Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Vintage Boats Take Center Stage at Festival

Set sail on a voyage through maritime history June 16-18 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland (CBMM). The Father’s Day weekend tradition continues as the 35th Antique & Classic Boat Festival and Arts Fair returns, beckoning enthusiasts and curious visitors alike to witness a unique display of carefully preserved vintage boats along with the nostalgia that accompanies them.

The museum’s picturesque waterfront campus on the Miles River will showcase a collection of wooden and fiberglass classics, vintage racers and other antique boats provided by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. The Chesapeake Bay ACBS was founded in 1982 and remains dedicated to connecting those with a passion for classic boating. This year’s festival theme is “Show Us Your First Love,” inviting boat owners to proudly showcase their most cherished vessels and share the stories that ignited their lifelong passion for classic and antique boats. The beloved tradition is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest classic boat shows.

The festival is much more than nautical eye candy. Guests can experience everything from the iconic boats of James Bond on Friday to the evolution of a Hooper Island Draketail on Saturday as they are guided by experts and historians through a lineup of 10 seminars.

Boat buyers can browse the Field of Dreams, tempting those who have always wanted a boat of their own. Embark on boat rides, browse the nautical flea market and enjoy live music, and a scavenger hunt for children. 

The weekend also features the Coastal Arts Fair, boasting an array of vendors that pay homage to coastal life through their work. The juried showcase will provide a variety of products, services and art.

Advanced ticket sales are available online, and can also be purchased at CBMM throughout the festival. Please note that single-day tickets will not be available.

Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels Middle/High School on Saturday with a complimentary shuttle service providing easy access to and from CBMM. No pets or outside alcohol.

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