The 38th annual Maryland Renaissance Festival returns to Crownsville on weekends (and Labor Day) starting on Aug. 23 and continuing through Oct. 19.
This 16th century English fare celebrates the fun, bawdiness and art of the Renaissance. In addition to an array of performances, there will be more than 140 craftspeople presenting their wares along with a host of food and beverages available for purchase.
Admission ranges from $7 to $22. Free parking at the site off Crownsville Road.
For more information, visit http://www.rennfest.com or call 410-266-7304.
Summer thrills — The Annapolis Knights of Columbus' 34th annual family carnival continues nightly through Saturday at 2590 Solomons Island Road (Route 2 south, about a half mile south of the Annapolis Harbour Center). Hours at 6 to 10 p.m. tonight and Friday and 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Ride-all-night wristbands are $22. Parking onsite is free. In addition to an assortment of rides, the carnival features fun food and games. 410-224-4242.
Thursdays at the dock — During Thursday Night with the Stars, the City Dock stage will come alive. In this new initiative by the Arts in Public Places Commission, local actors, actresses and musicians will showcase their star power from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Performances, which continue through Aug. 28, are free; bring a lawn chair.
Silopanna Music Fest — The Silopanna Music Festival, a Rams Head Promotion, will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. For details, see our Cover Story on Page 10.
Canines & Cocktails — The annual Canines & Cocktails for a Cause Series continues from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the outside patio of the West Kitchen and Tavern at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. For details, see Top Billing on Page 3.
Regatta for all — The 11th annual 12-Ounce Regatta and celebration, featuring boats made out of beer and soda cans, will be held from 9:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eastport Democratic Club. For details, see Top Billing on Page 3.
"Spamalot" — The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre continues its 49th season at its "theater under the stars" with "Spamalot," with performances through Aug. 31. Lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Spamalot will leave you in stitches. Showtimes are at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays at 143 Compromise St. across from City Dock. $20. 410-268-9212 or http://www.summergarden.com.
It's fair time — The Queen Anne's County Fair continues from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Saturday at 4-H Park, 100 Dulin Clark Road in Centreville. It includes 4-H competitions and classes, rides and contests, including jousting. There also is a rodeo, barrel racing and live entertainment. 410-310-1957 or http://www.queenannescofair.com.
Aug. 21 — The 24th annual Annapolis Art Walk will be held in galleries downtown, West Street and West Annapolis from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 21. For details, see Top Billing on Page 3.
Aug. 23 — The third Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the county fairgrounds, 1450 Crownsville Road in Crownsville. Held rain or shine, the fest includes a host of craft beers and local, international wines and live music. A variety of food will be available for purchase and dozens of vendors will be offering everything from jewelry to home improvement products. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. $30 (advance) or $35 (at the gate) or $10 (designated driver and those ages 13 to 20). Rockstar VIP tickets are $100. http://www.KegsandCorksFest.com.
Aug. 24 — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold its third puppy plunge from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Camp Letts, 4003 Camp Letts Road in Edgewater. This event features a plunge into the river on Muscle Beach for bigger dogs or Petite Beach for smaller dogs. There also will be live music, demonstrations, vendors, food for sale, and a children's area. By popular demand, the dog bikini contest will be followed by the best trick and best pooch smooch contest. A puppy pie-eating contest will be introduced for puppies big and small. General admission is $8 and free for children younger than 10 years. http://www.spcapuppyplunge.kintera.org.
Aug. 28 — The Ticked Off Annapolis Music Fest will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St. The festival hopes to increase awareness about Lyme and tick-related diseases. The music lineup includes Les Stroud of the "Survivorman" TV series, Alisa Turner, who will perform her breakout hit "Breathing," about her own struggles with Lyme disease. Also performing will be Gregg Kirk of The Zen Engines and Maryland songwriter Dick Schwenk. Tickets are $50 and include hors d'oeuvres and two beverages. http://www.tickedoffmusicfest.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun