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

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 good times roll!

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Gourmet dish Photo By: Howard County's Restaurant Weeks

1 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.

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

2 Free Outdoor Movies

Summer 2016
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

3 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. 

White Marlin

4 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...

5 Get Your Motor Runnin'

Classic cars, amazing engines, and even race-bred lawnmowers mean it must be August in Maryland. We’ve got everything for your favorite gearhead, so polish up your rat rod, led sled, or café racer and head to these great Maryland moto events.  More info..

Maryland BBQ Bash

6 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

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

7 County Fairs

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

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

8 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville

August 20, 2016
24th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent. This year's lineup includes Thievery Corporation, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Revivalist, Cabinet, Samantha Fish, Eastman String Band, Litz.
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National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield - Crab Picking Competition Photo By: Kevin Moore

9 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield

September 2017
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

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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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Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD 21409

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Deal Island Skipjack Races

11 Deal Island’s Annual Skipjack Races and Island Fest

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

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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


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.


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10 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Ocean City

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Crab race
Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day Weekend is a great time to indulge your five senses across Maryland. Here’s a list of stuff to get you started.


Deal Island Harbor hosts this race each Labor Day Weekend. The event also features a fishing contest and delicious local food.
10 Ways to Get Out on the Water

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