Summer's Can't-Miss Events
Marylanders really know how to mix up great summertime fun: seafood, a cold brew and a great beat. Maryland is jam-packed with great outdoor events, so come join in the fun at the hundreds of festivals and events that take place across the state. Choose from these, or check out our Calendar of Events to see more summer events. Let the fun begin!
1 Fourth of July Fireworks at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore
When it comes to commemorating our nation’s birthday with the appropriate razzle-dazzle and fanfare, Baltimore delivers. The city boasts a day full of fun activities, such as the annual dog show at the American Visionary Art Museum, and games in West Shore Park. The Inner Harbor—the pedestrian-friendly heart of the city—is the perfect spot to view the fireworks show, choreographed to rousing music.
3 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis
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.
4 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield
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.