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

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Gourmet dish Photo By: Howard County's Summer Restaurant Weeks

1 Howard County Summer Restaurant Week

July 18 - Aug. 1, 2016
Pre-Fixe menus designed by Howard County's top chefs featuring delicious local fare with fresh from the garden ingredients true to the vision of locally grown and made ingredients.Savor the season at 24 area restaurants offering mouthwatering meals at great prices. - See more Maryland Restaurant Weeks & Food Festivals

UniverSoul Circus performers

2 UniverSoul Circus - National Harbor

Now through July 31, 2016
Come to the Big Top at National Harbor to see UniverSoul Circus. Witness phenomenal performances by the most sought-after circus performers in the world. UniverSoul celebrates the unique aspects of global cultures  through a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. More info and tickets.

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

3 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.

White Marlin

4 White Marlin Open - Ocean City

August 8-12, 2016
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...

Pier Six Concert Pavilion Photo By: Visit Baltimore

5 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. Find out more....

Maryland BBQ Bash

6 Maryland BBQ Bash, Bel Air

August 12-13, 2016
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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Location:
Bond and Thomas St
Bel Air, MD 21014
443-945-7465


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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 16 through September 25, 2016
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 3-6, 2016
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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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

10 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis

September 10-11, 2016
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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Location:
Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-271-4966


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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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Location:
Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
410-784-2785


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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.
Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail Video

Summer

Trip Ideas

J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
Waterside Events and Festivals

Whether you want to make a splash or just watch, waterside activities are abound in Maryland.

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Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw
Top Things to Do in Summer

Dive into fun with these annual rites of passage that fill the long, not-so-lazy days of a Maryland summer. ...

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Plan your trip around the "11 Best Days of Summer" 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...

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