Because of ongoing concerns with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Belfast Rotary Club has decided to cancel this year's Belfast Harbor Fest and Classic Boat Show scheduled for August 14-16. Next year's Harbor Fest will be August 13-15, but stay in touch since we will have information videos later this year to challenge all of you to get more involved for next year's event.
The Belfast Rotary Club Invites You to Celebrate the Boating Traditions of
Friday through Sunday, August 14-16, 2020
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):
- 2018 Boat Building
- 2018 Charity Gala
- 2018 Bug Run
- 2018 Pancake Breakfast
- 2018 Cardboard Boat Challenge
- 2018 Touch A Truck
- 2017 National Boat Building Challenge by Terry Boivin
- 2017 Passy Skiff Race by Terry Boivin
- 2017 Cardboard Boat Challenge by Terry Boivin
Evening by the Bay Charity Auction
Under the big tent at Steamboat Landing on the Belfast Harbor on Friday night, August 14, 2020. Proceeds to benefit TBD. Gates open at 5:30 pm. More information.
Featured 2019 Artist: Susan Tobey White
5K Bug Run/Walk
In Maine, we refer to lobsters as bugs. The winner of the 5K Bug Run/Walk gets 20 lbs of lobsters or bugs. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the race this year will be virtual. An individual run must be completed within a week of the scheduled Run/Walk no later that August 15, 2020. For details click on More Information
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 15th. Free pancake breakfast for the 5K runners! Sponsored by Downeast Credit Union. More Information
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 15, 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
Listen 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 15. More Information
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
Vendors serve up a variety of local food and drink!
Start on Friday night at the Rotary Charity Gala Evening by the Bay 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 16, 2020.
Saturday, August 15, 2020. Enjoy fun activities for the kids!
Face Painting, Touch Tank, Stick Puppets, Bubble Machine, Touch-a-Truck (Heritage Park)
Front Street Shipyard Tours
Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 11:00 AM and Noon. Tours start at the shipyard, 101 Front Street, Belfast Maine. View Map
Classic Boat Show
Commercial and Amateur entries vying to win the Best in Show trophy on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 at Steamboat Landing. More Information
Come Boating! 20th 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 12, 2020.
The race starts at 12 noon 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.
– Harbor Rows will 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.
- Saturday Night Under the Big Tent
- Again for 2020, 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.
- Sponsored by Nordic Aquafarms.
Cardboard Boat Challenge
Sunday, August 16, 2020, 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 16, 2020 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)