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The Ultimate Best of Party. Celebrating 20 years of What’s Up? Media with our Best of Winners and our Readers!

Advanced ticket sales end on Thursday, June 15 at 8 AM. Tickets will be available at the door for $85.00.

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Register to Bid on Silent Auction Items Here.

Join us for the Ultimate Best Of Party! Celebrate What’s Up? Media’s 20th Anniversary and our Best of Winners with a champagne toast, award-winning food from local restaurants, huge silent auction, and live entertainment by Radio City to benefit the South River Federation and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum!


When is it?

Thursday, June 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Loews Annapolis Hotel


Event Details

Join us at our annual celebration in honor of our Best Of winners of the year! This year's party is going to be extra special, because we are also celebrating What's Up? Media's 20th anniversary! Enjoy freshly prepared food and drink samples from the best local restaurants, entertainment, live music all night long by Radio City and the best silent auction around! This event sells out each year, so be sure to purchase your tickets early to join the party! Follow our Facebook page for party updates. Proceeds benefit the South River Federation and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

*Winners will not be announced on stage this year. Photo opportunities will be available at the Winners' Station all night & with James Houck and Veronica Tovey from 7-8pm.


What's New About This Year's Party?

This year's Best Of Party will be less of an awards presentation (there will not be on-stage announcements) and more of a party, so bring your dancing shoes and don't miss out on the party of the summer! Photo opportunities will be available at the Winners' Station all night & with Publisher, Veronica Tovey, and Editorial Director, James Houck, from 7-8pm.



What's The Dress Code?

Dress your best with nautical flair! And feel free to be inspired by perusing photos from last year's event. View photos from last year here.



Special VIP Exclusive Event

From 7pm-8pm meet Harlan Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, and sample his award winning bourbons from the most decorated distillery in the world. Topics of discussion include the "ABC of Bourbon", "Bourbon for Beginners", and "Discovering the Distillery".


Huge Silent Auction

Register to Bid Here. This year's silent auction is entirely mobile, so be sure to bring your charged devices to the party. Some of the silent auction items include TWO Loge Level Tickets to the 2017 American Music Awards show in November (airfare and lodging for two included!), a four-night stay at the Westin Puntacana in the Dominican Republic with airfare for two, a Pandora bracelet from Zachary's Jewelers, and so much more! Proceeds from the auction go to the South River Federation and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Register to view and bid on items here.

Can't attend the party? You can still participate in the online silent auction.


Sample Award Winning Dishes

Enjoy freshly prepared food and drink samples from our very own local restaurants and winners of various Best Of 2017 food and dining categories. Over 30 restaurants -- such as Ruth's Chris Steak House, Sam's on the Waterfront, Miss Shirley's Cafe, Soul, Yellowfin, Red Red Wine Bar, Main & Market, and many more -- will be attending and offering samples of their most popular menu items. See the full list of participating restaurants here.


Ticket Info

Purchase your tickets online at whatsuptix.com or by calling 410-266-6287.

General Admission

General admission tickets include one free drink ticket to any of the cash bars at the party and access to all restaurant tastings, music, and entertainment.


VIP Tickets (SOLD OUT!)

In addition to the general access to the party, VIP tickets include valet parking services, unlimited drinks all night, access to the catered vip lounge, swag bags, and meet and sample Harlan Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, and his award winning bourbons from the most decorated distillery in the world.


Parking

Loews Annapolis has its own lot with valet and self-parking services available.
Other parking garage options include:

Knighton Garage
Corner of Colonial Avenue and West Street // Discounted Rates After 4 pm

Larkin Street Lot
Metered parking located off City Gate Lane

Whitmore Garage
Across from Gotts Court Garage // 37 Clay Street

Gotts Court Parking Garage
Near the Visitors' Center State and County Offices
250 Northwest Street // Discounted Rates After 4 pm




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Venue Information

126 West Street
Annapolis, MD
410-263-7777
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Organizer Information

What's Up? Media


201 Defense Highway
Ste. 203
Annapolis , MD,
410-266-6287

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