The 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 April 2015. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for spring break, business or vacation travel, the AAACCVB has put together an April 2015 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit VisitAnnapolis.org.
An Ear for Music, an Eye for Art: Selections from the Ahmet Ertegün Collection
St. John’s College, Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
This exhibition presents modernist works from the Baker Museum’s largest and most significant single collection, amassed by the late Ahmet Ertegün (St. John’s College, A44), the Turkish American musician and businessman best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records.
Friday-Saturday, April 3-4
Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry Street, Savage
Admission: $35 per child
Hop to Terrapin Adventures for a unique Egg Hunt. Children will decorate their own egg cartons, pet live bunnies, hunt for candy-filled eggs, dress up in climbing gear and soar to new heights for an hour on the Terrapin Explorer Course designed for children ages 5-9. The Explorer Ropes Course includes two zip lines, two levels, 20 challenging elements and a 20-foot-high rock wall.
Treaty of Paris Center’s Monthly Presentation
Saturday, April 4
11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Treaty of Paris Center, Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis
Dr. R.J. Rockefeller’s 2:30 p.m. presentation, “Remembering John Hanson’s 300th Birthday,” will be the focal point of this month’s Treaty of Paris Center’s offering. Hanson was the first president of congress elected to a one-year term under the ratified Articles of Confederation. The Treaty of Paris interpretive center focuses on the period 1783 to 1787, the years between the end of the Revolutionary War and the start of the Constitutional Convention. It includes reenactments, lectures, films, exhibits, walking tours, and more.
Navy vs. Army
Saturday, April 11
U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Watch the ultimate competition of Navy Men’s lacrosse battling Army.
4th Annual 5K for the Bay
Saturday, April 11
Registration: 8:00 a.m.; Race Start: 9:00 a.m.
Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis
Registration: Adults 18 and over: $30; Students ages 10-17: $10; Children under 9: Free
More than 600 individuals are expected to participate in the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 3.1-mile run/walk to benefit Bay restoration and education initiatives. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners in multiple age groups.
Cherry Pit 10-mile Race
Sunday, April 12
South River High School, 201 Central Avenue East, Edgewater
Presented by Annapolis Striders.
Friday-Sunday, April 17-19
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: Section A: Adult, $47; Member, $42; Senior, $38; Student, $27; Child, $22 Section B: Adult, $40; Member, $35; Senior, $33; Student, $24; Child, $19 (plus ticket fees)
Explore the edges of classical and contemporary dance with original choreographic works and musical compositions as Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents a potpourri of innovative pieces that will transport you from the classical, to the cultural, to the contemporary – addressing emotions and themes relevant to all.
33rd Annual St. John’s / USNA Croquet Match
Saturday, April 18; rain date, April 19
St. John’s College Campus Front Lawn, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
The “Johnnies” and the “Mids” vie for the coveted Annapolis Cup during this annual rite of spring. The croquet match brings together two starkly different institutions for an event Sports Illustrated claims has “no parallel in intercollegiate sports.” Attendees dress “Great Gatsby”-style while enjoying a lavish lawn party that includes serenades by the St. John’s Freshman Chorus and swing music provided by the Naval Academy’s Trident Brass Band. The “Johnnies” play in different “uniforms” each year – ranging from camouflage khakis, to U.S. Naval Academy imitation Crackerjack, to Vikings’ attire, to bare feet. The “Mids” follow the United States Croquet Association dress code.
14th Annual Boatyard Opening Day Rockfish Tournament
Saturday, April 18
Fish Measure-in – must be in line by 4:30 p.m.; After Tournament Party, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pre- and post-tournament celebrations at Boatyard Bar and Grill, Severn Avenue and 4th Street, Annapolis
Chesapeake anglers excited about the start of the rockfish season can enjoy their favorite sport and support three great causes by entering the Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day “Catch & Release” Rockfish Tournament. Participating fishermen compete for great prizes and give back to the Bay and their community – with events benefitting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, and the Annapolis Police Department’s Youth Fishing Camp. Opening Day is the first “real” day of spring for anglers. No fish are brought in to be measured. The winners are determined from the digital photos of the fish taken next to the Boatyard Measuring Device – a 48”-long “yardstick.”
