Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Special Events

Visitor Experience

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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The Museum’s event calendar is your guide to educational classes, lectures, programs, exhibits, and concerts. Each year, the Museum also hosts the following special events tied to the seasons on the Chesapeake Bay.

Model Expo

Maritime Model Expo
May 31 & June 1, 2014

Hosted by the Museum’s Model Guild and the North American Steamboat Modelers Association, this expo includes radio-controlled models powered by steam, battery, and wind. Static displays of highly-detailed and realistic models will be featured, as well as activities for children too!




Antique and Classic Boat Festival

Antique and Classic Boat Festival
June 13, 14 & 15, 2014 - Father's Day Weekend

This annual boat event is the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region! It features more than 100 antique and classic boats, boat building demonstrations, maritime artists and craftsmen, craft vendors, classic used boats, motors, and nautical flea market, along with live music, food, and more. This event is hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society International in cooperation with CBMM.


Big Band Night

Big Band Night
July 5, 2014 (raindate July 6)

Jazzy big band sounds come alive on the Museum’s Tolchester Beach Bandstand at this special Independence Day celebration.  Stay into the evening to enjoy the St. Michaels fireworks over the Miles River.



Watermen’s Appreciation Day
August 10, 2014

Meet Chesapeake watermen celebrating thir heritage. Watch professionals in action at a Boat Docking Contest or take a chance in the silent auction, featuring local artwork. Eat your fill at our crab feast, or enjoy hot dogs and cold beer while listening to live music. This event is sponsored by the Museum and the Talbot County Waterman's Association.



Boat Auction
August 30, 2014- Labor Day Weekend

Boating experts and novices alike have the same opportunity to bid on the boat of their dreams! Offering everything from wooden rowing skiffs to classic sailboats and modern power cruisers.

Boating Party

The Boating Party
September 13, 2014

Be a part of the Museum’s fall gala fundraiser which includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing on Navy Point.




Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
October 3, 4 & 5, 2014

One of the nation’s premier small craft events!  Hundreds of amateur and professional boat builders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their skiffs, kayaks, and canoes.  Take part in demonstrations and workshops, or simply chat with the owners and watch these one-of-a-kind vessels race.



October 25, 2014

Come celebrate the Bay oyster with live music, great food, family activities, skipjack and buyboat rides, oyster aquaculture and restoration demonstrations, oyster tonging, and cooking demonstrations.