SPRING BOAT SHOWS

Apr. 29-May 1

Washington Capital Boating Show 
Prince William Marina, Woodbridge, Va. 

800-216-BOAT

www.pwmarina.com

 

May 7-8  

Upper Bay Boat Show    
Anchor Marina, North East, Md. 
410-287-8280 
www.anchorboat.com

May 7-8      

Deltaville Dealer Days & Boat Show 
Townwide, Deltaville, Va. 
www.deltavilleva.com

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. 

800-233-2080

www.rodnreeltournament.com

  

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. 

410-255-5535

www.mssa.net

   

1st

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

  

6th

Yorktown Music Jamboree Concert  

Catch a weekly concert each Friday evening at the Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Va. 6-8 p.m.

www.watermens.org

  

6th-8th 

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. 

410-939-3739

www.decoymuseum.com

  

7th

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. 

757-336-6161

www.chincoteaguechamber.com

  

7th-8th

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.  

410-326-2042

www.calvertmarinemuseum.com

 

7th

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

 

7th

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival  Barbecue, beer and  an afternoon of live blues music along the River. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. Noon-6 p.m. 

757-877-2933

www.villageevents.org

 

7th-8th

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

 

8th

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

 

12th

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. 

410-263-5544

www.marylandhall.org 

  

13th-14th

Okoume Fest  

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. 

410-267-0137

www.clcboats.com

 

14th

Boater Expo  

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. 

410-867-4344

www.herringtonharbour.com

  

14th

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. 

https://paddleguru.com/races/BayBridgePaddle

 

14th

Jamestown Day  

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

 

14th

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. 

www.deltavilleseafoodfestival.com

 

14th

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.
804-462-7018

www.yankeepointmarina.com

 

14th

Bay Day  

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. 

410-886-9200

www.pwec.org

 

14th

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. www.cyrg.org/elfclassic2016.htm

 

14th

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. 

800-830-3976

www.bmorewine.com

 

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. 

757-890-3500

www.yorkcounty.gov

  

14th, 21st

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. 

www.cheslights.org/2016-preservation-schedule/

 

14th-15th 

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. www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/pirate-party-beach

  

15th

Model Boat Races  

Watch the tiny but spectacular model boats race at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

410-745-2916

www.cbmm.org

 

19th-22nd 

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. 

410-558-0164

www.ssjohnwbrown.org

  

20th

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. 

410-974-2941

www.cbtrust.org

21st

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. 

804-684-7846

www.vims.edu

 

21st

Urbanna Cup Regatta  

Head to Urbanna, Va., to watch feisty little wooden cocktail class boats race in this exciting regatta. 

804-758-1606

www.ccwbra.com

21st

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

 

21st

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. 

410-982-0799

www.bayblues.org

 

21st

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. 

570-350-2818

www.woundedmarinefishing.com

 

21st

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

  

21st-22nd

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

  

21st-22nd

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.
410-226-5904

www.oxfordcc.org/fine-arts-oxford

  

22nd

Block Party  

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. 

410-745-2916

www.cbmm.org


24th-25th

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

  

27th-29th

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

  

28th-29th  

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.

www.cpbra.com

 

29th

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. 

410-968-2500

www.crisfieldchamber.com