Post by Amanda Jones - Published on 6/21/18, 8:01 AM
Happy Summer, Dockwa boaters! For those in cooler climates, now's the moment you've been waiting for all year. Make the most of it: soak in the sun with family and friends, plot a course for somewhere new, and make a boatload of Summer '18 memories.
Summer's here! If you need more reasons to get out on the water, check out our ever-growing list of harborside events, including concerts, parties, sporting events, wine tastings, hot air balloon shows, hikes, and more!
Boothbay Harbor: The Windjammer Days Festival is taking place from June 24-30th with a whole schedule of events! The major events include:
Sunday, June 24th: Blessing of The Fleet at 1:30PM; Reggae Cruise featuring Dani Tribesmen,
Tuesday, June 26th: Antique Boat Parade at 3PM
Wednesday, June 27th: British Invasion Attack on Boothbay Harbor at noon; Lobster Eating Contest at 2PM, Fireworks over the Harbor at 9:15PM
Saturday, June 30th: Tug of War Across The Harbor at 2:30PM and the Lighted Boat Parade at 9PM
Jonesport:Moosabec Summer Fest 2018is taking place on June 22-July 1st with the biggest day of the festival taking place on June 30th. Some of the highlighted events include the world's fastest lobster boat races, the grade parade, fireworks, a golf tournament, an ice cream social, a lobster feed, and a steel drum band performance
Stowe: B3 Fest: Bikes, Brews & Beats 2018is taking place on June 29-30th. The three day festival encompasses all of Stowe and all group rides are free to the public. Enjoy Vermont music; craft beers, wines, spirits, root beer; and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking
Fall River: Star Wars Themed Day at Battleship Cove is happening on June 30th from 10-4PM. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids under 12
Boston Harbor Island Kayak Tour with REI on June 23rd from 8-5:30PM. Spend the day paddling the Boston Harbor and enjoy a picnic on one of the beautiful harbor islands
Boston's Harborfest 2018 is a week of celebration in Boston leading up to the 4th of July. The events take place from June 28th through July 5th
Salisbury: Bands on the Beach is taking place at Salisbury Beach Stage located on Salisbury Beach. June 23rd catch Flying Horses Country Beach Jam Featuring the Ultimate Aldean Experience starting at 3PM and on June 30th come see The Eagles Experience: The Premier Eagles Tribute Show at 7:30PM
Cambridge: Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of the summer season at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture at the Summer Solstice Celebration 2018. This is happening from 5-9PM and the event is free admission
Newport:The Newport Flower Show is taking place from June 22nd to the 24th at the Newport Mansions. Special guests include Martha Stewart and Sachi Rose Pollard. Purchase Tickets for the event here
Portsmouth:As part of the Newport Polo Series, on Saturday, June 23rd starting at 5PM Boston returns to Newport for a Polo match against the US at the polo grounds located at The Glenn. Tickets are $15 for General Admission and $25 for Pavilion Seating. Check out thenptpolo websitefor more information about the match!
Watch Hill:The Ocean House is officially celebrating the start of Summer with a fun and inventive Croquet & KEEL Cocktails and canapes event on Sunday, June 24th from 6-8PM. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at theOcean House Event Page
Marsh Mucking with the Nature Conservancy takes place on Monday mornings starting at 9AM from June 25th through August 27th. A Nature Conservancy staffer meets the group on the beach and takes you on a scavenger hunt through the salt marsh
Block Island Race Week 2018 is happening on June 17th through June 22nd. The event encompasses five days of racing on Block Island Sound, including one design racing for all classes that can participate; fleet racing; video debriefing and coaching each day, etc.
Providence:WaterFire 2018 takes place Saturday nights from May 24th through November 10th. WaterFire centers around a series of nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The next WaterFire is taking place on June 30th with a Full Lighting starting at 8:45PM
New London: Bacon-themed Food Truck Festival,June 30 6-9PM. Choose your favorite food truck, grab an order, and enjoy live music at City Pier stage with Andre, Eddie and Friends or a DJ at the Custom House pier. Free activities for the kids including face painting and balloon animals! More details on Facebook.
TheMystic River Jam Festival2018 is happening on from June 21st until the 23rd at Mystic Shipyard. The music festival at Mystic showcases music from rock to reggae, blues to country. Thursday from 6:30-8:30PM, Friday from 6-10PM and Saturday from 3-10PM
East Hartford:The Great River Park is hosting theRiverfront Summer Pops 2018from 7-9PM. Summer pops concerts are performed by the Middletown Symphonic Band and are free to attend!
NEW Gloucester:St. Peter's Fiesta 2018is taking place at St.Peter's Square in Gloucester from June 27th through July 1st. One of the events is the greasy pole competition, taking place on June 29th at 4:45PM at Pavilion Beach. This competition is where fishermen celebrate a successful year at sea by charging a greased up pole to capture an Italian flag. Clickhereto find out more about it!
