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Annual Festivals & Special Events

Click below to take a look at our comprehensive events calendar which features all upcoming special events and festivals, education and boatyard programing, speaker series, adult education courses, and more.

CBMM Dog Policy during Festivals

During CBMM festivals and special events, dogs ARE NOT permitted on Museum grounds, with the exception of certified service dogs. Leashed dogs ARE permitted on Museum grounds during regular business hours.

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.


Blessing of the Fleet

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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.


Block Party! Community Day @ CBMM

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Free Admission for Everyone! Save the Date! 

It’s a party for everyone! Free admission and limited free boat rides, along with lots of family activities, live music and entertainment, regional foods, and more. Check back for more details soon.

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

Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Father’s Day Weekend – June 17, 18, 19, 2016

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 28th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival 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.

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

July 2, 2016

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.

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

Watermen’s Appreciation Day

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Please leave your pets at home!

The 7th Annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day celebrates Chesapeake watermen and their heritage. This year’s festival features a reduced price, which includes a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, live music, and celebrity appearances. Steamed crabs, beer, and other foods and beverages will be available for purchase.

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

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Please leave your pets at home!

The live auction begins at 11am along the museum’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. Sponsored by McDonalds of Easton, Maryland.

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Boating Party Fundraising Gala

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Please leave your pets at home!

Be a part of the Museum’s 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.

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

33rd Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
& 11th Maritime Model Expo

Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016

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, canoes and maritime models. Check out the model pond and boats on land or watch many of these one-of-a-kind vessels race along the Miles River along CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus.

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


Saturday, October 29, 2016

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.