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First Sunday Arts Festival and Elks Labor Day Parade

This Labor Day Weekend on Sunday we will be packing West Street and the Annapolis Arts District with a full day of fun, art, and entertainment, plus the Elks Labor Day Parade on West Street. We suggest you start your Sunday in Annapolis, Maryland with Sunday brunch. There are a ton of great choices for brunch along West Street and downtown Annapolis. The festival starts at 11am with 130 artisans lining West Street and Whitmore Park in the Annapolis Arts District. Get ready to do some shopping from great local and regional artists and crafters. The selection seems to be getting better every month this year. In between shopping enjoy café dining, food trucks and check out great live music performances throughout the festival and there is face painting for the kids. Free Entertainment Weisman Park next to the Visit Annapolis Visitor's Center 11-1 Fifth Funk Dynasty 2-4 Mark Whiskey and the Sours Stan and Joe's Saloon Parking Lot 12-2 Cultura Plenera - This group just won the Maryland traditions Heritage Award

3-5 Chris Sacks Band 2nd block of West Street 12-2 Bowers & Stramella 3pm Labor Day Parade Whitmore Park 12-3 Priddy Music Academy 3pm Labor Day Parade

Labor Day Parade will kick off on West Street at 3pm near Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen / Wine Bar and head down West Street to the First Sunday Arts Festival and turn onto Calvert Street and end at Northwest Street, next to Annapolis' newest mural. The best parade viewing areas are along West Street between Lafayette Avenue and Amos Garrett Blvd. After parties will continue when the festival ends with art receptions at 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery, and a movie at 1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern. Artist vendor spaces are available for this and future dates. Applications are online at There is easy Annapolis Parking right next to the festival and parade at John Whitmore Garage (25 Clay Street) which is free until 4pm and just $2 all day. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, we have 2 water bottle refill stations at the festival. They are located inside the Visitors Center and next to El Toro Bravo. We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle to the festivals. First Sunday Arts Festival events continue on October 6 and November 3 when we host our Holiday Market edition of the festival. On December 8 we host the popular Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival. Make sure to Visit Annapolis and see all the fun, history and art that Downtown Annapolis Maryland has to offer.

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