July 8, 6 p.m.
North Beach, Md.
Big Band Night
July 2, 6 p.m.
Tolchester Beach Bandstand, St. Michaels, Md.
Big Bands on the Bay
Sundays, 7-9 p.m.
Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk.
Concerts in Muskrat Park
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
St. Michaels, Md.
Friday Concert Series
Fridays, 8 p.m.
Smithfield Times Gazebo, Smithfield, Va.
Groovin' By the Bay
Sundays, 6-9 p.m.
Buckroe Beach Park, Hampton, Va.
Groovin' in the Park
July 23, 6-8 p.m.
Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va.
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum Concerts
Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
Havre de Grace Maritime
Museum, Havre de Grace, Md.
Londontown Summer Concert Series
Sundays, 5-7 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, Md.
Music by the River
July 9, 16, 23, 6-8 p.m.
Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster, Va.
Music on the Nanticoke
July 16, 4-7 p.m.
Vienna Waterfront Park, Vienna, Md.
Music Under the Stars
July 16, 7 p.m.
Taber Park, Urbanna, Va.
St. Mary's College River Concert Series
July 1, 8, 15, 22
Historic St. Mary's City, Md. 7 p.m.
Thursdays by the Lake
Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.
Mariners' Museum Park, Newport News, Va.
Tides and Tunes Concert Series
Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
U.S. Navy Band Concerts
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. City Dock, Annapolis.
Fridays 6-8 p.m.
Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Va.
Log Canoe Races
Sat. races at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sun. races start at 10:30 a.m.
9-10 Chester River Yacht & Country Club series
16-17 Rock Hall Yacht Club series
30-31 Miles River Yacht Club Governor's Cup weekend
4th of July Fireworks
Annapolis, July 4, 410-263-7958
Baltimore, Inner Harbor, July 4, 410-837-4636
Cambridge, July 4, 410-228-1000
Chesapeake Beach, July 1, 410-257-2230
Chesapeake City, July 1, 410-885-2040
Chestertown, July 4, 410-778-0500
Crisfield, June 25, 410-968-2500
Georgetown, July 4, 410-275-1200
Havre de Grace, July 3, 410-939-2100
Middle River, Eastern Yacht Club, July 2, 410-335-8219
North East, July 3, 410-287-5801
Oxford, July 3, 410-226-5269
Rock Hall, July 3, 410-778-1342
St. Michaels, July 2, 410-745-9511
Solomons, July 4, 410-326-1950
Alexandria, July 9, 703-883-4686
Cape Charles, July 4, 757-331-2304
Colonial Beach, July 4, 804-224-7181
Dumfries, Tim's Rivershore, June 25, 703-441-1375
Irvington, Tides Inn, July 4, 804-438-5000
Mount Vernon, July 4, 703-780-2000
Newport News, July 4, 757-926-1400
Norfolk/Portsmouth, July 4, 757-441-2345
Reedville, July 5, 804-453-6529
Smithfield, July 3, 757-357-5959
Urbanna, July 2, 804-758-0464
Yorktown, July 4, 757-890-3500
Virginia Beach, July 4, 757-385-2990
National Mall, July 4, 202-619-7225
2nd, 9th, 16th, 29th, 30th
Fresh local produce, seafood, cut flowers and baked goods, as well as live entertainment, local artwork and cooking demonstrations.
Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Watermen and women will compete in the most-patriotic workboat contest, anchor toss contest and docking contest. On land, find food, entertainment and family activities.
Bayside Landing Park, Rock Hall, Md. Noon.
Ice Cream Social
Ice cream, friends and a concert by the Eastern Shore Community Band.
Onancock Park, Onancock, Va. 6 p.m.
Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with historical reenactments, military exercises and demonstrations.
Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Horn Point Lab Tours
90-minute walking tours of the Horn Point Lab, a world-class research facility aiming to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Cambridge, Md. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
It's a nautical happy hour with live entertainment and more than 30 craft brews to sample.
Downtown Norfolk, Va. 5-9 p.m.
It's all fun on the water with the annual "duck dash" rubber duck race, a float-in on the river, canoe and kayak races, plus a car show and dozens of artists and vendors on shore. Seaford, Del. 302-629-9173;
Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta
PHRF, classic-yacht and cruising-class racing. Gala at the museum to follow.
Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va.
USA Birthday Celebration
Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy food, fireworks and live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, Va. 6-10 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Taste of Cambridge
Local chefs compete for top honors while celebrity judges and patrons enjoy good eats.
Main Street, Cambridge, Md. 5-10 p.m.
