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

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Check out these 25 festivals to experience Maryland's Summer of Music in 2018.

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1 Berlin Fiddlers Convention, Berlin

September 21-23, 2018
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 26th 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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2 DelFest, Cumberland

May 23-27, 2019
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 11 mind-blowing years. Camp in the Maryland mountains with thousands of other bluegrass fans, and tap your toes to the sounds of Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and The Bluegrass Congress featuring The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Béla Fleck, and more. 


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Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-5138


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Hometown Holidays in Rockville - Musician on Stage Photo By: Mike Dobbins Photography

3 Hometown Holidays Music Festival, Rockville

May 26-28, 2018
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 the funky blues of the Kelly Bell Band, the New Orleans-style rip of the DuPont Brass, post-modern polka from The Polka Brothers, the island sounds of reggae legends Jah Works, and a host more. All this, and the Taste of Rockville, too? Yes, please! See you there Memorial Day Weekend!


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Rockville Town Square
Rockville, MD 20850
240-314-8658


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4 Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore

May 24-27, 2018
Hard to believe it’s been 15 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. This year’s lineup includes exclusive fly-ins from Europe, Australia and Japan’s metal royalty. 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
410-244-1131


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5 Annapolis Irish Festival, Crownsville

June 1-2, 2018
Pipes? Check. Drums? Check. Heck, everything Irish is on deck for the Annapolis Irish Festival. Let the sweet sounds of traditional Celtic music carry you back to the old country, and the driving thunder of Irish Rock pound out a path to the future. All this, and a good ol’ fashioned piper showdown pitting the best around head-to-head on the Great Highland Bagpipe. 


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Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
Crownsville, MD 21032
410-980-7971


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6 Western Maryland Blues Fest, Hagerstown

June 1-2, 2018
If you’re into ‘50s roots rock, Memphis-style horns and harmonies, straight-up soul, and real American blues, the Western Maryland Blues Fest is the place to park your pompadour. Featuring stalwarts like Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Low Society, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, Joanna Connor and more-- in June, Hagerstown is the home of the blues. 


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Central Parking Lot Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-8577


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Chaka Khan at the Capital Jazz Fest

7 Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia

June 1-3, 2018
For 26 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, this year Anita Baker is there to soothe your soul, Earth, Wind & Fire brings the funk, and the incomparable Smokey Robinson make this a show for the ages. 


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10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-5550


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8 Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo

June 2-3, 2018
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. 


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7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
301.646.4166


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9 National Music Festival, Chestertown

June 3-16, 2018
This truly organic music festival brings 35 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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Various Locations around Chestertown
Chestertown, MD 21620
410-778-1177


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People performing on stage Photo By: www.chesapeakemusic.org

10 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Easton & Oxford

June 5-17, 2018
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 2018 Chamber Music Competition winner at the renowned Avalon Theatre, where impeccable acoustics bring the unfettered sounds of the masters to concertgoers. 

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11 Music in the Mountains Summer Festival, Cumberland

June 14-17, 2018
Set the way-back machine for this festival and experience the treasured sounds of Renaissance, Baroque and classical music in the mountains of Maryland. Five star-studded main performances, pop-up concerts, historical tours, demonstration lessons, capstone concert by Summer Academy students, talks and more!


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Location:
Emmanuel Episcopal Parish
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-338-2940


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12 Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia

June 14-17, 2018
At home on the lake for 31 years, the Columbia Festival of the Arts is the event of the summer. Spend the day walking the water’s edge with bands such as Chopteeth Afro Funk Big Band, Bullbuckers, The U.S. Navy Band Cruisers, and a performance of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Memphis. All that, plus Stoop Storytelling, the Verba Shadow Theater, and the out-of-this-world Jedi Academy. 


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Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi on Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-3044


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13 Woodson Young Jazz Festival, Fort Washington

June 15-16, 2018
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, you won’t find hotter smooth-jazz and badder R&B anywhere than the Woodson-Young Jazz Festival. Experience the ripping trumpet licks of Willie Bradley, the hot sax of Steve Cole, and the unforgettable harmonies of Silk. Let your soul swim in the sound as you enjoy amazing food and uplifting arts at this Omega Psi Phi production.


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Location:
13551 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
919-830-9049


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14 Maryland Doom Fest, Frederick

June 22-24, 2018
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 as The Obssessed, Windhand and Weedeater headline this riot of rock. Oh, and definitely get a T-Shirt. The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 threads will be a favorite for years.


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


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15 Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival, Westminster

June 24 - July 14, 2018
Now in its third decade, Common Ground on the Hill begins with Traditions Weeks, three weeks of workshops, concerts, and interactive arts experience that bring arts to the community and the community into the arts, with nightly concerts and events on the McDaniel College campus during the week. July 7 brings Common Ground on the Hill musicians to 6 free venues in downtown Westminster. Then experience music, visual arts, dance and how they come together on 4 stages at the day-long Roots Music & Arts Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum. At Common Ground on the Hill, you’ll love and live the arts.


