When: June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Wine Tasting Ticket: $30.00 includes wine tastings and entry. Wine by the glass and bottle are available for purchase.
Non-tasting Ticket: $8.00
Youth Ticket Ages 12-18: $5.00
Children under 12 are FREE.
This annual event is ideal for friends, families and couples looking to kick off the summer in a unique way. Over 200 artists and artisans will be showcasing and selling their work. Smooth jazz will be performed all day long by both Three Shot Mocha and Mosaic Jazz Ensemble. Twenty-five Maryland wineries will be at the event offering tastings, so feel free to purchase a bottle of wine, peruse the artwork, relax and enjoy the music.
Featured work includes:
If you are planning to bring the little ones with you, be sure to stop by the Kids’ Art area. Check out the schedule here on the website to see exactly what is going on, but here is a little taste:
Annapolis Wine Expo 2013
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Where: The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Session I: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Session II: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo coordinators have partnered with Southern Wine and Spirits to bring the city the annual Annapolis Wine Expo. Held over one afternoon, over 100 varietals of wine – national and international – will be served to wine connoisseurs and newbies alike. Guests will move from station to station, tasting the wines and sampling light fare. Some of the afternoon’s events also include:
Tasting Seminars – Learn to swish, swirl and taste like a pro. Get an education on how to recognize flavors and aromas in many popular types of wine. Also, learn what wines are best paired with which foods.
Dining at the Chef’s Table – This event must be reserved in addition to the wine expo. Visit select restaurants throughout Annapolis for a multi-course, wine-paired menu.
Join the residents and visitors of Annapolis and beyond as we celebrate the sixth annual Maryland Day from March 22 – 24, 2013. Maryland Day is a statewide holiday honoring the formal founding of Maryland as a colony. The holiday is celebrated with a weekend of activities, events and fun for the whole family. As various museums across the city, there will be guest speakers, special kids’ activities and live music performances. Read along as we take you through some of the upcoming Maryland Day Celebration events.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation – The foundation will be leading a hands-on restoration and tour of the Oyster Restoration Center. Dress appropriately and assist in the construction of concrete reef balls that will serve as a habitat for critters such as oysters, fish, blue crabs and more.
MainStreets Annapolis Partnership/ City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission – The Annapolis Historic District will be hosting a scavenger hunt starting at City Hall. The hunt will put you on the lookout for historic and architectural items.
Maryland State House – Go on a behind the scenes tour of the newest exhibit in the Maryland State House. “The Enemy Nearly All Around Us” chronicles the war of 1812 and how the Maryland State Government was able to protect its citizens from attack.
Bring out the stretchy pants; Annapolis Restaurant Week is upon us. Throughout the last week of February, over 40 of the area’s finest restaurants are bringing hungry patrons three-course dinners and two-course lunches. Two of the city’s diners, Miss Shirley’s Café and Metropolitan Kitchen are offering a two-course breakfast.
When you visit the official Restaurant Week website, all the participating eateries are listed, with a link to their websites, menus, and what meal(s) they will be serving. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made for select restaurants through the main page.
The city of Annapolis has made transportation and parking hassles non-existent through the Park & Shop Program and the Circulator. The Park & Shop Program is a partnership of retailers and some parking garages for free parking vouchers. Many of the included restaurants are within comfortable walking distance of the garages. The Circulator is the trolley that circles downtown, with fifteen stops along the way, and will be free all week.
So, come hungry and leave full. Enjoy Restaurant Week!
Dates: February 25 – March 3 3-Course Dinner: $32.95 2-Course Lunch: $15.95 2-Course Breakfast: $12.95
Guests visiting Annapolis, and even residents, enjoy this 18th century Georgian mansion built by William Paca. Paca was a three-term governor of Maryland, as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The architecture of the home was designed largely by Paca himself. Construction of the two-story home with a 2-acre walled garden lasted from 1763-1765. Although many changes were made to the home over the two and a half centuries of its existence, it has since been restored to its original state.
Guided tours of the home take place hourly, on the half hour, and last roughly 40 minutes each. Visitors may feel free to tour the garden at their own pace and leisure. Admission to the National Historic Landmark is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, youth between the ages of 6 and 17 get in for $5, and children 5 and under are free. If you wish to tour the garden only, admission is $7 for all ages.
Address: 186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, MD 21401 Telephone: (410) 267-8146 Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Princess Tea Party Celebrating Queen Anne’s Birthday Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission: $20 each participating person
Bring your little princess out to this birthday celebration hosted by Queen Anne herself for a tea party afternoon at the Paca House & Garden. Have your little one dress up as their favorite princess to honor the British monarch for which Annapolis is named.