Foreigner- Juke Box Heroes Tour on June 19th at 7PM
Zac Brown Band: Down the Rabbit Hole on June 23 at 7PM
Styx/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with special guests Tesla on June 28th at 7PM
Brad Paisley Tour on June 30th starting at 7:30PM
New York City, New York:
June 21st: Solstice in Times Square- Annual Mind Over Madness Yoga presented by Aerie with free classes in Times Square from sunrise to sunset
June 15th- 24th: The River to River Festival is an art project that focuses on the landscape of lower Manhattan for 11 days. The event features over 90 NYC artists and projects inspired by the area and taking the form of exhibitions, performances, talks, installations, walks, and music
The Worlds Biggest Ocean Adventure has arrived in NYC. Round the World Yacht Race 2017-2018 competitors have arrived in NYC waters at Tribeca's North Cove Marina after 10 months of intense racing around the globe. The crew leaves on June 25th for their final leg back to Liverpool
Asbury Park:Makin Waves Summer Concert Series at AP Brewery on June 23rd at 6PM. This series will be "The Best of Makin Waves" with the artists: Cook Thugless, The Brixton Riot, Mr. Payday, The Successful Failures and Disposable
Camden:Battleship Beer Fest 2018 is happening on June 23rd from 1-5PM. It is the only all New Jersey beer festival on a Battleship
Brown Mills: 35th Annual Blueberry Festival from June 23rd through 24th from 10-4PM. Kickoff the Blueberry Harvest Season in the Birthplace of the Blueberry!
Philadelphia: Wawa Welcome America! celebrates the nation's birthday for the 26th year in a row with a multi-day party of free events from June 28th to July 4th
Beer Tasting Sailing Cruise Schooner Woodwind with Heavy Seas Brewery from June 12 through 26th. Sample beer from Heavy Seas Brewery while enjoying the beautiful sunset under full sail
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races through August 29th from 6-8PM. Watch over 150 crews compete in midweek races that involve sailing around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club
Baltimore: Sagamore Spirit Tour & Sunset Ride from June 6th through July 25th from 6-7:30PM
Lynchburg: The 33rd Annual James River Batteau Festival is happening on June 16th until the 23rd. Set sail on a recreated batteau boat this summer for an 8-day voyage down the James River
Family Fun Month is happening during the month of June! There are 30 days of activities which encourage families to get outdoors, try something new, unplug from daily stresses and reconnect with each other
Cordele: Cordele Watermelon Days Festival is happening from June 1 through the 30th. Take part in eating watermelon by the slice, a seed-spitting contest, throw horseshoes, or a fishing rodeo
Florida & The Keys:
Saint Augustine, Florida:Every Sunday until October, The Conch House hosts Reggae Sunday from 3-7PM. Voted "best outdoor party in North Florida" it is an event you wont want to pass up! Click here to see the2018 Live Music schedule
Orlando: From June 22-23th the Celebrity Mascot Games take place at the Amway Center. Watch more than 30 mascots from the NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA and MLB compete in gladiator-themed games to determine who are the champions of the mascot world
Jupiter:Jupiter lighthouse Moonrise Tour is taking place on June 27-28th. Take in the spectacular view of a full moon from the top of the tower. The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes
North Miami: A Full Moon Kayak Tour is taking place on June 28th through 30th. Paddle under the full moon with the BG Oleta River Outdoor Center. After roast s'mores, go for a swim and enjoy nature!
Destin: Rock the Docks Live Concert every Saturday throughout the summer. This free concert at the Destin Harbor takes place from 7-9PM
Pensacola: The 47th Annual Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club hosts one of the country's largest billfish tournaments, from June 27th till July 1st
Clanton: Chilton Country Peach Festival takes place from June 23rd to June 30th. Pageants and tournaments are held throughout the week, along with the Peach Run, art exhibitions, a cook-off, fishing tournament, live music, parades, barbecues and so much more
Lake Charles: Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival takes place on June 23rd showcasing jazz music and good food
Old City: On June 30th, the 27th Annual Hooked on Fishing is taking place at Earl G. Williamson Park from 7:30AM-12PM. This is an annual event that introduces kids to the basics of fishing and boating along with water safety
Fiesta del Sol: Downtown Alpine celebrates the summer solstice with an outdoor festival of live music, art and more on June 23rd happening on Historic Murphy Street
Alpine's Fourth of July Celebration is taking place on June 29th through July 4th. Enjoy Alpine Cowboys baseball, outdoor theater, a car show, annual parade, live music, and a block party
San Antonio: The Bud Light Stars, Stripes, & Lights will be held from June 29th through July 4th. Two-thousand patriotic luminarias will glow on display in star-spangled themed bags along the banks of the downtown River Walk
Leona Valley: Cherry Picking Season is May through mid-July and Leona Valley is one of the best places to take the entire family for a relaxing and inexpensive day of cherry picking!
