Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay offers Plenty of Ways to Play in 2017

/Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay offers Plenty of Ways to Play in 2017

Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay offers Plenty of Ways to Play in 2017

Annapolis, Maryland—Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) wants to make it easy for visitors and area residents to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County throughout 2017. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, the VAAAC has put together a 2017 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit http://www.visitannapolis.org/.

Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay 2017 Major Events Calendar

January

Annapolis Conservancy Preserved Properties
Monday to Friday, January 2-27
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Annapolis City Art Gallery, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Admission: Free

The Washington Society of Landscape Painters has created all the paintings in the show. The prestigious 102-year-old art society is one of the oldest organizations of landscape artists in the country. Sponsored by the City of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay String of Pearls Project.

Holiday Festival of Trains
Friday-Sunday, January 2-29
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
B&O Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City
Admission: $4 adults / $3 seniors (60+) / $3 children (2-12)
http://www.borail.org/ECS-HFOT.aspx
410-461-1945

Enjoy the museum’s annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. Operating model trains include: N-scale layout, children’s push-button Thomas the Tank Engine O-scale layout, O-scale crazy train layout and HO-scale train layout of the first 13 miles of the B&O. Due to the late reopening of Ellicott City Station because of the town’s historic July flood, the Washington DC Metropolitan LEGO Group’s LEGO layout will not be on display at the Ellicott Station this year.

Camelot
Thursday-Sunday, January 5-22
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Compass Rose Theater, 49 Spa Road, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $38; Seniors (65 and older) and Military $33; Students (with ID) and Children, $23
www.compassrosetheater.org
410-980-6662

The legend of King Arthur and his young bride Guinevere is also the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. The spell of Camelot is broken, revealing the complexity and struggles that arise when ideals meet reality. One of the knights, Lancelot, falls in love and the kingdom crumbles. Set to the music of Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the play became a Broadway legend.

Twelfth Night: A Christmas Concert
Friday, January 6
Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; seasonal reception begins at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Non-members, $30; Members, $25
http://hammondharwoodhouse.org/
410-263-4683

Join the Elan Ensemble ladies for a festive harp and voice Christmas concert in the ballroom, as they celebrate the 12th day of Christmas in a traditional 19th-century manner. The Elan Ensemble performs music from the 17th-19th centuries in historic venues, bringing modern audiences into the spirit of the musical and social world of past eras. Elissa Edwards, soprano, and Dr. Anastasia Pike, harp, specialize in creating thematic concerts by using original editions and historical performance practices such as ornamentation and expressive gesture. Rooms will be decorated by local garden clubs.

6th Annual Annapolis Antiques Show
Saturday-Sunday, January 7-8
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Byzantium, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis
Admission: $10
www.dfshows.com
434-361-1770

Discover a treasure among the thousands of items offered for sale by quality antiques dealers from around the country, including furniture, folk art, silver, fine art, jewelry, decorative accessories and much more. Invest in the future by recycling the past! Produced by Dordy Fontinel Show Management, Inc.

Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World
Wednesday-Sunday, January 11 to February 26
St. John’s College, Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.sjc.edu
410-626-2556

This first comprehensive exhibition of paintings and lithographs by Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965) offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Many of the subjects are descendants of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ross Tubman. From the area’s most noted black sail maker, to professional female crab pickers, to heroic soldiers, the portraits speak of self-possessed people who were proud of their station in life. Rose’s subjects are portrayed with a dignity and compassion for African Americans that is rarely seen during this period of art history.

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series
Thursdays, January 12 to March 2
7:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd Street, Annapolis
Admission: $10 per lecture; free for AMM members first mate and above
www.amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Each of the eight lectures challenges attendees to engage and learn about diverse topics, including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art.

Live Arts Maryland Gala
Saturday, January 14
6:30 p.m.
Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $125 per person
http://liveartsmaryland.org/?p=985
410-263-1906

Enthusiastic guests who attend this event call it “the best night of entertainment in Annapolis”. Very high praise – and well deserved! The MC for the music- and fun-filled night is Maestro J. Ernest Green. With his charm and enthusiasm, you’re part of the action! Enjoy lots of talent and live and silent auctions too. All proceeds benefit Live Arts Maryland.

Captain Avery Museum Winter Luncheon Series
Wednesdays, January 18 and 25 and every Wednesday in February
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
Admission: $90 for six-part series; $20 for individual luncheons. Reservations required.
http://captainaverymuseum.org/
410-266-8846

Beat the winter blues by participating in a six-part luncheon series featuring professional speakers on a variety of topics. Programs are followed by luncheons of homemade soups, specialty breads, dessert and beverages.

The Raven and the Writing Desk
Friday-Saturday, January 20-21
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Studio 194, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD
Admission: $10
http://www.chesapeakearts.org/
410-636-6597

In celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday, the Raven and the Writing Desk is a theatrical reading of stories and poems by Poe, adapted and presented by Baltimore-area theatre artists and directed by playwright and director Dave White.

21st Annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge
Thursday to Saturday, January 26-28
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On-Site Registration
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Admission: Free to spectators. Plungers must raise $75 in pledges.
www.plungemd.com
410-242-1515

Experience the coolest event of the year. For just $75 in donations, plunge participants take a chilly dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. Not ready to bare it all? Then join in the festivities—fully clothed—under a huge heated tent that includes vendor booths, live entertainment, zoo animals, food court, carnival amusements, sandcastle building, a “kids’ zone” and more. The event typically attracts more than 25,000 plungers and spectators. Sponsored by the Maryland State Police.

Midshipman Classical Recital – Naval Academy Symphony Orchestra
Friday, January 27
7:30 p.m.
USNA Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 10 9:00 a.m. EST.

Our Town
Friday-Sunday, January 27- February 26
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25-$605
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

The American classic and Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder tells the story of the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its residents.

Sleeping Beauty: An Opera for Children
Saturday, January 28
11:00 a.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $15
https://www.marylandhall.org/sleeping-beauty-new-opera-children
410-280-5640

This exciting new adaptation of the classic fairy tale is set to the music of Mozart. It’s the perfect way to share the experience of opera with the children in your life. Presented by Annapolis Opera in partnership with Towson University’s Opera in a Can.

 

February

Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World
Wednesday-Sunday, February 1-26
St. John’s College, Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.sjc.edu
410-626-2556

This first comprehensive exhibition of paintings and lithographs by Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965) offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Many of the subjects are descendants of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Ross Tubman. From the area’s most noted black sail maker, to professional female crab pickers, to heroic soldiers, the portraits speak of self-possessed people who were proud of their station in life. Rose’s subjects are portrayed with a dignity and compassion for African Americans that is rarely seen during this period of art history.

Captain Avery Museum Winter Luncheon Series
Wednesdays, February 1,8,15 and 22
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
Admission: $90 for six-part series; $20 for individual luncheons. Reservations required.
http://captainaverymuseum.org/
410-266-8846

Beat the winter blues by participating in a six-part luncheon series featuring professional speakers on a variety of topics. Programs are followed by luncheons of homemade soups, specialty breads, dessert and beverages.

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series
Thursdays, February 2 to March 2
7:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd Street, Annapolis
Admission: $10 per lecture; free for AMM members first mate and above
www.amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Each of the eight lectures challenges attendees to engage and learn about diverse topics, including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art.

Our Town
Friday-Sunday, February 3-26
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25-$60
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

The American classic and Pulitzer Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder tells the story of the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its residents.

Distinguished Artist Series – National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Monday, February 6
7:30 p.m.
USNA Alumni Hall, 675 Decatur Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna/edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST

Our World
Friday, February 10
8:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Studio 194, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD
Admission: $5
http://www.chesapeakearts.org/
410-636-6597

Our World is an engaging spoken word piece addressing the need to end the plague of hate, stereotypes and other prejudices by coming together as a community and as a human race. By addressing societal trends and accountability, the performance calls attention to the danger of our own thoughts and actions and encourages a collaboration of individuals designed to inspire a new world of hope.

Oklahoma!
Friday-Saturday, February 10-11
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: check website
https://www.marylandhall.org/broadway-annapolis-oklahoma
http://liveartsmaryland.org/?p=5381
410-280-5640

More people can sing songs from this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical than almost any other. Oklahoma! is a Tony-Award winning show that became an American classic and one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The show was revolutionary when it premiered, quickly redefining the American musical with help from its choreographer, the legendary Agnes DeMille. Includes well-known songs: “People will say We’re in Love”, “Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, and “Oklahoma”. Presented by Live Arts Maryland.

Saturday Seminars
Saturday, February 11
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: TBA
www.sjc.edu/satuday-seminars
410-263-2371

Robert Frost, Martin Luther King, Jr., James Joyce, Plato, Abraham Lincoln. These great authors are just a few of St. John’s College Annapolis President Christopher Nelson’s favorites – the theme of this year’s Saturday Seminars. Join members of the St. John’s faculty for an afternoon devoted to reading and discussing works by these renowned authors in honor of President Nelson, who will retire in spring 2017 after more than 25 years as president of St. John’s Annapolis campus.

USNA Gospel Choir Black History Month Concert
Sunday, February 12
3:00 PM
USNA Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. EST

Live Arts Maryland presents Thursday Concerts at St. Anne’s Church
Thursdays, February 16 and 23 and select Thursdays through April 20
6:15 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://liveartsmaryland.org/
410-263-1906

St. Anne’s Church is known for its exemplary music program, and this free concert series is a big part of it. Through this series, Live Arts Maryland brings to Annapolis the best musicians in the region. The church boasts the finest acoustics in the area – as well as one of the finest pipe organs. If you like music – of all kinds – join us! February 16: Bach+; February 23: Chamber music with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra.

God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza
Thursday-Sunday, February 17 to March 26
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Compass Rose Theater, 49 Spa Road, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $38; Seniors (65 and older) and Military, $33; Students (with ID), $23
www.compassrosetheater.org
410-980-6662

In today’s world, civilized behavior, courtesy and political correctness have evolved to keep raw emotion and impulses in check. When two children from upper middle class families get into a playground fight, both sets of parents get together over cocktails to resolve the dispute. The result is a dissolution of every rule of etiquette, courtesy and correctness. Primal impulses come to the fore and we see the animal, that lives inside all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, God of Carnage is a wildly entertaining show that illuminates the dark side of being human.

NAACPS Presents…Emancipation Proclamation
Saturday, February 18
1:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Hammonds Lane Theatre, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park
Admission: $5
http://www.chesapeakearts.org/
410-636-6597

A lively account of the significant events and personalities that bring to life the history of African Americans and their struggle for equality through stories and song. “Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it.”

