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Jun 01, 2012 09:09PM ● By Anonymous

Throughout the weekend, the Annapolis Greek Festival will bring a taste of Athens to Annapolis. Taking place at the Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, the family-friendly event features Greek dance troupes, Greek cuisine, tours of the church, and more. A children's area will be provided for young visitors.

On Sunday, Annapolis' First Sunday Art Festival will set up along the first block of West Street and under the trees along Calvert Street. There, you'll get the chance to shop, enjoy cafe dining, and be entertained my live music, dancers, theatre productions, and street performers. Bring the whole family!

Over on the Shore, it's a music-filled weekend. The 27th annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, which kicked off on Thursday, will continue through the 17th. This year's festival features 13 events, including six concerts, five artist recitals, and two rehearsals open to the public at no charge. And, next Wednesday, world-renowned composer Thea Musgrave will join the festival for performances of two of her works.

Taking place a little further up the Shore, the National Music Festival brings together nearly 30 world-class mentors and more than 100 gifted apprentice musicians. The two groups rehearse and perform together in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral, and chamber opera repertoire.

And for the outdoorsy types, make a note that the Kent Island Rock n' Run is taking place on Saturday. A five-mile run followed by an awesome outdoor music festival, the event donates all of its proceeds to The Special Olympics of Maryland. Musical headliners include The Reagan Years, The Smithereens, and Love Seed Mama Jump. Participants do not have to attend both the run and the concert.

But, if music isn't your thing, then you may want to head to St. Luke's United Methodist Church in St. Michaels. There, they'll celebrate the Eastern Shore strawberry harvest with the annual Strawberry and Craft Festival. The event features more than 50 artisans displaying quality crafts of all kinds and strawberries to eat and take home. And be sure to check out the bake sale.