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VisitAnnapolis’ list of must-see events for October

Sailboat MoonWhat’s happening in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in October 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 the online calendar of events at


Homestead Gardens 32nd Annual Fall Festival
Saturdays and Sundays, October 1-30

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Homestead Gardens, 743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville

Admission: Free, includes free parking   


Homestead Gardens’ Annual Fall Festival is the largest in the area! Enjoy a family tradition featuring 15 rides and attractions, demonstrations, entertainment, food and beverages – including Homestead’s world famous apple cider doughnuts. Thirty acres of Homestead Gardens is alive with the color and bounties of the season. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin; wind your way through their two-acre corn maze; ride the pumpkin express; or stroll through the iconic showroom adorned for fall.

U.S. Sailboat Show
Thursday-Monday, October 6-10

10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

City Dock, Annapolis

Admission: Adult, $18-$48; Child, $5; 6 and under, free

Now in its 47th year, the Annapolis Sailboat Show brings together the largest in-water selection of sailboats representing major builders from around the globe. An ever-changing offering of activities and features includes Brokerage Cove, presenting an array of pre-owned boats and East Coast brokers; a Take the Wheel program of classes and boat demos; Vacation Basin to present charter companies, destination resort locations, and charter boat ownership; tasting and hospitality areas; a Preview Day gala; and a Premier Launch Party.

3rd Annual North County Restaurant Week
Friday-Sunday, October 7-16

Glen Burnie, Ferndale, Pasadena, Millersville, Hanover and Severna Park

Admission: Varies by location

More than 20 restaurants from the Glen Burnie, Ferndale, Pasadena, Millersville, Hanover and Severna Park areas will be offering price fixed lunch and dinner menus to highlight the diverse, high-quality dining experiences available in northern Anne Arundel County. Participating restaurants will be offering regional seafood as well as a variety of cuisines, including American, Caribbean, Irish, Italian, Japanese and Mexican. Foodies will be able to view the selections online beginning September 26th. As a prelude to North County Restaurant Week, the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will present its 5th Annual Taste of North County on Thursday, October 6 at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

U.S. Powerboat Show
Thursday-Sunday, October 13-16

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

City Dock, Annapolis

Admission: Adult, $18-48; Child, $5; 6 and under, free  


Now in its 45th 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.

Oyster Festival

Sunday, October 16

12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Admission: Adults, $6; children 12 and under, $2 


Enjoy food, live music by local artists, unique crafts, face painting, 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, hotdogs and homemade desserts will also be available.

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.


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