Every September, the waters of Smith Mountain Lake fill with classic and antique boats. No, it’s not a film set or a strange flashback. It’s the Annual SML Chapter ACBS Antique Boat Festival & Show! Or, as locals refer to it, the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show. For years, boat enthusiasts have been coming to the lake to show off their vessels and admire other beauties. Don’t miss this unique event, only at Smith Mountain Lake!

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About the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show

Every year in mid-September, boaters and boat enthusiasts gather at Mariners Landing for the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show. If you have a boat you would like to bring, you can register as a participant. There, you can choose whether you’d like to simply display your boat on the water or have it judged by the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, who throw this great event every year. There is also a Youth Judging Event, where young boat enthusiasts aged 7 to 11 can choose the boat they feel most deserves a special award. This event aims to encourage the next generation of sailors to learn about the hobby and help preserve the legacy of classic and antique boats. The young judges will be given a crash-course on judging a boat before making their decision.

Register Today!

Aside from the opportunity to display one’s boat and have it judged, registrants participate in an exclusive pre-show event. It allows participants to take a look at the other boats on display and enjoy a meal. Registrants can also choose whether they’d like to take a post-show cruise. This is a great opportunity for visitors to Smith Mountain Lake to get a feel of The Jewel of the Blue Ridge.

Attend the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show

The event, which typically takes place on a Saturday, is free to attend and runs all day. Aside from admiring the incredible vessels, you can also browse through the vendors! They’re selling the latest and greatest in boat supplies and safety gear. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or just starting out, this is a great opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technology in the world of boating.

Stay with Premier Vacation Rentals

When you attend the Smith Mountain Lake Boat Show, make sure you’re staying in one of Premier Vacation Rentals’ beautiful nearby properties. The Lake House, our beautiful four-bedroom, two-bathroom cabin, is located just 10 minutes away from Mariner’s Landing. This stunning waterfront home comes complete with a hot tub, fire pit, and an incredible surround-sound theater. You’ll enjoy beautiful sunsets from your dock on the lake, perfect for hitching your antique or classic boat! This home is also pet-friendly, so the whole family can join you on your incredible Smith Mountain Lake vacation. Browse the rest of our properties and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.