The following is a list of upcoming outdoor shows in the Mid-Atlantic area. Outdoor shows are educational and one of the best ways to have a practical experience with the latest sports equipment as well as a great opportunity to find and meet outfitters for your next adventure.
Plan a day trip to one of the many outdoor exhibits found locally and within a few hours of Frederick. I have included contact information for each show, and I encourage readers to visit sites of interest for show coupons, program brochures, admission rates for seniors and teens, parking information, directions, etc. Be sure to consider any current COVID mandates at the venues you planning to visit.
14.-16. January – Washington Camping RV Expo 2022, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia. More than 150 makes and models of recreational vehicles from all the country’s leading manufacturers to choose from. Special factory discounts, financing and on-site loan approval make this show a not to be missed for the serious motorhome enthusiasts. Admission for adults: DKK 10. www.washingtonrvexpo.com/
Jone. 15-16 – Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, Meadows Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, Virginia. This festival is the largest event of its kind in the country, attracting fly fishermen from as far away as New York and Georgia. More than 50 exhibitors on site will have the latest in fly fishing equipment, fly tying and guide services. Beginner to expert anglers will enjoy non-stop lectures on where, when and how to fly fish the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Virginia wine tastings, microbreweries, local food and live music will also be featured. Admission for adults DKK 20. www.vaflyfishingfestival.com/
21.-23. January – West Virginia Hunting & Fishing Show, Colosseum and Convention Center, Charleston, West Virginia. This is the 32nd year that this show has been hosted by the West Virginia Trophy Hunters Association. With more than 200 stands, this show claims to be one of the best running and more productive shows in the East. This show brings hunters and fishermen in touch with organizations that can provide them with related goods and services. All income except operating expenses is donated to programs that promote or protect hunting, fishing, wildlife, conservation and related educational activities. 304-768-9999 Adult Admission: $ 9, www.wvtrophyhunters.com
28.-30. January – Fly Fishing Show, New Jersey Convention And Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave. Edison, New Jersey. Everything there is to know about fly fishing, with fly tyers, authors, instructional courses and seminars and fly fishing destinations. The exhibition hall is packed with industrial manufacturers, the biggest dealers, the best guides and cabins in fly fishing, great artists, almost all invented fly tying material, all books and DVDs and all the best rods, wheels, liners, waders, and accessories. The Association of Fly Fishermen is happy to offer FREE fly fishing lessons at the FFF Learning Center located at the FFF stand. Basic fly casting, fly tying, knot tying will be taught during the day, every day during the fly fishing exhibition. International Fly Fishing Film Festival – Award-winning film will be shown on Friday at. 18:30 Admission for adults, cash only at gate – 1-day $ 18; 2-day $ 28; 3-day $ 38. https://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/
22.-23. January – Monaghan Fishing Show and Flea Market, 245 West Siddonsburg Road, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. More than 100 tables with merchandise and exhibitions plus free seminars, fly tying demonstrations, hourly door prizes, new and used fishing and related merchandise, antique fishing and related equipment, boats and sailing equipment, tournament information from local, regional and national tournament organizations, guides and charter captains, trout pond with real fishing and more. Adult admission $ 4. Phone 717-991-1015. www.monaghanfishingshow.com/
29.-30. January – Fredericksburg Gun Show, Fredericksburg Expo Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Promoted by Southeastern Guns & Knives shows. The SGK weapons show is an organized and legal event that promotes the understanding of the sport of shooting, appreciation of American history and an opportunity to see historical and contemporary weapons. This event allows attendees to view, buy, sell and trade a wide variety of shooting and sports products. Admission: $ 10. https://sgkshows.com/
29.-30. January – Gettysburg Gun Show, Allstar Events Complex, 2638 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Arranged by Eagle Arms sports shows. 500 tables with rifles, shotguns, handguns, antique firearms, hunting knives, weapon parts, ammunition and military surplus. Admission: $ 8. www.eagleshows.com
29.-30. January – Original Lancaster County Gun Show, Solanco Fairgrounds, Quarryville, Pennsylvania. More than a hundred tables. Modern and antique weapons, muzzles, black powder objects, knives, collectibles, books and accessories. Donation: $ 5. For information, call 717-368-4653.
