dock and Paul Naron’s Dock for the Harbor Fest weekend. More Information


Food Vendors serve up a variety of local food and drink!
Start on Friday night at the Rotary Charity Gala sampling food from several area restaurants, then nosh your way through a variety of food vendors on Saturday and finish with the BBQ Dinner Saturday night.  Don’t forget the Lobster Gala lunch on Sunday.rain gutter regattaKid’s Activities

Saturday, August 18, 2018. Enjoy fun activities for the kids!

Face Painting, Stick Puppets, Bubble Machine, Touch-a-Truck (Heritage Park)
And more….

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Front Street Shipyard Tours

Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 11:00 AM and Noon.  Tours start at the shipyard, 101 Front Street, Belfast Maine. View Map

Classic Boat Show
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Commercial and Amateur entries vying to win the Best in Show trophy on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Steamboat Landing. More Information

Come Boating! 18th Annual Regatta

Cheer on the Belfast Come Boating! teams as they compete with regional teams in the Come Boating! Regatta.
The event is open to all oared and paddled boats.  This year the race will be approximately 4 miles long

Online registration is available at the Come Boating! website
Please register BEFORE August 16.

The race starts at 10 AM on Saturday.  In person sign-up is required between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on the day of the regatta.  The race is open to 6 oared pilot gigs, 4 oared boats, and all other one and two person rowed or paddled craft.

-After the races, Come Boating! will be offering free Harbor Rows to any member of the public.  Harbor Rows will also be available on Sunday from 10 to 4.  Anyone interested should come to the ComeBoating! tent near the Boat House to sign up.  Minors must have a written waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Barbecue Dinner

  • Saturday Night Under the Big Tent
  • Again for 2018, there will barbecue under the big tent at Steamboat Park.
  • Starting at 6 p.m. there will be wicked good barbecue with all the fixings provided by Rollie’s Catering.
  • Pulled Pork, Barbecued Chicken with sides of Cornbread, Baked Beans, and Coleslaw.  Drink and Dessert too!
  • Dinner: Adults $15.00  Children under 12 $5.00
  • Awards Presentations will be part of our Festive Saturday Night Dinner.
  • Music and Dancing with DJ Denis

Cardboard Boat in waterCardboard Boat Challenge

Sunday, August 19, 2018,   Fire up your creativity put a team together and build a cardboard boat! Challenge your colleagues, your competitors, your neighbors and have some fun building and racing a cardboard boat. Win the trophy for most creative, best team spirit, and most spectacular sinking! More Information

Habitat for Humanity Lobster Gala

Sunday, August 19, 2018.  Noon to 3 PM under the big tent.  Enjoy a great dinner and blues on the shore and help raise money to construct homes.  Lobster or steak dinner with clams, chips, corn on the cob and homemade pies.  Hamburger or Hot Dog plates available.  Proceeds benefit Habitat Waldo County.

Tickets: $25. (Hamburgers and Hot Dogs: $10)