56th Boothbay Windjammer Days Festival – Keeping Tradition Alive!

With its debut in 1962, Boothbay’s Windjammer Days Festival is the official kick-off to the tourist season! There’s still time to make your reservation and come to OPI for the 56th Annual Windjammer Days Festival between June 24th and June 30th! 

Organized by the volunteer, 501c3 non-profit group, The Friends of Windjammer Days, the festival grows each year with new technologies and numerous new activities that can be appreciated by people of all ages.

Watching the Parade of Sail (now known as The Gathering of the Fleet), whether from shore or a close up view on a harbor boat tour, has always been my favorite part of the celebration! However,  there’s much more to enjoy. Festivities include a street parade, antique boat parade and a lighted boat parade. You can take in Windjammers Got Talent or watch the fun tug-o-war, the solemn Blessing of the Fleet and the festive fireworks over the harbor. For the athletically inclined there’s a golf tournament and a road race. Hey matey, you may even run into a pirate or two in your travels around town! You don’t want to miss Artist’s Alley located in Whale Park this year and don’t forget the food. Lots of tasty Maine seafood abounds! Attend the pancake breakfast or lobster eating contest!  Check the full schedule for these . . . plus tours, storytelling and more!

Windjammer days isn’t all fun & games; it’s a bit of history as well. Visit the Boothbay Historical Society’s photo exhibit of the age of fishing under sail Thursday, June 28 – Saturday, June 30, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor.

So, come honor our maritime heritage and celebrate the vital role it has played and still plays in the lives of those who live in the Boothbay Region. 

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