Sea Glass Festival

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Saturday April 6

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10:00 AM  –  5:00 PM

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The 8th annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival in St. Michaels, Md. will now have a larger, waterfront location at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10–5 pm. and Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 10-4 pm. The new venue also expands the festival—which was previously held at the Old Mill in St. Michaels—to include scenic river cruises, live music, food, and libations.

The festival will feature more than 70 artisans—many from the local Delmarva area, and others travelling from as far away as New England—to exhibit and sell coastal and sea-glass related jewelry, home décor, art, and more. The festival also includes educational lectures about sea glass and its history along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Miles River cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the two-day festival.

The Sea Glass Center will host an opening reception and preview of their sea glass museum exhibit at CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium on Friday, April 5 from 6-8:00 pm. The exhibit features Chesapeake Bay sea glass and other beach-found items, and will be on display during the festival and will remain at CBMM through June 29.  

The two-day festival ticket includes entrance to the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, educational lectures and documentaries, live music, all of the exhibitions and historic structures on the campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Boat rides, food and beverages will be available for purchase, including beer, wine, and cocktails. Free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with complimentary shuttle service to and from CBMM running throughout the day.

A Few Details about CBMM’s Festivals

TICKETS: CBMM’s numerous exhibitions are open during all CBMM festivals for guests to enjoy in addition to the day’s programs and events. Tickets are available online in advance. Tickets will also be available at our Welcome Center and Museum Store the day of the event.

DOGS: During CBMM festivals and special events and for safety reasons, only certified service dogs are permitted on CBMM grounds. Leashed dogs are permitted on CBMM grounds during regular business hours/non-festival days.

ALCOHOL: Carry-on alcohol on our campus and docks is strictly prohibited at all events where alcohol is available for purchase.

MONEY: Credit cards will be accepted at the door for admission, with festival-goers encouraged to bring cash for use inside the gates. Please note, CBMM now has an ATM, located in the Museum Store. 

PHOTOS/VIDEO: CBMM welcomes your photographs and videos of CBMM, taken for personal use, and sharing and tagging CBMM through your social media avenues (find us at @chesapeakemaritime on Instagram, for example). Commercial photography is prohibited, unless prior, written permission from CBMM’s Communication’s Department has been made.

Please note: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum frequently takes photographs of festivals and attendees that are used to promote the museum in a number of formats. Permission is implied by your visit to CBMM. 

DRONES: Drone use on CBMM’s property is prohibited, unless prior approval by CBMM is made. Please see the FAA requirements (updated 8/19/16)  for operating a drone, which must first be met prior to any consideration, along with the ability to provide a certificate of insurance naming CBMM insured.