Walk the Creek Day
Monday, February 20
10:00 a.m.
Meet at parking lot of Weems Whalen Field, Spa Road
Admission: Free
www.spacreek.net
410-260-3322

Explore the headwaters of Spa Creek with our Steward of the Creek, Stuart Lehman. A chance to visit the headwaters before we begin the restoration of the historical floodplain. Sponsored by the Spa Creek Conservancy.

USNA Winter Musical — How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
Friday-Sunday, February 24-26, March 3-5
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Mahan Hall, 106 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 31 at 9:00 a.m. EST

Little Mermaid
Friday-Sunday, February 24-26
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m.; Free Under the Sea Festival Party one hour before the Sunday matinee
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: Visit website
http://www.balletmaryland.org/
410-263-8289

Join the Ballet Theatre of Maryland for its world premiere of The Little Mermaid based on the 1837 fairytale by Hans-Christian Anderson. A mischievous young mermaid is off on the adventure of a lifetime when she willingly gives up the freedom of life in the sea to become human, gain an immortal soul, and win the heart of a handsome young Prince. But it will take all her courage, selflessness and determination to make her dreams come true. Does she have what it takes to save two kingdoms from the evil designs of a sneaky sea witch and the spells cast by her and an insidious, dark sea wraith? Dive into a world of drama, magic, intrigue, music and adventure as you explore life under the sea and on land through the powerful language of classical dance.

United States Navy Sea Chanters
Saturday, February 25
7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD
Admission: Free
www.chesapeakearts.org
410-636-6597

The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway and contemporary music. Under the leadership of Chief Petty Officer Adam Tyler, the Sea Chanters perform for the public throughout the United States. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president and numerous congressional, military and foreign dignitaries. In 1956, Lt. Harold Fultz, then the band’s assistant leader, organized a group from the Navy School of Music to sing chanteys and patriotic songs for the State of the Nation dinner. They were an immediate success.

12th Annual Friends of the Light House GumboFest
Sunday, February 26
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Annapolis Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis
Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
www.friendslhs.org
443-569-4209

A gumbo contest with area chefs competing for the Best Gumbo and Best Booth Display. Sponsored by Friends of the Light House. All proceeds benefit the Light House, a homeless prevention support center in Annapolis.

March

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series
Thursday, March 2
7:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd Street, Annapolis
Admission: $10 per lecture; free for AMM members first mate and above
www.amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Each of the eight lectures challenges attendees to engage and learn about diverse topics, including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. March 2: The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War against Hitler’s U-Boats – William Geroux, author and award-winning journalist.

Live Arts Maryland presents Thursday Concerts at St. Anne’s Church
Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and select Thursdays through April 20
6:15 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, 199 Duke Of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://liveartsmaryland.org/?p=5389
410-263-1906

St. Anne’s Church is known for its exemplary music program, and this free concert series is a big part of it. Through this series, Live Arts Maryland brings to Annapolis the best musicians in the region. The church boasts the finest acoustics in the area – as well as one of the finest pipe organs. March 2, Robert Simonds; March 9, Bach+; March 16, Ronn McFarlane; March 23, Beau soir Ensemble; March 30, Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Trio.

God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza
Thursday-Sunday, March 2-26
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Compass Rose Theater, 49 Spa Road, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $38; Seniors (65 and older) and Military, $33; Students (with ID) and Children, $23
www.compassrosetheater.org
410-980-6662

In today’s world, civilized behavior, courtesy and political correctness have evolved to keep raw emotion and impulses in check. When two children from upper middle class families get into a playground fight, both sets of parents get together over cocktails to resolve the dispute. The result is a dissolution of every rule of etiquette, courtesy and correctness. Primal impulses come to the fore and we see the animal, that lives inside all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, God of Carnage is a wildly entertaining show that illuminates the dark side of being human.

Prague, Paris, and Cologne
Friday and Saturday, March 3-4
8:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: $20 to $75;
http://www.annapolissymphony.org/
410-263-0907

This is a marvelous example of how composers can find inspiration in the culture and vibrant lifestyle of three major European cities. Mozart enjoyed a “love-at-first-sight” relationship with his Prague audience; Martinů flourished as an artist in Paris where he lived for 17 years, and Schumann found one of his most poignant musical depictions evoking the majestic architectural wonders of Cologne’s Cathedral in his Rhenish Symphony. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performance features Fatma Daglar on oboe under the direction of conductor Jose-Luis Novo.

USNA Winter Musical — How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
Friday-Sunday, March 3-5
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Mahan Hall, 106 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST

Annapolis Irish Week
Saturday, March 4 to Friday, March 17
Various locations in downtown Annapolis
https://www.facebook.com/NapPadParade
http://www.naptownevents.com/
443-822-5871

Annapolis Irish Week kicks off with a Hooley (Irish Party) on March 4 at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. A St. Patrick’s Parade, including Irish Pipe Bands, will be held on Sunday, March 5. Other festivities include Irish History dinners, Irish coffee competitions, Perfect Pint competitions and St. Baldrick’s Head Shavings to help find a cure for children’s cancer.

Rotary Club of Annapolis Black Tie and Diamonds Gala
Saturday, March 4
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Westin Annapolis Hotel, 100 Westgate Circle, Annapolis
Admission: $150 per person
http://www.annapolisrotary.org/
850-619-1645

Gala benefits the Samaritan House. It includes cocktails, a sit-down dinner, dancing, raffle, and silent and live auctions.

Los Lobos with Matt Andersen
Saturday, March 4
5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Rams Head on Stage, 33 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $65.00 (reserved seating)
www.ramsheadonstage.com
410-268-4545

More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, “Just Another Band” from East L.A. The triple Grammy-winning band’s biggest hit is “La Bamba”. While they draw equally from rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, their music never sounds forced or self-conscious. Instead, all their influences come together in one graceful, gritty sound.

Annapolis Irish Week
Sunday, March 5 to Friday, March 17
Various locations in downtown Annapolis
www.AnnapolisIrishWeek.com
443-822-5871

The 12-day Annapolis Irish Week celebration kicks off with an Irish Parade, complete with Irish Pipe Bands on Sunday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. Other festivities include a Hooley (Irish party), Irish history dinners, Irish coffee competitions, Perfect Pint O’Guinness contests, Guinness glass engravings and more.

Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Admission: $12 and $45
http://liveartsmaryland.org/?=5385
410-280-5640

Did “surround sound” first happen in 1610? Possibly! Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 setting of church Vespers service might be the first time the audio feature was used. It changed music forever! Not known for evolving quickly or being cutting edge, church music needed some freshening up. Enter Monteverdi. He added operatic drama to church music with trumpet fanfares. He used multiple choruses, soloists and an orchestra – unheard of in those days. Hear Monteverdi’s “surround sound” for yourself conducted by Maestro J. Ernest Green and performed by the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus and members of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra in the perfect acoustics of historic St. Anne’s Church. Presented by Live Arts Maryland.

Alice In Wonderland
Friday-Sunday, March 10 to April 9
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25-$60
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

A re-imagined classic for the entire family!

The Fantastic World of Ronald Markman: A Mini-Retrospective
Friday, March 10 to Sunday, April 23
St. John’s College, Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.sjc.edu
410-626-2556

Inspired by cartoons and popular culture of the 1930s, Ronald Markman explores intellectual and artistic journeys through literature, historic events, personal observations and the absurdities of life. The exhibit is a colorful collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures that combines Markman’s dedicated academic training with George Grosz and Josef Albers with humor and the limitless possibilities of a nonsensical, fantastical world.

Annapolis/Edgewater Coin and Currency Show
Sunday, March 12
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Annapolis
Admission: Free admission and parking
www.coinshows.com
443-623-7025

Features 40 dealers. Sponsored by CEO Coins, Currency & Treasures. Hosted by the Colonial Coin Club.

37th Annual Concert of Taste
Sunday, March 12
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mellon Hall, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $85
www.annapolissymphony.org
410-269-1132

This year’s theme is “Music Rocks the Soul”. It will feature some of the finest restaurants in Annapolis, including old and new favorites. Music by The Rob Levit Duo, a Golden Chance Raffle and special auction items will round out the evening. All proceeds support the education and outreach programs of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Sponsored by Friends of the Annapolis Symphony.

In the Studio with Theatre Lab
Tuesday, March 14
6:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Studio 194, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD
Admission: Free
www.chesapeakearts.org
410-636-6597

Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro are co-founders and co-directors of the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts – Washington, DC’s largest theatre school.

Rob Schneider
Saturday, March 18
6:00 pm and 9:00 p.m.
Rams Head on Stage, 33 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $45 (reserved seating)
www.ramsheadonstage.com
410-268-4545

Rob Schneider is an actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the NBC sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, he went on to a successful career in feature films that included starring roles in the comedy films Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo; The Hot Chick; The Benchwarmers and Grown Ups. His latest project, Netflix original series Real Rob, follows his everyday life and includes his real-life wife Patricia and daughter Miranda. The series was recently renewed by Netflix for a second season available in 2017.

Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning
Saturday, March 18
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis
Admission: $25/person; People’s Choice Tasting, $55 – Taste the creations of 12 different restaurants and vote for best oyster dish
www.amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Celebrate the spring equinox and the beginning of boating season with a family-friendly feast of the Chesapeake’s most cherished bivalve. The sock burning tradition dates to the mid-1980s. It has been commemorated in “Ode to Equinox”, which will be recited as the first sock is thrown into the fire. Festivities include live music, shucking and cooking demonstrations, an oyster shucking contest and exhibits highlighting the area’s unique maritime heritage and the role oysters play in maintaining the health of the Bay. Feast on oysters any way you like them – raw, steamed, fried and grilled.

Excalibur
Sunday, March 19
2:00 p.m.
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD
Admission: Adult $31, Senior $13, Student $25, Child $17
http://balletmaryland.org/
410-224-5644

Wizardry, magic, sword-fights, warrior knights and princesses, the forces of dark versus the forces of light, romance, and betrayal are all part of the Excalibur tapestry. This powerful retelling of King Arthur’s legend from the Sword and the Stone through the creation of the Knights of the Round Table through the downfall of Camelot will mesmerize you. If you like Harry Potter, you will like Excalibur!

USNA Women’s Glee Club Spring Concert
Friday, March 24
7:30 p.m.
Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. EST

A Symphony of Colors
Friday and Saturday, March 24-25
8:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $75
http://www.annapolissymphony.org/
410-263-0907

Rediscover some of the most influential composers in the history of symphonic music when you compare their different styles and unique color palettes as portrayed in a few of their most exemplary compositions. A true symphony of colors is what you’ll hear from the violin of James Ehnes under the director of conductor Jose-Luis Novo. Features the work of Beethoven, Barber, Wagner and Stravinsky.

