5 Ways to Explore Annapolis This March
With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start getting ready for festival and event season in Annapolis. This month offers a ton of St. Patrick’s Day activities and events, a uniquely-Annapolitan tradition, a celebration of Maryland’s birthday, 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 4th with a good old-fashion Hooley from 6 pm – 10 pm at The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel ballroom. This annual Gala will feature Irish Rock from Dublin 5, Pipe Bands, and Irish Dancers as well as great food and drinks. You can purchase tickets here.
There’s also the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 5th beginning at 1 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.
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.
7th Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning
March 18th marks the traditional Annapolis Roast Oyster and Sock Burning at the Annapolis Maritime Museum‘s Waterfront Campus from noon until 4 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.
Maryland Day Celebration
Come celebrate Maryland’s birthday on Friday, March 24th through Sunday, March 26th in downtown Annapolis at the annual Maryland Day Celebration presented by the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Maryland’s birthday is officially on March 25th, a state holiday that commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when settlers from England celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on St. Clement’s Island in what is now St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
This year, 20-plus locations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will be celebrating the weekend by offering tours, events, concerts, games, and hands on demonstrations that are free or only $1 per person. This makes it an affordable weekend to get out and explore Maryland with your family and friends. Click here for more information about the Maryland Day Celebration.
Annapolis Film Festival
For the 5th year in a row, the Annapolis Film Festival returns to downtown Annapolis from March 30th through April 2nd. 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 must for all movie lovers.
The festival is spread out across the city at locations like St. John’s College, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Annapolis High School, the Compass Rose Theater, and others. 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, Four Rivers Heritage Area, and the Annapolis Film Festival