EcoAdventures’ Earth Day Extravaganza
Saturday, April 18
216 Najoles Road, Suite 600, Millersville
Admission: Animal Shows and Interactions Online: $5; $7 at the door. Face painting, green screen, food and other vendors and moon bounces may have additional fees.
What better place to party for your planet than in the EcoAdventures rainforest?! We hope to make Mother Earth proud through environmental and ecological enlightenment; live animal interactions/demos; animal races; performances by Benfield Elementary Chorus and Docksider’s gymnastics; The Brick House/Legos; paint and pot activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to paint Earth Day tee shirts and decorate cupcakes with the help of Frosted and Fabulous Cakes. Other activities include face painting, moon bounces, eco-friendly crafts, foods, fun and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Nama Laka Costa Rica rainforest reserve and Costa Rica Sloth Sanctuary.
3rd Annual Annapolis Beer Week
Saturday-Saturday, April 18-25
Various Locations in and around Annapolis
Admission: See Website
More than 60 unique brands of beer will be available – including some beers offered exclusively during Beer Week. New this year, a Bicycle 2 Beer event will be held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, benefitting Bike Like a Girl, an all-female team that is competing in Race Across America. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on April 18, cyclists will meet at the fairgrounds, complete their ride and then arrive back at the fairgrounds for the Beer Festival. Other highlights of the week include: 3rd Annual Beer Run, 3rd Annual Beer and Bands, a Woodwind Beer Cruise, Beer and Bacon, 2nd Annual Maryland Chicken Wing & Beer Festival and 4th Annual Drafts & Laughs.
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, April 22 through September 2
First Gun: 6:10 p.m.
Grab your favorite dockside seat in America’s Sailing Capital to watch some 130 crews compete in midweek races that involve sailing 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.
Historic London Town and Gardens: Annual Privateer Party
Friday, April 24
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
Admission: $100 per person (includes food, drink, music, and live and silent auctions)
Help the London Town Foundation celebrate 20+ years of service to the community at its Privateer Party. It will be more fun than pirates should be allowed to have!
4th Annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
Friday-Sunday, April 24-26
City Dock, Annapolis
Set in the charming, historic seaport of Annapolis, the 2015 Spring Sailboat Show is the first opportunity of the year for experienced and novice sailors to shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing and boating accessories at the 100+ on-land nautical exhibits and on-site pro surf shops. The fourth annual in-water springtime show will feature more than 80 new and previously-owned sailboats of all types and sizes – including catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, inflatables, and day sailors.
2nd Annual Arts in the Park Festival
Saturday, April 25
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park
Join in this family-friendly festival of art, music, dance, theatre and food that includes activities for kids of all ages. The Chesapeake Arts Center will use the occasion to announce the 2015/2016 season and provide some sneak previews of the performances to come.
13th Annual Annapolis Book Festival
Saturday, April 25
The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and authors Jim Dwyer, Michael Moss, Boog Powell and Martin Goldsmith are among the many speakers scheduled to appear at this year’s event. Recognized as one of the premier community events in the region, the free festival celebrates the beauty, power, passion and excitement of the written word. The event will include a full day of discussions with best-selling authors as well as book signings, family activities and new and used book sales. The festival attracts approximately 3,000 attendees annually.
Maryland Avenue/State Circle Spring Festival
Sunday, April 26
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis
Enjoy an old-fashioned street festival with merchants and vendors offering art, antiques, jewelry, fashion, home décor, crafts, food and activities for the entire family. Galway Bay and Harry Browne’s offer bistro dining, and Galway Bay provides outdoor live music from noon until 5:00 p.m. Take advantage of free parking at the state garage located at Calvert and St. John’s Streets.
St. John’s College Community Art Exhibition
April 26 to May 10
St. John’s College, The Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
This annual exhibition offers members of the St. John’s College community an opportunity to explore the visual arts. The result is a diverse collection of ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles and photographs that represent the artistic talent of the community.
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” Visit Annapolis Media Resources on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @visitanapmr.
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.