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Mountain melodies, jazz, funk, metal and more fill Maryland’s Summer Music scene.

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Washington Folk Festival
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Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival
Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival
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Check out these festivals to experience during Maryland's Summer Music.

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Moonrise Festival, Baltimore

August 7-9, 2020

This is the place to dance. Celebrating every corner of the dance floor from heavy-hitting bass to hip-hop, electronica, house and everything in between. Walk the vendor village, luxuriate in ultra-hip VIP lounges, enjoy specialty cocktails and more, all at Moonrise Festival. 


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Hayward and Winner Aves
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-542-9400


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National Music Festival, Chestertown

August 8-15, 2020

This truly organic music festival brings more than 30 eclectic concerts to the idyllic Eastern Shore. Enjoy solo recitals, symphony orchestras, and more than 200 free, open rehearsals. And if you like to play your own tunes, consider a two-week National Music Festival apprenticeship.

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Caroline Summerfest, Denton

August 21-22, 2020

Bring the family to downtown Denton for this amazing annual summer-sendoff. Don’t let the kids go back to school without a spin on the dynamite Denton dance floor. This shindig has everything-- rockin’ local music on four stages, strolling performers, a car show and more. This festival keeps the fun all in the family.

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Maryland State Fair Concert Stage, Timonium

August 27- September 7, 2020

The 139th Maryland State Fair, an annual destination sure to captivate visitors of all ages at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County. 


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2200 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
410-252-0200


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Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, Easton

September 4-6, 2020

Send off summer with the scintillating sounds of jazz at this Labor Day favorite. Ten years in and growing every summer, make the trip once, and this one is sure to become an annual tradition. Past years featured Dominick Farinacci, Shenel Johns, Matthew Whitaker, Harry Allen, and, the festival’s namesake, legendary Caribbean jazz pianist Monty Alexander. You won’t want to miss this classic concert. Stay tuned for this year's slate of performers.


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Location:
40 E Dover St
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-7299


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National Folk Festival, Salisbury

Postponed for 2020; Returns September 2021

Salisbury hosts the National Folk Festival, the longest-running multi-cultural traditional arts celebration in the country, for 2018-2021. The Festival features multiple stages of continuous music, a dance pavilion, traditional crafts, regional food, storytelling, parades, and demonstrations. This large-scale, three-day outdoor event is free to the public and will introduce audiences to a diverse array of traditional musicians, dancers, and other keepers of culture.

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Chestertown Jazz Festival, Chestertown

September 11-12, 2020

What do you get when you bring smoking jazz and bad-to-the-bone blues to the shores of the Chester River? You get the Chestertown Jazz Festival to close down an epic summer of fun. Set in Chestertown, as well as a variety of other venues,  slate of performers is sure to be impressive.  

Jellyfish Festival, Ocean City

September 12-13, 2020

Jellyfish is more than just music. Located beside the main stage, you’ll find the Jellyfish Village. It will be blocks of interactive, family-friendly activities and fun. It will include a fitness challenge, a skateboard and bicycle zone, a secondary music stage, as well as vendors and artists.


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N. Division Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-2800


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Berlin Fiddlers Convention, Berlin

September 25-27, 2020

Fiddlers on the roofs. Fiddlers in the bars. Fiddlers on the streets. Heck, you pretty much can’t swing a cat without hitting a fiddler at this epic string-stravaganza. Now in its 27th year, the streets of America’s Coolest Small Town flood with fans each year. And now, this already-amazing event has added the Maryland State Flatpicking Guitar Championship, proving that the fiddlers of Berlin welcome all sorts of sounds. Make your plans now, because the hotels will fill up, and these sounds will stay with you forever.


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Downtown Berlin
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-4775


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Sunfest in Ocean City

Sunfest, Ocean City

October 1 - 4,  2020

No one likes to say goodbye to summer, but if you’ve got to do it, do it right at Sunfest, Ocean City’s biggest and best event of the year. Experience the best the best beach-town in the U.S.A. has to offer during this four-day free festival. Opening with a boardwalk parade and closing with a big, end-of-the-season concert, rock out with more than 180 crafters, hayrides on the beach, and the best local seafood on the planet. Recently, Sunfest brought in Yacht Rock icon Christopher Cross, and they’re sure to top that this year, so make your reservations now!


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809 S. Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-2800


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Maryland Doom Fest, Frederick

October 29-November 1, 2020

Like a glacier of fire, experience the inexorable, pounding power of DOOM as this unforgettable fest takes over Frederick. Lose yourself in a sea of sound at this riot of rock. The Maryland Doom Fest will be a favorite for years.


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611 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-631-1460


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Chaka Khan at the Capital Jazz Fest

Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia

June 5-7, 2020; Postponed to Later in 2020 or Returning for 2021

For 28 years, “The Jazz Festival with Soul” has been bringing thousands to Symphony Woods and the legendary Merriweather Post Pavilion to experience the roots of soul and the outer-edge of the soundscape. Along with fine arts, food and impeccable wines, expect performances to soothe your soul, bring on the funk, and recall incomparable hits to make this a show for the ages. 

Featured Places
Moonrise Festival
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Location:
Hayward and Winner Aves
Baltimore, MD 21215
Rock the track
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Location:
2200 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
Monty Alexander at the piano
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Location:
40 E Dover St
Easton, MD 21601
Jellyfish Festival logo
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Location:
N. Division Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
People at the Fiddlers Convention in Berlin
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Location:
Downtown Berlin
Berlin, MD 21811
Sunfest Logo
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Location:
809 S. Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
Maryland Doom Fest
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Location:
611 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
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