Wednesday Open Boatshop
Come work on any woodworking projects under the guidance one of CBMM's experienced shipwrights. They'll provide you the tools you need!
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 5-8 p.m.
Urbanna Oyster Festival
Urbanna's annual bivalve fest is one of the biggest on the Bay and will feature oysters (of course), two parades, a shucking contest, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, an antique car show and craft beer tastings. Urbanna Va. Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fish For A Cure
Anglers will spend months creatively fundraising for the Anne Arundel Medical Center's Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute, then head out for a day of fishing for rockfish and perch, capped with a festive after-party at Eastport Yacht Club. Annapolis. Fishing sunrise to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the Bay at Phillips Wharf with oysters, pit beef, live music, beer and wine for purchase, a silent auction and educational exhibits. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Tilghman, Md. 1-4 p.m.
Don your sailing gloves and join in the annual tug-of-war across Spa Creek, pitting Annapolis against the feisty Maritime Republic of Eastport. Before and after enjoy live music, food and fun on both sides of the creek . 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; tugging begins at the "crack of noon."
Caribbean 1500 Start and Race
Cruising rally boats will depart from Portsmouth's Ocean Marine Yacht Center to rally and race south to Tortola, BVI.
Across the Bay 10K Bridge Run
Get your run on while enjoying the spectacular views from the deck of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge! Celebrate at the finish line with food and drinks.
Apprentice for a day Boatbuilding Program
Come learn traditional boatbuilding under a shipwright's direction. You can be part of the whole 17-week process or just sign up for a few sessions. Must be 16 or older unless accompanied by an adult. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts, get ready to spend a full weekend perusing more than 300 artists' wildlife paintings, carvings, decoys and photography. Then have fun watching retriever, bird-of-prey and fly-fishing demonstrations, calling contests, kid's art activities, and sampling local cuisine, wines and beer at the tasting pavilion. Easton, Md. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Free Tours
Celebrate Veteran's Day while docents lead tours through the historic tavern and discuss legion's important role in history. Gadsby's Tavern, Alexandria, Va. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wild & Scenic Film Festivals
View films that highlight the challenges facing our environment and the communities that are working to protect it. Nov. 11, Gallery 447, Cambridge, Md.; Nov. 18, Avalon Theatre, Easton, Md. 6-8 p.m. www.midshoreriverkeeper.org
Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament
Vie for your share of over $5,000 in prize money during two days of great fishing. Colonial Beach, Va. Sat.-Sun. Fishing 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reedville Oyster Roast
An all-you-can-eat extravaganza of oysters, bean soup, clam chowder and more. This event routinely sells out, so get your tickets early. Reedville Fishermen's Museum. Reedville, Va. 2-5 p.m.
This striped bass tournament offers tons of cash prizes, a post-tournament party, live music, striped bass ale and more to benefit the Bowen Foundation for Autism. Chesapeake Harbor Marina, Annapolis. Fishing 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aww Shucks! Oyster Roast
Help contribute to the Virginia Living Museum's educational programs by enjoying fresh, local Rappahannock oysters! Not to mention fresh, local oysters, chowder, all-you-can-eat seafood, craft beer, raffles and live entertainment. Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, Va. 3-6 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of gallery openings and receptions, late retail shopping, live music, restaurant deals and more. Downtown Cambridge, Md. 5-9 p.m.
The Yorktown Riverwalk Landing will have extended market hours with seasonal items, local produce, fresh seafood and baked goods, plus quality art and gifts. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This pirate-themed festival has the Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum, with a boat show, piratical activities for the whole family and the "Drink Maryland" tasting festival all wrapped into one. Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, Kent Island. (Parking at Kent Island High School; free shuttles provided.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pub Night at CMM
Join Myron Peterson of Ship's Company for an evening of sea chanteys served up with beer and wine. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 7-9 p.m.
MSSA Fall Classic
Anglers across Maryland's waters will compete for nearly $100,000 in prizes during the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association's 24th annual fall tournament. Weigh stations are open until 4 p.m.
Grand Illumination Parade
Kick off the holiday season with a wonderful view of the illuminated downtown skyline of Norfolk and Portsmouth with a grand parade, lighted floats, giant balloons, dancers, marching bands and Santa.
Norfolk. 7 p.m.
Casey Neal Rogers Rockfish Tournament
This rockfish challenge will feature a $5,000 first prize and benefit the Casey Neal Rogers memorial scholarship fund. An awards dinner open to the public will follow. Smith Point Marina, Reedville, Va. Fishing 7 a.m.-3 p.m., awards dinner to follow.
Colonial Food and Feasts
See how settlers might have prepared their "thanksgiving" dinners in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 9 am.-5 p.m.
Made in Mathews Studio Tour
Artists all over Virginia's Mathews County will welcome visitors during this open-studio weekend. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Kids, get down and dirty building boats!
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md.
Holiday Gift Market
A pier-walk promenade, free creek cruises, exhibits and fun for the whole family
round out the last Market day of the season at the Deltaville Maritime Museum. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cape Charles Oyster Roast
Fresh, local oysters, live music and a silent auction round out this annual oyster roast to benefit the town's historical society. Cape Charles Museum, Cape Charles, Va. 5-8 p.m.
Chesapeake City's month-long celebration includes holiday lights and displays along both shores of the C&D Canal, carolers, house tours, skating, holiday garden tours, carriage rides and Santa's workshop. Chesapeake City, Md.
To find more fun events around the Bay, visit the Cruiser's Calendar at www.ChesapeakeBayMagazine.com.