BOOTHBAY — The Boothbay community will host the first Boothbay Food and Music Festival to benefit local nonprofit organizations, headlined by a performance by popular Maine band The Ghost of Paul Revere.

The festival begins Thursday, Sept. 20, and ends Saturday, Sept. 22.

Tickets for the Music Fest are $20 per person and will feature Dr. Zog at 5 p.m., followed by Motor Booty Affair at 6:30 p.m. and Ghost of Paul Revere at 8:30 p.m.

The festival will start with the Claw Down on Thursday evening. At this annual event, top chefs will compete to bring their own unique take on the perfect lobster bite. There will be a dinner dance on Friday night under the stars, and a Family Fest will highlight Saturday’s activities. There will be games and performances including Rupert’s Orchestra, Dr. Zog and Wacky Chad. A balloon twisting clown and caricature artist will also be on hand.

“I am grateful that a portion of the proceeds from the Boothbay Food and Music Festival will be given to support local children and youth,” said Holly Stover, a board member of the Boothbay Region Community Resources Council. “This gift will allow us to foster the development of children and youth to help them reach their potential.”

This event is a community-wide, collaborative effort led by local businesses and residents. Proceeds from the festival will benefit several local non-profit organizations including the Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund and the Boothbay Region Community Resources Council.

The other beneficiaries are the Boothbay Railway Village and the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Maxim of the Boothbay Region Student Air Fund, said the funds generated from the festival will be used to enhance the education and lives of students who graduate from Boothbay Region High School.

Claw Down: 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20; 10 chefs go head-to-head in a lobster bite competition at Boothbay Railway Village.

Dinner Dance: 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21; Boothbay Harbor Country Club.

Family Fest: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22; live performance, inflatables, games and food at Boothbay Railway Village.

Music Fest: 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22; four performances, food and beverages at Boothbay Railway Village.