Annapolis has a lot to offer.

There are many activities and many exciting events that will be taking place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County 2018. Whether you want to learn about history, to explore the natural beauty of the area, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery, Annapolis has a lot to offer.

2018 Major Events Calendar

January Events

Fiddler on the Roof
Thursdays through Sundays, January 4-21
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Compass Rose Theater, 1623 Forest Drive, Annapolis 21401

Winner of nine Tony awards, the musical play tells the story of the village of Anatevka, a Jewish settlement in Czarist Russia. Though poor in possessions, the family of Tevye, a milkman, is rich in daughters and happiness. Traditional values face changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism as the daughters fall in love and marry.

Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends by H.C. Porter
Monday, January 8 to Saturday, March 3
Gallery reception, Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. Meet the artist and living Blues legends; 8:00 p.m., performance by Bobby Rush and Company
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Chaney and Martino Galleries, 2nd Floor, 108 Chase Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free for exhibit. Visit website for concert prices.
410-263-5544, 410-280-5640

The exhibit provides a glimpse into America’s music and the unique cultural heritage of Mississippi’s blues legends. Thirty-one portraits created by internationally known artist H.C. Porter are paired with the music and oral histories of the legends to create a multimedia experience. Hear the Blues. See the Blues.

Blues legend Bobby Rush headlines a special performance following the January 18 gallery reception. Fellow blues legends Vasti Jackson and Eden Brent join Rush in concert. Rush is a 2017 Grammy award winner for his latest album, Porcupine Meat. A Blues Hall of Famer and ten-time winner of the Blues Music Award, Rush was named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. He has a 50+ year career as a musician, composer and singer.

Annapolis Maritime Museum Winter Lecture Series
Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25 and every Thursday through March 1
7:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis 21403
Admission: $10; free for AMM members First Mate and above

Engaging speakers on eight diverse topics will challenge you to question and learn. Topics include: maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. For a complete lineup, visit

Henry the VIII
Thursday, January 11 and Fridays-Saturdays, January 12-13 and 19-20
8:00 p.m.
West Arundel Creative Arts, 1788 Dorsey Road, Hanover, MD 21076
Admission: Visit website

A chance meeting, a single dance, can change a man’s life – what he believes, who his friends are, whose advice he listens to. If the man happens to be a king, his country is swept along with his passions, leaving his courtiers, his archbishops and his queens to maneuver the unstable political landscape. This rarely performed Shakespearean play is infamous for excessive pageantry and pandering to royalty. Strip away the glitz, and what’s left is a very human drama of intrigue and duty, ambition and love. Presented by the Rude Mechanicals.

About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter
Tuesdays-Sundays, January 11 to February 25
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Admission: Free

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) was a preeminent, influential printmaker and founder of Atelier 17. He was a strong advocate for experimentation and development of new printing techniques as a tool for artistic ideas. The 58-work exhibition highlights Hayter’s personal checklist of distinctive prints and their importance to the understanding of 20th Century graphic arts. Included are etchings, lithographs and other printmaking techniques by Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and other visionaries and technical innovators, including Andre Masson, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Karl Schrag, and Mauricio Lasansky.

Beauty and the Beast
Fridays-Sundays, January 12-28
Fridays, January 12, 19, 26, 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 13, 20, 27, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sundays, January 14, 21, 28, 2:00 p.m.
Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis 21409
Admission: $15, adults; $12, seniors, kids 12 and under, and military

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis presents a musical production of Beauty and the Beast, an adaptation of the beloved Disney movie, featuring talented local teen performers.

Friday, January 12 through Sunday, February 4
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.; Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
Colonial Players, 108 East Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Adults, $23; Seniors, Students and Military, $18

Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred live in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on October 10th, there’s a concert to celebrate the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. Their equilibrium is disrupted when Jean, previously married to Reggie, arrives at the home. Jean is invited by the others to sing the quartet from Rigoletto for the gala. Ever the diva, she refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play! Written by Ronald Harwood; directed by Darice Clewell; produced by Kaelynn Miller.

Martin Luther King Celebration
Saturday, January 13
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free

Join artist/performer Culture Queen as she hosts a “Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” celebration that honors Dr. King’s life and legacy with an interactive civil rights-themed show and crafts. Afternoon includes activities for families with children of all ages that celebrate the legacies of other African American Kings and Queens of Social Justice from the State of Maryland. Museum guided tours and scavenger hunt will also be available. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

Let the Spirit Sing: A Martin Luther King Celebration
Sunday, January 14
Concert, 3:00 p.m.; Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free

Ramocille Johnson leads the non-denominational “Extensions of Faith Praise Choir” of more than 30 voices accompanied by bass guitar, drums, percussions, and keyboard. Performing throughout Maryland, the group is known for its vibrant interpretation of Gospel music, as well as traditional spirituals and hymns. The encore concert is back due to the enthusiastic response the group received for its 2017 Martin Luther King concert held during the Mitchell Gallery’s Ruth Starr Rose exhibition. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

The Skin You Live In
Monday, January 15
10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, 21403
Admission: $10 per child; Group rate of $8 per child for five or more. Free for accompanying adults

Honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with hands-on activities addressing the simple yet complex topic of skin color. What does the sun have to do with it? How are people like potatoes? For ages 6 to 12 years. Must pre-register. Includes museum admission. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

Blind Love
Thursday-Sunday, January 18-21
Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Hammonds Lane Theatre, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park 21225
Admission: Visit website

What do you do when just as you prepare for life to take off, you are blinded by circumstances that you can’t control?

