It won’t be long before the kids head back to school and another beloved summer comes to an end. As sad as the change in season might be for all lovers of long, relaxing summer days, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) says there’s still time to pack in plenty of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County fun before bidding an official farewell to the lazy, hazy days of summer!
As VAAAC sees it, no summer’s complete without indulging in the following key experiences:
Dinner Under the Stars
Back for a third year, the weekly Wednesday night Dinner Under the Stars event on the first block of West Street in Annapolis’s Arts District runs through September 19th. The street closes to traffic, and restaurateurs bring tables into the streets for al fresco dining beneath a canopy of white lights and heavenly stars. It’s a perfect opportunity to feast with family and friends in a relaxed setting filled with live music and the arts.
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races
Treat yourself to a view of the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, and you’ll better understand why Annapolis is called America’s Sailing Capital. Since April, some 130 crews have been competing in midweek races that run through August 29th. It’s not too late to make a reservation at your favorite waterfront restaurant to watch the boats battle it out. If you prefer, stake out a spot along the Spa Creek bridge or City Dock and watch the beauty and magnificence of dozens of spinnakers backlit by the setting sun unfold before your eyes. First gun is approximately 6:10 p.m.
First Sunday Arts Festival
Now in its 16th year, the First Sunday Arts Festival on the first blocks of West and Calvert Streets in Annapolis’s Arts District is bigger and better than ever! This year, organizers of the free event have expanded the number of artisans and added a local farmers market that offers fresh local produce, meats, seedlings, maple syrup and cheeses. Attendees are invited to peruse the offerings of nearly 150 local artisans and farmers on West and Calvert Streets from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month through November. Patrons can dine at outdoor cafes and enjoy live music at four free performance stages including Weisman Park near the 26 West Street Visitors Center; the main stage next to Stan & Joe’s Saloon; City Gate Park on the second block of West Street; and on Calvert Street in Whitmore Park.
This summer marks the sixth year Annapolis Shakespeare Company is presenting comedy in the outdoor courtyard at Reynolds Tavern’s 1747 Pub. Every Tuesday through September 25th, Annapolis Shakespeare Company is presenting Moliere’s fast-paced comedy, The Miser, directed by ASC’s founding artistic director Sally Boyett. Guests can enjoy a fine meal and a superb performance in the intimacy of the tavern’s outdoor courtyard.
Live music lovers are invited to enjoy an outdoor concert nearly every day of the week in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County! The U.S. Naval Academy Band is presenting Tuesday night concerts at City Dock through its season finale on August 4th. Susan Campbell Park at City Dock is the place to be for the City of Annapolis’s “Rock the Dock” concert series on Thursday evenings through September 7th. The Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Tides & Tunes summer concerts are another Thursday night favorite through August 16th. Individuals exploring Friday night options may want to check out the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole concerts through August 24th. The Greater Parole Community Association presents its Chambers Park Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings through September 21st, and Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater serenades music lovers with Sunday night concerts through August 26th.
Get Out on the Water
A great day can be made even better by just adding water! It doesn’t matter how you do it, just get out on the water now – before many a boat gets shrink wrapped for the season at the end of October! Whether you opt for a five-minute water taxi ride, a 40-minute Harbor Queen tour, a two-hour sail aboard the 74-foot Schooner Woodwind, or you elect to captain your own electric boat, there are a host of ways to get out in the harbor or out on the Chesapeake Bay! For those who prefer an additional workout, Stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are great ways to explore waterways as well.
Squeeze in a Crab Feast
No summer is complete without a crab feast! Whether you’ve had one – or none – so far this summer, there’s still time to indulge. You can save yourself the work and experience all the fun by attending the Annapolis Rotary Club’s 73rd Annual World’s Largest Crab Feast at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, August 3rd. 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, pulled pork, watermelon and hundreds of gallons of beer and soft drinks. Proceeds will benefit as many as 30 community non-profit organizations.