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.

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

1 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:
91 West Main St.
Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-7272


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Hollywood Bluegrass Festival in Leonardtown

2 Hollywood Bluegrass Festival, Leonardtown - April

This Southern Maryland festival brings boot-stomping fun from a variety of artists such as The Sister Sadie Band and 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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Location:
St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-737-3004


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Photo By: Brad Kuntz

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

4 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. Cycle through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, named one of the "Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy. Start with a complimentary fresco breakfast, bike the scenic paths, then finish off a great day with a picnic in the park.


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Location:
Great Marsh Park
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-819-0386


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5 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 and meander along the Susquehanna River on this self-guided tour. 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:
315 S. Main St
North East, MD 21901
410-996-6299


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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

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

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

8 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

9 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

10 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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ICE Gaylord Holiday Extravaganza

11 ICE!, National Harbor - November to January

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. 


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Location:
201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
301-965-2000


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Featured Places
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Location:
91 West Main St.
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:
Great Marsh Park
Cambridge, MD 21613
05
Location:
315 S. Main St
North East, MD 21901
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Location:
213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
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Location:
3330 Northview Dr.
Bowie, MD 20716
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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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Location:
201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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