07.14.17

First Sunday Arts Festival – Summer Edition on August 6, 2017

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 11am to 5pm Free Admission
(Arrive early for the 1st Annual Annapolis Color Run)
Featuring over 130 Local and Regional Artists

On Sunday August 6th, West Street A.K.A. Annapolis Arts District is the perfect place to spend a summer day. The morning starts at 9am with the first annual Annapolis Color Run starting in front of the Loews Annapolis Hotel. This fun run / walk will raise money for several Annapolis non-profits including the Annapolis Arts District and the Boys and Girls Club. This 5k event tours communities along West Street and ends at Whitmore Park on Calvert Street.

The First Sunday Arts festival kicks off at 11am on West Street and Calvert Streets and don’t be surprised to still see runners from the color run event loaded in a rainbow of color walking and shopping at the festival. This festival gives you the opportunity to shop and buy American made from local and regional artisans, listen to great local band and eat at the food trucks and cafes along West and Calvert Streets.

The popular First Sunday Arts festival will not disappoint with 130 artisans providing shopping opportunities to delight everyone.  You will find  artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, handbags, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, and more.  This is the easiest and largest place to shop in the area for items hand made and made in the USA. There is also 2 new fashion boutiques along West Street for you to check out while you are at the festival. The new fashion boutiques are Cindy Loo Hoo’s Boutique located across from the Loews Hotel and Royalty 0.1.9 boutique located just past Nancy Hammond Editions and FinArt Gallery.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music at four free summer performance stages including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is a good spot to relax in the shade, the main stage next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon, City Gate Park on the second block of West Street, and on Calvert Street in Whitmore Park near the food trucks. The bands for August 6th include;

Weisman Park Stage
The Johnny Monet Band featuring John Ebersberger
Doc Pine & The Respect He Deserves

Stan and Joe’s Saloon Stage
The High and Wides
Spice Jazz and R&B

Whitmore Park Stage
Priddy Music Academy Bands

City Gate Park Stage
Gingerwolf

Also another new activity this month is the sinking submarine room at Mission Escape Rooms. This is their second new room added this year. Reserve time at Mission Escape and bring in a group of friends and family and see if you can escape this nautical challenge.

The First Sunday Arts festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are several parking garages next to the festival and events including Whitmore Parking Garage and Gott’s Court Parking Garage both located along Calvert Street, and the Loews Hotel Parking Garage and Knighton Parking Garage located on West Street  The Calvert Street Parking Garage located at 19 St Johns Street has free parking all weekend and is located within a two block stroll from the First Sunday Arts Festival. You can also take the new free Circulator Bus from downtown or Park Place to the First Sunday Arts Festival

Admission to the First Sunday Arts festivals is free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. First Sunday Arts festivals for the 2017 season are on Sunday , August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5 and a special bonus festival on Sunday December 3rd called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival.

The First Sunday Arts festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and managed by Evans Management LLC.

The First Sunday Arts Festival is seeking new artist vendors.
Get more information on the festival at www.firstsundayarts.com and on facebook.

 

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05.10.17

First Sunday Arts Festival helps kick off Annapolis Arts Week – June 4, 2017

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Now is the time for art lovers to Visit Annapolis, Maryland as the The The City Of Annapolis starts its inaugural week long Annapolis Arts Week event. The week is filled with big events in the Annapolis Arts District including First Sunday Arts Festival, Dinner under the stars, Paint Annapolis, Arts District Bounce, Whitmore Park Concerts and an Evening on Gallery Row, Plus you will find exhibits, live music, block parties and other fun arts events all around town.

