FALL BOAT SHOWS

Trawler Fest
Sept. 25-28
Baltimore Marine Center Harbor View, Baltimore, MD
410-990-9086; www.trawlerfest.com

U.S. Sailboat Show
Oct. 9-13
City Dock, Annapolis
410-268-8828; www.usboat.com

U.S. Powerboat Show
Oct. 16-19
City Dock, Annapolis
410-268-8828; www.usboat.com

Fort Lauderdale International
Oct. 30-Nov. 3
Boat Show Fort Lauderdale, FL 
800-940-7642; www.showmanagement.com


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Mermaid's Kiss Oyster Fest
Slurp oysters and other great seafood prepared by restaurants participating in the local "From the Bay, For the Bay" program, all while raising money for the Oyster Recovery Partnership. National Aquarium, Baltimore.
7-10 p.m. 410-990-4970; www.oysterrecovery.org.

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West Point Crab Carnival
Celebrate the Bay's most popular crustacean at this festival, complete with a parade, live music, antiques, crafts vendors, and of course, lots of crabs. West Point, Va. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 804-843-4620; www.westpointvachamber.com.

3-5
Turkey Shoot Regatta
This annual classic-boat regatta invites boats ranging from wooden yachts to older (25-years plus) one-design racers to race and raise money for hospice organizations. Yankee Point Sailboat Marina, Lancaster, Va. Sat. racing begins at 11:30 a.m., party at 6 p.m.; Sun. pursuit race starts at 10 a.m., awards at 4 p.m. 804-462-7018; sites.google.com/site/hospiceturkeyshootregatta.

3-6
Fells Point Fun Festival
This annual street festival will feature four stages of live music, plus arts and crafts and food vendors, a flea market, a kids' zone and more. Fells Point, Baltimore. Fri. 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
410-675-7656; www.fellspointfest.com.

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Yorktown Wine Festival
Hit the Yorktown Riverwalk for an afternoon of sampling Virginia wines, food and artwork, and a performance by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. Noon-6 p.m. 757-877-2933; www.villageevents.org.

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North Beach Harvestfest
Enjoy fall on the beach with local produce, crafts vendors, rides, animal races, family activities and more. North Beach, Md. Noon-6 p.m. 410-257-9618; www.northbeachmd.org.

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Thomas Point Lighthouse Tours
Enjoy a boat ride and a tour of Thomas Point Lighthouse. Space is limited, so book early. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 9 and 11:30 a.m. 415-362-7255; www.uslhs.org.

4-5
Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
Hundreds of amateur and professional small craft enthusiasts will be displaying their skiffs, kayaks, canoes, prams and one-of-a-kinds at this popular annual festival. There will also be workshops, demonstrations and races. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.

4-5
Blessing of the Fleet Festival
Celebrate Maryland's birthplace with a boat parade, fireworks, entertainment, and, of course, the blessing of the fleet. There will also be water taxi rides to St. Clements Island and Blackistone Lighthouse, wine tastings, children's activities and Maryland Dove tours. Tickets are limited, buy early. St. Clements Island Museum, Coltons Point, Md. Sat. noon-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 301-769-2222; www.blessingofthefleetmd.com.

4-6
Riverside Winefest
Sip and savor local Maryland wines while enjoying live music, exhibits and demonstrations along the Patuxent River. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md. Noon-6 p.m. 301-373-2280; www.sotterley.org.

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Coast Day
This annual maritime festival includes lectures, ship tours, marine critter touch tanks, a crabcake cook-off and more fun activities geared toward marine science. University of Delaware Hugh R. Sharp Campus, Lewes, Del. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 302-831-8083; www.decoastday.org.

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Paddling Trips
Join Sultana Projects' naturalists for a full-moon paddle on October 8 (6-8:30 p.m.) or to watch for migrating waterfowl on the 12th (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Turner's Creek Public Landing, Chestertown, Md.
410-778-5954; www.sultanaprojects.org.

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Wildfowl Expo
Wildlife art enthusiasts can enjoy carving demonstrations, an auction, decoy carving competitions, displays and a deck party at this annual expo. Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art, Salisbury, Md. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
410-742-4988; www.wardmuseum.org.

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Phoebus Fall Festival
This waterfront community event will feature live music, food, local merchants, arts and crafts, antiques, a pet parade and more. Next to the Masonic lodge, (212 E. Mellen St.), Phoebus, Va. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.4eventplanning.com.

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Rock Hall Fallfest
Rock Hall, Md., will be celebrating fall with workboats and skipjacks on display, concerts, a New Orleans-style parade, food, children's activities, entertainment and more. Rock Hall, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-639-9133; www.mainstayrockhall.org/fallfest.

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Chincoteague Oyster Festival
All-you-can-eat oysters and other fresh seafood are the head-liners at this annual oyster fest. Also enjoy family activities, a raffle and lots of live entertainment. Advance tickets required. Tom's Cove Park, Chincoteague, Va. Noon-4 p.m. 757-336-6161; www.chincoteagueoysterfestival.com.

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Taste of Kent Narrows
Sample all the best seafood from local restaurants, breweries and wineries during this annual food and wine festival, where live entertainment, crab races and children's activities will round out the day. Chesapeake Bay Exploration Center, Chester, Md. Noon-5 p.m. 410-739-6943; www.tasteofkentnarrows.org.

