Becca Dean Biggs will play Friday night at Belfast’s Harbor Fest.
Becca Dean Biggs will play Friday night at Belfast’s Harbor Fest.
Belfast Harbor Fest and Classic Boat Show will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16 to 18, at Steamboat Landing and Heritage Park. The centerpiece of the festival will be Saturday’s National Boatbuilding Challenge world championship competition, in which two-person teams have four hours to build a 12-foot Passy skiff. All festival proceeds benefit local charities, families and student scholarships through Belfast Rotary.

Harbor Fest starts on Friday with Evening by the Bay under the tent at Steamboat Landing from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gates will open at 5:30, when food and beverages will be available. Singer-songwriter and electric-banjo player Becca Dean Biggs will headline, playing a blend of twangy, indie, alt rock and pop music for dancing. Dan Miller of Leaky Boot Jug Band and Jake Greenlaw of Toughcats will accompany Biggs.

Saturday will open with a blueberry pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K “Bug” Run at 8:30. Exhibits and vendors’ area will open at 9:00. Family activities will include a bounce house, marine touch tank, knot tying, face painting, rain-gutter regatta and Touch-a-Truck, featuring all types of vehicles. There will be music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At noon, Come Boating! will stage their 19th annual regatta, a four-mile rowing race; there will be a preliminary youth race at 10:45. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will present a show at 3 p.m.

Sunday will feature cardboard boat races at 11 a.m. Come Boating! will offer free harbor rows from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; sign up at the Boat House. At noon, Waldo County Habitat for Humanity will hold a fundraising Lobster Gala; Memphis Lightning will provide music. For more information and the full schedule, visit belfastharborfest.com.