10th Annual Maryland Day Celebration
Friday-Sunday, March 24-26
Sites throughout the Four Rivers Heritage Area
Admission: Free or nominal $1 entry fee
www.marylandday.org
410-990-1993

Sponsored in part by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, the 10th Annual Maryland Day Celebration is being coordinated by the Chesapeake Children’s Museum in partnership with a variety of participating museums, heritage sites and local businesses. Rediscover Maryland’s history with family and friends during a fun-filled festival highlighting the uniqueness of the Four Rivers Heritage Area. This year, more than 20 locations in Anne Arundel County will be offering tours, events, concerts, games and hands-on demonstrations for free or $1 per person. Stroll through downtown Annapolis or visit Historic London Town and the southern Anne Arundel County countryside to enjoy educational tours, costumed reenactors, art exhibits, children’s activities and more. Maryland’s official birthday is March 25. It commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland. On this day, settlers from England celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on St. Clement’s Island in what is now St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

Emerald Ball: Gala 2017
Saturday, March 25
6:00 p.m. to midnight
Hilton Baltimore BWI Hotel, 1739 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD Admission: Check website
www.hospicechesapeake.org
410-987-2003

Hospice of the Chesapeake’s signature black tie event features an open bar, fine cuisine, silent and live auctions, live music and dancing. The organization’s largest fundraiser of the year directly supports the mission and programs of Hospice of the Chesapeake.

USNA Distinguished Artist Series – Russian National Ballet
Tuesday, March 28
7:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, 675 Decatur Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 a.m. EST

Taste of the Towne Centre & Fashion Show
Thursday, March 30
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Annapolis Towne Centre, 1905 Towne Centre Blvd., #120, Annapolis
Admission: TBA
http://www.friendslhs.org/
443-569-4209

A fashion show and silent auction and raffle to benefit the Light House. Sponsored by Friends of the Light House.

Fifth Annual Annapolis Film Festival
Thursday-Sunday, March 30 to April 2
Citywide – St. John’s College, Maryland Hall, St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church, Annapolis Elementary School, among others.
Admission: See website. Four-day all access pass, $125
www.annapolisfilmfestival.net
410-263-3444

The excitement of the Annapolis Film Festival returns for a fifth year with more than 70 films, features and documentary, both short and full length, in all genres; Q&A sessions and workshops with filmmakers and visiting industry guests; special panels and showcases; and great parties! Guests include more than 100 filmmakers and actors from all around the world.

USNA Spring Organ Concert
Friday, March 31
7:30 p.m.
Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 a.m. EST

USNA Pipes & Drums Spring Concert
Friday, March 31
7:30 p.m.
Mahan Hall, 106 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 a.m. EST

April

4th Annual Chicken Wing Festival
Saturday, April 1
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Hwy., Crownsville, MD
Admission: Adults, $12; kids 12 and under, free
www.mdchickenwingfestival.com

Come and taste the best and most inventive chicken recipes from the area’s best chefs, all while enjoying a selection of local and regional craft beers. Back by popular demand is the “Make Your Own” wing sauce. After trying all of our vendors’ amazing creations, see what you can come up with on your own! Want more jalapenos? Go for it! Throw some peanut butter in? You bet! The only limit is your imagination. Event also features music and kids’ areas.

Fifth Annual Annapolis Film Festival
Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2
Citywide – St. John’s College, Maryland Hall, St. Anne’s Parish Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church, Annapolis Elementary School, among others
Admission: See website. Four-day all access pass, $125
www.annapolisfilmfestival.net
410-263-3444

The excitement of the Annapolis Film Festival returns for a fifth year with more than 70 films, features and documentary, both short and full length, in all genres; Q&A sessions and workshops with filmmakers and visiting industry guests; special panels and showcases; and great parties! Guests include more than 100 filmmakers and actors from all around the world.

Alice In Wonderland
Friday-Sunday, April 1-9
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25-$45
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

A re-imagined classic for the entire family!

The Fantastic World of Ronald Markman: A Mini-Retrospective
Saturday, April 1 to Friday to Sunday, April 23
St. John’s College, Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.sjc.edu
410-626-2556

Inspired by 1930s cartoons and popular culture, Ronald Markman explores intellectual and artistic journeys through literature, historic events, personal observations, and the absurdities of life in this colorful collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures. This exhibition combines Markman’s dedicated academic training with George Grosz and Josef Albers with humor and the limitless possibilities of a nonsensical, fantastical world.

Live Arts Maryland presents Thursday Concerts at St. Anne’s Church
Thursdays, April 6 and 20
6:15 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, 199 Duke Of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://liveartsmaryland.org/?p=5389
410-263-1906

St. Anne’s Church is known for its exemplary music program, and this free concert series is a big part of it. Through this series, Live Arts Maryland brings to Annapolis the best musicians in the region. The church boasts the finest acoustics in the area – as well as one of the finest pipe organs. April 6, PING and Brian Ganz; April 20, Bach+.

USNA Men’s Glee Club Spring Concert
Friday, April 7
7:30 p.m.
Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. EST

15th Annual Annapolis Book Festival
Saturday, April 8
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
www.keyschool.org/annapolisbookfestival
443-321-7813

The free community event gathers together more than 3,000 visitors to celebrate the love of reading and the beauty, power, passion and excitement of the written word. The daylong event showcases nationally known, best-selling authors, the sale of new and used books, family-friendly activities, live music, and food.

Music for a New World II
Saturday, April 8
8:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: $12, $40, $45
http://liveartsmaryland.org/?p=5389
410-280-5640

The super-sized season finale is a festival of ethereal works for chorus and orchestra. Maestro J. Ernest Green ties up the season with several pieces by 20th- and 21st-century composers. Get ready to hear the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra perform Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living”, Ola Gjeilo’s “Luminous Night of the Soul”, Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby” and Arvo Part’s “Da pacem Domine”.

Mary Sue Candies Bunny BonanZoo
Friday-Sunday, April 14-16
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Maryland Zoo, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
Admission: Free with Zoo admission
www.marylandzoo.org
410-396-7102

The Easter Bunny has left some eggs behind at the Zoo! Join the Zoo family as we celebrate Easter with this annual festival, complete with games, crafts, live entertainment, food and free Easter egg hunts. Each child participating in an egg hunt can redeem their found eggs for Mary Sue chocolate eggs! Tour around the Zoo and watch the animals get their Easter-themed enrichment treats.

Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
Thursdays-Sundays, April 14 to May 21
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Compass Rose Theater, 49 Spa Road, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $38; Seniors (65 and older) and Military, $33; Students, $23
www.compassrosetheater.org
410-980-6662

This story of Eliza Doolittle and her professor, Henry Higgins, was made into a musical much more famous than the original play by the impeccable G.B. Shaw. A wonderful comedic comment on the silliness of class structure in Britain, the topic of the play is very timely in today’s world, where appearance trumps reality almost every time. Wit and wisdom combine with clever plot to create a comedic masterpiece. We laugh as we realize that the real values of honesty, integrity and love are what matter in the end.

16th Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Catch & Release Rockfish Tournament
Saturday, April 15 (to be confirmed)
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Boatyard Bar & Grill, 400 Fourth Street, Annapolis
Admission: Captains & Boat Registration, $200; After Party (open to public) General Admission: $25 for drinks; $10 for food; $5 for kids; pricing subject to change.
www.BoatyardBarandGrill.com/events/annapolis-fishing-tournament
410-216-6206

Chesapeake anglers excited about the start of the rockfish season can enjoy their favorite sport and support three local causes: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CCA-Maryland and the Annapolis Police Department’s Youth Fishing Camp. Friday evening the skippers pick up their bags, slurp oysters and talk fish among themselves. Following a competitive day of fishing on Saturday, awards and prizes are handed out at the after-party which is open to the public in Boatyard’s parking lots. It’s a huge, fun event with live music, cold beverages and grilled food.

5th Annual Chip in for the Arts
Wednesday, April 19
7:30 a.m.
Compass Pointe Golf Course, 9010 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena, MD
www.chesapeakearts.org
410-636-6597

Enjoy a fun day of camaraderie, competition, relaxation and a chance to win great prizes while supporting the Chesapeake Arts Center. Registration includes golf, breakfast, lunch and an awards ceremony.

Richard Thompson
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22
8:00 p.m.
Rams Head on Stage, 33 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $79.50 (reserved seating)
www.ramsheadonstage.com
410-268-4545

Named one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He’s received lifetime achievement awards for songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello. Queen Elizabeth II awarded him an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) award. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock.

Innovations
Friday-Sunday, April 21-23
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: Adult $52, Senior $43, Student $32, Child $27
http://balletmaryland.org/Performances/Innovations2017/tabid/1180/Default.aspx
410-263-5544

Captivating and enthralling, Innovations 2017 will engage you with a potpourri of short, innovative pieces that will transport you from the classical to the dramatic to the contemporary, exploring emotions and themes relevant to all of us.

Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. New York Lizards
Saturday, April 22
7:30 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $20
www.thebayhawks.com
443-482-6094

Don’t miss the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ home opener against the New York Lizards.

35th Annual St. John’s vs. USNA Croquet Match
Saturday, April 22
1:00 p.m.
St. John’s College Campus Front Lawn, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: TBA
www.sjc.edu
410-626-2539

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 says 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 fee. The “Mid” follow the United States Croquet Association dress code.

Spring Fest and Plant Sale
Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: Plant sale is free admission. Other activities included with general admission
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Welcome spring with London Town’s annual plant sale and fun activities.

USNA Distinguished Artist Series — 44th Annual Spring Oratorio
Sunday, April 23
7:30 p.m.
USNA Alumni Hall, 675 Decatur Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. EST

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, April 26 through August 30
First Gun: Approximately 6:10 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

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 Chesapeake 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.

Privateer Party
Friday, April 28
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: General Admission, $85; VIP admission, $125
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Party like a pirate at London Town’s annual benefit. Enjoy delicious food from ten caterers; dance the night away; bid on amazing auction prizes; enjoy great beverages, including a tasting table with Blackwater Distillery; and raise funds for a good cause. Come dressed as a pirate or in cocktail attire, and get ready for a fun evening against a garden backdrop along the South River.

Day Out with Thomas
Friday-Sunday, April 28-30
Times: TBA
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
Admission: $23+
www.borail.org
410-752-2490

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine; meet Sir Topham Hat; and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities and family fun! Tickets on sail beginning February 1, 2017.

