Although winter is still here in full force and the Inn is closed Until May 4th, this is the time of year I get excited for spring! The days are noticeably longer and the sun’s rays are actually warm on the skin! This is the time of year I pull out the seed catalogs and dream of lush summer gardens, full of blooming flowers and ripe vegetables. So with that in mind here is a 2018 schedule of upcoming Kennebunkport area summer events! I hope you all enjoy!
May 5th Annual May Day Festival (Kennebunk)
Popular, family-oriented activities and some fun, new additions. Local artists/crafters, communityorganizations, and antiques enthusiasts
May 28th Memorial Day – Parades
Monday 9:30am Kennebunkport
Monday 2pm Kennebunk Main Street
June 5th-10th Kennebunkport Festival
Fine food, art and wine festival celebrating the spectacular creativity and hospitality of Southern Maine’s artists and art galleries, chefs and fine restaurants, private dinners, parties, and live music throughout town for an entire week.
June 8th Barbara Bush’s Birthday
First Lady Barbara Pierce, also known locally as Ganny, was born in 1925.
June 10th Portland Old Port Festival
Kick off summer in Maine at the 45th annual Old Port Festival! This family-friendly event is an outdoor celebration of music, art, and community in the heart of beautiful downtown Portland. Come one, come all and enjoy awesome live music, Maine-made arts and crafts, food from local businesses, kids’ activities, and more. As always, the Old Port Festival is a rain or shine event!
June 12th President George Herbert Walker Bush Birthday
Known locally as #41 was born in 1924.
June 11th Wells Reserve at Laudholm Tour de Cure
A fund-raising bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Choose from one of five routes, 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, or 100 Mile
June 14th –17th Launch – A Maritime Festival Event
The Kennebunks kick off summer with the 2nd annual LAUNCH! LAUNCH highlights seafaring facets through various anchor events and activities.
June 16th & 17th Kport Chalkfest
This free, family-friendly event in the tradition of European 16th Century street painting will transform the dull, pavement of Cross Street into a colorful, pastel canvas.
June 18th & 19th George HW Bush Celebrity Golf Classic
A day of golf followed by an evening gala at The Colony Hotel. Player rates start at $750.00
Art Walk in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport
Every 2nd Friday June to September, and a special Prelude Art Walk 2nd weekend of December, visit 30 art galleries and studios on Friday evening 5-7 for drinks, bites and beautiful artwork, photography and local Maine sculpture and crafts.
July 4th Fireworks
9PM. At Kennebunk Beach.
Aug 6th Nonantum Annual Paddle Battle
A fun river race for canoe, kayak, Sup and Surfers, with a 1.7 mile course on the Kennebunk River, and a party at Nonantum Resort.
Sept 7th – 9th Portsmouth Annual Freecoast Festival
Sept 8th & 9th Annual Wells Reserve at Laudholm – Nature Crafts Festival
30th anniversary of this highly respected exhibition brings 100+ artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks in a lovely seaside setting
Sept 22nd Punkinfiddle at Wells Reserve at Laudholm
A National Estuaries Day Celebration and fall craft festival.
Oct 18th – 21st Portland Harvest on the Harbor
Portland Maine’s annual food & drink festival.
Oct 27th Wicked 5K Road Race
Walk or run in costumes, starting and ending at The Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport.
Oct 31st “Trick or Treat” in the Kennebunks
Merchants throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport hand out goodies to the little ghosts, pirates, princesses. Summer Street is spooky, decorated devilishly with haunted mansions.