Mark Your Calendars For These Major 2013 Events

| December 23, 2012
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The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) wants to make it easy for individuals to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay throughout 2013. The Calendar of Major Events listed below as well as a more comprehensive overview of events large and small can be found on the AAACCVB website at www.VisitAnnapolis.org.

Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay Major Events Calendar 2013

January

Qingming Riverside performs at Maryland Hall
Monday, January 7
7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free, first come basis
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
www.worldartists.org
410-647-4482

The internationally acclaimed Qingming Riverside dance company from Hong Kong and Macau will present a free performance at Maryland Hall. Known for its ability to blend East and West music and arts while featuring exquisite dancers, the flagship arts company has performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and toured throughout China. The performance is sponsored by World Artists Experiences.

St. Johns COllegeSixth Annual Lift Every Voice Concert and Seminar
Seminar: Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Concert: Sunday, January 13, 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John’s College, Annapolis
www.stjohnscollege.edu/events
410-626-2539

All are welcome to participate in a seminar addressing Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, “Where do we go from here?” Former Maryland Deputy Attorney General and current member of the Maryland State Board of Education, Donna Hill Staton, is slated to give the keynote address. The seminar will follow a panel discussion featuring students and educators from area schools.

The January 13 Lift Every Voice concert will feature gospel spirituals performed by some of the region’s finest young vocalists, including the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis and the Singing Sensations Youth Choir from Baltimore.

Captain Avery Museum Luncheon Series – My Life as a Newspaper Editor
Wednesday, January 16
11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 for one luncheon, $90 for the whole series
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
www.CaptainAveryMuseum.org
410-867-4486

Former Capital newspaper Editor Tom Marquardt will discuss his life as a community leader and local newspaper editor in the first of a six-part luncheon series. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served following the presentation.

Captain Avery Museum Luncheon Series – Clara Barton, Red Cross Angel
Wednesday, January 23
11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 for one luncheon, $90 for the whole series
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
www.CaptainAveryMuseum.org
410-867-4486

Actress Mary Ann Jung will portray Red Cross Founder Clara Barton during the second of six winter luncheon presentations. Ms. Jung researches and writes her own scripts. In 2002, the Maryland State Arts Council awarded her top honors in the Solo Theatrical Performance category for her portrayal of Clara Barton. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served following the performance.

music-notes1Live Arts Maryland Annual Gala
Saturday, January 26
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $125 per person
Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis
www.LiveArtsMaryland.org
410-263-1906

Dinner, dancing, and a live auction await you at the Live Arts Maryland Gala. Bid on opportunities to conduct the Annapolis Chorale, be selected for the cast of a Broadway show, and/or have members of the Annapolis Chorale perform at your private party. Enjoy live performances by area soloists and Erik Apland and his trio. The four-course gourmet dinner will be prepared by Loews Annapolis Hotel. It will include locally grown and produced products. Proceeds benefit Live Arts Maryland.

17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday, January 26
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free to spectators, plungers must raise $50 in pledges.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
www.plungemd.com
410-242-1515

Experience the coolest event of the year. For just $50 in donations, plunge participants take a chilly dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. Not ready to bare it all? Then join us—fully clothed—under the huge heated festival tent that includes vendor booths, live entertainment, zoo animals, food court, carnival amusements, sandcastle building, a “kids’ zone” and more. Last year’s event drew more than 25,000 plungers and spectators.

Captain Avery Museum Luncheon Series – Bits and Pieces of Annapolis History
Wednesday, January 30
11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 for one luncheon, $90 for the whole series
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
410-867-4486
www.CaptainAveryMuseum.org

Author Jane McWilliams will discuss her recent book, Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History, during the third winter luncheon presentation. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served following the performance.

February

Black History Month
Countywide
410-267-8146
www.annapolis.org

African Americans have played a significant role in the history of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for more than 350 years. What better time to explore their legacy and contributions than during Black History Month? Stop by the Historic Annapolis Museum at 99 Main Street for an African-American audio tour, or trace the rich history of African Americans in Annapolis and explore their national and international contributions during a guided walking tour. Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. For more information, visitwww.VisitAnnapolis.org.

