Big Bands on the Bay
Sundays beginning May 29, 7-9 p.m.
Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk.


Concerts in Muskrat Park
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
St. Michaels, Md.


Groovin' By the Bay
Sundays beginning June 19, 6-9 p.m.
Buckroe Beach Park, Hampton, Va.


Groovin' in the Park
June 25, 6-8 p.m.
Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va.


Music by the River
June 11, 18, , 6-8 p.m.
Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster, Va. 



St. Mary's College River Concert Series
June 17, 24
Historic St. Mary's City, Md. 7 p.m. 240-895-2024


Summertime Concert Series
Wednesdays starting June 15, 7-9 p.m.
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md. 410-939-4800


Thursdays by the Lake
Thursdays starting June 2, 6-10 p.m.
Mariners' Museum Park, Newport News, Va.



Tides and Tunes Concert Series
Thursdays beginning June 16
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 7-8:30 p.m.



Southern Bay Race Week  

The Hampton Yacht Club sponsors this huge regatta weekend, featuring PHRF, one-design and cruising-class races, plus parties and prizes. Hampton Yacht Club, Hampton, Va.



Casey Cares Rockfish Tournament  

Catch some rockfish and raise money for Casey Cares, a non-profit organization that provides uplifting activities for critically ill children. Party to follow, chefs will be ready to cook your catch! Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Kent Island.



Leukemia Cup Regatta  

This popular Annapolis regatta and fundraiser will feature great sailing, a gala and auction, and a crew party after the day of racing. Fri. gala at Annapolis Yacht Club; Sat. racing starts and Rock the Dock for
a Cure after-party at Eastport Yacht Club (4 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.



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. 




ChesaTrek Adventure: Thomas Point Light 
Meet at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for background and history, then head out by boat to the iconic screwpile lighthouse, followed by a crabcake lunch on the deck overlooking Back Creek. 

Annapolis. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 




Blackbeard Festival  

Embrace your inner pirate with a weekend celebration of tall ships, re-enactments of Blackbeard's sea battles, live music, and plenty of pirate-themed fun. Downtown Hampton, Va. 

Fri. Grand Pirates Ball 7 p.m.

Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., (fireworks at 9 p.m.)

Sun. Noon-6 p.m. 




Rockin' on the River  

Four great bands and two DJs lead this mega party on Middle River. Conrads Ruth Villa, Middle River, Md.

Noon-5:30 p.m. 




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. 




Latitude Adjustment Party  

Send off the Annapolis to Bermuda Race sailors at Eastport Yacht Club's block-party-style celebration. The public is welcome to enjoy the live music, celebrate the local marine wizards, food, drinks and competitions and giveaways. Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis. 

5-10 p.m. 




Bermuda Ocean Race    

Head out on the Severn River to watch the start of this bluewater race from Annapolis to St. George, Bermuda. Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis.
1:30 p.m. 




Seawall Music Festival  

Enjoy a weekend of concerts, family festivities and fireworks along Portsmouth's quaint streets and waterfront promenade. Portsmouth, Va.
Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sat. 3:30-9:30 p.m. 




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.




Pirates will take over Havre de Grace, Md., for a weekend of swashbuckling fun, complete with a pirate encampment and gala, live entertainment, pub crawl and more. Lock House Museum, Havre de Grace, Md. 

10 a.m.-­ 4 p.m.




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. 443-482-2111



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. 




St. Mary's Crab Festival  

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. 





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. 




James River Rundown  

Take on the James River from your kayak, canoe or paddleboard on 20- 100- or 140-mile courses. Then, if you can still lift your arms, party it up at the American Legion Post 354 boat ramp in Richmond. 

Details at



Summer Concert Series 

Picnic on the lawn or under a pavilion while enjoying live music. 

Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedsville, Va. 6-8 p.m. 




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. 




Great Chesapeake Bay Swim 
Brave swimmers will 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. 




Children's Kalmar Nyckel Tours  

Children in grades 1-8 are welcome to climb aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and experience what life was like on a colonial ship. 

Waterman's Warf, Solomons, Md. Noon-1 p.m. 302-429-7447



National Music Festival   

Musical treasure on the Chester River! Boaters can grab slips (limited) at the Chestertown Marina (410-778-3616), walk a few blocks and find the Colonial-era town resounding with classical music. Acclaimed National Music Festival Maestro Richard Rosenberg fills churches, shops, galleries and Washington College's splendid venues with high quality/low cost ($12-$18) performances every night and some afternoons with works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Previn, Prokofiev, Bach, Britten, Berlioz, Dymiotis, Kurt Weill and more.  

