SACO – The city of Saco has announced the return of a community festival – Camp Ellis HarborFest.

The city of Saco announced the return if Camp Ellis HarborFest in August. Dan King photo

According to a news release, “Camp Ellis HarborFest is a locally-grown community festival celebrating its active working waterfront and the rebuilding effort to bring the beach back to Camp Ellis, all while having family fun and great food. The community event, sponsored by the city of Saco, will kick off with fireworks on Aug. 12, and the Camp Ellis HarborFest on Aug. 13.

The festival began in the late-1970s. According to the city, “while the event has been dormant in recent years, it’s coming back now stronger than ever. As the event approaches, the city of Saco will release more detailed information, and we encourage residents to sign up for our email list to stay up-to-date”

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Camp Ellis HarborFest is seeking volunteers, who will be part of a team that works behind the scenes and on the ground to make the event happen. Sign up to volunteer at

In order to ensure a safe event, the following restrictions will be in place, with more details to be announced.


Pier closure: The Camp Ellis Pier will be closed for normal use from 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. Commercial fishing operations are closed during this time period per order of the harbormaster.

Parking and alternative transportation: Parking is limited in the Camp Ellis area and along the coast. The city recommends alternative transportation to Camp Ellis HarborFest, and will announce shuttle bus and bike valet options soon.

Event schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, Aug. 12

Live music at Huot’s – 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks on the river – approximately 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 13

Camp Ellis HarborFest – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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