Swim for Life
Swimmers are invited to raise money for HIV/AIDS research during the event's 25th anniversary.
Rolph's Wharf, Chestertown, Md. Registration 7 a.m., swim starts at 9 a.m.
Jazz and Seafood Festival
Intimate, riverside setting for jazz music, scenic views and local seafood delicacies. Pre-purchase tickets.
St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum, Coltons Point, Md. 3 p.m.
Ready, Set, Cruise Seminar
Get briefed on cruising basics: safety, navigation, docking/anchoring and provisioning at this all-day workshop. Pre-registration required.
Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ready, Set, Cruise Flotilla
Add your boat to the fleet for a short cruise around the northern Bay with coaches on hand to help you practice anchoring, docking and basic navigation. (Participants must complete the Ready, Set, Cruise Seminar.)
Flotilla starts from Annapolis and ends on the Rhode River.
Annapolis School of Seamanship. 410-263-8848.
Family "Sundae" Sunday
Bring kids to the Captain Avery Museum for a day of lawn games, picnics and, of course, refreshing ice cream sundaes!
Shady Side, Md. 1-4 p.m.
Ahoy, mateys! Kids around ages 3-6 become pirates for a day and storm the Maryland Dove. Register early. Farthing's Ordinary, St. Mary's City, Md. 10-11 a.m.
Marine Museum Pub Night
Sing your heart out at the Calvert Marine Museum's free pub night-an evening of sea chanteys, spirits, and hearty cheer! Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 7-9 p.m.
Sea Ray Reunion
Rendezvous with fellow Sea Ray owners at Clarks Landing Yacht Sales' "Docktails" party, happy hour and Hawaiian Luau dinner at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Marina & Resort in Cambridge, Md.
Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge
PHRF round-the-buoys action and plenty of festive parties. Headquarters at Holiday Inn Select, Solomons, Md.
Sultana Public Sails
Sail the Chester River aboard the Sultana; passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails and steer. Chestertown, Md. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2-4 p.m.
Tilghman Seafood Fest
Bring the whole family for a day filled with fun, sun and seafood! Find children's activities, games, artisans and vendors.
Tilghman, Md. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
James River Splash and Dash
After running a 6K trail course, runners will hitch a ride on water tubes across the James River and party onshore afterward.
Richmond, Va. 2:30 p.m.
Race to Baltimore
Race from the mouth of the Magothy River up the Patapsco to Tide Point, where a post-race party awaits in Baltimore Harbor. Race begins at 11 a.m.
Thomas Point Lighthouse Tours
Take in the scenery as you're ferried to your tour at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Space is limited; book early.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 9-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Star Spangled Banner Classic
Why not break up the week with some beautiful Bay vistas?
Register to race back from Baltimore by July 14.
Details at www.rockcreekracing.org
Sail Free Sunday
Disabled individuals and their families and friends sail free with Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (C.R.A.B.)
Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis.
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Family Boatbuilding Week
Build a crabbing skiff with the fam then race it at the town's fish fry and party on July 23.
Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va. Sat. Skiff race and party 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
Come expecting all-you-can-eat crabs and clams, and live entertainment. Book early.
Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md. Noon-4 p.m.
Tour of the Shore
Take a guided kayak tour of beautiful Bolingbroke Creek off the Choptank River and walk surrounding wooded trails with MRC riverkeepers, educators and scientists.
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Trappe, Md. 5-7:30 p.m.
North Beach Music Concert
Enjoy music by Jocelyn Faro from 12:30-2 p.m. and Phillip Parsons from 3-5:30 p.m. Concessions provided.
North Beach, Md.
Boater's Boot Camp
Spend one day in a classroom setting and two days onboard a captained vessel among small groups to learn hands-on boating from the pros. Deltaville Yachting Center, Deltaville, Va. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dinghy Poker Run
Collect your poker hand and win prizes as you enjoy "the world's largest water park" and get wet!
Register by July 23.
First stop Red Eye Yacht Club, Essex, Md. 12:30 p.m.
"Saltwater Cowboys" will herd Assateague ponies across the channel to Chincoteague to be sold at auction. A celebratory carnival will then be held in the evening.
Chincoteague Island, Va. 7-9 a.m. Carnival 7-11 p.m.
Queen of the Bay Fishing Tournament
Bring the family to fish in open, ladies, special angler and kids divisions. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded.
Cape Charles, Va. Noon-7 p.m.
Mt. Harmon House Lotus Paddle
Learn about local flora and fauna as you explore the upper Sassafras River on a kayak tour hosted by Sultana Projects.
Earleville, Md. 9-11:30 a.m.
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