SPRING BOAT SHOWS
Apr. 29-May 1
Washington Capital Boating Show
Prince William Marina, Woodbridge, Va.
Upper Bay Boat Show
Anchor Marina, North East, Md.
Deltaville Dealer Days & Boat Show
Townwide, Deltaville, Va.
Apr. 29th-May 1st
Rod 'n' Reel Pro-Am
More than $45,000 will be awarded, including a shot at a $7,000 grand prize at this huge annual pro-am event. Rod 'N' Reel Marina, Chesapeake Beach, Md.
Apr. 29th-May 1st
MSSA Spring Tournament
This "Championship on the Chesapeake" spring tournament is hosted by the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association and features categories and prizes for all levels of anglers. Register online.
Mariners' Craft Beer Festival
Visit the Mariners' Museum outdoor courtyard to get in on the fun of tasting 20 craft beers, food, live music and all-day admission to the museum. Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va. Noon-5 p.m.
Yorktown Music Jamboree Concert
Catch a weekly concert each Friday evening at the Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Va. 6-8 p.m.
Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival
Browse wildlife artwork, watch retriever demonstrations, carving competitions and more at this 35th annual festival. Free shuttles will run between the three locations in Havre
de Grace: the Decoy Museum, the middle school and the recreation center, Havre de Grace, Md. Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chincoteague Seafood Festival
All-you-can-eat little neck clams, oysters, fish and plenty of sides, plus a healthy dose of live music. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tom's Cove Park, Chincoteague, Va. Noon-4 p.m.
Solomons Maritime Festival
Learn about Southern Maryland traditions, from oystering to waterfowl calling on Saturday. Then switch gears and enjoy the museum's annual antique boat and engine show on Sunday. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Point Lookout Lighthouse Open House
Point Lookout light is open to the public the first Saturday of every month through November. Point Lookout State Park, Scotland, Md. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Barbecue, beer and an afternoon of live blues music along the River. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. Noon-6 p.m.
Deltaville Dealer Days Check out all of your favorite boat lines in one weekend at Deltaville's biggest boat sale of the season, which also includes giveaways and prizes. Townwide. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mother's Day Cruises
Give Mom a brunch or evening cruise on the Calvert Marine Museum's Wm. B. Tennison. 11:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. Solomons, Md.
The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building Exhibit
The Trumpy boatyard was a fixture in Annapolis from 1947 until its closing in 1974. See a vast collection of Trumpy boatbuilding photos from the family's archives as well as resources from various maritime museums and photographers' collections. There will also be related programming including hands-on workshops for kids, exhibit tours, and a lecture series with Trumpy boatowners and historians. Exhibit runs through July 15, 2016. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis.
Paddlesport and small boat fans will gather to admire each others' homemade boats, then attend workshops, demonstrations, and have fun with races and prizes. Open house Friday at Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis, 1-7 p.m.; on-the-water fun Saturday at Kent Island's Matapeake State Park, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kick off your boating season at this brand new event complete with new and used boats, tips from marine tradespeople, seminars, complimentary boat safety inspections by the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron and a boaters' yard sale. Herrington Harbour North, Tracey's Landing, Md. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bay Bridge Paddle
Stand-up paddleboarders and kayakers will start at Sandy Point State Park and make their way across the Bay on one of several course lengths (including an 8.4-mile elite course and an open 5K for beginners), then return to Sandy Point for the awards party (over $7,000 in cash up for grabs). Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.
Learn about early Colonial maritime life through special programs and demonstrations at Virginia's Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestowne. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Deltaville Seafood Festival
This giant festival also features a Paddlefest at the Maritime Museum, plus cruises and boat tours, and crafts vendors' wares at the community association campus. Both locations will have live music. Deltaville, Va. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; paddlefest 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Nautical Flea Market and Auction
Find the boat of your dreams, everything you could need to outfit it at this annual flea market and charity boat auction. Yankee Point Marina, Lancaster, Va. 8 a.m.-noon; auction 10 a.m.
