ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND—Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) wants to make it easy for individuals to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland in August 2016. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, VAAAC has put together a August 2016 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit


Fiber Options Monday, August 1 to Saturday, August 6 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis Admission: Free 410-268-4566

National juried exhibition of artwork based in fiber.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged! Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 (and every Tuesday through September 27) 7:30 p.m. Reynolds Tavern Courtyard, 7 Church Circle, Annapolis Admission: $30 410-415-3513

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 Wednesdays, August 3-31 First Gun: Approximately 6:10 p.m. Annapolis Harbor 410-263-9279

Grab your favorite dockside seat in America’s Sailing Capital to watch some 150 crews compete in midweek races that involve sailing around several marks in the 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.

Aerial Tours of Wednesday Night Sailboat Races Wednesdays, August 3 through August 24 Monumental Helicopters, Tipton Airport, 7505 General Aviation Drive, Hangar 84, Ft. Meade, MD 20755 Admission: Visit website 410-491-4354

Take in the bustle of City Dock and Ego Alley and get a grand view of historic Annapolis and the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races. Catch a “quick look” at Annapolis attractions and the beauty of Chesapeake Bay sailing, while you admire boats, marinas and stunning waterfront estates.

Dinner Under the Stars Wednesdays, August 3 through September 21 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. West Street, Annapolis 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. Live music and special art exhibits will appear all over West Street, adding to the ambiance as you dine beneath a canopy of lights.

Million Dollar Quartet Thursday-Sunday, August 4-7 Various Times The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis Complex, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis Admission: $22.00 - $36.00 443-261-5130

The Tony Award Winning musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary December night to life with a tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and more.

Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series Thursdays, August 4-25 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis Admission: Free, $10 donation suggested 410-295-1040, ext. 4

Enjoy folk, classic rock, soul, psychedelic funk, country, Hawaiian swing, Island music, boogie-woogie, and swing – all on the beach!

Thursday Night with the Stars Thursdays, August 4-25 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission: Free Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis 410-263-7958

Large and small groups of local musicians perform everything from county to jazz on Thursday evenings. Bring a comfy chair, although chairs are provided. Presented by the Art in Public Places Commission. This month’s lineup includes: MEGA (August 4), One Accord (August 11), an Army Jazz Band (August 18) and Jazz Mosaic (August 25).

The Producers Thursdays - Sundays, August 4 through September 4 8:30 p.m. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise Street, Annapolis Admission: $22 410-268-9212

Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic comedy film. As a stage musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for outrageous humor, following the journey of two very different men who survive an insanely funny adventure to become unlikely friends.

71st Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast Friday, August 5, rain or shine 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis Tickets: Adult, $60; Child, $20 410-295-3201

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.

Annapolis Towne Centre Free Friday Concerts Fridays, August 5-26 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, 1906 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis

Every Friday night, the area's best talent will take the stage on Towne Centre Boulevard to deliver a rockin' performance. Enjoy local music, including classic rock, jazz, 80's, blues, swing and Motown. Event includes a beer garden hosted by Towne Centre restaurants. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

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

Enjoy live entertainment and peruse the work of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West Street and Calvert Street 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 Tango Friday, August 12 and every second Friday through September 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis City Dock Admission: Free 410-263-7958

Watch and join in the dance while the moon rises over the Annapolis Harbor.

American Landscapes Friday, August 12 to Saturday, September 10 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis Admission: Free 410-268-4566

National juried exhibition of landscape artworks. Reception: August 21.

Wildlife Conservation & Recreation Day Saturday, August 13 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center/North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel, MD Admission: Free 301-497-5770

Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery and firearm demonstrations.

Sundae Sunday Sunday, August 14 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side Admission: Free; small sundaes $2.50 410-867-4486

This summer tradition on the lawn attracts kids of all ages: teenagers playing music and singing on the front porch, families playing croquet and other games on the lawn, artists with easels in the raingarden, couples dangling their toes in the water off the pier, and even folks napping in the shade.

9th Annual C.R.A.B. Regatta Saturday, August 20 Party, 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 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.

Great Frogs Date Night Series Friday, August 27 and every last Friday of the month through September 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Great Frogs Winery, 3218 Harness Creek Road, Annapolis Admission: Early Bird: single/$55; $110/couple. General admission: $60/single, $120/couple. Harness Creek neighbors (walk-ins only, no parking) $55/single, $110/couple 410-626-6193

Join Great Frogs Winery for an intimate evening with music, pizza and wine. Patrons are invited to sample Great Frogs’ newest selection of wines before choosing a bottle to share. Guests will also get to choose from among three farm-to-table pizzas. Limited tickets are available. Reservations are recommended.

40th Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival Weekends and Labor Day, August 27 through October 23 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis 800-296-7304

The region’s premier outdoor event and second largest Renaissance Festival in the country is celebrating its 40th 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!

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