What’s happening in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in September 2016? Plenty! To make it easier for you, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) is highlighting five celebrations you won’t want to miss! For a more complete listing of events large and small, visit our online calendar of events at VisitAnnapolis.org.
2nd Annual Art in Action Annapolis Design District Festival
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Design District
Admission: Free. Donations appreciated.
Experience the Annapolis Design District during a festival filled with the works of local artisans, live music, food and drink vendors, a kids’ zone, and the unveiling of fabulous new street art.
40th Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends and Labor Day, September 2 through October 23
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis
The region’s premier outdoor event and second largest Renaissance Festival in the country is celebrating its 40th season at Revel Grove. Travel back in time as you immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th-century English village, complete with King Henry VIII and his court. The festival includes 200+ entertainers, ten stages, a 3,000 seat jousting arena, 122 craft shops, 48 food and beverage emporiums, games, attractions and 85 acres of complimentary parking. Let merriment abound!
49th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Admission: general admission, $15; seniors and active military, $10; Kids 12 and under, free; VIP individual, $65; VIP Couple, $120;
Highlights of this year’s festival include: the 26th Annual Crab Soup Cook-off featuring Annapolis area restaurateurs and chefs in a classic Maryland Showdown, cooking classes, mouth-watering food, entertainment by local and soon-to-be-discovered bands, kids’ activities and competitive beach volleyball for adults.
Annapolis Fringe Festival
Wednesday-Saturday, September 21-24
First Block of Historic West Street, between Church Circle and Calvert Street, Annapolis
Admission: Visit website
For four astonishing nights the first block of Annapolis’s Arts and Entertainment District is home to actors, singers, magicians, poets and acrobats as historic West Street celebrates the Annapolis Fringe Festival. Fringe goers will enjoy the spectacle of a rambunctious opening ceremony, dozens of street performers, live entertainment, a light show, el fresco dining and so much more!
27th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 24
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis
Take a quick trip to the homeland of Kunta Kinte for a celebration of west African heritage. Enjoy a full schedule of live performances including traditional drumming and dancing. Try your hand at mask making and other crafts in the children’s tent. Come dressed in your most vibrant colors, or plan to treat yourself to a new outfit from the marketplace of African wares.
VAAAC is a nonprofit, membership-based destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world.