Annual Events

Solomons Maritime Festival 2017

Solomons Maritime Festival

May 6, 2017
First Saturday in May

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE
The event includes the Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show which features exhibits from over 30 collectors of antique and classic boats, and vintage marine outboard and inboard engines.
You can taste traditional foods, learn how to pick crabs and shuck oysters like the pros, enjoy local gospel and old time music, see Chesapeake Bay retrievers in action, watch model boats skim the waters of the boat basin, talk with traditional crafts people as they demonstrate their skills. Free 30-minute cruises on the Wm. B. Tennison. For the kids, there will be toy boat building and more.

AB&MES Online Registration
AB&MES Download and Mail Registration Forms


July 8, 2017
Second Saturday in July

Sharkfest highlights the ultimate apex predator of the marine world from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sharks are one of the most fascinating creatures. During Sharkfest, live sharks and Chesapeake Bay native Atlantic sturgeon are featured in the Corbin Pavilion.
The museum is full of hands-on opportunities to explore the diversity of sharks and their remarkable history on planet Earth. Learn fascinating sharktoids, check out the evidence of damage done on fossil whale bones by prehistoric sharks, paint a shark mural, make a shark hat, get your face painted ($5 fee), play in the Shark Game Show and win a prize, and take your picture in the jaws of a Megalodon shark.

The award winning Museum Store is fully stocked with all things shark for the occasion. Both vilified and ruthlessly hunted, this keystone species is becoming seriously threatened. Evidence of sharks dates back 450 million years, and shark fossils similar to modern species date back over 100 million years.

Sharks are highly adaptable and now live in every ocean in the world in warm, temperate, and cold waters. Learn why preserving these ancient animals is critical to the health of our oceans. Regular admission applies, members are free. Complimentary museum passes will not be honored and strollers are not allowed in the museum. There will be food vendors on site.

Solomons Island Kite Day

September 2017
Celebrate our annual Solomons Island Kite Day with Wings Over Washington Kite Club. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glascock's Field, across the street from the museum. 
Bring your own kite or make one at the museum. Kite kits will be on sale for $5 each, cash only. Participation is FREE and open to the public. General museum admission applies for visitation to the exhibition gallery. Kite Day is co-sponsored by the Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County, working to build awareness of Autism, with additional support from Lighthouse Market Place, Roy Rogers, and Papa Johns.

Lighthouse Challenge

Date to be Determined
How many Chesapeake Lighthouses can you see in a weekend? Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD)

Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8, 2017
Columbus Day weekend in October

Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD) is an annual festival, which creates awareness, recognition, and promotion of the economic, social, recreational, cultural and historical impact of the tributaries and environs of the Patuxent River and the basin through which it flows. The festival is held annually on Columbus Day Weekend.
The festival brings together, and reflects the continuing commitment of the community, county and state government agencies, the Calvert Marine Museum, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, and other historical and environmental groups, which share a desire to preserve the Patuxent River and to celebrate its positive influence on the area’s quality of life, in the past, present, and future. For more information, visit the PRAD website.

Solomons Christmas Walk

Friday-Saturday, December 2017
First Friday and Saturday nights in December

The Calvert Marine Museum invites you to enjoy the beauty of Solomons Island during the Solomons Christmas Walk, an annual event sponsored by the Solomons Business Association. The museum will be open and free from 6 – 9 p.m. both evenings.
For more information on the Solomons Christmas Walk, please contact Sherry Reid at 410-326-2042 x. 19, or For information about the weekend’s events visit the Solomons Christmas Walk website.


Spring 2018 ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us in celebrating our favorite museum mammal! Dance "the Swim" with our otter mascots, get your face painted, and listen to otter tales from an "otterly" terrific story teller. Meet the Otter Keepers at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and watch a training session at 3 p.m. and learn how we train our otters to show behaviors throughout the day. A $2 donation is requested for face painting. Admission applies; members are FREE.