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A What's Up? Weekend 08/17/17

Aug 17, 2017 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Photo Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Kyle Cragle: Balancing His Way to the Top

By Nicole Gould

Growing up, Kyle Cragle tried his hand at a variety of activities, but nothing seemed to suit him--until he turned seven. That was the year he discovered he excelled in the areas of flexibility and strength, and found his niche as a competitive gymnast. After graduating from the Circus School in June 2016, Cragle soon fulfilled his life-long dream of signing a contract to work as a Cirque du Soleil performer. Cragle can be found balancing from an approximate seven-foot structure, carefully crafting each and every movement, while leaving audience members awe-struck.

Catch one of Cragle’s final performances in the U.S before the show heads out for its very first European tour. Cirque du Soleil: OVO travels to Royal Farms Arena August 23rd through August 27th. OVO is an immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects.


The What's Up? Weekend Rundown


The Pressing Strings at Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series
Thursday, August 17th, 7—8:30 p.m.
Enjoy 10 weeks of folk, classic rock, soul, swing, Celtic, island rhythm, jazzy, bluesy, randomly surprising music on the beach! Live music by local bands against the scenic back-drop of the Chesapeake Bay. Beer, wine, signature cocktails, and food available for purchase. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating during the concert.

Pete Best and Peterbuilt at Annapolis Towne Centre Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 18th, 7—8:30 p.m.
Grab your blankets, chairs, and your favorite dance partner for a relaxing summer evening at the Annapolis Towne Centre during their Friday Night Summer Concert Series featuring a rockin’ beer and wine garden, visits from participating restaurants and retailers, and so much more! Pete Best and Peterbuilt are an original country rock band from Annapolis!

Crab Regatta
Saturday, August 19th, 12 p.m.
Come out to the most fun regatta on the Bay! The Boatyard Bar & Grill CRAB Regatta benefits Chesapeake Region Accessible Boat (CRAB), and the event is hosted by the Eastport Yacht Club. Over 100 sailboats will participate in the pursuit race, and 500 sailors will be dancing and singing to the party favorites played by Misspent Youth. All proceeds benefit CRAB’s mission to bring the thrill and freedom of sailing to persons with disabilities, recovering warriors, and disadvantaged youth.

Mystic Warriors
Saturday, August 19th, 6—8 p.m.
Join the Friends of Quiet Waters Park this summer for a fantastic line up of performing artists at the annual Summer Outdoor Concert Series. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for an enjoyable evening at the parks outdoor concert venue. The Mystic Warriors are dedicated to exposing the essence of Andean Music in a completely unique way. They believe their music is a fusion that crosses over without leaving the boundaries of Andean Music.

A.J. Croce and Robbie Fulks
Friday, August 18th, 8 p.m.
The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with his first tour at age 18 opening up for B.B. King. In the span of a 20+-year career, A.J. has headlined festivals, concerts and major listening venues worldwide. From his debut as a jazz influenced blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road. Robbie Fulks a masterly, multifaceted songwriter who can belt out hip-shaking honky tonk, honeydew pop and chilling little ballads with an unrivaled skill and spirit. So good, he's scary.

Live, Local, Improv Comedy with Free Range Improv
Saturday. August 19th, 8–10 p.m.
Live, local improv comedy with Free Range Improv upstairs at O'Brien's Steakhouse in historic, and now hilarious downtown Annapolis!

Eastern Shore

Caroline Summerfest Car Show and Cruise-In
Friday, August 18th, 6—10 p.m. and Saturday, August 19th, 2–9 p.m.
Caroline Summerfest Car Show and Cruise-In puts you right in the heart of the downtown festival with perfect seats to experience the upbeat atmosphere. Dash plaques will be awarded for the first 50 registrants and many choice awards will be presented.

Third Thursday Cornhole Tournament and Open-Air Market
Thursday, August 17th, 3 p.m.
Rediscover Denton as restaurants and businesses and extend their hours and offer specials on the third Thursday of every month! This month's event will also feature a Cornhole Tournament on Market Street and an Open-Air Market. Come out and enjoy the festivities!

