Big Bands on the Bay
Sundays beginning May 24, 7-9 p.m.
Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk. www.festevents.org
Concerts in Muskrat Park
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
St. Michaels, Md.
Groovin' By the Bay
Sundays beginning June 14, 6-9 p.m.
Buckroe Beach Park, Hampton, Va.
Groovin' in the Park
June 27, 6-8 p.m.
Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va.
Music by the River
June 13, 6-8 p.m.
Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster, Va.
St. Mary's College River Concert Series
June 19, 26
Historic St. Mary's City, Md. 7 p.m. 240-895-2024; www.smcm.edu/riverconcert/schedule.html
Summertime Concert Series
Wednesdays starting June 10, 7-9 p.m.
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-4800; www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org
Mana Saxophone Quartet Concert
Tolchester Beach Bandstand, St. Michaels, Md.
6 p.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org
Thursdays by the Lake
Thursdays starting June 4, 6-10 p.m.
Mariners' Museum Park, Newport News, Va.
Tides and Tunes Concert Series
Thursdays beginning June 18
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 7-8:30 p.m.
Over the Dunes Exhibit
Head to Chestertown's Carla Massoni Gallery to see Michael Kahn's stunning sailing and boating photography [see picture, right] that will appear in his new book Over the Dunes. There will also be a book launch at the First Friday celebration June 5, 5-8 p.m., and an artist talk June 6 at noon. Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, Md. 410-778-7330; www.massoniart.com.
Seawall Music Festival
Enjoy a weekend full of waterfront concerts and family festivities along Portsmouth's quaint streets and waterfront promenade. Portsmouth, Va. 757-393-8481; www.portsmouth.va.us.
This gargantuan maritime festival features three days of family fun, including a parade of sail, visiting tall ships, live entertainment on multiple stages, on-the-water activities, fireworks and more. Town Point Park, Norfolk. Fri.-Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Upper Chesapeake Hospice Regatta
Race to qualify for the National Hospice Regatta. If you're not racing, watch from shore at the Concord Point Lighthouse while enjoying a party and dinner under the stars. Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace, Md. 5-10:30 p.m. 877-640-1809; www.uchfoundation.org.
Virginia's Clean the Bay Day
Volunteers from around the Bay will get down and dirty to help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation clean up Virginia's shores. Virginia Bay-wide. 9 a.m.-noon.
Potomac River Poker Run
This popular poker run includes stops at historic landmarks like Fort Washington and Mount Vernon and, of course, both Tim's Rivershore restaurants. Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, Va. Call for times.
This second annual waterfront party to benefit the West/Rhode Riverkeeper will have live music, kayak rides, boat tours, a blessing-of-the-fleet ceremony, maritime artwork for sale and a down-home fish fry with locally caught seafood. Discovery Village, Shady Side, Md. Noon-6 p.m. 410-867-7171; www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org.
Children's Day on the Farm
Introduce the kiddos to Southern Maryland's agricultural heritage with oxen cart and pony rides, an antique tractor parade, a petting zoo, crafts, live entertainment and a magic show. Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard, Md. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-586-8501; www.jefpat.org.
Safe Boating Course
Take this two-day course and get your Maryland boating safety certificate. Advance registration required. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-4941; www.cbmm.org.
Potomac River Festival
Join in on this weekend-long party that includes a fire engine parade and the Miss Colonial Beach pageant, then continues through Sunday with carnival rides, arts and crafts, a boat parade, concerts and fireworks. Colonial Beach, Va. 774-392-4986. www.colonial-beach-virginia-attractions.com.
50th Dickerson Rendezvous
Dickerson yachts were designed for cruising the Chesapeake Bay, and the fleet is still going strong after 50 years afloat. Join Dickerson boat owners (and lovers) for this anniversary celebration of "Decades of Dickerson Memories." Reservations required. Boats gather on Friday for a Commodore's Cookout, followed on Saturday with panel discussions and entertainment. Party ends on Sunday. Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, Md. email@example.com; www.dickersonowners.org.
