This year’s Maryland Day Celebration features new experiences, both in–person and virtual. The celebration is a three–day weekend full of great family activities surrounding this year’s “Better Together” theme. There will be events throughout Annapolis at some 20 area locations. all Maryland Day events in Anne Arundel County are free or $1 admission.
Here are some of our favorite events of the Maryland Day Weekend, most of which is held over the weekend of march 19–21.
The Pride of Baltimore II will be docked at City Dock in Annapolis for the weekend. Come aboard to learn about Maryland’s renowned tall ship, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, and the Star-Spangled National Historic Trail and what happened in and around Annapolis during the War of 1812. All ages are welcome to Explore the deck and talk to her captain and crew.
The Annapolis Maritime Museum will host a build-a-model-boat challenge where you can test your boat making skills. Plus, $1 admission to the museum to experience AMM’s brand-new, interactive exhibit, Our Changing Waterfront. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Free entrance to Bay Room for family activities and Wilma Lee Dockside Tours.
Rise Up! – an African American tour by Janice Hayes–Williams. Tour downtown Annapolis virtually with renowned local historian, who will bring to you her highly acclaimed history tour titled. She will take you to visit significant sites around annapolis and meet African Americans of Maryland’s State Capital and learn of their accomplishments.
Watermark Tours Gourd to Gavel event. This Colonial attired guide-led tour will be a live presentation of the African American experience in Annapolis from the 1700’s to the present. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation. Must call to register: 410-268-7601, ext. 100.
Meets at Market House Park Compass Rose Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30.p.m.
ArtFest at Maryland Hall includes indoor and outdoor art installations and demonstrations, as well as its annual ArtReach Film Festival.
Scenic Rivers Land Trust has created a self-led hike of history-rich Bacon Ridge Natural Area in Crownsville. Following the trail guide and posted signs, you’ll learn how humans and nature have interacted to make the landscape we see today, all while enjoying the beautiful 1,000+ acre protected forest. Trail guides will be posted online for download by March 18, 2021. Trail signs will be posted by March 19, 2021.
Join the Chesapeake Children’s Museum for several events, including a Friday morning story time, Indigenous plant walk, and a free guided hike on the banks of Spa Creek. Investigate the quest for freedom as it often relied on nature. Learn how plants and other aspects of nature enabled escape along the Underground Railroad over 150 years ago.
Free admission to Regional Parks! Quiet Waters Park, Downs Park, Fort Smallwood and Kinder Farm Park, plus the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary!
Find all of the Maryland Day activities together at marylandday.org