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May 02, 2013 06:14PM ● By Anonymous

Courtesy of Parole (Annapolis) Rotary Club

Yes, this weekend brings us plenty of Cinco de Mayo events (many of them can be found here) but we have three big festivals that will generate the interest of people on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Naptown barBAYq Festival

Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 12 p.m.

The Parole Rotary Club is hosting this event for the third straight year at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Prices range from $10 daily access for adults to $45 VIP tickets. Children under 12 get in for free. The festival features lots of food, tons of music and a very popular barbeque competition.

The Parole (Annapolis) Rotary Club Foundation has provided grants to Anne Arundel Medical Center Pediatrics Emergency Inpatient Unit, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and numerous other local children's charities over the past two years. Visit for more information.

Courtesy of Parole (Annapolis) Rotary Club

First Sunday Arts Festival

Sunday, May 5, 12-5 p.m.

Each first Sunday of the month, guests converge on Calvert and West Street from noon to 5 p.m. and browse over 100 vendors and take in live music, dance, theatre, and street performers.

The festival started unintentionally in 2001 when ARTFX gallery & 49 West Coffeehouse were hosting two simultaneous art receptions that spilled out onto the sidewalks. Two years later it became a street event when West Street was closed off in front of both businesses for construction and no cars were allowed through. The event grew so much that by the time construction had finished, the street needed to be closed on every First Sunday from May to October. Visit for more details.

Photo by Tony J. Lewis

14th Annual Multicultural Festival

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Idlewild Park in Easton plays host to the Multicultural Festival, hosted by The Avalon Foundation, whose mission is to diversify the arts and educational programs along the Eastern Shore. This free event includes live music, dance, arts, crafts, games, plenty of food and more. Scheduled entertainment like Chesapeake Youth Chorale, Gnar Dogs, Chopteeth Afro Funk Big Band and much more. Visit for more information.