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Top things to do in Anne Arundel County in summer 2019

Seafood dishes of all types will be on the menu at the Maryland Seafood Festival, taking place Sept. 7-8 at Sandy Point State Park.
Seafood dishes of all types will be on the menu at the Maryland Seafood Festival, taking place Sept. 7-8 at Sandy Point State Park. (ABC Events Inc.)

‘Oliver: The Musical’

May 11-June 9 Popular musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.” Times vary. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West St., Annapolis. $30-$59. 410-280-1773 or annapolisshakespeare.org.

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‘Tartuffe’

May 21-Sept. 10 Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents an adaptation of playwright Molière’s controversial comedy. Times vary. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West St., Annapolis. $39-$45. 410-280-1773 or annapolisshakespeare.org.

Visitors can get a great view of this year's Annapolis Memorial Day Parade along West Street. The parade takes place May 27.
Visitors can get a great view of this year's Annapolis Memorial Day Parade along West Street. The parade takes place May 27. (Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette)

Annapolis Memorial Day Parade

May 27 Catch the parade as it proceeds down West Street to Church Circle and down Main Street to City Dock. Parade is followed by a ceremony at Susan Campbell Park to honor our fallen troops. 10 a.m. Amos Garrett Blvd., Annapolis. Free. annapolis.gov.

Paint Annapolis

June 2-9 Join a week-long juried plein-air painting competition featuring painters from all around the world. Stroll around Annapolis as artists paint various scenes of the city. Times vary. Streets of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Free. 410-268-4566 or mdfedart.com.

Bands in the Sand

June 8 Join over 1,000 patrons on the water’s edge for a day of music, local cuisine, cold drinks and more. Proceeds support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s efforts to defend and protect the Bay. 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis. $175-$500. cbf.org.

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise

July 3-4 Celebrate Independence Day on the water and take a sunset cruise along the harbor. Listen to live music by “Ship’s Company” and enjoy a fireworks display. 6:30-10 p.m. Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, 80 Compromise St., Annapolis. $66-$93. 410-263-7837 or schoonerwind.com.

Annapolis Fourth of July Parade

July 4 Celebrate America’s birthday and enjoy a patriotic parade in Downtown Annapolis. Features cars, fire engines, marching bands, service clubs, scouts, vans and more. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis Harbor. 410-263-7997 or annapolis.gov.

‘The Winter’s Tale’

July 12-Aug. 4 Enjoy an outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Times vary. Annapolis Shakespeare Company, 1804 West St., Annapolis. Free-$59. 410-280-1773 or annapolisshakespeare.org.

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Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast

Aug. 2 Join the world’s largest all-you-can-eat crab feast to benefit local community and cultural organizations. Includes Maryland vegetable crab soup, corn on the cob, beef barbecue sandwiches, a bake sale and more. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. $25-$130. 850-619-1645 or annapolisrotary.org.

Rebecca Dominguez, of Northfield, Vermont, dressed as a traveler, holds a pork chop on a stick at last year's Maryland Renaissance Festival. This year, the festival runs Aug. 24-Oct. 20.
Rebecca Dominguez, of Northfield, Vermont, dressed as a traveler, holds a pork chop on a stick at last year's Maryland Renaissance Festival. This year, the festival runs Aug. 24-Oct. 20. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Aug. 24-Oct. 20 Travel back to the 16th century at the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. Includes a 3,000-seat jousting arena, 200+ entertainers, 122 craft shops, 48 food and beverage emporiums, 10 stages and more. 10 a.m-7 p.m. Maryland Renaissance Festival, 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis. Free-$26. 410-266-7304 or rennfest.com.

Maryland Seafood Festival

Sept. 7-8 Enjoy a two-day seafood festival featuring seafood dishes, interactive cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and more. 10 a.m. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis. Free-$120. 443-699-3158 or abceventsinc.com.

Baby pigs come out of the starting gate during a pig race at the Anne Arundel County Fair last year. This year's fair runs Sept. 11-15.
Baby pigs come out of the starting gate during a pig race at the Anne Arundel County Fair last year. This year's fair runs Sept. 11-15. (Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

Anne Arundel County Fair

Sept. 11-15 Enjoy the nearly 65-year tradition of hog-calling and watermelon-eating at the annual county fair. Includes home-brewed beer and homemade wine, amusement park rides, an illusionist show and more. Times vary. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville. Free-$7. 410-923-3400 or aacountyfair.org.

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