Just when you you feel like the holiday fun is over and there seems to be less to look forward to, Annapolis city living surprises you with spring events. I have highlighted a few 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 February 25th to March 3rd, 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 and find out more by visiting www.restaurantweek.com. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual celebration that will be taking place in Annapolis this year on March 11th. 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 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 24th for the 8th 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, 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

Visit St. John’s College on April 14th 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 20-22nd, the Spring Sailboat Show is the place to be for many sailors and up and coming waterman. Six 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