Annapolis is known for sailing, and for good reason. We are located right on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay with plenty of opportunities to get out on the water, or come by boat and stay awhile. We are also home to the U.S. Naval Academy and the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Hosting the Annapolis Boat Shows since 1970 has absolutely helped to position Annapolis as the Sailing Capital of the World. 

About the Boat Shows:

The 1970 debut of the Annapolis Boat Shows marked a new concept - the first in-water sailboat show in the country held at City Dock. Today, almost 50 years later, the Annapolis Boat Shows remain the premier producer of in-water boat shows. With more than 200 events produced throughout the years, Annapolis Boat Shows has established an unsurpassed reputation for offering the most comprehensive boating exhibitions in the industry.

Each of their boat shows give boaters the unique opportunity to board and inspect virtually every new model on the market, make side-by-side comparisons, and talk to industry representatives about all aspects of buying and owning a boat. Exhibitors are highly motivated to put you in the boat of your dreams at the best possible price. In addition, one can shop from a vast display of boating products and services - everything from financing and insurance to electronics and foul weather gear. It's a fun and informative day exploring boats and boat supplies.

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show - April 

For three days in April, the Chesapeake Bay's thriving marine industry will relocate to City Dock. From sailboats to sails, from St. Michael's to Main Street, the region's favorite retailers exhibit at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show.  

Nearly 100 sailboats are on display in the water and on land, new and brokerage, including catamarans, monohulls, family cruisers, day sailors, and blue water sailboats. Because most sailboats are available for immediate sale, families can realize their dream of spending the summer on a new boat.  

Shop for the latest in navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, clothing, gear and boating accessories and related services such as boating clubs, charter companies, insurance firms, and lending institutions.

United States Sailboat Show - October

Sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks in historic Annapolis for the U.S. Sailboat Show. This internationally acclaimed sailboat show is the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show in the world. 

Sailors have the unique opportunity to compare boats from six feet to 80. Exciting new sailboats from major manufacturers include new designs and models that make their debut at the United States Sailboat Show. Miles of docks are constructed to display everything from brand new cruising sailboats, multi and mono hull, to kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes.  

Shop for the latest in navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, clothing, gear and boating accessories and related services such as boating clubs, charter companies, insurance firms, and lending institutions. 

Powerboat Shows

United States Powerboat Show - October

Every October boaters from around the world gather in the historic seaport of Annapolis for the U.S. Powerboat Show

Miles of docks exhibit everything from luxurious motor and ocean-going yachts and trawlers to high-performance powerboats and offshore fishing machines. On display are boats of every style from 8' to 90' including family cruisers, a center console fishing collection, inflatables, paddleboards, ski boats, and powerboats.

Once again, the latest in navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, clothing, gear and boating accessories and related services such as boating clubs, charter companies, insurance firms, and lending institutions.