NEW JERSEY The Jersey Family Fun Summer Kickoff Party, May 16 at Tuckerton Seaport, is the unofficial start to the season, with musical performances, games, a juggling show, food, and crafts. http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/.
MARYLAND The eighth annual Potomac River Waterfowl Festival is May 23 and 24 at St. Mary's Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. Wild fowl carvings, hand-carved decoys, art, jewelry, birdhouses, sculptures, antique and collectible decoys. www.visitstmarysmd.com.
History comes alive
VIRGINIA Fort Pocahontas at Wilson's Wharf in Charles City is the site of a Civil War reenactment May 17 and 18, portraying Union and Confederate Infantry, United States Colored Troops (USCTs), cavalry, and artillery. www.fortpocahontas.org.
No ordinary sailing
RHODE ISLAND The Atlantic Cup race culminates at the Newport Shipyard May 24 and 25. It's the largest and only dedicated Class 40 race in the United States, featuring carbon-neutral sailing by the top sailors in the country. www.atlanticcup.org.
Indian motorcycles, history
PENNSYLVANIA "Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America" is on display through October at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey. It showcases 25 Indian motorcycles, with history and what they tell us about America today. http://www.aacamuseum.org.
NEW YORK Bands from Ireland and Boston play the East Durham Irish Festival May 24 and 25 in Leeds, Catskills. Four bagpipe and step-dancing shows round out the entertainment in three music pavilions. www.eastdurhamirishfestival.com.
Bowers Beach Bash
DELAWARE Pirates descend for the Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash, May 24 and 25 in Frederica. Learn about pirates of the Delaware, enjoy family fun. email@example.com.
MARYLAND See the spectacular Blue Angels Air Show on May 21 and 23 in Annapolis, showcasing choreographed flight skills of the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron. Aerobatic maneuvers of two, four, and six planes flying in formation. www.blueangels.navy.mil.
Beer, beer, and beer
MARYLAND The Maryland Craft Beer Festival takes place May 31 in downtown Frederick. More than 25 Maryland brewing companies will be there with samples of 150+ local beers. www.mdcraftbeerfestival.com.
VIRGINIA The Deltaville Seafood Festival kicks off May 24 with plenty of food and waterfront activities for the family. Wine, beer, arts and crafts, and an appearance by shucking champs the Pratt sisters. www.virginia.org.