Create Your Dockwa Account

I'm A Marina

I'm A Boater

Just for Fun      Events     

Summer Activities Round-Up: September 2018 Calendar of Harborside Events

Post by Amanda Jones - Published on 8/31/18 11:00 AM
Enjoy the cool early beginnings to fall: chart a course for somewhere new and make some end-of-summer memories to last you through winter.

Get out on the water before the temps start dropping! We've compiled a slew of reasons for you to put the sails up or the throttle down. Check out these harborside and marina-hosted events for concerts, parties, boat shows, games, regattas, and more.

Jump to your region: East Coast | Inland Waterways | Florida & The Keys | Gulf Coast | The Great Lakes | West Coast 

Still looking for August events? Click here

Know of events happening in your area for the months of September or October? Get in touch: Tweet at us, message us on Facebook, or email amanda.jones@dockwa.com


East Coast


  • Portland – 

    • September 1 - 2: Rockin' On The Bay Music Festival. Spend your Labor Day weekend exploring beaches and relaxing at a concert venue like no other! 

    • September 8: Oktoberfest Portland. The "Ultimate Beer Carnival" offers 40+ brewers, live music, costume contests, stein lifting, yodeling, keg tossing, food trucks, field goal kicking, and soccer darts.

    • September 13: SunriseGuide September Soiree. Join a sunset cruise on Casco Bay to celebrate the sweetest month of summer. 

    • September 22: Fall Foliage Sunset Wine Sail. Board the 74-foot Sailboat, Frances, and explore delicious wines from diverse wine regions of Italy. 

    • September 22 - 23: 1st Annual Maine Small Craft Celebration. Share the joy of small boats! The Inaugural Maine Small Craft Celebration will be a 2-day event held on the shores of the Fore River in Portland. 

  • Camden – September 9: Megunticook Mini-Marathon and Regatta. The Maine Rowing Association and Megunticook Rowing invite single and double scullers to participate int he Megunticook Regatta. 

  • Rockland – 


  • Burlington –  

    • September 1: The 4th Annual Over the Edge for Flynn. Rappel nine stories down the side of one of downtown Burlington's tallest buildings: The Courtyard Marriott Harbor Hotel. 

    • September 8: Halyard Brewing Pirate Riot. Round up a team of 5 seaworthy mates to compete in the Pirate Riot competition while helping provide lake access to more Vermonters. You and your mates will fire cannonballs (tennis balls) from sailboats provided by and captained by the Community Sailing Center to take out other ships and win great prizes. 

    • September 21: Oktoberfest Vermont. Held at Waterfront Park on the shores of Lake Champlain with more than 40 brewers in attendance. 

  • Ludlow – September 10: September CPR Class. Learn CPR or refresh your current CPR skills during this monthly course hosted by Ludlow Ambulance Service.   

Find Dockage in Vermont

New Hampshire: 

  • Portsmouth –  

    • September 15: 2018 Passport Craft Beer & Food Tour. Celebrate 10 years of great beer and fine food and enjoy an evening on the historic grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum. 

    • September 16: 9th Annual Gosport Regatta. An open sailing race from Portsmouth Harbor to Gosport Harbor at the Isles of Shoals.

    • September 29: The 9th Annual Lumberjack Competition - 2018. Bring your CrossFit families and friends along for a day filled with fitness & fun. 

    • September 30: Seacoast Salutes. Taking place at Cisco Brewers Portsmouth this is an event for both military and civilians to honor our servicemen and women and their families with a carnival day filled with food, games, music, and prizes. 


  • NEW Boston –  

    • September 8: Boston Harbor Islands Regatta & After Party. This is the final points-earning race in the Mass Bay Pursuit Series and attracts close to 100 boats in 10 fleets, with classes from high performance boats to family day sailors. 

    • September 8: Charles River Marathon & Half Marathon Relay

    • September 8: Boston Night Market 2018. Boston Night Market will feature exceptional food and merchandise vendors along with talented performers from the Greater Boston Area. 

    • September 8: Barktails on D. Join in for a cocktail reception supporting Last Hope K9 rescue at The Lawn On D. 

    • September 8 and 25: Guided Walking Tour of the Esplanade

    • September 9: 7th Annual Boston Sharkfest. An open-water swim series where contestants will compete in a 1500-meter competitive swim with downtown Boston as the backdrop. 

    • September 9: Open Newbury Street is here! Newbury Street will go car-free, closing the street to cars from 10 - 6 PM, letting pedestrians can roam freely along the iconic stretch in Back Bay.  

    • September 15: The 3rd Annual Boston Social Fitness Festival. This day-long celebration encourages Bostonians of all ages to move, cycle, play, and dance together. 

    • September 22: Island Run 2018. Participants can choose between a 5K or 5-mile trail run. After the race, cruise home through scenic Boston Harbor abroad the Provincetown-II with a drink in hand for a celebration and award ceremony. 

    • September 22: CollegeFest. This is a back-to-school event with live music, student entertainment, prizes, and giveaways at Fenway Park. 

    • September 28 - 29: Harpoon Octoberfest - Boston. Enjoy beer, bratwurst, dancing and contests at Harpoon Brewery. This event is for 21+. 

    • There are multiple concerts taking place at Blue Hills Pavilion throughout the month. (Find more boater-friendly music venues in our blog post - Concerts from Your Boat: Where to Catch the Best Shows This Summer!)