Historic London Town and Gardens Winter Lecture Series
Tuesdays in February
10:00 a.m. to noon
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Learn all about what, where, when and how Colonists ate. Topics will range from African-American foodways, to beer brewing, to 18th-century teas. For more information, visit www.historiclondontown.org.

Captain Avery Museum Luncheon Series – What to do When Your Pet Worries
Wednesday, February 6
11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 for one luncheon, $90 for the whole series
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
www.CaptainAveryMuseum.org
410-867-4486

Glenn Gray, DVM will discuss how pet owners can recognize and address anxieties and phobias that their dogs and cats might be experiencing. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served following the presentation.

Carnival of the Animals with Bob Brown Puppets
Saturday, February 9
2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $15
Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
www.annapolissymphony.org
410-269-1132

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performs the music of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Designed for the entire family, the concert features live, professionally performed symphonic music paired with a compelling story line and the comedic entertainment of puppeteers. Bob Brown Puppets is a major children’s theater company that has been providing children’s education and entertainment for the past fifty years, Families are invited to learn about the various instruments used in the show during “Meet the Musicians” sessions at 1:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

performingartsThe Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s 15th Annual Mardi Gras Gala
Saturday, February 9
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $150
Loew’s Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis
www.annearundelartscouncil.org
410-222-7949

Enjoy a gala evening of music, dining and dancing New Orleans’ style. The evening features a “French Quarter Reception” with hors d’oeuvres and open bar, live and silent auctions, dinner, and music by New Monopoly.

Captain Avery Museum Luncheon Series – Lighthouses on the Bay
Wednesday, February 13
11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 for one luncheon, $90 for the whole series
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
www.CaptainAveryMuseum.org
410-867-4486

Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Planner and Assistant Director of London Town’s Lost Towns project, Jane Cox, will discuss Lighthouses on the Bay: Past, Present, and Future. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served following the presentation.

African-American Heritage Tours 
Saturday, February 16
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16/Adult; $10/Child ages 3-11; 2 & under free. Reservations and photo I.D. required.
Tours depart from the Information Booth at Annapolis City Dock
www.watermarkcruises.com
410-268-7601

Trace the rich and authentic journey of African Americans in Annapolis and explore their national and international contributions. Key historical sites include the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial and the Thurgood Marshall Memorial. Watermark offers the tour in partnership with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation.

Captain Avery Museum Luncheon Series – Marylanders Grow Oysters
Wednesday, February 20
11:30 a.m.
Admission: $20 for one luncheon, $90 for the whole series
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
www.CaptainAveryMuseum.org
410-867-4486

The final speaker in the 2013 winter luncheon series will be Chris Judy, Program Coordinator for the State Department of Natural Resources’ Marylanders Grow Oysters program. He will discuss how hundreds of waterfront property owners are helping to clean up the Chesapeake Bay by growing millions of young oysters in cages suspended from private piers. Lunch will be served following the presentation.

Annapolis Restaurant Week
Monday, February 25 through Sunday, March 3
Participating restaurants in Historic and Greater Annapolis
www.AnnapolisRestaurantWeek.com

Food lovers won’t want to miss this seven-day dining extravaganza featuring two-course, fixed-price luncheon menus and three-course fixed-price dinners at some of the most popular restaurants in Annapolis. Nearly 40 establishments are expected to participate in the annual culinary event that provides the perfect opportunity to sample new restaurants and enjoy old favorites in the heart of Maryland’s capital city. Sponsored by the Annapolis Business Association, the fifth annual event provides a welcome opportunity for area residents and visitors to treat themselves to the award-winning cuisine Annapolis is famous for – all at an affordable price.

March

REST-WEEKAnnapolis Restaurant Week
Monday, February 25 through Sunday, March 3
Participating restaurants in Historic and Greater Annapolis
www.AnnapolisRestaurantWeek.com

Food lovers won’t want to miss this seven-day dining extravaganza featuring two-course, fixed-price luncheon menus and three-course fixed-price dinners at some of the most popular restaurants in Annapolis. Nearly 40 establishments are expected to participate in the annual culinary event that provides the perfect opportunity to sample new restaurants and enjoy old favorites in the heart of Maryland’s capital city. Sponsored by the Annapolis Business Association, the fifth annual event provides a welcome opportunity for area residents and visitors to treat themselves to the award-winning cuisine Annapolis is famous for – all at an affordable price.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Schumann and Symphonic Storytelling
Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Student, all sections between $25 and $45
Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
www.annapolissymphony.org
410-269-1132

Acclaimed soprano Jessica Rivera will perform with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Jessica is recognized as one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists giving public performances today. The concerts will feature Witold Lutosławski’s Mala Suita (Little Suite), Gabriela Frank’s La Centinela y la Paloma (The Keeper and the Dove), and Robert Schumann’sSymphony No. 2.

