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Antique & Classic Boat Festival adds boat rides at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

This year’s Antique & Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will bring more people out on the water with free boat rides from 10-3pm on Saturday, June 15.

The boat rides will be offered on a selection of antique and classic boats participating in the festival, with boarding and sign ups taking place at the dock located in front of CBMM’s Steamboat Building.

Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will also be offered throughout the festival, with boarding and sign ups at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

It’s all part of the 32nd annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point, when wooden boats and fiberglass classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats come together at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum beginning Friday, June 14.

Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food, and libations to this waterfront festival.

This year’s festival highlights racing on the Chesapeake, with some unique and high-powered racing boats expected to attend, along with land displays and seminars on the Bay’s association with power boat racing.

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with the Arts at Navy Point and limited boat displays continuing on Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Friday and Saturday admission is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. Admission to the festival on Sunday is free for CBMM members or regular museum admission for non-members. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals.

Festival parking and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For advanced tickets and more information about the festival, visit or call 410-745-2916. For information about CBMM, visit and for information on the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s Chesapeake Bay Chapter, visit

Free boat rides will be offered Saturday on a selection of antique and classic boats participating in the festival, like this 1973 Lyman 26’ Hardtop Sleeper, shown here.