Whether you want to make a splash or just watch, waterside activities are abound in Maryland.
1 Urban Pirates, Baltimore
April - October
Learn to talk, sing, dance and even dress like a pirate on a family-friendly adventure cruise that takes you on a hunt for stolen treasure and has the littlest pirates manning the (water) cannons. For the over-21 set, BYOG--“bring your own grog”—outings are offered. Now also available at the National Harbor location.
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911 South Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
2 Soft Shell Spring Fair, Crisfield
Feast on fresh fried soft crabs, homemade crabcakes and other Maryland favorites at this family-friendly event held on Crisfield City Dock in the “Crab Capital of the World.” Free admission.
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Crisfield City Dock, end of Rt. 413
Crisfield, MD 21817
3 The American Visionary Arts Museum Kinetic Sculpture Race, Baltimore
Sea serpents, submarines, and even Fifi, a massive pink poodle, race in this annual event which pits human powered works of art in a race through city street and out onto Baltimore Harbor.
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800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
4 Anacostia River Pontoon Boat Tours
At Bladensburg Waterfront Park, take in the sights along the Anacostia River via pontoon boat. Free 30-minute tours Thursdays and Fridays at noon; 45-minute weekend tours leave at 5:00 p.m. for a nominal fee. Group tours can be arranged around themes including the War of 1812 and “Wetlands and Natural Resources.”
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History & Heritage
4601 Annapolis Rd
Bladensburg, MD 20710
5 Antique & Classic Boat Festival
June 17, 2016
This annual event at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels showcases the East Coast’s largest collection of antique boats, plus a nautical flea market and “show within the show,” The Arts at Navy Point, with 70 juried fine artists, craftsmen and vendors.
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213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
6 Salute the Sunset Concert Series, National Harbor
Saturday evenings through September 24, 2016
Bring the family and hear the Nation's Armed Forces bands perform live on the Plaza. There is so much to hear as the variety of music and genre seems endless. Cap off a day exploring National Harbor with a stirring musical performance for free.
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165 Waterfront St National
National Harbor, MD 20745
7 End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival
June 18, 2016
This festival kicks off Friday night with the “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony said to awaken the dragons. But Saturday’s the main event: decorated boats manned by teams of 16 paddlers and a drummer race down the North Beach shoreline in one-minute contests. Great viewing from the boardwalk where local food and craft vendors set up for the day.
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6201 Solomons Island Rd.
Huntingtown, MD 20639
8 Chesapeake Beach Water Park Under the Stars
Friday Evenings July 8 - August 12, 2016
Chesapeake Beach Water Park brings back the popular Friday Night Slides. Arrive late for fun and games for the entire family. Night Slides take place from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Special lowered admission available just for Friday Night Slides.
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4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
9 Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake, Crisfield
July 20, 2016
Described by event organizers as “equal parts seafood and schmooze,” this outdoor, all-you-can-eat event at the Somers Cove Marina delivers a smorgasbord of both food—including steamed crabs, fresh fried fish, clams, french fries, corn on the cob and watermelon—and flesh-pressing.
10 Maryland Seafood Festival
September 10-11, 2016
Delicious seafood is on tap, of course, but so are more unique offerings to savor including a crab soup cook-off, professional pogo stick demonstrations, life-size foosball and ziplining on the beach at Sandy Point State Park on the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay.
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Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD 21409
11 The Great Falls Race, Potomac
July 5, 2016
The sanity of the participants may be up for debate, but everyone agrees this downriver race is a thrill to watch as top kayakers from around the country take on the 60-vertical-foot descent of the Potomac River’s class V+ Great Falls. Following the race, enjoy music, food and more at C&O Canal National Historical Park.
12 Arts on the Waterfront
Sundays in July 2016
Bladensburg Waterfront Park hosts live musical performances on Sunday evenings in July featuring a variety of genres including children’s entertainment.
July 3- The Brian Cunningham Project (Jazz, R&B)
July 10- Dr. S.O. Feelgood Music Man (Blues, Soul)
July 17- The Uncle Devin Show (Children, Family)
July 24- Country Current, US Navy Band (Country, Bluegrass)
July 31- Trio Caliente (Latin, Flamenco)
13 Annual Hard Crab Derby
September 2 - 6, 2016
Crisfield is synonymous with the Blue Crab and this Labor Day Weekend festival includes the Watermen's NASCAR during which Captains show off their docking prowess, amusement rides, live entertainment, food and the National Crab Derby Races.
14 Ocean City Sunfest
September 22-25, 2016
Four days of food, fun and big-name entertainment at the Ocean City Inlet.
15 Paddlefest on the Choptank
August 6, 2016
Paddle a 7.7 mile course and receive poker cards along the way, with prizes for the best hands. Finish at the Choptank River Yacht Club in Denton, where a fun, post-poker paddle festival awaits.
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10287 River Landing Rd
Denton, MD 21629