ANNAPOLIS — This weekend is the arrival of both cooler temperatures and the First Sunday Arts Festival in Downtown Annapolis, Maryland making it the perfect weekend to visit Annapolis.
On Sunday, October 6, 2019, the festival celebrates the fall season with a new pavilion and stage in Whitmore Park with live music. The day is packed with free entertainment all day on Calvert and West Streets.
The main attraction is the over 130 local and regional artists and crafters selling handcrafted items along West and Calvert Streets. Shopping directly from the artists in a festive atmosphere makes for a fun afternoon. You will find scarves, wood-turnings, jewelry, clothes, pottery, paintings, photography, stained glass, furniture, books, sculptures, home decor and more. This is the perfect place to shop to find unique items for your home or to give as gifts for others.
There are plenty of places to take a break and eat with outdoor cafés, restaurants and food trucks throughout the festival area. There are also several nearby art exhibits/galleries including Annapolis Collection Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, Tsunami and Nancy Hammond Editions.
The First Sunday Arts Festival is always a free-admission arts festival. Free parking garages next to the festival include; John Whitmore Garage (25 Clay Street) where parking is free until 4 p.m. There is also free all-day parking 2 blocks from the festival at Calvert Street Garage located at 19 St Johns St.
The Grand Finale of the First Sunday Arts Festival is Sunday, November 3, 2019 with the First Sunday Arts Festival— Holiday Edition. Then on December 8, 2019, the Inner West Street Association brings you another must-attend event— The Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival to benefit the Annapolis Arts District.
For more information, visit: www.firstsundayarts.com.