Ranked among the 35 Best Places to Travel by Matador Network in 2017, and one of only four locations in the United States, it's easy to see why Belfast is such a great place to call home. This scenic seaport on the Penobscot Bay offers a close-knit community and beautiful, historic architecture.
The people of Belfast take pride in their community, which is evident in their numerous annual events.
Held the third weekend of August, the Belfast Harbor Fest is a local favorite. Beginning with the Annual Launch Party on Belfast Harbor which offers multiple live bands and lots of fun, this fun-packed weekend offers fun for the whole family! You won't want to miss the National Boat Building Challenge, Saturday Night BBQ, Cardboard Boat Challenge, and much more!
Every year, Belfast hosts the Arts in the Park. Arts in the Park has continuous live music, a wide selection of outstanding art and delicious food. Right downtown at the water's edge, Arts in the Park is a summer must!
The Belfast Farmers' Market has been providing local farmers and craftsmen an opportunity to sell their products year-round since the 1980s. The Belfast Farmers' Market now accepts SNAP EBT benefits, Credit, and Debit cards.
The coast of Maine is certainly known for lobster, and Belfast serves up some of the best, but you will also find a wide variety of options for all tastes.
If lobster is what you are looking for, stop into Young's Lobster Pound. A picnic-style, BYOB restaurant, this is a fantastic place to experience the authentic Maine lobster tradition.
For the Vegetarians, check out Chase's Daily on Main Street. This vegetarian, farm-to-table option offers delicious, local produce rich dishes in a chill atmosphere.
The Wild Cow Creamery on Front Street is a must-stop for those looking for delicious, all-natural ice cream. All of their ice cream is made in small batches and they offer about 16 flavors in their shop at a time, rotating them regularly. Some local favorites include Lemon Heaven, Rhubarb Crumble, and Blueberry Grapenut.
Belfast is part of Regional School Unit #71, which also serves the towns of Belmont, Morrill, Searsmont, and Swanville. RSU #71 has around 1600 students spread through 4 elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative education program.
The Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast serves 350 students from grades 6 to 8. A plethora of after school activities are offered including student government, athletics, drama, and more.
The Belfast Area High School educates around 500 students grades 9 through 12. The school mascot is a lion.
The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orno. The Center's mission is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, professional and career development, and lifelong learning opportunities. There are numerous programs throughout the year including pre-college opportunities for high school students and a Masters of Social Work weekend program.