Choptank River Run
Saturday, August 19th, 10 a.m.
River Run is a fun 2–mile paddling event for children and adults of all ages! Any type of paddle craft is eligible with the best 5 card poker hand winning the top prize! Local businesses have also contributed prizes for other winning poker hands. The race starts at Martinak State Park and ends at the Choptank River Yacht Club in West Denton.

Western Shore

Rock the Dock Concert Series
Thursday, August 17th—Sunday, August 20th, times vary.
Enjoy music on the bay with great food and drinks! Bring your friends and sit on the beach and relax at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa. Enjoy live music by Technicolor Motor Home, Big T (DJ), John Luskey, and The NoWhere Men.

Yappy Hour! Vodka, Pups & Cookies
Thursday, August 17th, 6–8:30 p.m.
Baltimore Humane Society's summer Yappy Hour series at Hunt Valley Towne Centre! Bring your friends, both human and furry are invited! You'll enjoy a special Tito's Vodka lemonades served by California Pizza Kitchen. Your pup will enjoy Lazy Dog cookies, a PetValu raffle, and wine grab game. All proceeds benefit the animals at Baltimore Humane Society.

Shawn Mendes
Saturday, August 19th, 7:30 p.m.
In support of his sophomore album “Illuminate”, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes announces his first-ever headlining arena world tour for 2017. The North American leg of the arena tour will begin July 6th and will make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada, including a night at Verizon Center on August 19th!

25th Annual Hot August Music Festival
Saturday, August 19th, 11a.m.
Few festivals last 25 years, and even fewer last that long with a committed devotion to excellence and the independent streak that has been their defining principles since their first days. The Hot August Music Festival returns for its 25th year at Oregon Ridge Park, displaying a full lineup that runs the musical gamut! The lineup is topped by string-band revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show, and features a wide-roster of artists. This festival separates itself from others because of its relaxed low-key atmosphere and consistently stellar line-ups.

Eighth Annual Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival
Saturday, August 19th, 11a.m.—3 p.m., and 5—9 p.m.
With tons of summertime fun for the whole family, and lots of seasoned crabs, the eighth annual Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival returns to the National Harbor with Session one from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., and Session two from 5–9 p.m. The festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 65,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts and crafts vendors, live music, family fun, and so much more! Find out what over 37,000 people have come to enjoy over the last eight years.

D’Vibe and Conga at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre Summer Concert Series
Saturday, August 19th, 7—8:30 p.m.
Grab your blankets, chairs, and your favorite dance partner for a relaxing summer evening at the Waugh Chapel Towne Centre during their Saturday Night Summer Concert Series featuring a wonderful beer and wine garden! D’Vibe and Conga perform island sounds, rock classics, and reggae!

Sixth Annual Puppy Plunge
Sunday, August 20th, 12–4 p.m.
Join the SPCA of Anne Arundel County for their sixth annual Puppy Plunge! Whether it's having your dog enjoy a swim on Muscle Beach or Petite Beach, grabbing a bite to eat, or visiting one of the many vendors, there's something for everyone. While the kids are playing at the Moon Bounce, the adults can grab a beer and watch the Doggy Pie Eating Contest or the Doggy Beachwear Parade. It’s fun for the entire family! All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

The Beach Boys
Sunday, August 20th, 3 p.m.
America’s favorite surf rockers bring the “Fun, Fun, Fun” with their iconic summer soundtrack featuring songs like “Surfin’ USA,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and more.

What’s Up? Spirit Festival

What’s Up? Media will host their first Spirits Festival at Annapolis Maritime Museum on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 from 6-9 p.m.. Guests will enjoy entertainment, delectable fare, and sip premium whiskey, scotch, malts, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin and much more. Early bird prices end August 31st. GET TICKETS >>

"Humans" Meet the Artist Reception

On September 19th, What's Up? Media will host a Meet the Artist Reception featuring the local artists participating in our newest gallery, "Humans." Light refreshments will be available while admiring the talent and mingling with the artists. Be sure to vote for your favorite piece to determine the next "Best in Show" winner. 


Brought to you by What's Up? Media and Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

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