Whether you’re an art enthusiast, looking to take care of some early holiday shopping, or simply looking for a great event for the whole family, you’ll find something to pique your interest this November in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Experience the world’s longest tug of war across water, a holiday light show at Sandy Point State Park, The Veterans Classic held at the U.S. Naval Academy, and shopping galore across the whole county. Here are 6 ways to explore Annapolis this November.
Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Tug o’ War X
Drawing on a decades-old rivalry, the annual charitable event features the longest tug-of-war over a body of water in the world, pitting downtown Annapolitans against the rebels of the mock-breakaway Maritime Republic of Eastport. Dubbed the Slaughter across the Water, it features a 1700-foot rope, 450 tuggers and 1000 spectators. A festival-like atmosphere overtakes downtown Eastport and Annapolis beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tugging begins promptly (more or less) at the crack o’ noon. Click here for more information.
When: Friday, November 3rd at 8 PM & Sunday, November 5th at 3 pm
Where: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD)
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, Little Women tells the story of four sisters who confront growing pains, tragedies and romance as they struggle to find their way through life after the civil war. American composer Mark Adamo attracted national attention with his highly successful opera debut. This powerful story of growing up and growing apart is entering its twentieth year as of the most frequently performed American operas. Click here for more information.
First Sunday Arts Festival
When: Sunday, November 5th from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The first block of West Street (between Calvert Street and Church Circle)
The First Sunday Arts Festival has themed the November 5th festival as the “Holiday Edition” as this is one of the best days to start your holiday shopping. The festival has 130 artisan vendors packing the streets with original and unique gifts. Thousands of shoppers visit Annapolis for this fun street festival. Shop from handmade jewelry, wheel thrown pottery, hand knitted hats and scarves, alpaca clothing, photography, paintings, books, metal arts, fused glass, ornaments, home décor, handmade candles, soaps and more.
This is your opportunity to have fun while shopping made In Maryland. No mall stores hassles with untrained seasonal staff and no boring nights shopping home alone off the internet. Here you can meet the people that make the gifts you select and truly get to appreciate the American craftsman. Click here for more information.
When: November 10th; Games from 6:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: United States Naval Academy
Alabama, Memphis and Pittsburgh will join host Navy in the 2017 Veterans Classic on CBS Sports Network, an annual college basketball showcase that brings together teams from across the country in celebration of Veterans Day. The fourth annual event at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. tips-off on Friday, Nov. 10, the opening day of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Alabama will play Memphis at 6:30 PM, ET, followed by Pittsburgh vs. Navy at 9:00 PM, ET.
The three participating schools will also have the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of life as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. The visiting teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy, including touring the `Yard,’ watching noon meal formation, eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, as well as a number of other special experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions.
Tickets are $75 for lower level reserved and $50 for upper level general admission. Click here for more information.
Lights on the Bay
When: November, 18th to January 1st; 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. nightly, weather permitting
Where: Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Don’t miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay. The event features more than 60 animated and stationary displays, including traditional Maryland-themed favorites, holiday and children’s displays. Proceeds benefit the Annapolis-based SPCA. Visit “Lights on the Bay” for more information.
Grand Illumination – City Tree Lighting
When: Sunday, November 26th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Where: Market Space at the Market House (25 Market Street, Annapolis)
With support from the Annapolis business community, the Annapolis Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) will once again host the Lighting of the Tree in Annapolis during the city’s Grand Illumination event. Watch Santa arrive in town and enjoy singing and dance performances by area youth. The Jaycees will provide refreshments and ornaments children can use to decorate the tree. Attendees are invited to bring nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for the Jaycees’ annual Angel Tree Project.