      • September 7: First Aid Kit

      • September 9: Jethro Tull

      • September 11: Van Morrison

      • September 20 & 21: Dispatch & Nahko and Medicine For The People

      • September 23: Portugal. The Man & Lucius 

      • September 25: Borns  

Find Slips around Boston Harbor


  • Provincetown – September 8: The 31st Annual Swim for Life. Join hundreds for a Provincetown tradition supporting the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. 

  • New Bedford – September 8: I Love My City Fest. This is a free family-friendly event that includes live concerts, food, face painting, games, prizes, a basketball challenge, and much more.  

  • Wellfleet – 

    • September 14 - 16: Whales & Seals Field School. Dive into the rich natural history and fascinating biology of the region's marine mammals in this weekend Field School for adults. 

    • September 29: 6th Annual Wellfleet Rowing Rendezvous. The purpose of this free event is to promote rowing and to be able to try and compare different boats! 

  • Nantucket –

    • September 8: American Dream Gala 2018. Join in for the annual celebration and night of fundraising held at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club. 

    • September 9 - 11: The 15th Annual Nantucket Slam. This all-inclusive two-day competitive catch and release fishing tournament is designed for recreational and avid anglers alike. 

    • September 26: Oyster Farm & Harbor Tour. Join the Nantucket Land Council for an exciting and educational afternoon aboard Shearwater Excursions Shearwater 47' power catamaran. 

  • Gloucester – September 1 - 3: The 34th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

  • Springfield – September 8: The Springfield Rockrimmon Regatta hosted by the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club.

  • Newburyport – September 1: The 17th Annual Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival. Artists that will be making an appearance include: Anderson East, Phillip Phillips and Barenaked Ladies.  

  • Cambridge – September 9: The Cambridge Carnival. There will be a parade of revelers, a stage for live music including local artists, a kids' fest, international foods, and craft vendors. 

  • Danvers – September 8: Connors Farm Corn Maze. Enjoy the Crazy Train corn maze at Connors Farm. Check out their website for more activities throughout September & October during the week and weekends.

  • Quincy – September 28 - 29: Ghost Ship Harbor. A haunted house attraction located deep in the Quincy Shipyard. There is an activation area where you can find food, entertainment, a bar, tarot card readings, midway games, VR experiences and more. The main attractions take place on the deck of a 716 foot destroyer (battleship). 

Rhode Island: 

  • Newport – 

    • September 1: Irish Folk Music Concert and Ceili Dance. Taking place at King Park Beach from 2 - 6 PM. 

    • September 1: The New York Yacht Club Classic Yacht Race. 

    • September 3, 10, 17 and 24: Live Music Mondays at the Safari Room. Listen to live music at The Safari Room at Ocean Cliff throughout September! 

    • September 6: NewportFILM Outdoors. NewportFILM is a year-round, non-profit documentary film series that features established and emerging filmmakers and their current documentary films, curated from film festivals around the world. The movie for September is Finding 52 and is playing at King Park. 

    • September 7 - 9: Secret Garden Tours - Fall. A self-guided walking tour of private gardens located in historic Newport. Each tour features about a dozen beautiful gardens. Tours are from 10 - 5 PM. 

    • September 8: Sail Newport's 35th Anniversary Gala. Sail Newport is celebrating 35 years providing public access to sailing programs, regattas and sailing events for all ages. There will be cocktails, dinner, an auction and dancing from 6 - 11 PM. 

    • September 8: Motors & Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County and the Audrain Automobile Museum are joining together for Cars & Coffee on Bellevue Ave. 

    • September 10 - 15: New York Yacht Club Resolute Cup.

    • September 13: Art After Dark at the Newport Art Museum. Join for an inflatable lawn party. The Newport Art Museum is kicking off DESIGNxRI's 5th annual Design Week RI in Newport with an extraordinary sunset lawn party and inflatable playscape. 

    • September 13 - 16: Newport International Boat Show. The NIBS encompasses 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor allowing people to enjoy everything the City-by-the-Sea has to offer while experiencing a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies. 

    • September 15: Ida Lewis Yacht Club 12 Metre North Americans 

    • September 15: The International Coastal Cleanup. Head to Easton's (First) Beach from 10 - 12 PM and help clean up our oceans! 

    • September 20 - 23: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival. Events will take place at The Elms, Rosecliff & Marble House. Some festival highlights include the Wine & Rosecliff Gala, two-day grand tasting with hundreds of wines under the big tents on the lawn of Marble House, and celebrity chef appearances. 

    • September 21 - 23: New York Yacht Club IC37 Fall Regatta

    • September 29: Sail Newport Sail for Hope Regatta. Race around Jamestown to benefit the American Red Cross help hurricane devastated areas. 

Find Dockage in Newport

  • Middletown –

    • September 5, 12, 19 and 26: Fireside Wednesdays Music Series is presented by Newport Vineyards alongside extended tasting room hours throughout the summer. Enjoy live music near the fire pits from 5 - 8 PM while overlooking the vines.

    • September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: The Saturday Farmer's Markets at Newport Vineyard. On Saturday morning from 8:30 - 12:30 PM check out the Aquidneck Growers' Market held outdoors on Newport Vineyards grounds. 

    • September 15: The International Coastal Cleanup. Head to Second and Third Beach from 10 - 12 PM and help clean up our oceans! 