Patuxent Research Refuge Birthday Bash 
Saturday, March 9
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent
301-497-5763

Help celebrate the Patuxent Research Refuge’s 110th birthday.  Activities include live animals, children’s activities, crafts, and wildlife habitat tram tours.

Annapolis Film Festival
Thursday through Sunday, March 21-24
Citywide
www.annapolisfilmfestival.net
410-263-3023

Local arts and business leaders are teaming up with the City of Annapolis to present the first Annapolis Film Festival. For four glorious days, the event will transform the city with internationally acclaimed filmmakers, guest speakers, panels, and discussions. The nationally competitive festival will showcase all film genres and include celebrity guests and filmmakers.

All That Art Auction
Friday, March 22
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $75/person
Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
www.marylandhall.org
410-263-5544

More than 35 pieces of art will be auctioned off at the 8th annual All That Art exhibition to benefit Maryland Hall for the Creative Art’s galleries and contributing artists. The artwork will be displayed in the Chaney Gallery from March 8 through March 22 for viewing prior to the event.

Maryland Day Celebration
Friday through Sunday, March 22-24
Sites throughout the Four Rivers Heritage Area
Admission: free or nominal $1 entry fee
www.marylandday.org
410-222-1805

Rediscover Maryland’s history with family and friends during a fun-filled festival highlighting the uniqueness of the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Local cultural and heritage sites open their doors to offer special activities and tours. Stroll through downtown Annapolis or visit Historic London Town and South County for educational tours, costumed re-enactors, art exhibits, kids’ activities and more. Visit the Four Rivers website for a more complete listing of participating venues.

Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Art Show & Sale 
Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free
National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD
http://patuxent.fws.gov
301-497-5789

Experience wildlife like never before at the 24th annual Patuxent Wildlife Art Show & Sale hosted by the Friends of Patuxent. View and purchase photography, sculpture, and art from nationally recognized artists and artisans who specialize in portraying wildlife and the natural world.

3rd Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning
Saturday, March 23
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $25/person; children under 12 free
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis
www.amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Celebrate spring with a family-friendly feast of the Chesapeake’s most cherished bivalve. Festivities begin with the annual sock burning and go on to include live music, shucking and cooking demonstrations, an oyster shucking contest, and exhibits that highlight the area’s unique maritime heritage and the important role oysters play in maintaining the health of the Bay. Feast on oysters any way you like them – raw, steamed, fried and grilled.

Bunny BonanZOO
Friday through Sunday, March 29-31
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore
Admission: adults $16.50; children $11.50; children under 2 free
www.marylandzoo.org
443-552-5275

The Easter Bunny has left some eggs behind at the zoo. Join the zoo family as they celebrate the holiday with the annual festival, complete with games, crafts, live entertainment, food, and free egg hunts. Children who participate in an egg hunt can redeem their found eggs for Mary Sue chocolate eggs.

April

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s An Enchanted Evening
Friday and Saturday, April 5-6
8:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
www.annapolissymphony.org
410-269-1132

Internationally renowned Italian violinist Markus Placci will join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for two performances featuring Francis Poulenc’s Les Biches (The Does), Suite, Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, and Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka. Since his solo debut at age 13 with the Bologna Symphony, Mr. Placci has appeared in solo performances with major symphony orchestras and was recently appointed to the Violin Faculty at The Boston Conservatory.

