The 48th Wooden Boat Show will be held May 4, 2024!

Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages. This free event, held each year on the first Saturday in May, celebrates the art of North Carolina traditional wooden boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, along with nautical demonstrations, and activities for children.

The annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast” four consecutive years.

Throughout the show, please feel free to tag your photos with #BeaufortBoatShow.

Schedule Of Events

The Annual Wooden Boat Show’s schedule of events will be packed full of exciting things to do. Set sail in a traditional wooden boat, or practice your boating skills in the Virtual Trainer. Don’t forget to stop by our vendors and, of course, visit all of our wooden boat exhibits. Wooden boat owners come from all over to be a part of the Beaufort Wooden Boat Show. Check back for the complete schedule as the 2024 show nears.

The History of the Annual Wooden Boat Show

It was 1975 and Mr. Charles R. McNeill and friend Michael Alford were conversing about their love for traditional wooden boats when they decided to hold an event for the community that would inspire others to foster similar feelings about something handcrafted, something worthwhile, something beautiful: wooden boats.


Register Your Boat

Registration will open for the 48th Annual Wooden Boat Show, the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast, in March 2024.