    • September 29: The 7th Annual Harvest Craft Fair. Taking place at the Knights of Columbus, jump-start the season and enjoy the show specials and discounts offered by the crafters and vendors. 

    • September 29 - 30: The 44th Annual Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair. Taking place from 10 - 5 PM on Saturday & Sunday, come to enjoy fun old-fashioned activities that include the "Mable Express" barrel train, pony rides, mud pit, midway games, children's arts and crafts, crafters tent, local food trucks and vendors, and a Newport Storm Beer Garden. 

  • Portsmouth – 

    • September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: As part of the 27th season of the Newport International Polo Series, every Saturday through September, you can find a match going on! Polo starts at 4 PM and tickets are $12 for general admission. Visit Newport Polo for more information.
    • September 15: Firefly Wellness Festival. Come to the Glen for a day of yoga, meditation, music, vendors, mystiks and food!
    • September 23: The 2nd Annual Orchard Family Run hosted by The Pennfield School. 
  • Block Island –

    • September 1: Lions Club Clambake at The Narragansett Inn. 

    • September 7 - 9: Striper Kings Invitational Tournament. The waters around Block Island are home to some of the best striped bass fishing on the planet. The most productive fishing take place at night, but the action goes on strong all weekend long. 

    • September 8: The 42nd Annual Run Around the Block. A 9.3 mile journey around Block Island where you will see most of its beauty - rolling meadows, stone walls, sparking ponds, towering cliffs and the ocean. 

    • September 21 - 23: The 12th Annual Fall Taste of Block Island Weekend. Enjoy samplers of all Block Island has to offer. Sample delicious food, view charming cottages, visit pristine beaches, unique shopping, and enjoy fun-filled activities all weekend. 

Find Slips in Block Island

  • Bristol – September 30: The 3rd Annual Bristol Burger Bash. The Linden Place Mansion Bristol Burger Bash celebrates burgers, beer, and bluegrass. Sample East Bay's best burgers all under one roof while enjoying local beers and wines. 

  • Narragansett – 

    • September 8: Swim Across America. A Rhode Island Open Water swim competition. Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in this annual event at Roger Wheeler Beach. 

    • September 15: Guided Salt Marsh Walk. All ages are invited to join Narrow River Preservation Association for this hands-on exploration of fish, shellfish, crabs and other inhabitants of Narrow River. 

    • September 21 - 22: Hylas Yachts Rendezvous 2018. The focus of this event is on friendship and community. There will be fun and games with superb prizes, a charitable component, Hylas swag for all yachts attending, and much more. 

    • September 22: The Coastal Cleanup at Narragansett Town Beach. Help clean up the beach from 9 - 11 AM. 

    • September 22: BoldrDash on the Beach

    • September 23: The 4th Annual Kayak For Life. Head over to Narrow River Kayaks for a fun morning of kayaking on the Narrow River to benefit the American Cancer Society. 

  • Warren – 

    • September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: Schoolyard Market at Hope & Main. Come grab great summertime treats for breakfast, lunch or dinner from the farmers market! 

    • September 9: The Armory Annual Clam Bake. Head on over for a traditional Rhode Island Clam Bake.  

  • Wakefield – September 30: The 28th Annual Mist to Mews Canoe & Kayak Race. The race begins at 2 PM followed by an outdoor party with ice-cold brews, food, music and prizes at the Mews. 

  • Providence – 

    • September 6: Thursday Evening Pedals & Paddles. Come down and check out the Providence waterways beneath the setting sun! There will be kayaks and pedal boats available for rent. 

    • September 8, 22, and 29: WaterFire Providence. Enjoy a full lighting on these three dates in September. WaterFire is the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans which has been installed on three rivers in downtown Providence. 

    • September 19: The 11th Annual International Food & Wine Festival. Enjoy delicious local cuisines and amazing wines at the Botanical Center and Casino at Roger Williams Park. 

  • South Kingston – September 13: Food Truck Night at Sons of Liberty. Children and families are welcomed and encouraged to attend and enjoy the food trucks and outside activities. 

  • Jamestown –

  • NEW Warwick – September 8 - 9: On-Water Training at Freedom Boat Club. Whether you love boating and want to gain confidence at the helm, you're considering buying or renting a boat and want to learn new skills, or you're just curious about boating, join in on this Training Program! No experience necessary. 


  • Mystic –

    • September 7: Mystic Eats Riverside Food Festival. Enjoy fantastic food, beer & wine in the Seaport Marine barn, live music under a large tent all weekend, a cornhole tournament, family entertainment and gorgeous Mystic River views. 

    • September 15: Ocean Commotion Gala. Guests will enjoy cocktails and silent auction inside the Aquarium's Main Gallery, followed by dinner, entertainment, live auction, and dancing. 

    • There are two fantastic events taking place at the Mystic Seaport Museum during the month: 

      • September 16: Coastweeks Rowing Regatta. Enjoy a day of competitive rowing on the Mystic River from your boat or on the shore at Mystic Seaport Museum. 

      • September 23: Antique Vehicle Show. More than 100 pre-1930 cars and trucks will converge on the museum ground. Free rides all day plus a grand parade is scheduled for 4 PM. 

  • Groton – September 5 - 9: The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival. A five-day annual celebration promoting the State of Connecticut's maritime heritage and spirit of innovation in conjunction with Connecticut Maritime Heritage Week. There will be many events taking place during these 5 days such as a maritime career opportunities expo, and a New London chowder challenge. 

