Boston's history stretches beyond the land to the sea. Boston has a wealth of maritime history
- both past and present. Bostonians welcome crews and cadets from all over the world to their harbor on a continual basis as part of the Visiting Ship Program and are gearing up to greet the return of the Tall Ship fleet for Sail Boston 2017!
You don't get to see boats like this every day! See a wonderful variety of rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boats. Children get to make their own wee boat, and all can board real ones. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more!
Boats don't have to be in show condition; they can be works-in-progress. The spirit of the Festival is to gather together the grand old craft and all who love them.
August 26-27, 2017 (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm);
$5, children under 12 free
RUN OF THE CHARLES
Kick off the paddling season on April 30, 2017 with the 35th Run of
the Charles: Boston's Premier Paddling Race. As CRWA's signature
event, the Run of the Charles is the largest flat-bottomed boat race
in New England and a major event in Greater Boston, where it draws
an average of 1,500 racers and thousands more spectators each year!
April 30, 2017 Various starting points from Dedham to Brighton
Figawi Race Weekend is recognized as a top sailing event not only on
the east coast but is known nationally as well as internationally.
Figawi Race Weekend kicks off the the Cape Cod and Nantucket summer
season. Entries include sailors from several states 240+ boats
(including 30 power boats) and over 3,000 sailors and visitors, as
well as locals, attend this event.
BOSTON DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
The Boston Dragon Boat Festival takes place annually on the banks of
the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge. Starting in 1979, Boston
Dragon Boat Festival, the first and oldest such festival in North
America, has grown from a small neighborhood event commemorating the
death in 200 B.C. of the beloved Chinese poet-patriot Qu Yuan to the
largest Asian-American cultural event in New England, drawing more
than 20,000 participants and spectators.
June 10-11, 2017 Along Charles River Near Harvard
CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL
The flash of polished bronze and gleam of varnished wood across the
water will be the order of the day as elegant antique and classic
yachts sail into the host city of Salem, Massachusetts for the 35nd
Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 26-27, 2017. Mostly
wood, primarily private yachts and aesthetically stunning, the
vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Brewer
Hawthorne Cove Marina.
August 26-27, 2017 Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina
33rd ANNUAL GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL
Don't miss the 33rd annual Gloucester Schooner Festival on Labor Day
weekend featuring huge tall ships from around the world. Spectacular
Parade of Sail Sunday morning along the Boulevard as schooners head
out for the Mayor's Race followed by an sunset Schooner Festival
Music Cruise aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship.
September 1-3, 2017
THE 53rd HEAD OF THE CHARLES
Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles Regatta has
welcomed the world's best crew teams to the banks of the Charles
River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition.
October 21-22, 2017
Public Benefits Handout