January 27-30 – Icefest 2022, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 30-plus tons is! This long-awaited winter festival features live ice carving with more than 70 ice sculptures, food vendors, chili cook-offs, fireworks on Saturday and more! Events include: 40 foot double-wide ice rink, snowball, scavenger hunt, scavenger hunt, 5K Run, Frozen Flicks and Polar Dunk Plunge. All events are free unless otherwise indicated by a dollar sign ($). www.icefestpa.com/
5.-13. February – Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show, Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Great American Outdoor Show is a nine-day event celebrating hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions that are valued by millions of Americans and their families. The show features nearly 1,100 exhibitors plus a packed program, including concerts, fundraising dinners, speeches, archery competitions, celebrity performances, seminars, demonstrations and more. Admission for adults $ 15 (1-day), $ 25 (2-day), sign up for the NRA and get 1-day free. www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org/
18.-20. February – 37th Annual Allegheny Sports, Travel and Outdoor Show, Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania. This show is dedicated to hunting, fishing and camping. It features hundreds of state-of-the-art exhibitors, dozens of live demonstrations and a top-notch line-up of seminar experts. Phone: 216-529-1300 Adult Admission: $ 10. www.sportandtravel.com/
February 26th – Saltwater Fishing Expo, Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, Maryland. Exhibitors will showcase fishing cutters, marine equipment, kayaks, speedboats, fishing equipment, for fishing rods and sport fishing accessories associated with this field. Admission: $ 5.
March 5-6 – Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center, 3 East Vine Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Everything there is to know about fly fishing, with fly tyers, authors, instructional courses and seminars and fly fishing destinations. The exhibition hall is packed with industrial manufacturers, the biggest dealers, the best guides and cabins in fly fishing, great artists, almost all invented fly tying material, all books and DVDs and all the best rods, wheels, liners, waders, and accessories. The Association of Fly Fishermen is happy to offer FREE fly fishing lessons at the FFF Learning Center located at the FFF stand. Basic fly casting, fly tying, knot tying will be taught all day – every day during the fly fishing exhibition. International Fly Fishing Film Festival – Award-winning film will be shown on Saturday at. 18. Admission for adults, cash only at the entrance: 1-day $ 15; 2-day $ 25. www.flyfishingshow.com/lancaster-pa/
March 11-13– National Capital Boat Show, Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia. The National Capital Boat Show is your one-stop-shop for the sailing season. Grab all the essentials and gather great ideas for a great time on the water. Find everything you need to get to the water this season at one of the largest boat shows in the region. Buy hundreds of new boats from dealers throughout Virginia and Maryland, including runabouts, saltwater fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, deck boats, jet boats, ion boats and PWCs. Admission for adults: DKK 10 http://chantillyboatshow.com/
March 19 – Maryland Fly Fishing and Collective Show, Towson Maryland. Experience fly fishing through the eyes of professional bamboo / graphite / glass rod builders, classic tackle dealers, nationally known artists and writers, regional guides, not to mention our local fly shops from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC More than 70 vendors and stands crammed with all fly fishing . Adult Admission: $ 10, www.marylandflyfishingshow.com
March 18-20 – Mid-Atlantic RV Expo, Meadows Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, Virginia. Recreational vehicle dealers from several states bring tent campers, travel trailers, hi-line motorhomes, park models, 5th wheels, motorhomes, truck campers and vans in a variety of floor plans to meet any budget and camping style. Admission for adults: DKK 10. www.richmondrvexpo.com
March 26-27 – 3rd Annual Maryland Sportsman Show, Howard County Fairgrounds. Over 100 vendors, events and seminars, waterfowl competition, corn hole competition, bear and red deer scoring, NWTF turkey competition and more! Bring your dog. Check online for ticket prices and info. www.mdsportsmanshow.com
April 21-24 – Bay Bridge Boat Show, Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, Maryland. Start your sailing season at the Bay Bridge Boat Show. The largest spring-in-water boat show north of Florida will feature more than 400 motorboats from 7 to 70 feet, including an impressive collection of fishing boats, center consoles, trawlers, express cruisers, pontoon boats, luxury cruisers, jet skis, jet boats, ski boats, bowriders, inflatable boats, kayaks, SUPs and canoes. Explore more than 100 exhibition stands, food court and children’s area. Fun for the whole family. www.annapolisboatshows.com/bay-bridge-boat-show/
April 29 – May 1 – Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland. See sailboats exhibited in the water and on land, new and brokerage, including catamarans, mono hulls, family cruisers, dayailers and bluewater sailboats. Most sailboats are available for sale right away. Spend your summer sailing into the sunset. www.annapolisboatshows.com/annapolis-spring-sailboat-show/