  • New Haven – September 15: The Coastal Cleanup at Long Wharf Nature Preserve. Head over to help clean up the Preserve from 10 - 12 PM.

  • New London – 

Reserve in Connecticut

New York: 

  • Syracuse –

  • Montauk – 

  • Geneva –  

    • September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: Seneca Lake Wine Tour. The Finger Lakes only Join-in Public Wine Tours of Seneca Lake. 

    • September 6: Outdoor Movie Series. All of Geneva's outdoor movies are free to the public and snacks are provided by community sponsors. The 101 Dalmatians film will begin at sunset. 

  • Greenport – 

    • September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30: Bug Light Cruise. Enjoy a narrated cruise and tour inside Bug Lighthouse. 

    • September 2: End of Summer Celebration & Fireworks Show. A free family-friendly event that serves as a thank you for the community's support throughout the summer. 

    • September 4, 11, 18 and 25: Paddle Tuesdays. Join every Tuesday this September for live music and some paddleboarding! 

    • September 7: Long Island, NY Rendezvous. The first Annual Long Island Bertram Rendezvous. 

    • September 9: 2nd Annual 5K Family Walk or Run. Join the run to benefit ELIH Behavioral Health Services, Quannacut Inpatient & Outpatient Addiction Programs, and Inpatient Adult Psychiatry Program. 

  • Huntington – 

  • New York City, New York – 

    • August 27- September 9: The U.S. Tennis Open 2018 is taking place at Flushing Meadows - Corona Park. While Wimbledon has its white, New Yorkers bring the party to the National Tennis Center with a celebrity-studded crowd, international food vendors and live musicians performing on the grounds! 

    • August 31-September 2: Electric Zoo is taking place at Randall's Island Park. Check out the awesome line-up

    • September 1: The 3rd Annual Coney Island Freestyle Funhouse

    • September 4: Stargazing on the High Line. Visit the High Line on Tuesdays at dusk for an evening of stargazing. You will have an opportunity to take a closer look at the stars through high-powered telescopes. 

    • September 15: The Color Run 5K

    • September 17: La Marina End of Summer Party. Celebrate the end to another great summer. 

    • September 29: The 5th Annual NYC Bacon and Beer Classic. Taking over the USTA National Tennis Center, this one massive festival is devoted to *some* of the best things in life: bacon and beer! 

    • September 29: The 2nd Annual New York Rum Festival - 2018. The USA is considered one of the most important countries for the entire rum industry. This event is divided into few sessions and experiences throughout the day.

    • September 29 - 30: New York Vegandale Food & Drink Festival. Vegandale is a vegan food festival. This year the event will be a two-day festival with so many different food and drink options along with fun activities for all. 

Find Dockage in New York

New Jersey: 

  • Long Branch 

    • September 3: Beach Yoga Class. A one-hour all levels yoga class overlooking the beach. 

    • September 8: Annual Kites at the Pier Festival. Kite flyers from all areas of the eastern seaboard are invited to fly their most incredible creations! Join in for some family-fun including running of the Bols competition, food, games, and more. 

    • September 15: Long Branch Mud Run. A mud run for ages 5+. Obstacles will include a mud pit, tires, wall climb, tubes, hills, balance beams, tire carry, heavy jump rope, and a new mystery obstacle. 

  • Red Bank 

    • September 6 & 13: Paddle & Pour. Take a scenic cruise around the beautiful Navesink River and then hop into Boondocks for some food, drinks and good company. 

    • September 8: Yoga with Goats. Practice your yoga skills while goats climb all over you! 

  • Asbury Park  

    • Stone Pony Summer Stage 2018 is a concert venue right by the ocean. Check out what is play in September: 

      • September 2: Phillip Phillips & Gavin Degraw

      • September 15: Jawbreaker 

    • September 29 - 30: Sea.Hear.Now Festival. A celebration of live music, art, and surf culture.

  • Point Pleasant 

    • September 15: The 41st Annual Festival of the Sea. This is a seafood festival where local restaurants and vendors will provide the large crowds with delicacies such as crab cakes, shrimp skewers, paella, soups and bisque's, lobster and much more. 

    • September 15: The 35th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show


  • Annapolis –

    • September 8 - 9: The 51st Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park. This is a tasty and entertaining tradition, with music, great food, exhibits, arts and crafts, and features the 28th annual Crab Soup Cook-off. This is a family-friendly and fun feasting event that draws 20,000+ visitors from all around. 

    • September 12: Yappy Hour - SUP with your pup. A guided SUP with your pup paddle tour exploring Spa Creek in Downtown Annapolis. 

    • September 15: Boatyard Beach Bash at Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park. 

    • September 15: The 1st Annual Annapolis Watersports Festival at Annapolis Sailing School. The Capital SUP Annapolis and the Annapolis Sailing School have come together to create the Annapolis Watersports Festival: a day filled with paddling & sailing, races & activities, outdoor wellness, live music, local vendor area, best of Annapolis food & beverages, a silent auction, beach games, and more. 

    • September 29: Twist & Stout. A Fine Wine & Craft Beer event at Quiet Waters Park. 

  • Ocean City – 

    • September 13 - 16: The 8th Annual OC BikeFest. There will be bands, stunt teams, entertainment, a bike show, vendors, food and beverage options, etc. 

