Top Maryland Events and Festivals
Plan a trip around one of these events and festivals which are as diverse as Maryland itself.
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.
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.
March 26 – April 5, 2021
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!
May 15-16, 2021
Tour the lovely private gardens of historic Havre de Grace. 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 gardens. 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.
May 15, 2021
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.
May 1, 2021
This 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.
June 6-12, 2021
Annapolis Arts Week is a week-long festival showcasing arts based events happening during the first full week of June in and around Annapolis.
June 18-20, 2021
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.
June 19-20, 2021
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!
June 2-6, 2021
How many of the 824 miles of yard sales can you handle? Each area offers its own treasures, food specialties and charm. Historic National Road Yard Sale is one of the greats and it begins in Western Maryland on and near Historic Route 40.
Returns July 2022
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.
August 28, 2021
Held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, this 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.
August 1-14, 2021
Two Weeks of Orchestral Concerts - soloists, chamber, full orchestra - plus hundreds of open free rehearsals. Affordable, adventurous performances. Reservations recommended.
Vegan Soulfest is a celebration of culture and veganism. All vegan. All soul. Enjoy artists, speakers and cooking exhibitionists.
August 2-6, 2021
This renowned Annual White Marlin Open is the world's largest billfish tournament. Over 400 boats vie for $6.8 million in prize money. Registration fees for participating boats.
August 8, 2021
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.
August 28 - October 24, 2021 (Saturday & Sunday)
The 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life each autumn with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, an arena with armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. Join His Most Royal Highness King Henry VIII in the forests and glades with more than 140 artisans exhibiting crafts in their own renaissance shops, taverns featuring cool libations, food and beverage emporiums providing a vast array of succulent and sweet treats to sate even the most hearty of appetites.
September 25, 2021
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!
September 10-12, 2021
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.
September 24-26, 2021
Fiddling and blue grass music fills the street. Food and craft vendors, beer garden and games for the children.
September 23 - 26, 2021 (typically in May)
DelFest is a beacon for bluegrass, and the epicenter of American mountain music. Celebrating not just the sound, but the soul of the music, DelFest is a five day experience of the soul of the Appalachian mountains.
September 30 - October 3, 2021
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.
October 14, 2021
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.
Celebrate amazing Fall Foliage with fall foliage tours, and much more. This annual multi-day celebration of autumn takes place in western Maryland and boasts incredible scenery and nature.
Light City teams up with the Baltimore Book Festival to create Brilliant Baltimore an event that rotates by year along Baltimore’s waterfront. The Baltimore Book Festival (2021), a celebration of the literary arts, features author appearances and book signings, exhibitors and bookseller tents, readings, and children’s activities. Light City (2022), a festival of light, music, discussions and innovation, will feature a Light Art Walk at its center with awe-inspiring light art installations, performances, a fun-filled family zone, and Neighborhood Lights.
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.
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.