The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for second annual Maritime Festival featuring an array of events including boating vendors, activities and a peek into the maritime life in Marblehead.
The event kicks off on Thursday August 8 and will run through the weekend, wrapping up on Sunday August 11.
The weekend event starts Thursday night with a garden party at the historic Jeremiah Lee Mansion on Washington street with live entertainment, a cash bar and prizes. Organizers will be collecting $20 at the door from members of the Chamber of Commerce and $30 from nonmembers.
Following the kickoff party will be a maritime-themed lecture at Abbott Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday August 9.
Residents and visitors will hit the State Street Landing on Saturday for harbor tours and water activities, along with maritime exhibits, vendors from boat builders and artists, food, music, live entertainment, and other various activities.
The Marblehead Bags tournament will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Salty Dog parade at 3 p.m.
Also on Saturday will be a maritime market place at State Street Landing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring several exhibitors, which have yet to be announced.
Wrapping up the festivities will be a celebration at Fort Sewall on Sunday with a tour of the historic fort, a food and beer truck, along with a bouncy house and activities for the kids.
For more information, visit the Marblehead Maritime Festival website, or call 781-631-2868.