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The Irish Festival

The Annapolis Irish Festival

Date: July 11, 2014
Times: Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
Website: http://www.annapolisirishfestival.com/

Celebrate everything Irish at the only festival of its kind in the region. Enjoy traditional Celtic music and Irish rock bands on three different stages, along with workshops and exhibits.

Over 70 vendors and great musical entertainers bringing a taste of the Emerald Isle to Annapolis! Be sure to check out the hotel / ticket combo our host hotel The Westin is offering up!

The Annapolis Irish Festival is committed to giving back to the community that embraces it! The 2014 Annapolis Irish Festival will benefit Hospice of The Chesapeake, The Chesapeake Bay Trust, and The Anne Arundel Medical Center! In just our 4th year we will crush our 5 year goal of giving back $100,000 dollars to local non profits!

Since the Inaugural Festival in 2011, the AIF has become an Annapolis tradition, thanks to the support of the business community and the people who share our passion for the Emerald Isle and the magical Celtic traditions and music we hold so dear. Last year, 32 businesses sponsored this Festival, and $30,000 was donated to local non-profits in our community. We continued our 2-day event with the help of the Maryland Renaissance Festival who again presented our Twilight Concert the night prior.We are back again and still growing. The 2014 Annapolis Irish Festival will take place on Friday, July 11th 2014 and Saturday, July 12th, 2014. This year’s line up will make your heart beat faster and will literally make your hair turn green! A first this coming year – In 2014 we will be going full on festival starting at 4pm on Friday, July 11th featuring 3 stages of entertainment. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve and will be announcing them in the months to come! The 2014 Annapolis Irish Festival will host over 90 vendors, the famous Little Leprechaun Land and will again benefit the Hospice of the Chesapeake, the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. In just our 4th year we will crush our 5 year goal of giving back $100,000 dollars to local non profits!

First Sunday Arts Festival

First Sunday Arts Festival

Date: May 04, 2014 to October 05, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday)
Times: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Cost: Free

Website: http://www.firstsundayarts.com

It’s Street Festivals, an Art Market, an Entertainment Venue and a Arts and Craft Fair all rolled into One Fun First Sunday Arts Festival. It’s the place to be in Annapolis, Maryland on the First Sunday of Every Month (May-October) noon to 5pm.

Be Inspired and Green,shop from 100 local and regional artists and crafters.

Be Entertained with live music, dance, theatre, and street performers.

Be Fed with cafe dining.

First Sunday Arts Festival is a Free Annapolis arts and craft show featuring about 100 local and regional artists. Plus be entertained with live music, dance, street performers, food and more. This event is on the first Sunday of each month May to October on Calvert and West Streets in Historic Annapolis, Maryland. Thousands attend, both locals and tourists buying from local and regional artists and crafters.

History Established in 2001

In 2001 the seed was planted after 2 art receptions (ARTFX gallery & 49 West Coffeehouse) on West Street held at the same time started to spill into the sidewalks between the two on the first Sunday evening of each month. In 2002 Other businesses on the first block on West Street joined in and the event start filling the sidewalks of West street and went from and evening event into an all day event known as First Sunday Arts .

In 2003 West Street was closed in front of the 2 businesses for some much need public works improvements. During this time of no car access, the event moved into the street. By the time the West street construction was finished the event was so large it required the street to be closed on all First Sundays from May to October.

In 2008 the event was maxed out and no room was left to showcase new vendors on the first block of West Street that wanted to showcase their art and craft to the thousands now attending. We also wanted an area that could host larger groups for performances, dancing etc. So we added Whitemore Park on Calvert Street to the festival.

In 2009 the area under the trees on the corner of West and Calvert Streets, across from City Gate Lane was added to the Festival to give a little bit more room and fill in the gap between the 2 larger festival areas.