In Maryland, the music never stops, but it sure does heat up come summer! These great concert series are the perfect way to bring together good friends for good times, whether it’s reggae on the water, killer jazz at a vineyard, blues with a side of BBQ, or metal madness by the monuments. You’re sure to find the right series to cement your new Summer of Music tradition. Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's Summer of Music lineup.
1 Summer Concert Series at the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons
When it comes to the sounds of summer, the Calvert Marine Museum does it right. This summer, the museum is bringing in truly big names, kicking off with the power country of Jake Owen with Chris Janson June 1, the hard-driving legendary rock of George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers August 10, and closing out in style with Grammy award-winning country icon Brad Paisley. Get tickets and the whole lineup here.
2 Belvedere Square Summer Sounds, Baltimore
This neighborhood bash has become a citywide tradition, as the iconic Belvedere Square complex brings great, free music to Fridays on the Square all summer long from May 25 through September 9. This year’s lineup opens with driving funk and blues from the legendary Kelly Bell Band, sweet salsa tunes by Mambo Combo, an ‘80s extravaganza by New Romance, blazin’ zydeco from the Crawdaddies, and much, much more. Follow this link for the complete rundown.
3 Tides & Tunes at The Annapolis Maritime Museum
Maybe it’s all the sailors, but nobody knows how to throw a party like Naptown, and the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Tides & Tunes Summer Concerts are the best bashes in town. Bringing great music to the docks along with signature concerts and amazing sunsets, Tides & Tunes is a can’t-miss great time. And with a different genre every week from June ‘til August, there’s something for everyone. This year, experience high-energy Irish rock with the Dublin 5, smooth funk and soul with Sweet Leda, party reggae by Mad Planet, folky island rhythms from the Eastport Oyster Boys, and more.
4 Stage Wisp Concert Series, McHenry
For the thrill-seeking ski-nuts at Wisp-- how to you keep that awesome energy flowing when the snow is gone? Easy-- the Stage Wisp Concert Series, kicking off with Fire on the Mountain, Wisp’s legendary July 4th fireworks display and concert, and going every Wednesday into September. Stage Wisp combines great music with great local produce at the adjoining farmers market, making this a one-stop-shop for good times and good grub.
5 Downtown Tunes, Historic Leonardtown
If you’ve never been to the Leonardtown Square, let this fantastic summer concert series seal the deal. The last Saturday of the month, May through August, brings great music in Historic Leonardtown’s charming 19th-century downtown district, nestled along the Breton Bay wharf. Split your time between dancing and paddling through the aquatic sanctuary. Oh, and did we mention the award-winning Port of Leonardtown Winery is just a stone’s throw away? The River Concert Series really is the best of all worlds.
6 Spring Bluegrass & Summer Evening Concerts at Boordy, Hydes
For a lot of Marylanders, when they think summer on the lawn, they think of Boordy Vineyards, and these two great concert series are sure to show you why. Boordy pairs delicious Maryland-grown wines with the easy energy of bluegrass for concerts April 15 from Blue Train, April 22 with Blue Octane, April 29 with the Bluebeers Collective, and May 6 with The Pickin’ Coalition. And the Saturday night concerts from June 2 ‘til September 1 include favorites like Nelly’s Echo, The English Channel, The Groove Train, and The Real Geniuses.
7 Groovin’ in the Grass at Ladew Gardens, Monkton
2018 brings eight epic concerts to Ladew, one of the top five gardens in North America. There is simply no more beautiful place for a concert than this topiary wonderland. The season kicks off on Fathers Day (June 17) with the big band sounds of the Baltimore Brass. The Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra brings the sound of the Caribbean to Monkton (July 1), Charm City Junction brings its old timey tunes (July 15), and the season closes with the pulse-pounding country rock of Thunderball (August 5).
8 Little Yough Summer Music Festival, Oakland
If there’s something better than bluegrass in Maryland’s Appalachian Mountains, we’d love to hear about it. And from July through Labor Day, Oakland brings those sweet sounds of summer to Friday nights at the Mountain Fresh Pavillion for this beloved series 22nd year. Catch great bands like Blue Steel and more.
9 River Concert Series, Historic St. Mary’s City
The St. Mary’s College in Maryland waterfront may be the prettiest place on any college campus in America. Surrounded by beautiful, brick colonial buildings, lush Southern Maryland forests, and an idyllic sandy beach that slides gently into the head-waters of the St. Mary’s River, there’s some kind of magic in this place where bands are backed by windsurfers and kite-boarders and fronted by dancing kids and Labradors leaping after brightly colored frisbees. Now in its 20th year, concerts are Fridays, June 22-July 20 and Saturday July 21 with bands to be announced, but you can bet the sounds will be perfect for the sunset and the waters.
10 Concerts in the Country at Layton’s Chance Vineyards, Vienna
This is the place to hear the sounds of the shore. Sample the wonderful Maryland wines, spread a blanket on the lush green grass, and drink in that crisp country air. Kicking off with the classic rock of the Barren Creek Band for Layton’s May 26 birthday bash, the powerful Eastern Shore country rock of the Justin Ryan Band on June 16, the psychedelic-infused classic rock of Tranzfusion Band July 21, and the Jimmy Buffet and Beach Boys-inspired sounds of Beach Bumz Band August 18.
11 WTMD First Thursday Concert Series
Held along the harbor in Baltimore’s picturesque Canton Waterfront Park, this sprawling, free, summer-long festival series features six bands on two stages each month from May through September, drawing an audience of more than 15,000 per show.
12 Concerts on the Pavillion, North Beach
Spread a blanket on the sand and cuddle up with your sweetheart. Find a bench to watch the kids grooving in the shallows. Or cut a rug on the bay-front boardwalk at this amazing free festival. Concerts on the Pavilion changes styles from week-to-week with rock, country, jazz and oldies filling out the dance card.
13 Music at Penn Alps, Grantsville
For 26 years, this one-of-a-kind community of artists and artisans has been bringing unique music to their Great Hall. Focusing on a mix of classical music and American folk styles, the Spruce Forest is the perfect home for these enduring sounds.
14 Wine, Friends, and Tunes at Maryland’s Wineries
If you’re looking for the perfect way to unwind after a long summer work week, look to Maryland wineries. Marrying great Old Line State vintages with fantastic local tunes, Maryland wineries provide a perfect backdrop to get your groove on this summer. Head to our Wineries page to find events near you or in a new spot across the state.