Annapolis Book Festival
Saturday, April 13
10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
www.keyschool.org/annapolisbookfestival
bookfestival@keyschool.org
410-263-9231

Now in its 11th year, the Annapolis Book Festival is one of the premier community events in the region. Last year more than 3,000 people attended the free festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. Nationally renowned authors will discuss their books and the craft of writing. The event also features children’s activities, live music, a huge used book sale, and a coffee shop. Authors slated to appear in the 2013 festival are: Evan Thomas, Erika Robuck, Mickey Edwards, Corey Olsen, Peter Beilenson, Caroline Leavitt, Christopher Tilghman, Brigid Kemmerer, Hanna Rosin, Alan Ehrenhalt, Kathleen Ernst, and Sharon Lerner.

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage 
Saturday, April 20
www.mhgp.org
410-821-6933

The multi-county spring tour gives visitors an inside look at extraordinary historic and contemporary sites while supporting a worthy cause. The tours are a central component of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage’s efforts to cultivate awareness of the state’s rich architectural and cultural heritage.

croquet31st Annual St. John’s / USNA Croquet Match
Saturday, April 20
1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
St. John’s College Campus Front Lawn
60 College Avenue, Annapolis
www.stjohnscollege.edu/events
410-626-2539

The “Johnnies” and the “Mids” vie for the coveted Annapolis Cup during this annual rite of spring. The croquet match is one of the most unique sporting events and lawn parties in the region. More than 2,000 spectators flock annually to the event marked by elegant and outrageous costumes, live music, and a community outpouring of spring fever.

Annapolis Nautical Flea Market
Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
Bay Bridge Marina, Pier One Road, Stevensville
www.usboat.com
410-268-8828

Spend the day with family browsing vendor booths that feature everything from sloop to nuts in boating. A huge array of well-loved boating treasures, fishing gear, jewelry, hardware, clothing, and rigging items will be available for purchase by individuals only, no businesses.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, beginning April 24 through August 28
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

Grab your favorite dockside seat for the midweek races where some 150 boats sail around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. For many, the post-race party is the official beginning of the weekend.

Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine
Friday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $14 – $19
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
www.borail.org
410-752-2490

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun!

Historic London Town and Gardens Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 27
8:00 a.m. to Noon
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Purchase annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, shade plants, heirloom vegetables, and kitchen garden specialties during this annual event. Master gardeners will be on hand to assist with plant selections.

May

May Day 
Wednesday, May 1
Downtown Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis residents and merchants welcome spring by decorating their doorways with baskets of blooming flowers. Some 20 volunteers from the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne judge the entries and invite winners to join them at an annual Garden Club Tea.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, beginning April 24 through August 28
Annapolis Harbor
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

Grab your favorite dockside seat for the midweek races where some 150 boats sail around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. For many, the post-race party is the official beginning of the weekend.

Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine
Friday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $14 – $19
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt St., Baltimore
www.borail.org
410-752-2490

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun!

3 ladies Butts Up BBQNaptown barBAYq
Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Annapolis
www.barbayq.com

Enjoy live music, great food, and a barbeque competition during the exciting, fun, family event to benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Sponsored by the Parole Rotary Club, the celebration includes live music on two stages, activities for all ages, arts and crafts vendors, and cooking demonstrations.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, May 5 (and every first Sunday through October 6)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-741-3267

One-hundred local and regional artists set up on the first block of West Street and under the trees along Calvert Street next to Whitemore parking garage. Free parking for the family-friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Season Finale with Mozart and Rachmaninov
Friday and Saturday, May 10-11
8:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
www.annapolissymphony.org
410-269-1132

Guest pianist Cornelia Herrmann is slated to perform in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s season finale. Described by Andràs Schiff as “unusually musical and sensitive – qualities that are rather rare in our musical times,” Ms. Herrmann is a frequent soloist and chamber musician who performs around the world. The repertoire will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. 

William Paca Garden Plant Sale
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 12, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
William Paca Garden, 3 Martin Street, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.annapolis.org
410-626-1033

Take a piece of the William Paca Garden home with you. Choose from among hundreds of new and heirloom variety perennials, annuals, woody plants, and vines lovingly raised by Paca Garden volunteers. Paca Garden staff and volunteers are on hand to help you select the right plant for every corner of your garden. A perfect outing for Mother’s Day! The garden gates open for Historic Annapolis Foundation members at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Gates open for the general public at 10:00 a.m.