The popular First Sunday Arts Festival gives you the opportunity to shop directly from local artisans on West and Calvert Streets in historic Downtown Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday June 4th. The festival provides shopping opportunities from over 130 local and regional artists and crafters selling their artwork from 11am to 5pm. You will find artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, handbags, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, and more. This is the easiest and largest place to shop in the area for items hand made in Maryland.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music at four free performance stages including, Weisman Park near the Visit Annapolis Visitors Center which is a good spot to relax in the shade, the main stage next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon, City Gate Park on the second block of West Street, and on Calvert Street at in Whitmore Park. The bands for June 4th include Dan Haas Music, Annapolis Dixieland Band, Caleb Stine and the Revelations, Starvation Army Band, Angela Charles Music and the Priddy Music Academy Bands.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up relaxing outdoor cafes along West Street and food trucks are on hand in Whitmore Park, Several of the restaurants also host entertainment indoors during and after the festival including Rams Head Tavern Annapolis, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery y and Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in Downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are several parking garages next to the festival including Whitmore Parking Garage and Gott’s Court Parking Garage both located along Calvert Street, and the Loews Annapolis Hotel Parking Garage and Knighton Parking Garage located on West Street The Calvert Street Parking garage located at 19 St Johns Street has free parking all day and is located within a two block stroll from the First Sunday Arts Festival.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. First Sunday Arts Festivals for the 2017 season are on Sunday June 4, July 2, August 11, September 3, October 1, November 5 and with a special bonus festival on Sunday December 3rd called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival.
For those staying in town to enjoy the Annapolis Arts Week there are several hotels and inns in the Annapolis Arts District to enjoy (Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis, Loews Annapolis Hotel, O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel and Westin Annapolis Hotel).

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and managed by Evans Management LLC.

For more information and updates visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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04.09.17

First Sunday Arts Festivals Returns May 7th 2017

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11am to 5pm Free Admission
Featuring over 130 local and regional artists each month

Artists fill the streets starting May 7th as the areas premier arts festival series First Sunday Arts returns to the Annapolis Arts District. The fun starts at 11am on the first Sunday of each month as over 130 artists open their displays filled with art to the public. The day is also filled with free concerts and entertainment so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The First Sunday Arts festivals bring thousands of locals and visitors to enjoy shopping directly from artisans during each first Sunday event starting on May 7th on West and Calvert Streets in downtown Annapolis, Maryland.  The festival provides shopping opportunities from over 130 local and regional artists and crafters selling their artwork from 11am to 5pm.  You will find  artisans selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, handbags, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, and more.  This is the easiest and largest place to shop in the area for items hand made in the mid-Atlantic area.  Plus with Mother’s Day just a week away, its is the perfect place to find Mom a unique and original gift.

Nearby museums, galleries and shops give you a chance to explore the artsy side of downtown Annapolis. Checkout the Banneker-Douglas Museum, The Annapolis Collection Gallery, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, Nancy Hammond Editions, FinArt Gallery & Studios, Naptown Furniture, Sparrow and more. Take a game room challenge at Mission Escape Rooms or create your own artwork at Wine & Design and ArtFarm. For those looking to explore further into Annapolis stop by the Visitors Center on West Street for maps, tours and guide books.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up outdoor cafes on West Street and food trucks are on hand, 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 Rams Head Tavern, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery and Tsunami.

Performers throughout the festival will be showcasing live music, dance, and theater at four free performance stages including, Weisman Park near the Visitors Center which is a good spot to relax in the shade, the main stage next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon, City Gate Park on the second block of West Street, and the Jeremy Ragsdale Sound Studio Stage in Whitmore Park.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are five parking garages including Whitmore and Gott’s Court parking garages located on Calvert Street, and the Loews Hotel garage on West Street all located right next to the festival. The Knighton and Calvert parking garages are located within a two block stroll from the festival. For those looking for a weekend getaway there are three hotels on the street to enjoy (Loews, O’Callaghan and Westin).

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is free, so bring your friends and family to spend a day out on the town. Free parking is available at the State owned Calvert parking garage located at 19 St John Street. First Sunday Arts Festivals for the 2017 season are on Sunday May 7, June 4, July 2, August 11, September 3, October 1, November 5 and with a special bonus festival on the first Sunday of December called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and managed by Evans Management LLC.

For more information and updates visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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11.25.16

Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival & Holiday Market – December 4, 2016

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plus the grande illumination of the new expanded Holiday Light Canopy over West Street.  Sunday December 4th noon-5pm on the first block of West Street in downtown Annapolis MD

Everyone loves chocolate and Annapolis’ will be celebrating by filling West street with local chocolate vendors ready to help chocoholics get through the holiday season. On Sunday December 4th from noon to 5pm on the first blocks of West Street will be the second annual Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival, featuring family friendly entertainment, chocolate, holiday shopping and the lighting of the newly expanded West Street Holiday Light Canopy.

Start off the December holidays season with some fun and indulge your sweet tooth at the second annual Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival, to benefit the Annapolis Arts District and We Care and Friends.  The day is loaded with family friendly fun. There is a giant gingerbread house moon bounce for the kids, a giant snowball run where you can race your friends, you can roast marsh mellows and make smores at the fire pit in the middle of West Street with the Annapolis Fire Department, get a balloon animal, drink hot coco with the police department and visit Santa. Santa who will be collecting toys, coats and hats for the We Care and Friends Holiday Party for local kids in need.

