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Winter Boating Activities: March 2019 Harborside Events

Post by Amanda Jones - Published on 2/27/19 4:10 PM

See you later, February! As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and (we hope) out like a lamb. As winter begins to wane, we are starting to feel the spring fever set in.

Welcome to March: the month of the luck of the Irish, basketball, and the official start to spring! 

If you need another reason to get you out on the water, check our ever-growing list of harborside events, serving up boatloads of festivals, regattas, boat shows, ocean-side runs, dock parties, and more.

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

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East Coast


  • Portland – 

    • March 8: The 12th Annual Inter-Island Cruise. Mingle, eat, drink, dance and have a great time on Casco Bay during this four hour cruise. 

    • March 22: The 2019 Maine Boatbuilders Show. Head over to view sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work. 

    • March 30: The Apprenticeshop is hosting a Lofting Workshop to teach the basics of this essential step in the process of building a boat. 

  • Bangor – March 21 - 23: The Bangor Maine Boat Show is taking place at the Cross Insurance Center. 


  • Fall River – March 9: The Insider's Tour of the Engine Room is taking place at Battleship Cove Maritime Museum. Explore the rarely seen inner-workings of a mighty battleship and destroyer with engine room veteran Hugh Doyle. 

  • Spencer – March 30: The 2019 Fishing Expo at Klem's. 

  • Hyannis – March 22 - 24: The 13th Annual Boatbuilders Show on Cape Cod is taking place at the Resort & Conference Center. See a large selection of unique, custom, limited-production sail and power boats in both wood and fiberglass. 

  • Wareham – 

    • March 9: Annual Chili Contest Fundraiser at Stone Path Malt. 

    • March 13: Kindness Rocks Project Night from 6 - 9 PM at the Onset Bay Association. 

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Rhode Island

  • Newport –

    • Weekends in March: Seal Watching Tours in Newport Harbor. 

    • March 2: North Sails is hosting a North U Sail Seminar to talk about the different between mid-fleet and podium, how to trim your sails to get the most out of your boat and more. 

    • March 5: Clean Ocean Access (COA) is proud to host the Inaugural Annual Meeting at the Newport Yacht Club from 5 - 7 PM. 

    • March 6: Clean Ocean Access is hosting the film screening of "A Plastic Ocean" at Salve Regina University in the O'Hare Academic Building. 

    • March 7: Clean Ocean Access is hosting Green Drinks Newport at Sail Newport. Enjoy drinks while listening to the COA staff speak about ways to reduce your waste foodprint and divert food scraps from the landfill. 

    • March 12: The Newport Public Library is putting on an Ocean Science Speaker Series which will feature Clean Ocean Access Program Manager, Eva Touhey. She will present her thesis work exploring the impacts of plastic bag ban policies on social behaviors within Rhode Island coastal communities.  

    • March 16: The 63rd Annual Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will last roughly two hours and begin around 11:00 AM.

    • March 28: Undressing History: Active Pursuits, Women's SportswearJoin the Newport Historical Society and Rhode Island Historical Society for a look at the clothing women wore to participate in sports and athletic activities during the 19th and early 20th centuries including swimming, ice skating, and other sports. 

  • Middletown – March 17: Free Guided Bird Walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Be sure to count up as many bird species as you can! 

  • Providence – 

    • March 10: 2nd Sunday Winter Trail Walk at Roger Williams Park. Join a moderately-paced winter walk around a section of the Park's Big Lakes Trail from 2:00 - 3:00 PM. 

    • March 22 - 24: The New England Saltwater Fishing Show is taking place at the Rhode Island Convention Center. It is the largest pure saltwater fishing show in New England. 

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  • Mystic –

    • March 4 - 10: Mystic Restaurant Week 2019. With more than 20 participating restaurants and a variety of cuisine, there will for sure be something for everyone to try. 

    • March 9: Pancakes with Penguins at the Mystic Aquarium. 

    • March 14: Book Talk with the Author at the Mystic Seaport Museum. Former crew member, John Kerr will discuss the writing process and the dreamers that help tell the history of the Regina Maris. The contributing editor, Carol Simons also a former crew member will speak on her editing and entanglement with the ship. 

    • March 21: Sail Into Spring NESS Event at the Spicer Mansion. The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) will be kicking off spring with a cocktail party at the Spicer Mansion. 

    • March 24: The 16th Annual Mystic Irish Parade will feature over 200 marchers and 100 units going down the streets of Mystic.

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New Jersey 

  • Atlantic City – 

    • March 1 - 3: The Atlantic City Boat Show is taking place at the Atlantic City Convention Center. 

    • March 23: SUP AC is offering Distance Paddle Seminar for free. The seminar will focus on ramping up your mileage on a SUP, course work, stroke and paddle technique as well as strategy. 

  • Edison – March 15 - 17: The Saltwater Fishing Expo at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center. 


  • Annapolis – 


South Carolina 


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Florida & The Keys

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Gulf Coast


  • Gulf Shores – March 9 - 10: Beach Camp-out at Gulf State Park. Enjoy a night out with your family at the Beach Pavilion and then get ready to camp under the stars! 

  • Orange Beach – March 29 - 31: The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show is taking place at The Wharf - Orange Beach. 



West Coast


  • Los Angeles – 

    • Plan your next stay at Marina Del Rey Marina and check out all these fantastic events taking place around the marina this month - 

      • Weekends in March: KJazz Champagne Brunch Cruises - Hornblower Cruises offers brunch sailings on Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Enjoy views of the sparkling harbor and passing sailboats while you dine! 

      • Sundays in March: Free Yoga in Burton Chace Park at 11:30 AM.

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  • Newport –  

    • March 24: The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is taking place at the Newport South Beach Marina. Come to sample over 150 premier Northwest wines.

    • March 29: Sleep in the Deep at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Snuggle down for the night in the Passages of the Deep exhibit's 360 degree tunnels, surrounded by almost a million gallons of sea water and more than 100 sharks, halibut, rays and other marine life. 


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Inland Waterways


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The Great Lakes




  • Novi –  March 14 - 17: The Novi Boat Show is taking place at the Suburban Collection Showplace. 


  • Minneapolis – March 21 - 24: The Northwest Sportshow will be taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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The Islands

The Bahamas – 

  • March 7 - 9: Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival is taking place at Regatta Park with activities for the entire family.  

  • March 10 - 13: 8th Annual Hang 'Em High Challenge at Hawk's Nest Resort & Marina. 

  • March 15 - 16: The Mutton Festival will feature a variety of mutton dishes prepared on site, as well as live entertainment by local and national Bahamian artists. 

  • March 30: The Inagua Beer Festival will have entertainment by local artists, as well as a variety of beers to enjoy! 

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Puerto Rico – 

  • March 9: Sangria Fest at the Convention Center in San Juan. Enjoy an evening of tasting the best Sangria's, wines and tapas.  

  • March 16 - 17: The Pam Pepin International Optimist Regatta is taking place at the Club Nautico de San Juan 

  • March 17: Dia Nacional de La Zalsa: Day of salas music and dancing at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. 

  • March 30 - 31: The Coffee & Chocolate Expo is taking place at the PR Convention Center. This is the biggest exhibition of the coffee and chocolate industries in the Caribbean. 

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