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| September 27, 2014, 12:35 PM | 0 Comments

findithereThe Annapolis & 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 October 2014. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, the AAACCVB has put together an October 2014 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit

October 2014 Major Events

Inaugural Eastport Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 4
Noon to 8:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
Eastport Democratic Club, 525 State Street, Eastport, Annapolis

The public is invited to attend the family- and pet-friendly event that includes great food, music and plenty of German foods and German beer. The Oktoberfest will include beer races for the young and not so young as well as a premier class for local bar and restaurant workers. Other fun highlights include a keg toss, stein-holding competition, best-dressed dog contest and an arts and crafts corner for the kids.

Annapolis Fringe Festival
Saturday, October 4
4:00 p.m. to midnight
Various locations along West Street and the Arts & Entertainment District, Annapolis

Enjoy this fun one-day event of uncensored live performances by boundary-pushing artists who are offering a mixture of music, dance, art and theater. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the fourth annual event is inspired by the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays, October 4 and 11
9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $70 per person. Reservations required
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis

Board the Sharps Island and motor out to the last screwpile lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay still in its original location. After the 1.5 mile ride, you’ll disembark the boat and climb the stairs into the 1875 lighthouse for a docent-led tour. For reservations, contact [email protected] or 415-362-7255.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends, October 4 through October 19
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Revel Grove, Crownsville

The region’s premier outdoor event and second largest Renaissance Festival in the country is celebrating its 38th 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!

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, October 5
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis

Enjoy live entertainment as you stroll along the first block of West Street and Calvert Street next to Whitmore 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.

U.S. Sailboat Show
Thursday through Monday, October 9-13
10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis

Now in its 45th year, the nation’s oldest and largest in-water sailboat show attracts more than 50,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world to America’s Sailing Capital each year. The event is recognized worldwide as the premier sailing showcase for seminars, boating attire and accessories, foul weather gear and boats of all sizes.

Navy vs. VMI
Saturday, October 11
3:30 p.m.
U.S. Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Watch Navy face off against Virginia Military Institute at U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Antiques, Collectibles and What-Nots Fair
Saturday, October 11 (rain date: October 12)
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Historic Benson-Hammond House, Aviation Blvd. and Andover Road, Linthicum

In search of a great treasure? Check out the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society’s annual event on the grounds of the Benson-Hammond House. Vendors will be selling crafts, antiques and collectibles.

Agricultural Education Day
Sunday, October 12
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free Admission
Y Worry Farm, Davidsonville

Pick your favorite pumpkin at Y Worry’s pumpkin patch and enjoy local food, live music and pony rides for the kids.

U.S. Powerboat Show
Thursday through Sunday, October 16-19
10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis

Now in its 43rd year, the nation’s oldest and largest in-water powerboat exhibition 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.

Art @ the Park
Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $6 per car per day (current passes and permits honored)
Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis

Now in its 24th year, Art @ the Park features original art work from more than 70 local and national exhibitors in 14 categories. It includes music, art demonstrations, barbecue and specialty foods, wine and beer. Throughout the day, there will be musical performances by J. Stone Bossa Duo – Brazilian Bossa nova; Steve Scott Project Duo – jazz/reggae on guitar and sax; Rob Levit Duo – jazz; Alex Christie – guitar; Mike Noonan – jazz; Big Hoax – alternative rock. Proceeds benefit activities and programs at Quiet Waters Park.

Oyster Festival
Sunday, October 19
12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $6
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shadyside, MD

Enjoy food, live music by local artists, unique crafts, face painting, live crab races and demonstrations showing the vital role oysters play in maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Seafood lovers are invited to feast on raw and fried oysters, oyster stew, fried oyster roll sushi, cream of crab soup, Maryland crab soup, and much more. Hamburgers and hotdogs will also be available. Food will be provided by Chesapeake Grille and Deli, Deale UMAI Sushi House and Skipper’s Pier. The day also includes the Avery Café and bake sale.

Patuxent Wildlife Festival
Saturday, October 18
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD

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.

Pumpkin Walk
Friday, October 24
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Admission: $6
Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

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.

Navy vs. San Jose State
Saturday, October 25 
1:00 p.m.
U.S. Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Watch Navy face off against San Jose State at U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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Saturday, October 25 through Saturday, November 1
Various locations throughout downtown Annapolis

Enjoy a weeklong schedule of activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation. Festivities include a black union soldier encampment on 10/25; an opening reception on 10/27; exhibits and lectures on 10/28; a lecture by author John Stauffer on 10/29; a first person interpreter performing Four Women of Annapolis on 10/30; a libation ceremony on 10/31; and a quilt unveiling and celebration/awards gala on 11/1.

U.S. Naval Academy Halloween/All Saints’ Day Concert
Friday-Saturday, October 31 – November 1
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, 101 Cooper Road, Annapolis
Ticket Office: 410-293-2439

Enjoy a spectacular evening of music, light, drama and dance. One of the most popular events on the “Yard,” the concert features U.S. Naval Academy Chapel organist Monte Maxwell and the multi-talented midshipmen in a presentation that has drawn record-breaking crowds to the USNA Chapel. The concert uses special effects and a wide variety of music from multiple genres to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

For high resolution images of many of the events listed above, visit the AAACCVB photo gallery or contact Susan Steckman. For timely media updates from the AAACCVB, “like” VisitAnnapolis Media Resources.

The AAACCVB is a nonprofit, membership-based destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world.


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