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Polar Plunge l February is for Lovers l Memorial Day Parade l July 4th l Christmas Prelude

Polar PlungeJanuary 1 - Kennebunk Beach’s Polar Plunge is a chilly annual chilly tradition, at Gooch’s Beach at 11am January 1. New Year’s day ocean dippers donate to charity to take the polar plunge, so it’s called “Freezin for a Reason” 2016 is the 15th year.

February Events
February is for Lovers and Paint the Town Red Specials in New Englands most romantic town.
Escape for a weekend away from home, enjoying good food, quiet times and the warmth of a romantic fire. Kennebunk-Kennebunkport offers the perfect winter destination, fine lodgings offer you unique romantic getaway packages. Cozy and intimate restaurants, quaint shops and unique galleries all set in a picturesque stunningly romantic village setting. Red plate specials and red tag sales!

Sat Jan 30, 2016: Frosted Ice Bar at Davids KPT - 7 - 10 pm - $50pp

Sat, February 6, 2016: Winterfest in Kennebunk - Winter carnival activities, skating party with DJ, snow sculptures, soup tasting contest, and talent show. Hosted by the Town of Kennebunk.

March Events
March 1 - 12, 2016 - Maine Restaurant Week - Maine Restaurant Week events highlight the food and drink professionals who set Maine's restaurant scene apart. For the sixth straight winter, top chefs and bartenders will compete for the "Best of Maine" title at MRW's Incredible Breakfast kick-off event and Signature Cocktail and Dessert finale event. Tickets and deatils for these events, as well as the 2016 versions of our popular Pancake Race and Chef-Am Bowling Tournament, will be announced soon.

March 18 - 20, 2016 – Maine Boatbuilders' Show - A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

March 19 & 20 – Maine Maple Sunday

May Events
Wells ReserveMay - Annual May Day Festival - Kennebunk - Saturday May 2 - Popular, family-oriented activities and some fun, new additions. Local artists/crafters, community organizations, and antiques enthusiasts.

May 8th - Mother's Day Brunch at Nonantum Resort

May 27 - 30, 2016
- Memorial Day Weekend - May 26th Kennebunkport and Kennebunk Parades - Memorial Day Parade

June Events
June 6 - 11, 2016 - Kennebunkport Festival
An early summer fine food, art and wine festival celebrating the spectacular creativity and hospitality of Kennebunkport and Southern Maine’s artists and art galleries, chefs and fine restaurants, and historic and romantic bed and breakfast inns and hotels.

7pm-10pm - Art of Dining Dinners
Intimate dinners in private homes prepared by Maine’s most-respected chefs featuring special wine pairings. Limited seating at each dinner, advanced r
eservation and ticket purchase required. See details at Kennebunkport Festival

June 12 - George Herbert Walker Bush Birthday (a classic since 1924)

June 8, 2016 - Tour de Cure - Wells Reserve
A fund-raising bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Choose from one of five routes, 5K, 25K, 50K, 100K, or 100 Mile. Routes follow Maine's scenic coastline, featuring rocky coves, sandy beaches and breath-taking vacation homes, all in the bicycle-friendly communities of Southern Maine. Start/Finish Wells Reserve, Wells, ME. Contact: Emily Silevinac. Phone: (888) 342-2383 x3720

June 17 - 19 - Launch - A Maritime Festival Event
The Kennebunks will kick off summer with the first annual LAUNCH! LAUNCH! will highlight seafaring facets through various anchor events and activities; from the Clam Jam at the Seafood Center of Maine, with homemade ice cream and clam cakes, face painting and bouncy houses for the kids; to the "Captain's Cook-Off," a "Chopped" style chef competition, with a chowdah cook-off and local food truck gathering; to an authentic Lobster Bake with red and white checked table cloths at the Pilot House, overlooking the Kennebunk River; to the River Lights boat parade where local boats will be decked out in their finest, and a VIP "Rock the Boat" adults-only evening event.

June 20 & 21, 2016 - George HW Bush Celebrity Golf Classic
A day of golf followed by an evening gala at The Colony Hotel. Celebrities Cape Arundel Golf Club, River Road Kennebukport 04046. Single player rates start at $750.

July Events
July 4 Fireworks - 9PM. At Kennebunk Beach. View Fireworks Images Kennebunk Beach

August Events
August TBD: Seashore Trolley Speakeasy - Prohibition Era Streetcar Lounge, blues & jazz dance tent at Seashore Trolley Museum

September Events
Sept 10 & 11, 2016 - 29th Annual Wells Reserve at Laudholm - Nature Crafts Festival
Christmas PreludeSaturday & Sunday , 10 am - 4 pm - The 28th anniversary of this highly respected exhibition brings 100+ artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks in a lovely seaside setting. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event. Thousands of One-of-a-Kind Gift Items and more than $8,000 in Raffle Prizes. Fee. (207) 646-4521

Sept TBD - 10am - Wells Reserve at Laudholm - Punkinfiddle, A National Estuaries Day Celebration

October Events
Oct TBD Wicked 5K Road Race - walk or run in costumes, starting and ending at The Nonantum Resort

Oct TBD Nonantum Phantom 3rd annual Halloween Bash – adult costume party with live band

Oct TBD - Progressive Trolley Dinner - 95 Ocean at Nonantum Resort, Stripers at Breakwater Inn and more top Kennebunkport restaurants reached by the in town trolley

Oct 31 “Trick or Treat” in the Kennebunks
Merchants throughout Kennebunk and Kennebunkport hand out goodies to the little ghosts, pirates, princesses, etc.

November Events
Nov TBD -  - Progressive Trolley Dinner - 95 Ocean at Nonantum Resort, Stripers at Breakwater Inn and more top Kennebunkport restaurants reached by the in town trolley

Nov 24th  - Thanksgiving

December Events
Dec 1 - 11th  35nd Annual Christmas Prelude Celebration
A magical season filled with events, entertainment, shopping, craft fairs, and Santa in a lobster boat!

Dec 9 & 10, 2016 7th Annual Fire + Ice at Nonantum Resort, 2nd Weekend of Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

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