Over the past five decades, Merriweather Post Pavilion, in Columbia, has built its legacy through concerts featuring the musical icons of their times: Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, the Grateful Dead, Metallica, Wu-Tang Clan, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Kanye West and many more musical legends.
1 Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia)
Merriweather Post Pavilion celebrates it's 50th year with a wide-ranging, $55 million renovation that will secure its future for decades to come. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead have all played this iconic Maryland venue located on 40 acres of forest, right between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Open spring-summer-fall, you can find the complete show line-up on their website.
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10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21044
2 Pier Six Pavilion (Baltimore)
One of the most beautiful venues in the United States for outdoor live entertainment, Pier Six Pavilion offers concerts all summer long through September, with both pavilion and lawn seating available. Pier Six Pavillion, located on the waterfront in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, remains one of the top spots in the country to catch a gig.
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731 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
3 Strathmore (Bethesda)
A Maryland staple for decades, Strathmore offers several superb concert venues, including the outdoor Gudelsky Gazebo, perfect for summer nights.
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5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
4 Ladew Topiary Gardens
Groovin' in the Grass is a series of eight magical musical Sunday evening concerts held at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Harford County. The outdoor concerts are from 6:00-8:00 P.M. in the "Great Bowl," nestled among the stunning sculpted greenery of the gardens.
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3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
5 Maryland Vineyards (Various Locations)
Wineries all across the state, such as Linganore and Boordy, offer scores of fantastic concert series every year. With one almost assuredly a short drive from you, check out the upcoming concerts and events at all the various Maryland Wineries.
6 Annapolis Maritime Museum
Live music by local bands, beer, wine and signature cocktails each week during the summer season. Guests should bring a blanket or lawn chairs for al fresco seating during the concert.
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723 Second St
Annapolis, MD 21403
7 Oregon Ridge Park (Hunt Valley)
With an outdoor amphitheater that hosts several shows each year, like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (along with fireworks!), and the Hot August Music Festival, this outdoor music destination is always a family crowd-pleaser.
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History & Heritage
13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
8 Concerts on the Beach (Ocean City)
Free live entertainment while you relax beside the cool Atlantic Ocean on warm summer nights. Tribute bands and local favorites entertain from 8pm - 9:30pm. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the evening. Wednesdays from July 13 to August 31.
9 Baker Park (Frederick)
Weekly musical entertainment from a variety of artists, with food vendors available. Free.
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West 2nd St and North Bentz St
Frederick, MD 21701
10 Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
Great live music, dancing and more. Tickets range from $5-$59. Times vary based on performances.
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Hotels & Motels
4165 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
11 Mountain Fresh Pavilion Summer Music Series (Oakland)
For 20 years, the Little Yough Summer Music Festival has brought outdoor concerts to Western Maryland. Concerts begin at 7:00pm and are held rain or shine.
12 River Concert Series (St. Mary's County)
The River Concert Series is presented by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The series is designed to provide the citizens of Southern Maryland with high-quality, professional performances throughout the summer, enriching the cultural offerings of the region. The Chesapeake Orchestra, the resident ensemble of the River Concert Series, offers programs whose musical themes are designed to reach a broad range of audiences.
13 Calvert Marine Museum
Calvert Marine Museum hosts great concerts in their waterside pavilion located in Solomons, at the mouth of the Patuxent River, in Southern Maryland.
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14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688