Fall Boat Shows
Celebrate in Yorktown, VA.
There's big fun to be had in Yorktown in mid-October for history buffs, oyster fans and families alike.
Enjoy all-you-can-eat raw and roasted oysters along with other great dishes from local sources. [photo below] Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Va. Noon-3 p.m. 757-887-2641; www.watermens.org
Yorktown Victory Weekend Commemorate the 235th anniversary of America's victory at Yorktown with special guided tours, artillery programs by re-enactment units [see above], hands-on military experiences and a preview of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-253-4838;
York River Maritime Heritage Festival
A family friendly weekend of maritime-themed fun, including re-enactors, maritime music, vendors, crafts and boatbuilding activities. Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Va. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-887-2641; www.watermens.org
Ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums performances, and special programs commemorate the 235th anniversary of America's Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown. Yorktown Battlefield, Victory Monument & Main Street. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-898-2410;
Sept. 30-Oct. 1
West Point Crab Carnival
A joyous celebration of Maryland's heritage. Enjoy the festival with a parade, live music, kids' activities, antiques, crafts vendors and, of course, crabs.
West Point, Va. 2-6 p.m.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Turkey Shoot Regatta
Sail along the Rappahannock River in a classic-boat regatta for boats ranging from wooden yachts to older (25-years plus) one-design racers racing to raise money for hospice organizations. This year will also feature a special visit from the Godspeed (pictured above). Yankee Point Sailboat Marina, Lancaster, Va.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Fells Point Fun Festival
This free street festival boasts four stages of live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, a flea market and a kids' zone. Fells Point, Baltimore.
Fri. 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2
The Seven Seas Cruising Association celebrates its 30th annual Annapolis Gam with seminars by notable speakers throughout the weekend along with parties and fun activities.
Camp Letts, Edgewater, Md.
Register online at ssca.org
All-you-can-eat-buffet, silent auction, raffle and 50/50. Pay in advance or at the door. HdG American Legion, Post #47, Havre de Grace, Md. 6-9 p.m. 410-939-4800;
Yorktown Wine Festival
Hit the Yorktown Riverwalk for an afternoon sampling Virginia wines, food, artwork and live entertainment. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. Noon-6 p.m.
Living History Cruise
Tour the Patapsco River aboard the historic Liberty Ship John W. Brown and enjoy USO-style entertainment, historic demonstrations, military fly-bys and re-enactments. Tickets required. Cruise Maryland Terminal, Baltimore.
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thomas Point Lighthouse Tours
Book early on for a boat ride and a tour of Thomas Point Lighthouse. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. Ship out at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Plan for approximately 3 hours on the water. 415-362-7255
Blessing of the Fleet Festival
Celebrate Maryland's birthplace with a boat parade, fireworks, wine tastings, children's activities, tours and, of course, the blessing of the fleet. Water taxi rides to St. Clements Island and Blackistone Lighthouse available. Tickets are limited, buy early. St. Clements Island Museum, Coltons Point, Md. Sat. 11 a.m.; Sun. Noon.
Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
Hundreds of amateur and professional small craft enthusiasts will display their skiffs, kayaks, canoes, prams and one-of-a-kinds. Also keep an eye out for workshops, demonstrations and races. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Riverside Grapes & Grains
Savor local Maryland wines while enjoying live music, exhibits and demonstrations along the Patuxent River. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md. Noon-6 p.m.
Paddling with a Purpose
Join the Annapolis Dragon Boat Club at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel for a breast-cancer-awareness fundraiser to include live music, drinks, live and silent auctions, a "Wine Pull" and a raffle. Annapolis. 2-6 p.m. www.annapolisdragonboatclub.org.
5, 20, 26
Fall Speaker Series Learn all about the Trumpy legacy at the first two events, then switch gears on Oct. 26 with "Tilghman Tales," a filmaker talk and waterman panel discussion.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.
Weems & Plath Tent Sale
Get great deals on discounted, overstock and sample items at Weems & Plath's annual sale! There will be fine navigation tools, clocks, barometers binoculars, compasses and more. A portion of the proceeds goes to Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (C.R.A.B), and free shuttle rides are available to and from the Boat Shows. 800-638-0428; www.weems-plath.com.
Rhythms on the Riverwalk
Overlook the York River and enjoy live jazz and country music. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va.
Kick off this ship-centric week in Baltimore with the Constellation Cup [see page 62], see visiting tall ships in town for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race [see above], then enjoy military ship tours, the commissioning of the USS Zumwalt [pictured below right], and a military air show featuring the Blue Angels Sat. and Sun. Oct 15 and 16.
The Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art sets the stage for fall with carving demonstrations, decoy carving competitions, a festive marketplace and displays. Salisbury, Md. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Good Old Boat Regatta
This annual regatta 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.
Phoebus Fall Festival
Local craft beers, vendors, music, dancers, pie eating contest, a doggie costume parade
and more. Phoebus, Va. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Poquoson Workboat Races
This kick-off event for the Poquoson Seafood Festival is a perennial favorite, as workboats race
on the river to vie for the "King of the Bay" title. Messick Point, Poquoson, Va.