Blue Angels Fly OverUSNA Commissioning Week 
Friday, May 17 through Friday, May 24
USNA, Annapolis
www.usna.edu

Each year, approximately 1,000 midshipmen graduate and receive their commissions from the U.S. Naval Academy. All are invited to join in the traditions of the week. On Monday at 1:30 p.m., cheer on members of the class of 2016 as they attempt to climb the Herndon Monument. On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., watch the Blue Angels’ flight rehearsal. On Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m., enjoy the Blue Angels’ flight demonstration. On Thursday at 11:00 a.m., catch the Color Parade at Worden field. For more information, visit the USNA website.

Brew at the Zoo
Friday and Saturday, May 24-25
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tickets required
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore
www.marylandzoo.org
443-552-5275

Raise your glass and celebrate the Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too! The Maryland Zoo’s largest fundraiser of the year combines food and beverages with live music and fun. Your ticket entitles you to unlimited beer and wine samplings, a commemorative tasting glass, live bands, access to food and artisan vendors, and admission to the Zoo. VIP packages are available.

Annapolis Greek Festival
Thursday through Sunday, May 30-June 2
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis
www.annapolisgreekfestival.org
410-573-2072

Capture a taste of Athens right here in Annapolis when you join in the fun at this annual family-friendly event. Enjoy Greek dance performances, sample Greek cuisine, savor Greek music, tour the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church, and more.

June

Secret Garden Tour
Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
www.hammondharwoodhouse.org
410-263-4683

Each year, a new selection of handpicked private gardens within an Annapolis neighborhood is open to the public for one weekend only to benefit the Hammond-Harwood House.

Annapolis Greek Festival
Thursday through Sunday, May 30-June 2
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis
www.annapolisgreekfestival.org
410-573-2072

Grab a taste of Athens right here in Annapolis when you join in the fun at this annual family-friendly event. Enjoy Greek dance groups, sample Greek cuisine, savor Greek music, tour the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church, and more.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, June 2 (and every first Sunday through October 6)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-741-3267

One-hundred local and regional artists set up on the first block of West Street and under the trees along Calvert Street next to the Whitemore Parking Garage. Free parking for the family-friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, beginning April 24 through August 28
Annapolis Harbor
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

Grab your favorite dockside seat for the midweek races where some 150 boats sail around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. For many, the post-race party is the official beginning of the weekend.

Paint Annapolis 2013
Wednesday through Saturday, June 5-8
Gallery Reception, Sunday, June 9
Admission: Free
Various locations and Maryland Hall
www.marylandhall.org
410-263-5544

More than 30 artists from around the country converge on Annapolis to paint the town in an annual plein-air painting competition. Painting starts at sunrise on Wednesday and ends on Saturday at sunset. An opening reception and awards ceremony follows on Sunday, June 9 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

23rd Annual Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 8
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Benson-Hammond House, Linthicum
www.aachs.org
410-768-9518

Enjoy baked goods, jams, jellies, strawberry wine, and strawberry shortcake while you explore the offerings of craft and flea market vendors. Storytelling and an Ann Arrundell County Historical Society book sale round out the day’s festivities.

4th Annual Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival 
Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $8 for Adults; $5 for Youth (ages 12 to 18) and Seniors (age 65 and up); Children under 12 are admitted for free
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
www.annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com
410-263-4012

View the juried works of the regions’ best artists and craftsmen, sample fine cuisine and select wine tastings, and enjoy live entertainment. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Bands in the Sand
Saturday, June 15
5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Admission: $100 per person
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Headquarters, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis
www.cbf.org/bandsinthesand
410-268-8816

As the sun sets, performances by three bands are guaranteed to have you dancing in the sand. Come check your shoes at the optional “shoe dock” and enjoy an evening of cool drinks, groovin’ live music, tasty food, and to-die-for raffle items. Founding event sponsor, Boatyard Bar and Grill, will provide food & beverages throughout the evening.

Eastport_rockin3Eastport A Rockin’ 
Saturday, June 22
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis
www.eastportarockin.com
410-916-5500

One day, three stages, more than 25 bands. Recognized as the local music festival of the summer, Eastport A Rockin’ was created to expose local music to a larger audience. From rock, to folk, to roots, to jazz, to bluegrass, to funk, the breadth of music featured is sure to please a wide range of audiences. Streets and sidewalks are lined with local artisans, craft makers, non-profit organizations, and entertainment. A kids’ area includes a moon bounce, face painters, tattoo artists, laser tag, and cotton candy.

