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July 4 fireworks over Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts
July 4 fireworks over Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts
Photo By: Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts

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 in Baltimore’s Little Italy, and find the perfect ice cream cone along Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail. 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!

Carousel at Hometown Holidays Music Festival in Rockville Photo By: Mike Dobbins Photography

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.

Photo By: Bob Peterson

2 Annapolis Arts Week

June 1-10, 2018
Celebrate Annapolis' diverse arts scene! Annapolis Arts Week will bundle three annual events – Paint Annapolis, First Sunday Arts Festival, and the Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival – while  spotlighting gallery exhibits, live music, performing arts, and block parties.
See why Annapolis was rated as a Top 25 Arts Destinations in American Style magazine's 12th Annual Arts Designation Poll. 
From food and art to live music and wine, you'll find the whole kit-and-caboodle during Annapolis Arts Week


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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-280-0445


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Baltimore Hon and pooch Photo By: HonFest

3 Hon Fest

June 9-10, 2018
The "Bawlmer" term of endearment, "Hon", short for honey, embodies the warmth and affection bestowed upon our neighbors and visitors alike by historic working-gals of Baltimore. Grab your boas and tease that beehive -  there will be great food and entertainment! 


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Location:
W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-243-1230


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4 St. Mary's Crab Festival

June 9, 2018
Celebrate St. Mary's County's crustacean culture. Indulge in plenty of steamed crabs and other Chesapeake Bay seafood favorites. There will be a car and  bike show, regional crafters, live music and fun for kiddies.


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Location:
St. Mary's County Fairgrounds
Leonardtown, MD 20650
301-475-8384


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Photo By: Maryland Faerie Festival

5 Maryland Faerie Festival, Darlington

June 8-10, 2018
Yes, in Maryland we believe in Faeries! The Faerie heritage encourages love, cooperation, peace, harmony and respect for all beings, along with a pinch of mischief!


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Location:
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
(888) 607-9134


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U.S Airforce Thunderbirds performing at the Ocean City Air Show Photo By: Ocean City Air Show

6 Ocean City Air Show

June 16 -17,  2018
See the USAF Thunderbirds! "The OC Air Show keeps getting bigger and better thanks to the support of the Town of Ocean City and the hundreds of thousands of spectators who come out to make it a success, some from as far away as New York, Ohio and the Carolinas” said Bryan Lilley, President of the OC Air Show.


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Location:
Ocean City Beach Area
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-2800


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J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake Photo By: Somerset County Tourism

7 Celebrate Dad on Father's Day

June 17, 2018
It’s time to celebrate dad, but there’s no need to grill your pop for his favorite Father’s Day Getaway. Try any one of these classic Maryland dad-doings and you’re sure to put a proud papa smile on his face.
Great Maryland Father’s Day Suggestions.

Gourmet dish Photo By: Howard County's Restaurant Weeks

8 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.

Fireworks Display, Annapolis

9 Fourth of July Fireworks at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore

When it comes to commemorating our nation’s birthday with the appropriate razzle-dazzle and fanfare, Baltimore’s Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration delivers. The city boasts a day full of fun activities, such as the annual dog show at the American Visionary Art Museum, and games in West Shore Park. The Inner Harbor—the pedestrian-friendly heart of the city—is the perfect spot to view the fireworks show, choreographed to rousing music. Check out the full list of 4th of July celebrations throughout the state

Movies On The Beach, Ocean City Photo By: Rachell Smith Photography

10 Free Outdoor Movies

Summer 2018
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.

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Pier Six Concert Pavilion Photo By: Visit Baltimore

11 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. 

White Marlin

12 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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Location:
Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-2800


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Maryland BBQ Bash

13 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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Location:
Bond and Thomas St
Bel Air, MD 21014
443-945-7465


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Plan your trip around the "11 Best Days of Summer" at the Maryland State Fair. Photo By: Mitch Lebovic

14 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.
 

Musician Hot August Music Festival Photo By: Hot August Music Festival

15 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville

August 18, 2018
26th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent. Line-up TBD
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Location:
13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
877-321-3378


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National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield - Crab Picking Competition Photo By: Kevin Moore

16 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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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

17 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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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-353-9237


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Deal Island Skipjack Races

18 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...

Featured Places
Annapolis Arts Week Logo
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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
woman holding dog
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Location:
W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Plate of steamed crabs
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Location:
St. Mary's County Fairgrounds
Leonardtown, MD 20650
tent icon
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Location:
2564 Silver Road
Darlington, MD 21034
Ocean City Air Show Red, White & Blue Logo
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Location:
Ocean City Beach Area
Ocean City, MD 21842
image of a fishing lure
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Location:
Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842
Plate, knife and fork
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Location:
Bond and Thomas St
Bel Air, MD 21014
Hot August Music Festival logo
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Location:
13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
National Hard Crab Derby
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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
Maryland Seafood Festival poster
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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
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