October 6 - 7, 2018 Columbus Day weekend in October
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE
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 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
December 7 - 8, 2018
First Friday and Saturday nights 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.
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.
Solomons Maritime Festival
May 4, 2019 First Saturday in May
10 a.m. to 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.
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors: Calvert County Board of Commissioners, Calvert County Watermen’s Association, Calvert Marina, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Holiday Inn Solomons, McCready Boat Yard, Papa John’s Pizza, Patuxent Small Craft Guild, Spring Cove Marina, and Washburn’s Boat Yard.
September 2019 (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 www.cheslights.org 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 email@example.com.
July 13, 2019
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, 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.