Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast
Some 3,000 crab-cracking seafood lovers will enjoy this annual feast of steamed crabs, crab soup, corn on the cob and barbecue. There will also be auctions, a raffle and more. U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis.
5-8 p.m. 410-626-9888; www.annapolisrotary.com.
Governor's Cup Yacht Race
This annual 70-mile overnight race from Annapolis to St. Mary's City, Md., (or via the Potomac from Dahlgren, Va.) also includes multihull and cruising classes, and as always, boasts a giant all-day post-race party, where racers and spectators can celebrate all day as the racers cross the finish line on Saturday. The Friday race starts at 2:55 p.m.; Sat. live music starts at 10 a.m.
Visit Cape Charles for this annual Bayside party featuring a boat docking contest, live music, food and craft vendors, plus a parade and fireworks on Saturday. Cape Charles Harbor, Cape Charles, Va. Fri.-Sun.; 4 p.m.
Hampton Cup Regatta
Watch 12 classes of the fastest hydroplanes in the country rocket across Mill Creek in Hampton, all while enjoying food, music and festivities on shore. East Mercury Bridge, Fort Monroe, Va. Fri. Bash at the Bridge party (free and open to public) 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., bridge opens at 11 a.m., races noon-5 p.m. 757-329-4502; www.hamptoncupregatta.org.
Lighthouse Adventure Cruise
Lighthouse fans can get their fix on this all-day charter trip to visit northern Bay lighthouses Cove Point, Thomas Point, Sandy Point, Bloody Point, Sharps Island and Drum Point. Registration required. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 7:45 a.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Waterfront Wine Tasting
Enjoy a glass of refreshing summer wine and some appetizers while overlooking Middle River. Docking available. Conrad's Ruth Villa, Middle River, Md. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 410-335-4468; www.conradsruthvilla.com.
Betterton Appreciation Day
Head to family-friendly Betterton Beach for this annual party that includes swimming, contests, arts and crafts vendors and a parade. Betterton Town Park, Betterton, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., parade at 10:30 a.m.
Kids Fishing Tournament
Let the kids drop some hooks in during this annual fishing tournament at Leesylvania State Park on the Potomac. Leesylvania, Va. 9-11 a.m. 703-730-8205; www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/lee.shtml.
Beach Party on the Square
This annual beach party features family entertainment, music, sand volleyball, contests, games and, this year welcomes the Bay's buyboats to town (see below). Leonardtown, Md. 4-9 p.m. 301-475-9791; www.leonardtown.somd.com.
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Saturday mornings at Yorktown's Riverwalk Landing will be brimming with goodies-from local produce, fresh seafood and baked goods, plus live entertainment and local artwork. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va.
8 a.m.-noon. 757-890-3500; www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism.
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Thomas Point Lighthouse Tours
Enjoy a boat ride and a tour of the 1875 Thomas Point Lighthouse below Annapolis. Space is limited, so book early. Tour departs from Annapolis Maritime Museum. 9 and 11:30 a.m. 415-362-7255; www.uslhs.org.
For its 11th annual buyboat reunion, Bay buyboats will convene in Leonardtown, Md., for a weekend of good fun, tours of the boats and more, then depart on the 4th for the upper Potomac and Washington, D.C. Find all the details at www.oysterbuyboats.com/cbbareuncruise2014.html.
Join the West/Rhode Riverkeeper for an evening of free kayaking along Parish Creek and the West River. Discovery Village, Shady Side, Md. 5 p.m. 410-867-7171; www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org.
Participants are invited for a paddle on King's Creek to explore marshes and coves with the Choptank Riverkeeper. Offered through Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Explore the Chesapeake series. Registration required. Kingston, Md. 9 a.m.-noon. 410-745-2916; cbmm.org.
Havre de Grace Seafood Festival
Head to Havre de Grace for a weekend packed full of eating local seafood and enjoying crafts, vendors and entertainment. Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de Grace, Md. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. 410-939-1525; www.hdgseafoodfestival.org.
Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Channel your inner pirate during this weekend of swashbuckling fun for buccaneers of all ages, including a dinghy poker run, a decorated dinghy contest and race, a buccaneer ball, a beach party, a pub crawl, chantey sings, pirate ship cruises, and plenty of grub and grog. Rock Hall, Md. Call for specific events and times.
Cambridge Second Saturday
Visit Cambridge, Md., for gallery events, late shopping hours, special dining deals and live entertainment. Cambridge, Md. 5-9 p.m. 443-477-0843; www.cambridgemainstreet.com.
Irvington Crab Festival
The Steamboat Era Museum will host this summer crab fest that comes complete with crabs, barbeque, hot dogs, wine and beer. Purchase tickets early as the event sells out quickly. Irvington Town Commons, Irvington, Va. 4 p.m. 804-438-6888; www.steamboateramuseum.org.
On the menu at this all-you-can-eat seafood extravaganza are crabs, fried fish, crab soup, and fried clams, plus plenty of fun activities like live music, a car show and crafts vendors. Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, Md.
