When the sun is blazing and the pavement's hot, loads of people in the Annapolis & Chesapeake Bay region take to the water: by sailboat, pleasure cruiser, kayak, paddle board-you name it. Both tourists and locals can be found in abundance on the water in August. For those who like to keep their feet on the ground, there is lots of fun traipsing about to be had-in the historic city of Annapolis, in the maritime villages of the Annapolis Countryside, or in the entertainment-shopping mecca in the Annapolis-Baltimore region. There's also the tasty Annapolis Rotary Club Crab Feast (August 4th)-some say the biggest in the world-for those seeking a true taste of the Chesapeake.
Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast
When: Friday, August 4, rain or shine; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Tickets: Adult, $65 in advance, $75 at the gate; Child, $25
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. Visit www.annapolisrotary.org for more information.
First Sunday Arts Festival
When: Sunday, August 6 (and every first Sunday through November) Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Where: First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West Street (the Arts District) 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. Visit www.firstsundayarts.com for more information.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
When: Weekends and Labor Day, August 26 through October 22; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis
The region’s premier outdoor event and second largest Renaissance Festival in the country is celebrating its 41st 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! Visit www.rennfest.com for more information.