    • September 19: Blues on the Bay at Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill. 

    • September 20: Sunfest Kite Festival 2018. Everyone is welcome to fly on the spacious Ocean City beach and to set up ground displays. 

    • September 28 -29: The 24th annual Wine on the Beach. Upon entry, all visitors receive a commemorative wine glass which they can use to sample pours from the dozens of featured producers. 

  • National Harbor – September 22 - 23: The 1st Annual Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival taking place on the waterfront! Taste top-rated American and International wines paired with the Chesapeake's wild and farm-raised oysters. 

  • Wye Mills – September 8: The 26th Annual Wye Island Regatta hosted by the Annapolis Rowing Club, Inc. 

  • NEW Pasadena – September 23: The 2018 Crab Fest at the Maryland Yacht Club from 1-5 PM. Enjoy Pit Beef, Turkey, Pork BBQ, Crab Soup, Salads & more! 

Reserve in Maryland


North Carolina: 

  • Corolla –

    • September 4, 11 and 18: Yoga in the Park. Join at Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park for an all levels, 60-minute yoga class. 

    • September 5: Lighthouse 5K Series. Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation by joining in on this run from 8 - 9:30 AM through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. 

    • September 15: Beach Clean-Up. Come to show your support and help the local beaches out by cleaning them up. 

  • Surf City – 

    • September 1 and 7: Sounds of Summer. Free concert series in Soundside Park. Check out the events taking place in September: 

      • September 1: Soul on the Beach from 6:30 - 8 PM.

      • September 7: Vaughen Penn from 6:30 - 8 PM. 

    • September 8: Paddle 4 Troops. A nonprofit organization geared toward supporting local veterans through a fun and competitive paddle race. 

    • September 15: Boating Safely Course. Want to improve on your boater skills? Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for an 8-hour class at the Surf City Community Center to brush up on your boating safety skills. 

  • Wilmington – September 7 -9: The Wilmington Boat Show. The Port City is renowned as North Carolina's most accessible coastal destination, nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The Wilmington Boat Show is the largest of its' kind between Annapolis and Tampa. The show will take place in several different venues including the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center and across the Cape Fear River at Battleship NC. 

  • NEW New Bern –  
    • September 1 - 2: The 31st Annual NYRA Labor Day Regatta. The race will consists of the Oriental to New Bern "Fun" race on Friday, 'Round the buoys in New Bern on Saturday, and New Bern to Minnesott on Sunday. Contact New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club to find out more information! 
    • September 15: Lanterns on the Lawn. Bring your family and your camping gear for a night under the start at Tryon Palace South Lawn to benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation. 
    • September 28: Governor's Challenge Cornhole Tournament. Spend the day playing your favorite backyard game in North Carolina's favorite backyard - Tryon Palace. 

South Carolina: 

  • Myrtle Beach – 

    • September 5: CornHole Tournament. A tournament on the rooftop at RipTydz starting at 7 PM. 

    • September 22: Storm the Beach 50K. A timed 50K Run that will begin at 8 PM and have an 11-hour time limit to complete. 

  • Hilton Head Island – September 10: The 2018 Weichert Golf and Tennis Tournament. Taking place at the Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head this Tournament will benefit Family Promise of Beaufort County. 

  • Isle of Palms – 

Find Slips in South Carolina 


Florida & The Keys

  • Naples – 

    • September 15: Summer Jazz Concert. A free concert on the Watkins Lawn featuring "Pocket Change" hosted by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. 

    • September 22: Oh Buoy. An open water buoy swim event at Lowdermilk Park. This is a family-friendly event so be sure to bring the whole crew. 

    • September 28 - 29: The 2018 Romp in the Swamp Fishing Tournament. There will be a captains meeting on Friday evening with a raffle. On Saturday the tournament will be held with awards to follow.

  • Venice – 

  • Cape Canaveral – 

    • September 3, 10, 17 and 24: Monday Night Run Club. Run off the weekend with local beer drinking runners every Monday at Florida Beer Company. 

    • September 15: Bioluminescence Paddle Tour. A night paddle on the Space Coast, with a beautiful trail of light that is created by tiny natural organisms called dinoflagellates that thrive during the warmest summer months. 

    • September 15: Beach & Kite Fest. Join in for a day at the beach along with a kite festival. There will be kite demonstrations, a kids sand sculpture contest, food, and other fun activities. 

  • Tampa – 

    • September 1 - 2: The 6th Annual Summer of Rum Festival. Enjoy over 40 rum drinks, live bands all day, a curated Caribbean Food Market, Rum Tasting, and a fireworks display.

    • September 7 - 9: The 2018 Tampa Boat Show. The Tampa Boat Show is a must-attend event for all Tampa Bay boaters. Whether you're an avid fisherman, wake board or ski enthusiast, sailor, or Bay cruiser the Tampa Boat Show has something for everyone. 

    • September 29: The 4th Annual Putts and Pints. A mini-golf tournament where Brew Bus Brewing company converts their brewery into a 9-hole mini-golf course to raise money for charity. 

    • September 29: Paddle for Peace Team SUP'er Heroes. Join in on this paddling event to help make a difference for people and pets in crisis. 

  • Saint Augustine – 

    • September 15: Endless Summer Run 2018. This is a timed run through Anastasia State Park's beach, hammock, and salt marsh that takes runners through some of St. Johns Country's most beautiful terrain. 

