They say that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and it’s certainly been lion-like here in Annapolis with gray skies, chilly temps and a bracing wind chill; our fingers are crossed that the lamb arrives soon with sunnier days and warmer weather.

But regardless of what it’s like outside, March will be a busy and festive month in the city. Celebrations start off on Mardi Gras with live music and Cajun food galore, and continue through the month with all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day parties and parades. We’re not even going to talk about all those events here (aside from the headline parade downtown, because that one’s a pretty big deal!), because we have another entire post for community/restaurant/hotel/shopping St. Paddy’s Day festivities around town:

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 in Annapolis 🍀

St. Patrick’s Day in Annapolis is celebrated with optimal fanfare and family fun for all, all weekend long (and even the weekend before).

Aside from all the big holidays this month, there are also some big events like the annual highly-anticipated Annapolis Film Festival, Maryland Day, and the annual Oyster Roast & Sock Burning in celebration of the spring equinox. Here are all those big events and more happening around town this month.

Have a great March, and we’ll see you with our socks off in the springtime. 

Annapolis Restaurant Week

Feb. 25 – March 3

Annapolis Restaurant Week is an annual event usually held the first week in March where participating Annapolis restaurants offer prix fixe menus.  For a set, uniform price, you can indulge in a two-course breakfast, two-course lunch or three-course dinner. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to treat yourself or your friends to delicious meals at reasonable prices! Reservations are recommended as this is a popular week to dine out.

Mardi Gras at Market Space

March 3, 12-5 p.m.

We invite the community to come together to celebrate Mardi Gras in Downtown Annapolis on Market Space. It will be an afternoon of festivities in the street with live music that will make you want to dance in the street opening with live music from Priddy Music Academy bands and featuring a wide range of food and drinks, plus kids activities like face painting, temporary tattoos, and balloon art.

Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

2019 marks the 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Annapolis, and this year it’s a full day of fun (running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with a new family festival before and after the parade. Shamrock the Dock from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with entertainment, face painters, food, and libations, catch the parade at 1 p.m., then enjoy more Shamrock the Dock festival fun at 3:30 p.m. featuring more food and face painters, plus photo screens and music from Dublin 5. 

Carmen: Presented by the Annapolis Opera

March 15 and 17

Bizet’s Carmen has everything you want in an opera: a twisting tale, passion, deceit, and incredible melodies from the fiery ‘Habanera’ to the ‘Toreador Song!’ Bizet’s final work is known worldwide and has become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas.

Annapolis Film Festival

March 21 – 24

The mission of the Annapolis Film Festival is to encourage and grant the development of all aspects of the creative arts in and around Annapolis through the cinema experience. With independent films, panels and special showcases that will inspire, enlighten and entertain diverse audiences on a variety of topics, the festival will ensure the promotion of Annapolis as a cultural arts center. It will also define the economic impact on the town as community engagement broadens.

Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

March 23, 12-4 p.m.

Celebrate the spring equinox and the beginning of boating season each March by burning those nasty winter socks at the Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning. In a tradition dating back to the late-1970s, Annapolitans relieve themselves of the necessities of winter as the “Ode to the Equinox” is recited.

Maryland Day Celebration in Annapolis

March 29 – 31

Maryland Day 2019 Weekend Celebration in Annapolis, London Town, and southern Anne Arundel County. All events Free or just $1. A great weekend of family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy as you celebrate Maryland’s Birthday.

Maryland Day celebrations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are a hit with family and friends getting together to experience the local history, culture and heritage of the region. Many know we have the signers of the Declaration of Independence calling the area home, regional arts destinations like Maryland Hall and our rich maritime history with the Chesapeake Bay but we have a lot of great surprises you might not be aware of. Plan to visit Annapolis for the Weekend as we open our doors to over 20 locations for free or just $1 and give you fun affordable reasons to experience the area with all your friends and family.

ArtFest Open House

March 31, 1-4 p.m.

Maryland Hall’s ArtFest is a day of creativity — featuring art demonstrations, music recitals, dance performances, exhibitions, hands-on activities and children’s crafts. The day will be capped off by a concert performed by the United States Naval Academy Band!