It’s that time of year again! Spring is coming and I have compiled an updated list of events that you do not want to miss! Here you will find the celebrations I am most looking forward to, but keep in mind this is just a glimpse of the exciting season ahead.

Annapolis Restaurant Week

This is the 10th year Annapolis restaurants have come together to celebrate local cuisine. From March 2nd- March 10th, there will be more than 40 restaurants advertising their establishments with incredible deals and good eats. There will also be a fixed price which can be pre paid in order to enjoy a two course breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. This is a perfect moment to try new restaurants like Flamant and Lighthouse Bistro or get good deals at old favorites. Click here to find out what restaurants will be participating in this event. 

Mardi Gras at Market Space

This is the first year Annapolis will celebrate Mardi Gras downtown on Market Space. Live music in the streets will include: Priddy Music Academy, Lopsided Chickens and Silver Soul, Wild Anacostias, and the Naptown Brass Band. Six restaurants will partner for this event consisting of Middleton Tavern, McGarvey’s, Iron Rooster, Federal House, Harvest, and Market House. An appropriate cajun cuisine will be offered with gumbo, grilled oysters, crawfish boil, shrimp and grits and more. There will even be traditional hurricanes available for purchase. Find out more here and don’t forget to wear your beads.

St.Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual celebration that is in it’s 7th year and  will be taking place in Annapolis on March 10th at 1pm. Beginning on West Street, the parade will then move down Main Street to City Dock. This is one of the first family events of spring, bringing the community of Annapolis together. In many recent years, this event has helped boost the local economy, making it that much more important for viewers to come support and cheer on the local fire departments, politicians and the Naval Academy Band. Much like last year, this parade will be sponsored by Naptown Events and funds will go towards Warrior Events.

Sock Burning and Oyster Roast

Two weeks after the parade, the Sock Burning and Oyster Roast will return on March 23th for the 9th year. This event is in partnership with the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park. Participants can throw their boating socks into a bonfire, as they enjoy live music(The Eastport Oyster Boys), BBQ style food, drinks, and of course all you can eat oysters with a shucking contest, if one is so inclined. The main focus of this event is to show the importance of oyster preservation in the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the beginning of spring and boating season.

St. John’s College Croquet Match

We already have our tickets to this event! Visit St. John’s College on April 27th to experience the Annapolis Cup with a croquet match between neighboring schools, St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy. This is the ultimate lawn celebration with local food, champagne and swing dancing. This event attracts locals year after year, as well as out of town guests who are interested in fun, festive attire, as well as cheering on one of the local sports teams. Tickets sell out fast so click here to get yours and learn more about the rules of the competition.

Spring Sailboat Show

From April 26-28th, the Spring Sailboat Show is the place to be for many sailors and up and coming waterman. Seven years and running, this is one of the most anticipated events of the season, mainly due to the fact that Annapolis is the sailing capital of the US! People from all over the country and parts of the world, come to check out an array of boats including: catamarans, family cruisers, racing boats and day sailors, to name a few. Marine equipment, boating accessories and nautical exhibits are also enjoyable to explore during this particular weekend in April. For more information and tickets visit Annapolis Boat Shows.

Other spring events not listed: Annapolis Irish Weekend, Annapolis Film Festival, Maryland Chicken Wing Festival, Maryland Avenue Earth Day Fest, Annapolis Book Festival, and Maryland Day Celebration

More information can be found at www.visitannapolis.org