    • September 15: International Coastal Cleanup Day. Help do your part within the environment by helping with the Ocean Conservancy's International Ocean Cleanup day. 

    • September 24: Full Moon Sailing Cruise. Join in for a 1 1/4 hour Full Moon Sail and enjoy the sound of the wind, waves, and live music encompassing you while the playful light of the moon enhances the historic cityscape. 

    • September 28 - 29: The 12th Annual Anglers for a Cure Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament. Taking place at the Vilano Boat Ramp, this special occasion is taking place to help in the fight against colorectal cancer.  

  • Destin – 

    • September 1: Pong for PAWS at The Boathouse. Teams of 3 will compete for a championship playing corn hole, beer pong, and flip cup with beer in hand. All proceeds will benefit Panhandle Animal Welfare Society. 

    • September 4: Gulf Coast Boating & Fishing Seminar Series. Join Legendary Marine and Half Hitch to learn from the professionals in a fun & educational seminar on top sportsman season topics. 

    • September 21: AJ's Big Mac Classic 2018. This fishing tournament will be held on the docks of AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar with cash awards for winners. 

    • September 22: The 1st Annual HarborFest. Discover the luckiest fishing village in the world and enjoy gulf-to-table fare from your favorite local restaurants as well as a tasting of local and regional craft brews.

    • September 30: Charity Cornhole Tournament 2018. Registration for this event includes World of Beer Beer Garden access with bottomless craft beer, mimosas, Bloody Mary's and snacks. 

  • Key West – 

    • September 1, 5, 8, 12 and 15: Happy Hour Night Dives at the Reef. Descend with the Sun and watch the ocean critters come alive as they prepare for the night at the Reef. 

    • September 9: Lazy Dog's Race the Reef. Set sail on a spectacular Sebago Catamaran sunrise cruise to the Great Florida Reef and then race on paddle board through the waves and arrive at Higgs Beach. 

  • Key Largo – 

    • September 14: Key Largo Wreck Trip. An ideal trip for advanced, deep and wreck divers. Get the chance to dive wrecks like the USS Duane and Spiegel Grove. 

    • September 14: REEF's Key Largo Lionfish Derby at Pennekamp State Park. 

    • September 20 - 23: REEF Fest 2018. This is a four-day festival celebrating the impact and success of marine conservation in the Florida Keys! Events include privately chartered diving and snorkeling programs, ocean-themed seminars, and social gatherings.  

  • NEW Clearwater  September 28 - 30: The 10th Annual Hooters Clearwater Super Boat National Championship

Find Slips in Florida

Gulf Coast


  • Gulf Shores –  

  • Dauphin Island  September 15 - 16: The 3rd Annual Massacre Island. In 1711 the Pirates stormed Mobile Bay and attacked the Island that was once called Massacre Island, because of a huge pile of human skeletons that was discovered by Pierre Le Moyne. Come and see the Pirates as they pilfer and pillage Isle Dauphin and fight against Spanish and British Galleons. 



  • New Orleans – September 20: Dine with the Sharks. Enjoy a six-course meal with wine included right next to the shark tank in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. 

  • Shreveport – 

Find Slips in Louisiana


Find Dockage in Texas

West Coast:


  • Huntington Beach – 

    • September 1 - 2: Movies on the Beach. Beachfront Cinema is the premier outdoor movie experiences, which takes place on the beautiful sandy beaches of Southern California. 

      • September 1: The movie that will be showing is Coco.

      • September 2: The movie that will be showing is the Black Panther.

    • September 9: Supercars by the Sea

    • September 29: McKenna Subaru Surf City Surf Dog ComPETition. This event brings together the community, surfers, dog lovers, families and pets for three days of doggone fun. 

    • September 30: Adventurer Beach Day 2018 at Bolsa Chica State Beach. 

  • Long Beach – September 7 - 9: The Long Beach Original Lobster Festival. The festival returns for the 22nd year of providing Fresh Live Maine Lobster prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the World's Largest Cooker. 

  • Santa Monica – September 5 - October 7: Twilight on the Pier. The outdoor music festival is back for the 34th year. 

  • San Leandro – September 21 - 23: Oktoberfest by the Bay. Enjoy beer, bratwurst, live music and people dancing in costume at Pier 48. 

  • San Francisco –
    • September 8 - 9: The 23rd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. The family-friendly festival includes chocolate tasting, chef demonstrations, live music, and vendors at Ghirardelli Square. 

    • September 9: Sunday Streets. Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for people in the street which are held about once a month till October. 

  • Oakland – September 15 - 16: The 23rd Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival. Watch dragon boat races and see stage shows. 

  • Petaluma – September 2: The Petaluma River Marathon and Half Marathon Row hosted by the North Bay Rowing Club.  

  • Los Angeles – 

    • August 31- September 3: LA Fleet Week 2018. Fleet Week is an annual patriotic tradition where active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a major U.S. city for one week. LA Fleet Week is a free, public event on the LA Waterfront!

    • September 7, 14, 21 and 28: Friday Night Music at LACMA. Enjoy a free jazz concert at LACMA in the grand entrance.

    • September 29: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. This event returns for the biggest year yet to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Get lost in 4 scare zones as you explore SoCal's ONLY true dark maze, go door-to-door in the most terrifying neighborhood, ride the Scary-Go-Round, see a psychic, catch a show at Theatre Macabre and tons more! 