6th Annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
Friday-Sunday, April 28-30
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Adult, one day, $12; Adult, two-day combo, $19; 12 and under, free
http://www.annapolisboatshows.com/annapolis-spring-sailboat-show/
410-268-8828

Set in the charming, historic seaport of Annapolis, the 2017 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 in-water springtime show typically features more than 80 new and previously-owned sailboats of all types and sizes – including catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, inflatables and day sailors. Cruisers University will take place April 27-30. Individuals can register to learn all they need for living aboard a boat, plan their cruise, equip and maintain their boats and feel at ease heading out.

Richard III
Friday-Sunday, April 28 to May 28
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25-$60
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

A fast paced, dynamic, suspense thriller!

All That Art
Friday, April 28
6:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: $100
https://www.marylandhall.org/
410-263-5544

All That Art features an exhibition of work by nearly 50 local and regional artists selected by invitation or jury. The works are on display April 17-28 in the Maryland Hall galleries, culminating in a ticketed event on Friday, April 28.

2nd Annual Bay Bridge Paddle
Saturday, April 29
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA
www.baybridgepaddle.com
410-353-9237

Water enthusiasts of all ages and expertise are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Bay Bridge Paddle. The event is open to stand up paddleboards, kayaks and other paddle craft. The race will bring together all levels of paddlers to share in a day of camaraderie and fellowship. Each race presents a different experience and challenge. The Chesapeake Bay’s shifting conditions add to the fun as racers can experience anything from flat water glides to gusty winds and unpredictable swell and tides from the wind and current. The Elite 9-mile Crossing challenges racers with a high level of fitness and paddling experience. Racers with less experience or conditioning can enjoy the 5K Paddle or the 1.5K recreation course closer to shore. There will be other memorable events to entertain everyone. More than $7,000 in prizes and cash will be awarded.

Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage
Saturday, April 29
Time: TBA
Homes and Gardens in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County TBA
Admission: After January, $35 for a specific tour; $40 day of the event
www.mhgp.org
410-267-7619

For 80 years, the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) has invited guests inside hundreds of extraordinary homes and gardens throughout Maryland. This year, Historic Annapolis is partnering with MHGP to host a tour that will combine the new and the old, feature exquisite town homes and waterfront estates with stunning gardens that showcase the architectural diversity, historical significance and geographic beauty of Anne Arundel County. A Carroll County tour takes place May 6. A Baltimore County/Oella tour takes place May 13.

May Day
61st Annual May Day Basket Competition
Monday, May 1
Downtown Annapolis

Considered to be one of the most beautiful days in historic downtown Annapolis, May Day greets visitors and area residents with door after door of baskets filled with beautiful spring flowers. Come with camera in hand to capture the handiwork of downtown Annapolis residents and merchants who welcome spring by decorating their doorways with baskets of blooming flowers. Some 20 volunteers from the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne judge the entries and invite winners to join them at an annual Garden Club Tea.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, May 3-31 through August 30
First Gun: Approximately 6:10 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

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 Chesapeake 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.

May the 4th Be with You
Thursday, May 4
3:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Hammonds Lane Theatre, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD
www.chesapeakearts.org
410-636-6597

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…turmoil engulfed the Galactic Republic and a legend was born. Join us for a special May the 4th Be with You event with video gaming, a Star Wars costume contest and lots more themed fun!

Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
Thursdays-Sundays, May 4-21
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Compass Rose Theater, 49 Spa Road, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $38; Seniors (65 and older) and Military, $33; Students, $23
www.compassrosetheater.org
410-980-6662

This story of Eliza Doolittle and her professor, Henry Higgins, was made into a musical much more famous than the original play by the impeccable G.B. Shaw. A wonderful comedic comment on the silliness of class structure in Britain, the topic of the play is very timely in today’s world, where appearance trumps reality almost every time. Wit and wisdom combine with clever plot to create a comedic masterpiece. We laugh as we realize that the real values of honesty, integrity and love are what matter in the end.

Myths, Tzars, and Musical Giants
Friday-Saturday, May 5-6
8:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
http://www.annapolissymphony.org/
410-263-0907

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performs Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice: Dance of the Furies; Brahms’ Concerto for Violin in D Major; Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov: Introduction and Polonaise; and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7. Featuring Violinist Noah Bendix-Bagley under the director of conductor Jose-Luis Novo.

Day Out with Thomas
Friday-Sunday, May 5-7
Times TBA
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
Admission: $23+
www.borail.org
410-752-2490

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25-miute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine; meet Sir Topham Hat; and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities and family fun! Tickets on sail beginning February 1, 2017.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Saturday, May 6
Location TBA
Admission $35
www.theberniehouse.org
240-876-0360

The event is a playful opportunity for men, women and their families to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes and effects of family violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Bernie House.

7th Annual Naptown barBAYq
Saturday, May 6
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD
Admission: Adults, $15; kids 12 and under, free
www.barbayq.com
410-353-9237

Enjoy the live music of dozens of bands performing on three stages, abundant food, cooking demonstrations, a barbeque competition, arts and crafts vendors and more during the family event sponsored by the Parole (Annapolis) Rotary Foundation. The barbeque cooking contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and is expected to attract more than 60 competitor teams. Event includes live music, kids’ activities in the Kid Korral.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Family Concert
Saturday, May 13
2:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
http://www.annapolissymphony.org/
410-263-0907

The critically acclaimed Classical Kids presents the world-famous production of “Beethoven Lives Upstairs”, featuring a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness. Jose-Luis Novo, conductor. Audiences are captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master’s music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors share their anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s life.

ArchiTrex Tours
Saturdays, May 13 and 27 and every second and fourth Saturday through September
10:00 a.m. to noon
Departs information booth at City Dock
Admission: TBA
www.watermarkjourney.com
410-263-5357

Explore Annapolis – a Museum without Walls – on this new architectural tour that connects the city’s most notable homes and buildings to its history. Join a professional architect on a two-hour walking tour. Learn about some of the most notable 17th- and 18th-century architecture in Annapolis. An unforgettable narrative and leisurely trek awaits. Highlights of the tour include the Shiplap House, Patrick Creagh House, Maryland State House, Hammond-Harwood House and Chase-Lloyd House.

Richard III
Friday-Sunday, May 5-28
Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25-$60
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

A fast paced, dynamic, suspense thriller!

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, May 7 (and every first Sunday through September)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West and Calvert Streets next to Whitmore parking garage. 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.

Maritime Republic of Eastport’s 17th Annual .05K Bridge Run
Saturday, May 13
Crack o’ noon
Spa Creek Bridge, Eastport
Admission: $20 for runners; free for spectators
www.themre.org

Described as “the least challenging athletic event ever conceived” by Runner’s World magazine, the .05K (yes, point-zero-5K) extreme sports event is a grueling test of mental and physical toughness. Some competitors have taken as long as five minutes to complete the course that begins on the Annapolis side of the Spa Creek Bridge. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Fleet Feet at 318 6th Street in Eastport. The awards ceremony and trophy presentation take place around 12:10 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charitable organizations.

William Paca Garden Plant Sale
Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. Historic Annapolis members will be admitted at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
William Paca Garden, 1 Martin Street, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.annapolis.org
410-267-7619

Take a piece of the William Paca Garden home with you! Choose from among more than 300 varieties of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, trees and shrubs – including heirloom and “cutting-edge”, native and exotic – that have been raised by Paca Garden volunteers. Larkspur and holly hocks lend cheerful annual color to the cottage garden. Christmas rose, hardy begonia and foamflower delight the woodland gardener. Basil, dill and heirloom tomatoes suit the palate of the gardener who cooks. All plants are grown by Historic Annapolis volunteers in the William Paca Garden greenhouse. Gardeners on hand to answer questions. Information-packed catalog available online or for purchase. Free admission includes free tours of the Paca Garden. Proceeds support the William Paca Garden and its programs.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged!
Tuesdays, May 16, 23, 30 and every Tuesday through September 26
7:30 p.m.
Reynolds Tavern Courtyard, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis
Admission: check website
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced it! Come prepared for a lighthearted evening when three talented members of the Annapolis Shakespeare Company team perform lighthearted parodies of the bard’s most well-known plays. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Directed by ASC Artistic Director Sally Boyett.

Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Atlanta Blaze
Friday, May 19
7:30 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $20
www.thebayhawks.com
443-482-6094

Annapolis Design District Movie Night
Friday, May 19
6:00 p.m.
Annapolis Design District location TBA
Admission: TBA
https://www.facebook.com/Annapolis-Design-District-489355104439921/?fref=ts
http://annapolisdesigndistrict.com

Movie TBA.

USNA Commissioning Week
Tentatively scheduled for May 19-26
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis
www.usna.edu
410-293-2292

Each year, approximately 1,000 midshipmen graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and receive their commissions as officers in the U.S. Naval Academy or Marine Corps. On Monday, cheer on members of the class of 2019 as they attempt to climb the Herndon Monument. Traditionally, the Blue Angels’ flight rehearsal is on Tuesday and the Blue Angels’ flight demonstration is on Wednesday. On Thursday, catch the Color Parade at Worden field. Friday is commissioning day.

Bayside Bash
Saturday, May 20
Time: TBA
Bay Ridge Pool, 2 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: TBD
http://www.friendslhs.org/
443-569-4209

A beach bash to benefit the Light House. Sponsored by Friends of the Light House.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21
Time: TBA
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Admission: visit website
http://www.bayblues.org/
410-257-7413

The 2017 lineup includes Jonny Lang, Ana Popvic, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Robert Randolph, Walter Trout, Samantha Fish, Sweet Leda and many more!!

USNA Commissioning Week Combined Concert
Tuesday, May 23
8:30 p.m.
Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m. EST

USNA Commissioning Week Organ Concert
Wednesday, May 24
4:00 p.m.
Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m. EST

Sister Act
Thursdays – Sundays, May 25 through June 17, plus Wednesday, June 14
8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25
http://www.summergarden.com
410-268-9212

A feel-good musical comedy smash hit based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship. It’s filled with rousing gospel-style music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story. Rated PG.

George Maloney, Donna Long and Nicole Caracia Exhibit Reception
Friday, May 26
Chesapeake Arts Center, Hal Gomer Gallery, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD
Admission: Free
www.chesapeakearts.org
410-636-6597

Exhibiting photography and contemporary paintings by local artists. The exhibit will feature photographs and paintings of landscapes, marshes, sunsets and more. Exhibit runs May 2-31.