1-6 p.m. 410-228-1211; ww.seafoodfeastival.com.
Log Canoe Races
The Bay's log canoe fleet will race twice in August-during the Tred Avon Yacht Club's Annual Regatta and Myers Heritage Regatta. Both at the Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, Md. Sat. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sun.
10 a.m. 410-226-5629; www.tayc.com..
Watermen's Appreciation Day
Celebrate the Bay's watermen with a "watermen's rodeo" docking contest, an all-you-can eat crab feast, live music, displays, a silent auction, kids rowing contest and more. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., docking contest at 11 a.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.
Guided Kayak Tours
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center near Kent Narrows offers guided kayak tours with two levels: beginner (8/17, 1 p.m.) and intermediate (8/11, 5 p.m.). CBEC Conservation Manager will lead the trips. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, Md. 410-827-6694; bayrestoration.org.
Boater Safety Program
Adults and children (12 and up) are welcome to participate in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Boater Safety program, a two-evening program that teaches the basics of operating a vessel in Maryland waterways. Registration required. St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-4941; www.cbmm.org.
Celebrate the Severn
This gala fundraiser for the Severn Riverkeeper Association will be aboard the luxury yacht Catherine Marie and will feature music and dancing and a cruise up the river. Annapolis. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 410-849-5840; www.severnriverkeeper.org.
Point Lookout Marina's annual bluegrass music party boasts an afternoon of live bluegrass music and all-you-can-eat-and-drink. Point Lookout Marina, Scotland, Md. 3-7 p.m. 301-872-5000; www.pointlookoutmarina.com.
Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival
The name says it all, folks . . . crabs and beer! Head to National Harbor for this all-you-can-eat festival that also features 50 beers and wines available to sample. National Harbor, National Harbor, Md. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or 5-9 p.m.; www.mdcrabfest.com.
This annual DIY-regatta, hosted by the Chesapeake Outdoor Group, is made up of model beer-can boats (kids have a root beer class), plus a fun party with live music and food. Eastport Democratic Club, Annapolis.
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. www.chesapeakeoutdoor.org.
Cape Charles Cup
In this annual "destination regatta," cruisers and racers alike will race from Little Creek in Norfolk to Cape Charles on Saturday, then to Fort Monroe on Sunday. While in Cape Charles, there will be plenty of post-race fun with a huge party, food, drink, live music and entertainment. For entry forms and schedules, visit www.broadbaysailing.org.
Tangier Island Homecoming Festival
Visit Tangier Island for its annual island-wide celebration, featuring two evenings of fun, food, music and dancing, helicopter tours of the island, carnival rides and more. Tangier, Va. 6 p.m.-midnight.
Rock the Bay Poker Run
This high-speed poker run is limited to 100 boats and fills up fast! The weekend full of high-octane events also features lots of cash prizes, a welcome party, meals and a huge finale party. Headquarters at the Nauti-Goose Saloon, North East, Md. Sat. poker run starts at 10:30 a.m. 800-354-9145; www.rockthebay.com.
Leukemia Cup Poker Run
Cruise along and visit historic stops along the upper Potomac in this annual fundraising poker run. The event will start and end at the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria. Register online at www.leukemiacup.org/nca.
Cruise for Kids
Volunteer captains will take seriously ill kids and their families out for a day on the water. Norman Creek Marina, Middle River, Md. Register to be a captain yourself or for your family in need at 717-514-6278; www.captainssharingandcaring.org.
Seawall Art Show
This juried art show will feature the works of nearly 100 artists, plus crafts vendors, live music and more. Portsmouth Va., waterfront. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-393-8983; www.seawallartshow.org.
C.R.A.B. Benefit Regatta
The Boatyard Bar & Grill hosts this annual pursuit regatta to benefit Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (C.R.A.B.). Afterward, there will be a benefit party open to the public. Race at 11 a.m.; party to follow at the Eastport Yacht Club, 4-8 p.m., Annapolis. 410-626-0273; www.eastportyc.org.
Hard Crab Derby
Celebrate Labor Day weekend at this annual summer celebration featuring the famous crab races, a parade, a crab-picking contest, a cook-off, skiff races, a boat-docking contest, rides, games and more. Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md. Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. Noon-9 p.m. 410-968-2500; www.crisfieldchamber.com.
CBMM Boat Auction
You never know what interesting vessels will show up on the auction block at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's annual boat auction, as everything from wooden skiffs to classic sloops are put up for sale. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. Gates open at 8 a.m.; auction 1 p.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.
Urbanna Founder's Day Celebration
Urbanna will be honoring its founders during this day of pirate and revolutionary war reenactors, games, crafts, dance and music. There will also be a rededication ceremony of the recently restored, 1755 John Mitchell map, which is considered the most accurate map of colonial America of its time. Scottish Factor Store, Urbanna, Va. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Click here for details