Top Maryland Events and Festivals

Plan a trip around one of these events and festivals which are as diverse as Maryland itself.

By Heather Cisar

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DelFest
Photo By: Brad Kuntz
Country Fest and Auction in McHenry
Country Fest and Auction in McHenry
Photo By: http://countryfest.org
ICE Gaylord Holiday Extravaganza
ICE Gaylord Holiday Extravaganza
PEEPShow Carroll Arts Center Westminster
PEEPShow Carroll Arts Center Westminster
Photo By: Carroll County Arts Council

To see some unique artistry—and occasional downright quirkiness—check out these annual events held across the state. From ice extravaganzas to celebrations of music and art, to an event all about marshmallow Peeps, Maryland’s event calendar is filled with fun.

1 FeBREWary in Maryland - state-wide - February

FeBREWary is Maryland’s official month-long celebration of craft beer, and with craft brew events on tap across the state.  From the mountains to the beach, FeBREWary in Maryland is the perfect opportunity to hoist a pint with good friends in great places.  Enjoy unique, one-of-a-kind brews, amazing events, contests and getaway packages-all month long.

2 Bridges to the World International Film Festival - various - February

World Artists Experiences presents five films from foreign countries.  Films from Colombia, South Korea, Hungary, Egypt and Mexico have played in previous festivals. Sponsored by MD Secretary of State's Office, this festival travels to different locations throughout Maryland.

3 Light City - Baltimore - March - April

Light City transforms Baltimore with light displays, sculptures, video projections, and music to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences.


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Location:
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-752-8632


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PEEPShow Carroll Arts Center Westminster Photo By: Carroll County Arts Council

4 PEEPShow, Westminster - March - April

Peeps aren’t just for eating, and this event proves it. Each spring at the Carroll Arts Center in downtown Westminster, spectators vote for their favorites among hundreds of marshmallow masterpieces, including sculptures, dioramas, mosaics and videos. Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth!


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Location:
Carroll Arts Center
Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-7272


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Hollywood Bluegrass Festival in Leonardtown

5 Hollywood Bluegrass Festival, Leonardtown - May

This Southern Maryland festival brings boot-stomping fun from a variety of artists such as Big Country Bluegrass, Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition to the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds . Don’t forget to take a break and circle the stage at the silent auction where local venues offer hand-crafted souvenirs. 


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St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-737-3004


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Photo By: Brad Kuntz

6 DelFest - May

Memorial Day Weekend means Bluegrass at this festival at Allegany County Fairgrounds. Featuring the Del McCoury Band and a stellar list of musicians who excel at this style of music. You're in for four days of festive fun at this top event.


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Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-5138


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7 Preakness Stakes - Baltimore - May

The Preakness is one of the nation’s largest, single-day, annual sporting events! Baltimore's Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete.


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Location:
Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-542-9400


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Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour Photo By: http://visitdorchester.org

8 Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour, Cambridge - May

This May event at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge offers courses tailored for fun, fitness and endurance, ranging from the 11-mile Family Ride to the 56-mile Ironman Eagleman course and 100-mile Century Course. Cycle through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, named one of the "Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy. Start with a complimentary al fresco breakfast, bike the scenic paths, then finish off a great day with a picnic in the park.


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Location:
Hambrooks and Somerset Aves, Cambridge MD
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-819-0386


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9 Secret Garden Tour of Havre de Grace - May

Tour the lovely private gardens of historic Havre de Grace in May on the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Start at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum for your ticket and map.  Then meander along the Susquehanna River on this self-guided tour that features an award winning garden. Stop by the garden mart and plant sale for souvenirs, and the food vendors for a bite to eat. There are nature-inspired presentations and demonstrations, too, for those with green thumbs looking for inspiration for their own gardens. 


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Location:
100 Lafayette St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-652-9757


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10 Historic National Road Yard Sale Days - May - June - Route 40

How many of the 824 miles of yard sales can you handle? Each area offers its own treasures, food specialities and charm. Historic National Road Yard Sale is one of the greats and it begins in Western Maryland on and near Historic Route 40.


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Location:
123456
Baltimore, MD 21202
765-478-4809


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The Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels is a summertime celebration of all things nautical. Photo By: www.cbmm.org

11 Antique and Classic Boat Festival, St. Michaels - June

This festival is a real crowd pleaser no matter what age you are. Hundreds of architecturally exquisite wooden classics, vintage race boats and more are on display on the land and in the water at St. Michaels in June. Festivities include live music, boat rides, food and family activities. 


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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916


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Watermen’s Appreciation Festival Photo By: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

12 Watermen’s Appreciation Day, St. Michaels - August

This August celebration ranks high on the list of fun summer things to do, and includes a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, boat rides, live music, kids’ activities, and—of course—fantastic seafood. 


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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916


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Country Fest and Auction in McHenry Photo By: http://countryfest.org

13 Country Fest and Auction, McHenry - August

Held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, this August event combines history, fine art and tasty Maryland BBQ. Check out the auction items like authentic quilts, crafts and Amish-made furniture, and let the kids take a ride on a pony or “barrel of fun,” and pedal tractor pulls. Everyone will enjoy the hay rides, miniature horse and cart rides, and the petting zoo—plus free admission and parking.  


