Whaleboat, Ho!

The Annie Cooper Boyd House, where much of the weekend’s Harborfest activities will be held.

Once described as the largest block party extending out over the water, this year Harborfest will be a village-wide event celebrating the maritime history of Sag Harbor, featuring the famous whaleboat races, an arts and crafts fair, and a sidewalk sale. The festival takes place Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, September 8.

Organized by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the weekend includes nonstop events ranging from “Songs and Stories of the Sea” for kids at the Annie Cooper Boyd House at 174 Main Street to literary walking tours at the John Jermain Library, a “Taste of Sag Harbor” on the Long Wharf, sea shanties a-plenty, and even a “Tussie Mussie” bouquet-making class with Bonnie Grice of WLNG.

Whether you’re paddling for your life, or watching the goings-on, the whaleboat races are a time-honored tradition in Sag Harbor. Harborfest’s signature event is presented by The Sag Harbor Express off Windmill Beach, where annual bragging rights and the coveted Whalers Cups are on the line.

See the schedule for those events, or the many others all weekend, at www.sagharborchamber.com.

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