Annapolis Boat Shows Return This Week: What To Know


The Annapolis Powerboat Show returns Thursday. A previous year’s show is pictured above. (Courtesy of the Annapolis Boat Shows)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Annapolis Boat Shows return this week, bringing hundreds of vessels and thousands of visitors to City Dock.

The Annapolis Powerboat Show is first up. It runs Thursday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 8.

The Annapolis Sailboat Show follows next week from Thursday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 15.

Boat brokers, technology vendors and maritime educators will converge on downtown Annapolis. Temporary piers will fill Ego Alley, offering browsers and buyers modest to luxurious options. 

All the hustle-bustle will bring plenty of traffic and parking restrictions to the City of Annapolis.

Here's everything you need to know.


Single-day adult tickets are $25 online and $30 at the gate on the Fridays through Sundays of both shows.

The Thursdays are preview days with $50 tickets at the gate for both shows. The powerboat preview day is $40 online, while the sailboat preview is $45 online.

Kids aged 7 to 15 are $10 online for the Fridays through Sundays. Children 6 and under are free.

There are also combo deals and military days. Military members can get $20 tickets at the gate on both Sundays with a valid ID. All that information is posted at


The shows are open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Thursdays through Saturdays. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shows are rain or shine.


The City of Annapolis shared this parking information in a press release, noting that boat show traffic is expected until Oct. 19 when the clean-up finishes.

  • Restricted Parking: Parking will be restricted to RESIDENTS ONLY on the following streets for the entire duration of the two events (Oct. 2 to Oct. 17). Please note these restrictions are zoned for District 1 residential permit holders only.
    • Prince George Street from Craig Street to East Street
    • Randall Street from Prince George Street to King George Street
    • East Street from Prince George Street to King George Street
    • Green Street, Newman Street, and St. Mary’s Street.
  • No Parking: There will be no parking on Prince George Street from Craig Street to the docks Wednesday, September 27 through Thursday, October 19.
  • City Parking Garages: For more detailed information, visit Parking will be available at the four city-owned garages: Hillman (closest) Knighton, Gotts Court, and Park Place (serviced by the magenta shuttle, see next item).
  • Free Shuttle: The free downtown (magenta) shuttle will provide service between city-owned garages and downtown in a 10-minute loop. Visitors can track the shuttle in real-time by downloading the “transloc” app for Android or Apple. You may also track the Circulator in real-time at
  • Additional Garages: Visitors may also find free parking at the State Garage (aka Calvert Street Garage) at 19 St. Johns Street after 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and all weekend. Whitmore Garage, located at 25 Clay Street, is also available to the public as space allows for a fee after 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Whitmore is free to the public every Sunday until 4 p.m.
  • Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium & Board of Education: Visitors can park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $25 ($20 when booked in advance) and take a FREE shuttle downtown EXCEPT on Saturday, Oct. 8 due to a Navy Football home game. On Oct. 8, a free Boat Show shuttle will be available from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools/Board of Education parking lot on Riva Road ($20 parking fee).
  • Visiting the Show by Boat: All anchored boats must register with the Annapolis Harbormaster by coming to the Harbormaster’s office at #1 Dock Street. For more information, call 410-263-7973 or VHF 17. Hail the Annapolis Water Taxi by calling 410-263-0033 or VHF 68.

More Information

The United States Naval Academy is also changing its gate hours during the shows. Those updates are posted here.

Visit or the frequently asked questions page for more information and tickets.

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