Brew at the Zoo
Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Maryland Zoo, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
Admission: Varies
www.marylandzoo.org
410-396-7102

Raise your glass and come celebrate Brew at the Zoo! As the largest fundraiser of the year, the event combines food and beverages with live music and fun. Tickets are required and include unlimited beer samplings, a commemorative tasting glass, live bands, access to food and artisan vendors and admission to the Zoo. Super Sipper VIP packages are available and will sell out quickly.

Annapolis Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 29
10:00 a.m.
Parade kicks off at Amos Garrett Boulevard and West Street, Annapolis
www.annapolis.gov
410-263-7996

The parade will follow the traditional route with staging at Amos Garrett Blvd. It will process down West Street to Church Circle and down Main Street to City Dock. It will be followed by an annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Susan Campbell Park. It’s an excellent opportunity to pay our respects to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Dinner Under the Stars
Wednesdays, May 31 through Mid-September (Tentative dates)
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Street, Annapolis
http://www.annapolisarts.org/
410-858-5884

The first block of West Street (from Church Circle to Calvert Street), located in the heart of the Arts District, will be closed to traffic on Wednesday evenings and filled with café tables reminiscent of the open air cafés in France, Spain, and Italy. Visitors and area residents are invited to dine, stroll and shop along West Street while enjoying live music beneath a canopy of lights.
June

Annapolis Greek Festival
Thursday-Sunday, June 1-4
Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.annapolisgreekfestival.org
410-573-2072

Capture a taste of Athens right here in Annapolis when you join in the fun at this annual family-friendly event. Enjoy Greek dance performances, sample Greek cuisine, savor Greek music, tour the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church and more.

3rd Annual Annapolis Italian Festival (Festa di Santa Madre Cabrini)
TBA. Typically a Saturday-Sunday in June
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
New Location: TBA
Admission: TBD
http://www.festaitaliana-annapolis.com/

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

Sister Act
Thursdays – Sundays, June 1-17, plus Wednesday, June 14
8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25
http://www.summergarden.com
410-268-9212

A feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, filled with rousing gospel-style music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story. Rated PG.

Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Ohio Machine
Friday, June 2
7:30 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $20
www.thebayhawks.com
443-482-6094

25th Annual Annapolis Leukemia Cup
Friday-Saturday, June 2-3
10:00 a.m.
Annapolis Yacht Club – 12 Dock Street, Annapolis
Eastport Yacht Club, 317 First Street, Annapolis
Tickets for post-race party: $25.00, includes a BBQ dinner
www.leukemiacupmd.org

The Seersucker & Linen Annual Summer Gala takes place on June 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Annapolis Yacht Club. The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association sanctioned regatta takes place on June 3 at 10:00 a.m. The Eastport Yacht Club will then host the “All Hands on Deck” cruise and invitation-only luncheon which recognizes the 2017 Honored Hero Skippers – local survivors and patients. The public is invited to attend the post-race awards party and Rock the Dock for a Cure party at the Eastport Yacht Club. The party will feature live entertainment by the electric newgrass sensation, Swamp Donkey.

Secret Garden Tour
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4
Noon to 5:00 p.m. Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $30 in advance; $35 on days of event
www.hammondharwoodhouse.org
410-263-4683

Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to explore a selection of handpicked private gardens in Annapolis. Hidden away from public view, they provide helpful insights to gardeners of all skill levels and to individuals who appreciate the simple, elegant beauties of nature. Garden enthusiasts enter intimate and charming outdoor spaces featuring gardens both large and small which range from formal old boxwood to informal perennial, from secret retreats to quiet oases on busy streets. A new selection of gardens is featured each year in the fundraiser to benefit the historic Hammond-Harwood House.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, June 4 (and every first Sunday through September)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West and Calvert Streets next to Whitmore parking garage. 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.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged!
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 and every Tuesday through September 26
7:30 p.m.
Reynolds Tavern Courtyard, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis
Admission: Check website
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced it! Come prepared for a lighthearted evening when three talented members of the Annapolis Shakespeare Company team perform lighthearted parodies of the bard’s most well-known plays. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Directed by ASC Artistic Director Sally Boyett.

Dinner Under the Stars
Wednesdays, June 7-28 through Mid-September (Tentative dates)
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Street, Annapolis
http://www.annapolisarts.org/
410-858-5884

The first block of West Street (from Church Circle to Calvert Street), located in the heart of the Arts District, will be closed to traffic on Wednesday evenings and filled with café tables reminiscent of the open-air cafés in France, Spain, and Italy. Visitors and area residents are invited to dine, stroll and shop along West Street while enjoying live music beneath a canopy of lights.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, June 7-28 through August 30
First Gun: Approximately 6:10 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

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 Chesapeake 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.

12th Annual Bands in the Sand
Saturday, June 10
5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $100 per person or limited VIP tickets
www.cbf.org/bandinthesand
410-268-8816

Featured bands are destined to have you dancing in the sand! Check your shoes at the optional “shoe doci” and enjoy an evening of cool drinks, groovin’ live music, tasty food, and to-die-for raffle items on the beach. It’s a party to save the Bay, a natural treasure! 2016’s headliner, The Wailers, entertained 1,500 guests, with Misspent Youth closing out the night. Founding event sponsor, Boatyard Bar and Grill, will provide food and beverages throughout the evening.

Annual Annapolis Arts and Wine Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Adult (age 21 and up) unlimited wine tasting, $35.00; Under age 12, free
http://annapolisartsandwinefestival.com/
410-263-4012

The Annapolis Arts and Wine Festival is a two-day outdoor celebration of the arts, conveniently located at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It features live music, samplings from more than 25 Maryland wineries and activities for the whole family. The event is a short distance from the many restaurants, shops and other attractions of downtown Annapolis.

ArchiTrex Tours
Saturdays, June 10 and 24 and every second and fourth Saturday through September
10:00 a.m.
Departs information booth at City Dock
Admission: TBA
www.watermarkjourney.com
410-263-5357

Explore Annapolis – a Museum without Walls – on this new architecture tour that connects the city’s most notable homes and buildings to history. Join a professional architect on a two-hour walking tour. Learn about some of the most notable 17th- and 18th-century architecture in Annapolis. An unforgettable narrative and leisurely trek awaits. Highlights of the tour include Shiplap House, Patrick Creagh House, Maryland State House, Hammond-Harwood House and Chase-Lloyd House.

12th Annual Eastport Home and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 11
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine
Homes throughout Eastport
Admission: $20 until June 1; $25 thereafter
http://www.eastportcivic.org/
240-994-6094

The 12th Annual Eastport Home & Garden Tour takes participants on an entertaining walk through well-appointed, sometimes historic, and always comfortable homes and gardens owned by Eastport residents. Owners will open their homes for you to enjoy many different styles of architecture, decorating and gardening. Proceeds benefit Eastport’s non-profit organizations.

20th Annual Bernie Hughes Memorial Golf Tournament
Monday, June 12
Location and time TBA
Admission: TBD
www.theberniehouse.org
240-876-0360

A charity event benefitting the Bernie House, a transitional housing program for families fleeing domestic violence.

Friends of the Light House Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 15
Time: TBA
Renditions Golf Course, 1380 Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD
http://www.friendslhs.org
443-569-4209

A golf tournament to benefit the Light House. Sponsored by Friends of the Light House.

Annapolis Design District Summer Block Party
Thursday, June 15
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In Home Stone and Hartcorn Studios, addresses
Admission: TBA
https://www.facebook.com/Annapolis-Design-District-489355104439921/?fref=ts
http://annapolisdesigndistrict.com

Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Charlotte Hounds
Friday, June 16
7:30 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $20
www.thebayhawks.com
443-482-6094

Eastport a Rockin’
Saturday, June 17
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Back Creek and 2nd Street, Eastport
Admission: TBA
Eastportarockin.com

Created as a way to expose local music to a larger audience, Eastport a Rockin’ has drawn attendees from throughout the neighborhood and across the region for more than 20 years and is known as the local music festival of the summer. Some 35 bands are expected to perform on 3-4 stages, keeping local, original music a key component of Eastport a Rockin’. Up and coming local bands with a wide range of styles will display their talents alongside longtime favorites. Over the years, Eastport a Rockin’ has featured such bands as Good Charlotte and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. From rock to folk to roots to blues to jazz to bluegrass to funk, and even some Kindie rock, the breadth of music types found at the festival is sure to please. Features mouth-watering food, including local seafood, BBQ, gyros, shave ice and more. Thirst quenching beverages include an array of domestic and craft beers and a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, smoothies and coffee drinks. The Kids Area includes moon bounces, face painters, tattoo artists, and other great family-friendly activities, as well as a stage with Kindie (Kid Indie) rock from local musicians and showcasing some of our local teen musicians. Proceeds from the event benefit deserving local charities.

Shore Party Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: Free, included with general admission
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Join living history sailors to try your hand at knots and seamanship. Learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation. Free costume rentals are available for children.

Annapolis/Edgewater Coin and Currency Show
Sunday, June 18
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Annapolis
Admission: Free admission and parking
www.coinshows.com
443-623-7025

Features 40 dealers. Sponsored by CEO Coins, Currency & Treasures. Hosted by the Colonial Coin Club.

9th Annual Paca Girlfriends’ Flower Power Party
Wednesday, June 21
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; VIP admission at 5:00 p.m.
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
Admission: TBD
www.pacagirlfriends.com
410-626-1033

Join the Paca Girlfriends for a night of food, fine wine, friendship, flowers and fun you won’t want to miss! Experience the charm of the William Paca House and indulge in culinary creations donated by the area’s premier chefs. Stroll through the reconstructed 18th-century pleasure garden, filled with beautiful rose bushes, holly, summer blooms, an endearing fish-shaped pond and other garden features – all while sipping a signature Pacatini. Proceeds benefit Historic Annapolis’s educational programs and activities.

The Full Monty
Thursdays-Sundays, June 29 through July 22, plus Wednesday, July 19
8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25
http://www.summergarden.com
410-268-9212

A heartwarming comedy with what may be the most highly-anticipated closing number ever, this Americanized version of the 1997 British film centers on a group of out-of-work steelworkers in Buffalo who devise a titillating way to survive tough times and get their mojo back! Rated R.

July

Annapolis Irish Festival
Date TBA. A Friday-Saturday in July
Friday, gates open at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, gates open at 11:00 a.m.
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Hwy., Crownsville, MD
Admission: check website
http://www.annapolisirishfestival.com/
410-980-7971

Celebrate everything Irish at the only festival of its kind in the region. Enjoy traditional Celtic music and Irish rock bands on three different stages, along with workshops and exhibits. When you get hungry, try some delicious Irish beef stew and other Irish favorites. Little Leprechaun Land provides crafts, face painting and other free activities for the kids. As in past years, the festival will benefit local charities.

The Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Rochester Rattlers
Sunday, July 2
7:00 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $20
www.thebayhawks.com
443-482-6094

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, July 2 (and every first Sunday through September)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West and Calvert Streets next to Whitmore parking garage. 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.

Annapolis Fourth of July Parade
Tuesday, July 4
6:30 p.m.
Downtown Annapolis
www.annapolis.gov
410-263-7997

The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned community parade. This patriotic salute to our nation is always a crowd-pleaser, with thousands of viewers lining the route. The U.S. Naval Academy presents a concert at 8:00 p.m. The night wraps up with fireworks over the Annapolis Harbor starting around 9:15 p.m.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged!
Tuesdays, July 4, 11, 18, 25 and every Tuesday through September 26
7:30 p.m.
Reynolds Tavern Courtyard, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis
Admission: check website
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced it! Come prepared for a lighthearted evening when three talented members of the Annapolis Shakespeare Company team perform lighthearted parodies of the bard’s most well-known plays. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Directed by ASC Artistic Director Sally Boyett.

Dinner Under the Stars
Wednesdays, July 5-26 through Mid-September (Tentative dates)
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Street, Annapolis
http://www.annapolisarts.org/
410-858-5884

The first block of West Street (from Church Circle to Calvert Street), located in the heart of the Arts District, will be closed to traffic on Wednesday evenings and filled with café tables reminiscent of the open-air cafés in France, Spain, and Italy. Visitors and area residents are invited to dine, stroll and shop along West Street while enjoying live music beneath a canopy of lights above.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, July 5-26 through August 30
First Gun: Approximately 6:10 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

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 Chesapeake 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.

The Full Monty
Thursdays-Sundays, July 6-22, plus Wednesday, July 19
8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25
http://www.summergarden.com
410-268-9212

A heartwarming comedy with what may be the most highly-anticipated closing number ever, this Americanized version of the 1997 British film centers on a group of out-of-work steelworkers in Buffalo who devise a titillating way to survive tough times and get their mojo back! Rated R.

Revolutionary London Town
Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: Free. Included with general admission
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Step back into the contentious days surrounding the Declaration of Independence. Learn musket drill; debate the merits of independence in William Brown’s Tavern; and learn how colonists made a living at London Town’s Carpenter’s Shop and Tenement. Free costume rentals are available to children.

ArchiTrex Tours
Saturdays, July 8 and 22 and every second and fourth Saturday through September
10:00 a.m.
Departs information booth at City Dock
Admission: TBA
www.watermarkjourney.com
410-263-5357

Explore Annapolis – a Museum without Walls – on this new architecture tour that connects the city’s most notable homes and buildings to history. Join a professional architect on a two-hour walking tour. Learn about some of the most notable 17th- and 18th-century architecture in Annapolis. An unforgettable narrative and leisurely trek awaits. Highlights of the tour include Shiplap House, Patrick Creagh House, Maryland State House, Hammond-Harwood House and Chase-Lloyd House.

Annapolis Design District Movie Night
Thursday, July 13
7:00 p.m.
Annapolis Design District location TBA
Admission: TBA
https://www.facebook.com/Annapolis-Design-District-489355104439921/?fref=ts
http://annapolisdesigndistrict.com

Movie TBA.

Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Florida Launch
Thursday, July 20
7:30 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $20
www.thebayhawks.com
443-482-6094

7th Annual Endless Summer Six-Hour Run
Saturday, July 29
7:30 a.m.
Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis
Admission: $50 for Annapolis Striders; $60 for non-Striders. Race day registration, $70
https://www.annapolisstriders.org/race/2016-endless-summer-6-hour-run/

The Annapolis Striders event involves a scenic 4.157-mile loop with rolling hills, on paved walking paths through the woods of Quiet Waters Park. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Semper Fi Fund. Awards to overall solo runners (male/female/masters/military); overall relay team – three runners per team (male/female/mixed); and top male/female in ten-year age groups (29 and under to 60 and up).

August

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged!
Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and every Tuesday through September 26
7:30 p.m.
Reynolds Tavern Courtyard, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis
Admission: check website
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced it! Come prepared for a lighthearted evening when three talented members of the Annapolis Shakespeare Company team perform lighthearted parodies of the bard’s most well-known plays. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Directed by ASC Artistic Director Sally Boyett.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Wednesday evenings, August 2-30
First Gun: Approximately 6:10 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor
www.annapolisyc.com
410-263-9279

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 Chesapeake 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.

Dinner Under the Stars
Wednesdays, August 2-30 through Mid-September (Tentative dates)
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Street, Annapolis
http://www.annapolisarts.org/
410-858-5884

The first block of West Street (from Church Circle to Calvert Street), located in the heart of the Arts District, will be closed to traffic on Wednesday evenings and filled with café tables reminiscent of the open-air cafés in France, Spain, and Italy. Visitors and area residents are invited to dine, stroll and shop along West Street while enjoying live music beneath a canopy of lights above.

Chesapeake Bayhawks vs. Denver Outlaws
Thursday, August 3
7:30 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 to $20
www.thebayhawks.com
443-482-6094

In the Heights
Thursdays-Sundays, August 3 through September 3
8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25
http://www.summergarden.com
410-268-9212

From Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway sensation Hamilton, comes a heartfelt musical that tells the universal story of the American Dream set to a stirring Latin beat. A jubilant celebration of community and urban life, In The Heights won four Tony Awards and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Rated PG.

72nd Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast
Friday, August 4, rain or shine
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $65 in advance; $75 at the gate
www.annapolisrotary.org
443-837-3105

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 345 bushels of #1 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 and utensils. 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.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, August 6 (and every first Sunday through September)
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West and Calvert Streets next to Whitmore parking garage. 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.

Summer Concert Series
Sundays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: Free. Donations recommended
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

The popular summer concert series returns. Visit website for this year’s lineup and more details.

6th Annual Kegs and Corks Craft Beer and MD Wine Festival
Saturday, August 12
1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with early access option to enter at noon
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD Admission: Early Access Tickets $40; VIP experience, $100 (includes catered reception and reserved seating under tent)
www.kegsandcorksfest.com
410-507-2186

Kegs and Corks is the ONLY local festival that features craft beer and wine TOGETHER, a variety of local artisans, delicious food from a host of vendors, and live entertainment. Enjoy unlimited samples from more than 15 breweries and 15 Maryland wineries! Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, live music all day and free parking! Proceeds benefit a local charity.

ArchiTrex Tours
Saturdays, August 12 and 26 and every second and fourth Saturday through September
10:00 a.m.
Departs information booth at City Dock
Admission: TBA
www.watermarkjourney.com
410-263-5357

Explore Annapolis – a Museum without Walls – on this new architecture tour that connects the city’s most notable homes and buildings to history. Join a professional architect on a two-hour walking tour. Learn about some of the most notable 17th- and 18th-century architecture in Annapolis. An unforgettable narrative and leisurely trek awaits. Highlights of the tour include Shiplap House, Patrick Creagh House, Maryland State House, Hammond-Harwood House and Chase-Lloyd House.

10th Annual C.R.A.B. Regatta
Saturday, August 19
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Eastport Yacht Club, 317 First Street, Annapolis
Admission: Racer entry fee, $55; After Party open to public. Admission, food & drink tickets available at the door. Pricing subject to change.
http://boatyardbarandgrill.com/events/crab
410-336-8880

The Boatyard Regatta benefits Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), a non-profit organization dedicated to making sailing available for people with disabilities. Eastport Yacht Club hosts this fun, no-pressure, feel-good regatta where captains bring families and friends. After a glorious day of sailing on the Bay, contestants and well-wishers enjoy food, libation and rockin’ live music at the huge after-party in Annapolis’s historic Eastport.

Arts in the Park Family Fun Festival
Saturday, August 26
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Outside Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park, MD
Admission: Free
www.chesapeakearts.org
410-636-6597

A family-friendly festival of art, music, dance, theatre, art vendors and food. Activities for kids of all ages.

41st Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival
Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, August 26 through October 22
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis
www.rennfest.com
800-296-7304

The region’s premier outdoor event and second largest Renaissance Festival in the country is celebrating its 41st 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!

September

In the Heights
Thursdays-Sundays, September 1-3
8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis
Admission: $25
http://www.summergarden.com
410-268-9212

From Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway sensation Hamilton, comes a heartfelt musical that tells the universal story of the American Dream set to a stirring Latin beat. A jubilant celebration of community and urban life, In The Heights won four Tony Awards and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Rated PG.

41st Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival
Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, September 2 through October 22
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis
www.rennfest.com
800-296-7304

The region’s premier outdoor event and second largest Renaissance Festival in the country is celebrating its 41st 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!

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, September 3
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West and Calvert Streets next to Whitmore parking garage. 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.

Annapolis/Edgewater Coin and Currency Show
Sunday, September 3
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Elk’s Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Annapolis
Admission: Free admission and parking
www.coinshows.com
443-623-7025

Features 40 dealers. Sponsored by CEO Coins, Currency & Treasures. Hosted by the Colonial Coin Club.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged!
Tuesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26
7:30 p.m.
Reynolds Tavern Courtyard, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis
Admission: check website
www.AnnapolisShakespeare.org
410-415-3513

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced it! Come prepared for a lighthearted evening when three talented members of the Annapolis Shakespeare Company team perform lighthearted parodies of the bard’s most well-known plays. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Directed by ASC Artistic Director Sally Boyett.

Dinner Under the Stars
Wednesdays, September 6-13 through Mid-September (Tentative dates)
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Street, Annapolis
http://www.annapolisarts.org/
410-858-5884

The first block of West Street (from Church Circle to Calvert Street), located in the heart of the Arts District, will be closed to traffic on Wednesday evenings and filled with café tables reminiscent of the open-air cafés in France, Spain, and Italy. Visitors and area residents are invited to dine, stroll and shop along West Street while enjoying live music beneath a canopy of lights above.

19th Annual Arts Alive
Friday, September 8
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Admission: $150
https://www.marylandhall.org/
410-263-5544

Nearly 500 people – business leaders, government officials and arts patrons – will mix and mingle in a “tent under the starts”, enjoying great food and wine as they bid on items in Maryland Hall’s extensive silent auction from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., guests will be invited inside Maryland Hall’s theatre for a live auction and performance.