Take a chocolate tour along West Street with a dozen vendors selling various chocolate specialties , including chocolate caramels, cakes, chocolate bars, truffles, fudge, cookies, candies, hot chocolate, fondue, martinis and more. Some of the local and regional chocolatiers include Dear Coco Chocolate, Salazon Chocolate, Tuxedo Hill Chocolate, Heritage Chocolate, Moonshine Chocolate, Kilwins, Cakes by Rachael, Otterbein Bakery and more.

You can also complete your holiday shopping at the holiday market at the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival featuring dozens of local craftspeople with a wide range of handmade items including jewelry, pottery, candles wood turnings, glass blowing and more. Plus visit the galleries and shops in the Annapolis Arts District and throughout Annapolis for other unique gifts.

The entertainment starts off at noon on 2 different stages on West Street with a grand finale at 5pm with the grande illumination of  the Holiday Light Canopy over West Street

Admission is just a $5 suggested donation for adults (kids are free with parents). Everyone making a donation will get a complimentary Hot chocolate from the air stream camper.

After the festival check out the Annapolis Arts District Light up the Night Party across from Nancy Hammond Editions Gallery on West Street. Its going to be a fun After the Chocolate Festival Party from 4pm-7pm !

Plenty of easy parking is nearby on at Whitmore Parking Garage, Gotts Court Parking Garage, Knighton Parking Garage and the State Parking Garage.

The Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival is brought to you by the Inner West street Association and managed by Evans Management LLC. They also bring you the First Sunday Arts Festivals, Annapolis Fringe Festival, Dinner Under the Stars and manage the Annapolis Arts District.

For more information please visit www.annapolischocolatefestival.com

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10.20.16

First Sunday Arts Festival – Holiday Market – November 6, 2016 11am-5pm

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As the holiday season approaches the popular First Sunday Arts Festival continues on November 6th to fill the historic streets and parks of Downtown Annapolis, Maryland with some of the regions best artists, crafters, musicians and food.

The First Sunday Arts Festival has themed the November 6th festival as the “Holiday Edition” as this is the time people start their holiday shopping. The festival has 130 vendors packing the the streets with original and unique gifts. Thousands of shoppers Visit Annapolis for this fun street festival. Shop from hand crafted jewelry, wheel thrown pottery, hand knitted hats and scarves, alpaca clothing, photography, paintings, books, forged metal arts, fused glass, home decor, local wine, and more.

This is your opportunity to have fun while Shopping. No mall stores with untrained seasonal staff and no boring nights shopping alone off the internet. Here you can meet the people that make the items you select and truly get to appreciate the Craftsmanship.

The afternoon also includes a great line of free entertainment/ Live music including;

Wiesman Park
Caleb Stine noon -2pm
Ahren Buchheister 3pm-5pm

Garrett Park Guitars Stage next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon
Dan Haas Music 11am-1pm
Skribe 2pm-4pm
Wine tastings by Great Frogs Winery 11am-5pm

2nd Blocks of West Street
Mike Heuer Music 2pm-4pm

Whitmore Park
Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio 11am-5pm

For the kids there is face painting, balloons and the coolest game room in town at Mission Escape Rooms – Annapolis.

After you finish Shopping at the festival check out the unique boutiques and galleries in the Annapolis Arts District including Nancy Hammond Editions, The Annapolis Collection Gallery, Fin Art, Sparrow, Whitehall Gallery, ArtFarm Annapolis, Wine & Design, Nap town furniture and more.

Show your support for the arts, made in the U.S.A. and Made in Maryland by inviting your friends to First Sunday Arts Festivals Holiday Market on Sunday November 6th from 11am to 5pm on West Street between Church Circle and Lafayette Avenue and in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street.

Parking is easy near the festival at the following garages Whitmore’s Garage, Gott’s Court Garage, Knighton Garage and even free parking at the State Garage on St Johns Street.

Also mark your calendar for December 4th for the lighting of the Holiday Light Canopy and Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival on West Street.

