It's coming back! The YETI, the lanterns, the parade, the day of fun and it will all be on Saturday February 24th.
Downtown Sales and Promotions, Winter Activities at City Parks, the magical lantern parade and surprises yet to be told!
Be a part of the planning for this beloved event and become a volunteer!
You could help with kids activities, plan out a game, connect with businesses organizing a promotion or swing by to help distribute posters. There is something for everyone as a volunteer!
Get your fun on with these selections!
Midcoast Youth Center will have Lantern Making Kits to make onsite or take home for creativity! Kits will be purchased by donation and we love seeing the artistic design from everyone! Call to order a kit at (207) 443-8750.
Featuring dishes donated from local chefs & our favorite downtown restaurants; we expect beans, salads, breads, and maybe some surprises like Mac & Cheese or Chili, plus plenty of dessert options! We’ve sold out every year so far. Long Reach Kitchen & Catering holds their annual Maritime Cocktail Contest and La Nef Chocolate brings their artful sweets. Fuel up for Winterfest with MFS at the Bath Freight Shed.
Pre-game Winterfest with a Comedy Show at J.R.Maxwell & Co. Grab a bite and a beer. Ben Chadwick, Matt Dundas, Johnny Ater!
Trek down to the Bath Farmer's Market to enjoy some wonderful music, grab some fresh produce for the week ahead and maybe grab a selfie with the YETI!
Everyone is invited to come make their own, original lanterns for the Bath Lantern Parade. Experienced artists and puppet makers will be on hand with all the supplies you need to design and create your own lantern. Whether you want to start from scratch or get help taking your design to the next level, this artist-led maker-space is for you. This is a great family activity---all ages and levels of experience are welcome. This event is free AND donations are greatly appreciated.
Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. Board member Meg Barker, owner of Embark Maine Tours, has designed an historic photo scavenger hunt so that the posted photos will be partially obscured, then participants can scan a QR code to see the full (and FUN) image. Participants can enter to win a Bath history gift bag! The Hunt will go on for both Saturday and Sunday. Thanks for collaboration & contributions from the Patten Free Library, Maine Maritime Museum and Bath History Club!
Rain, Shine, Snow, Wind or Mud!! Gauntlet Run! Frozen Pain and Bird Feeder Making! Something fun for the littles and FREE!
Come explore what fun disc golf can be while whizzing discs through the trees at LIbrary Park! Free Play will be two hours before the tournament and two hours after.
Free Play : 10am-12pm
Free Play 1pm - 3pm
Getting chilly? Come warm up next to Library Park in the Annex at the Winter Street Church. Learn a little about Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. work in caring and advocating for our historic city of Bath and the entire county of Sagadahoc! Children's activities cookies and cocoa will be here as well. Yum!
During Winterfest, submit Bee Bath cards to the downtown beehives by 5 pm for two bonus chances to win $50 in Gift of Bath Certificates. Winners will be drawn at the Lantern Parade Finale at the Chocolate Church. Winners do not need to be present. Don't bee worried, cards submitted before Winterfest will be eligible to win on Feb 24. Get the buzz and learn how to play: https://visitbath.com/bee-bath-buy-bath
Near the pocket park between Main Street Design and Lisa Marie's Made in Maine on Front Street, the Bath Garden Club will be working on some hand outs and information to remind us that Spring is Around the Corner!
Warm up with hot cocoa, coffee, and baked goods while you wander through the first floor of displays showcasing how the City Planning Department is smashing our city goals in 2024. Then snag your ticket good for one free ride on the trolley.
Trolley service kicks off bright and early at 10 AM, then it's every half-hour after that with a lunch break from noon to 12:30 pm. Weather permitting!
At the corner of Front and Elm Street you can play chess with someone who may challenge your understanding of the game and meet some fun and friendly people!
172 Front Street
Head up the stairs to explore downtown Bath's huge new dance studio! Enjoy two performances at 11:30am and again at 12:00pm where you can see the talent coming out of this program! Gorgeous space not to be missed!
Bridge Park will host the Portland Reavers and their Armored Combat! This is adjacent to Maine's First Ship on Commercial Street. Come hear the clashing of the swords and the brave cry of the warriors as they go head to head with the backdrop of the mighty Kennebec River behind them. This will make for some stunning photos!
Bring your lantern, headlight, flashlight, camp lantern or other source of light. Meet at the Five County Federal Credit Union Parking Lot on Centre Street. We will follow a route going up to City Hall, down Front Street to Elm, and then straight up to Washington! Our Parade ends at the Chocolate Church Arts Center for a Free Show which will include the Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer band, hot cider, popcorn, stilt walkers and an indoor parade across the main stage!
This year’s Winterfest Lantern Parade is ending with a short celebration and festivities at the Chocolate Church. The CCAC is so excited to be the host of this year's finale and welcome everyone in from the cold, wintry walk. The Lantern Finale will be free to all, offering complimentary hot cider and popcorn, live music by the virtuoso Klezmer band–the Casco Bay Tummlers, stilt-walkers, and more.
Burst & Bloom and Bath Winterfest present: Comedy Night at Mae's Café featuring Brendan Eyre, Leah Douglass, Alex Vale and host Dylan Metrano. Brendan Eyre is one of the country's top young comedians. His laid back, observational style is a hit with audiences across the country. He has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, Comedy Central, is a regular on Sirius Satellite Radio, and his comedy has racked up over 20 million views on TikTok. Click here for tickets!
An evening of comedy including stand-up comics, improv, audience participation and musical comedy! Scheduled to coincide with Bath, Maine's Winterfest weekend, this show is being sponsored by the TAMgents Podcast and Long Reach Kitchen & Catering, with proceeds to benefit Main Street Bath. Audience 18+.
Main Street Bath and the Chocolate Church Arts Center combine forces to Cohost our Winterfest Lantern Parade this year.
Start off by making your lantern amazing, fun or gorgeous! Glitter, pipe cleaners, sparkles, string, whatever you have.. just make sure you have fun! We will have lanterns to hand out to those who don't have any.
We will meet at the Five County Credit Union Parking Lot on Centre Sreet at 5:30pm to start the parade.
Once the Yeti arrives, we can all parade up to the City Hall. Then we walk proudly down Front Street, hitching a left on Elm Street. We will hike up to Washington Street and down to the Chocolate Church Arts Center for the Finale!
This year’s Winterfest Lantern Parade is ending with a short celebration and festivities at the Chocolate Church. The CCAC is so excited to be the hosts of this year's finale and welcome everyone in from the cold, wintry walk. The Lantern Finale will be free to all, offering complimentary hot cider and popcorn, live music by the virtuoso Klezmer band–the Casco Bay Tummlers, stilt-walkers, and more.
Once inside we will invite people to process across the Chocolate Church Main Stage and show off their lanterns so that everyone can see all the glorious lantern creations in the parade. Come celebrate light, community, and imagination at the Lantern Finale at the Chocolate Church!