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Carroll County Farm Museum
Westminster, MD 21157
443-622-2369


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16 The Nextival, Crownsville

July 13-15, 2018
Good vibes and great grub are the soul of this two-day, overnight campers-friendly festival of music and the Mid-Atlantic’s best food trucks. Now in its third year, catch the driving rock of Statues of Liberty, the grungy grooves of Swampcandy, the soaring folk-soul of Pressing Strings, and the banjo-backed poetics of Skribe, with a food selection just as diverse. Bring the kids for putt-putt, a rock-climbing wall, and even a build-and-race Pinewood Derby adventure.


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1450 Generals Hwy
Crownsville, MD 21032
800-255-2071


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Artscape Arts Festival

17 Artscape, Baltimore

July 20-22, 2018
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. Stay tuned for the lineup, but previous years have included performances from Wyclef Jean, Gogol Bordello, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Tito Puente, and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. 


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1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
410-752-8632


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Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge to perform at L'il Margaret's Bluegrass Festival Photo By: Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge/L'il Margaret's Bluegrass Festival

18 L’il Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival, Leonardtown

August 9-11, 2018
For 30 years, L’il Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival has been bringing the sounds of the mountains to the shores of Breton Bay. This year’s concert features the Bluegrass Cardinals, Mickey Galyean & Cullens Bridge, and the California Ramblers.  


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21810 Clay Hill Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-737-3004


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19 Moonrise Festival, Baltimore

August 11-12, 2018
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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20 Caroline Summerfest, Denton

August 17-18, 2018
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 three stages, thrilling fireworks, even a car show and kayaks on the river. This festival keeps the fun all in the family. 


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Location:
4 N. Second Street
Denton, MD 21629
410-479-8120


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Jazz Trio performing at festival Photo By: chesapeakemusic.org

21 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, Easton

August 31-September 2, 2018
Send off summer with the scintillating sounds of jazz at this Labor Day favorite. Nine years in and growing every summer, make the trip once, and this one is sure to become an annual tradition. This year features Dominick Farinacci and Shenel Johns on Friday celebrating the ladies of blues. Saturday is jam-packed with the likes of pianist Matthew Whitaker, Harry Allen, and of course, the festival’s namesake, legendary Caribbean jazz pianist Monty Alexander. You won’t want to miss this classic concert. 


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


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22 Chestertown Jazz Festival, Chestertown

September 6-10, 2018
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, four fantastic days of music, dancing, and food fit to close down an epic summer of fun. Set in Wilmer Park in gorgeous Chestertown, as well as a variety of other venues, this year’s festival features Phil Dutton and The Alligators, Hannah Gill and The Hours, and the incomparable Joey DeFrancesco. 


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413 S. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
410-778-0416


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23 National Folk Festival, Salisbury

September 7-9, 2018
Salisbury will host the 2018-2020 National Folk Festival, the longest-running multi-cultural traditional arts celebration in the country. The Festival will feature 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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Location:
104A Poplar Hill Ave
Salisbury, MD 21803
410-767-6450


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Street art festival Photo By: Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival

24 Madonnari Arts Festival, Baltimore

September 7-10, 2018
The Madonnari arts festival brings remarkable chalk arts to the streets of Baltimore’s Little Italy… literally! Along with a magical array of sidewalk arts, get a taste of Little Italy’s unique and unforgettable cuisine served with an Italian-sized portion of amazing music. Enjoy everything from traditional Italian tunes to bands that will have you rockin’ around the block!


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South High & Fawn Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)967-5441


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Sunfest in Ocean City

25 Sunfest, Ocean City

September 20-23, 2018
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. Last year, 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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Inlet Parking Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
800-626-2326


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26 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.

 

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Featured Places
People at the Fiddlers Convention in Berlin
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Location:
Downtown Berlin
Berlin, MD 21811
Delfest in Allegany County
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Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
Hometown Holidays Musicfest
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Location:
Rockville Town Square
Rockville, MD 20850
Maryland Deathfest 2018 flyer
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Location:
20 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
Annapolis Irish Festival Logo
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Location:
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
Crownsville, MD 21032
People at the Music Fest
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Location:
Central Parking Lot Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Merriweather Post Pavillion
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Location:
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
performers
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Location:
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
National Music Festival Conducting Class
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Location:
Various Locations around Chestertown
Chestertown, MD 21620
Music in the Mountains Logo
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Crowds enjoy the Columbia Festival
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Location:
Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi on Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Woodson Young Jazz Festival
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Location:
13551 Fort Washington Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Maryland Doom Fest
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Location:
611 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
The Kruger Brothers
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Location:
Carroll County Farm Museum
Westminster, MD 21157
People at the Festival
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Location:
1450 Generals Hwy
Crownsville, MD 21032
Crowds Enjoying Artscape
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Location:
1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
L'il Margaret's Bluegrass
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Location:
21810 Clay Hill Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Moonrise Festival
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Location:
Hayward and Winner Aves
Baltimore, MD 21215
Caroline Summerfest Poster
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Location:
4 N. Second Street
Denton, MD 21629
Musicians Perform at the Festival
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Location:
40 E Dover St
Easton, MD 21601
Man plays saxophone at the Festival
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Location:
413 S. Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
People Enjoying the National Folk Festival
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Location:
104A Poplar Hill Ave
Salisbury, MD 21803
Madonnari Street Arts Festival
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Location:
South High & Fawn Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
Sunfest in Ocean City
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Location:
Inlet Parking Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
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