Plan your trip around the "11 Best Days of Summer" at the Maryland State Fair.
Games and rides at the Maryland State Fair

Summer's Can't-Miss Events

In Maryland the celebration of summer is going strong through Labor Day weekend!
There is plenty of time to set sail on the Chesapeake Bay, build sandcastles in Ocean City, ride the roller coasters at Six Flags America, and get into a mountain of steamed crabs—that’s just  a taste of summer in Maryland! Cool off in the mountain-fed waters of Deep Creek Lake, stroll the boardwalk at National Harbor, see an outdoor movie in Baltimore’s Little Italy, and find the perfect ice cream cone along Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail. Catch a game at Camden Yards then road trip to all six of Maryland’s minor league parks. In Maryland, your summer’s only limit is your imagination!

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Head to the O.C. Boardwalk for family fun rides like the Ferris Wheel. Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

1 Maryland Week - Ocean City

August 27 - September 4, 2017 - Labor Day Weekend
Hooray-hooray school starts after Labor Day!!  Let's take advantage of this extra opportunity to enjoy Ocean City with discounts on hotels and more. Enjoy a little more fun in the OC sun!

Pier Six Concert Pavilion Photo By: Visit Baltimore

2 Outdoor Concerts

Maryland offers a myriad of outdoor music venues. Whether it be in one of our amphitheaters or storied large outdoor venues, concerts at these locations are sure to please the entire family. 

Plan your trip around the "11 Best Days of Summer" at the Maryland State Fair. Photo By: Mitch Lebovic

3 County Fairs

Through September 2017
County Fairs bring everyone out to play - even the livestock. Good old-fashioned fun can be found throughout the state. Read all about it.

National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield - Crab Picking Competition Photo By: Kevin Moore

4 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield

August 31 - September 3, 2017 - Labor Day Weekend
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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715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817

Deal Island Skipjack Races

5 Deal Island’s Annual Skipjack Races and Island Fest

September 2-4, 2017 Labor Day Weekend
Experience “The Real Deal” at the Skipjack Capital of the World - Deal Island A great weekend of parades, 5k races, bike races, 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

Plan your trip around the "11 Best Days of Summer" at the Maryland State Fair. Photo By: Mitch Lebovic

6 Labor Day Weekend Events

Yea -- school starts after Labor Day in Maryland!
Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to get out for summer's "last  hurrah." Here are some ideas on how you can make even more memories in Maryland this Labor Day Weekend.

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7 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.

Chestertown Jazz Festival logo

8 Chestertown Jazz Festival

September 8-11, 2017
‘Jazz lives…,’ is the theme of the 2017 Chestertown Jazz festival. Jazz and blues lovers can fill their souls with great music while enjoying local food and wine. Multiple locations: The Mainstay, Garfield Center, Crow Vineyard.

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12441 Vansant Corner Rd
Kennedyville, MD 21645

craft tents Photo By: Boonsboro Historical Society

9 Boonesborough Days

September 9-10, 2017
A FREE event filled with craft and food vendors, antiques and collectibles, demonstrations, trolley rides, live entertainment - 46th Annual!

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Park Drive
Boonsboro, MD 21713

Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

10 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis

September 9-10, 2017
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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1100 E College Pkwy.
Annapolis, MD 21409

Drum Point Lighthouse Photo By: Calvert County Department of Economic Development

11 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

September 16-17, 2017
10 Maryland Lighthouses will be open to visitors. Complimentary souvenirs will be given at each lighthouse location. You are welcome to visit any number of lighthouses along the challenge route, but you will have to visit all 10 to be able to proclaim “I’ve seen the lights!” and receive a special momento to mark your accomplishment.

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Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington, MD 20744

18th Century French, Indian and British reenactors lined up firing their rifles

12 Experience Maryland's Living History

August 26 through September 24, 2017

In Maryland, centuries of history and traditions are always at your fingertips, but these amazing living history events bring those traditions to life. In September, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Maryland Civil War Trails, five driving tours that explore the Civil War story that unfolded on Maryland’s landscapes. Step back in time and into an adventure with these great events!

Crab race Photo By: Patty Hancock Photography

13 Celebrate Treasured Chesapeake Traditions

Labor Day weekend - through September 2017
At the heart of Maryland, you’ll find the Chesapeake Bay. Celebrate this national treasure, its people and Maryland traditions at these amazing events.

Summer Photos & Videos

Kayaking at Deep Creek Lake
Kayakers at Deep Creek Lake
Photo By: Maryland Office of Tourism
Building Sandcastles in Ocean City
Dig in for some spectacular sandcastle-building on Maryland's beaches like Ocean City's.
Surrey Ride on Ocean City Boardwalk
family on pedal surrey on Ocean City Boardwalk
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Summer means baseball! Watch the Orioles at Camden Yards, then catch a minor league game across the state.
Splashwater Falls - Six Flags America
Splashwater Falls at Six Flags America is a multi-level play structure with more than one hundred features
Photo By: Six Flags America
Maryland Flag Parasail in Ocean City
Maryland Flag Parasail in Ocean City
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift, OTD


Trip Ideas

Splashwater Falls at Six Flags America is a multi-level play structure with more than one hundred features
Water Parks and Swimming Holes

When the temperature is up, the whole family will be down to take advantage of Maryland's water parks.


Skipjack Race and Festival
Deal Island’s Annual Skipjack Races and Island Fest

Experience “The Real Deal” at the Skipjack Capital of the World.


For an authentic beach vacation, head to where the locals go--Ocean City!
10 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Ocean City

Take a ride back to your childhood on the historic Trimper’s carousel, while away a perfect sunny day on the white, sandy beach, or enjoy a perfect meal with that special...


SUP & Kayak
10 Ways to Get Out on the Water

So many ways to traverse Maryland’s waterways, so little time.