First Sunday Arts Festivals and the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival are hosted by the Inner West Street Association and managed by Evans Management LLC

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09.26.16

First Sunday Arts Festival October 2, 2016

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Its time to get out and enjoy the fall season of First Sunday Arts Festivals. Enjoy shopping from over 130 artisian vendors along West Street and in Whitmore Park in Downtown Annapolis, Maryland. Shop from some of the areas best artists and crafters making handcrafted jewelry, woodturnings, glass art, paintings, photography, pottery, cutting boards, home decor, metal art, soaps , candles and more.

The day is also packed with entertainment incluing the
Weisman Park -Next to Visitors Center
Meg & Angie noon-2
The The Big Band Theory of Baltimore 3pm-5pm
Great Frogs Winery Garden – Next to Stan and Joe’s Saloon
Ampersand Stringband 11am-1pm
Annapolis Opera – Pop up Opera 1pm
Pony Bones 2pm-4pm
City Gate Park – 2nd block of West Street
Angela Charles Music 2pm-4pm
Whitmore Park
Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio 11am-5pm
Strolling
Mike Rose Magic 1pm-3pm
Ballon Making 11am-5pm

When you are ready for a break stop by the food truck or the many outdoor cafes including Rams Head Tavern Annapolis, Stan and Joe’s Saloon, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge, El Toro Bravo, Luna Blu Ristorante, BAROAK, and 1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern.

Invite your friends to Visit Annapolis and enjoy First Sunday Arts Festivals and the Annapolis Arts District.

Dont forget the festivities continue in November and December this year.

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08.27.16

First Sunday Arts Festival – Shares the Day with the Annapolis Labor Day Parade September 4th 11am-5pm

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First Sunday Arts Festival presented by Great Frogs Winery

Shares the Day with the Annapolis Labor Day Parade September 4th 11am-5pm

This Labor Day Weekend the Annapolis Arts District along West Street in downtown Annapolis will be packed with activity on Sunday September 4th. The newly expanded First Sunday Arts festivals will fill West Street with 130 artists and crafters from Church Circle to the Loews Annapolis Hotel with fun and unique shopping from 11am to 5pm. In the middle of the days festivities the annual Annapolis Labor Day Parade will start around 3pm on West Street near Amos Garrett and continuing up West Street to Calvert Street. With these 2 popular events being held simultaneously on West Street you expect a full day of fun and art along the street.

We suggest you start your Sunday morning early in Annapolis Maryland with brunch. West Street has several places that are popular with foodies for brunch including  Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Annapolis, Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge, BAROAK, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, Stan and Joe’s Saloon and Rams Head Tavern Annapolis.

After brunch you will be ready for shopping from some of the regions best local artisans starting at 11am when the First Sunday Arts festival begins. Look for vendors lining West Street and Whitmore Park selling a wide range of fine arts and craft.  Vendor items to shop from including handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, cutting-boards, leather, iron-work, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, home decor, leather goods, gourmet foods and more. Also check out the local galleries and shop along West Street including one of the streets newest stores, Sparrow. The selection of shopping at First Sunday Arts seems to be getting better year.

When you are ready for a break from shopping stop by a food truck or one of the many cafes along West Street. There is also a lot of free live music on September 4th

Music Schedule:
Wiseman Park Stage:

Unified Jazz Ensemble (noon-2)
Silver City (3-5p)
Garrett Park Guitars Stage (Stan and Joe’s Saloon parking lot):
The Jello Boys (11-1p)
Starvation Army (2-4p)
City Gate Park:
Jonathan Stone Music (2-4p)
Whitmore Park:
Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio

When the Labor Day Parade pops up around 3pm find your place along West Street between Calvert Street and Amos Garrett Blvd or take advantage of some unique vantage points along West Street on the patio of BAROAK at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, the roof top of Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge or inside at the bar of West streets newest restaurant, Sailor.

There will be fun for the kids in Whitmore Park during the festival with the Tattered Hatters. Here anyone can have fun and show off their creative side making free Maddhatter Hats. Plus there will be balloon sculptures, and face painting on the first block of West Street.

After parties will start after the festival with music at Rams Head Tavern Annapolis, art receptions at 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, gospel sushi at Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge and movies at 1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are five large parking garages including Whitmore Garage, Gott’s Court Garage and Loews Hotel parking garage, Knighton Garage and the State Parking Garage all located near the days events.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free. So bring your friends, family and your friendly pets to spend a day out on the town. This years festivals will continue on the first Sunday of each month through November with a bonus festival on the first Sunday of December called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival. First Sunday Arts Festivals hours are 11am to 5pm on Sundays September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4 from noon to 5pm.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC

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07.28.16

First Sunday Arts Festival on Sunday August 7th

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First Sunday Arts celebrates 15 years of promoting the Arts in Annapolis. In August 2001 the seed was planted for a new arts event in Annapolis after two art galleries (ARTFX gallery & 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery) on West Street starting hosting art receptions at the same time on the First Sunday of each month. Combining the 2 art receptions brought larger attendance to both gallery’s monthly art receptions. By spring of 2002 other businesses on the first block on West Street joined in hosting art receptions, live music and artist demonstrations on first Sundays of the month and branding the day into a marketing campaign called First Sunday Arts Festival.

