Celebrate Spring in Annapolis

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Celebrate Spring in Annapolis

Every year, as the weather starts to warm up, folks in Annapolis start itching to get out and about. The official start of Spring usually kicks off with the annual sock burning. Annapolitans traditionally burn their socks in a giant bonfire to signify the beginning of boating season. However, the fun does not stop there! There are many events in which residents and visitors alike can celebrate spring in Annapolis. The best part? Many of the events have free admission! Check out the fun…

8th Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum
Admission: $25-$75 per person in advance, $30 at the door
Kids 12 and under free

At the end of every March, Annapolis welcomes spring with a strange ritual: a bonfire stoked by socks. Folks gather at the Maritime Museum (https://amaritime.org/19718-2/) to kick off boating season with a party to launch the beginning of boating season. The party includes live music, all-you-can-eat-oysters, and of course, an adult beverage or two.

Maryland Avenue Earth Day Fest

When: April 22, 2018
Where: Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis
Admission: Free

This year the Maryland Ave Spring Festival lands on Earth day, making the day even more special. Carouse an old-fashioned street festival and check out environmental-friendly exhibitors, as well as vendors selling jewelry, art, antiques, home decor and so much more! Food and fun activities for the whole family!

2018 Annapolis Book Festival

When: Saturday, April 28
Where: The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
Admission: Free

This event attracts over 3000 attendees annually. The day is touted as one of the preeminent community events in Annapolis, celebrating the beauty and passion of the written word. You can partake in discussions and presentations including book-signings, live music, plus new and used book sales.

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: $15 general admission (advanced sales only)
Children 12 and under free
home events monthly

Nothing personifies the passage into spring than the Annual St. John’s/USNA Croquet Match. What began in 1982 as a good-hearted challenge between The “Johnnies” and the “Mids” has blossomed into a colorful annual celebration featuring an array of plaid, seersucker, and big hats that rivals The Kentucky Derby. Attendees sit, dressed in Gatsby-Style attire, on the lawn of St. John’s College and watch as the two teams vie for the coveted Annapolis Cup. Even Sports Illustrated says the match has “no parallel in intercollegiate sports.” The “Johnnies” play in different “uniforms” each year, and the “Mids” follow the United States Croquet Association dress code.

6th Annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

When: April 20-22, 2018
Where: City Dock, Annapolis
Admission: $12-$19

Annapolis has been called a drinking town with a sailing problem. And, we proudly proclaim that we are the sailing capital of the world. However you look at it, it is undeniable that sailing and boating are woven into the fabric of Maryland’s Historic State capital. The Spring Sailboat Show offers the first opportunity of the year for sailors to shop the latest equipment, accessories, clothing, and electronics. Plus a wide variety of new and pre-owned sailboats of all types and sizes.

Annual May Day Basket Competition

When: Thursday, May 1, 2018
Where: Throughout Downtown Annapolis

May Day is considered one of the most beautiful days in historic Downtown Annapolis. As visitors stroll the cobblestone streets, they are greeted by beautiful flower arrangements. Annapolis merchants and residents alike welcome spring by decorating their doorways. Around 20 volunteers from the Garden Club fo Old Annapolis Ton judge the entries and invite winners to their annual Garden Club Tea. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the unique and innovative floral designs.

Before you head out to celebrate spring in Annapolis, stop into Naval Bagels for a tasty meal. Pick up treats to take along to your favorite event! Choose from a selection of almost 30 different bagel flavors and top with one of our custom made cream cheeses. Or try one of our bagel sandwiches. Have a question about an event or a celebration happening in town? Need a suggestion for sights to visit? Here at Naval Bagels, We love Annapolis! Our staff is always willing to share their favorite sight-seeing recommendations in town.

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