1 Maryland's Summer of Music
Mountain melodies, jazz, funk, metal and more fill Maryland’s Summer of Music. From DelFest (May 24-27) and beyond the National Folk Festival’s inaugural year in Salisbury (September 7-9), the summer of 2018 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.
2 White Marlin Open - Ocean City
August 6-10, 2018
Last year the event drew more that 300 boats to fish for a record purse of nearly $4 million. This is the world’s largest billfish tournament! Come watch fish weigh-ins Monday-Friday at Harbour Island Marina. More info...
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Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842
3 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.
4 Plein Air Festivals
Plein Air painting is a phrase borrowed from the French meaning "open (in full) air." It is used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the visual conditions experienced at the time of the painting. Stroll around and watch artists at work at these Plein Air festivals throughout Maryland.
5 Free Outdoor Movies - Multiple Locations
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 BBQ Bash, Bel Air
August 10-11, 2018
This two-day family event features the Maryland State BBQ Championship, crafters, food vendors and live music, plus a beer and wine garden.
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Bond and Thomas St
Bel Air, MD 21014
8 Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend - Rock Hall
August 10-12, 2018
Avast Me Hearties! Buccaneers and Landlubbers of All Ages!
Town-wide theme party with live entertainment, plenty of grub and grog, merchants, artisans, decorated dinghy flotilla, beach party, buccaneer's ball, treasure hunt, costume contests and mayhem.
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Rock Hall, MD 21661
9 County Fairs
July through September 2018
County Fairs bring everyone out to play - even the livestock. Good old-fashioned fun can be found throughout the state. Read all about it.
10 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville
August 18, 2018
26th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent on three stages. 2018 lineup includes The Revivalists, Psycho Killers, Nikki Hill.
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13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
11 Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville
August 25 - October 21, 2018 (weekends)
Maryland Renaissance Festival re-creates a 16th-century English Tudor village in the era of William Shakespeare and Henry VIII. Renn Fest pays homage to the era with live performances, jousting, and meandering street acts which include a fire-eater, jugglers, magicians and enchanting Renaissance music.
Enjoy a variety of food (must try the turkey leg) and explore a unique world of crafts and artistry featuring glass-blown creations, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, wood-works, leatherwork and clothing.
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1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
12 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield
August 27 - September 2, 2018
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
13 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...
14 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis
September 8-9, 2018
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
September 9, 2018
Crow Vineyard & Winery’s annual festival to celebrate the bounty of the Eastern Shore and the beginning of their harvest. The event includes wine tastings, live music, local vendors, food samples, cooking demonstrations, seminars, grape stomping, hayrides, and more!
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12441 Vansant Corner Rd
Kennedyville, MD 21645