June 1 – 10 marks the Second Annual Annapolis Arts Week. This week-long celebration of the arts encompasses a wide range of artistic creativity that makes up this historic city. Here are our top five reasons to visit Arts Week in Annapolis.

Paint Annapolis Attendees can escape the ordinary and experience artists painting en plein air. Paint Annapolis – an outdoor painting event – challenges the status quo by bringing artists from around the world to interpret the surrounding colonial and marine landscapes of Maryland’s capital city. It’s an event no one wants to miss!

Annapolis Arts Week

Block parties Who doesn’t love a good party? This Arts Week, West Street has you covered as they host three unforgettable block parties: Arts District Block Party, Dinner Under the Stars, and Art on the Avenue. Come celebrate with good food, great music, and amazing company!

Exhibits & Galleries Annapolis is a city of arts. With over 20 galleries, an entire street referred to as “The Arts District,” and countless artists calling the historic city home, it’s no wonder Annapolis has an abundance of exhibits and shows throughout the year. This week in particular, galleries fill their space with a wide variety of artwork. From pottery and glass fusing to sculpture, painting, photography, and everything in between. 

Classes & Workshops Embrace all that is Arts Week by becoming an artist yourself. Countless organizations and businesses around town will be offering classes and workshops that cover a range of artistic and performance arts discipline.

Live Music What’s a party without live music? Arts Week has partnered with NapTownMusic to bring you the most comprehensive list of performances happening in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County from June 1 – 10. Enjoy the musical talents of both local and national artists.

For more information and for the full list of events, visit Annapolis Arts Week.