Summer Fun—Day 7: First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis


Take the family out for a week of art, crafts, dance, music, theater and children’s activities all in the heart of Annapolis.

Every first Sunday of the month, May through November, the first block of West Street and Calvert streets in Annapolis will come alive 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.

Restaurants will set up street-side cafes, and some offer indoor entertainment during the festival dates as well. The streets are closed and vendors will be open from 11 to 5 p.m.

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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, with the main stage in the parking lot next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon. A 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.

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

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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The First Sunday Arts Festival in June also happens to be the second event in the 2019 Annapolis Arts Week! This city-wide festival will feature immersive art experiences, block parties, painting festivities, yoga, art exhibits and a whole lot more. Here’s a brief listing of each day’s experiences. Find out more on each day’s activities here.

Sat. June 1: Float—An immersive art experience and event that brings together a diverse collection of artists and creatives to share their craft while celebrating the local arts. Prism & Circle Creatives, 5:30–10 p.m.

Sun. June 2: First Sunday Arts Festival—West and Calvert streets, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

June 2–9: Paint Annapolis—Plein Air painters will canvas Annapolis for an outdoor painting juried competition.

Thurs. June 6: Art on the Ave—This block party on Maryland Avenue from 5:30–8 p.m. will feature plein air paintings for sale from the day.

Fri. June 7: Summer Concert at Annapolis Towne Center, 7 p.m. with beer garden, live music by Dan Haas band and fun for the kids.

Sat. June 8: UpSt.Art Summer Launch Party—Launch of the summer issue, and closing of Annapolis Arts Week will have lots of live music and fun. Fado, 9 p.m. Free!

Keep up with our 100 Days of Summer fun, and don’t forget to check our daily calendar of events.