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 ICE!, National Harbor
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.
2 PEEP Show, Westminster
Peeps aren’t just for eating, and this event proves it. Come spend your weekend in downtown Westminster where spectators vote for their favorite among nearly 200 marshmallow masterpieces, including sculptures, dioramas, mosaics and videos. Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth!
3 Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour, Cambridge
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.
4 Secret Garden Tour of Havre de Grace
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.
5 Antique and Classic Boat Festival, St. Michaels
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.
6 Hollywood Bluegrass Festival, Leonardtown
This Southern Maryland festival brings boot-stomping fun from a variety of artists such as Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass and The Bluegrass Brothers to the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in June. Don’t forget to take a break and circle the stage at the silent auction where local venues offer hand-crafted souvenirs.
7 Bowie International Festival
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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3330 Northview Dr.
Bowie, MD 20716
8 The Pine'eer Arts & Crafts Festival, Ocean Pines
This free festival displays paintings, sculptures and other creations typical of the Chesapeake Bay region, created by more than 100 artisans in August at the Ocean Pines Community Center and White Horse Park.
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239 Ocean Parkway
Berlin, MD 21811
9 Watermen’s Appreciation Day, St. Michaels
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.
10 Country Fest and Auction, McHenry
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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219 Mosser Road
McHenry, MD 21541
11 The Charles County Fair, La Plata
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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8440 Fairground Rd
La Plata, MD 20646