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!

White Marlin

2 White Marlin Open - Ocean City

August 7-11, 2017
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...

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Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842

Maryland BBQ Bash

3 Maryland BBQ Bash, Bel Air

August 11-12, 2017
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

Musician Hot August Music Festival Photo By: Hot August Music Festival

4 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville

August 19, 2017
25th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent. This year's lineup includes Old Crow Medicine Show, The Infamous Stringdusters, Lettuce, Turkuaz, Cabinet, Electric Love Machine, The Dustbowl Revival, Baskery, John Mooney & Bluesianna, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Memphis Gold, & Squaring the Circle. 
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13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Solar eclipse Photo By: Juergen Faelchle

5 The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017
For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will be visible across North America, with great viewing spots right here in Maryland. The once-in-a-lifetime event will take place on Monday, Aug. 21 according to NASA. Maryland will provide great viewing opportunities for this rare astronomical occurance with about 80 percent of the sun covered during the event. This is the first total solar eclipse visible across the U.S. since 1918. Here's where to see it in Maryland.

Movies On The Beach, Ocean City Photo By: Rachell Smith Photography

6 Free Outdoor Movies

Summer 2017
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.

Pier Six Concert Pavilion Photo By: Visit Baltimore

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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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12 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.

Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

13 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

14 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 mometo to mark your accomplishment.

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Fort Washington Park
Fort Washington, MD 20744

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

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

August 27 - September 4, 2017  (Labor Day Weekend) is  Maryland Week in OC ...


SUP & Kayak
10 Ways to Get Out on the Water

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


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.