Winterfest 2019 kicks off Feb. 2 with a polar plunge into Camden Harbor and a carnival with ice carving, theatrics and games for all ages in the Amphitheatre at the Camden Public Library.

The week culminates with the Toboggan National Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl and the annual Banff Film Festival at the Strom Auditorium.

Click on underlined links below for more information.

Feb. 2

11 a.m. Polar Plunge, Camden Harbor. Take the plunge or watch those who dare to brave the chilly waters of Penobscot Bay. Organized by SunDog Outdoor Expeditions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting kids outdoors. Register at

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Annual Winterfest Carnival, Camden Public Library. Outdoors at the Amphitheatre, watch a master ice carver and individual teams transform this year's theme of fantastic beasts into crystalline creations. Play carnival games for all ages, watch comedy, dance and fire routines presented by Dark Follies Vaudeville and enjoy the tunes of DJ Terry Frank, who keeps the party going every year. First National Bank is this year's Winterfest sponsor. Fat bike and snowshoe demos are sponsored by Maine Sport Outfitters.

Hot food will be for sale throughout the event, in the Amphitheatre. Hosted by Maine Coast Orthodontics, proceeds will benefit the library and Winterfest.

Noon to 2 p.m. Crafts and face-painting with Miss Amy. Camden Public Library indoors.

1 p.m. Live jazz favorites performed by All That Jazz, library, indoors.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Midwinter book sale at the Blue Door Book Shed. Books for all ages and tastes. Tables will be restocked to ensure a full selection to choose from each day. The Book Shed is adjacent to the Meadow parking Lot. The sale continues Feb. 3, 9 and 10.

Feb. 5

6 p.m. Family Movie Night featuring "Frozen," Camden Public Library.

Feb. 6

6 p.m. Pinot and Augustine, family theater event, Camden Opera House. $5 per person, under 5 years, free.

Feb. 7

7: 30 p.m Mallet Brothers with Oshima Brothers, Camden Opera House. Tickets $22.

Feb 8 & 9

7 p.m. Banff Film Festival, Strom Auditorium, Camden Hills Regional High School. Tickets are $10 adults/$5 students at Maine Sport Outfitters, Route 1, Rockport and Main Street, Camden; $12/$5 plus handling fee at and at the door, if not sold out.

Feb. 8-10

Toboggan National Championships, at the Snow Bowl. Feb. 8, teams sign in; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., toboggan chute open, $5, free with race bracelet. Feb. 9, beginning 8 a.m., race begins, 2-, 3- and 4-person teams; noon, costume contest parade, Tobogganville. Feb. 10, beginning 9 a.m. second and final runs for all teams; 3 p.m. awards ceremony Tobogganville. For bus shuttle and ski mountain information, visit

Feb. 9

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge, 16 Bay View, lower level, downtown Camden.

Feb. 10

4 p.m. Banff Film Festival continues, Strom Auditorium.