Today the First Sunday Arts festival attracts between 7000 and 10000 people each month for shopping at 130 local and regional artisan vendors on West Street between Church Circle and Lafayette Street and in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street in Downtown Annapolis. It has become the premier place in the region to purchase a wide variety of local and regional produced artworks. There is a wide variety of items to shop from including handcrafted jewelry, Pottery, glass, clothing, purses, cutting-boards, leather, iron-work, Woodturnings, furniture, Sculpture, Photography, Paintings, garden art, home decor, gourmet foods and more.

The festival will is also packed with a wide variety of entertainment with music groups performing though out the day, plus face painting, BalloonSculptures and Magicians for the kids. The entertainment schedule for August 7th includes showcasing some of Maryland‘s’ best Song Writers, Americana, Blues, Jazz and Big band Music groups.

The Entertainment Schedule (click on links for more info on performers)

Garrett Park Guitars Stage in the Great Frogs Winery Garden
11-1 Swamp candy internationally touring primitive blues influenced Americana duo
2-4 Annapolis Junction Big Band 17 musicians playing the best in big band music

Weisman Park next to the Visitors Center
12-2 Van Meter American roots rocker and songwriter
3-5 Alex Peters A Songwriter bedded in the roots of Americana rhythm

City Gate Park
2-4 Ginger Wolf “Hawaiian Space-Jazz”, picture Santo and Johnny at a pool party on the moon with Radiohead.

Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio Stage at Whitmore Park
12-5 JRVS Presents: The Lead Singer! Student Showcase featuring students from Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafe dinning 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 during and after the festival including Rams Head Tavern Annapolis with music on the back patio and On Stage, 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery with an art reception and jazz brunch, Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge with gospel sushi, Stan and Joe’s Saloon hosts the Great Frogs Winery garden and 1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern has a movie night.

There are several art galleries and museums with new exhibits in and around the Annapolis Arts District to check out, including Banneker-Douglass Museum, ArtFarm Annapolis, The Annapolis Collection Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, Nancy Hammond Editions and Fin Art. Art classes can also be reserved during the day at Wine & Design and Mission Escape Rooms – Annapolis has fun interactive game rooms.

 

The success of First Sunday Arts Festivals has also allowed its parent organization Inner West Street Association to sponsor and help create new arts related events in the West Street / Annapolis Arts District corridor including two free concerts series in Whitmore Park (Sunday Gospel in the Park, Dixie Hotel Thursday Night Jazz), the Annapolis Fringe Festival held September 21-24, the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival on December 4th and its newest event Dinner under the stars held on Wednesday evenings from July 13th to September 21st.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in Downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are five large parking garages including Whitmore, Gott’s Court and Loews Annapolis Hotel parking garages located on the festival grounds and Knighton and the State Parking Garages within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival.

Admission to the First Sunday Arts Festivals is always free and free parking is available at the State Parking Garage located at 19 St. John Street. So bring your friends, family and your friendly pets to spend a day out on the town. This years festivals will continue on the first Sunday of each month through November with a bonus festival on the first Sunday of December called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival. First Sunday Arts Festivals hours are 11am to 5pm on Sundays August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4 from noon to 5pm.

First Sunday Arts Festivals is always looking for new artists and crafters to join the Festival. Please refer your favorite artisans to us.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC

For more information and updates visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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06.16.16

First Sunday Arts Festival presented by Great Frogs Winery is packed with extra entertainment for July 3 2016, 11am-5pm

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Art and Entertainment will fill the air in the Annapolis Arts District on Sunday July 3rd from 11am to 5pm as the First Sunday Arts Festival celebrates with over 130 local and regional artists and crafters showcasing a wide range of handcrafted and original items made locally. You will find local artisan vendors on West Street between Church Circle and Lafayette Street and in Whitmore Park on Calvert Street selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing, purses, cutting-boards, iron-work, wood-turnings, furniture, sculpture, photography, paintings, garden art, gourmet foods and more. This is the perfect place to find new items for your home and gifts for the special people in your lives. Plus buying “Made in America” is a great way to celebrate our nations birthday.