Lincoln City: Summer Kite Festival is happening on June 23-24th. A kaleidoscope of crazy kites fills the Lincoln City skies at this ultimate beach weekend, complete with a workshop for kids to make their own kites!
Tigard: Festival of Balloons takes place June 22nd-24th. The hot air balloons are the featured attraction of the festival but there is also craft and vendor booths, great food from local food vendors, and carnival rides and games
Friday Harbor: Pirate and Wooden Ships Festival takes place June 22-24, hosted annually by The Port of Friday Harbor featuring music, vessel tours, local sails & more!
Friday Harbor: Music in the Park on June 30 & weekly throughout the summer every Saturday from 3PM to 5PM. Bring a picnic, relax and listen to local and regional music as you gaze out at the harbor, watching ferries, boats and seaplanes come and go.
Port Orchard:Fathoms o Fun Festival & Grand Parade takes place on June 30th at 6PM in downtown Port Orchard. There is also a goldfish race at noon!
Long Beach: Waikiki Beach Concert Series takes place on June 28th beginning at 2PM
Westport Charterboat Association Fishing Derby takes place daily until September 30th. Compete for daily and weekly cash prizes in the Sportfishing Capital of the World
Collierville:Summer Concert Series at Collierville Historic Town Square is every Thursday night in June and July from 7-9PM with live music, food and fun
Corryton: Daylily Bloom Festival in Nine Lakes Wine Country is happening on June 22 & 23rd. Walk among the display beds, take pictures of your favorites & relax in the shade to the music of local artists!
Henderson:W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival is one of the largest free music festivals in the nation. The weeklong festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and "Father of the Blues" William Christopher Handy
Ellison Bay:Uncork Summer Food, Wine & Music Festival is taking place at Wickman House Restaurant to kickoff summer with great food, wine, beer, cider, music and lots of fun! This event is taking place on June 23rd from 11-4PM
Sister Bay Beach: Paddlefest 2018 is taking place on June 23, 2018. Try the newest kayaks and paddle boards from the industry's top brads!
Manitowish Waters: Float Your Boat Trivia Rally on June 23rd from 12-4PM. Join the Discovery Center for a fun filled day on the Manitowish Chain of Lakes for a scavenger hunt
Reno: The Reno Rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned sporting event happening in Reno on June 14th till the 23rd. Competition includes bareback, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, women's barrel racing and bull riding
Pleasant Grove:Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days is taking place from June 16th through 24th. Enjoy strawberries, live music, sports tournaments and rodeos among a list of other activities!
Cottonwood:Classic Water to Wine combines a float trip down the Verde River with wine tasting at the Alcantara Vineyards. Tours at 10AM & 1PM everyday
Gunnison: The Gunnison River Festival is taking place on June 22-24th. This annual get-together begins with the Summer Solstice Party and live music, followed by organized and free-form river races for kayaks, rafters and SUPers
Denver: The South Platte River Fest is happening June 24-25th. The 5th edition of Denver's premier urban river fest returns to Confulence Park and Little Raven Street in downtown for SUP and kayak races, raft tours on the river, slack-lining, rock walls, etc.
Tulsa: SummerStage Tulsa performance festival at Tulsa Performing Arts Center takes place throughout the month of June
Cleveland: The 38th Annual Cleveland Race Week is happening from June 15 through 24, 2018 at Edgewater Yacht Club. CRW is the largest sailing regatta on Lake Erie and has become one of the largest in the country
Akron: 43rd Annual Portage Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show at Portage Lakes is on June 23rd
Put-In-Bay:Annual Pyrate Fest is being held from June 22-June 25th with fun for the whole family with costume contests, cardboard boat races, Faire Winds Circus, etc!
Fort Benton:Fort Benton Annual Summer Celebration from June 22-June 24th. Scheduled activities include a parade, arts and crafts on the Levee, historical tours, free entertainment, street dance, fishing derby and a fireworks display
Ottumwa: Third Thursday Block Party on June 21st from 5-8PM enjoy shops, restaurants, and activities on the 200 block of E. Main street
The Great Lakes:
Eyes to the Skies Festival at Lisle Community Park takes place from June 28-July 1st. Watch balloons launch daily, filling the sky with colorful inflatables of all shapes and sizes
The Great Blue Benefit is taking place on June 21st from 6-9PM. This will be the lakeside event of the season at Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago all to benefit the Great Lakes. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and live music
Indianapolis: The Marion County Fair is taking place on June 15th through 24th with rides, foods and games for all ages.
Birdseye: Wildlife Cruises on Patoka Lake happen every Wednesday at 10AM for about 2 hours. Cruise the second largest lake in Indiana upon a climate controlled tour boat!
Ann Arbor:The Ann Arbor Summer Festival takes place from June 8th through July 1, 2018. Established in 1984, the annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival is a celebration of outdoor entertainment, performing arts and community spirit. The event features over 140 scheduled events