July

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, beginning April 24 through August 28
Annapolis Harbor
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

Grab your favorite dockside seat for the midweek races where some 150 boats sail around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. For many, the post-race party is the official beginning of the weekend.

Independence Day Fireworks Cruise
Wednesday and Thursday, July 3 and 4
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Call for pricing
www.watermarkcruises.com
410-268-7601

Enjoy the best seat in town for the Fourth of July fireworks aboard a Watermark yacht.  Cruises include drink specials and light snacks.

Fireworks Over Annapolis Harbor

Annapolis July 4th Parade
Thursday, July 4
6:30 p.m.
Downtown Annapolis
www.annapolis.gov
410-263-7958

Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned community parade that begins on Amos Garrett Blvd, turns right on West Street and winds its way around Church Circle, down Main Street to City Dock. The U.S. Naval Academy Band performs at 8:00 p.m. at Susan Campbell Park. The night wraps up with fireworks over Annapolis Harbor starting around 9:15 p.m.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, July 7 (and every first Sunday through October 6)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-741-3267

One-hundred local and regional artists set up on the first block of West Street and under the trees along Calvert Street next to the Whitemore Parking Garage. Free parking for the family friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

Revolutionary London Town
Sunday, July 7
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Costumed re-enactors bring the 18th-century seaport of London Town to life. The daylong event includes free costume rental for kids, colonial games, and hearth cooking.

August

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, beginning April 24 through August 28
Annapolis Harbor
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

Grab your favorite dockside seat for the midweek races where some 150 boats sail around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. For many, the post-race party is the official beginning of the weekend.

40th Annual St. Mary’s College Governor’s Cup Yacht Race
Friday and Saturday, August 2-3
www.smcm.edu/govcup

More than 100 yachts depart Annapolis in two separate starts – at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – to complete the 70-mile race to St. Mary’s City at the mouth of the Potomac River. The event creates an impressive on-the-water spectator opportunity.

68th Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast
Friday, August 2
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Adult $60, Child $20
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis
www.annapolisrotary.org

Crustacean lovers feast on the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty at this all-you-can-eat and drink event that is arguably the largest crab feast in the world. More than 3,000 people are expected to finish off 478 bushels of #1 male crabs (that’s nearly 40,000 of the big ones!), 3,400 ears of corn, 130 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of beer and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit local community and cultural organizations.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, August 4 (and every first Sunday through October 6)
Noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-741-3267

One-hundred local and regional artists set up on the first block of West Street and under the trees along Calvert Street next to the Whitemore parking garage. Free parking for the family friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

23rd Annual Annapolis Art Walk
Thursday, August 15
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Galleries throughout downtown Annapolis
www.artinannapolis.com
410-267-7077

Peek over artists’ shoulders and watch them work. More than 20 galleries in downtown Annapolis host new art exhibits and feature artists working in oil, watercolor, ceramics, woodturning, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafts, and more during this festive evening of visual arts. Musicians abound around town and galleries serve light refreshments. Come discover why American Style magazine has consistently designated Annapolis a “Top 25 Arts Destination.”

Maryland Renaissance Festival 
Weekends and Labor Day, August 31 through October 20
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Revel Grove, Crownsville
www.rennfest.com
800-296-7304

Celebrating its 37th season at Revel Grove, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is the region’s premier outdoor event and the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. It features a 16th-century English village with King Henry VIII, his court, 200+ entertainers,10 stages, a 3,000 seat jousting arena, 122 craft shops, 48 food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. The site includes 85 acres of free parking. Let merriment abound!

49th Annual Drum Corps Associates World Championships 
Friday, August 30, 4:00 p.m. – Individual / Ensemble & Mini Corps
Saturday, August 31, 2:00 p.m. – DCA Championship Preliminary Competitions
Sunday, September 1, 10:00 a.m. – The Alumni Spectacular
Sunday, September 1, 5:00 p.m. – DCA World Championship Finals
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
www.dcacorps.org
Ticket Information: 855-632-8090. For additional information: 917-528-9340

An estimated thirty drums corps from throughout North America will converge in Annapolis for the 49th Annual World Championships. The drums corps will be practicing on thirty fields around the county throughout Labor Day weekend.

