Starting Wednesday May 29th restaurants on West Street under the back drop of St. Anne’s Church will be bringing back Annapolis’ favorite evening of al fresco Dinner Under the Stars in historic downtown Annapolis. They will be closing the first block of West Street on Wednesday evenings and filling it with cafe tables reminiscent of the open air cafes in Paris and the piazzas of Rome and Venice. Live music will softly fill the air, diners will enjoy the opportunity to dance in the street and special art exhibits will appear. As the sun sets, an overhead light canopy adds to the ambience.
It’s a night of relaxation, dining, craft beers and fine wines. It’s a place for families and friends to come together and for romantic evenings under the stars. Now in its fourth year this popular Wednesday evening event fills the first block of West Street from 6pm to 10pm with locals enjoying dinner, live music and dancing.
The second night of the season (June 5th) is also during Annapolis Arts Week and will feature plien air painters from the Paint Annapolis event during Annapolis Arts Week painting throughout Dinner Under the Stars and downtown Annapolis. They will be painting late into the evening. Painters are always welcome and frequently seen painting the café scene at this event.
This event creates a social media frenzy annually as people from around the region invite friends and dates for Dinner Under the Stars causing the Wednesday evening events to be filled with people enjoying celebration meals. Its not uncommon to see large groups come to celebrate birthdays, anniversary’s or reunions as well as family’s and couples. ” This event is about bringing the community together and the locals love it,” says Erik Evans the Executive Director of the Annapolis Arts District. “Reservations are highly recommended as these evenings have become Annapolis’ most popular dining destination, but are not required.”
This years music line up is perfect for those that also wish to dance in the street. This years band schedule is
May 29 The Swingin’ Swamis
June 5 Michael Raitzyk
June 12 Sac Au Lait
June 19 Tounge N Cheek
June 26 Unified Jazz Ensemble
JULY 3 Spice
July 10 19th Street Band
July 17 Baltimore Swing Drop
July 24 The Rock-A-Sonics
July 31 Sara Jones
Aug 7 Tounge N Cheek
Aug 14 TBA
Aug 21 Tom Mitchell Swing Guitar
Aug 28 Spice
Sept 4 Baltimore Swing Drop
Sept 11 Sac Au Lait
Sept 18 The Swingin’ Swamis
Participating restaurants will give you a wide choice of international and hometown flavors. Make your reservations for Dinner Under the Stars and enjoy the culinary delights at the following restaurants; Luna Blu Italian Bistro, Tsunami, El Toro Bravo Mexican Restaurant, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery, Stan and Joe’s Saloon, and Rams Head Tavern.
There is also a lot to do on West Street before or after your dinner. You can make the night more than just dinner by signing up for an art class and learn to paint at Wine and Design, check out new art exhibits at Annapolis Collection Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery , catch a show at Rams Head on stage or the back room of 49 West Coffeehouse and experience West Streets popular attraction Mission Escape Rooms. You can even add to the romance of the evening by booking a couples massage at Sadona Spa or book a room at one of the nearby fine hotels or inns
Get more information on the event at www.dinnerunderthestars.org or following the event on Facebook.