Historical and cultural happenings abound in March. On the weekend of March 24th throughout Annapolis and Northern and Southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland. Historical, cultural and natural sites open their doors to the public with special tours, events, and programming for $1.00 or less. To commemorate "sock burning", a quirky maritime rite of spring in which sailors burn their socks as a symbol of discarding the cold of winter, the Annapolis Maritime Museum on March 18, 2017 hosts its own lively Sock Burning and Oyster Roast. You needn't be a sailor to join in the fun. On the heels of that exciting weekend, the Annapolis Film Festival returns for its fifth year in a row on March 30-April 2, 2017. Dozens of films in four days, premieres, panel discussions, Q&A's with filmmakers, and more promise to make this a must-do event.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Annapolis

Annapolis Irish Weekend
When: When: Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5
Where: Various locations in downtown Annapolis

The Weekend Kicks Off with a Hooley (Irish party) on March 4th at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. This Gala will feature Dublin 5, Pipe Bands and Irish Dancers. Tickets on sale at http://naptown-events.ticketleap.com/2017hooley/The fifth annual St. Patrick's Day parade will begin at 1:00PM, Sunday March 5th on West Street in front of Fado Irish Pub.

Maryland Day Celebration
When: Friday-Sunday, March 24-26
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.

Maryland Day

7th Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning
When: Saturday, March 18, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis
Admission: $25, general admission; $75, People’s Choice Tasting  

Welcome spring with a family-friendly feast celebrating the spring equinox and the arrival of boating season. Festivities include the annual sock burning, live music, shucking and cooking demonstrations, an oyster shucking contest, and exhibits highlighting the area’s unique maritime heritage and the role oysters play in maintaining the health of the Bay. Feast on oysters any way you like them – raw, steamed, fried or grilled. The People’s Choice ticket includes tasting the best oyster dishes from several area restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Visit www.amaritime.org for more information.

Eastport Sock Burning

Annapolis Film Festival
When: Thursday through Sunday, March 30-April 2
Where: Citywide – St. John’s CollegeMaryland Hall, St. Anne’s Parish Hall, among others
Admission: TBD, based on location and film

The excitement of the Annapolis Film Festival returns for a fourth year with more than 65 narrative and documentary films in all genres; Q&A sessions with filmmakers and visiting industry guests; special panels and showcases; and great parties! Local arts and business leaders are teaming up with the City of Annapolis to present the nationally competitive event featuring internationally acclaimed filmmakers and celebrity guests. Visit www.annapolisfilmfestival.com for more information.