Written by on April 03, 2017

7 Ways to Explore Annapolis this April

Spring is finally here! With the warm weather comes sailing season and the beginning of all the city’s great festivals and events, including two Annapolitan traditions in April – the Spring Sailboat Show and the annual Annapolis Cup croquet match between the United States Naval Academy and neighboring St. John’s College. With so much going on, there are plenty of ways to explore Annapolis this April, no matter what you’re looking for.

Spring Sailboat Show

Annapolis hosts the world’s three largest, in-water boat shows. April welcomes one of those monstrous displays from April 28 through April 30, 2017 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).

2017 Annapolis Cup


Now in its 35th year, the tradition of the Annapolis Cup is back, pinning the Midshipmen of United States Naval Academy against the “Johnnies” of St. John’s College in an epic day of croquet. The croquet match brings together two starkly different institutions for an event Sports Illustrated says has “no parallel in intercollegiate sports.” Attendees dress “Great Gatsby”-style while enjoying a lavish lawn party that includes serenades by the St. John’s Freshman Chorus and swing music provided by the Naval Academy’s Trident Brass Band. General admission is $10 on a first-com first-served basis.

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:

Annapolis Book Festival (April 8th, 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.

Maryland Avenue Earth Day Festival (April 23rd, 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.

Inaugural Chesapeake Beach Craft Beer Festival (April 29th, 12 pm – 6 pm)
The Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa will be hosting their 1st Annual Craft Beer Festival. With 25 breweries represented from both local Maryland Breweries, as well as popular national brands, our white sand beach will be the place to be. Offering over 50 incredible Craft Beers and a wide variety of delicious food from our buffet, all with the incredible backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Tickets are $40 for General Admission, $55 for VIP, and $15 for Designated Drivers.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland

For the performance art lover in you, experience The Ballet Theatre of Maryland performances of Innovations 2016-2017 (April 21, 22, and 23, 2017) where BTM captivates the ausience with innovative pieces that will transport you from the Classical to the Dramatic to the Contemporary, exploring emotions and themes relevant to all of us. Versatile dancers explore the depth and power of the mesmerizing language of classical dance in all its forms with new and returning choreographic and musical works. As one of the area’s leading performance arts organizations, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland will leave any theatre aficionado wanting more. Tickets range from $27 – $52.

Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery

Head over to the esteemed Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery for lectures, workshops, and exhibitions surrounding artist Ronald Markman all month long (ending April 23rd) during the Tour of the Fantastic World of Ronald Markman: A Mini-Retrospective. Inspired by 1930s cartoons and popular culture, Ronald Markman explores intellectual and artistic journeys through literature, historic events, personal observations, and the absurdities of life in this colorful collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures. This exhibition combines Markman’s dedicated academic training with George Grosz and Josef Albers with humor and the limitless possibilities of a nonsensical, fantastical world.

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