To see some unique artistry—and occasional downright quirkiness—check out these annual events held across the state. From ice extravaganzas to celebrations of music and art, to an event all about marshmallow Peeps, Maryland’s event calendar is filled with fun.
1 FeBREWary in Maryland, Statewide - February
FeBREWary is Maryland’s official month-long celebration of craft beer, and with craft brew events on tap across the state. From the mountains to the beach, FeBREWary in Maryland is the perfect opportunity to hoist a pint with good friends in great places.
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2 PEEPShow, Westminster - March/April
Peeps aren’t just for eating, and this event proves it. Each spring at the Carroll Arts Center in downtown Westminster, spectators vote for their favorites among hundreds of marshmallow masterpieces, including sculptures, dioramas, mosaics and videos. Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth!
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91 West Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
3 DelFest, Cumberland - May
Memorial Day Weekend means Bluegrass at this festival at Allegany County Fairgrounds. Featuring the Del McCoury Band and a stellar list of musicians who excel at this style of music. You're in for five days of festive fun at this top event.
4 Preakness Stakes, Baltimore - May
The Preakness is one of the nation’s largest, single-day, annual sporting events! Baltimore's Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete.
5 Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour, Cambridge - May
This May event at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge offers courses tailored for fun, fitness and endurance, ranging from the 11-mile Family Ride to the 56-mile Ironman Eagleman course and 100-mile Century Course. Cycle through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, named one of the "Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy. Start with a complimentary al fresco breakfast, bike the scenic paths, then finish off a great day with a picnic in the park.
6 Secret Garden Tour of Havre de Grace - May
Tour the lovely private gardens of historic Havre de Grace in May on the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Start at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum for your ticket and map. Then meander along the Susquehanna River on this self-guided tour that features fabulous gardes. Stop by the Garden Mart and Plant Sale for native plants and the food vendors for a bite to eat. There are nature-inspired presentations and demonstrations, too, for those with green thumbs looking for inspiration for their own gardens.
7 Historic National Road Yard Sale Days, Route 40 - May/June
How many of the 824 miles of yard sales can you handle? Each area offers its own treasures, food specialities and charm. Historic National Road Yard Sale is one of the greats and it begins in Western Maryland on and near Historic Route 40.
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151 S. East St.
Frederick, MD 21701
8 Antique and Classic Boat Festival, St. Michaels - June
This festival is a real crowd pleaser no matter what age you are. Hundreds of architecturally exquisite wooden classics, vintage race boats and more are on display on the land and in the water at St. Michaels in June. Festivities include live music, boat rides, food and family activities.
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213 N. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663
9 Annapolis Arts Week - June
Celebrate Annapolis' diverse arts scene! Annapolis Arts Week will feature several annual events – Paint Annapolis, First Sunday Arts Festival, and Annapolis Art Between the Creeks and the Annapolis Irish Festival, all while spotlighting gallery exhibits, live music and performing arts.
10 National Music Festival, Chestertown - June
Two Weeks of Orchestral Concerts - soloists, chamber, full orchestra - plus hundreds of open free rehearsals. Affordable, adventurous performances. Reservations recommended.
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300 Washington Ave.
Chestertown, MD 21620
11 OC Air Show, Ocean City - June
The annual OC Air Show features either the USN Blue Angels or the USAF Thunderbirds! The OC Air Show keeps getting bigger and better thanks to the hundreds of thousands of spectators who come out to make it a success!
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Ocean City Beach Area
Ocean City, MD 21842
12 J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, Crisfield - July
All you can eat seafood, side dishes, beer and soda. A Maryland must attend - see and be seen annual event named after Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes, 54th Maryland Governor.
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Crisfield, MD 21817
13 Artscape, Baltimore - July
America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography; live music and more.
14 Little Yough Summer Music Festival, Oakland - July/August
Free Friday night concerts at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland. Back with a new line-up for the new season of this popular series.
15 Country Fest and Auction, McHenry - August
Held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, this August event combines history, fine art and tasty Maryland BBQ. Check out the auction items like authentic quilts, crafts and Amish-made furniture, and let the kids take a ride on a pony or “barrel of fun,” and pedal tractor pulls. Everyone will enjoy the hay rides, miniature horse and cart rides, and the petting zoo—plus free admission and parking.
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Garrett County Fairgrounds
McHenry, MD 21541
16 Watermen’s Appreciation Day, St. Michaels - August
This August celebration ranks high on the list of fun summer things to do, and includes a “watermen’s rodeo” boat docking contest, boat rides, live music, kids’ activities, and—of course—fantastic seafood.
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213 N. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
17 White Marlin Open, Ocean City - August
This renowned Annual White Marlin Open is the world's largest billfish tournament. Over 300 boats vie for well over $4 million in prize money. Registration fees for participating boats.
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Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842
18 Vegan SoulFest, Baltimore - August
Vegan Soulfest is a celebration of culture and veganism. All vegan. All soul. 7th annual. New artists, speakers and cooking exhibitionists.
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2300 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230
19 Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore - September
Fleet Week offers exciting events and experiences—the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will take to the skies over Fort McHenry while U.S. and International Navy vessels will be ready for boarding. Commemorating history while showcasing state-of-the-art technology, military service branches will be present with hands-on exhibits packaged in a family-friendly festival atmosphere around Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor.
20 National Folk Festival, Salisbury - September
Experience the oldest multi-cultural traditional arts celebration in the United States. This is a three day outdoor festival that is free to the public. Expect to see and hear some of the best talent from throughout North America.
21 Berlin's Fiddlers Convention - September
Fiddling and blue grass music fills the street. Food and craft vendors, beer garden and games for the children.
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Berlin, MD 21811
22 Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Annapolis - September
The Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of the perseverance, education, and cultural heritage of Africans, African Americans, and Caribbean people of African descent.The festival features a full day of live music, dance performances, and vendors!
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Susan Campbell Park
Annapolis, MD 21401
23 Ocean City Sunfest - October
Summer lasts longer in Ocean City! Enjoy four days of family fun, arts, crafts, live music and food. Admission is free except for ticketed performances.
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809 S. Atlantic Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
24 Autumn Glory Festival, McHenry - October
Celebrate amazing Fall Foliage with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, fall foliage tours, craft shows and more. This annual five-day celebration of autumn takes place in the western Maryland that boasts incredible scenery and nature. .
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Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541
25 Light City & Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore - November
Light City teams up with the Baltimore Book Festival to create Brilliant Baltimore a ten day one-of-a-kind international event on Baltimore’s waterfront.
The Baltimore Book Festival, a celebration of the literary arts, features author appearances and book signings, exhibitors and bookseller tents, readings on multiple stages, children’s activities, and cooking demonstrations. Light City, a festival of light, music, discussions and innovation, will feature a Light Art Walk at its center with awe-inspiring light art installations, performances, concerts, a fun-filled family zone, and Neighborhood Lights.
26 ICE!, National Harbor - November/December
Embrace the delights of winter at this seasonal ice sculpture show at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor. Don't worry, full-length snow coats and blankets are provided to keep you warm and cozy while you marvel at the sculptures. The theme of this popular annual event changes every year, but you can count on seeing beloved children’s characters and staples like an ice slide.
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201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
27 Kwanzaa Celebration, Baltimore - December/January
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States for seven days, starting December 26 and ending on January 1. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture offers a series of Kwanzaa programs including storytelling, crafts and traditional performances.