Maryland Renaissance Festival: Return to medieval times at this popular event, held Aug. 23-24 and 30-31 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival is held off Crownsville Road, in Crownsville, just outside of Annapolis. Parking for the disabled is available next to the Main Gate. Visitors can see a fire-eater, jugglers and magicians; watch authentic jousting in full armor; and listen to music and choral groups. Crafts, food, wine and ales will also be available. 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304.
Maryland Seafood Festival: The Maryland Seafood Festival, an annual event to help charitable organizations raise money, features plenty of family activities, local seafood, information about the Chesapeake Bay and other activities. It is held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 5, 6 and 7 at Sandy Point State Park. Information: 410-268-7676.
FOR THE RECORD - An item in Sunday's Anne Arundel Hometown Guide incorrectly reported that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra planned to hold a pre-fourth of July concert at Anne Arundel Community College. The annual concert has been discontinued for financial reasons.
Maryland Renaissance Festival: This summer celebration of medieval culture continues from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. The festival is off Crownsville Road, in Crownsville, just outside of Annapolis. Information: 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304.
County fair: The Anne Arundel County Fair will be held at the county fairgrounds in Crownsville from Sept. 10 through 14. An antique tractor pull is scheduled for Sept. 12; a garden tractor pull for Sept. 13. For general fair information: 410-923-3400.
Deale Bluegrass Festival: Hear bluegrass music and enjoy the annual Deale Car Show, from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Herrington Harbour North Marina, Tracey's Landing. 410-867-6707.
Oktoberfest: The West Annapolis Business Association will hold an Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 on Annapolis Street in West Annapolis. It will feature live German music, food, crafts, beer. Free parking. 410-268-2662.
Maryland Renaissance Festival: The festival continues on Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival is held off Crownsville Road, in Crownsville, just outside Annapolis. Information: 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304.
Scottish games: Soak up the culture of old Scotland at the Anne Arundel Scottish Highland Games, sponsored by Anne Arundel Scottish Festival Inc. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. The event will feature Scottish dogs, highland cattle, Clydesdale horses and a sheepdog exhibition. Music will be provided, and police and fire employees will take part in a tug of war. The games are held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Generals Highway, Crownsville. 410-849-2849.
34th Annual Sailboat Show: This popular show, held Oct. 9 to 13 at the Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, features new racing and cruising sailboats from U.S. and foreign builders, the world's largest multihull display, smaller boats and seminars. The show starts at 10 a.m. each day.
32nd Annual Powerboat Show: The city's powerboat show is held the next weekend, Oct. 16-19, at Annapolis City Dock and Harbor. Come see luxurious motor yachts, trawlers, high-speed, high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines, as well as cruisers, center consoles and tenders. Boating products, services and equipment are also for sale.
Halloween Happening: A Haunted Barn and Hay Ride will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 17-19, 24-26, and 30-31 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. Admission is $8 per person; Children ages 5 and younger free. 410-923-3400.
Annapolis by Candlelight: Take an evening tour of selected historic homes and public buildings, sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 in Annapolis' Historic District. Tickets are available at William Paca House, 186 Prince George St. Information: 410-267-7619 or 301-261-1110.
Jazz fest: The 12th annual West River Jazz Fest will be held Nov. 1. Sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a Big Band dance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The event takes place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church fellowship hall, 515 Loch Haven Road, Edgewater. 410-224-8825.
Quiet Waters Art Festival: This event will begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 and 9 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Information: 410-222-1777.
Lights on the Bay: A spectacle of lights on the waterfront, sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center, will be on display daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 22 through Jan. 5 at Sandy Point State Park, Route 50 by the Bay Bridge. Information: 410-267-1373.
Annapolis Holiday Stroll: Annapolis and Anne Arundel County get in the spirit of the season with a hanging of the greens, caroling, tree lighting, the arrival of Santa Claus at the City Dock and other locations, house tours, concerts, ballet, theater and other holiday events. Participating hotels, restaurants and shops provide special privileges. Events continue during the holiday. Information: 410-280-0445 or www.visit-annapolis.org.