Sail on the Chesapeake Bay, build sandcastles in Ocean City, ride the roller coasters at Six Flags America, and get into a mountain of steamed crabs—that’s just the beginning of summer in Maryland! Cool off in the mountain-fed waters of Deep Creek Lake, stroll the boardwalk at National Harbor, see an outdoor movie, and find the perfect ice cream cone. Catch a game at Camden Yards then road trip to all six of Maryland’s minor league parks. In Maryland, your summer’s only limit is your imagination!
1 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville
August 17, 2019
27th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent on three stages. The award-winning 2019 line-up includes Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Billy Strings, Melvin Seals & JGB, Dirty Grass Band, Samantha Fish, Lil Smokies, Larry McCray, Travers Brothership, Vanessa Collier, Cedric Burnside and The Old Part of Town.
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13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
2 Maryland’s Summer of Music
Mountain melodies, jazz, funk, metal and more fill Maryland’s Summer of Music. From DelFest (May 23-26, 2019) and beyond the National Folk Festival’s second year in Salisbury (September 6-8, 2019), the summer of 2019 brings a wall of sound and a symphony of styles to the Free State. Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's Summer of Music lineup.
3 County Fairs
Through September 2019
County Fairs bring everyone out to play - even the livestock. Good old-fashioned fun can be found throughout the state. Read all about it.
4 Summer Restaurant Weeks & Food Festivals
From picking crabs at a table to haute cuisine, Maryland has that and everything in between. Many communities and their local restaurants sponsor a week-long experience so that you can eat to your hearts' content - at a great price. See more Maryland Restaurant Weeks & Food Festivals.
5 Free Outdoor Movies
Watching movies on a big screen outdoors has become a summertime tradition in many communities in Maryland. Locations all across the state allow viewers to enjoy food, drink and good company in a variety of casual settings while seeing the stars under the stars.
6 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.
7 Maryland Fishing Tournaments
Summer means tournament time, so whether it’s the fishing rodeo at the local pond, the multi-million-dollar White Marlin Open out over the canyons off Ocean City, or hitting the bay with old buddies for big rockfish and even bigger stories, make your plans now!
8 Maryland Renaissance Festival
August 24, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Jugglers and jousting, axe throwing and lots and lots of eating, it’s a ye olde good time at the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville. Get a season pass and become a regular in this magical destination.
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1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
9 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield
August 28 - September 2, 2019
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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Crisfield, MD 21817
10 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 races, bike races, 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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Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
11 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis
September 7-8, 2019
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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1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409