    • September 29: Movies at Griffith Park. Street Food Cinema features cool outdoor movies, picnic-ready food trucks, live music from emerging artists, interactive games and more.  

    • September 29: The 2nd Annual San Antonio Winery Harvest Festival. Celebrate over 100 years of wine-making in LA at San Antonio Winery. 

      Reserve in California


  • Portland –

  • Coos Bay – September 15: The 2018 Bay Area Fun Festival. Come to view the sights, sounds, and tastes of beautiful downtown Coos Bay and surrounding areas for this popular festival. Highlights include live entertainment, the famous Cruz the Coos featuring 500 vintage automobiles, the Prefontaine Memorial Run, K-DOCK Rock Fest and so much more. 

  • North Bend – September 8 - 9: The 15th Annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration. Join for a celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal Culture. Enjoy a traditional salmon bake, native drumming, dancers, canoe races, cultural booths and displays, hands-on family activities, native arts & crafts vendors and more. 


  • Westport – 

    • September 21 - 23: The 2018 Clean Water Classic. This is a surf contest that will continue throughout the entire weekend. There will be live bands, food, drinks, a silent auction, and a raffle. 

    • September 29: Reach the Beach Washington. This is a one-day cycling event! 

  • Seattle – 

    • August 31-September 2 - Bumbershoot 2018. Bumbershoot is a three-day music festival happening at Seattle Center. 

    • September 16: Row for the Cure 2018. Benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Puget Sound Affiliate. 

    • Elliott Bay Marina is hosting three note-worthy events this September:

      • September 8: Pink Boat Regatta. The Pink Boat Regatta began with a sailor, daughter, and a scientist wanting to do more. Almost 6 years later, The Pink Boat Regatta has raised over $464,000 for breast cancer research. Each year, sailors and supporters alike participate in this great event. 

      • September 9: BMW Car Show. The 2nd Annual Bimmers Northwest Car Show presented by BMW Car Club of America. All types of BMWs will fill the lot for marina tenants and guests to come see. Cars will begin to arrive around 10 AM. 

Find Dockage in Washington


Inland Waterways


  • Las Vegas – September 21: Jaws On The Water. This is a floating movie on the water! 


  • Salt Lake City – 

    • September 7 - 9: The Utah State Fair

    • September 29: The Lantern Fest. Thousands of revelers empowered with lanterns join together for one unforgettable night time spectacle. Friends and Families can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, princesses, face painting, s'mores, balloon artists and more. 


  • Boulder – 

    • September 1 - 3: The 20th Annual Boulder Creek Hometown Festival. Featuring arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park, live performances at the Bandshell, a food court & beer garden, the Great Zucchini Race, and the Great Boulder Duck Race. 

    • September 14: Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest. A three-day autumn festival that includes live music, local micro-brews, wine and margaritas, a children's carnival and an art show. 

    • September 23: Doggie Dash 2018. A 2-mile stroll and fun run at the Boulder Reservoir to celebrate community and the pets in everyone's lives! 


  • Cleveland – 

    • August 31 - September 3: Cleveland Oktoberfest. Enjoy an International Beer Garden, Celebrity keg tapping, a Microbrew competition, wiener dog races, music, and so much more. 

    • September 1 - 3: The 2018 Cleveland National Air Show. Experience three days of aerial thrills featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. 

    • September 7: Fall Wine Festival. There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of the fall season than by sipping on a few of your favorite wine selections. Head to Heinen's in downtown Cleveland to sample over 30 wines. 

    • September 13: Wine & Jazz Cruise aboard the Nautica Queen Cruise Dining Ship. 

  • Cincinnati – 

    • September 2: Rubber Duck Regatta. Thousands of rubber ducks take flight from the Purple People Bridge before the fireworks display!

    • September 6 - 9: Harvest Home Fair. This is known as "The Biggest Little Fair in Ohio," and dates back to the 1860s.  

  • Portsmouth – September 1 - 2: Portsmouth River Days. An annual family-oriented event on the riverfront that features a parade, arts and crafts, free entertainment, midway rides, an antique car show, great food and more. There will also be a fireworks display. 

  • Obetz – September 1 - 3: Obetz Zucchini Festival. A family festival celebrating the zucchini in Ohio. The event includes hay rides, games, pageants, a cruise-in, parade, food, and lots of zucchini. 

  • Marion – September 6 - 8: Marion Popcorn Festival. The largest popcorn festival in the world that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually. There will be bands, a parade, a bike tour, a 5K run, fine arts and crafts, a kiddie corner, and an over-50 softball tournament.  

  • Marietta – September 7 - 9: Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. Enjoy a weekend of family fun with entertainment, fireworks, and more than 30 Sternwheelers docked along the levee in historic downtown Marietta. There will be national entertainers, a Sternwheel pageant, great food, children's activities and even Sternwheeler races. 


  • Chattanooga – September 8: The Tennessee River Gorge Row. An Informal marathon row from downtown Chattanooga into the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge. The route is approximately 23 miles through some of the most beautiful territory in the South. 

  • Nashville – 

    • September 7 - 16: The Tennessee State Fair. This year's Fair continues the longstanding traditions of family entertainment, educational experiences and state pride with the theme being "The Heart of Tennessee." The Fair features arts and crafts, explores agriculture and allows attendants to have new and exciting experiences. There will be a best homemade apple pie contest, a funnel cake 5K, live music, thrilling rides and so much more. 

