SPRING BOAT SHOWS
Bay Bridge Boat Show
Bay Bridge Marina, Kent Island,
Stevensville, Md. 410-268-8828;
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
and Cruisers University
Annapolis, Md. 410-268-8828;
Apr. 29-May 1
Prince William Marina Boat Show
Woodbridge, Va. 800-216-BOAT;
Upper Bay Boat Show
Anchor Marina, North East, Md.
Deltaville Dealer Days & Boat Show
Townwide, Deltaville, Va.
SPRING CLEANUP DAYS
Cruising and racing sailors alike can get top-notch instruction on offshore sailing issues. Day includes on-the-water demonstrations and a helicopter rescue. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.
Register at 410-269-0741
Indoor and outdoor displays of new and used fishing gear, plus food, drinks and raffle prizes. Solomons Firehouse, Solomons, Md. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Whitehouse Cove Open House
Check out a wide selection of boats, paddleboards and kayaks, plus food and live music.
Whitehouse Cove, Poquoson, Va. 1-5 p.m.
Blessing of the Fleet
Welcome the boating season with a ceremony to bless the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's fleet of historic vessels and other boats along the Miles River. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 5 p.m.
Tiki Bar Opening Day
This raucous party marks the beginning of the boating season at the Tiki Bar in Solomons, Md.
Blessing of the Fleet
Ceremony and party following. Cape Charles Harbor, 6 p.m.
Boatyard Bar & Grill Spring Fishing Tournament
Kick off rockfish season at this catch-and-release tournament to benefit local charities. After party with prizes and entertainment. Boatyard Bar & Grill, Annapolis. Weigh-in by 4:30 p.m., party 4-8 p.m.
Partners in Command
The Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron teaches new or inexperienced crewmembers how to assist a skipper in the safe operation of a recreational boat, and how to respond to emergencies. Bacon Sails, Annapolis. 9:30 a.m.
16th & 23rd
Lighthouse Volunteer Work Days
Help with maintenance and upkeep projects on the Drum Point lighthouse (4/16) and Thomas Point lighthouse (4/23). Must be U.S. Lighthouse Society Member. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get your pirate on! Pirate re-enactors, dockside ship tours and pirate ship cruises, a craft market, food, lots of live entertainment and a live "sea battle" between schooners on
the water. Fells Point, Baltimore. Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Boating Class Safe Boating course for Maryland boating safety certificate, taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, call or email for times.
Delmarva Birding Weekend
Join other birding enthusiasts in this weekend full of boat trips, hikes and paddling treks across the Delmarva peninsula to view migratory and local shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds and
Working Watermen's Weekend
The museum's official season opener starts Friday night with the Shrimp & Barbecue gala and dance. Saturday enjoy creek rides, classic workboat exhibits, a car show, the Deltaville Farmer's Market (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) and the first Groovin' in the Park concert (5-8 p.m.). Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va.
Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championship
This annual carving competition and exhibition features wildfowl carvings, artwork, demonstrations, classes, lectures, auctions, children's activities and more. Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, Md. Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 am.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Winefest at St. Michaels
Great food and wine, cooking demonstrations, seminars and entertainment. St. Michaels, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 443-205-2185
Crab races, boat rides, a dog show, a parade, demonstrations at the Cooperative Oxford Lab, children's activities, raffles, lots of food and live music mark this annual small town celebration. Oxford, Md. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., parade at 11 a.m.
Virginia's Historic Garden Week
Discover some of Virginia's most beautiful homes, gardens and historic landmarks along the James, Rappahannock and Potomac rivers and on the Eastern Shore. Call for times and locations.
Wednesday Night Racing Cruise
Hop aboard the Schooner Woodwind to watch the first Wednesday night races in Annapolis. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar
Over 200 vendors, artists, crafters and artisans, plus food trucks and live music. Fort Monroe, Hampton, Va. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Low Country Shrimp Boil Cape Charles Historical Society's annual shrimp boil also has live music and an auction. Email for tickets. Cape Charles Museum, Cape Charles, Va. 5-9 p.m.
Pirates Invade Yorktown
Visit a pirate encampment, watch cannon firing demonstrations and sing with pirates during this weekend
of pirate-themed fun. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.