The following encompasses much of what makes Belfast a great place to live in year-round – for young people, older people, families, and everyone in between. Attend one of our many festivals, enjoy our parks, and maybe a movie downtown. Come see some of what makes this place a great place.
ARTS IN THE PARK website | FB | July 9 & 10, 2016: One of the most respected fine arts and crafts festivals in the state of Maine. The variety of artwork and crafts is outstanding, and continuous live music and the smells of freshly grilled food add to the festival atmosphere. The venue is undeniably beautiful: set on the water’s edge, right downtown, with sailboats and dinghies moored a few feet away.
BELFAST HARBOR FEST website | August 19-21, 2016: Organized annually by the Belfast Roatry Club, experience harbor fun at Steamboat Landing on the Belfast waterfront. Attractions include cardboard boat racing, live music, great food, children’s activities, wooden boat building competition, pancake breakfast and 5k Bug Run. Visit their website for complete details.
BELFAST POETRY FESTIVAL website | FB | October 2016: The Belfast Poetry Festival began in 2004 under the auspices of Festivo, a visionary steering committee hoping to seed a great community arts event somewhere in Midcoast Maine. It has been run by the Belfast Poet Laureate (appointed by the Belfast City Council) and a Waldo County steering committee of volunteers each October since then, and is one of the few community-based, non-academic literary festivals in the country. All events are free or low cost to the public.
BELFAST UKULELE PICNIC website | First Saturday in June: Live ukulele music by nationally renowned performers, plus many Maine community ensembles and an open mic as well. Ukulele workshops for all ages and abilities. A family friendly event to kick off summer at Belfast’s Steamboat Landing. Admission is by donation and there are food and music vendors as well.
MAINE CELTIC CELEBRATION website | FB | July 15-17, 2016: The Maine Celtic Celebration is a three day, family oriented, celebration of the rich Celtic heritage, culture and hospitality found along the Coast of Maine. Even though this is a celebration of Celtic culture, we encourage and welcome all people to attend. Belfast, ME and the surrounding area was founded and built by the Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany.
MAINE FARE website | FB | Annually in June: This unique food festival that brings everyone to the table — farmers, fishermen, foodies, nonprofits, food businesses, and eaters!– to celebrate a vibrant and delicious future for food, farming, and fishing in Maine. General Admission is FREE. Some tastings and classes do require extra tickets. As co-hosts of Maine Fare, Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center bring both land and sea to the table, creating an event that encompasses the full flavor of Maine’s diverse and abundant food system — from farmers and fishermen to plate — and everything in between.
OUR TOWN BELFAST STREET PARTY website | FB | Kick up your feet and dance in the street! The first Monday in August signals fun for all in downtown Belfast. Our Town Belfast hosts this annual event featuring live music, adventure rides (like the climbing wall, bucking bronco, and zorb balls!), great food, kids activities, and more. The event takes place on High Street and was expanded to Church Street as well in 2015. Admission is free with dollar tickets sold for use at the rides. Proceeds support OTB’s mission as a Main Street organization.
NEW YEARS BY THE BAY website | FB | New Years Eve, Annually: A chem-free, family oriented, affordable, cultural celebration of the New Year that takes place from 2:00pm till 12:30am., mostly in 9 indoor venues within walking distance, showcasing a wide variety of live performances, as well as several dance bands. Admission is by purchasing a NYBB 2016 Adult, Senior or Youth/Student Button to wear. Under 5 years are free.
ALL PLAY website | The ALLPLaY Family Entertainment Center is a family oriented place to bowl, play pool, or to grab a quick lunch! We have a great event room if your planning a birthday party or family reunion.
BELFAST CITY PARK website | Established in 1904: The park is a heavily used, active park of 17.5 acres. Park visitors enjoy a sweeping view of and beach access to Penobscot Bay. The park is open May to November and includes a baseball field, children’s playground, concession stand, covered pavilion, grills, horseshoe pit, lighted basketball and tennis courts, picnic tables, restroom facilities, swimming pool, and walking paths. Belfast City Park is also an established Arboretum with many beautiful trees to see.
THE COLONIAL THEATRE website | FB | Showing the best of Hollywood, independent and foreign movies all year round on our three screens… We are a friendly locally run community theatre. We are easy to find in beautiful downtown Belfast with our brightly painted façade, neon marquee, and our life-size elephant “Hawthorne” trumpeting above High Street from our roof. The Colonial has offered entertainment to Belfast since 1912, opening on the very day the Titanic set sail.
THE DOG PARK | The dog park was added to the Walsh Field Recreation Area (near the intersection of Routes 1 and 52) in 2008 through the efforts of the Friends of Belfast Parks. The dog park has water, benches, a covered shelter and separate areas for large and small dogs and is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
ERIC OVERLOCK MEMORIAL SKATE PARK | The skate park is located on Washington Street, downtown, and is open from April until October. Supervision is provided for the skater’s safety. The skate park includes one of the few half-pipe features in Maine and is one of the largest in the mid-coast area. Open Tuesday – Friday 3-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-7pm.
THE GAME LOFT website | FB | Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Non-Electronic Games and Community Involvement: The Game Loft is an award winning 4-H out of school time program that for the past 17 years has been serving the educational, emotional, and social needs of youth in Waldo County. The Game Loft is a free program open to all youth, 50 weeks a year, between the ages of 6-18 who are in school or are home-schooled. Currently the program serves 200+ regularly attending members in Belfast and at Mt. View Middle School in Thorndike. The Game Loft’s primary program, offered to all participants, provides friends, food, and safety. Highly trained staff mentor youth and create a safe and welcoming atmosphere. A USDA-approved menu of lunch and snacks is provided daily.
HARBOR WALK & RAIL TRAIL | The Belfast Harbor Walk spans between the Belfast Boathouse (at the foot of Commercial Street) to the East End of the Armistice Footbridge. This wide paved path is perfect for walking, cycling, or a nice family outing, and winds through several waterfront parks, “restaurant row” and the Front Street Shipyard. Belfast’s newest place for recreation, the Rail Trail, is nearing completion, and travels along the Passagassawakeag side of High Street to the City Point area.
COMING SOON: KIDS UNPLUGGED website | Local gymnastics instructor, Lee Parent, is crowd funding to create a new business promoting healthy family fun in Belfast: gymnastics, play gym, climbing wall, foam pit, music classes, dance classes, birthday parties and more. Follow the link to her gofundme campaign to support this great project. Share on social media and help us spread the word!