Maryland Day

Events 2020 -

Friday the 20th of march

Events for Maryland Day Celebration 2020

Click on the name of the location to connect with the location’s website for event more information.

Please note some events require pre-registration.

Taking Pictures this Maryland Day weekend? Use the hashtag #MarylandDayWeekend

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park - Education Center

7300 Edgewood Road - Back Creek Campus location

Annapolis, MD 21403


11 am - 3pm PH# 410 -295 -0104

Discover local pirate lore as you join the Education Staff at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park's

BACK CREEK CAMPUS for an afternoon of adventure. We will learn about local pirates as we conquer pirate challenges such as building boats, knot tying, decoding signal flags and more. Activities are free and for all ages!

Anne Arundel County Dept.of Recreation & Parks

5 Anne Arundel County regional parks open free all weekend!

Downs Park

8322 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD


7 am - dusk  PH# 410-222-6230

This 236 acre park has 5 miles of trails, a fishing pier, a children's playground,2 basketball courts, kayak launching, and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. The Downs Park Historical Society works hard to preserve the park's history.

Fort Smallwood Park

9500 Fort Smallwood Road

Pasadena, MD


5:30 am - dusk  PH# 410-222-0087

Recreational amenities include the 380-foot Bill Burton Fishing Pier for fishing and birdwatching, a large accessible playground, historic gun battery and barracks from when the site was a coastal fort, plus walking trails, beaches, pond and volleyball courts.Fees apply for boat launching.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

1361 Wrighton Road

Lothian, MD 20771


9 am - 5pm PH# 410-222-8006

The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located along the tidal Patuxent River in southern Anne Arundel County.

It includes 1,500 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows and fields.

Kinder Farm Park

1001 Kinder Farm Park Road

Millersville, MD


7 am - dusk  PH#410-222-6115

Explore a restored farmhouse from 1925 with artifacts from the 1930's including a tobacco press, and harvesting tools. Live animals include: chickens, turkeys, geese, cows, pigs, goats, and sheep.There is also a large playground, tot- lot and walking trails.

Quiet Waters Park

600 Quiet Waters Road

Annapolis, MD


7 am - dusk PH# 410-222-1777

This park's 340 acres include paved trails, public art, playground, picnic areas and water views of the South River.

Banneker Douglass Museum

84 Franklin Street

Annapolis, MD


10 am - 4 pm  PH# 410-216-6180

The Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, interpret and promote African-American history and culture through exhibits, projects and programs to improve understanding and appreciation of Americas’ rich cultural diversity.  In addition to the museums standing exhibitions there are several exhibits featuring the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first Black woman elected to a State Senate. Later, she became the legislative backer for the United States’ first ethnic commission, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In celebration of the MCAAHC’s 50th Anniversary we are launching a new exhibition, Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman.

Explore the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with sixteen murals that transform the interior galleries of the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpret the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2020 theme: African Americans and the Vote.

Chase Lloyd House

22 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis


2- 4 pm

Tour this beautiful historic home and Bay-wise gardens! Visitors are welcomed by members of the Chase Lloyd docent volunteers and will be guided through the first floor public rooms. Hear details and stories about the history of Chase Lloyd House and Chase Home.

Members of the Chase Home Garden Friends and Master Gardeners will lead guests on a tour of the 6,000 square foot Bay-wise gardens featuring native plants. Certified a Maryland Bay-Wise Landscape in 2014, visitors will learn what practices make this garden bay-wise. 

Kunta Kinta- Alex Haley Memorial Randall Street and Compromise Street, Annapolis

Visit the site of Kunta Kinte’s arrival from Gambia and take in the messages from the Story Wall featuring quotes from Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

Maryland Federation of Art/ Circle Gallery

18 State Circle Annapolis

11am-5pm * Free
PH# 410-268-4566
View fine art, jewelry and crafts from Maryland artists. Receive 10% off all Maryland artists.

Maryland Hall

801 Chase Street Annapolis  


9am-9pm  PH# 410-263-5544

Visit the Galleries at Maryland Hall! Exhibits on display include Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies, From Our Living Room to Yours: The Leroy Hoffberger School of Painting and Unnatural Causes.

See Sunday's listing for the 'main' event - Maryland Hall's 40TH Birthday Party Open House is complete with birthday cake!The day features greetings with Paul Reed Smith, art demonstrations, live music, dance performances, exhibitions, hands-on activities, childrens crafts and food trucks. A concert by the Naval Academy Band caps oiff the day!