Chincoteague Oyster Festival
All-you-can-eat oysters and other fresh seafood, plus family activities, a raffle and lots of live entertainment. Tickets go fast! Tom's Cove Park, Chincoteague, Va. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Yorktown Fall Festival
Fall Market Days plus hayrides, pumpkins, face painting and entertainment. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 757-890-3500
Rock Hall Fallfest
Come ready for 50 craft booths, two stages with all-day live music, lots of food and kids' activities.
Rock Hall, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Constellation Cup and Pier Party
Enjoy a day racing in Baltimore's Harbor while raising money to help keep the city's historic ships afloat. Afterward, engage in some post-race revelry on Pier 1. Open to all sailboats. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Regatta 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; pier party, 6-10 p.m.
Waterways Heritage Festival
Learn about Chesapeake, Va.'s historic waterways with docent-led tours of Battlefield Park, trips through the locks, Batteau displays, as well as vendors, crafts, fishing seminars and shuttle service to festival sites. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Patuxent River Appreciation Days
Boat rides on the Wm. B. Tennison and the
Dee of St. Mary's, lighthouse tours, canoeing, boatbuilding activities, a parade and
live music. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parade on Sun. at 2 p.m.
Choose from a wide range of cruising topics aimed at improving your boating and cruising skills, with four days of seminars and classes coinciding with the Annapolis Boat Shows. Choose from one- to four-day packages covering everything from cruising the ICW to docking to troubleshooting electrical systems. Details and registration at: www.annapolisboatshows.com/cruisers-university.
Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
Head to the 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 boat tours, 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.
Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous
Cruisers from across the Eastern Seaboard will head to Hampton for a third year at this event featuring cruising-related educational seminars, entertainment by local bands, tours of area attractions, food and more. Discounted dockage will be provided for seminar attendees. Hampton, Va. Thurs. 10 a.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m.-10:30p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Huckins Yacht Rendezvous
Huckins yachts owners from around the country will meet in Oxford, Md., for a weekend of boat tours, talking shop, parties, and a vintage race and cruise. Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, Md. www.huckinsyacht.com
Poquoson Seafood Festival
Celebrate the waterman's life with exhibits, live entertainment and plenty of seafood to go around. Municipal Park, Poquoson, Va. Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 12:30-6:30 p.m.
An oyster-shucking contest, crab-picking contest, crab skiff races, docking contest, anchor toss, an auction, and arts and crafts vendors. Tilghman, Md. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
You'll land an adrenaline rush just watching the cocktail class racers zooming around just outside Kent Narrows. Kent Island Yacht Club; www.ccwbra.com.
Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival
Classic boats, antique cars, pirates, a children's garden, pier walk display, creek cruise and local food booths. Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park, Deltaville, Va. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sail on the Woodwind to
as many as three different lighthouses on the Bay and learn
about their history with a lecturer from the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Maximum of 35 guests. Departs from Annapolis City Marina, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
U.S. Oyster Festival
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest and best oyster fests around. Crowds will consume oysters of all kinds, then watch the pros from around the country hustle to shuck during the National Oyster Shucking contest and create oyster dishes during the National Oyster Cook-Off. In addition, you'll find live entertainment, children's activities and an oyster-tasting area with fresh oysters from aquaculturists from around the Chesapeake. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, Md. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 301-863-5015
Witness the fall migration of waterfowl as you explore the upper Chester River. Kayaks are provided. Ages 12 and up. Chester River. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Model Skipjack Races
Radio-controlled model skipjacks race off the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
St. Michaels, Md. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Captain Avery Museum Oyster Festival
South County's most popular waterfront tradition offers fun, food, music along the West River waterfront. Captain Avery House, Shady Side, Md. 12:30-5 p.m.
C.R.A.B. Free Sail
Disabled individuals and their families are invited to sail with volunteer skippers for free.
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Enjoy dockside tours and cruises of Bay schooners and modern tall ships, plus live music and maritime entertainment, a blessing of the fleet, and a parade of sail.
Long Wharf Park, Cambridge, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fall into St. Michaels
Celebrate the season in St. Michaels with fall foliage, apple cider, pumpkin carving and pie baking contests, and fun family activities.
Check website for details and times.
Stella Maris Crab Feast
Crabs, pit beef and barbecue, plus a silent auction. Proceeds benefit local hospice organizations.
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md. 1-6 p.m.
Oct. 26-Nov. 2
Salty Dawg Rally
Departing from Hampton on November 2 to sail to the British Virgin Islands or the Bahamas, the group will gather prior to the rally to meet fellow Dawgs and prepare boats for the passage.
Bluewater Yachting Center, Hampton, Va.
The schooner Sultana welcomes the Bay's tall ships and historic vessels to join her in Chestertown, Md., to end the sailing season with a weekend full of dockside tours and public sails, a wooden boat show and fireworks.
Chestertown, Md. [pictured above: The Downrigging Weekend fleet gathered on the Chestertown waterfront, photo by Chris Cerino]
Skipjack and buyboat rides, live music, oyster tonging and oyster cooking demonstrations, and retriever games. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.