Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning - a Festival to Celebrate the Spring Equinox and the Arrival of Boating Season.

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Celebrate the coming of spring at this festival that features the Chesapeake’s most cherished bivalve. The sixth annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, a community event for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, will take place at the Museum’s waterfront campus from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

“This quirky rite of spring really is a raucous good time with the sock burning ritual, oysters galore and lively music all set against the majestic back-drop of the Chesapeake Bay.” – Alice Estrada, Executive Director, Annapolis Maritime Museum

Festival activities include:
Burning of the socks – a local tradition celebrating the spring equinox and the arrival of boating season and reading of the iconic sock-burning poem, "Ode to the Equinox"

  • Live music including perennial favorites, The Eastport Oyster Boys and The Dan Haas Band
  • Oyster shucking competition
  • Explore and climb aboard an authentic Skipjack, a single-masted, Bay-built sailing vessel built in 1902 and designed to harvest oysters
  • A display of classic Chesapeake Bay Buyboats
  • Plenty of oysters – raw and roasted

For a modest fee, additional food, beer, wine, Dark & Stormies, Bloody Marys and soft drinks will be available.

Guests who purchase the “People’s Choice” ticket will be wowed by samples of oyster cuisine from twelve premier Annapolis area restaurants. “People’s Choice” guests may vote for the best oyster dish and enjoy all the activities included in general admission Oyster Roast ticket. Participating restaurants are Annapolis Smokehouse, Azure, Baroak, Boatyard Bar & Grill, Blackwall Hitch, Cantlers, Chart House, Harvest Wood Grill & Tap, Lures, Main Ingredient, McGarvey's, O'Leary's, Pirates Cove, and Skippers Pier.

All proceeds benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

This years sponsors are, Sisco Associates, Michael's South River, Annapolis Sailing School, Bayside Auto Group, Berkinshaw Orthodontics, Kate Hopkins Real Estate, Annapolis Athletic Club, CalAtlantic Homes, Curtis Stokes, Laura Moore Design, PNC Wealth Management, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, WRNR,George's Bloody Mary Mix, Lyons Distilled Rum and Tito's Vodka.

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