FALL BOAT SHOWS
Newport International Boat Show
Newport Harbor, Newport, R.I.
Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo
First Energy Park, Lakewood, N.J.
Sept. 27th- Oct. 1st
Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville Md.
Sept. 29th-Oct. 2nd
Atlantic City In-Water Powerboat Show
Farley State Marina, Atlantic City,
U.S. Sailboat Show
City Dock, Annapolis
U.S. Powerboat Show
City Dock, Annapolis
Hard Crab Derby
Famous crab races, a parade, a crab cooking and picking contest, carnival rides and games, crafts, live entertainment, fireworks and more.
Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md. Thurs. 6-10 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Thomas Point Lighthouse Tours
A boat ride and guided tour of Thomas Point Lighthouse.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 9 and 11:30 a.m.
CBMM Boat Auction
More than 100 boats from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers are up for sale on the auction block at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's annual boat auction. There will be a tag sale, barbeque and beer as well.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. Gates open at 8 a.m.; auction 11 a.m.
Boardwalk Arts and
Browse through local artists' booths along the boardwalk, and find gorgeous pottery, glass, watercolor and more. Colonial Beach, Va. 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Annapolis Labor Day Regatta
Annapolis Yacht Club and Eastport Yacht Club team up for an exciting end-of-season regatta complete with PHRF and Junior racing, and of course, after parties. eastportyc.org/aldr2015.
57th Annual Skipjack Race and Festival
The Deal Island-Chance Lions Club hosts this annual end-of-summer event, featuring live music, skipjack races, food, auctions, docking activities and fishing contests.
Chance, Md. Sat. 4 p.m.; Sun. 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.;
Mon. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. skipjack races 9:30 a.m.
Schooner Americain Chestertown
As part of its America's Cup launch tour, the schooner
America will visit Chestertown, Md., where it will be open for tours (along with the
Sultana) and public sails (tickets required). There will also be a reception at the Sultana's new Education Center and a presentation on the America's Cup legacy.
Hatteras National Rendezvous
Check out a plethora of gorgeous yachts on display and enjoy food, seminars, speakers and even a yoga class.
Harbor East Marina, Baltimore.
Bay Seafood Festival
Come by land or sea to this all-you-can-eat seafood festival with live entertainment, a raffle and
auction, and a free water taxi to bring boaters ashore. Advance tickets required.
Camp Kekoka on Indian Creek, Kilmarnock, Va. 4:30-10 p.m.
Mathews Market Days
Have fun of all kinds in Mathews, with an art show, crafts demonstrations, live entertainment, crab race, pet parade and an outdoor dance.
Village Green, Mathews, Va. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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
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. 8:30 a.m.
Cruise to one of the Bay's great anchorages for a giant raft-up, concert and party all rolled into one. The Eastport Oyster Boys will head up the entertainment from the "mother ship," where you can kayak, dinghy, paddleboard or sail into the floating "slosh pit." Concert is free, but donations kindly accepted and will raise money for the Midshore Riverkeeper Program. Follow the Eastport Oyster Boys on Facebook for more details, or visit http://bit.ly/2c20FzD
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.
Bid farewell to summer with a block party on Main Street.
Cambridge, Md. 5-10 p.m.
Maryland Seafood Festival
Eat, drink and be merry at this annual showcase for local and regional purveyors of Bay delicacies. Events include the
newspaper's crab soup cook-off (Saturday), plus live music, arts and crafts vendors, exhibits, contests and demonstrations.
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dance the night away (and enjoy dinner and drinks) 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.
Tour the Shore Kayak Series
Paddle with the Mid-shore Riverkeepers along peaceful Robins Creek, next to the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's Lynch Preserve off the Choptank River.
Preston, Md. 4-6:30 p.m.
Antique and Traditional Small Boat Show
Gaze at a fleet of beautiful classic boats, with both land and in-water displays, a nautical flea market, boating vendors, music, a food and beer garden and rides on the
. Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville, Va. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Support the historic yacht Elf at its annual fundraising crab feast, complete with gobs of crabs and other foods, live music, a silent auction and more. Cherry Grove Farm, Earleville, Md. 1 p.m. R.S.V.P. by September 14.
Hampton Roads Sunfish Challenge
Open to all dinghy sailboat racers-a 12-mile dinghy race from Willoughby Bay to Middle Ground light and back.
Boatyard Beach Bash
Party it up, Jimmy Buffet style while raising money for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 5-10 p.m.
Music on the Nanticoke
Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket for a free waterfront concert.
Water Street, Vienna, Md. 4-7 p.m.
All-you-can-eat crabs and barbecue, live music and entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Fairgrounds, Fredericksburg, Va. 4-8 p.m.