Annapolis Shakespeare Company Concert and Cabaret Series presents: From Jazz to Broadway featuring Rachelle Fleming
Monday January 22
7:30 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis
Admission: $30 to $48

Rachelle Fleming has touched audiences with a wide variety of styles from cabaret to classical. A versatile performer and recording artist, Ms. Fleming’s featured vocal, “After the Love Has Gone,” garnered praise from Jazz Weekly for a voice “as agonizingly penetrating as a Dear John letter.” Ms. Fleming has collaborated with Cuban ensemble Tiempo Libre; multiple Grammy-winning opera star Renée Fleming; and international jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch. Her love of the American Songbook has led her to perform with world-class jazz pianist and award-winning educator Shelly Berg at the Rochester International Jazz Festival and with the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

Captain Avery Museum Winter Luncheon Series
Wednesdays, January 24 and 31 and every Wednesday through February 28
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
Admission: $95 for six-part series for members; $100 for non-members; $22 for individual luncheons for members; $25 for non-members. Reservations required.

Beat the winter blues by participating in a six-part luncheon series featuring engaging speakers on a variety of topics. Programs are followed by luncheons of homemade soups, specialty breads, dessert and beverages. Presentation begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. January 24: Bert Drake, Ph.D., Evolution of the Wood and Canvas Canoe. January 31: Author Andrew Och, Unusual for their time – On the Road with America’s First Ladies.

22nd Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge
Thursday to Saturday, January 25-27
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on-site registration; First plunge, 1:00 p.m.; Second plunge, 3:00 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis
Admission: Free to spectators. Plungers must raise $75 or more in pledges.

Experience the coolest event of the year. For just $75 in donations, plunge participants take a chilly dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. Not ready to bare it all? Join in the festivities—fully clothed—in the Rams Head Ice Lodge that includes vendor booths, live entertainment, zoo animals, food court, carnival amusements, sandcastle building, a “kids’ zone” and more. Come celebrate Maryland’s largest winter festival. The event typically attracts more than 10,000 courageous plungers to benefit more than 7,500 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Sponsored by the Maryland State Police.

Midshipman Classical Recital by Naval Academy Symphony Orchestra
Friday, January 26
7:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel, 108 Blake Road, Annapolis
Admission: $16. Tickets on sale January 9
Tickets: 410-293-8497

The Brigade of Midshipmen possesses a vast number of talented instrumentalists who come from disciplined backgrounds from early childhood. There are a variety of solo performance opportunities as well as ensembles, including the Midshipmen String Quartet, among others. For years, midshipmen have been actively honing their instrumental skills and talents and have performed on a variety of levels from recitals to the concert stage.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents BLITHE SPIRIT
January 26 to February 25: Fridays, 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays, 3:00 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis
Admission: $30 to $48

A smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of PRIVATE LIVES offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. BLITHE SPIRIT is Noël Coward’s comic masterpiece! Directed by Sally Boyett.

The Billy Goats Gruff: A children’s Opera
Saturday, January 27
11:00 a.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Visit website

Set to favorite opera arias, this exciting adaptation of a classic fairy tale is the perfect way to share the magic of live opera with the children in your life! Presented by Annapolis Opera in partnership with Towson University’s Opera in a Can.

Having Difficult Conversations about Race: Part I
Saturday, January 27
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis 21401
Admission: Free

Latisha Monique Jones facilitates the first in a two-part series of highly interactive workshops around anti-racism. Part 1 focuses on developing conversation skills, including active listening; compassionate confrontation; and clarifying complex terms such as racism, prejudice, and discrimination. The workshop includes games, visual arts, theatre, and conversations aimed at developing the communication skills essential to managing difficult conversations in everyday settings. Open to individuals 18 years old and above. Registration is required. Maximum available seating is 30. Please register by emailing: or calling 410- 216-6180. Conversations about Race Part II takes place on Saturday, February 10th. Part of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration.

U.S. Army Field Concert Band
Saturday, January 27
7:30 p.m.
North County High School, 10 East First Avenue, Glen Burnie 21061
Admission: Free

The Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Field Band’s four performing components. Founded in 1946, the elite 65-member instrumental ensemble has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. Tours have taken the band throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Far East, and India. The group has appeared in a wide variety of settings, from world-famous concert halls, such as the Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall, to state fairgrounds and high school gymnasiums. The Concert Band presents a diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music and patriotic selections.

2nd Annual Pass, Pick & Play Collection Drive
Sunday, January 28 through Friday, March 2 (Collection Drive)
Various Collections Sites in and around Annapolis
Admission: Free

Annapolis Recreation and Parks, in partnership with the Armstrong Family, is hosting the 2nd annual Pass, Pick & Play sporting goods collection and distribution event. It provides Annapolis area children with free, gently-used sporting goods. Individuals are invited to bring their used sporting goods to one of the designated collection sites: “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center, Key School, Calvary United Methodist Church, Historic London Town and Gardens, Anne Arundel Medical Center. The free sports equipment will be distributed to kids at the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis 21403 on Saturday, April 7.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company Concert and Cabaret Series presents Tumbledown Dreams: An Actor’s Journey by Terrence Currier
Monday January 29
7:30 p.m.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West Street, Suite 200, Annapolis 21401
Admission: $30 to $48

Spend a musical evening of song and dance with Broadway veteran Terrence Currier (Damn Yankees).

For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small throughout 2018  visit



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