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Good Old Boat Regatta
This annual regatta for "boats of a certain age," is open only to boats whose first hull was laid before 1980. Annapolis, off Tolly Point on the Severn River. Races start at 10:30 a.m. 410-266-6216 www.shearwatersc.net.

11
Boat Show Bash
Unwind after a long day at the boat show at this lively bash featuring two stages for live music, plus food, drinks and plenty of fun. Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis. 6-11 p.m. 410-263-0415; www.eastportyc.org.

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Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival
Stroll through Deltaville Maritime Museum's Holly Point Nature Park then enjoy lots of great seafood, antique cars and boats, creek cruises and activities for the whole family. Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-776-6950; www.deltavillemuseum.com.

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Constellation Cup and Pier Party
Race in this fun fundraising regatta for the U.S.S. Constellation, or watch from shore and attend the pier party to follow, with tours of the Constellation, live music, a silent auction and more. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Call for regatta times; pier party, 5-9 p.m. 410-537-1797; www.historicships.org.

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Masonville Cove Field Day
Help the National Aquarium's conservation team remove debris and complete other maintenance activities at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center. Pre-registration required. Noon-3 p.m. 443-386-8407; www.aqua.org.

11-12
Patuxent River Appreciation Days
This annual celebration honors the Patuxent River with boat rides on the Wm. B. Tennison, Dee of St. Mary's and skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, lighthouse tours, boatbuilding activities, a parade and live music. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.pradinc.org.

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Yorktown Fall Festival
Stroll along Yorktown's Riverwalk and shop for local produce, seafood, baked goods and artwork while enjoying live entertainment along the river. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 757-890-3500; www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism.

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Stella Maris Crab Feast
This 30th annual crab feast will feature all-you-can-eat crabs, pit beef and barbecue, plus a silent auction, all to benefit local hospice organizations. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md. 1-6 p.m. 410-252-4500; www.stellamariscrabfeast.com.

13-19
Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
Head out to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to watch the fleet of some 40 schooners cross the start line and race to Portsmouth, Va. Pre- and post-race festivities include a parade of sail, an oyster and pig roast and lots of entertainment. Wed. parade of sail 5 p.m., Baltimore. Thurs. race starts at the Bay Bridge at 1:30 p.m.
757-480-4402; www.schoonerrace.org.

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Eastport Oyster Boys Concert
Head to the Calvert Marine Museum to hear the Oyster Boys Bay- and boat-themed tunes during this maritime concert. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 7:30 p.m. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

17-19
Poquoson Seafood Festival
This annual seafood festival celebrates the waterman's life with exhibits, live entertainment, lots of seafood, fireworks and more. Municipal Park, Poquoson, Va. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 12:30-6:30 p.m. 757-868-3588; www.poquosonseafoodfestival.com.

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Tilghman Day
An oyster-shucking contest, crab-picking contest, crab skiff races, docking contest, anchor toss, an auction and arts and crafts vendors, are just a few of the fun events to partake in at Tilghman's annual fall fling. Tilghman, Md. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 410-886-2677; www.tilghmanmd.com.

18-19
Yorktown Victory Celebration
Celebrate the anniversary of the victory at Yorktown with hands-on military activities, artillery drills, Revolutionary War encampments, parades, ceremonies and fireworks. Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 888-593-4682; www.historyisfun.org.

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Fall into St. Michaels
Celebrate fall in St. Michaels with Jack Russell terrier races, ghost tours, a parade, kids pumpkin patch games, and more. Check website for details and times. 410-745-0411; www.stmichaelsmd.org.

18-19
St. Mary's County Oyster Festival
Watch the pros at work during the National Oyster Shucking and the National Oyster Cook-Off contests, plus enjoy live entertainment, plenty of seafood, rides and games. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, Md. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 301-863-5015; www.usoysterfest.com.

18-19
Oyster and Hot Sauce Festival
Spend an afternoon (or two) enjoying freshly shucked fall oysters and a variety of specialty hot sauces from around the region. Cambridge, Md. Fri. 1-8 p.m.; Sat. noon-5 p.m. 410-228-0108; www.cambridgemainstreet.com.

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West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival
Enjoy fresh oysters, live music, tours, children's activities, and more, all while soaking in the gorgeous view of the West River from the Salem Avery Museum's lawn. Captain Salem Avery House, Shady Side, Md.
12:30-5 p.m. 410-867-4486; www.captainaverymuseum.org.

24-26
Race for Independence
Boats over 18-feet are welcome to race in this fundraising regatta to support the Independence Fund, a veteran's support group. The regatta weekend will also feature a welcome party on the 24th and a post-race party on the 25th. Yankee Point Marina, Lancaster, Va. 804-462-7018.

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Fort McHenry Field Day
Join the National Aquarium's conservation team for a clean-up event at Fort McHenry. Pre-registration required. Fort McHenry, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 443-386-8407; www.aqua.org.

25-26
Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous
See historic Bay schooners and quite a few modern tall ships and enjoy dockside tours and cruises, live music and maritime entertainment, a blessing of the fleet, parade of sail and more. Long Wharf Park, Cambridge, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-221-1871; www.cambridgeschoonerrendezvous.com.