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Annual Festivals & Special Events

Click on any of the links below for details on our special events and festivals. You can also download a printable flier of upcoming programs and events here.

A Few Details about CBMM’s Festivals

TICKETS: CBMM’s numerous exhibitions are open during all CBMM festivals for guests to enjoy in addition to the day’s programs and events. Tickets are available online in advance (see each festival for links). Tickets will also be available at our Welcome Center and Museum Store the day of the event.

DOGS: During CBMM festivals and special events and for safety reasons, only certified service dogs are permitted on CBMM grounds. Leashed dogs are permitted on CBMM grounds during regular business hours/non-festival days.

ALCOHOL: Carry-on alcohol on our campus and docks is strictly prohibited at all events where alcohol is available for purchase.

MONEY: Credit cards will be accepted at the door for admission, with festival-goers encouraged to bring cash for use inside the gates. Please note, the nearest ATM is about a five minute walk from the Museum.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: CBMM welcomes your photographs and videos of CBMM, taken for personal use, and sharing and tagging CBMM through your social media avenues (find us at @chesapeakemaritime on Instagram, for example). Commercial photography is prohibited, unless prior, written permission from CBMM’s Communication’s Department has been made.

Please note: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum frequently takes photographs of festivals and attendees that are used to promote the museum in a number of formats. Permission is implied by your visit to CBMM. 

DRONES: Drone use on CBMM’s property is prohibited, unless prior approval by CBMM is made. Please see the FAA requirements (updated 8/19/16)  for operating a drone, which must first be met prior to any consideration, along with the ability to provide a certificate of insurance naming CBMM insured.



The Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival is held annually the first weekend in October at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

October 7 & 8, 2017 

Please leave your pets at home!

Hundreds of amateur and professional boat builders, model boat builders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their skiffs, kayaks and canoes. Watch many of these one-of-a-kind vessels race along the Miles River along CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus.

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OysterFest is held annually on the last Saturday in October in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Please leave your pets at home!

OysterFest is a celebration of the Chesapeake’s oyster. The event features live music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, an oyster stew competition and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays and Chesapeake-related documentary screenings.

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Past Events (check back soon for next year’s dates!)


Blessing of the Fleet

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Free Admission for Everyone! 

Join CBMM members, volunteers and boatyard staff for an official ceremony honoring our own floating fleet as well as other Bay working vessels and pleasure craft. The Reverend Kevin M. Cross from the Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD will offer prayers.

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Community Day @ CBMM

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Free Admission for Everyone!

As a way of saying thank you to the regional community, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. hosts a Community Day, with all festivities taking place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, including free admission for everyone, plus live music, regional foods and drinks, family activities, free boat rides, and more. See what’s lined up for food, music, activities, boat rides, and more! 

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The Antique and Classic Boat Festival is held annually on Father's Day weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

30th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival & The Arts at Navy Point

Father’s Day Weekend – June 16, 17, 18, 2017

Please leave your pets at home!

Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats come to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and The Arts at Navy Point in St. Michaels, MD. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS), this Father’s Day weekend event brings an era of by-gone days.

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Big Band Night is held annually on July 4th weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Photo by Graham Scott-Taylor.

Big Band Night

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Please leave your pets at home!

In celebration of Independence Day, CBMM welcomes The Shades of Blue Orchestra for a live performance at its Big Band Night. Two vocalists will join the 18-piece Shades of Blue Orchestra as they perform from the historic Tolchester Beach Bandstand.

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Waterman's Appreciation Day and Crab Feast at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Watermen’s Appreciation Day

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Please leave your pets at home!

Watermen’s Appreciation Day celebrates Chesapeake watermen and their heritage. The event includes a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, and live music. Steamed crabs, beer, and other foods and beverages will be available for purchase.

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The Charity Boat Auction is held annually on Labor Day weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Charity Boat Auction

Held annually on Labor Day weekend, RAIN OR SHINE

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Please leave your pets at home!

The live auction begins at 11am along CBMM’s waterfront campus, where more than 90 boats—ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, and everything in between—will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. 2016’s event was generously sponsored by Crabi Gras and Curtis Stokes Yacht Brokerage.

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Boating Party Fundraising Gala

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Please leave your pets at home!

Be a part of CBMM’s signature fall gala fundraiser which includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing on Navy Point. Funds raised support the Museum’s mission to inspire an understanding of and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal reaches, together with the artifacts, cultures, and connections between this place and its people.

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