In April, everyone in the Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay region is eager to get out and enjoy the warming weather. The Spring Sailboat Show (April 20-22, 2018)-offering free sailboat rides this year!-jumpstart the spring sailing season for novices and veteran sailors alike. If you're planning a visit to Annapolis in April, consider attending what's become a beloved tradition: the St. John's College vs. United States Naval Academy Croquet Match. In what's likely the largest and most well-attended croquet match in the country, the Johnnies (students from St. John's) and the Mids (Naval Academy midshipmen) compete each spring for the coveted Annapolis Cup. The festive atmosphere makes for a fun time for players and spectators alike.

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

Maryland Chicken Wing Festival
When: TBD
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. 

ABC Events is excited to bring you the 5th annual Maryland Chicken Wing Festival. Join us and enjoy wings from some of the best establishments around. This is a family friendly event, with lots of activities, music, and good food and drink!

Maryland Avenue Earth Day Fest
When: TBD
Where: Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis 
Admission: Free

It's a green twist on a local tradition! This year's Maryland Avenue Spring Festival lands on Earth Day, making for the perfect day to get outdoors and take in the warming weather. Enjoy an old-fashioned street festival with green exhibitors, merchants, and vendors offering art, antiques, jewelry, fashion, home décor, crafts, food and activities for the entire family. Visit www.shopmarylandavenue.com for more information.

Maryland Avenue Festival

2018 Annapolis Book Festival
When: Saturday, April 8
Where: The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
Admission: Free

Recognized as one of the premier community events in the region, the free festival celebrates the beauty, power, passion and excitement of the written word. It includes a full day of discussions with prominent authors, a family-friendly comic-con for children and teens, children’s activities, book signings, live music and new and used book sales. The event attracts more than 3,000 attendees annually. Visit www.keyschool.org for more information.

Maryland Day Celebration
When: Friday-Sunday, April 6-8, 2018
Where: Sites throughout the Four Rivers Heritage Area
Admission: Free or nominal $1 entry fee

Rediscover Maryland’s history with family and friends during a fun-filled festival highlighting the uniqueness of the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Local cultural and heritage sites offer special activities and tours. Stroll through downtown Annapolis or visit Historic London Town and the Annapolis countryside to enjoy educational tours, costumed re-enactors, art exhibits, kids' activities, and more. Visit www.marylandday.org for more information.

36th Annual St. John’s / USNA Croquet Match
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018, Rain or Shine
Where: St. John’s College Campus Front Lawn, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: TBA

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 feet. The “Mids” follow the United States Croquet Association dress code. Visit www.sjc.edu for more information.

USNA vs St. John's Croquet Match

6th Annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
When: April 20-22, 2018
Where: City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: $12-$19

Set in the charming and historic seaport of Annapolis, the 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 show’s 100+ on-land nautical exhibits and on-site pro surf shops. The fifth annual in-water springtime show will feature Cruisers University (April 21-24) and more than 80 new and previously-owned sailboats of all types and sizes – including catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, inflatables and day sailors. Visit the Annapolis Boat Shows online for more information.

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