Fall is a great time to go to a boat show! Here is a selection of premier fall boat shows all across the US, for boat and fishing enthusiasts of all stripes, as well as lots of fun for the whole family.
Port Townsend, WA – The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival – September 9-11 – is one of the most enlightening and exciting wooden boat events in the world. The annual festival features over 300 wooden vessels, hundreds of indoor and outdoor demonstrations. This is a who’s who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts, there’s something to do, someone to meet or a boat to board at every turn. The festival has expanded a little each year, continuing to honor its traditions while inviting enthusiastic debate and demonstration with regards to the latest innovations in boatbuilding, equipment, skills and adventure. For more information visit: https://woodenboat.org
Newport, RI – Newport Boat Show – September 15-18 – features boats and marine related products from both domestic and international manufacturers along with dealers showcasing new sailboats and powerboats. Watercraft offerings typically range from 85′ powerboats to smaller sailing craft. Find many of the vessels on display in-water which allows you to not only come and see them but it also allows you to test them and talk with those who use, design and build them. This event also offers educational seminars, live entertainment, fun activities and programs for the whole family. For more information visit: https://newportboatshow.com
Seattle, WA – Lake Union Boats Afloat Show – September 15-18 – has been an annual tradition for decades in Seattle and should be on every boater and want-to-be boater’s calendar. The show features hundreds of new and used powerboats, sailboats, yachts, mega yachts, trawlers, cabin cruisers and sport boats from eighteen to one hundred feet a great variety. All boats on display floating on South Lake Union at Chandler’s Cove ready for you to board, browse and compare. Each year there are always some exciting new models, both power and sail. The show has it all you are bound to find something perfect for you and your family to enjoy life on the water. For more information visit: https://boatsafloatshow.com
Lake St. Clair Metropark, MI – Metro Boat Show – September 15-18 – besides a stellar list of exhibitors, the Metro Boat Show will feature vendors offering Michigan craft beers and hard cider, food trucks, crafts for the kids such as paddle painting and cork and cap, contests and lawn games galore as well as live music. Tickets are $10, with kids free. For more information visit: http://boatmichigan.org/metro-boat-show/
Daytona, FL – Daytona Summer Boat Show – September 15-18 – features an array of boats including fishing boats, bowriders, ski boats, cruisers, pontoon boats, bass boats and deck boats. The show also has exhibitors with marine electronics and marine accessories. Boat with Green Products by looking for the EPA-certified “Design for the Environment” label. This assures you that the product has minimal environmental impact. Float your boat with polutent free water! For more information visit: https://daytonaboatshow.com
Moneta, VA – Antique and Classic Boat Show – September 17 – is an opportunity to cruise the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake and display your classic or antique boat. It will also present you with the opportunity to converse with other antique and classic boat owners and enthusiasts. The Pointe at Mariners Landing offers one of the most scenic panoramas on Smith Mountain Lake. Come share enjoy the outstanding food and interesting vendors. Now is the time to arrange to attend and enjoy the classic and antique boats with the other enthusiasts. For more details visit: http://www.woodenboats.net/boatshow.html
Norwalk, CT – Norwalk Boat Show – September 22-25 – with over one hundred exhibitors, the Norwalk Boat Show is a premier event for boat lovers all over. Besides all the spectacular boats and boating supplies on show, there will be lots of family- friendly things to do, such as a Lighthouse Boat Tour to visit historic Green’s Ledge Lighthouse; a Try-It Cove, where you can experience stand-up paddle boarding & kayaking for yourself; and Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel will perform behind a remote controlled boat. For more information visit: https://www.boatshownorwalk.com
Sunrise Beach, MO – Lake of the Ozarks In-Water Boat Show – September 23-25 – will feature all the latest top of the line boats brought to you by the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association in addition to boating and marine vendors displaying marine accessories, docks, personal watercraft, marine electronics and boating equipment. The huge collection of boats displayed may just leave you in awe. The Lake of the Ozarks Boat Show will surely be a great opportunity for you to spend time with your family at a beautiful on the water location. For more information visit: http://www.lakeozarkboatdealers.com/mo-boat-shows.asp
Lakewood, NJ – Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo – September 23-25 – The show will feature new and pre-owned boats and accessories offering the best selection and prices of the year. Attendees can easily get on board a variety of both new and pre-owned boats unlike any other outdoor show around. The show will also feature activities for the little boaters, food, refreshments and much more! For more details visit: https://www.jerseyboatexpo.com/jersey-shore-boat-expo/
Tampa, FL – IBEX Show – September 27-29 – As the marine industry’s largest trade event in North America, IBEX is your answer to better boats—and an even better business. Over the course of three invaluable days, you’ll hear the latest developments straight from the pros in the IBEX Seminar Series and browse the newest technologies on display from industry-leading exhibitors. And it doesn’t end there: Head to the IBEX Docks, where you’ll see innovative products on the water and in action. Plus, exclusive networking events will give you critical face time with key players that will keep your company going strong. Complete show information at: www.ibexshow.com.