Liberty Ship Cruise
Take a trip aboard the last remaining troop ship from World War II, the John W. Brown, and experience what life was like aboard a Liberty Ship, USO style, with historic demonstrations, military flybys and re-enactments. Tickets required. Cruise Maryland Terminal, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-558-0164; www.ssjohnwbrown.org.
Bands in the Sand
Dance with the sand between your toes at this Chesapeake Bay Foundation fundraiser. The party will feature live bands, drinks, food and an art auction. Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. 5-10:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Crab Festival
Celebrate all things crab with seafood a' plenty, a crab-picking contest, cooking demonstrations, plus arts and crafts vendors, and live music. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, Md. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tall Ships at Cape Charles Festival
Tall ships from the Bay and beyond will visit Cape Charles, Va., during this stopover port in the Tall Ships Challenge series. There will be ship tours, arts and crafts vendors, a "pirate camp" for children, model boatbuilding, live entertainment, historic reenactors and more. Cape Charles Town Harbor, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-331-4620; www.tallshipscapecharles.com.
Father's Day Cruise
Treat your dad to a brunch or evening cruise aboard the Wm. B. Tennison. Pre-registration required. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Great Chesapeake Bay Swim
Brave swimmers will plunge into the Bay and swim the four and a half miles alongside the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Hemingway's on the Eastern Shore. Sandy Point State Park and Hemingway's Restaurant, Stevensville, Md. 9 a.m. 856-468-0010; www.bayswim.com.
Bernie Fowler's Wade-in
Don your white sneakers and check the water clarity with former senator Bernie Fowler at this 25th anniversary wade-in. Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard, Md. 1 p.m. 410-586-8501; www.jefpat.org.
Cock Island Race
Gather along Portsmouth's shores to watch racers tack through tight quarters and giant ships on the Elizabeth River. Then head to the parties on Friday and Saturday nights. North Landing, Portsmouth, Va. 757-393-8481; www.visitportsva.com.
Antique and Classic Boat Festival
Head to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to peruse an enormous fleet of beautiful antique and classic vessels. There will also be boatbuilding demonstrations, maritime vendors, children's activities and much more. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 410-437-8108; www.cbmm.org.
Dragon Boating Open House
To kick off the new Annapolis Dragon Boat Club season, the club will host a fun event with paddling demonstrations, food, music and artist Nancy Hammond, who will "awaken the dragon" and paint the eyes on the dragon boat to mark the beginning of the season. South Annapolis Yacht Centre, Annapolis. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.443-994-3696; www.annapolisdragonboatclub.org.
Race your SUPs and kayaks to benefit Special Olympics Maryland with half-mile, 2-mile and 4-mile courses. Racing begins at 9 a.m. Great Marsh Park, Cambridge, Md. www.chesapeakepaddlefest.com.
This on-the-water kayak, canoe and stand-up paddle festival will feature tours, demos, sunset paddles, races and seminars. Oak Grove Park, Chesapeake, Va. 757-421-7151; www.kayaxpedition.com.
Start rolling at this home-grown music festival featuring three stages and more than 20 artists, plus plenty of activities for the whole family. 723 Second St., Eastport, Annapolis. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 410-916-5500; www.eastportarockin.com.
St. Mary's Beer Festival
Take a tour of Van Sweringen's Ordinary, one of the first taverns in the colonies, then enjoy beer- and cider-making demonstrations, beer tastings, food, live music and arts and crafts. St. Mary's City Museum, St. Mary's City, Md. Noon-6 p.m. 240-895-4977; hsmcdigshistory.org/BeerFest/events.html.
Summertime Blues Festival
Enjoy blues music by local, regional and national blues acts while enjoying the view of the Susquehanna River from the orchard on the grounds of the Steppingstone Museum. Havre de Grace, Md. 2-8 p.m.
