Belfast Harbor Fest

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

August 19-21, 2016

Steamboat Landing
Front Street & Commercial Street (34 Commercial Street)
Belfast, Maine  04915
Some Highlights from the 2015 Harbor Fest (click on link):


Launch Party under the big tent at Steamboat Landing on the Belfast Harbor on Friday night, August 19, 2016, with multiple bands and lots of fun!  Gates open at 6:00 PM, Music from 7 to midnight.

Featured Bands:

  • Frogpipe
  • Unorganized Hancock
  • The Sun Parade
  • Bronze Radio Return

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Go to to register for this 5K Bug Run/Walk through Belfast on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast beside the Belfast Harbor. Served in the Boathouse at Steamboat Landing from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20th. Free pancake breakfast for the 5K runners!

National Boat Building Challenge

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 20, 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!
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Classic Small Boat Show

Commercial and Amateur entries vying to win the Best in Show trophy on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Steamboat Landing.
Come Boating! 16th 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 5 miles long

Online registration is available at the Come Boating! website
Race Registration ends Friday, August 19
The race starts at NOON on Saturday.
See the Come Boating! website for details

  • BBQ on Saturday Night Under the Big Tent
  • Again for 2016, 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 Shelly’s Deli.
  • Awards Presentations will be part of our Festive Saturday Night Dinner.
  • Music with the Leaky Boot Jug Band

Cardboard Boat in waterCardboard Boat Challenge

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!

9:00  –  9:30 a.m.

Boats arrive, register and sign a liability waiver.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Public display and voting for People’s Choice Award.
Boat judging.

10:15 -10:30 a.m.

Boaters & crew meet with officials to go over rules and race procedures.

10:30 a.m.

Boats parade to starting point. (Bring a crew to help with this.)

11:00 a.m.

Races begin by category.
Awards Ceremony follows the final heat of the races.


music instrumentsListen to local and regional groups and individuals!

Come to the Friday night (August 19) Launch Party Celebration under the big tent!
Tap your toes and clap your hands to the musicians who will perform in the Steamboat Landing Gazebo all day on Saturday, August 20.
Steelin’ Thunder

  • Steelin’ Thunder is a mid-coast Maine steel drum group playing everything from “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller to “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven.
  • The goal is to always keep it real with rhythms that stay true to the steel drum’s Caribbean roots.


Food Vendors serve up a variety of local food and drink!
Start on Friday night at the Launch Party celebration, then nosh your way through the events on Saturday and finish with the Lobster served for Sunday lunch by Habitat for Humanity.

rain gutter regattaKid’s Activities

Enjoy fun activities for the kids!

UMAINE Aquaculture Touch Tank. Bounce House.
Face Painting, Stick Puppets, Bubble Machine
And more….

News Item:

At the Belfast Chamber of Commerce Award Dinner, the Belfast Rotary Club was honored to receive the Community Event Award for the 2015 Belfast Harbor Fest.