Spring is finally here! With the warm weather comes sailing season and the beginning of all the city’s great festivals and events, including three Annapolitan traditions in April – the Spring Sailboat Show, a celebration of Maryland’s birthday during Maryland Day; and the return of Annapolis’ festival season! With so much going on, there are plenty of ways to explore Annapolis this April, no matter what you’re looking for.
Maryland Day Celebration
Rediscover Maryland’s history with family and friends during the annual Maryland Day Celebration from April 6th-8th 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. For more information and a full list of events by date, visit Maryland Day online.
Spring Sailboat Show
Annapolis hosts the world’s three largest, in-water boat shows. April welcomes one of those monstrous displays from April 20 through April 22, 2018 during the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show held each year at City Dock. Nearly 100 sailboats are on display in the water and on land, new and brokerage, including catamarans, monohulls, family cruisers, day sailors, and blue water sailboats. Because most sailboats are available for immediate sale, families can realize their dream of spending the summer on a new boat. Attendees can also shop for the latest in navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, clothing, gear and boating accessories and related services such as boating clubs, charter companies, insurance firms, and lending institutions. Tickets are $12. (Children under 12 enter for free).
The Start of Festival Season
Annapolis offers its visitors and local alike dozens of festivals throughout the year, and April marks the beginning of that barrage:
Maryland Chicken Wing Festival (April 7th, 11 am -7 pm)
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 Festival (April 22rd, 10 am – 5 pm)
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.
Annapolis Book Festival (April 28th, 10 am – 4 pm)
Recognized as one of the premier community events in the region, the free Annapolis Book 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.
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