With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start getting ready for the festival and event season in Annapolis. This month offers a ton of St. Patrick’s Day activities and events, a uniquely-Annapolitan tradition, and the return of the popular Annapolis Film Festival.
We’ve highlighted a few of these great events below to help you plan your visit to Annapolis this March.
This special Annapolis Irish Weekend kicks off on Saturday, March 10th, with a good old-fashion Hooley from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Loews Annapolis Hotel This annual Gala will feature Irish Rock from Dublin 5, Pipe Bands, and Irish Dancers, as well as great food and drinks.
This is just the start of many St. Paddy celebrations that will take place right up to the 17th.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day always brings a big crowd to Annapolis. Restaurants and bars across the city – and the county – are offering traditional Irish fare, Guinness, and drink specials, making for a great way to celebrate the holiday. Events and dining specials (to name just a few) can be found at, Galway Bay, Brian Boru, and the Killarney House along with Rams Head Tavern, Blackwall Hitch, and others.
There’s also the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 11th beginning at 1:00 pm. The parade travels up West Street and down Main Street before ending at City Dock. It’s the perfect day to spend with the whole family enjoying the sites before grabbing a bite to eat at the many downtown restaurants.
8th Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning
March 24th marks the traditional Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning at the Annapolis Maritime Museum‘s Waterfront Campus from noon until 4:00 pm. The quirky event is a celebration of the coming of spring, where residents burn their socks in a symbolic good riddance to winter and a warm embrace of boating season’s commencement. It’s also a time to celebrate and indulge in the area’s favorite bivalve – whether you enjoy your oysters raw, steamed or roasted.
Aside from great food, drinks, and the burning of socks, the locally-loved Eastport Oyster Boys will be performing live music throughout this one-of-a-kind Annapolis event.
Annapolis Film Festival
For the 6th year in a row, the Annapolis Film Festival returns to downtown Annapolis from March 22nd through March 25th. Packed with dozens of domestic and international documentary features and shorts, narrative features and shorts, student films, and full length feature films, the AFF is a must for all movie lovers.
The festival is spread out across the city. It’s a great idea to plan ahead and even preview the films before deciding which films you’d like to see, so be sure to check out the Annapolis Film Festival’s website for a full list of films.
Photos courtesy of VisitAnnapolis and the Annapolis Film Festival