Marylanders really know how to mix up great summertime fun: seafood, a cold brew and a great beat. Maryland is jam-packed with great outdoor events, so come join in the fun at the hundreds of festivals and events that take place across the state. Choose from these, or check out our Calendar of Events to see more summer events. Let the good times roll!
1 Summer Restaurant Weeks & Food Festivals
From picking crabs at a table to haute cuisine, Maryland has that and everything in between. Many communities and their local restaurants sponsor a week-long experience so that you can eat to your hearts' content - at a great price. See more Maryland Restaurant Weeks & Food Festivals
2 Free Outdoor Movies
Watching movies on a big screen outdoors has become a summertime tradition in many communities in Maryland. Cinema al Fresco allows viewers to enjoy food, drink and good company in a variety of casual settings while seeing the stars under the stars.
4 White Marlin Open - Ocean City
August 8-12, 2016
Last year the event drew more that 300 boats to fish for a record purse of nearly $4 million. This is the world’s largest billfish tournament! Come watch fish weigh-ins Monday-Friday at Harbour Island Marina. More info...
5 Get Your Motor Runnin'
Classic cars, amazing engines, and even race-bred lawnmowers mean it must be August in Maryland. We’ve got everything for your favorite gearhead, so polish up your rat rod, led sled, or café racer and head to these great Maryland moto events. More info..
6 Maryland BBQ Bash, Bel Air
August 12-13, 2016
This two-day family event features the Maryland State BBQ Championship, crafters, food vendors and live music, plus a beer and wine garden.
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Bond and Thomas St
Bel Air, MD 21014
7 County Fairs
July 16 through September 25, 2016
County Fairs bring everyone out to play - even the livestock. Good old fashion fun can be found throughout the state. Read all about it.
8 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville
August 20, 2016
24th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent. This year's lineup includes Thievery Corporation, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Revivalist, Cabinet, Samantha Fish, Eastman String Band, Litz.
9 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield
September 3-6, 2016
On Labor Day Weekend, beautiful Somers Cove Marina hosts this unique fair, with crab picking and eating contests, concerts, fireworks, a carnival and, of course, the National Hard Crab Derby where the fastest crustaceans on earth claw their way to the finish line.
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Crisfield, MD 21817
10 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis
September 10-11, 2016
This nearly half-century-old Annapolis tradition showcases the best that the Bay has to offer. Hosted in September at Sandy Point State Park, the family-friendly event offers finger-licking fun competitions that include the Crab Picking Contest, Crab Cake Eating Contest and the famous Crab Soup Cook-Off.
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Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD 21409
11 Deal Island’s Annual Skipjack Races and Island Fest
Labor Day Weekend
Experience “The Real Deal” at the Skipjack Capital of the World - Deal Island A great weekend of parades, 5k, bike races, fair, local food, the blessing of the boats, Miss Skipjack contest and the legendary Skipjack race on Labor Day as boats and crews battle to be the "fastest in the fleet." More info...
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Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821