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Best Events in Annapolis MD 2015


Whether you are single or a couple, it's easy to fall into the rut of work, eat, sleep.  Work, eat, sleep.  Having an few special events throughout the year to look forward to helps a lot to improve your morale and get you off the sofa.  There is a lot to do in the Baltimore, Annapolis (MD), DC area once you start looking.  Here are several that my wife and I think are special.

All Year Long

Concerts

There are many places to take in a concert.  Our favorite venue is of all places, the Rams Head Onstage, downtown Annapolis, Maryland.  It's a intimate setting more like a restaurant than a traditional concert.  They often have national acts.  Some are comedy but it's mainly music.  Performers we have seen include Suzanne Vega and in May we'll be enjoying the 10,000 Maniacs.  It's only March and unfortunately the Moody Blues in August are already sold out.  Click here for the calendar of events.

The room holds about two hundred and fifty people, seated at tables.  At the worst, you are only several tables away from the stage.  Waiters offer drinks and Food.  Click here for the seating chart.  There is a Parking ramp just across the street making this ridiculously easy to get to and from.

The average ticket cost is $40.

Rams Head On Stage
33 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-4545

Stand up Comedy Show

There are many venues in the area to watch stand up comedy acts.  The Rams Head sometimes has a performer.  The Lyric Opera house has recently commanded acts such as Jerry Seinfeld and Cheech and Chong.  Kathy Griffin is a regular performer.  But the Lyric can be very expensive.  Tickets usually range from $85 to $400.  Parking can be a challenge.

The Improv in DC is a great one to keep an eye on.  The Comedy Factory in Baltimore is a little less crowded and has much better parking.  It is surrounded by parking ramps.  Recently we have seen Tom Arnold and Greg Morton at the Comedy Factory.  We are impatiently waiting for the Drew Carrey tickets to go on sale.  The average cost is $40 a ticket.

The Comedy Factory often gives away tickets for free admittance to Howl at the Moon, which is next door.  We like going to the Friday night 8:00 show.  Afterwards we grab a table at Howl at the Moon for the piano show.  On Saturdays, Howl at the Moon gets packed.

Comedy Factory
5625 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 547-7798


All Summer Long

Annapolis Harbor boat tours

Always available at the Annapolis waterfront are Boat tours.  There are a few, each an hour long and cost about $10 a person.  These tours are on large boats with plenty of seats, a bar and a guide who tells you the history of whatever the tour passes.

One inexpensive twist is to take the water taxi.  It's about $4 a person and you can stay on until it returns to where you were picked it up.  Or you can take it from the waterfront to East Port and want back across the draw bridge.  It's not a very long walk. 


First Sunday Art Festival - May - October

The first Sunday of the month, West street near Church circle becomes a walking street from noon - 5pm.  Free admission.
First Sunday Art Festival


April

DC Cherry Blossom Festival - 20 March - 12 April

The cherry blossoms are predicted to be at their peak between 9 and 14 April.  Head for The Jefferson memorial.  You can't miss it!

Thai Food Festival - 13 April

If you like Chinese food, you'll love Thai.  A great way to sample Thai food is the annual Songkran festival at the Buddhist temple in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Songkran is the Thai new year.

For this one day event, expect on (outside) stage performers giving you a taste of the rich Thai culture and some arts and crafts.  There are several food booths.  It's very popular so the parking gets difficult if you don't arrive early.  We just read that there is construction this year so the temple parking lot will be closed.  So, the street parking will be that much of a challenge by mid day.



Wat Thai Songkran Festival
one Sunday each April

Buddhist Temple
13440 Layhill Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20906

May

Barbecue festival.  May 2 - 3 2015

The Barbayq festival takes place in May this year and costs about $10 per person to get in.  It's an extra $10 to take part in the people's choice judging.  This judging will fill you up.  There are concerts and a kids area making this a family friendly day out.



Take in a Wine Festival- May 16 - 17, 2015 from 11 AM - 6 PM.

There are several Wine festivals in Maryland.  They are great way to sample all of the types of wines and vineyards in the state.  Have a meal, enjoy the sun and spend the day relaxing.