Maryland State House

100 State Circle, Annapolis   


9am-5pm  PH# 410-260-6400
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 nations capital.  Maryland State Archives curatorial staff will be on hand for this special event.
ID required to enter if you are over 21.

Pride of Baltimore ll

1 Dock Street Annapolis  


4pm – 7pm  PH# 410-539-1151
Come rock your Friday photo op!! Pride of Baltimore II, is scheduled to arrive in the afternoon at City Dock.

Walk across the gangway to explore Maryland's world renown tall ship. Learn about privateers, Baltimore Clippers and Pride II and learn from the crew members what it's like to live aboard and sail a tall ship today.ours are open to guests of all ages. (Unfortunately, Pride II is not handicapped accessible.)

St. John’s College - Mitchell Gallery - Mellon Hall

St. John’s College - Mitchell Gallery 60 College Avenue


12pm - 5pm  PH# 410-626-2556

Explore American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection. This lovely exhibition of Native American artistry dates from 1200 to 1850.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

647 Contees Wharf Road Edgewater


8:30am-4:30pm  PH# 443-482-2220

Take a hike!                   
Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, the SERC campus boasts 2,650-acres of forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline. With almost a dozen geocache sites located along the trails, visitors are welcome to search for them and practice their GPS skills while enjoying a lovely hike.

   * Science Saturday! (see Saturday listing)

United States Naval Academy Visitor Center

52 King George Street Annapolis, MD


9am - 5pm PH# 410-293-8123

Join our Maryland Residence Frequent Tour Program!

Present your Maryland driver's license for your first tour with us. You will be given a MD membership card. Every time you return with one or more guests your tour will be free! While you are visiting explore our FREE exhibit hall and watch our film in the Visitor Center.

VisitAnnapolis Visitors Center

26 West Street and City Dock Annapolis  


9am-5pm  PH# 410-280-0445  

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! Information specialists are ready at both locations to help you plan activities for your Maryland Day Weekend adventures.


June 3 - 12, 2020

It's the William Paca Garden Plant Sale - reimagined! A tradition for over 40 years, the William Paca Garden Plant Sale will still provide the opportunity to take home a piece of history, but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we've had to get a bit creative.

The William Paca Garden Plant Sale will operate on a pre-order/curbside pickup model from June 5 through June 12, 2020. 

  • Online ordering is currently open! Ordering will be open through 12 pm on June 11th, or while supplies last. The link will be posted here and on our social media pages.

  • Orders will be scheduled for curbside pickup at 1 Martin Street from June 5th through 12th (M-F: 10 am - 12 pm, Sat: 10 am - 2 pm, Sun: 11 am - 2 pm). When you order, you'll be able to select your date and time for curbside pick-up.

Historic Annapolis - William Paca Garden

July 18, 2020

Celebrate all things Maryland in the William Paca Garden! Commemorate the founding of the state of Maryland for a Maryland Day: Unpaused Celebration. Bring your friends and family to step back in time in our secret garden, where you’ll find colonials sharing their trades and demonstrating their skills. Plus, have some fun with our family-friendly activities!

Cost: $1 per person Time: 10 am - 2 pm (last garden entry 1:30 pm) Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Maryland Hall @Home

Keep Creative From Home

Visit our online resource to discover ArtReach Challenge videos, Virtual Artist Talks, Virtual Exhibitions, an Online Class Guide and more. New activities are added regularly. Keep creating!

Pride of Baltimore

June 14 - 20
Fun with Flags

Tune in to Pride of Baltimore's 
Facebook page
 for "Fun with Flags" from June 14 to June 20. We'll be focusing on the Star-Spangled Banner, just in time for Flag Day on June 14, then on the Maryland flag and signal flags. We'll definitely be sharing some great shots of Pride of Baltimore II with flags flying!

Waltermark Journey

Virtual Watermark Journeys

Take a video journey: Mistress Mary presents the “The Founding of Maryland” and Squire Curtis presents “Maryland and the Declaration of Independence”

Historic Goshen Farm & Education Center

Summer Concert

July 10th

Our first outdoor concert in our Summer Concert Series is scheduled for July 10th. The decision to hold the concert will be made on July 1st.

Hammond Harwood House

June 6 & 7

Virtual Secret Garden Tour - the public can submit pictures of their gardens. The link is currently open for submissions up until June 4th on our website.