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Location:
Garrett County Fairgrounds
McHenry, MD 21541
301-616-3268


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For some fall family fun, head to the Charles County Fair in La Plata. Photo By: www.charlescountyfair.com

14 The Charles County Fair, La Plata - September

Visit this family-friendly event in September and experience the marvels of an old-fashioned country fair. See farm animals, pig races, pony rides, and performers in a carnival-like setting on more than 35 acres of land. There’s also lawnmower racing, live music, games and traditional fair food.


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Location:
8440 Fairground Rd
La Plata, MD 20646
301-932-1234


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Travel around the world in a day at this free festival, without leaving the Capital Region!

15 Bowie International Festival - October

Go around the world in a day with this free festival held in October at Allen Pond Park, and learn about traditions and customs that span the breadth of the globe. Listen to bagpipes and violins, watch Moroccan belly dancing or Irish step dance, and enjoy lots of tasty international food.


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Location:
3330 Northview Dr.
Bowie, MD 20716
301-809-3011


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People and their four legged friends walk at Barcstoberfest Photo By: BARCS

16 Barcstoberfest - October

The largest pet-friendly festival in the area draws over 3,000 people (along with many of their dogs) to a day long festival supporting the largest shelter in Maryland.  Two and four-legged participants can run the 5K or take the one mile walk.  Dogs and their people can enjoy the beer garden.  Food trucks are on hand too. The Howl-o-ween Costume Contest is a beloved tradition. This fundraiser draws animal lovers from everywhere.  The "cost" of admission is a donation of $40 which attendees can raise on-line, off-line or otherwise.

17 Annapolis Arts Week - June

Celebrate Annapolis' diverse arts scene! Annapolis Arts Week will feature three annual events – Paint Annapolis, First Sunday Arts Festival, and Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival – while spotlighting gallery exhibits, live music and performing arts.


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Location:
West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
888-302-2852


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18 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake - Crisfield - July

All you can eat seafood, side dishes, beer and soda. A Maryland must attend - see and be seen annual event named after Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes, 54th Maryland Governor.


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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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19 National Music Festival - Chestertown - June

Two Weeks of Orchestral Concerts - soloists, chamber, full orchestra - plus hundreds of open free rehearsals. Affordable, adventurous performances. Various prices from Free to $20. Reservations recommended.


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Location:
Washington College Gibson Center for the Arts
Chestertown, MD 21620
410-778-2064


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20 OC Air Show - Ocean City - June

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to Ocean City to headline the 10th anniversary edition of the OC Air Show.


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Location:
Ocean City Beach Area
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-2800


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21 Artscape - Baltimore - July

America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography; live music and more.
 


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Location:
1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
410-752-8632


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22 Little Yough Summer Music Festival - Oakland - July - early September

Free Friday night concerts at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland. Back with a new line-up for the 21st Season of this popular series.


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Location:
Mountain Fresh Pavilion
Oakland, MD 21550
301-334-2691


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23 White Marlin Open - Ocean City - August

This renowned Annual White Marlin Open is the world's largest billfish tournament. Over 300 boats vie for over $2 million in prize money. Registration fees for participating boats.


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Location:
Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-2800


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24 Ocean City Sunfest - September

Summer lasts longer in Ocean City! Enjoy four days of family fun, arts, crafts, live music and food. Admission is free except for ticketed performances.


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Location:
Ocean City Inlet Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-2800


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25 Berlin's Fiddlers Convention - September

Fiddling and blue grass music fills the street. Food and craft vendors, beer garden and games for the children.


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Location:
Downtown Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-4775


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26 Autumn Glory Festival - McHenry - October

Celebrate amazing Fall Foliage with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, fall foliage tours, craft shows and more. Coming in 2017: the 50th Annual Festival.


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Location:
Garrett County, Maryland
McHenry, MD 21541
888-387-5237


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ICE Gaylord Holiday Extravaganza

27 ICE! National Harbor - November - December

Embrace the delights of winter at this seasonal ice sculpture show at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor. Don't worry, full-length snow coats and blankets are provided to keep you warm and cozy while you marvel at the sculptures. The theme of this popular annual event changes every year, but you can count on seeing beloved children’s characters and staples like an ice slide. 

28 Kwanzaa Celebration 2017 - Baltimore - December 2017 - January 2018

Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States this year from Tuesday, December 16, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018.  The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture offers a series of programs including storytelling, crafts and traditional performances.

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Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Carroll Arts Center
Westminster, MD 21157
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Location:
St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
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Location:
Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
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Location:
Hambrooks and Somerset Aves, Cambridge MD
Cambridge, MD 21613
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Location:
100 Lafayette St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
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Location:
123456
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
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Location:
Garrett County Fairgrounds
McHenry, MD 21541
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Location:
8440 Fairground Rd
La Plata, MD 20646
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3330 Northview Dr.
Bowie, MD 20716
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West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
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715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
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Washington College Gibson Center for the Arts
Chestertown, MD 21620
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Ocean City Beach Area
Ocean City, MD 21842
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Location:
1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
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Mountain Fresh Pavilion
Oakland, MD 21550
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Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842
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Ocean City Inlet Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
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Location:
Downtown Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
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Location:
Garrett County, Maryland
McHenry, MD 21541
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