Written by on May 08, 2017

5 Ways to Explore Annapolis this May

Spring is in full bloom here in Annapolis! It’s time to get outside and enjoy all the events, festivals, and activities happening throughout the month. From the anticipated arrival of the Blue Angels during Commissioning Week, to a blues festival set against the Chesapeake Bay, to the return of an outdoor dining block party, it’s all happening in Annapolis this May.

USNA Commissioning Week

The United States Naval Academy prepares for a week of tradition, ceremony, and celebration for its graduating class of 2017. Commissioning Week involves a full week of celebratory events beginning Friday, May 19th and culminating with graduation day at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 26th. Even if you don’t know anyone graduating from the Academy this year, Commissioning Week offers a host of events, some available to the public, that provide a taste of the history and tradition of the United States Naval Academy, along with multiple airshows put on by the famed Blue Angels. Click here for all the information you need to enjoy this exciting week in Annapolis.

If you’re looking for a unique view of the aerial show, join Annapolis Sailing Cruises: Schooner Woodwind on the 24th and get out on the water to watch the Blue Angels. Click here to reserve your seats.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

Held May 20th and 21st at Sandy Point State Park overlooking the Bay, the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival is quickly becoming a May staple in the area. The 2017 lineup includes Jonny Lang, Ana Popvic, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, Robert Randolph, Walter Trout, Samantha Fish, Sweet Leda and many more! Visit http://www.bayblues.org/ for more information and to purchase tickets.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s ‘Comedy in the Courtyard’

The complete works of Shakespeare are long. To the rescue:  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) performed by three of Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s brightest and funniest. After warming up with a nothing-is-sacred send-up of Romeo and Juliet, they’re off, dispensing with the comedies in one fell swoop (because the tragedies are funnier). You decide after you see Othello as a rap song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, and the show’s unforgettable finale – Hamlet – told with the help of audience members and lascivious sock puppets.  Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this hilarious evening in the outdoor courtyard at Reynolds Tavern every Tuesday evening from May 23rd through September 26.  Enjoy dinner, drinks and terrific ambiance with Annapolis Shakespeare Company this summer! Click here for more information.

Memorial Day Parade

Get downtown on May 29th to celebrate Memorial Day. The parade will follow the traditional route with staging at Amos Garrett Blvd. It will process down West Street to Church Circle and down Main Street to City Dock. It will be followed by an annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Susan Campbell Park. It’s an excellent opportunity to pay our respects to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Visit http://www.annapolis.gov/ for more information.

Dinner Under the Stars

The first block of West Street (from Church Circle to Calvert Street), located in the heart of the Arts District, will be closed to traffic each Wednesday evening (beginning May 31st and continuing through September) and filled with café tables reminiscent of the open air cafés in France, Spain, and Italy. Visitors and area residents are invited to dine, stroll and shop along West Street while enjoying live music beneath a canopy of lights complete with live music. Click here for more information.


Photos courtesy of Visit Annapolis

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