The event is free, donations are encouraged. Garden pictures will be on view on our website and on our social media on June 6 & 7. 

Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery

Every Tuesday in June

Join MFA on Tuesday nights throughout June for our Wil Talk With Artists virtual series. Art historian Will Scott interviews Maryland artists on their artwork, technique, inspiration and motivation. Join us on Zoom for these talks. Please follow us on Facebook for specific information

Chase Home

New Online Videos

June 4th

Visit our home from yours! The Chase-Lloyd House is one of the first brick three-story Georgian mansions built in the colonies.  Two new videos will be accessible from our website:

Chesapeake Children's Museum

Sunday June 7, 2020

2-4 PM

Facebook Live Streaming event:
Kids ‘n’ Kaboodle 

Featuring entertainment by Guava Jelly, Mr. Derby, and Frolic the Fox. Meet animals from the S.P.C. A. Follow along with easy crafts and make-believe. Visit with the Annapolis Fire Department, Annapolis Transit, and other special guests

Four Rivers Heritage Area

Maryland Day in the Four Rivers Heritage Area

Four Rivers has created a video presentation, “A Look Back: Maryland Day in the Four Rivers Heritage Area”

We hope you enjoy this brief “look back,” and we hope to see you again in March 2021!

Banneker-Douglass Museum

Explore Online

Looking for something exciting to do from the comfort of your own home? Check out our online collection of over 12,000 curated archival records, books, maps, photographs, and artwork.

Explore artifacts and journals donated by Arctic explorer Herbert M. Frisby; photographs, equipment, and personal effects of photographer Thomas Baden; medical instruments and artifacts from the 1920s through the 1950s; West African sculpture and utilitarian objects; works by Black Maryland artists, including Joyce Scott, Nathaniel Gibbs, Hughie Lee-Smith, and much more!

Bates Legacy Center

Watch History Online

Learn the rich history of the former Wiley H. Bates School, once the only secondary school for African American students in all of Anne Arundel County.

Benson-Hammond House

Live Streaming
June 13, 2020

We are having a Live Streaming event on Saturday June 13, 2020 in honor of Flag Day 2020 at Ann Arrundell County Historical Society’s Facebook page:

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Facebook Live Storytimes

Facebook Live Storytimes: Preschool Storytime - Monday-Friday at 10:30 am (Tuesdays are bilingual Spanish and English); Babies in Bloom: Thursdays at 11:00 am

The Great Movies Zoom Programs: Fridays at 7:00 pm 

More on our website and events calendar.  Zoom programs require registration through our events calendar.

Jack Creek Park


Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation has announced the Jack Creek Park is Open!  Come enjoy the outdoors. You will need to request a gate code in advance.

Bacon Ridge Natural Area/Scenic Rivers Land Trust

Starting June 5th!

Starting June 15. Celebrate Maryland Day by heading out for a self-guided history hike of the Bacon Ridge Natural Area. Scenic Rivers Land Trust’s staff have prepared materials to help you explore for landscape clues in the history-rich Bacon Ridge Natural Area. You’ll learn how humans and nature have interacted to make the landscape we see today, all while enjoying the beautiful 1000+ acre protected forest. Hike is between 2-4 miles on an unpaved trail through the woods. Dogs on leash permitted.

Materials will be available at beginning Monday, June 15, 2020. Markers will be posted along the trails to help guide you. 

Galesville Heritage Society - MARITIME, HUNTING

October 18, 1-4 PM

Join in the Galesville Heritage Society sponsored Maryland Day event. Eric Steinlein, a native Galesvillian, has assembled a display of maritime, hunting, and trapping tools for all to view Dating back just to the 1950’s/1960’s, these tools are not long past, but curiously, are no longer in use.
Eric and Galesville
native, Chuck Dixon will be on hand to explain things like, sculling oars, dredges, muskrat traps and a unique “Jerry Rig”that was a hand-pile driver used to put in poles for pound nets.

Please note the GHS will be following CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our visitors. Mask wearing and social distancing are required to enter the Galesville Memorial

The Annearrundell County Free School Museum

Check Back Soon!

Closed until further notice.  Information about reopening will appear on the Anne Arundel Retired School Personnel Association's (AARSPA) Facebook page.

Anne Arundel County Farmer's Market


We are open every weekend on Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday from 7am-12pm and Sundays from 10am-1pm. A smaller market on Wednesdays from 7am-12pm was also recently added.

ll products are Maryland grown and produced.

275 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, Maryland 21401  

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