    • September 14 - 16: Music City Food + Wine Festival. This festival takes place in the historic venues and outdoor spaces of downtown Nashville. It is an authentic, fresh and inspiring experience. 

Reserve in the Intracoastal Waterway


The Great Lakes


  • Winthrop Harbor – September 1: The 2nd Annual Red, White & Blue Dock Party & Boat Show. There will be a Red, White & Blue dock decorating contest, patriotic dinghy poker run around the marina, and Skipper Bud's Boat Show. 

  • Marshall – September 21: Marshall Autumn Fest. There will be food booths, craft booths, live music, children's activities, and a car show.  

  • Waukegan –  

    • September 8: Cause for Paws 2018. A benefit for the animals at The Harbor's Edge. Enjoy live bands, food, drinks, raffles, vendors, and much more. 

    • September 14 - 16: Fiestas on The Harbor. Join in for fun on the harbor. Enjoy free admission and live music. 

  • Chicago – 

    • The Navy Pier in Chicago is hosting multiple great events this September: 

      • September 1, 2: Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display over Lake Michigan hosted by The Navy Pier. 

      • September 1 - 2: The Great American Lobster Fest, the Midwest's largest lobster and seafood festival. 

      • September 1 - 3: Music on the Lake. Hear live music at Live on the Lake in the beer garden at Navy Pier. Free for all ages. 

      • September 8: Leinenkugel's End of Summer Bash. End the summer on a high note with free, live music from a John Mayer cover band, gravity, and a special fireworks show. 

    • September 1: AquaX Chicago Grand Prix. It is fast, furious, free to watch and returning to Chicago this September for the third annual P1 Great Lakes Series. This will be a two-day event of jet ski racing action. 

    • September 1 - 2: The Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park. 

    • September 7 - 8: Windy City Wine Festival. Sample more than 300 wines from around the world at this annual sommelier extravaganza at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. 

    • September 8 - 9: Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival. Where southern hospitality meets midwest outdoor fun. Enjoy smoked meats and barrel-ages bourbon whiskeys! 

    • September 9: The Chicago River Marathon & Half Marathon Row. A regatta that will challenge the toughest of rowers who seek an adventurous row that rivals the average head race.  

    • September 15: Rose Fest on the Beach - A Chicago Rose Tasting Festival. Taste a variety of rose wines while hanging out at Shore Club on North Ave Beach. 

    • September 28 - 30: Chicago Gourmet. The annual three-day fest kicks off with a Hamburger Hop throw-down on Friday night. 

Reserve in Illinois


  • Detroit –

    • September 1 - 3: Detroit Jazz Festival. Free to music fans looking to revel in the artistry and improvisation of jazz legends, rising stars, legacy and homecoming artists. 

    • September 11: The 12th Annual Garden Party at Belle Isle. This is an annual event to raise funds for various projects benefiting the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. 

    • September 13: The Tall Ship Tour on the Detroit River. Before Detroit was a glimmer in the imagination of European explorers minds, the river flowed along banks that were rich in history. Learn more about this great history on the boat tour. 

    • September 14: Stargazing Sail aboard the Tallship the Appledore IV. Slip away with The Detroit History Club and the crew of the Appledore IV for a late night stargazing voyage down the Detroit River and out into Lake Saint Claire. 

    • September 14 - 16: The Great American Lobster Fest. This is the Midwest's largest Lobster and Seafood Festival. 

    • September 15: The 2nd Annual Detroit Free Press Wine & Food Experience. This culinary event will feature celebrity guests, cooking demonstrations and a Grand Tasting Experience celebrating Detroit's culinary scene. 

  • Beaver Island – September 12 - 13: The Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trails Conference. Discover how our Great Lakes fisheries can benefit local museum programs, enhance coastal tourism development opportunities, and support community development efforts.  
  • Michigan City –
    • The Michigan City Yacht Club is hosting some great regattas throughout the month of September. Check them out: 

      • September 2: St. Joe to Michigan City Regatta 

      • September 8: Cruisers Class Race 10 

      • September 15: Westward Ho

      • September 22: Castle Race

    • September 9: Luau on the Deck. A family-friendly event at Matey's that will include a welcome drink, full buffet, beer tasting table, live music, limbo contests, a raffle with all sorts of cool prizes and much more. 

    • September 30: Mac and Cheese Fest. There will be over 10 mac and cheese vendors for you to sample! 


  • Port Washington – 

    • September 1: Port Washington Beer Garden. A weekly beer garden will be taking place every Sunday from 11 - 8 PM at Lion's Centennial Pavilion in Upper Lake Park. 

    • September 8: Sheboygan Shipwreck. In conjunction with Port Deco Divers, dive down and check out some Great Sheboygan Shipwrecks. 

    • September 8: Family Fun Picnic at Upper Lake Park Beach. There will be live music, games, food, beverages and more. 

    • September 11: Avalon River Cruise Show. Explore the waterways of Europe and beyond. 

Find Dockage in The Great Lakes


Reminder: Share your event! Email amanda.jones@dockwa.com or post to our Facebook Group.

Post by Amanda Jones

Email Me!


Get your cruise or event recap on the Dockwa blog



(Bonus points if you tag us when visiting our marinas!)