Annual Events

2020 Solomons Maritime Festival and the
Antique Boat & Marine Engine Show

This event has been canceled to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-9. It will return in 2021 and we look forward to seeing you then.


July 11, 2020
Second Saturday in July

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sharkfest highlights the ultimate apex predator of the marine world. During Sharkfest, live sharks will be 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', examine evidence of prehistoric sharks, make a shark-themed craft, and take your picture in the life-size jaws of a Megalodon shark. 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. 



Saturday, August 8, 2020
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us in celebrating our favorite museum mammal! Dance "the Swim" with our otter mascots, and learn otterly terrific facts. Admission applies; members are FREE.

Patuxent River Appreciation Day(PRAD)

October 10, 2020
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  FREE
Patuxent River Appreciation Day (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 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 page of our website.

Solomons Christmas Walk

Saturday, December 5, 2020
First Saturday night in December

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  FREE
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.
Enjoy musical entertainment, Santa, the Otter mascot, holiday crafts, and shopping in the Museum Store. Santa's Coffee House will be open with complimentary hot tea, coffee, cocoa, and holiday cookies. Museum members will save 20% off in the Museum Store all weekend!

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.

Solomons Maritime Festival

May 1, 2021
First Saturday in May

10 a.m. to 4 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.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors: Calvert County Board of Commissioners, Calvert County Watermen’s Association, Calvert Marina, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Holiday Inn Solomons, Papa John’s Pizza, Patuxent Small Craft Guild, Safe Harbor Zanhiser's, Spring Cove Marina, and Washburn’s Boat Yard.

Lighthouse Challenge

September 2021 (takes place every other year)
Lighthouse lovers are invited to take the challenge and visit ten lighthouses in two days during the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit the Chesapeake Chapter United States Lighthouse Society web page 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.

To access Cove Point, we request visitors take a shuttle bus from CMM’s main campus to Cove Point to reduce traffic in the Cove Point community. Buses will start at 8 a.m. with the last bus leaving CMM at 5:15 p.m. and returning to the museum at 6 p.m.
ON SATURDAY ONLY, the Drum Point Lighthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum and Museum Store will close at 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., guests can view the lighthouse and take pictures from the area next to the Patuxent Small Craft Center. A table for challenge participants will be set up on the outdoor PNC Waterside Pavilion stage.

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