While it may not feel like spring outside, summer is right around the corner which makes it a perfect time to visit a boat show! If you are a boat fan like me, attending boat shows and festivals are a fun and exciting way to see the most beautiful watercraft from pleasure boats to yachts! Below are five boat festivals that are must-sees this summer!
San Diego International Boat Show
The San Diego International Boat Show is California’s premier summer boating event! This boat festival runs from June 7-10 and will host nearly 200 in-water yachts, sailboats, and sport fishers displays. The San Diego International Boat Show is perfect for those who want to browse boats for sale as well as see the latest nautical gear, gadgets, and accessories.
Houston Summer Boat Show
Soon after the San Diego International Boat Show ends, the Houston Summer Boat Show begins! This boat festival runs from June 13-17 and welcomes all boats including fishing boats, bass boats, cabin cruisers, bowriders, sailboats, personal watercraft and trawlers. The Houston Summer Boat Show doesn’t end there as visitors will also be able to check out exhibits showcasing fishing and water-sports gear and accessories, outdoor furniture, electronics for boating, vacation getaways, and clothing and jewelry.
Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show
If you decide to skip out on Houston, then check out the In-Water Boat Show located in Bay Harbor, Michigan. This event runs from June 15-17 and will feature in-water displays ranging from personal watercraft to luxury motor yachts, as well as many on-land displays! The Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show will also feature Fox Motors’ GEM Cars, Irish Boat Shop, Airbus Helicopters, Zeigler Car Auto Group, and more!
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
A few weeks later, Rockland, Maine hosts its annual Boat & Home Show! The bost festival is like no other because the event welcomes Maine’s finest boatbuilders, artisans, artists, architects, designers, furniture makers, and marine gear vendors all in one location. The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will host 60 in-water boat displays as well as another 100+ vendors on the grounds nearby. This event runs from August 10-12.
Toledo Wooden Boat Show Festival
My last summer must-see boat show is the Toledo Wooden Boat Show Festival, located in Toledo, Oregon. This boat festival runs from August 18-19 and celebrates the historical traditions of wooden boats. The Toledo Wooden Boat Show Festival has boat exhibits, vendors, live music, family boat building, kids’ boat building, and more!
When Hal Abramson is not promoting his most recent food festival, you can catch him at a car or boat festival. Keep up with Abramson’s festivals and travels by following him on Twitter!