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Camden Windjammer Festival: Aug 30-Sept 1

August 7, 2013 by

Camden Festival

The Camden Windjammer Festival is held annually, in Camden, Maine over Labor Day weekend.

It’s a celebration of Camden’s maritime heritage and tradition, and an exceptional opportunity to view and learn about windjammers. It also provides an opportunity to enjoy great food including Maine lobster and plenty of other activities for a jam-packed weekend.

Camden Festival

Camden Ties to Windjammers

During the nineteenth century, Camden’s harbor was filled with schooners, sloops, and scows all year long. At the time, these sailing vessels were a key means of transportation.

This began to change when the steamship was introduced. Suddenly these magnificent sailing ships lost their importance in the seafaring world, but one Camden resident, Frank Swift, thought otherwise. He began a small business called Maine Windjammer Cruises and featured sailing expeditions to people who wanted to experience the thrill and adventure of sailing aboard one of these ships.

Swift sold his business, but 80 years later his legacy lives on and Camden is still a hub of windjammers.

Camden Festival

Things to Enjoy at the Camden Windjammer Festival

Camden is known as the windjammer capital of the world. In celebration of Camden’s heritage, the Camden Windjammer Festival was born. It’s an annual community affair that celebrates the majestic sailing vessels that helped define the community all those years ago.

Today, thousands of people travel to Camden to take part in the festival. Come join the fun. Plan a visit to the 2013 Windjammer Festival for an opportunity to enjoy the awe-inspiring arrival of the windjammers and a weekend filled with fun activities including:

  • Auction
  • Boat open house tours
  • Build a boat contest
  • Chowder challenge
  • Contra dance
  • Family scavenger hunt
  • Fireworks
  • Free concerts
  • Lobster crate race
  • Maritime heritage fair and exhibits
  • Outdoor movies
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Parade of sail
  • Schooner crew talent show 

The festival finishes with a boat parade and closing event.

Photo credits: fieldstonemedia



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  1. Julie C. says:

    So a windjammer is just a nickname for sailboats? Or something more specific? I didn’t realize that. I thought a sailboat was a sailboat … or a yacht!


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