About Our Town
Eastport invites you to explore our town,
from sunrise to sunset
Catch the sun as it rises over the easternmost city in the United States with breakfast on the deck of the Waco - Maine's oldest diner, established in 1924. Incorporated as a town in 1798 and as a city in 1893, Eastport is the least populated city in Maine with a population of 1,288 (2020 census).
Stroll downtown Water Street to admire the lovingly restored historic buildings. Browse the many galleries and shops that display the work of local artists and craftspeople. Pick up sunscreen and souvenirs at S.L.Wadsworth & Son, established as a ship's chandlery in 1818. Stock up on picnic supplies at Raye's Mustard Pantry Store. Top it all off with treats at confectionary wonderland, Sweeties DownEast.
Continue to the breakwater where lobster boats and scallop trawlers set out each morning to work. You might catch a cruise ship in port or a yacht moored alongside a dinghy. Chat with the fisherman who line the breakwater in hopes of catching herring to grill for dinner. Book a whale watch excursion offered daily May-Oct to delight visitors on the Passamaquoddy Bay with the magic of nature.
Refresh your body and mind at one of the many restaurants downtown, many with outdoor patios and breathtaking water views.
Eastport is a city of festivals! The fun kicks off with Old Home Week - one of Maine's largest July 4th celebrations, usually welcoming a Naval ship to port. The day begins with a blueberry pancake breakfast, a parade and full array of community events, and ends with a brilliant fireworks display over the bay. Moonlight Movies, Music on the Rocks, ArtWalk Weekends continue through summer, culminating in the Labor Day weekend Salmon and Seafood Festival, now running for over 30 years, and the much anticipated Pirate Festival, always the second weekend of September.
More and more visitors are discovering the allure of the shoulder and off-seasons - arriving to enjoy late spring when the island is awash in lupines, the fall foliage in October, and the tranquil peace of winter. New Year's eve in Eastport is like no other. The Tides Institute & Museum welcomes the arrival of the New Year not once, but twice, with a Maple Leaf drop at 11pm for our Canadian neighbors and a Sardine drop at midnight while the community gathers together and a brass band plays Auld Lang Syne.
Eastport invites you to come for a visit and stay for a lifetime!