Family fun at First Sunday Arts Festivals in Annapolis


Don’t miss art, crafts, dance, music, theater and children’s activities all right in the heart of Annapolis every first Sunday of the month May through November 2019.

The annual First Sunday Arts Festival will fill the streets and parks along historic West and Calvert streets in Annapolis with more than 100 unique artists and crafters, live music, dance, street performers and outdoor cafes. There also will be face painting, henna tattoos and other activities for kids.

The idea for the festival started in 2001 as an evening event following showings in two local art galleries. Today it is a full, blown festival lasting all day with activities, art and performances for the young and young at heart to enjoy. First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis, photo by R Todd StevensFlamenco dancers at a First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis, photo by R Todd StevenThis year the festival opens at 11 a.m., and runs through 5 p.m. Festival dates are May 3, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3.

The First Sunday Arts festivals showcase all types of art including painting, sculpture, pottery, glass, wood turning, photography and other mediums.

Admission is free. Parking is easy around the festival. If you’re heading into town via Bladen Street there are 3 easy parking garage options off of Calvert Street. Whitmore Garage and Gott’s Court Garage are right next to the festival and there is FREE parking about two blocks from the festival at the Calvert Parking Garage at 19 St. Johns Street. If you are arriving into town via West Street park at the Knighton Parking Garage or the Loews Hotel parking garage. Click here for parking maps Leashed pets are welcome.

Attendees can enjoy Sunday brunch or lunch in one of the many restaurants on West Street and walk the brick-lined streets of historic, downtown Annapolis with its many shops, restaurants, and boats sailing in and out of the harbor.

The festival is sponsored by the Inner West Street Business Association. For details and updates, visit the First Sunday Arts Festival website.  The festival may be cancelled due to severe weather. For light rain the festival may be held. If canceled it will be posted on their website and Facebook pages by 7:30am on the day of the event.

Updated May 2019.