Power Boat Show Friday night, the fun starts early and continues all day and night at Pusser’s (80 Compromise St.), whether on the deck, the patio, or the Painkiller Barge Bar. For many, it’s not a boat show if there isn’t at least one painkiller involved. Scott Ross will play acoustic rock on the dock bar from 5 to 9.
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will present Opening Night Fireworks at Maryland Hall (801 Chase St.) on Friday and Saturday nights at 8. This will include both a celebration and a concert, with the celebration marking the start of the ASO’s season and the newly renovated hall.
The celebration begins at 5:30 Friday with a cocktail party and includes a post-performance champagne and dessert party. Tickets for the celebration are $150. Tickets for the regular performance start at $35 and include a free concert lecture at 6:45. Visit http://www.annapolissymphony.org for tickets and more info.
Lilt, the Washington, D.C.-based duo of Keith Carr and Tina Eck, will bring their skillful and joyous renditions of Irish traditional dance music to the 333 Coffeehouse on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Carr plays the 10-string Irish bouzouki (aka “cittern”), tenor banjo and mandolin. Eck plays the Irish wooden flute and tin whistle.
Now in its 23rd year, the 333 Coffeehouse is an acoustic concert series held the third Friday of the month at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House (315 Dubois Road). It features traditional folk performers and songwriters. For more information, visit http://www.333concerts.org.
The 43rd U.S. Powerboat Show starts early on Saturday, and so does breakfast at the new Iron Rooster (12 Market Space) which opened this week where Maria’s used to be. Serving breakfast all day, as well as a wide variety of delicious comfort food, it is a welcome addition to the dining neighborhood downtown.
They open at 8 a.m., plenty of time for a nice hot breakfast to kick off a long day of boat touring, vendor browsing and painkiller drinking.
If you’re feeling the need to get out of town on Saturday, there is a fantastic festival taking place over in Centreville. Island Bay Day, now in its eighth year, has been making a name for itself as the fall music festival in the Chesapeake area.
From 11:30 a.m. until midnight, they’ll have 19 regional and national bands, more than 20 beers on tap, a ton of food and all sorts of other festival fun as they, and you, celebrate Rocktober. Bands include such Annapolis favorites as Sweet Leda, The Cheaters, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, and The Roadhouse Clams.
Craft draughts include Horny Goat, 16 Mile, Calvert, and Dogfish Head products, a few ciders, and much more. The Kidz Zone will feature laser tag, arts and crafts, moon bounces and more.
Tickets start at $10 and are available online; kids under 12 get in free. From noon to 2 p.m., they’re hosting a Hoppy Hour, featuring $2 drafts. Free camping is available so there is no need to drink and drive.
For more information, visit http://www.islandbayday.com or call 410-829-1453.
At Pirates Cove (4817 Riverside Dr, Galesville), One Third Wish will be rocking out all night long on Saturday.
Preview week for the Maryland Federation of Art’s Collector’s Choice event is about to get underway. The main fundraiser for the MFA, the gala itself, an art lottery, will be held on Oct. 26 at Annapolis Volvo.
This week, however, you can preview the artwork at the Circle Gallery from Friday to Oct. 24, with a special reception at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, during which ticket buyers have the chance to rank their choices, jotting down which artists and works they admire.
You can also preview the artwork online at http://www.mdfedart.com, where you can buy tickets and find more information about the gala.