Solomons Maritime Festival:
May 3, 201410 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE
The GRAND RE-OPENING of the Calvert Marine Museum serves up Southern Maryland traditions with the 2014 Solomons Maritime Festival!
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. Download registration and display forms for The Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show here.
Star Spangled Celebration: Tall Ship Invasion
Wednesday through Sunday, June 18-22, 2014
Open Ship Tours Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. FREE! Public Sails! Wednesday - Sunday, June 18-22, 2014. More details to come. Participating Tall Ships:
- Kalmar Nyckel, Wilmington, Delaware: Docked at the Waterman's Wharf, Solomons, Maryland
- Pride of Baltimore II, Baltimore, Maryland: Docked at the Solomons Island Yacht Club, Solomons Island, Maryland
- Sultana, Chestertown, Maryland:Docked at Zahniser's Marina, Solomons, Maryland
- The Dove, St. Mary's City, Maryland: Docked at the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland
This event is a joint project of the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park, Calvert County Board of Commissioners, and Calvert County Chamber of Commerce and has been financed in part by with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
Saturday, July 12, 201410 a.m. - 5 p.m.Regular Admission Applies
Bubbles and Squeak are CMM star attractions, and they will be cavorting in the spotlight during OTTERMANIA. Perfect for families with pre-school and elementary age children, this day invites the kids to play like an otter, dance the Swim with our otter mascots, discover where otters live everywhere in the world, and learn what makes them so special. Kids can create otter art to hang in our new Harms Gallery, make an otter mask to wear, or do an otter craft. We will have a storyteller sharing Native American myths about brother otter and games that test your senses and hone your hunting skills. Our talented face painters will be on hand and for $5 you get an otter face. Scheduled Otter Toy Workshops allow participants to create enrichment toys for Bubbles and Squeak; fee $5. Pre-registration is strongly suggested to ensure your spot. We will also be auctioning off an Otter Lovers Package during the day.
Patuxent River Appreciation Days (PRAD)
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.
Solomons Christmas Walk:
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 that takes place the first Friday and Saturday in December. 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 x19, or email. For information about the weekend’s events visit the Solomons Christmas Walk website
Solomons Island Kite Day
During the month of April (Due to renovations in the Estuarium, there will be no Kite Day in April, 2014.)
Celebrate our annual Solomons Island Kite Day with Wings Over Washington Kite Club. Bring your own kite or make one at the museum. Kite kits will be on sale for $5 each, cash only.Admission is FREE and open to the public. General museum admission applies for visitation to the exhibition gallery. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the field across from the museum.Kite Day is co-sponsored by the Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County, working to build awareness of Autism during Autism Awareness Month, with additional support from Lighthouse Market Place, Roy Rogers, and Papa Johns.
Second Saturday in July (Due to renovations in the Estuarium, there will be no Sharkfest in July, 2014.)
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.
Films about sharks are shown in the auditorium. 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.