Big Little Boat Festival 2024

Chesapeake Light Craft presents this annual showcase event at Conquest Beach in Centreville. Conquest Beach is situated on the 758-acre Conquest Preserve between the Chester and Corsica Rivers. It is about an hour east of our Annapolis shop. But we think it will be worth the drive for those visiting from the western shore.  The beach has easy access for small boats on dollies and plenty of shade on shore. The facility includes two bath houses with showers, plenty of parking, and, best of all, the view of the river is fantastic. The event is free and open to the public. Our rowing, sailing, and paddling fleet will be available for on-water demos. Under the pavilion, we will have boatbuilding seminars. The kids' cardboard boatbuilding event at last year's BLBF was a huge hit and will return this year. We encourage all our boatbuilder friends to bring their boats to play…

Marshy Point’s Spring Festival

Full day of outdoor activities, native plant sales, live music, food, crafts, games, and animal encounters! At Marshy Point Nature Center in Middle River. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for full details. 

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival held at Sandy Point State Park blends the finest progressive bluegrass music with a gorgeous beachfront venue and a core mission to protect and restore the Bay. You'll enjoy top touring bands on 2 stages over 2 days, delicious local food, microbrews, wines, craft cocktails/mocktails, workshops, craft vendors, and fun activities for all ages. This year's music lineup includes: Oteil & Friends (Oteil Burbridge, Melvin Seals, Steve Kimock, Jason Crosby, Johnny Kimock, Tom Guarna, Lamar Williams Jr.) • The Infamous Stringdusters • Leftover Salmon • Sam Bush • Kitchen Dwellers • Sierra Hull • Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country • Cris Jacobs & Friends • Trouble No More • The Lil Smokies • The Dirty Grass Players • Big Richard • Brown Eyed Women • Geraldine Artists-at-Large: Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and Ron Holloway   Click here for full details and to purchase tickets. 

Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

Join the Annapolis Maritime Museum for the best Spring party in town! The 11th Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning has roots that date back the late-1970s, when sailors, shipyard workers, and friends doffed their socks and burned them to celebrate the arrival of Spring! This year's event features live music, plenty of libations, all-you-can-eat oyster, and more fun! Tickets on sale now. Click here for full details and to purchase tickets.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay where staff selects 10-15 short films for our audiences to enjoy. Films highlight topics related to nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American, and indigenous culture. Overall, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is designed to inspire a love for nature and activate audiences to take action in their communities through film and art. The event will be held at unique theater or theater-like venues across the watershed in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and virtually on the following dates: • Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 | 6:15PM–9:00PM EST | Virtual showing • Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 | 6:15PM–9:00PM EST | Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road Lititz, PA 17543 • Thursday, March 7th, 2024 | 6:15PM–9:00PM EST | Studio Two-Three, 109 W 15th St…

Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

The 23rd Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, on January 13th and 14th, 2024. The festival — the largest event of its kind in the country, drawing fly anglers from as far away as New York and Georgia — appeals to anglers of all ages and stages. Festival attendees listen to lectures from various experts and practice hands-on skills at the two-day, family-friendly event. Several wineries from throughout the Old Dominion provide free wine tastings for those 21 and older. The festival will be held regardless of the weather. All vendors are under roof and contained within the Farm Bureau Building at Meadow Event Park located approximately 2 miles east of Kings Dominion. Meadow Event Park 13191 Dawn Blvd Doswell, Va. 23047 Click here for full details at