Annual Events


April 14, 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. 

Solomons Maritime Festival

May 5, 2018
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.


July 14, 2018
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 will be featured in the Corbin Pavilion, along with native Atlantic sturgeon from NRG Energy - The Chalk Point Generating Station.
The museum is full of hands-on opportunities to explore the diversity of sharks and their remarkable history on planet Earth. Learn fascinating 'sharktoids', examine evidence of prehistoric sharks, paint a shark mural, make a shark-themed craft, get your face painted ($5 fee), and take your picture in the life-size jaws of a Megalodon shark. Slide down the jaws of a giant inflated shark, sponsored by Tidewater Dental. The award-winning Museum Store will be fully stocked with new shark mementos to take home. Museum members save 10% off in the store and everyone will enjoy the new express checkout at Sharkfest.

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. 

Solomons Island Kite Day

August 2018
Celebrate our annual Solomons Island Kite Day with Wings Over Washington Kite Club. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glascock 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

September 2018
Lighthouse lovers are invited to take the challenge and visit ten lighthouses in two days during the 12th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit for directions and complete details.

Visit Maryland’s historic lighthouses at some of the most beautiful spots in the state and see Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll, Lightship Chesapeake, Hooper Strait, Choptank River Replica, Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point, Point Lookout and Fort Washington Lighthouses.

Challengers receive a complimentary souvenir at each location. Visit all ten lighthouses and proclaim “you’ve seen the lights!” and receive a “special” souvenir.

For more information about the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, contact Karen Rosage at 410-437-0741 or email

Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD)

October 6 - 7, 2018
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 7 - 8, 2018
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.