Solomons Maritime Festival This Weekend

The Solomons Maritime Festival is back for its 13th year and promises plenty of Southern Maryland fun on and off the water.

Paddling and models in the boat basin.

On May 5, the Calvert Marine Museum will treat guests of all ages to a true slice of Southern Maryland maritime life and a full lineup of boats, activities, music, and traditional food. 

Visitors can take crab cake preparation lessons, check out waterfowl calling demos, and watch Chesapeake Bay retrievers take to the air. Guests won’t want to miss local craftsmen showing off their skills as they make model boats, explain crab and eel pot construction, and work with a variety of textiles. 

Up for an outing? Attendees can take a cruise, free of charge, aboard the historic bugeye buy-boat Wm. B. Tennison. Those on the hunt for some unique maritime finds can check out the Nautical Flea Market, hosted by the Patuxent Small Craft Guild. All proceeds will support the Guild.

Also part of the Festival is the Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show. For nearly two decades, vintage boat and engine enthusiasts have gathered in the parking lot to admire and swap engines.

After working up an appetite, visitors can purchase a sweet homemade treat or grab a bite from on-site vendors.

The Festival, made possible by the Calvert Marine Museum and a number of local sponsors, is free to attend.

For more information, click here

 Toy boat building at the Festival.
Toy boat building at the Festival.

-Laura Boycourt