First Sunday Arts Festivals presented by Great Frogs Winery
Partners with Maryland Federation of Art and Paint Annapolis 2016 for Sunday June 5th
Art will fill the air in Downtown Annapolis Maryland on Sunday June 5th as the First Sunday Arts Festival teams up with the MFA Gallery Paint Annapolis plein air event. Early Sunday morning of June 5th starting around 8:30 am 80 plein air artists will begin setting up their easels and painting throughout downtown Annapolis in a quick draw event. These 80 plein air artists will then gather at the First Sunday Arts Festival starting at 11am and joining the 120 festival artists and crafters to show and sell their just completed works of art to the art loving crowds at the First Sunday Arts Festival. The plien air artists will be set up in Weisman Park on west Street and the Circle parking lot behind the Visit Annapolis Visitors Center.
First Sunday Arts will also be expending starting June 5th into the second block of West Street. The festivals new foot print will expand it further into the Annapolis Arts District putting about 30 artisan vendors spaces in the arts district gives qualifying Maryland Artists the opportunity to apply for state tax credits when selling their art work. The new foot print of the First Sunday Arts festival in downtown Annapolis Maryland will be West Street from Church Circle to Lafayette Street, Whitmore Park on Calvert Street and the bonus area for June of the circle parking Lot behind the visitors center.
The First Sunday Arts festivals combined with the MFA Gallery’s Paint Annapolis event is expected to bring over 10,000 locals and visitors on Sunday June 5th to downtown Annapolis The festival will provide shopping opportunities from over 200 artists and crafters selling their artwork. You will find vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, and more.
All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafes on West Street, and food trucks are set up by Whitmore Park, so its easy to take a break and enjoy some good food at the festival. Several of the restaurants also host entertainment indoors during and after the festival including Ramshead Tavern, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, Tsunami Sushi Bar and Loungeand 1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern. Also new this year will be the Great Frogs Wine Garden located next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon. Here you will be able to sample wines made in Annapolis and purchase wine by the glass or bottle.
Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music, dance, theater in 4 free performance stages including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is s a good spot to relax in the shade, the Garrett Park Guitars Stage in the wine garden next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon, City Gate Park and the Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio Stage in Whitmore Park. For the kids there is mad-hatter hat making, face painting, a balloon artist and artist demonstrations.
Plus there are several galleries and museums with new exhibits in the Annapolis Arts District area to check out, including Banneker-Douglass Museum, ArtFarm Annapolis, The Annapolis Collection Gallery. Whitehall Gallery, Nancy Hammond Editions and Fin Art . Stop in the visitors center on West Street for a map of all the art galleries and museums.
The First Sunday Arts festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There is 5 parking garages including Whitmore and Gott’s parking garages located on the festival grounds and Knighton, Loews Annapolis Hotel and the State Parking Garage within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival. Plus with so many Annapolis’ locals attending the festival, many just walk or bike in from the surrounding downtown Annapolis communities of the Historic District, Murray Hill, Presidents Hill and Clay Street. The high numbers of locals attending also means you will find a lot of friendly pets joining their families at the First Sunday Arts Festivals.
Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. Free parking is available at the State Parking Garage located at 19 St John Street.
First Sunday Arts Festivals hours are 11am to 5pm on Sunday’s June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 with a bonus festival on Sunday December 4th called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival from noon to 5pm.
The First Sunday Arts festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association, Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC
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