Sunday March 31 Maryland Day Weekend Celebration Events 2019!
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Fort Smallwood Park 9500 Fort Smallwood Road Pasadena 5:30am to Dusk Free
Fort Smallwood Park’s recreational amenities include a 380-foot fishing pier, children’s accessible playground, historic gun battery and barracks, walking trails, beaches, pond and volleyball courts. Fort Smallwood was a sea coast defense built in the late 1880’s to the early part of the 1900’s. The fort was in use from 1890 until 1927. The 380-foot “Bill Burton Fishing Pier” is wonderful for fishermen, birdwatchers, and admirers of local scenery.
Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Park Road Annapolis 7am to Dusk Free
The Quiet Waters Visitor Center is the place to begin your visit to the park. The Visitor Center’s three art galleries display art exhibitions of the best local and regional talents. The parks 340 acres have paved trails, public art, playground and water views of the South River.
Kinder Park Farm 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road Millersville 7am to Dusk Free
Before venturing into the park visit the Kinder Farm Park Visitor Center. View farming artifacts from the 1930s, including a tobacco press, tools used to harvest tobacco and more. The restored Kinder family farmhouse has returned to a condition similar to when it was built in 1925. The park has a large playground and tot-lot ideal for children of all ages and a 2.8-mile paved perimeter trail and several miles of natural trail. Kinder Farm Park developed an agricultural history program and working farm that shows past and present agricultural practices of Anne Arundel County. Farm animals at the park are include chickens, turkeys, geese, cows, pigs, goats and sheep.
Stop by the Kinder Farm Park Blacksmith Shop and watch the Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild members forging metal, using various tools. Stand on the sidelines and view a trade that is over 100 years old but still very much alive today at Kinder Farm Park. The Blacksmith Shop is open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Downs Park 8311 John Downs Loop Pasadena 7am to Dusk Free
Downs Park offers a fishing pier, children’s playground, two basketball courts and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. Downs Park offers amazing spots to launch a kayak. The park has 236 acres and 5 miles of trails. The park property has a rich history which has been preserved by the Downs Park Historical Society.
VAAAC Visitors Center 26 West Street and City Dock Annapolis 9am-5pm Free
Information specialists can help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Celebration adventures including a free Maryland Day Program and information about local things to see and do. Stop by the West Street location to have your picture taken at our photo booth, complete with colonial props for kids!
Maryland State House 100 State Circle Annapolis 9am-5pm Free
The Maryland State House is the oldest state capital still in continuous legislative use. Enjoy the immersive State House exhibits, including the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber. Explore important historical events that happened underneath the dome and in the chamber of the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital. ID required to enter if you are over 21.
Greenstreet Gardens 391 W Bay Front Road, Lothian 9am-5pm Free
Tour of our production greenhouses at 1pm. Please register beforehand through Eventbrite here. Attendees will receive a coupon for in-store use.
All weekend long, we will also have our native plant and perennial experts on site to talk to customers regarding any questions or inquests they might have.
The Westin Annapolis 100 Westgate Circle Annapolis 10am -4pm Free
The Hall of Presidents Before Washington is an exhibit featuring the 14 presidents before George Washington under the Articles of Confederation and the Continental Congress that opened to the public in 2017 at The Westin in Presidents Hill. The exhibit displays laser replicas of original documents signed by each of the 14 “forgotten” presidents in chronological order beginning with Peyton Randolph in 1774 and ending with Cyrus Griffin, the last before Washington, in 1789. Eleven of the fourteen documents were signed while the men served as president, while the other three are letters they signed during their lifetime.
Anne Arundel County Farmers Market 275 Truman Parkway Annapolis 10am-1pm Free
Meet the local farm producers and get fresh seasonal produce, meats, cheese and eggs. Also local artisans will sell crafts, jewelry, plants, baked goods and much, much, more.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum 25 Silopanna Road Annapolis 10am-4pm $1 Admission
Materials will be available to make your own custom geocache stamp for your Maryland Day adventures! Girl Scout Brownies can work on activities toward the Letterboxer badge. Girl Scout Juniors can work toward the Geocaching badge on CCM’s nature trails. This site also has a Geocache.
Historic London Town & Gardens 839 Londontown Road Edgewater 10am-4:30pm $1 admission
Explore the “lost” colonial town and garden located on the shores of the South River. Experience a blackpowder demonstration, talk with costumed guides, learn hearth cooking, rope making, carpentry and explore geocashing sites on the grounds of this historic town. Garden tour at 11 am and Blackpowder demonstration at 1:30pm. This site also has a Geocache.
Holiday Memories Farm 4848 Muddy Creek Rd West River 10am-3pm Free
Tours of our farm including high-tunnel operations, blueberry field and Christmas trees. Fresh eggs and green will be for sale.