September

MD Seafood Festival49th Annual Drum Corps Associates World Championships
Friday, August 30, 4:00 p.m. – Individual / Ensemble & Mini Corps
Saturday, August 31, 2:00 p.m. – DCA Championship Preliminary Competitions
Sunday, September 1, 10:00 a.m. – The Alumni Spectacular
Sunday, September 1, 5:00 p.m. – DCA World Championship Finals
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
www.dcacorps.org
Ticket Information: 855-632-8090. For additional information: 917-528-9340

An estimated thirty drums corps from throughout North America will converge in Annapolis for the 49th Annual World Championships. The drums corps will be practicing on thirty fields around the county throughout Labor Day weekend.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends and Labor Day, August 31 through October 20
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Revel Grove, Crownsville
www.rennfest.com
800-296-7304

Celebrating its 37th season at Revel Grove, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is the region’s premier outdoor event and the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. It features a 16th-century English village with King Henry VIII, his court, 200+ entertainers,10 stages, a 3,000 seat jousting arena, 122 craft shops, 48 food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. The site includes 85 acres of free parking. Let merriment abound!

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, September 1 (and every first Sunday through October 6)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-741-3267

One-hundred local and regional artists set up on the first block of West Street and under the trees along Calvert Street next to the Whitemore parking garage. Free parking for the family friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

Maryland Seafood Festival 
Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
www.mdseafoodfestival.com
410-268-1437

Help celebrate the 46th anniversary of this tasty and entertaining Annapolis tradition. Anchoring the festival is the Crab Soup Cook-off, an Annapolis favorite that brings together the city’s greatest restaurateurs and chefs in a classic Maryland show-down. The event is expected to attract some 20,000 seafood lovers.

Anne Arundel County Fair
Sunday through Thursday, September 15-19
AA County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Hwy, Crownsville
www.aacountyfair.org
410-923-3400

Enjoy carnival rides, an Anne Arundel Idol contest, 4H exhibits and more.

Ninth Annual Boatyard Beach Bash
Saturday, September 21
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis
www.amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Enjoy an evening of great music, food, and drink on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to benefit Annapolis Maritime Museum’s education programs.

Historic London Town and Gardens Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 21
8:00 a.m. to Noon
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Purchase an unusual camellia or magnolia, a London Town-grown perennial, or a seasonal plant from the Melwood Horticultural program. The event features an array of native and exotic woodland species that thrive in our local environment. Master gardeners will be on site to assist. A list of plant offerings is posted on the London Town website.

Honey Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 21
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Admission: Free
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent
301-497-5763

Join members of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association as they celebrate the Annual Maryland Honey Harvest Festival. Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle making demonstrations, Refuge habitat tram tours, and more!

October

Rolex Miami OCR SailingU.S. Powerboat Show 
Thursday through Sunday, October 3-6
10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis
www.usboat.com
410-268-8828

Bring the family to experience the exciting world of powerboats. Now in its 42nd year, the nation’s oldest in-water powerboat show features everything from luxurious motor yachts and trawlers to high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines. The show includes family cruisers, center consoles, inflatables and the world’s largest power catamaran section. Attendees will also find a wide selection of marine equipment, high-tech electronics, accessories, gear, and related services.

U.S. Sailboat Show 
Thursday through Monday, October 10-14
10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis
www.usboat.com
410-268-8828

Now in its 44th year, the world’s largest in-water sailboat show featuring exclusively new boats attracts more than 50,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world. It is recognized worldwide as the premier sailing showcase for seminars, boating attire and accessories, foul weather gear and boats of all sizes.

Patuxent Wildlife Festival
Saturday, October 19
10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent/
301-497-5763

Enjoy live animals, children’s crafts, tram tours ($), scientific demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes research tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. This is your once-a-year opportunity to see where endangered Whooping Cranes and Sea ducks are raised and studied.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends and Labor Day, August 31 through October 20
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Revel Grove, Crownsville
www.rennfest.com
800-296-7304

Celebrating its 37th season at Revel Grove, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is the region’s premier outdoor event and the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. It features a 16th-century English village with King Henry VIII, his court, 200+ entertainers,10 stages, a 3,000 seat jousting arena, 122 craft shops, 48 food and beverage emporiums, games, and attractions. The site includes 85 acres of free parking. Let merriment abound!