The day will also be packed with a wide variety of music with eight groups performing though out the day, plus face painting and balloon sculptures for the kids. The entertainment schedule includes showcasing some of Annapolis’ newest young talent, international touring bands from Buenos Aires and the best in local jazz, pop, funk and R&B music.

The Entertainment Schedule

Garrett Park Stage in the Great Frogs Wine Garden

11-1 Fast Eddie and the slowpokes 2013 WAMMIE nominated Best Blues/Traditional R&B Duo/Group
2-4 El Caribefunk Currently on tour from Buenos Aires bringing you some international flavor from Brazil

Weisman Park next to the Visitors Center

12-2 Fred Hughes Trio Local jazz trio that has performed at many of the regions top jazz festivals
3-5 Michael K. Pretty Big Deal . Songwriter with a variety of pop, rock, and alternative many of which have been placed in network TV series, MTV series, and premium channel (HBO, ShowTime, etc.) series. Michael K.’s original song “After the Rain” was used in the Tim Disney major motion picture American Violet (2008)

City Gate Park
2-4 Damian Keavney solo acoustic fingerstyle guitarist

Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio Stage at Whitmore Park

12-1 Daphne Eckman Annapolis based 14 year old songwriter
1:30-2:30 No Capes A 4 piece funk/indie rock band from Annapolis who love jamming and getting hot and spicy! They are currently promoting their new album, “Open Mind”
3-5 JRVS Presents: The Lead Singer! Student Showcase featuring students ages 12 to 18 from Jeremy Ragsdale Voice Studio. July’s performance will include music by Prince, Alessia Cara, Sara Bareilles, Bob Marley, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, Adele, and John Lennon.

All the restaurants in the festival area will be setting up cafe dinning 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 during and after the festival including Ramshead Tavern with music on the back patio, 49 West Coffeehouse and Gallery with an art reception, Tsunami with gospel sushi and Reynolds Tavern with their movie night. Also new this year is 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.

There are several art galleries and museums with new exhibits in and around the Annapolis Arts District to check out, including Banneker Douglas Museum, ArtFarm, The Annapolis Collection Gallery, Whitehall Gallery, Nancy Hammond Gallery and Fin Art. Plus a new interactive experience Mission Room Escape that is now appearing on many peoples must do list. Stop in the visitors center on West Street for a map of all the art galleries, museums and attractions in downtown Annapolis.

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are conveniently located in downtown Annapolis on West Street and Calvert Streets where parking is a breeze. There are five large parking garages including Whitmore, Gott’s Court and Loews Hotel parking garages located on the festival grounds and Knighton and the State Parking Garages within a 1 to 3 block stroll from the festival. Plus with so many Annapolis’ locals attending the festival, many just walk, bike or take the bus in from the surrounding Annapolis communities . The high numbers of locals attending also means you will find a lot of friendly pets joining their families and friends at the First Sunday Arts Festivals.

The holiday weekend celebrations continue on West Street and the Annapolis Arts District on Monday the 4th with the July 4th parade starting on West Street at 6:30pm.

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. This years festivals will be on the first Sunday of each month through November with a bonus festival on the first Sunday of December called the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival. First Sunday Arts Festivals hours are 11am to 5pm on Sundays July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4 from noon to 5pm.

Please note that during the festival there is no vehicle traffic on the first block of West Street. The second block of West Street will be open to 2 way vehicle traffic but no parking on the second block of West Street. Please be patient in this area as we will allow people to drop off handicap persons needing to access the front of Asbury UM Church. There is free parking until 1pm on Sundays in Gott’s Court Garage and free parking all day in the State Garage

The First Sunday Arts Festivals are sponsored by the Inner West Street Association and Great Frogs Winery and managed by Evans Management LLC

The Inner West Street Association sponsors additional community focused events and organizations including Sunday Gospel in the Park, Dixie Hotel Thursday Night Jazz, Dinner Under the Stars, Annapolis Fringe Festival, the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival and the Annapolis Arts District.

For more information and updates visit www.firstsundayarts.com

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05.10.16

First Sunday Arts Festivals presented by Great Frogs Winery June 5 2016

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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

More information at www.firstsundayarts.com

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