Celebrate sailing during this global holiday, held annually on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Each year Summer Sailstice connects over 10,000 sailors all over the world to revel in a day of sailing. To find the celebration nearest you, visit www.summersailstice.com.
Rivahfest Celebrate the Rappahannock
"Rivah" with a day of family fun including parades, maritime demonstrations, an antique boat show, the Taste of Tappahannock event and a rubber duck race. Tappahannock, Va. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 888-973-4443; www.rivahfest.com.
End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival
Cheer on the dragon boats racing to raise money for End Hunger Calvert County. Then enjoy an afternoon of live music and family activities on the boardwalk. North Beach, Md. 9 a.m. 410-257-5672; www.endhungercalvert.org.
Cape 2 Cape Paddle Race
This grueling 19-mile race will challenge the most elite racers in the world launch from the beach at Cape Henry and paddle under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, around Fisherman's Island, out to Cape Henry Light and down to First Landing State Park. Register at paddleguru.com/races/Cape2Cape.
This festival celebrates the 18th-century river batteaux by sending a fleet of replica flat-bottom cargo boats on a week-long trek down the James River from Lynchburg to Richmond. The pre-festival party on Friday in Lynchburg features a parade and live entertainment. The launch of the boats takes place on Saturday at Percivals Island in Lynchburg. 11 a.m. 434-528-3950; vacanals.org.
Anyone can join this fun, around-Kent Island race that starts near the north entrance to Kent Narrows and finishes on the south side near Red Eye's Dock Bar. Grasonville, Md. 9:30 a.m. Call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register. 410-739-1000; www.kentislandsailing.org; email@example.com.
Jay Fleming Photography Exhibit Opening
Head to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to see Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming's collection: The Unseen Chesapeake: Capturing the Bay's Wild, Forgotten Landscapes. These photographs focus on aspects of Bay life that are often forgotten. The exhibition will run through November 20, 2015. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.
Smithfield Olden Days
Celebrate the good old days at this townwide party that includes a parade, a barbecue cook-off, live music, children's activities and the wacky, anything-that-floats Pagan River raft race. Smithfield, Va. www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com.
Gwynn's Island Festival
Celebrate Gwynn's Island with fun for the whole family, food, music, and arts and crafts. Gwynn's Island, Va. Fri. chicken dinner 4-7 p.m.; Sat. festival 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. 804-725-7577; www.visitmathews.com.
Hampton Jazz Festival
This star-studded jazz festival attracts the nation's top blues, soul, pop and jazz performers. Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. 757-838-5650; www.hamptonjazzfestival.com.
Tim's Not-on-the-4th-of-July Fireworks
Get your Fourth of July fireworks fix early at Tim's Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse. Dumfries, Va. 9 p.m. 703-441-1375; www.timsrivershore.com.
Cardboard Boat Races
Watch as an armada of homemade cardboard boats tries to stay afloat during this hilarious annual day of racing to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. The race lineup includes an "iron-man" course, a corporate challenge, a just-for-laughs course and a kids' course. The Strand, Oxford, Md. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fetch a flounder to vie for a $5,000 top prize at this fun tournament that touts itself as a party with a fishing tournament on the side. In addition to a great party, there will be prizes for kids' and women's catches, and other special challenges. Dare Marina and Yacht Sales, Yorktown, Va. Fishing 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Fish fry and party to follow. 757-262-9004; www.flounderbowl.com.
Tilghman Island Seafood Festival
This fun-filled summer festival features crab races, trot-line baiting competitions, music and local seafood. Tilghman, Md. 11 a.m. 410-866-2677; www.tilghmanmd.com.
Log Canoe Races
This "4th of July" series brings the log canoe fleet to St. Michaels, Md., for two days of classic boat racing. Hosted by the Miles River Yacht Club. St. Michaels, Md. Races Sat. 2 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Thunder on the Narrows
High-speed hydroplanes and Jersey skiffs will race at speeds over 100 mph around Kent Narrows. Kent Island Yacht Club, Chester, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-643-4101; www.kentnarrowsracing.com.