2024 Boating Season Calendar

By February 28, 2024Dock, Explore
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As the winter chill fades away, boaters across the nation eagerly anticipate the start of the 2024 boating season. From coast to coast, an exciting lineup of events awaits, promising unforgettable experiences on the open waters. Mark your calendars for the following events. And don’t forget, securing your slips in advance makes cruising so much easier.

March 21-24: Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS)

Aerial shot of thousands of boats in the water, docked close together at Palm Beach International Boat Show | South Florida Aerials on Shutterstock

Drone Shot of PBIBS | Credit South Florida Aerials on Shutterstock

Kicking off the season in grand style, PBIBS features an impressive $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories from small inflatables to superyachts that are nearly 300 feet in length. Attendees are treated to a luxurious and immersive experience, exploring the latest industry trends and innovations. Whether you’re a seasoned or aspiring boater, PBIBS offers an unparalleled glimpse into the best of maritime excellence.

April 26-28: Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

For those with a passion for sailing, the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is a must-attend affair. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay, this show celebrates the timeless allure of sailboats, offering vistors a chance to browse, compare, and set sail on their next maritime adventure. At the end of each day, visitors can enjoy a variety of shops, bars and restaurants in the historic seaport of Annapolis.

May 18-24: National Safe Boating Week

Safety takes the spotlight during National Safe Boating Week, reminding boaters of the importance of responsible practices on the water.

Three Children sitting on a boat wearing lifejackets, looking out onto a lake with two children on a flotation device. | Credit Soupstock on Canva

Lifejackets | Credit soupstock on Canva

From wearing life jackets to proper navigation techniques, this week-long initiative ensures a safe and enjoyable boating experience for all. It’s the perfect time to check and upgrade your boat’s safety equipment to ensure everything is in order for the upcoming season. For more, go to National Safe Boating Council.

May 27: Memorial Day

Marked as the unofficial kickoff to the summer boating season, Memorial Day offers a chance to honor fallen heroes while enjoying the freedom of the open water.

June 1-8: National Fishing and Boating Week

Grab your rods and your fishing mates to join in on angling action during National Fishing and Boating Week. Whether you prefer casting lines in lakes or embarking on deep-sea excursions, this week-long event honors the enduring connection between boaters and the great outdoors.

June 16: Fathers Day

Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to honor the captains of our lives, who have shared unforgettable memories on the boat. Whether it’s a quick cruise, a fishing trip, or simply soaking up the sun on the bow of your boat, Father’s Day is a good reason to spend with family and friends.

Fireworks firing in the sky and a river below with boats. Fireworks are reflecting off the water | NH on Shutterstock

Fireworks lighting up the sky with boats | Credit NH on Shutterstock

July 4: Independence Day

With fireworks lighting up the night sky and boats adorned in patriotic colors, Independence Day is a spectacular celebration on the water. This holiday is considered a major boating event, so follow safety precautions, and have a sober skipper.

September 2: Labor Day

For most boaters, Labor Day weekend typically marks the unofficial end of the summer boating season. With children returning to school and cooler weather on the horizon, this holiday weekend offers one last chance to indulge in the pleasures of boating.

September 12-15: Newport International Boat Show

Newport International Boat Show is a hallmark event on the boating calendar, drawing enthusiasts from near and far to this historic waterfront. Attendees can browse a stunning array of vessels from sleek yachts to classic sailboats and explore the latest in marine technology and accessories. When the show draws to a close, you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants to unwind.

October 3-6 & October 10-14: Annapolis Power and Sailboat Shows

Aerial view of boats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with high rise hotels and the beach in the background | Credit Felix Mizioznikov on Shutterstock

Aerial View of FLIBS | Credit Felix Mizioznikov on Shutterstock

Annapolis hosts two iconic events, the Power and Sailboat Shows, where boating enthusiasts join to admire an impressive lineup of motorized and wind-powered vessels. From luxury yachts to high-performance sailboats, these shows present the best of the boating world in picturesque downtown Annapolis. Similar to the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, attendees enjoy the sights, shops, and restaurants to check out after the show concludes.

October 30-November 3: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Rounding out the boat show season in style, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show, drawing boaters and industry professionals. With an expansive display of superyachts, megayachts and marine products, this prestigious event offers unparalleled luxury and sophistication.

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