50th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival
Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD
Admission: Adults, $15; kids 12 and under, free. Parking passes, VIP tickets and crab soup cook-off tickets are also available.
www.mdseafoodfestiveal.com
410-353-9237

Enjoy a variety of delicious seafood, exciting demonstrations and competitions, toe tapping musical entertainment, kids’ activities, loads of shopping options, vendors, exhibits, the 27th Annual Crab Soup Cook-off featuring Annapolis area restaurateurs and chefs in a classic Maryland showdown, and more!

Anne Arundel County Fair
TBA. Typically kicks off the second Wednesday of September and runs through Sunday
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD
www.aacountyfair.org
410-923-3400

For more than 64 years, the Anne Arundel County Fair has been amusing visitos of all ages with fun contests, including hog calling and watermelon eating! Booths feature everything from homemade wine and home-brewed beer, to furniture and one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations. Kids will enjoy the amusement rides, 4H Club animals and interactive car racing. There’s something for everyone.

ArchiTrex Tours
Saturdays, September 9 and 23
10:00 a.m. to noon
Departs information booth at City Dock
Admission: TBA
www.watermarkjourney.com
410-263-5357

Explore Annapolis – a Museum without Walls – on this new architecture tour that connects the city’s most notable homes and buildings to history. Join a professional architect on a two-hour walking tour. Learn about some of the most notable 17th- and 18th-century architecture in Annapolis. An unforgettable narrative and leisurely trek awaits. Highlights of the tour include Shiplap House, Patrick Creagh House, Maryland State House, Hammond-Harwood House and Chase-Lloyd House.

Spa Creek Clean Water Paddlefest
Saturday, September 16
9:00 a.m.
Capital SUP, 800 Boucher Ave, Annapolis
Admission: $60.00
www.spacreek.net
410-260-3322

Explore Spa Creek by human-powered paddle – canoe, kayak, paddleboard. Great event for those who love to paddle and those who are interested in learning how to restore Spa Creek to a fishable, swimmable state. Admission includes food, beverages, entertainment. Sponsored by Spa Creek Conservancy.

Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous and Race
Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, race begins at 11:00 a.m.
National Sailing Hall of Fame Docks, near 69 Prince George Street, City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://nationalsailinghalloffame.org/
877-295-3022

On Saturday, the beautifully restored classic sailboats will be on display at the NSHOF docks. Some are available for boarding, and the owners are happy to address queries from individuals who walk the docks. In the afternoon, speakers will talk about the challenges and joys of maintaining a wooden sailboat. Around 3:00 p.m., radio controlled sailboats built by students from Tabor Academy will race around a course in the basin. On Sunday, the race begins at 11:00 a.m. off the U.S. Naval seawall at Triton Point. Last year, 23 boats participated, ranging in length from 18’ to 65’. Because of the variety of boat lengths and types, the race is called a Pursuit Race, where the slowest boats start first and the fastest start last. The starting sequence takes about one hour, with the last boat starting around noon. The boats circle the course three times. Best places for viewing the race are the U.S. Naval Academy seawall and the Eastport side of Spa Creek at 4th, 3rd or 2nd Streets.

13th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash
Saturday, September 17
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis
Admission: General admission, $75 – includes dinner and 2 beverage vouchers; VIP (Very Important Parrot Heads), $125 – ticket holders get to mingle with the band members and enjoy all the benefits of general admission. Pricing subject to change.
www.amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Event founding sponsor, Boatyard Bar and Grill, has put together a star-studded lineup that includes original members of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers band performing on a waterfront stage. In 2016, Peter Mayer, Brendan Mayer and Doyle Grisham – as well as world-class musicians, John Frinzi, Scott Kirby, Aaron Scherz and Sunny Jim, along with James White and JD Spradlin from Radio Margaritaville, entertained throughout the evening. Evening includes an extensive grilled buffet dinner and cocktails. Proceeds benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s children’s education efforts.

28th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 23
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://kuntakinte.org/
240-801-5543

Take a quick trip to the homeland of Kunta Kinte for a celebration of West African heritage. Enjoy a full schedule of live performances, including traditional drumming and dancing. Try your hand at mask making and other crafts in the children’s tent. Come dressed in your most vibrant colors and/or plan to treat yourself to a new outfit from the marketplace of African wares. The family-friendly event celebrates the perseverance, education and cultural heritage of people of African descent.

3rd Annual Art in Action Annapolis Design District Festival
Saturday, September 23
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Design District
Admission: Free. Donations appreciated
http://annapolisdesigndistrict.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Annapolis-Design-District-489355104439921/?fref=ts

Experience the Annapolis Design District during a festival filled with the works of local artisans, live music, food and drink vendors, a kid’ zone and the unveiling of fabulous new street art. All are welcome.

Hometown Get Down
Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24
Location and time TBA
Admission: 1-day ticket, $20; 2 day ticket, $35, includes camping
www.theberniehouse.org
240-876-0360

Hometown Get Down is an annual grassroots music and arts festival event benefitting the non-profit Bernie House, a transitional housing program for families fleeing domestic violence.

Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival
Saturdays and Sundays, September 23 to October 29
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Greenstreet Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian
Admission: TBD
www.greenstreetgardens.com
410-867-9500

Experience a fun day on the farm. Get lost in our six-acre corn maze and explore the new woodlands. Take a ride on the cow train and the hayride. Jump on the pillow and into the corn box. Lots of fun for the entire family!

4th Annual Blazers. Bourbon. Cigars
Thursday, September 28
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; VIP early admission, 5:00 p.m.
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street
Admission: Price TBD
www.annapolis.org
410-267-7619

The original premier gentlemen’s event of the fall is an evening filled with blazers, bourbon, scotch and rum tastings, cigars and delicious food from the area’s finest chefs – all while enjoying the historic William Paca Garden. All proceeds support the preservation and education mission of the non-profit Historic Annapolis, Inc.

October

4th Annual Lifeline100 Bicycle Ride
Sunday, October 1
7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd, Millersville
Admission: 15-mile: $25; 30-mile: $30; 65-mile: $40; 100-mile: $50.
www.lifeline100.com

Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA) in partnership with Anne Arundel County Police and Recreation & Parks Departments is hosting the award-winning annual Lifeline100. There will be rides of 100, 65, 30, and 15 miles (30 and 15 are all flat, paved trail) starting in the morning and a free children’s bike rodeo and family fun ride starting at 12:30. The 65- and 100-mile routes wind throughout scenic Anne Arundel County, including views of downtown Annapolis, Maryland State House, Severn River, Chesapeake Bay, rural southern Anne Arundel County, BWI/Marshall airport and more. The 15- and 30-mile paved trail rides are perfect for recreational riders and families who’d like to ride at their own pace. The rides are fully supported with fun well-stocked rest stops, bike mechanics and SAG support. All proceeds benefit local non-profits. For more information, and to register as a participant, sponsor or volunteer, visit the www.lifeline100.com. For information about BikeAAA, visit www.bikeaaa.org or contact Jon Korin at president@bikeaaa.org.

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sunday, October 1
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West and Calvert Streets next to Whitmore parking garage. 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.

Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival
Saturdays and Sundays, October 1-29
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Greenstreet Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian
Admission: TBD
www.greenstreetgardens.com
410-867-9500

Experience a fun day on the farm. Get lost in our six-acre corn maze and explore the new woodlands. Take a ride on the cow train and the hayride. Jump on the pillow and into the corn box. Lots of fun for the entire family!

15th Annual Hospice of the Chesapeake Golf Tournament
Thursday, October 5
TBA
Queenstown Harbor Golf Course, 310 Links Lane, Queenstown, MD
Admission: check website
www.hospicechesapeake.org
410-987-2003

The popular tournament includes full breakfast, range time, greens fees, cart, grill lunch on the course, gifts and an awards banquet.

U.S. Sailboat Show
Thursday through Monday, October 5-9
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Visit website
http://www.annapolisboatshows.com/united-states-sailboat-show/
410-268-8828

Now in its 48th year, the nation’s oldest and largest in-water sailboat show featuring exclusively new boats attracts more than 50,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world to America’s Sailing Capital each year. The event is recognized worldwide as the premier sailing showcase for seminars, boating attire and accessories, foul weather gear and boats of all sizes. Cruisers University takes place October 9-12. Individuals can register to learn all they need for living aboard a boat, plan their cruise, equip and maintain their boats and feel at ease heading out.

Historic Hauntings Tours
Fridays and Saturdays, October 6-28
7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Tours depart from the Historic Annapolis Museum Store, 99 Main Street, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $22; Children ages 3 to 11, $14; Children 2 and under, free
www.annapolistours.com
410-268-7601, ext. 100

This year, instead of heading to the typical haunted house full of unconvincing tricks, join Watermark on a special ghost tour of Annapolis with a costumed guide. Presented in concert with Historic Annapolis, Inc., the tour will include the inside of a “spooky” historic house.

Navy vs. Air Force Falcons
Saturday, October 7
TBA
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Check Website
http://www.navysports.com/
410-263-8786

Navy Football will battle the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 7th! Get your tickets today by calling 1-800-US4NAVY or visiting navysports.com! GO NAVY!

41st Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival
Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, October 7-22
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis
www.rennfest.com
800-296-7304

The region’s premier outdoor event and second largest Renaissance Festival in the country is celebrating its 41st 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!

Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival
Saturdays and Sundays, October 7-29
10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Greenstreet Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian
Admission: TBD
www.greenstreetgardens.com
410-867-9500

Experience a fun day on the farm. Get lost in our 6 acre corn maze and explore the new woodlands. Take a ride on the cow train and the hayride. Jump on the pillow and into the corn box. Lots of fun for the entire family.

Taste of South County
Thursday, October 12
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: $35
www.tasteofsouthcounty.org
410-867-3129

Sample the Best of South County with over 25 different food samples plus local wines and craft beers; Three wineries and 14 restaurants are slated to participate.

U.S. Powerboat Show
Thursday through Sunday, October 12-15
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Visit Website
http://www.annapolisboatshows.com/united-states-powerboat-show/
410-268-8828

Now in its 46th 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.

Sins & Secrets
Fridays, October 13, 20, 27
6:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: TBA. Pre-registration highly recommended. Limited space available
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Discover London Town’s salacious side: pirates, murder and scandal! Tour and food/beverages included.

Oyster Festival
Sunday, October 15
12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
Admission: Adults, $6; children under 12, $2
www.captainaverymuseum.org
410-867-4486

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.

