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Coming Up: Major Events In 2014

| January 09, 2014, 10:01 AM | 0 Comments

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Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesdays, April 30 through August 20
Annapolis Harbor
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

Grab your favorite dockside seat in America’s Sailing Capital to watch 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.

Annapolis Greek Festival
Thursday through Sunday, May 29-June 1
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 1 (and every first Sunday through October 5)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-741-3267

Enjoy live entertainment as you stroll along the first block of West Street and Calvert Street next to Whitemore parking garage and peruse the work of 100 local and regional artists. Local restaurants set up outside cafes that are perfect for people watching and an afternoon bite to eat. Free parking for the family-friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

24th Annual Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 7, rain date: June 8
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Benson-Hammond House, Linthicum
www.aachs.org
410-768-9518

Celebrate all things strawberry at this festival honoring Anne Arundel County’s agricultural heritage. Enjoy baked goods, jams, jellies, strawberry wine, and strawberry shortcake as well as quality crafts.

Secret Garden Tour
Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
www.hammondharwoodhouse.org
410-263-4683

Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to explore a selection of handpicked private gardens in Annapolis. Hidden away from public view, the gardens provide helpful insights to gardeners of all skill levels and to individuals who appreciate the simple, elegant beauties of nature. A new selection of gardens is selected each year in the fundraiser to benefit the historic Hammond-Harwood House.  

5th Annual Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8
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 ages 65 and up; Children under 12 are admitted for free
U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
www.annapolisartsandcraftsfestival.com
410-263-

View the juried works of some of the region’s best artists and craftsmen; sample fine cuisine and select wines; and enjoy live entertainment. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Ninth Annual Eastport Home and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 8, rain or shine
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $20 until June 1; $25 thereafter
Homes throughout Eastport
www.eastportcivic.org

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to explore the gardens and/or interiors of 8-10 select Eastport homes in this annual event that celebrates Eastport living. Different Eastport neighborhoods are featured each year. The homes are within an easy stroll of one another. Tickets are limited. Advance purchase is recommended. Proceeds benefit Eastport community organizations, programs and causes.

Bands in the Sand
TBD – a Saturday in June
5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Admission: $100 per person
Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis
www.cbf.org/bandsinthesand
410-268-8816

As the sun sets, performances by three bands are destined to have you dancing in the sand. 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.  

Race Across America
Wednesday June 18 – Monday June 23
Admission: Free for spectators
City Dock, Annapolis
www.raceacrossamerica.org

After cycling 3000+ miles through twelve states, Over 300 elite cyclists from all over the world are expected to cross the finish line at City Dock. The solo and relay team race starts on June 10 and June 14 in Oceanside, California. Athletes have just nine days to complete the course. To beat the running clock, they must travel at least 300 miles a day on less than four hours of sleep. Thirty-percent longer than Tour de France, RAAM is considered to be the most grueling race in the world. 2014 will be the 33rd anniversary of RAAM.  The race is one of the longest continuously run bicycle races in America.  Come and cheer for these amazing athletes as they complete a monumental journey! 

Eastport A Rockin’
Saturday, June 21
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 is designed to please a wide range of audiences. Streets and sidewalks are filled with music and lined with local artisans and entertainers. A kids’ area includes a moon bounce, face painters, tattoo artists, laser tag and cotton candy.

3rd Annual West Annapolis Paris Flea Market
Sunday, June 22
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
West Annapolis
www.westannapolisbusiness.org
410-956-7278

Come and look for treasures culled from your neighbor’s attic, and shop the works of unique artisans and vendors in the Village of West Annapolis. Enjoy international food, a vintage fashion show, free face painting and more as you stroll down the ‘boulevard’ in West Annapolis.

Paint Annapolis
TBD – Traditionally held a Wednesday through Friday in June
Various downtown Annapolis locations
www.mdfedart.com
410-268-4566

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 Friday at sunset.

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About the Author - John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news–and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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