Phillips Wharf will bustle with excitement for the whole family during this Bay festival, with recycled boat races, tours, music, children's entertainment, touch tanks, educational displays, exhibits, crafts. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman, Md. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Elf Classic Regatta
The historic 1880s yacht Elf and other classic boats will start this race in Annapolis by rowing to their moored boats, then high-tailing it to St. Michaels, where they will row ashore to sign the race log. The race starts at Eastport Yacht Club at 10 a.m. Finish is at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Food and Wine Festival
Foodies, head to the Inner Harbor to taste food from renowned chefs, enjoy beer and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and other culinary activities. Rash Field, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Noon-5 p.m.
14th, 21st, 28th
Yorktown Market Days
Farmer's market season in Yorktown, Va., kicks off with fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, cheeses, and baked goods. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. 8 a.m.-noon.
Lighthouse Volunteer Workdays
U.S. Lighthouse Society members (it's easy to join!) can volunteer to work on the Lightship Chesapeake (May 14) or on Thomas Point Light (May 21). 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pirate Party on the Beach
Virginia Beach will be awash with pirates, games, a treasure hunt, pirate re-enactors, and live entertainment by chantey singers and pirate bands. 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach.
Model Boat Races
Watch the tiny but spectacular model boats race at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Liberty Ship John W. BrownVisits Norfolk
Sail back into the World War II era aboard the historic Liberty Ship
John W. Brown. Enjoy tours of the ship while she's docked at the Half Moone Cruise terminal next to Nauticus. Then set sail on the May 22 living history cruise, with historic demonstrations, military flyovers, re-enactments and USO-style entertainment. Tickets
required. Half Moone Cruise Terminal, Norfolk. Cruise Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Treasure the Chesapeake Gala
Join the Chesapeake Bay Trust for a fantastic evening of oysters and other fresh, local seafood, casino games, a silent auction, dancing and more. Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Call for times and tickets.
VIMS Marine Science Day
Open house featuring tours, exhibits, lab demonstrations, seafood cooking demonstrations, lectures and children's activities. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester, Va. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Urbanna Cup Regatta
Head to Urbanna, Va., to watch feisty little wooden cocktail class boats race in this exciting regatta.
Crabby Blues Festival
Fresh-off-the-boat crabs, live music, a silent auction, kids' area, and arts and crafts vendors will make for a great day for the whole family.
Cape Charles Central Park, Cape Charles, Va. 3-8 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
Pop over to Sandy Point State Park for a weekend of national and local blues acts. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.
Marines Helping Marines
Wounded Marines will take to the water in this friendly fishing competition. Marine with the heaviest combined catch wins. Anchor Marina, North East, Md.
Music on the Nanticoke
Enjoy an afternoon alongside the scenic Nanticoke, listening to classic rock and country by the Barren Creek Band. Free dockage available. Vienna Waterfront Park, Vienna, Md. 4-7 p.m.
Dragon Boat Festival
Enjoy dockside entertainment and two days of dragon boat racing on the Potomac. Thompson Boat Center, Rock Creek Park, Washington D.C. Call for specific times and events.
Oxford Fine Arts Fair
This juried show and sale will feature original creations by regional artists. There will also be raffle drawings, prizes and food on site. Oxford Community Center, Oxford, Md. Fri.
6-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Campus-wide festival including boat tours and rides, live music, family activities and crafts vendors. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Blue Angels Air Show
The Navy's precision flying team will perform exhilarating feats of flight over the Severn River in honor of the U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Week. Annapolis. Tues. practice shows 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m.; Wed. official show 2 p.m.
Chestertown Tea Party
This town-wide party commemorates the Colonial resistance to British rule with an entertaining re-enactment of a Colonial tea party on the replica ship Sultana on Saturday. Sunday features an "anything goes" raft race, and there will be live music and family activities all weekend. Chestertown, Md. Fri. cocktail party at
6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., parade 10 a.m.
Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta
Twelve classes of high-octane powerboats, including hydroplanes, runabouts and Jersey skiffs will speed across the waters around Cambridge, Md., in the 106th running of this classic regatta. Spectators can tour the pit area each day, starting at 10 a.m., and fans can watch the races (noon-5 p.m. both days) from Great Marsh Park or on the water. Cambridge, Md.
Soft-Shell Spring Fair
Kick off the summer with the Watermen's Hall of Fame awards, live entertainment and a soft-shell-crab cook-off. City Dock, Crisfield, Md. Noon-4 p.m.