The most unique is of the festivals is Wine in the Woods, in Columbia.  It's wine tasting outside in the woods with arts and crafts, food booths and two concerts.  The concerts are typically playing at the same time, at opposite sides of the venue.
At $40 a ticket we feel it's a little pricy but not terrible.  You get admittance for the day, ten free wine samples and a souvenir wine glass.  Additional wine samples are about $1 each.

There is parking in the woods.  When it runs out of space everybody parks across the street at the Columbia mall.

Wine in the Woods
5950 Symphony Woods Road
Columbia, MD 21044


Walk/Run across the Chesapeake bay Bridge - May 17 2015

This isn't held every year but when it is, it is a unique experience.  The original bridge span is closed to traffic for the day to allow people to walk across in the thousands.  Everybody in Maryland should do this at least once.

Unfortunately There is no sign of an open walk for teh public.  However you can sign up for a run sponsored by the Navy, not the State.  The fee  is $44.  For details, click here for their website.


June


Greek Food Festival - June 5 - 7

I love a good gyro but frankly, it's almost impossible to get one outside of Chicago.  Since I've moved to Maryland, I have all but given up on the sandwich.  To date, the only restaurant the area where I have had reasonable one is at Chris's Charcoal Pit House on West Street in Annapolis.

Once a year, there is a Greek Food Festival in Annapolis.  I was impressed with the gyros they serve there.  When I talked to one of the priests, he boasted that they gyros  they serve are trucked in from Chicago!  Awesome.  He also told us the story of gyros in America and why it's hard to get a good one.

There are plenty of other dishes to sample along with classic Greek drinks such as ouzo (black liquorish flavored liquor) and Retzina, a unique tasking Greek wine.  It contains pine resin as a preservative against the hot Greek climate.  It's a little harsh but not terribly so.  To have a glass is to experience a taste 2000 years old.

There were some arts and crafts but the focus of the festival is eating.  The admittance is free.  The parking is along the side of Riva road.  This is not terrific so plan to come early.

11 Am - 11PM except Sunday.  On Sunday it closes at 7 PM.

Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
2747 Riva Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21410
410-573-2072




HonFest - 13 - 14 June 2015

The Baltimore Hon-festival is a large public block party in Baltimore every year.  there are concerts and food spread across several blocks.  It celebrates Hon's.  Think 1950's, Lucy Ball.

HonFest

Click here for the schedule



Eastport-a-rockin - 20 June 2015 from 11 Am to 8 PM

Eastport-a-rockin is a food and music festival in Eastport, next to Annapolis.  Feel like it is part of the Annapolis water front.  There is a feed and parking is a challenge.  Come early.



August

Maryland Renaissance Festival - 29 Aug - 25 Oct 2015

Cost to get in.  Free parking.  Come early because the traffic will back up into I-97.
(A video is planned for this event.)

October


Tour expensive luxury boats

The boat show in Annapolis is a popular event.  It's at the waterfront next to Pusser's and the drawbridge.  The waterfront area is pretty small so once you are there, it's obvious where the boat show is.  Just follow the crowd.

Bring sun block, you'll need it.  There is an admittance fee.  The power boat show is Oct 15 - 18 and the sail boat show is October 8 - 12  Expect to get something to eat and drink, look at arts and crafts then walk on and inside of some big, expensive and luxurious boats.  In last year's sail boat show, some of the catamarans had multiple bedrooms, with a king size bed in the master bedroom.  Most had a full kitchen and dining area.  A couple even was a hot tub!  Most apartments aren't half as nice.

Since the parking can be a challenge, you might want to park at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Rowe Blvd and take the $10 round trip shuttle.

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Mazes:

Y Worry Farms is just South of Crofton, just North of Rt 50.  The year we went was a dry one so the corn maze was not the best but the animals and sheep herding demo was fun.


Maryland Sunrise Farm is on Rt 175 in Gambrils near Fort Meade.


November

Tug of War Festival - 7 November 2015

Annapolis and Eastport have been competing for a long time.  Anybody can take part in the Tug of War across the harbor.  The best party is on the Eastport side.  Last year, the Navy lost.  There are several battles starting at noon and ending at 5pm.



December

Zoo Lights - The whole month of December

The Washington zoo is decorated with Christmas light displays.  This is a free walk at night. 





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