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Merriweather Post Pavilion from above shows music lovers on lawn
Merriweather Post Pavilion from above shows large crowds on lawn
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Pier Six Concert Pavilion
Pier Six Concert Pavilion
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Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Tour the Topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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.

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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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Location:
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-5550


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Pier Six Concert Pavilion Photo By: Visit Baltimore

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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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
731 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-783-4189


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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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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-581-5100


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Ladew Concert Photo By: VisitHartford.com

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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Type:
General Attractions


Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
410-557-9570


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Liganor  Winery concert Photo By: Ken Rochon - TheUmbrellaSyndicate.com

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. 
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Outdoor Music Image Photo By: Annapolis Maritime Museum

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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Type:
Attraction


Location:
723 Second St
Annapolis, MD 21403
410-295-0104


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Musician Hot August Music Festival Photo By: Hot August Music Festival

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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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
410-887-181


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Ocean City Sunset

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.

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People listening to concert outside Photo By: CelebrateFrederick.com

9 Baker Park (Frederick)

Weekly musical entertainment from a variety of artists, with food vendors available. Free.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
West 2nd St and North Bentz St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-1492


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Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa

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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Type:
Hotels & Motels


Location:
4165 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
410-257-5596


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People listening to concert outside Photo By: Little Yough Summer Music Series

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.  

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St. Mary's College of Maryland River Concert Series

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.

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Learn about the prehistoric past and maritime heritage at this museum in Solomons. Photo By: Calvert Marine Museum

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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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042


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Featured Places
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Location:
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21044
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Location:
731 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Location:
5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
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Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
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Location:
723 Second St
Annapolis, MD 21403
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Location:
13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
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Location:
West 2nd St and North Bentz St.
Frederick, MD 21701
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Location:
4165 Mears Avenue
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
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Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
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