Things to Know

Some helpful tips as you plan your visit to one of CBMM’s exciting festivals.


Tickets are available for purchase online in advance or at our Welcome Center and Museum Store the day of the event.


Pets are not permitted during special events and festivals, with the exception of certified service animals. 


Carry-on alcohol on our campus and docks is strictly prohibited unless otherwise noted.


Cash and cards are accepted at the door for admission and by many festival vendors. There is an ATM located in CBMM’s Museum Store. 

Photos & Videos

CBMM welcomes your personal photos and videos – be sure to tag us on social media! Commercial content and drone usage is prohibited without prior approval.


Most of CBMM’s festivals are held rain or shine. In the case of extreme weather, updates can be found on our social media channels.

Upcoming Festivals and Events

CBMM hosts festivals and special events throughout the year. See below to learn more.

Sat, Apr 22, 10:00 am – Sun, Apr 23, 4:00 pm Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival

The Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival brings artisans and craftspeople who will exhibit and sell coastal and sea-glass related jewelry, home décor, art, and more. Each two-day […]

Fri, Jun 16, 10:00 am – Sun, Jun 18, 3:00 pm Antique & Classic Boat Festival & The Arts at Navy Point

Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats come to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for the annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and The Arts […]

Sat, Jul 01, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Big Band Night

In celebration of Independence Day, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum opens its doors for a night of live music each year. The St. Michaels fireworks will launch after dusk that […]

Sun, Aug 13, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Watermen’s Appreciation Day

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 […]

Sat, Sep 02, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Charity Boat Auction

The live auction begins at 11am along CBMM’s waterfront campus, where boats—ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, and everything in between—will be auctioned off to the […]

Sat, Sep 09, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Boating Party Fundraising Gala

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 […]

Fri, Oct 06, 10:00 am – Sun, Oct 08, 5:00 pm Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

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 […]

Sat, Oct 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm OysterFest

Get ready to sip, slurp, and savor at the Chesapeake Bay’s favorite fall festival!  The event features live music on two stages, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters, and more.

Sat, Nov 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival: Holiday Edition

The Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival returns for the holiday season and brings artisans and craftspeople who will exhibit and sell coastal and sea-glass related jewelry, home […]