Bands in the Sand

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5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Philip Merrill Environmental Center   (Map)
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21403

Join us for a fun-filled evening on the water's edge with great friends, amazing live music, cool drinks, and mouth-watering food at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual Bands in the Sand event.

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General Admission tickets go on sale May 1.

VIP and Committee tickets: Information now available. Already have your code? Buy tickets here.

Each summer, the sellout crowd of 1,600 people gather on the beach, park their chair, kick off their shoes, and celebrate and support the Chesapeake Bay at Bands in the Sand. With live music, local cuisine, and cold drinks, this fundraiser is the best party of the summer.

"There's nothing greater than a party with a purpose and Bands in the Sand is that and more," explains Dick Franyo, a Committee Co-Chair.

Bands in the Sand is the brainchild of Franyo, a CBF Trustee and owner of the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport, Maryland. Over the last ten years, the event has net nearly $2 million to support CBF's efforts to defend and protect the Bay, including award-winning educational programs, on-the-ground restoration activities throughout the watershed, and advocacy initiatives at both the federal and state level.

2019 Committee Co-Chairs
JJenny & Kevin Dell'Oro • • Dick Franyo • Kim Hilliard • Dana Jones-Meche • Lisa Kahan • Cullen Murray • Nels Olson • Katie Rivera • Tracy Shushan

Check out our 2018 event photo gallery


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