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AAACCVB details August events in the area

CrabFeast07_64The 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 August 2015. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, the AAACCVB has put together an August 2015 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit  


42nd Annual St. Mary’s College Governor’s Cup Yacht Race
Friday and Saturday, July 31 – August 1

Annapolis Area mark “X” (R-2)

Starting at 3:00 pm

More than 100 yachts compete in the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. The 70-mile Annapolis race to St. Mary’s City at the mouth of the Potomac River includes two separate starts – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The event provides an impressive on-the-water spectator opportunity. There is also a Potomac Leg race from Dahlgren, Virginia to St. Mary’s City for our Potomac sailors!

Annapolis Italian Festival (Festa di Santa Madre Cabrini)
Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2, Rain or Shine

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall, 2590 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater

Admission: Suggested donation, $1 and

Celebrate all things Italian at this two-day event honoring Mother Cabrini. Proceeds benefit local charities and the Annapolis Sons of Italy Lodge 2225’s scholarship fund.

Day Lily Extravaganza
Sunday, August 2

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Historic Benson-Hammond House, Aviation Blvd. and Andover Road, Linthicum

The Free State Daylily Society sponsors this show of beautiful blooms.

Dog Days 8K Cross Country Run
Sunday, August 2

8:00 a.m.

Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy, Arnold

This is the 32nd year for the run presented by Annapolis Striders.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, August 2 (and every first Sunday through October)

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis

Admission: Free

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.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, August 5 through September 2

First Gun: 6:10 p.m.

Annapolis Harbor

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.

Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series
Every Thursday, August 6-20

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Admission fee: Free, $10 donation suggested
410-295-1040 x4

Ten weeks of folk, classic rock, soul, psychedelic funk, country, Hawaiian swing, Island music, boogie-woogie, and swing, all on the beach!

Chambers Park Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 7

7:00 p.m.

Chambers Park, Dorsey Ave, Annapolis

Admission: Free

Enjoy the Classic Rock and Country music of The Legendz Band. Bring your own chair. Sponsored by the Greater Parole Community Association.

Annapolis Towne Centre Friday Concerts
Every Friday, August 7-28

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, 1906 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis

Admission: Free

Every Friday night, the area’s best talent will take the stage on Towne Centre Boulevard to deliver a rockin’ performance. Enjoy local music, including classic rock, jazz, 80s, blues, swing and Motown. Event includes a beer garden hosted by Towne Centre restaurants. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

70th Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast
Friday, August 7, Rain or Shine

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Tickets: Adult $60; Child $20

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. Nearly 2,500 individuals are expected to finish off 320 bushels of #1 male crabs (that’s nearly 40,000 of the big ones!), 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of beer and soft drinks. As was the case last year, the local environmental group, Annapolis Green, is working with the Rotary Club of Annapolis to compost the crabs and other food remnants, utensils and beverage containers. It’s anticipated that 20,000 pounds of food waste will be collected. About two months following the feast, the watermelon rinds, corn cobs, brown paper and crab shell bits will have turned into compost used to benefit area gardens. Plastic will be collected as well – moving the event ever closer to its goal of sending nothing to the landfill. Proceeds of the Crab Feast benefit local community and cultural organizations.

Sundae Sunday
Sunday, August 9

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side

Admission: Free. Large Sundaes, $5; Small Sundaes, $2.50

Choose from ice cream sundaes with chocolate or caramel topping, whipped cream, sliced almonds and cherries while you enjoy a game of croquet, badminton and other fun activities on Captain Avery’s scenic waterfront lawn.

Maryland Hall Summer Concert Series
Thursday, August 13

6:30 p.m.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Admission: Free
(410) 263-5544 

Enjoy the music of Craig Gildner and The Blue Sky 5 as they recreate vintage jazz and swing music made popular by Count Basie, Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Bring your own chair or blanket for the concert on Maryland Hall’s front lawn and labyrinth. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
Saturday, August 15

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
301-497- 5770

Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery, and firearm demonstrations. Check website for details closer to the event. 

25th Annual Annapolis Art Walk
Thursday, August 20

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Galleries throughout downtown Annapolis

Admission: Free

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 perform around town and galleries serve light refreshments. Yellow balloons and a yellow banner are posted at participating galleries. Maps are available at each gallery. Come discover why American Style magazine has consistently designated Annapolis a “Top 25 Arts Destination.”

Chambers Park Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 21

7:00 p.m.

Chambers Park, Dorsey Ave, Annapolis

Admission: Free

Enjoy the music of the Lifetime Band. Bring your own chair. Sponsored by the Greater Parole Community Association.

8th Annual C.R.A.B. Regatta
Saturday, August 22

Party, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Eastport Yacht Club, 317 First Street, Annapolis

Admission: Racer entry fee, $55

The Boatyard Regatta benefits Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), a non-profit organization dedicated to making sailing available for people with disabilities. After a glorious day of sailing on the Bay, contestants and well-wishers enjoy food, libation and rockin’ live music in Annapolis’ historic Eastport.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends and Labor Day, August 29 through October 25

10:00 a.m. – 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 39th 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!

Annapolis Ten Mile Run
Sunday, August 30

7:00 a.m.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis  


Presented by the Annapolis Striders, the race has been listed as one of the top ten 10-mile races in the country by Runner’s World magazine. Runners follow a beautiful course through historic Annapolis and over the Severn River.

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.

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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