Join the celebration ushering in 2013 at City Dock as Annapolis lights up the night for their annual New Year’s Eve fireworks performance. The Circulator, Annapolis’ local shuttle, is running free to help visitors and residents make it to the event. City parking garages are open 24 hours to park securely and from there you can ride the Circulator to the celebration at no cost. Be sure to dress in layers to keep warm as you watch the show. This performance is ideal for families with children of all ages. No food will be sold at the event, but feel free to pack a picnic of your own! The best viewing areas are City Dock from Susan Campbell Park, along Main Street, any public spaces northeast of Severn River, any street-end parks facing Spa Creek, or aboard a boat in City Harbor. This event will be held after dark on December 31, 2012, and all performances are free to attend.
Around the Thanksgiving season take part in the Continental Congress Festival which will showcase America’s political evolution from 1774 to 1789. This three-day comprehensive experience will highlight the Treaty of Paris Proclamation. Not only does November 26 – 28 mark the dates of this intriguing festival, but are also the dates marking the first time this broadside will be displayed in Annapolis, where the Treaty was created. The Treaty of Paris Proclamation was signed by President Thomas Mifflin and Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson right in Annapolis on January 14, 1784.
Date: November 26-28 Location: Governor Calvert House (58 State Circle, Annapolis) Cost: FREE Parking: Trolley Service USNA Stadium, City of Annapolis garages, Circulator
Here are some of the features of the 2012 Continental Congress Festival:
• Compilation of unique Revolutionary War & Founding manuscripts, letters & documents written by George Washington, Elias Boudinot, John Jay and other leaders
• Lectures by noted scholars in the US Founding Field covering the 1774-89 period
• Rare copy of the 1775 manuscript copy of the Articles of Confederation
• Author signings
• Historic memorabilia
• Film screenings
• Trivia contests
• Children’s activities
Festival attendees will soak in even more history relating to Annapolis and enjoy special family friendly events at the Continental Congress Festival. Purchase books, enjoy short films, meet Poe from the Baltimore Ravens, attend lectures or get an up-close look at rare documents dating back to the 1700s.
On Saturday, Nov 3rd, the longest tug-of-war over a body of water will be going down between longtime rivals: Eastport and Annapolis. The charitable event has been drawing crowds to their rivalry for decades. With a 1700 foot rope, 450 tuggers and 1,000 spectators this Tug-o-War XV between the rebels is sure to be a hit! Meanwhile downtown Annapolis and Eastport become festival-atmospheres starting as early as 11am. The tug-of-war challenge starts at noon.
You can participate and sign up for the Eastport side or the Annapolis side. Another option would be to just be a spectator and save your palms the bruising.
Here’s a video from the Tug that took place 2 years ago:
Also, during the Tug-of-War XV festivities the Mason Dixon Chili Pod of the Chili Appreciation Society International will be having a CASI Sanctioned Chili Cookoff on the Eastport side.
The 2012 Tug will be benefiting a number of charities/organizations: MainStreet Annapolis, Eastport Girls Club, Save the Coconuts, The Bernie House, Eastport Elementary School, We Care and Friends and Maryland Wing.
On the first Friday and Saturday of November Historic Annapolis Candlelight Tours between 5pm and 9pm. The tours grant guests exclusive access to private owned homes located along Prince George, King George, East and Martin Streets and Maryland Avenue. Approximately 11 luxurious homes will be featured in the 2012 Historic Annapolis by Candlelight Tour, and tickets can be purchased in advance. Homeowners open their doors to the public and welcome in Annapolis “tourists” and locals who want a glimpse inside the prestigious properties found in historic Annapolis neighborhoods.
Advanced Purchase (Before Oct 28th): $30
Purchased After Oct 28th: $35
Members/Volunteers of Historic Annapolis: $25
Allow Historic Annapolis to introduce you to some of the city’s finest architecture in this annual walking tour. The Annapolis by Candlelight Tour takes you into private homes that display some of the rich historic culture and lifestyle associated with Annapolis. Get your ticket from now for one of the Candlelight Tours occurring on November 2nd and 3rd!
The second weekend of October is going to be a fun and exciting time since the 22nd Annual Arts and Music Festival will be taking place in Quiet Waters Park. On Saturday and Sunday enjoy Art in the Park, local musicians, Irish dancers, specialty foods, free antiques appraisals and live demonstrations by artists! More than 60 artists will feature their work in the art show. The 2012 Arts and Music Festival of Annapolis is October 13th and 14th between 10am and 5pm both days.
Art at the Park Art & Music Festival features:
• Art sales from more than 60 artists
• Free Antiques appraisals
• Jambalaya, crabcakes, oysters & other specialty foods
• Live demonstrations by painters, spinners, potters and more
• Live concerts by Ashley Forrest, Anthony Clark, Mike Noonan and more
• Irish Dancers
• Nancy Hammond’s newest designs
Admission to the fall event is only $6 and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Quiet Waters Park, which is a non-profit that supports park programs. Quiet Waters Park is located at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road and parking is Free!