Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) this June 13-15 for the 27th 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 to the Miles River and CBMM’s waterfront campus.
This year, the festival features a selection of Chesapeake Bay-built workboats, including the Chesapeake deadrise and buyboat, which can be seen dockside during the weekend festival. Boat rides on a traditional Chesapeake workboat will be offered by CBMM throughout the three-day festival.
More than 100 wooden classics and vintage boats will be on land and in the water for this ACBS-judged boat show, including a selection of Chris Craft, Owens, Century, Donzi, Glaspar, Whirlwind, Shepherd, Trumpy, Lyman, and more. Boats range from runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Owners of some of the restored yachts and cabin cruisers will offer boarding along CBMM’s docks, with Saturday noted as the best day for walk-on tours.
Along with the East Coast’s largest collection of antique and classic boats, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors to St. Michaels, offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.
Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreams features a selection of pre-1976 classic boats for sale, along with other items in a nautical flea market. A selection of regional and grilled foods, music, and a Pyrat rum bar will round out the event for festival-goers. Children’s activities will also be available throughout the event.
Festival admission includes entrance to CBMM’s new special exhibits, Carvers at the Crossroads in the Waterfowling Building, and Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay in the Steamboat Building. During the festival, visitors will have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.
Festival hours are Friday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival includes admission to all museum exhibits where authentic Chesapeake boats, cultures, and traditions are highlighted. The event is free for CBMM members and children under six, or $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. Boat rides and food are an additional cost. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org/acbf.