OktoBEARfest
Saturday, October 21
Maryland Zoo, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
Admission: Varies
www.marylandzoo.org
410-396-7102

Get out your lederhosen, polish up your Polka steps, and join us for OktoBEARfest, a fall beer festival held in conjunction with Beer Week. The event is held in the Zoo’s Waterfowl Lake Pavilion area and will feature a host of seasonal ales, Oktoberfest inspired foods and live music.

Pumpkin Walk
Friday, October 27
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hammond Harwood House, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: $10 per child, $5 Member’s child; Chaperones, free
www.hammondharwoodhouse.org
410-263-4683

Join us for our annual Pumpkin Walk. The event will celebrate the season with games and a costume parade around the mansion. This event will also feature several fun activities to introduce children to the architecture of the house. Wine and beer are available for purchase for parents and chaperones 21+!

USNA Halloween – All Saints Day Concert
Friday-Saturday, October 27-28
8:00 p.m.
Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale at date to be determined in September.

ZooBoo!
Friday-Sunday, October 27-29
Maryland Zoo, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
Admission: Free with Zoo admission
www.marylandzoo.org
410-396-7102

Calling all ghosts, goblins and friendly monstors! Come to the Zoo dressed to impress and enjoy free trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, delicious food and more! Don’t miss the most spooktacular festival of the year.
November

Annapolis by Candlelight
Friday-Saturday, November 3-4
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Private homes and public spaces in Annapolis’s Historic District
Admission: $35, general admission; $30 Historic Annapolis Members; All tickets $40 beginning October 30
www.annapolis.org
410-267-7619

A crisp autumn evening is the perfect time to walk through one of the historic neighborhoods in Annapolis. The experience is even better when the doors to some of the homes are open and you are invited inside. During Annapolis by Candlelight, Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses. Visitors see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings built in the 20th, 19th or 18th century. Each house is a reminder of he rich architectural and cultural heritage of Maryland’s capital city and illustrates the practical and aesthetic benefits of effective historic preservation.

Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Tug o’ War
Saturday, November 4
Crack o’ noon
Eastport & Annapolis City Dock
Admission: Free
www.themre.org

Drawing on a decades-old rivalry, the annual charitable event features the longest tug-of-war over a body of water in the world, pitting downtown Annapolitans against the rebels of the mock-breakaway Maritime Republic of Eastport. Dubbed the Slaughter across the Water, it features a 1700-foot rope, 450 tuggers and about 1,000 spectators. A festival-like atmosphere overtakes downtown Eastport and Annapolis beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tugging begins promptly (more or less) at the crack o’ noon.

First Sunday Arts Festival – the Holiday Edition!
Sunday, November 5
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Admission: Free
www.firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

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 130 local and regional artists in search of unique holiday gifts. 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. Event includes some of the region’s best artists, crafters, musicians and food. It’s the area’s premier shopping event for individuals who want to give original and handcrafted gifts for the holidays. Peruse hand-crafted jewelry, wheel-thrown pottery, hand-knit hats and scarves, alpaca clothing, photography, paintings, books, forged metal arts, fused glass, home décor, local wines and more.

Veterans Day Celebration
Saturday, November 11
10:00 a.m.
Location in Anne Arundel County TBA
Admission: Free
www.hospicechesapeake.org
410-987-2003

Hospice of the Chesapeake’s celebration of veterans is part of its partnership in the We Honor Veterans program, a national hospice initiative honoring men and women who have served in the military.

Lights on the Bay
Typically the Saturday before Thanksgiving – November 18 through January 1
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. nightly, weather permitting
$15, car; $50, bus; $30, mini-bus
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
www.lightonthebay.org
443-481-3161

Don’t miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay. The event features more than 70 animated and stationary displays, including traditional Maryland-themed favorites, holiday and children’s displays. Proceeds benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center.

American Indian Heritage Day
Friday, November 24
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: Free. Included with general admission
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Celebrate American Indian Heritage Day with the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians. Dance, explore culture and create crafts.

Santa Arrives at Greenstreet Gardens
Saturday, November 25
11:00 am
Greenstreet Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Road, Lothian, MD
Admission: Free
www.greenstreetgardens.com
410-867-9500

Join us in welcoming Santa to Greenstreet with the help of the Deale Fire Department. Take the opportunity to take your own special photos with Santa in our Winter Wonderland.

Small Business Saturday
Typically, the Saturday after Thanksgiving – Saturday, November 25
Downtown Shops and Stores throughout Annapolis, West Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

This is your chance to show local business owners that you care by shopping at their stores. In an age of global markets and capitalism, it’s far too easy for small businesses to struggle and fail, even if they offer superior products and services. We have the power to turn this around. Small Business Saturday encourages people everywhere to change the world little by little by shopping at small businesses on this designated day – and to make a habit of it in the future.

Annapolis/Edgewater Coin and Currency Show
Sunday, November 26
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Elks’ Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Annapolis
Admission: Free admission and parking
www.coinshows.com
443-623-7025

Features 40 dealers. Sponsored by CEO Coins, Currency & Treasures. Hosted by the Colonial Coin Club.

Grand Illumination – Annapolis Tree Lighting
TBA. Typically, the Sunday after Thanksgiving – Sunday, November 26
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Market Space at the Market House, 25 Market Street, Annapolis

With support from the Annapolis business community, the Annapolis Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) will once again host the Lighting of the Tree in Annapolis during the City’s Grand Illumination event. Watch Santa arrive in town and enjoy singing and dance performances by area youth. The Jaycees will provide refreshments and ornaments children can use to decorate the tree. Attendees are invited to bring nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for the Jaycees’ annual Angel Tree Project.

December

Military Bowl
A date in December TBA
Time: TBA
U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Tickets: 888-841-2787
http://www.miitarybowl.org/

The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefitting the USO, will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

Holiday Candlelight Stroll
Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-2, 8, 15-16
7:30 p.m.
Tours depart from the Information Booth at City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $21; Children ages 3-11, $12; Children 2 and under, free
www.watermarkjourney.com
410-268-7601, ext. 100

Learn about the origin of holiday traditions – including the significance of evergreens, Yule logs, Christmas trees and Santa Claus as you stroll through Annapolis with a festively attired guide. Includes a tour of the Hammond-Harwood House.

Jolly Express Cruise
Fridays-Sundays, December 1-3; 8 and 10; 15-17; and 22-24
6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Adults, $23; Children 11 and under, $13
www.cruisesonthebay.com
410-268-7600

Enjoy a 45-minute, holiday inspired “sleigh ride” cruise aboard the reindeer antler bedecked Miss Anne. Cruise includes holiday music, hot cocoa and Captain Santa at the helm.

Illuminated London Town
Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD
Admission: TBA. Price per car.
www.historiclondontown.org
410-222-1919

Celebrate winter magic with seasonal performances and hot cider. Roast your own s’mores and enjoy the beautiful lights throughout the gardens.

USNA Handel’s Messiah Concerts
Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: Varies
www.usna.edu/music
410-293-8497

Tickets go on sale at to be determined date in November.

Eastport’s Petite Illumination
Sunday, December 3
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Eastport Shell Station, Corner of 6th Street and Severn, Eastport, Annapolis
Admission: Free
410-268-4555

Bring your own ornament or decorate one on site to help trim the tree before we light it with Santa at 4:45 p.m. Enjoy music, cocoa, cider, rum cake, cookies and more. Fun for the whole family!

15th Annual ALS Artisan Boutique
TBA. Typically the first Sunday in December
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
TBA. Typically the Crowne Plaza Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD
Admission: Free
www.alsinfo.org
410-991-4959

More than 55 regional artists will showcase jewelry, pottery, confections, wood working, wearable art, painting, glassware, mixed media, childen’s wear and accessories and more – all to benefit patients and families living with ALS. Includes live music, silent auction and raffle.

State House by Candlelight
TBA. Typically the first Saturday in December
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Maryland State House, State Circle, Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/home.html

Enjoy this annual open house featuring performances by young musicians and vocalists from throughout Maryland. The oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation will be adorned with 24 Christmas trees representing every Maryland county and Baltimore City. Photo identification is required for individuals age 16 and older.

Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping I, II, II
Typically, the first three Thursdays in December
6:00 p.m. to midnight
Downtown Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://www.downtownannapolispartnership.org/

Lights, garland, action! Historic Annapolis shops throw open their doors in a glorified block party that’s open to all. Enjoy outside musical performances as well as food and refreshments at many stores as you stroll along Main Street, Maryland Avenue, Inner West Street, and State Circle in search of that perfect gift. To enhance the experience, the first block of Main Street will be closed traffic for the first time this year. Sponsored by the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

2nd Annual Chocolate Binge Festival
Sunday, December 3
Noon to 5 p.m.
First blocks of West Street in downtown Annapolis
Admission: $5.00 suggested cash donation
443-452-7321
www.annapolischocolatefestival.com

Are you a chocoholic in need of a fix? You won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Chocolate Binge Festival. A dozen local chocolate vendors will be selling chocolate specialties, including chocolate caramels, cakes, chocolate bars, truffles, fudge, cookies, candies, hot chocolate, fondue, martinis and more. The afternoon also includes family-friendly entertainment, holiday shopping and the lighting of the newly expanded West Street Holiday Light Canopy. Enjoy live music, a marshmallow roast, a gingerbread house moon bounce, giant snowball run, hot chocolate with members of the Annapolis Police Department and a visit with Santa. He’ll be collecting toys and clothing for the We Care and Friends Holiday Party for kids in need. Presented by the Annapolis Arts District and Inner West Street Association.

35th Annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Saturday, December 9
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek
Admission: Free
www.eastportyc.org or facebook.com/EastportYachtClubLightsParade
410-267-8739

Brightly decorated boats parade around the Annapolis waterfront in one of the City’s signature events. Thousands of lights and a host of jolly revelers make this a fun holiday event for the entire family. Prime viewing areas include: Eastport, Spa Creek, City Dock and Naval Academy sea wall. Sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club.

City of Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration
Sunday, December 31
Traditionally 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for kids; 8:00 p.m. to midnight for adults
Ball Fields behind Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: Free
http://www.annapolis.gov/
410-263-7997

Family activities fill the day and music and dancing fills the night at this annual celebration welcoming the New Year. For the second year, kid’s activities are expected to take place on the ball fields behind Maryland Hall and Bates Middle School. Participants are invited to park at Park Place garage and take City of Annapolis-provided shuttles to and from the new location. Activities will include face painting, an obstacle course, moon bounce and music performed by kids’ rock bands. The first round of festivities wraps up with on-site fireworks at 5:30 p.m. Then it’s off to area restaurants for dinner with the kids. The second round of festivities includes live music and dancing at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock beginning at 8:00 p.m. and ending with midnight fireworks.

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