2015 Calendar of Events

MAY
1-3: BLUEWATER EXPO IN HAMPTION You’re invited to join us at the annual open house and in-water boat show at our Hampton, VA headquarters to enjoy food, refreshments and nearly 50 boats on display from 21′ to 61′ from over two dozen different manufacturers. Click here for more information.

16: ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE FLEET 10AM–2PM Sponsored by the members of the Occoquan River Maritime Association (ORMA), all boats in the vicinity of the Occoquan River are invited to join in this time-honored tradition which began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. A blessing from the local clergy was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season. First responders and local dignitaries will board a boat hosted by Prince William Marina and initiate the event at 10AM. An orderly procession of boats wishing to participate will move downriver along the Prince William County shoreline. Each boat will be recognized and blessed while passing a chaplain's station vessel moored at the Belmont Bay Harbor fuel dock. Please continue to the Potomac River to avoid congesting the Occoquan River.

16: OCCOQUAN RIVER FEST 2015 Celebrate life along the Occoquan River. Over 30 conservation and recreation organizations will be on display at Occoquan Regional Park. Free river boat rides! For more information please visit www.OWLVA.org or call 703/690-2121.

JUNE
13: NATIONAL MARINA DAY
A nationwide boating event dedicated to grow boating participation across North America. Visit www.nationalmarinaday.org for more information.

19-20: BEER, BOURBON, & BBQ Join the festival at National Harbor for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbecue eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy All-You-Care-to-Taste samplings of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbecue vendors are on-site if you get hungry, all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day. Visit www.nationalharbor.com for more information.

JULY
11: DREAMS FOR KIDS
Extreme Recess gives children ages 4-24 with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to participate in adaptive watersports, allowing them to realize a physical potential previously unimagined while having the time of their life! Call 703/494-7161 or visit dreamsforkids.org for more information.

AUGUST
22: CHESAPEAKE CRAB & BEER FESTIVAL
This is the 6th annual Maryland tradition at National Harbor! The Festival is an All-You-Care-to-Taste extravaganza complete with over 60,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun, and so much more! Find out what over 20,000 people have come to enjoy. Visit www.nationalharbor.com for more information.

SEPTEMBER
5–7: WATERSTOCK
At Tim's Rivershore. Visit timsrivershore.com for more information.

OCTOBER
15–18: UNITED STATES POWERBOAT SHOW Visit us at the nation’s oldest and largest in-water powerboat exhibition. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the show features everything from luxurious motor yachts and trawlers to high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines. There are family cruisers, center consoles, inflatables and the world’s largest power catamaran section. Attendees will also find a wide selection of marine equipment, high-tech electronics, accessories, gear and related services such as boating lessons, rentals, insurance firms and lending institutions. Click here for more information.