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J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
Photo By: Somerset County Tourism
Fells Point Privateer Festival
Fells Point Privateer Festival

Whether you want to make a splash or just watch, waterside activities are abound in Maryland.

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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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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
911 South Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
410-327-8378


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The 15th Annual Soft Shell Fair in Crisfield Photo By: Somerset County Tourism

2 Soft Shell Spring Fair, Crisfield

May
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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Type:
Events


Location:
Crisfield City Dock, end of Rt. 413
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Photo By: American Visionary Art Museum

3 The American Visionary Arts Museum Kinetic Sculpture Race, Baltimore

May
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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Type:
Events


Location:
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-244-1900


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Photo By: PGparks.com

4 Anacostia River Pontoon Boat Tours

Spring/Summer
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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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
4601 Annapolis Rd
Bladensburg, MD 20710
301-927-8819


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The Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels is a summertime celebration of all things nautical. Photo By: www.cbmm.org

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. 


More about 30th Antique and Classic Boat Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916


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National Harbor Summer Concert Series Photo By: National Harbor

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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Type:
Events


Location:
165 Waterfront St National
National Harbor, MD 20745
301-203-4181


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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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Type:
Events


Location:
6201 Solomons Island Rd.
Huntingtown, MD 20639
410-257-5672


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Enjoy breathtaking sunsets at Solomons Island. Photo by Southern Maryland Photography Photo By: Southern Maryland Photography

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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Type:
Events


Location:
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
410-257-1404


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J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake Photo By: Somerset County Tourism

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. 

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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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Type:
Events


Location:
Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-271-4966


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Photo By: EricsPicts.com / Great Falls Race

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. 
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Sweetlife Music Festival Photo By: 24nickyblitz

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)
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Crab race Photo By: Patty Hancock Photography

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.

Sunfest in Ocean City

14 Ocean City Sunfest

September 22-25, 2016
Four days of food, fun and big-name entertainment at the Ocean City Inlet.

Waterfront Park on the Choptank River

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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Type:
Events


Location:
10287 River Landing Rd
Denton, MD 21629
410.479.4638


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Featured Places
01
Location:
911 South Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
02
Location:
Crisfield City Dock, end of Rt. 413
Crisfield, MD 21817
03
Location:
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
04
Location:
4601 Annapolis Rd
Bladensburg, MD 20710
05
Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
06
Location:
165 Waterfront St National
National Harbor, MD 20745
07
Location:
6201 Solomons Island Rd.
Huntingtown, MD 20639
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Location:
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
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Location:
Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD 21409
15
Location:
10287 River Landing Rd
Denton, MD 21629
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