Annapolis Maritime Museum 723 Second Street Annapolis 11am-3pm Free
Find out what it takes to be a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Climb aboard a historic workboat, harvest oysters in a role-playing game, practice nautical knots and interact with Bay animals. Earn a Museum patch by completing these hands-on activities. This site also has a Geocache.
Maryland Federation of Art/ Circle Gallery 18 State Circle Annapolis 11am to 5pm Free
View fine art, jewelry and crafts by Maryland artists.
Pride of Baltimore ll 1 Dock Street Annapolis 11am-5pm Free
Cross the gangway and come aboard to learn about Maryland’s renowned tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II. Explore the deck and talk to her captain and crew. Learn about the history of Baltimore Clippers and Pride II; or hear from a crew member what it is like to sail a tall ship today. Tours are open to guests of all ages. Pride II is not wheelchair accessible.
St. John’s College Mitchell Gallery 60 College Ave Annapolis 12pm-5pm Free
Making Our Mark: Washington Print Club – A collective of eight prominent regional artists drawn together through printmaking. The artists—Andis Applewhite, Jenny Freestone, Pauline Jakobsberg, Lee Newman, Margaret Adams Parker, Terry Svat, Ellen Verdon Winkler, and Max-Karl Winkler—became friends and colleagues in the 1990s and early 2000s, as members of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. They have been active in the Washington, DC area for many years, producing hand-pulled prints in traditional and state-of-the-art techniques, from woodcut and etching to solar plate and paper lithography. The show, consequently, features several varieties of printmaking, although each of the artists has contributed pieces in other media. This site also has a Geocache.
Charles Carroll House 107 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis 12pm-4pm Free
Explore the grand old home of the Carroll Family located on the picturesque grounds of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Carroll family played a major role in the framing of the governance of Maryland. Charles Carroll of Carrollton was one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence and was the only Roman Catholic signer. This wonderfully curated house and garden is a hidden gem on the shores of Spa Creek. On display Annapolis historian, Dr. Robert Wordens’, ‘A Night of Tragedy; July 9-1, 1866’ on the tragic drownings of the Redemptorists. For younger audiences, participate in a scavenger hunt as well as crossword puzzles.
William Paca House and Garden 186 Prince George Street Annapolis 12pm-4pm $1 Admission
Celebrate Maryland Day Weekend with $1 tours of this spectacular house and garden.
Hogshead 43 Pinkney St. Annapolis 12pm-4pm Free
Experience Maryland Day with the tradespeople of Annapolis at Hogshead. You’ll find local craftspeople of the 1700’s sharing their skills and knowledge of carpentry, baking, spinning, printing and more. You can even help sew a replica of the John Shaw Flag, Maryland’s first flag for the new United States. It’s all ‘hands on’ at Hogshead.
Governor Calvert House 58 State Circle Annapolis 1pm-4pm Free
Meet a historically costumed interpreter to explore the archeological site of a “hypocaust”- an underground central heating system designed to support a greenhouse for orange trees. The initial exploration and excavation of this archeological site from the colonial period is documented in a creatively designed exhibit by the University of Maryland. Thank you, Historic Annapolis, for providing the interpreter!
Deale Area Historical Society 389 Deale Road Tracy’s Landing 1pm- 4pm Free
Located on the shores of Herring Bay this lovely historic village is open to explore. Learn about life before electricity. See how lathe and plaster was installed. Find out how Deale got its name. Examine a wooden boat built in Deale.
Galesville Community Center 916 West Benning Road Galesville 1pm Free
The center will be kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Galesville Rosenwald School. It will showcase the rich history of three prominent African-American sites along with other South County Communities.
Galesville Memorial Hall 952 Galesville Road Galesville 1pm-4pm Free
The Deale Historical Society and Model Boat Builders of South County with be sharing the history and creativity of the craft of boat building. An exhibit includes 25 models of skipjacks, bugeyes, dredges and more.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 801 Chase St. Annapolis 1pm-4pm Free
Don’t miss the 10th Annual ArtFest! ArtFest is a day of creativity featuring art demonstrations, music recitals, dance performances, exhibits, hands-on activities and children’s crafts. This FREE Open House showcases the arts at Maryland Hall like no other single day, attracting over 1,000 people of all ages.
BIG INK’s two-day workshop continues on Sunday from 11am-4pm. BIG INK brings together artists, community organizations and the public to produce large scale black and white woodcuts for exhibition and educational purposes. The workshop includes 11 invited artists that will work together to ink up large woodcuts they created specifically for the event.
And while you are here, visit Maryland Hall’s Galleries from 10am-5pm. Exhibitions on display include ArtWork by Joanne Scott: 60 Year Retrospective featuring a live poetry reading by the artist, BIG INK Prints Exhibition and Paintings by Tony Spencer.
Homestead Gardens 743 W Central Ave Davidsonville 1pm $1 Admission
Learn about the Maryland Tree Program and how you can commit to planting Maryland Native Trees with their support and receive a certificate towards your purchase.
Register online or call.
Check out Maryland Day shopping discounts on our business specials page.