September 4, 2013

Media Contact: Tara C. Perkins | Director of Public Relations | Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

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BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival held on Burlington’s Waterfront August 15-18, 2013, and continuing a seven-year tradition of exciting events was a resounding success. Experiencing record attendance at all daytime events, as well as an enormous amount of media coverage, the Festival saw many new events, as well as celebrating annual, traditional events. The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has been named a Top 100 North American Event by the American Bus Association and a Top Ten Vermont Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and is well-supported by both the state and regional chambers, as well as the city of Burlington. Daily admission is free to most events with select events requiring admission.

“MVP presented the 2013 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, which was a tremendous success for the community and sponsors. Foot traffic was fantastic. Great weather along with a well-planned and marketed event allowed us to connect with existing customers and reach out to prospective ones. It was very successful,” stated Bill Little, Vice President, Vermont/New Hampshire, MVP Health Care.

“This was by far the biggest weekend event in Burlington’s history with more than 40,000 in attendance,” said staff members of Splash. “The 28th Annual Lake Champlain Burlington Vintage Boat Show was the largest and most attended boat show to date. The quality and number of boat exhibits drew more than 6,000 spectators to the Burlington Boathouse.”

“On behalf of the City of Burlington, I’m pleased to congratulate the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival for celebrating its sixth year on the Burlington waterfront. I commend the festival for bringing people of all generations down to our remarkable waterfront to experience a great variety of crafts, activities, music and of course, boats. We look forward to the future and all that the wonderful Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has to offer,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger.

The Black Crowes brought their psychedelic infused rock and roll to Burlington’s Waterfront Park with The London Souls opening. A free showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show outdoors on the Burlington Waterfront took place on Friday with many enjoying the highly charged, fun event!

The Free Concert Series kicked off on Thursday, August 15 at Breakwater Café & Grill during Non-Profit Palooza with “A Night of Awareness: Breakwater’s presents The Aerolites & Andy Lugo & Special Guests from the COTS CD: Harmonies for Humanity, Vol. 1.” The series continued throughout the weekend to excited crowds on two separate stages in the venue. Among many of the artists featured were Mike Colbourn, Adam Ezra, Aaron Flinn, John Fries Band, Steve Hartmann, Josh Panda and much more.

The Second Annual Non-Profit Palooza was a huge success. Crowds convened on the docked Champlain Ferry next to Breakwater Café & Grill on Thursday, August 15. Staff members from 80 Vermont non-profits and attendees enjoyed food, drink, music and door prizes, as well as an amazing Jim Parker Airshow over the Burlington Waterfront skies. The night was complete with a gorgeous sunset.

Kids Day Friday was a popular event with both free kids’ cruises on the Northern Lights filling to 150 people each. More than 40 kids camps and organizations participated in the annual event., with well over 1,000 kids attending with their families.

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, the Second Annual Pirate 5k Run/Walk, presented by New England Federal Credit Union took place on the Burlington Waterfront. Hundreds of runners and walkers dressed in their favorite pirate costumes, got temporary tattoos and received a t-shirt, bandana and finishing medal. Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate was on hand to help participants warm up. A special breakfast and free paddle board event was held at Lake Champlain Sailing Center immediately after the race, where awards were presented. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the Community Sailing Center’s WAVES Initiative, a program for children and adults that is designed to enhance their connection to the exciting ecosystems of Lake Champlain through interactive science lessons and recreation on the lake. Registration:

The Lake Champlain Antique & Classic Boat Show on Saturday, August 17 was host to throngs of crowds and beautiful, historical boats in the picturesque setting of the Burlington Boathouse. Many enjoyed perusing the boat displays and watching the annual parade on the lake.

The Stand Up for the Lake event, newly part of the Festival, was a widely attended, community-based event that promoted wellness, fitness, and lake stewardship through a chic and trendy sport—stand up paddle boarding! Throughout the day there was live music and food. There were also stand up paddle boarding demos, clinics, recreational races, hot gear vendors and plenty of good times. The Community Sailing Center’s mission is to encourage and celebrate the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain by fostering educational and recreational opportunities for all members of our community.

Now heading towards its eighth year, the Festival celebrated four-days of Lake Champlain, showcasing hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Perkins Pier, Spirit of Ethan Allen, Lake Champlain Ferries, Northern Lights Lake Champlain Cruises, US Coast Guard, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, ECHO Leahy Center, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more). Other Festival activities included: ALS Silent Auction; United Way’s Mission Possible; Dog Zone; Comedy Zone; Kid Zone with free kids’ activities, including Radio Disney; international food court and crafts; beer tent; maritime exhibits and more!

“What really makes the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival special is that it offers something for everyone;  it is a dynamic celebration for children, families and adults of all ages,” says Tara Perkins, Director of Public Relations and Festival Spokesperson.

Stay tuned to for 2014 Festival details and to review the events from 2013.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission is to celebrate the past, present and future of Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. The Festival is committed to enhancing the visibility and outreach of various non-profit organizations within our community. Please contact the LCMF office at (802) 482-3313 or visit LCMF online:; Facsimile: (802) 881-0570.

Festival Sponsors: MVP Health Care; Price Chopper; Harpoon Brewery; New England Federal Credit Union; Stowe Mountain Resort; NBT Bank; Vermont Tent Company; Earthlogic, Inc.; Courtyard by Marriott; Windjammer; Lake Champlain Ferries; Minuteman Press; NeuEon; Burlington Business Association; AT&T Essex Junction; Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Vermont Chamber of Commerce; Vermont Tourism; Casella All Cycle; Bluebird Promotions; Pomerleau; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Klinger’s Bread Company; Lake Champlain Chocolates; Cabot; Vermont Smoke and Cure; Outdoor Gear Exchange; Papa John’s; City Sports; People’s United; Smuggler’s Notch Resort; Play Dog Play; O’Brien Brothers Agency; FOX 44/ABC 22; 104.7FM WNCS The Point; Mix 102.3 FM; and Burlington Free Press.

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The 2021 Festival has been CANCELED...We look forward to a spectacular event in 2022