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Marker 12 Boat Festival


This charming festival is held on the banks of beautiful Chesapeake, Virginia — the gem of the intracoastal waterway. Located at mile marker 12 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Great Bridge area), the Festival is held the same weekend of a national yachting convention in Norfolk. Over 50 large vessels will participate in the convention and will be making their way north through Chesapeake. Atlantic Yacht Basin will host the Festival in cooperation with Waterway Guide Media. Guided tours will be provided on land and on the waterway from the Carrie B Showboat — an authentic replica of a 19th century paddlewheeler. Participants will learn about different types of boats, fascinating facts about the waterway, and get a rare view of the inner-workings of the locks and the Great Bridge draw bridge . GoChesapeake will host a VIP “Docktail” event where guests will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, fine wines, craft beer from the Big Ugly Brewing Company and live acoustical music from local favorite Karl Werne. Come mingle with local dignitaries and boaters, sip-shop local artisans and vendors, and peruse the vintage boat collection.

Atlantic Yacht Basin
Mile Marker 12 | Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
2615 Basin Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Tickets / Admission:
The event is free and open to the public.
Beer and wine are available for purchase.
Cash and major credit cards accepted.

General Admission – Park in Lot A or Lot B (preferred) on Battlefield Blvd.
VIP (Pass Required) – Park in Employee Parking Lot.
Handicap – Park in Handicap Lot.

More Info:
Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol.
Dogs with responsible owners are welcome.
Bring a chair as a limited number of chairs are available.

Event Info