Summer Fun—Day 35: First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis

Take the family out for a Sunday of art, crafts, dance, music, theater and children's activities all in the heart of Annapolis. Every first Sundaym May through November.

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.

first sundayThis year the festival opens an hour earlier, at 11 a.m., and runs through 5 p.m. Festival dates are July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4.

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

Performances take place in three dedicated areas. Main stage will be in the parking lot next to Stan and Joe's Saloon. A new Community Art Performance Stage will be in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street. And the performance area in Weisman Park near the Visitors Center offers shade.

Restaurants set up street-side cafes, and some offer indoor entertainment during the festival dates as well.

Admission is free and parking is available at the State Parking Garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen streets. 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.

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