Check out these festivals to experience during Maryland's Summer of Music.
1 DelFest, Cumberland
May 21-24, 2020
Celebrating the roots of bluegrass that grow deep through Maryland, the legendary Del McCoury has been bringing the sound and culture of American mountain music to Cumberland, the soul of the Maryland Appalachian Mountains, for 12 mind-blowing years. This year's line-up also includes The Travelin' McCourys, The String Cheese Incident, Trampled by Turtles, and about two dozen more exceptional bluegrass artists and groups. Camp in the Maryland mountains with thousands of other bluegrass fans, and tap your toes to the sounds of great bands.
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Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
2 Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore
May 21-24, 2020
Hard to believe it’s been more than a dozen years since the first Maryland Deathfest… and we do mean hard! If you are looking for blistering metal and screaming guitars, Maryland Deathfest is your destination. With an international reputation, Deathfest brings together the very best death metal, grind core, doom, thrash, hardcore, black metal and experimental bands the planet has to offer. Deathfest is so big it requires two venues: Soundstage and Rams Head Live, both in Baltimore. If you miss this show, you’ll be bangin’ your head for all the wrong reasons.
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20 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
3 Hometown Holidays Music Festival, Rockville
May 23-25, 2020
Putting the “rock” in Rockville, Hometown Holidays brings three days of killer music to the heart of the city. Four stages mean music for everyone, with funky blues, the New Orleans-style, post-modern polka, the island sounds of reggae legends, and a host more. All this, and the Taste of Rockville, too? Yes, please! See you there!
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Rockville Town Square
Rockville, MD 20850
4 Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo
Do you hear that pickin’ in the Glen? It can only be the Washington Folk Festival, and if there’s a better place to hear traditional music then Glen Echo, we can’t imagine it. Wander this 19th-century amusement park site to the tune of bluegrass mandolins, alpenhorn thunder, and the park’s original Wurlitzer and enjoy storytelling, dancers, craftspeople and – of course – a ride on the historic carousel.
5 National Music Festival, Chestertown
May 31-June 13, 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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300 Washington Ave.
Chestertown, MD 21620
6 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Easton & Oxford
Set in the heart of Maryland’s beautiful Chesapeake country, this Eastern Shore favorite brings two weeks of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and more to the banks of the Bay. This rare festival brings concertgoers up close to the performers at intimate venues like the Tred Avon Yacht Club, the Academy Art Museum, and Easton’s historic Christ Church where the vaulted ceilings match the soaring strings and Trinity Cathedral with its graceful wooden beams and vibrant glow of stained glass transport the audience to the time of Mahler and Prokofiev. Don’t miss the capstone concert with the 2019 Chamber Music Competition winner at the renowned Avalon Theatre, where impeccable acoustics bring the unfettered sounds of the masters to concertgoers.
7 Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia
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.
8 Havre de Grace Jazz & Blues Fest, Havre de Grace
June 5-7, 2020
Three days of music and film at the top of the Chesapeake Bay plus - many more activities at restaurants, museums and businesses all around the charming town at the top of the Chesapeake Bay make for a festive weekend, and it's all kicked-off at the stages of Havre de Grace's First Friday.
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121 N. Union Ave
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
9 Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia
June 12-28, 2020
At home on the lake for 32 years, the Columbia Festival of the Arts is the event of the summer. Spend the day walking the water’s edge with Funk Bands, Big Bands, and Military Bands plus special guest performances. All that, plus Stoop Storytelling, theatrical performers, and other out-of-this-world acts. The event kicks-off with Lakefest Free Weekend June 12-14, 2020.
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10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
10 Maryland Doom Fest, Frederick
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.
11 Jellyfish Festival, Ocean City
Jellyfish is more than just music. Located beside the main stage, you’ll find the Jellyfish Village. It will be five 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.
12 Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Mitchelville
The annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival celebrates its 11th year in 2020 with four days of jazz in Prince George's County. In 2019 festival events consist of a pre-Festival Jam, the Summer White Affair & Concert, a full day of performances in Mitchellville and an Inspirational Jazz Experience at the Bowie Center for the Arts.
13 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, Coltons Point & Leonardtown
July 10-12, 2020
Relax riverside on the museum lawn and enjoy live jazz artists, lots of delicious seafood delicacies, and gorgeous views of St. Clement's Island at this signature yearly event. Enjoy jazz, seafood and stunning waterside views with a variety of activities for jazz enthusiasts! To celebrate the 20th year, we’re adding a special free Friday concert celebration in Leonardtown and Sunday jazz brunches and activities in downtown Historic Leonardtown in addition to the Saturday festival at St. Clement's Island Museum.
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38370 Point Breeze Road
Coltons Point, MD 20626
14 Artscape, Baltimore
July 17-19, 2020
As America’s largest free arts festival, bringing more than 350,000 people together, Artscape has become an integral part of the fabric of Baltimore. Walk streets alive with art, theater, food, and – of course – amazing music on three stages.
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1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
15 AFRAM, Baltimore
One of the largest African-American festivals on the East Coast is hosted in Baltimore City’s Druid Hill Park. This 745-acre urban oasis draws crowds of more than 100,000 each year. For two days, people from all walks of life come together to enjoy national entertainment acts, local eats and much more.
16 Moonrise Festival, Baltimore
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.
17 Caroline Summerfest, Denton
August 16-17, 2019
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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4 N. Second Street
Denton, MD 21629
18 Maryland State Fair Concert Stage, Timonium
September 3-7, 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
19 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, Easton
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.
20 National Folk Festival, Salisbury
September 11-13, 2020
Salisbury hosts the National Folk Festival, the longest-running multi-cultural traditional arts celebration in the country, for 2018-2020. 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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104A Poplar Hill Ave
Salisbury, MD 21803
21 Chestertown Jazz Festival, Chestertown
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.
22 Sunfest, Ocean City
September 24-27, 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
23 Berlin Fiddlers Convention, Berlin
September 18-19, 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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Berlin, MD 21811
24 Find Out More About The Summer of Music
Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's Summer of Music lineup. To scope out all the rockin' events across Maryland during the Summer of Music, see the Calendar of Events.