Wilmington, NC – Wilmington Boat Show – September 30-October 2 – The Wilmington Boat Show is located in downtown Wilmington, NC on the Cape Fear River, the perfect boat show setting. Wilmington is a port city in North Carolina known as a gateway to Cape Fear Coast beaches. Part of downtown’s Historic District, the Riverwalk is lined with restaurants, galleries, and shops. It runs along the Cape Fear River, where the Battleship North Carolina is moored. Please visit the show website for more details including tickets, exhibitors and scheduling as they become available: https://wilmingtonboatshow.com
Annapolis, MD – United States Powerboat Show – October 6-9 – The City Docks of Annapolis are buzzing with excitement as an enthusiastic crowd of boat lovers returns to celebrate the 50th show anniversary of the United States Powerboat Show. Spend the day exploring a variety of new and used boat types including Bowriders, Center Consoles, Cruisers, Cuddy Cabins, Deck Boats, Power Catamarans, and many more. This is the best place to purchase boating supplies, navigation equipment, fishing gear, clothing, and marine accessories. Come for the show and leave with a lifestyle. Find out more at: https://www.annapolisboatshows.com/united-states-powerboat-show/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwof6WBhD4ARIsAOi65aiA-ktnMGa5LhDt6E4MFz5Kt9TrOfWXn-HYAyZnkiOpKxe5WVwmfbQaAk4mEALw_wcB
Annapolis, MD – United States Sailboat Show – October 13-17 – From a seasoned sailor to a first time boat buyer, the United States Sailboat Show offers everything a boater needs. Every October, sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks in beautiful downtown historic Annapolis to experience hundreds of new and premiering boats, boating gear and accessory exhibitors, financing options, all while enjoying tasting tents and the time to connect with fellow boaters. If you are looking to experience the ultimate sailing experience, this show is a must-visit show. To find out more, go to: https://www.annapolisboatshows.com/united-states-sailboat-show/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwof6WBhD4ARIsAOi65ahxmapgokyuijhzWmKjC_M-xzcNNhCv9o252k8Csnu1SAOAzZ0l0SoaAjzqEALw_wcB
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – October 26-30 – is a premier event taking place over seven locations: Broward County Convention Center, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Pier 66 Marina, and Superyacht Village at Pier 66 South. With over 1000 exhibiting brands and over 1300 boats on display, this is one show you will not to miss. For more information visit: https://www.flibs.com/en/home.html
New Orleans, LA – International WorkBoat Show – November 30-December 2 – The International WorkBoat Show is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders as well as the vendors and suppliers that serve them. It’s not every day that you are surrounded by peers who “do what you do.” The International WorkBoat Show is a unique opportunity to come together with like-minded individuals to network, receive industry updates, and learn about the latest products on display throughout the exhibit hall. From productive days on the show floor to nights with colleagues, new friends and great food, there is nothing quite like it. To find out more, go to: https://www.workboatshow.com/about/