Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Skipjack Race and Festival
The Deal Island-Chance Lions Club hosts this annual end-of-summer do, featuring skipjack races, a parade, live music, a crab-pot tossing contest, a blessing of the fleet and a fishing tournament. Chance, Md. Sat. 4-10 p.m.; Sun. 1-11:30 p.m.; Mon. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. skipjack races 9:30 a.m. 410-784-2799; visitsomerset.com.
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Sailing Skills and Seamanship & Boating Skills and Seamanship
These two classes, tought by Coast Guard Auxiliary members, are comprehensive courses for beginners or advance boaters who want to brush up on skills and safety knowledge. Course material will cover basic maneuvering, boat handling, safety, sail trim, powering your boat, equipping your boat, rules of the road, radio communications and weather. Both classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:45-9:30 p.m. Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis. 301-332-1864; email@example.com
Check out a plethora of gorgeous yachts on display Saturday afternoon during an open house at this year's annual Hatteras 1510 Club National Rendezvous. St. Michaels Harbour Inn, St. Michaels, Md. 410-763-6972; www.hatterasclassicclub.com.
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Sultana Public Paddles
Join Sultana Projects' naturalists for special kayak tours of St. Michaels, the Choptank River and Still Pond Creek, respectively. Kayaks provided. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bay Seafood Festival
Buy your tickets early for this popular annual all-you-can-eat seafood festival on the banks of the Rappahannock. The festivities also include live entertainment, a raffle and auction, and a free water taxi to bring boaters ashore. Advance ticket purchase required. Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster, Va. 4:30-10 p.m. 800-777-9717; www.kiwsrotary.com.
Mathews Market Days
Celebrate this 40th annual Mathews County fall festival, which features an art show, crafts demonstrations, live entertainment, an outdoor dance and more. Village Green, Mathews, Va. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; street dance
Sat. 8-11 p.m. 804-725-7196; mathewsmarketdays.com.
Hampton Bay Days
Hampton's big summer celebration comes complete with lots of live music, an indoor juried art show, arts and crafts vendors, two full-scale carnivals and fireworks. There will also be educational Bay exhibits, workboats and research vessels on display. Downtown Hampton, Va. Fri. noon-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. Noon-6 p.m. 757-727-1641; www.baydays.com.
National Capital Leukemia Cup Regatta
This annual PHRF and one-design regatta raises big bucks for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Washington Sailing Marina, Alexandria, Va. Call for details. 703-399-2957; www.leukemiacup.org/nca.
Onancock Challenge Paddle Race
Paddle your favorite small craft (canoe, kayak, SUP, outrigger or surf ski) to victory in this 5- or 10k challenge in Onancock Creek. There will also be a children's race and seafood boil/party following the race. Onancock Landing Park, 8 a.m. Register at paddleguru.com/races/OnancockChallenge.
Liberty Ship 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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-558-0164; www.liberty-ship.com.
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.
Boardwalk Arts Show
The Colonial Beach, Va. boardwalk will be hopping during this popular annual arts show that features more than 150 artists' works for sale. Colonial Beach, Va. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 804-224-8145;
Pirate Adventure Weekend
The Maryland Renaissance Festival welcomes pirates of all salty backgrounds during this theme weekend of Maryland's long-standing fall "Ren Fest." Crownsville, Md. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 800-296-7304; www.rennfest.com.
Maryland Seafood Festival
Set your sights on all kinds of seafood at this annual showcase for local and regional purveyors of delicious seafood, many of whom will compete in the Capital newspaper's crab soup cook-off (Saturday). There will also be arts and crafts vendors, wine and beer tastings, contests, a kids interactive zone and more. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. www.mdseafoodfestival.com.
Star Spangled 200
In commemoration of both the end of the War of 1812 and the writing of the National Anthem, this bicentennial event is the culmination of two years of events surrounding the war. This week-long event [see more details on our Star-Spangled feature on page 38] will feature more than 30 tall ships and Navy vessels from around the world, two Blue Angels flight demonstrations and a huge concert and fireworks display on Sat. Sept. 13. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. www.starspangled200.com.
Waterfront Wine Tasting
Enjoy a great view of Middle River while enjoying a glass or two of refreshing summer wines from Far Eastern Shore Winery. Docking available. Conrad's Ruth Villa, Middle River, Md. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 410-335-4468; www.conradsvilla.com.
Enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing the night away at Navy Point during the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's annual fall gala fundraiser. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 5:30-10 p.m. 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org.
Oyster Roast and Dance
Come for the oysters, stay for the music and dancing at this annual museum fundraiser. Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va. 5-9 p.m. 804-776-7200; www.deltavillemuseum.com.
Dee of St. Mary's Cruise
Explore the Patuxent River on a two-hour tour aboard the skipjack Dee of St. Mary's, one of the last skipjacks built on the Chesapeake. Departs from J.C. Lore Oyster House, Solomons, Md. Call for tickets. 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Alexandria Arts Festival
Stroll through six blocks of Old Town and browse the various artwork at this annual open-air festival of the arts. The festival features the work of over 200 artists, plus demonstrations, a children's activity area and food. King Street, Alexandria, Va. Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 703-746-3301; www.visitalexandriava.com.
Wye Island Regatta
All person-propelled boats (canoes, kayaks, outriggers, etc.) are welcome to compete in this 13.1-mile race around Wye Island. Wye Landing, Wye Mills, Md. 8 a.m.; www.annapolisrowingclub.com.
Reedville Antique and Small Boat Show
This annual gathering of beautiful old boats will feature both land and in-water displays, a nautical flea market, boating vendors, music, food and rides on the Elva C. Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville, Va. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-453-6529; www.rfmuseum.org.
Boatyard Beach Bash
Kick off your shoes and dance to the lively beach music at this annual fundraiser for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, sponsored by the Boatyard Bar & Grill. At the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 5-9 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.amaritime.org.
Washington College's Center for Environment & Society sponsors this annual festival, offering river cruises aboard the school's 45-foot research vessel, Callinectes, plus sailing, kayaking, a cardboard boat regatta, pony rides, food, a touch tank for the kids, watershed ecology exhibits and live music. Chestertown, Md.
Noon-4 p.m. 410-778-7295; ces.washcoll.edu.
Taste of Smith Island
Enjoy a cruise from Crisfield to Smith Island, where you will taste excellent seafood and other local dishes (including Smith Island Cake). The evening also includes a visit to the Smith Island Center, and a silent auction. Cruise departs from Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md. 5:30 p.m. Tickets available by calling
410-425-3351 or at www.smithisland.org.
Bid farewell to summer with a block party on Main Street complete with bands, a fun relay race, contests, barbecue, drinks and more. Cambridge, Md. 5-10 p.m. 410-228-1000; www.cambridgemainstreet.com.
Music on the Nanticoke
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free waterfront concert by the Winstons. Water Street, Vienna, Md.
4-7 p.m. 410-924-7863; www.viennamd.org.
Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge
Watch as a fleet of 100 tiny Sunfish boats sail this 12-mile dinghy race from Willoughby Bay to Middle Ground light and back. Then enjoy a post-race party at Willoughby Harbor Marina. 757-285-6017; www.hrsunfishrace.com.
Cruising the ICW
Get expert insight and knowledge from professional captain and cruiser Paul Truelove in this course focused on the Intracoastal Waterway. Pre-registration required. Annapolis School of Seamanship. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Watershed Awareness Day
Enjoy tours of the historic Bloomfield farmhouse, hayrides, games, food, children's activities and live music at this annual festival to raise funds for the Corsica River Conservancy. Bloomfield Farm, Centreville, Md.
Noon-4 p.m. 410-758-0835; www.corsicariverconservancy.org.
This annual fundraising festival to benefit the Friends of the Rappahannock features all-you-can-eat crabs and barbecue, live music and entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Fairgrounds,
Fredericksburg, Va. 3-8 p.m. 540-373-3448; www.riverfriends.org.
Hospice Cup Regatta
This charity regatta includes PHRF racing, beginner racing in the "Hospice" class, a festive post-race party, and, new this year, a dinghy poker run. Racing on the Severn River 1 a.m.-4 p.m.; dinghy poker run
1:30-5 p.m.; post-race party at Bert Jabin Yacht Yard, 5 p.m. 410-919-8393; www.hospicecup.org.
Keels & Wheels
Head over to Annapolis Yacht Club for this annual vintage performance car and boat show,. The event is open to the public and will feature DJ entertainment, food, awards and family-friendly fun. Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 301-996-8919; www.annapolisyc.com.
Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Exhibit Opening
This new, year-long special exhibit at Jamestown Settlement will focus on the Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe, its origins with the Native Americans and its progression as a workboat and eventually a racing craft. To celebrate its opening, the Settlement's Community Day will have fun activities dedicated to the exhibit. Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 757-253-4114; www.historyisfun.org.
Calvert County Watermen's Festival
Grab a spot on the bleachers and watch as watermen rev their engines and fly into slips with amazing speed and skill in this annual fierce docking competition and watermen's celebration. Watermen's Wharf, Solomons, Md. Noon. 410-326-3929; www.calvertwatermen.org.
Trawler fans and cruising enthusiasts alike will flock to this weekend-long show that features seminars, clinics, entertainment, and of course both new and used trawlers for sale. Baltimore Marine Center Harbor View, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 888-487-2953; www.passagemaker.com.
Celebrate Virginia's Guinea Neck maritime heritage with crafts vendors, entertainment, crab pot- and anchor-tossing contests and fireworks. Abingdon Ruritan Fairgrounds, Bena, Va. Fri. 3-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 804-815-5654; www.guineajubilee.com.
Seven Seas Gam
This Seven Seas Cruising Association event kicks off with a Friday night cocktail party, followed by a day full of seminars and demonstrations by notable speakers. There will also be a flea market, a dinghy raft-up and Saturday night party. Camp Letts, Edgewater, Md. Register online at ssca.org.
Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend
This weekend of fun events all along the Virginia Beach boardwalk is the culmination of the month-long Neptune Festival. It will include concerts, arts and crafts, fireworks and much more. Virginia Beach, Va. Fri. 12-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 757-498-0215, www.neptunefestival.com.
Poquoson Seafood Festival Fishing Tournament
This kick-off event to the Poquoson Seafood Festival will have speckled trout shootout and rockfish roundup divisions this year. Messick Point, Poquoson, Va. 757-871-9246; www.poquosonseafoodfestival.com.
Run What You Brung Regatta
Timed with the harvest moon to ensure great night sailing, this annual around-Kent-Island regatta will end with a party featuring live music. Preregistration required. Mears Point Marina, Kent Narrows, Md. Race begins at 9:30 a.m. 410-739-1000; www.kentislandsailing.org.
Dock Day on the Bay
Honor Crisfield's Eastern Shore heritage with this festival for the whole family. There will be live entertainment, a blessing of the fleet, cooking demonstrations, fishing demonstrations, historic fishing boats on display, arts and crafts, and children's activities. Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md. Noon-4 p.m.
410-968-1225 ; www.crisfieldchamber.com.
Maritime Museum Crab Feast
Help raise money for the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum during this annual all-you-can-eat crab feast. Elks Club, Havre de Grace, Md. 6-9 p.m. 410-939-4800; www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org.
St. Mary's Riverfest
This free festival in historic St. Mary's City, Md., will have visiting tall ships, live music, a wade-in with Bernie Fowler, a paddle-in, exhibits, crafts vendors, food, drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family. St. Mary's City, Md. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 301-737-2903; www.stmaryscity.org.
Groovin' in the Park
Band Recklessly Abandoned will perform at the last of the Deltaville Maritime Museum's summer concert series. Deltaville, Va. 6-8 p.m. 804-776-7200; www.deltavillemuseum.com.
Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race
Get up close and personal with Chesapeake Bay skipjacks at the dock (and enjoy shoreside activities), then watch them race along the Choptank River. Cambridge Creek, Cambridge, Md. 10 a.m. 410-228-7141; www.skipjack-nathan.org.
Poquoson Seafood Festival Workboat Races
Watch local workboats vie for the coveted King of the Bay title during this annual kick-off event for the Poquoson Seafood Festival. Messick Point, Poquoson, Va. 1 p.m. 757-871-9246; www.poquosonseafoodfestival.com.
Poquoson Workboat Races
Watermen will fire up their engines on Back River to compete for the coveted "King of the Bay" title. On land, spectators can enjoy shoreside activities like a USCG search and rescue demonstration, food and children's activities. Messick Point, Poquoson, Va. 1 p.m. 757-810-4098; www.poquosonseafoodfestival.com.
Stroll along High Street during this annual arts showcase to get a glimpse of local artists' creations. There will also be food, children's activities and skipjack rides. High Street, Cambridge, Md. Noon-5 p.m. 410-228-7782; www.dorchesterarts.org.