Hospice Cup Regatta
PHRF racing, beginner racing in the "Hospice" class, a festive post-race party, and a dinghy poker run all mark this popular annual fundraising regatta.
Annapolis. Poker run at Bert Jabin Yacht Yard, noon-5 p.m. Shore Party 5-9 p.m.
Run What You Brung Regatta
Circumnavigate Kent Island in this fun regatta that coincides with a full moon and ends with a great party.
Mears Point Marina, Kent Narrows, Md. Race begins at 9:30 a.m.
Coastal Arts Market
Handmade crafts only at this arts market, including painting, photography, clothing, jewelry and woodwork.
Port of Leonardtown Park, Leonardtown, Md. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
King St. Arts Festival
Stroll through Old Town Alexandria's open-air festival of the arts, with demonstrations, historic architecture, 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.
Corsica 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 and educate about restoration.
Corsica River Yacht Club, Centreville, Md. Noon-4 p.m.
Calvert County Watermen's Festival
Grab a spot on the bleachers for a fierce docking competition and watermen's celebration.
Watermen's Wharf, Solomons, Md. Noon.
C.R.A.B. Free Sail
Disabled individuals and their families are welcome to sail on the C.R.A.B. fleet for free.
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Pirate Adventure Weekend
Head to the Maryland Renaissance Festival and meet all sorts of salty characters at this pirate-themed weekend.
Crownsville, Md. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marine Museum Pub Night
It's pub night! Come sing sea chanteys, and enjoy spirits and hearty cheer! Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 7-9 p.m.
This afternoon festival at Wilmer Park will feature a cardboard boat regatta (3 p.m.), a paddle poker run, live music, children's activities, a paddle expo, and the lighting of a large, floating, solar-powered sculpture at sunset.
Wilmer Park, Chestertown, Md. Noon-9 p.m.
Crafts vendors, crab walk/run, bike rides, a car show, entertainment, crab pot pulling and anchor-tossing contests, karaoke and fireworks.
Abingdon Ruritan Fairgrounds, Bena, Va. Fri. 3-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-9:15 p.m.
Taste of Smith Island
Cruise from Crisfield to Smith Island, where you'll dine on excellent seafood and Smith Island Cake, plus enjoy a visit to the Smith Island Center.
Cruise departs from Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md. 3:30 p.m.
Race in dinghy, one-design or big-boat fleets in D.C. to raise money for DC Sail's youth programs, then gather on shore for the after party.
St. Mary's Riverfest
Visiting tall ships, live music, Bernie Fowler's Wade-in, a paddle-in, painting, exhibits, crafts vendors, food, drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family.
St. Mary's City, Md. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dock Day on the Bay
Head to Crisfield, Md., for a blessing of the fleet, live music, cooking and fishing demonstrations, historic fishing boats on display, arts and crafts and children's activities. Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race
Check out Chesapeake Bay skipjacks at the dock, then watch
them race along the Choptank River, all while enjoying fun shoreside activities.
Cambridge Creek, Cambridge, Md. 10 a.m.
The Chesapeake Outdoor Group hosts this goofy regatta made up of model beer-can boats (kids have a root beer class), plus a fun party with live music and food.
Eastport Democratic Club, Annapolis. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Classic Wooden Sailboat Race
Tour classic wooden boats at the National Sailing Hall of Fame Saturday, then watch them race in Annapolis Harbor on Sunday.
Annapolis. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday race, 11 a.m.
Yorktown Folk Festival
Lots of live entertainment, plus art displays and vendors, and performances by local and regional artists.
Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Va. Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Build Your Own Kayak and Paddle
Learn the basics and then build your own lightweight, skin-on-frame kayak and Greenland paddle during this nine-day workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
St. Michaels, Md. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Skipjack rides, lots of live music, artwork galore, plus food, children's activities and more. High Street, Cambridge, Md. Noon-5 p.m.
Demonstrations, seminars, entertainment, and both new and used trawlers for sale.
Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, Md.10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mermaid's Kiss Oyster Fest
This popular fundraising event features unlimited food and drink tastings from the region's top seafood restaurants and aquaculture farms around the Bay, all to raise funds for the Oyster Recovery Partnership's efforts to support Bay seafood.
Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore.
Tickets required. 6-10 p.m.
Sept. 29th-Oct. 2nd
Seven Seas Gam
World cruisers will gather at Camp Letts on the Rhode River for its annual Annapolis meet-up. There will be seminars, parties and a nautical flea market.
Camp Letts, Edgewater, Md.
Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend
This weekend of fun events along the Virginia Beach boardwalk is the culmination of the month-long Neptune Festival. Features local music, arts and crafts and shopping.
Virginia Beach, Va. Noon-11 p.m.
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