Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

by Tara C. Perkins,
(Director of Public Relations and Social Media, Lake Champlain Maritime Festival)

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Sails into the Burlington Waterfront August 13, 14, 15!

BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival sails into Burlington’s Waterfront Park on Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15, 2010! Lake Champlain Maritime Festival daytime admission is free (admission charged for nightly concerts). The celebration promises exciting events and activities within a spectacular setting on the shore of Lake Champlain.

The Festival joins again with the venues/attractions of the Lake Champlain Burlington Waterfront, including, Perkins Pier, King Street Ferry Dock, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington Community Boathouse, Waterfront Park, The US Coast Guard, The Community Sailing Center, The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Lake Champlain Transportation, The Lake Champlain Antique Boat Show and Dragonheart Vermont.

A sample of the many Festival activities includes boat building, classic boats, long boats, canoe, kayak and Dragon boat demonstrations. The community is invited to sample local fare and peruse local craft vendors, enjoy daytime music and evening concerts, take a walking or bike tour, bring the children for entertaining and educational hands-on exhibits. ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will feature more than 70 live animals with more than 100 interactive exhibits, Eclectic Gift Shop, Think! Café and Champlain Flyer Train rides. The Green Mountain Volleyball Tournament will net some spectators!

Sail or learn how to tie nautical knots at the Lake Champlain Sailing Center. The 80’ Lois McClure Canal Schooner will be on hand, along with other impressive vessels. Lake Champlain Burlington Boat House hosts the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum "Gig" demonstrations and "Spirit of Ethan Allen" Cruise Ship, "Friendship" Classic Sailing Vessel Charter, Lake Champlain ACBS Vintage Boat Show, Outdoor Gear Exchange kayak demonstrations and Lake Champlain Shipwreck Tours. LCT will host a ferryboat exhibit at the King Street Dock. The U.S. Coast Guard will also host an Open House.
(Photo credit: Rick Levinson)

“The Waterfront comes alive with enthralled crowds and the sights and sounds of summer on the Lake, underscoring the transformation of the Waterfront from an industrial site to a beautiful, active recreational site,” says Mike O’Brien, Festival Director.

This year’s Festival returns with Gov’t Mule and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, presented by Higher Ground at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Gov’t Mule performs Friday, August 13 (gates at 6:30; show at 7:30). Grace Potter & the Nocturnals perform Saturday, August 14 (gates at 6:30; show at 7:30 pm). Tickets on sale Friday, April 9 at 11:00am. Purchase at, charge by phone at 888-512-SHOW or in person at the Higher Ground box office. For ticket prices/details, call (802) 652-0777 or

The Festival opens daily at 11:00 am. Visit for full schedule and updates. Friday, August 13: 11:00am 11:00 pm; Saturday, August 14: 11:00am-11:00pm; Sunday, August 15: 11:00am 10:00pm.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s goal is to commemorate the past, present and future of Lake Champlain and Burlington. The Festival is committed to enhancing the visibility and outreach of historical, educational and family organizations within the community. Please contact the LCMF office at (802) 482-3313 or visit LCMF online: . Facsimile: (802) 482-2456; Mailing address: PO Box 4208, Burlington, Vermont, 05406.

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