Cellist Natasha Farny leads a masterclass on Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto June 6th; NPR alum Liane Hansen narrates Tubby the Tuba June 10th; NMF's symphony orchestra and combined choruses perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "Choral," June 11 (get tickets now); Jessica Mathaes plays Tchaikovsky's beloved violin concerto June 18. Best for any age kids: free daytime rehearsals; arrive late, leave early and hear great music. 

For complete concert and rehearsal schedule visit 



Lighthouse Adventure Cruise   

Hop onboard a private charter boat and look out for six lighthouses on your cruise. 

Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md.7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 410-326-2042;



James River Batteau Festival   

Here in Virginia, we are surrounded by rich history and geography, often playing off of one another to tell myriad stories of struggle and challenge on the path to development and prosperity. The James River batteau is one such story.  

Over the course of the 18th century, Virginia planters moved into the fertile land of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge. While they experienced plentiful crop yields and abundant land, they faced one huge obstacle: how to transport their harvest to market in a land of far flung settlements and scarce infrastructure.  

After a few decades of attempting to move goods down shallow and rocky Piedmont rivers via dugout canoe, a novel vessel emerged from the banks of the James in Amherst County. The James River batteau, with its flat bottom, shallow draft and sleek design, was capable of transporting nearly 10,000 pounds of cargo downstream through countless rapids and shoals. Introduced in 1771, the batteau rapidly spread across the Piedmont and Appalachian southeast, allowing farmers to reach downstream markets at a scale and with relative dependability previously unmatched in the region.  

Over the past 30 years, enthusiasts of the James River Batteau Festival have spent a week each summer traveling back in time to experience the challenge and thrill of navigating batteaux down the James River from Lynchburg to Richmond. We drag our 40- to 50-foot vessels over rocks, dodge boulders and cruise through rapids to get a small taste of what it took to survive and prosper in early Virginia. We encourage you to grab a canoe or kayak, get your camping gear and come join us for an adventure like no other.  

More info at



Antique and Classic Boat Festival  

Peruse an enormous fleet of beautiful antique and classic vessels and enjoy boatbuilding demonstrations, maritime vendors and children's activities. 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. 





This home-grown music festival features three stages and more than 20 artists,
plus fun activities for the whole family. 723 Second St., Eastport, Annapolis. 

11 a.m.-8 p.m. 





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. 



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. 




ChesaTrek Adventure: Mallows Bay  

Join the West/Rhode Riverkeeper on a kayaking trip to Mallows Bay. Tour the "Ghost Fleet" of abandoned wrecks by kayak with an expert on the natural and cultural history of this astonishing treasure on the Potomac River, followed by a catered riverside picnic. Kayak and all safety gear provided. 




Patuxent River Shootout  

Grab a spot on the boardwalk to see traditional New England catboats gather and race on the Patuxent. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 1-5 p.m. 410-326-2042;



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. 




Summer Sailstice  

Celebrate sailing during this global holiday, held annually on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, connecting sailors all over the world. 

Find the celebration nearest you at


Patuxent River Shootout

Catboat enthusiasts will rally in Solomons, Md., over Memorial Day weekend for the annual Patuxent River Shootout. The race will begin Saturday about 1 p.m., and will be viewable from the Solomons Boardwalk. After the race, chat with the captains and tour the boats on display at the Calvert Marine Museum boat basin until 5 p.m. 




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. 




Smithfield Olden Days  

Celebrate the good old days at this townwide party with a parade, barbecue cook-off, live music, children's activities and the wacky, anything-that-floats Pagan River raft race. Smithfield, Va.



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. 




Hampton Jazz Festival  

Star-studded jazz festival featuring 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. 




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



Lore Oyster House Day  

Come to learn anything and everything you want to know about oysters. Take a step back in time in the oyster packing house, and try your hand at oyster tonging. 

J.C. Lore & Sons Oyster House, Solomons, Md. 1-4 p.m.



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.



St. Mary's Beer Festival  

Tour 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



Sauer Cup  

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 email to register. 




Boaters' Boot Camp  

Sail and Power Squadron education coordinators will host this two-day intensive boater training session for new or inexperienced boaters. Deltaville Yachting Center, Deltaville, Va.



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.



Flounder Bowl  

Fetch a flounder to vie for a $5,000 top prize. Then enjoy a great party with special prizes for kids' and women's catches, and other special challenges. Dare Marina and Yacht Sales, Yorktown, Va. Fishing Saturday or Sunday. Fish fry and party to follow Sunday fishing.



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.



C.R.A.B. Sail Free Sunday  

Disabled individuals and their families are invited for a sail on one of the C.R.A.B.'s specially equipped Freedom Independence sailboats. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 


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