41st Annual Progressive® Norwalk Boat Show
September 22 - 25 at Norwalk Cove Marina, Norwalk, CT
There’s something for everyone at the Progressive Norwalk Boat Show, with an incredible line-up of boats, boating education, entertainment and special attractions, including on-the water demos and boat handling workshops, fun kids’ activities and more.
If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center.
Free seminars will cover a variety of topics, and will include demonstrations and Q&A sessions. Be sure to come with projects and questions to discuss – and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.
Relax and enjoy a free powerboat ride on Long Island Sound, compliments of Rex Boating Club. In the Try It Cove, you and your family can try stand up paddle boarding (SUP), the world’s fastest growing water sport. Coastal CT SUP will be offering demos, private paddle boarding lessons, and kids SUP races. Boaters of all skill levels can take the helm of a virtual boat at the U.S. Power Squadron’s Boating Simulator. New boaters can practice basic boat handling, while experienced mariners can attempt more complicated maneuvers as well as navigation, collision avoidance and more!
Maritime musician Eric Stone will be performing from 11 am - 7 pm daily in the Water Club Lounge, playing his unique blend of rock, pop and country inspired by the tropics and his love of the water. Kids can meet and learn about a variety of exotic critters including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more at Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures, build a toy boat, and navigate a mini lake in a paddleboat (life jackets are supplied).
Connecticut Marine Trades Association is partnering with the Progressive Norwalk Boat Show to promote the Industry's career opportunities and job availability. On Friday, September 23, 2016 from 3 to 6pm, the Show will host a Career Fair inviting all marine businesses who have jobs to fill to display and meet and greet job seekers.
Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm daily. Adult tickets are $15, and ages 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information including seminar and special event schedules, and to save $2 by purchasing tickets in advance, visit BoatShowNorwalk.com.
October Boat Shows
47th Annual United States Sailboat Show
October 6 - 10 at City Dock, Annapolis, MD
In October, sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks in historic downtown Annapolis for the United States Sailboat Show. Internationally acclaimed as the world’s largest, most prestigious, and oldest in-water sailboat show, this event presents a wide variety of educational opportunities.
The First Sail Workshop, sponsored by Annapolis Boat Shows, Beneteau America, the American Sailing Association and SailTime, is a hands-on workshop designed for beginning sailors. Following a 45-minute classroom session, you’ll spend 90 minutes on the water on the new Beneteau ASA First 22 with a certified instructor.
The Two Can Sail Couples Cruising Seminar, sponsored by Two Can Sail, Blue Water Sailing Magazine, SeaTech Systems, Massey Yachts and Weems & Plath, is a forum in which Team Jeff & Jean will share the knowledge they have gained in the unique aspects that are found with one couple on a cruising boat, and their experience from over 60 combined years of cruising, racing and teaching couples.
If you’re looking for the sailboat of your dreams, the Take the Wheel Interactive Workshop is an opportunity for couples to try the boats of their choice, compare one against the other, and narrow the search for your new boat. Additionally, The Annapolis School of Seamanship and Cruising World and Chesapeake Bay magazines are presenting a series of Free Seminars on Sailing for novices and experienced sailors alike.
Show hours are 10 am - 6pm Thursday (VIP Preview Day), 10 am - 6:30 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 10 am - 5 pm Monday. All tickets are $35 on Thursday, and adult tickets are $18 on Friday through Monday. Ticket for children ages 7 - 12 are $5, and kids 6 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Cruisers University, a comprehensive curriculum featuring one- to four-day educational packages designed for sail and power cruisers, will be in session at the Historic Inns of Annapolis from October 10 - 13, in between the U.S. Sailboat Show and the U.S. Powerboat Show. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit annapolisboatshows.com.
45th Annual United States Powerboat Show
October 13 - 16 at City Dock, Annapolis, MD
The world’s oldest and largest in-water powerboat show has everything from luxurious motor yachts and trawlers to high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines. Attendees can see and board family cruisers, center consoles and inflatables, as well as the largest power catamaran section in the world. You’ll find a giant exhibition of marine equipment, electronics, accessories, gear and related services including boating instruction, rentals, insurance firms and lending institutions, and one lucky boater will win an Edgewater boat at the show.
Show hours are 10 am - 6pm Thursday (VIP Preview Day), 10 am - 6:30 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10 am - 5 pm Sunday. All tickets are $35 on Thursday, and adult tickets are $18 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children’s tickets are $5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and kids 6 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit annapolisboatshows.com.