The 22nd Annual New Year’s By The Bay celebration will take place on December 31st, 2018 at venues throughout downtown Belfast, beginning at 2pm with music and performance events all day and evening and culminating in the midnight bonfire at the Belfast Public Landing. RSVP on Facebook. This year’s event is proudly featuring The Gawler Family, Hawk Henries, Castlebay, The Right Track, The Lowdown, The Katahdin Valley Boys and MANY MORE!


Download and print this year’s map and schedule here.

Click here to learn more about our event venues.


With the help of dedicated volunteers and supporters and the participation of gifted performers NYBB continues to provide a chem.-free, affordable, safe, cultural arts celebration showcasing Belfast’s unique architectural downtown and promoting Belfast as the multicultural, renaissance city by the bay, that we are so blessed to enjoy all year long.

Belfast’s New Year’s By The Bay organization and event were created in 1997 from the inspiration and vision of one person.  Like the children’s story about the little train and the big mountain the event started with one person saying “I Think I Can!” With great enthusiasm the idea was presented over and over to people and organizations, in our small rural community those first months. One by one, participation made a difference, the talk turned to planning and a sound foundation for the community event was established. The community said we’ll climb the mountain, “We Know We Can!”

To date, over 47,000 people have participated in NYBB. To continue this tradition we need the help of the community and you today! Every NYBB admission button we sell helps to support the start-up, production and performer costs of the event. There are no salary or administration costs. Venues donate their spaces, businesses provide in-kind support and volunteers work tirelessly to make this event a success. Donors help support and underwrite this event, to maintain affordable admission button prices. 

For more information, follow New Year’s By The Bay on Facebookemail us, or call Mary at 207.323.1748.


The Katahdin Valley Boys performing at last year’s New Year’s By The Bay celebration.


The legendary Hawk Henries will be returning to the 22nd Anniversary New Year’s By The Bay.