Reedville Bluefish Derby
This popular rockfish tournament feature 30 cash prizes totaling $30,000, and proceeds will benefit the Smith Point Sea Rescue. Buzzard's Point Marina, Reedville, Va. Call or go online to register. 804-453-3660; www.smithpointsearescue.com.
Rod 'n' Reel Pro-Am
Cast your lines for a shot at a $7,000 grand prize, plus plenty of other prizes and fishing fame in 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 the wildlife artwork of over 120 artists, plus enjoy auctions, retriever demonstrations, carving competitions and more. 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.
Earth Day at the Oyster House
Celebrate the Earth and the Bay with boat races and tours, music, children's entertainment, educational displays, exhibits, and food and drinks at this first annual festival. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Oyster House, Tilghman, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-886-9200; www.pwec.org.
Chincoteague Seafood Festival
It's all about the seafood at this annual all-you-can-eat extravaganza, with little neck clams, oysters, fish, plenty of sides, and an afternoon 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.
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.
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.
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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More details available at 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.
1812 Commemoration Weekend
Havre de Grace will be under mock attack during this War of 1812 reenactment weekend commemorating the 1813 British attack on the town. Events at Lock House Museum, Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace, Md. Call or visit the website for times. 410-939-5780; www.hdgtourism.com.
Yorktown Market Days
Kick off the start of Farmer's market season in Yorktown, Va., with fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, cheeses, baked goods and more. 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.
International Migratory Bird Day
Celebrate the return of our warm-weather birds along the Potomac River, with guided bird walks, raptor demonstrations, exhibits and more, on the boardwalk at Piscataway Park. Accokeek, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 301-763-4602; www.nps.gov/pisc.
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 and everything to outfit it, at this annual flea market and charity boat auction. Yankee Point Sailboat Marina, Lancaster, Va. 8 a.m.-noon; auction 10 a.m. 804-462-7018; www.yankeepointmarina.com.
Annapolis City Fair
City Dock will be rockin' with live entertainment, family activities, demonstrations, games and more. City Dock, Annapolis. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 410-295-3022; www.nshof.org.
The Nina and Pinta Visit the Bay
Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus's ships, the Nina and the Pinta, based in the British Virgin Islands, will visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and be open for tours. St. Michaels, Md. Tours available
9 a.m.-6 p.m. 410-745-2916;
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.
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. Advance registration required. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-4941; www.cbmm.org.
Small-boat enthusiasts and builders will gather for workshops, demonstrations, races and prizes at this annual boat festival. 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, photography and more from regional artists. There will also be raffle drawings, prizes and food on site. Oxford Community Center, Oxford, Md. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-226-5904.
Elf Classic Regatta
Make sure to catch the start of this "true yachtsman's race," featuring the historic 1880s yacht Elf and other classic boats. Crews row out to their boats, then race from Annapolis to St. Michaels and 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.
VIMS Marine Science Day
This annual 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.
Urbanna Cup Regatta
Head to Urbanna, Va., to watch feisty little wooden cocktail class boats race in this exciting regatta.
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.
Tales of the Sea Concert
Join the Chesapeake Bay Community Band as it plays sea-inspired pieces ranging from Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea" to Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. Avalon Theatre, Easton, Md. 2:30 p.m. 410-703-0755; www.chesapeakebaycommunityband.org.
Blue Angels Air Show
They're baaack! After a few years off, the Blue Angels will again perform 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.
Fourth Friday Art Stroll
Head to Pocomoke City, Md., for an evening of browsing locally made arts and crafts, photography, live music and free admission to the Delmarva Discovery Center. Pocomoke City, Md. 5-8 p.m. 410-957-9933; www.delmarvadiscoverycenter.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.
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.libertyship.com.
Kilmarnock Farmer's Market
Find fresh local produce, flowers and more at this Main Street farmer's market. Kilmarnock, Va. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 804-435-6092; www.kilmarnockvirginia.org.
Soft-Shell Spring Fair
Celebrate the start of the summer in Crisfield, Md., 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, Annapolis.
7-10 p.m. 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 at 11 a.m.; after-party at Eastport Yacht Club, 4 p.m. 410-507-5025; www.leukemiacupmd.org.
May 30-June 1
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.
May 30-June 1
Southern Bay Race Week
This huge regatta weekend, sponsored by the Hampton Yacht Club, features PHRF, one-design and cruising-class races, plus parties and prizes. Hampton Yacht Club, Hampton, Va.; www.hamptonyc.com.
Groovin' in the Park
Mason Wyatt and the Janet Martin Band will both perform as part of the Deltaville Maritime Museum's summer concert series. Deltaville, Va. 5-8 p.m. 804-776-7200; www.deltavillemuseum.com.
Floating Fleet Day
Head out for a half-hour cruise on one of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's wooden workboats during the museum's fleet day. The festivities will coincide with the museum's Maritime Model Expo going on all weekend. Cruises on the hour from noon to 3 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.
May 31-June 1
Maritime Model Expo
Radio-controlled model steamboats, sailboats and more will be on display and in the water for demonstrations and races at this annual festival, sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the North American Steamboat Modelers Association. St. Michaels, Md. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.