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, October 6
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-741-3267

One-hundred local and regional artists set up on the first block of West Street and under the trees along Calvert Street next to the Whitemore parking garage. Free parking for the family friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

Pumpkin Walk
Friday, October 25
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission: $6
Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
www.hammondharwoodhouse.org
410-263-4683

Hundreds of children enjoy old-fashioned festivities including apple-bobbing, face-painting, story-telling, and even a musically accompanied costume parade down Cumberland Court and Maryland Avenue. Held rain or shine.

ZooBooo!
Friday to Sunday, October 25-27
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: adults $16.50; children $11:50; children under age 2 free
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore
www.marylandzoo.org
443-552-5275

Calling all ghosts, goblins, and friendly monsters! Come to the Zoo dressed to impress and enjoy free trick-or-treating, costume contests, carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, delicious food, and more. Don’t miss out on the most spooktacular festival of the year.

National Sailing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 
Sunday, October 27
1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Annapolis City Dock
www.nshof.org
877-295-3022

The public is invited to attend the 2013 induction ceremony and Junior Sailors program that will take place at Annapolis City Dock at the future site of the National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be followed by a dinner for 2013 Hall of Famers and their families with previous Hall of Fame inductees, board members, local officials, and contributors.

November

Annapolis by Candlelight
Friday and Saturday, November 1-2
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$30 general admission, $25 for members and volunteers
All tickets $35 after October 28
www.annapolis.org
410-267-7619

Let Historic Annapolis Foundation introduce you to some of the city’s finest architecture in this annual walking tour of private homes. Different homes and neighborhoods are showcased each year. Tickets available at the Historic Annapolis Museum at 99 Main Street or by calling 410-267-7619.

MRE Tug XIV (53)Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Tug o’ War 
Saturday, November 2
Eastport & Annapolis
www.themre.org

Drawing on a decades-old rivalry, the annual charitable event features the longest tug-of-war over a body of water in the world, pitting downtown Annapolitans against the rebels of the mock-breakaway Maritime Republic of Eastport. Dubbed the Slaughter across the Water, it features a 1700-foot rope, 450 tuggers and 1000 spectators. A festival-like atmosphere overtakes downtown Eastport and Annapolis beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tugging begins promptly (more or less) at the crack o’ noon.

Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys
November 29-December 31
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore
www.borail.org
410-752-2490

Celebrate the holiday season at Baltimore’s largest holiday display of toy and model train layouts. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive by locomotive to the Roundhouse at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 29. The event includes weekend train rides and weekend photo opportunities with Santa and Frosty the Snowman. All ages enjoy indoor train carousel rides and crafts at Santa’s workshop.

December

Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping
Two Thursdays in December, dates TBA
6:00 p.m. to Midnight
Downtown Annapolis
Admission: Free

Lights, garland, action! Historic Annapolis’ shops throw open their doors in a glorified block party that is open to all. Enjoy musical performances as well as food and refreshments at many stores as you stroll along Main Street, Maryland Avenue, inner West Street, and State Circle in search of that perfect gift. Explore the uniqueness that makes downtown Annapolis special. Sponsored by Annapolis Business Association.

Holiday Candlelight Stroll
December 6, 7, 13, 20, 21
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $16 adult / $10 children
Tours depart from the Information Booth at City Dock, Annapolis
www.watermarkjourney.com
410-268-7601

Learn about the origin of holiday traditions – including the significance of evergreens, Yule logs, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus. The stroll along festive Annapolis streets is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade 
Saturday, December 14
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek
www.eastportyc.org
410-267-9549

Every year on the second Saturday in December, magic happens on the waters of Annapolis Harbor. Boats illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers suddenly appear in the cold wintry night. Families and friends gather at their favorite viewing spots along the waterfront to enjoy the yearly spectacle. Sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club.

Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration 2013
Tuesday, December 31
Admission: Free
Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis
410-263-7940

Family activities fill the day and dancing fills the night. Traditionally, a first round of fireworks begins at 7:30 p.m. and the evening concludes with midnight fireworks.

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