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

Belfast, Maine

Friday through Sunday, August 16-18, 2019

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

Congratulations to our 2018 National Boatbuilding Challenge Winners:

1st Place: K-Construction Cody Keithan & Bruno Borzoni

2nd Place: The B-S Way Bryce Becker & Shelby Freeman

3rd Place: The Engineers Jonathan Duncan & Roy Cavanaugh

2018 Cardboard Boat Challenge Winners Here

Winners of the Georgetown, S.C. Wooden Boat Challenge Building Competition [click on link]

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

Evening by the Bay Charity Art Auction

Under the big tent at Steamboat Landing on the Belfast Harbor on Friday night, August 16, 2019.  Proceeds to benefit TBD.  Gates open at  5:30 pm. Purchase tickets online, from Rotary members or at the door.  More information.

Featured Artist:  Susan Tobey White

Susan Tobey White defines herself as artist and educator.

As an artist she is best known for her colorful, energetic paintings of dancers which inspire smiles and laughter from the viewer. Scenes of impassioned dancers in crowded dance halls, swinging to their own rhythms summon nostalgic times and practically dance right off the canvas. From professional dancers to dancers at heart Susan’s work is continually praised for the feeling of well being it evokes.

Her love of Maine and the area she lives is evident in her quieter paintings of landscapes, seascapes and paintings of people working and playing.

She welcomes commissions of a variety of themes enjoying the challenges they demand of her, favoring paintings of children playing, adults dancing and beach scenes.  In the fall of 2010 a series of giant vegetables and decadent food began as a direct result of illustrating The Homeport Cookbook, by Will Holtham which was released in 2011.

She has designed the 2004 and 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival Poster and the 2008-2012 Maine Celtic Festival Poster.

In the summer of 2002 after having taught elementary art for 15 years, Susan opened High Street Studio & Gallery in a historic building of downtown Belfast where she had a seasonal gallery and taught painting workshops.

In June of 2017 she opened the  Susan Tobey White Studio, 234 Church Street, Belfast where she will continue to teach and will welcome visitors.

In October of 2013 she was one of 18 working artist/ educators from around the country accepted into an intensive workshop taught by Patti Brady director of Golden Artist Colors’ Working Artist Program and author of “Rethinking Acrylics” for certification into Golden’s Artist Educator Program.

Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Australia and has been in galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maine.

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. 17, 2019, 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 17th. Free pancake breakfast for the 5K runners! More Information

National Boat Building Challenge

This year Belfast will again 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!

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 17, 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!   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 17. More Information

Boat Tours

Several boats from the Belfast Boat Mafia will be running from Paul Naron’s dock and City Landing 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 Sunday,August 18, 2019.

Kid’s Activities

Saturday, August 17, 2019. 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 17, 2019, 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. 17, 2019 at Steamboat Landing. More Information

Come Boating! 19th 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 15.

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 2019, 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.

Cardboard Boat in waterCardboard Boat Challenge

Sunday, August 18, 2019,   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 the most spectacular sinking! More Information

Habitat for Humanity Lobster Gala

Sunday, August 18, 2019.  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)

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