Annual Waterside Events and Festivals

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J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
Maryland Crab Feast
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 abound in Maryland.

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1 Urban Pirates, Baltimore

April - November
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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General Attractions


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


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2 The American Visionary Arts Museum Kinetic Sculpture Race, Baltimore

May 5, 2018
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 streets and out onto Baltimore Harbor.


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Events


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


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

3 Soft Shell Spring Fair, Crisfield

May 27, 2018
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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Events


Location:
Crisfield City Dock
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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4 Anacostia River Pontoon Boat Tours

Thursdays, Fridays - noon      Spring/Summer
Saturdays, Sundays - 5pm     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:
Attraction


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


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National Harbor Summer Concert Series Photo By: National Harbor

5 Salute the Sunset Concert Series, National Harbor

Every Saturday night, through September 22, 2018
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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6 End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival

June 9, 2018
This festival kicks off Friday night with the “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony said to awaken the dragons. But Saturday’s 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:
Town of North Beach
North Beach, MD 20714
301-855-6681


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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

7 Antique & Classic Boat Festival

June 15-17, 2018
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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Type:
Events


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


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Waterfront Park on the Choptank River

8 Paddlefest on the Choptank

June 16, 2018 (new date)
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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Events


Location:
Greensboro Boat Ramp
Greensboro, MD 21639
410-479-4638


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

9 Chesapeake Beach Water Park Under the Stars

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:
Attraction


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

10 Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake, Crisfield

July 18, 2018
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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Events


Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Whitewater kayaking in Great Falls Park

11 The Great Falls Race, Potomac

August 18-19, 2018
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, at Great Falls Park, C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Following the race, enjoy music, food and more at the Potomac Festival Park, location to be announced.
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Events


Location:
C&O Canal National Historical Park
Potomac, MD 20854
703-525-1429


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Crab race Photo By: Patty Hancock Photography

12 Annual Hard Crab Derby

August 27 through September 2, 2018
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.


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Type:
Events


Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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13 Maryland Seafood Festival

September 8 & 9, 2018
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 zip-lining on the beach at Sandy Point State Park on the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay. 


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Type:
Events


Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-353-9237


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Sunfest in Ocean City

14 Ocean City Sunfest

September 20-23, 2018
Four days of food, fun and big-name entertainment at the Ocean City Inlet. Make your summer last even longer.  Late September is the perfect time to enjoy all that OC has to offer.


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Type:
Events


Location:
Inlet Parking Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
800-626-2326


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Featured Places
Urban Pirate Ship
01
Location:
911 South Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
Pink Poodle at the Kinetic Sculpture Race.
02
Location:
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
Soft Shell Fair on the Dock
03
Location:
Crisfield City Dock
Crisfield, MD 21817
Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center
04
Location:
4601 Annapolis Rd
Bladensburg, MD 20710
boat paddle
05
Location:
Town of North Beach
North Beach, MD 20714
Boat Festival & The Arts at Navy Point
06
Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Paddlers enjoying the Choptank River
07
Location:
Greensboro Boat Ramp
Greensboro, MD 21639
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
08
Location:
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Baskets of steamed crabs
09
Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
Kayak paddle
10
Location:
C&O Canal National Historical Park
Potomac, MD 20854
National Hard Crab Derby
11
Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
Maryland Seafood Festival poster
12
Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
Sunfest in Ocean City
13
Location:
Inlet Parking Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
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