UPCOMING BOAT SHOWS
Upper Bay Boat Show
Anchor Marina, North East, MD
Deltaville Dealer Days & Boat Show
Townwide, Deltaville, VA
You're invited to Bluewater Yacht Sales' annual open house and in-water boat show! There will be nearly 50 boats on display, from 21' to 61', including Viking Yachts, Regulator, and Sabre Yachts. Hampton, Va.; Fri. & Sat.: 10am - 5pm, Sun.: 12pm - 5pm. 757.723.0793; BluewaterYachtSales.com
Head out to the Bay to watch one-design racing at its best during the annual National Offshore One Design series (NOOD). www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.
Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar & Wine Festival
Head to Fort Monroe for a weekend of crafts vendors and artists, live music, boats for sale, food, wine and beer garden, entertainment. Fort Monroe, Hampton, Va. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. www.bodaciousbazaar.com.
Rod 'n' Reel Pro-Am
More than $30,000 will be awarded (along with fishing fame), including a shot at a $7,000 grand prize at this huge annual pro-am event. Rod 'N' Reel Marina, Chesapeake Beach, Md. 800-233-2080; www.rodnreeltournament.com.
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.
Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival
Browse a wide variety of wildlife artwork, watch retriever demonstrations, carving competitions and more at this 34th 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. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-939-3739; decoymuseum.com/festival/.
Come play at Phillips Wharf during this Bay festival, complete with boat races and tours, music, children's entertainment, touch tanks, educational displays, exhibits, and food and drinks. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Oyster House, Tilghman, Md. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 410-886-9200; www.pwec.org.
Scurvy Awareness Day
Join local pirates and chanteymen Moody Crew and Ship's Company for an evening of rum and citrusy drinks. O'Sullivan's Irish Pub, Herndon, Va. 7 p.m. www.osullivansirishpub.com.
Chincoteague Seafood Festival
All-you-can-eat little neck clams, oysters, fish and plenty of sides, plus a healthy dose of live music make for a great afternoon. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tom's Cove Park, Chincoteague, Va. Noon-4 p.m. 757-336-6161; www.chincoteaguechamber.com.
Experience life as a pirate with treasure hunts, costume contests, pirate boat tours, chantey sings, and kids' activities. Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, Va. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefairfax/pirate-fest.htm.
Solomons Maritime Festival
Southern Maryland traditions, from oystering to waterfowl calling, take the stage at this annual festival, which also includes the museum's annual antique boat and engine show. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410- 326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
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. www.pllps.org.
Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
This waterfront festival will have plenty of barbecue and beer, rounded out with an afternoon of live blues music. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. Non-6 p.m. 757-877-2933; www.villageevents.org.
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. www.deltavilleva.com.
Food and Wine Festival
Foodies will unite at National Harbor to taste food from renowned chefs, and to enjoy beer and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and other culinary activities. National Harbor. 1-6 p.m. 443-716-2800; wineandfoodnh.com.
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. 757-596-2222; www.marinersmuseum.org.
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. 757-890-3500; www.yorkcounty.gov.
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.
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. 888-593-4682; www.historyisfun.org.
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. Then celebrate in the evening with live music and dancing . Yankee Point Sailboat Marina, Lancaster, Va. 8 a.m.-noon; auction 10 a.m.; live music 7-10 p.m. 804-462-7018; www.yankeepointmarina.com.
Liberty Ship Cruise
Sail back into the World War II era aboard the historic Liberty Ship John W. Brown and enjoy historic demonstrations, military flyovers, re-enactments and USO-style entertainment. Tickets required. Cruise Maryland Terminal, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-558-0164; www.liberty-ship.com.
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. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Paddlesport and small boat fans will gather from far and wide to admire each others' DIY 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. 410-267-0137; www.clcboats.com.
Oxford Fine Arts Fair
This juried show and sale will feature original oil paintings, watercolors, mixed media, and photography 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. 410-226-5904; oxfordcc.org/fine-arts-oxford.
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. www.crabbyblues.com.
Marines Helping Marines
Wounded Marines will hit the water in this friendly fishing competition. Marine with the heaviest combined catch wins. Anchor Marina, North East, Md. 570-350-2818; www.woundedmarinefishing.com.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org; cyrg.org/elfclassic.htm.
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. 443-239-0813; www.viennamd.org.
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
Pop over to Sandy Point State Park for a weekend of national and local blues acts, including Dean Rosenthal, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy and more. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 410-982-0799; www.bayblues.org.
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. 800-372-1186; www.dragonboatdc.com.
Outboard Engine Basics
Learn the basics of outboard troubleshooting, maintenance and operation during this new class. Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.
Pirate Party on the Beach
Bring the whole family to Virginia Beach for a weekend of pirate adventures, including games, a treasure hunt, pirate re-enactors, and live entertainment by chantey singers and pirate bands. There will also be a Pirate's Challenge Sunday with pirate-themed physical challenges. 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach. www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/pirate-party-beach.
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. 410-263-6933; www.usna.edu.
Safe Boating Course
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host this two-day boating safety course to help new boaters obtain their Maryland certificate of boating safety. Preregistration required. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-4941; www.cbmm.org.
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. 410-778-0416; www.chestertownteaparty.com.
Deltaville Seafood Festival
This giant festival isn't just about seafood. This year you can hit the Deltaville Maritime Museum for a Paddlefest, plus cruises and boat tours, and then gorge on seafood and browse crafts vendors' wares at the community association campus. Both locations will have live music. Deltaville, Va. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. www.deltavilleseafoodfestival.com.
Party on the Point
Join in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's golden anniversary celebration at this campus-wide festival to include boat tours and rides, live music, family activities, crafts vendors and the launch of the museum's new exhibition: A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.
Patuxent River Shootout
Catboat enthusiasts will rally in Solomons, Md., over Memorial Day weekend for the annual Patuxent River Shootout. The race will begin 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. 410-610-8859; www.chesapeakecatboats.org.
Soft-Shell Spring Fair
Celebrate the peelers-and the start of the summer-with the Watermen's Hall of Fame awards, live entertainment and a soft-shell-crab cook-off. City Dock, Crisfield, Md. Noon-5 p.m. 410-968-2500; www.crisfieldchamber.com.
Treasure the Chesapeake Gala
Join the Chesapeake Bay Trust at its annual gala fundraiser, for a fantastic evening of oysters and fresh, local seafood, casino games, a silent auction, dancing and more. Annapolis Waterfront Marriott. Call for times and tickets. 410-974-2941; www.cbtrust.org.
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 after-party at Eastport Yacht Club. 410-507-5025; www.leukemiacupmd.org.
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. 757-727-0900; www.blackbeardfestival.com.
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.; www.hamptonyc.com.
VIMS Marine Science Day
This open house features 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. 804-684-7846; www.vims.edu
Arts in the Middle
Enjoy two days of fine arts and crafts, music, local foods and live entertainment. Hewick Plantation, Urbanna, Va. Sat. 10-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 571-314-3865; www.artsinthemiddle.com