March 4, 2024
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First Sunday Arts Festival to kick off Annapolis Arts Week

First SundayNow is the time for art lovers to visit Annapolis, Maryland as the City starts its inaugural  week long Annapolis Arts Week event.  The week is filled with big events in the Annapolis Arts District including  First Sunday Arts Festivals, Dinner Under the Stars, Paint Annapolis, Arts District Bounce, Whitmore Park Concerts and an Evening on Gallery Row,  Plus you will find exhibits, live music, block parties and other fun arts events all around town.

The popular First Sunday Arts festival will bring thousands of locals and visitors out on the town to shop directly from local artisans in historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland.  The festival provides shopping opportunities from over 130 local and regional artists and crafters selling their artwork from 11am to 5pm.  You will find  artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, handbags, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, and more.  This is the easiest and largest place to shop in the area for items hand made in the mid-Atlantic area.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music at four free performance stages including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is a good spot to relax in the shade, the main stage next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon, City Gate Park on the second block of West Street, and on Calvert Street at in Whitmore Park. The bands for June 4th include Dan Haas, Annapolis Dixieland Band, Caleb Stine and the Revelations, Starvation Army Band, Angela Charles and Lee Priddy Music Academy Bands.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up relaxing outdoor cafes along West Street and food trucks are on hand in Whitmore Park,  Several of the restaurants also host entertainment indoors during and after the festival including Rams Head Tavern, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery and Tsunami.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are several parking garages next to the festival including Whitmore Parking Garage and Gott’s Court Parking Garage both located along Calvert Street, and the Loews Hotel Parking Garage and Knighton Parking Garage located on West Street  The Calvert Street Parking garage located at 19 St Johns Street has free parking all day and is located within a two block stroll from the First Sunday Arts festival.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. First Sunday Arts Festivals for the 2017 season are on Sunday  June 4, July 2, August 11, September 3, October 1, November 5 and with a special bonus festival on Sunday December 3rd called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival.

For those staying in town to enjoy the Annapolis Arts Week there are three hotels in the Annapolis Arts District to enjoy (Loews, O’Callaghan and Westin).

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and managed by Evans Management LLC.

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