Governor Hogan Launches New Tourism Initiative Highlighting Maryland's Music Scene

Summer of Music hits a high note with 25 multi-day music festivals

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BALTIMORE, MD (May 7, 2018) – In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new tourism initiative aimed at highlighting Maryland’s diverse music scene over the summer months. The “Summer of Music” will kick off with DelFest – The Home of Bluegrass – on May 24-27 in Cumberland, and include a total of 25 multi-day music festivals, ending with Sunfest on September 20-23 in Ocean City.

"Now that the weather's warming up, there's no better time to enjoy Maryland's thriving arts and cultural scene. This summer, we've got a broad array of art and music festivals lined up that offer something for everyone," said Governor Hogan. "No matter where you go in our beautiful state, from the western mountains to the Chesapeake Bay to downtown Baltimore to Ocean City, you're going to find top-notch entertainment, delicious food and drink offerings, wonderful people, and great memories."

The “Summer of Music” encourages visitors to travel around the state and enjoy a wide variety of music and music venues, many of which are free. Plus, they can experience more at many great live music clubs, summer concert series, wineries, and outdoor events. Visitors are encouraged to share their Maryland music experiences on social media using the hashtags #MarylandMusic and #MDinFocus. For more information on Maryland’s “Summer of Music,” visit www.visitmaryland.org/summerofmusic or call 1-800-719-5900.

Summer of Music lineup:

  • DelFest, Cumberland (May 24-27)
  • Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore (May 24-27)
  • Hometown Holidays Music Festival, Rockville (May 26-28)
  • Annapolis Irish Festival, Crownsville (June 1-2)
  • Western Maryland Blues Fest, Hagerstown (June 1-2)
  • Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia (June 1-3)
  • Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo (June 2-3)
  • National Music Festival, Chestertown (June 3-16)
  • Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Easton & Oxford (June 5-17)
  • Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia (June 14-17)
  • Music in the Mountains Summer Festival, Cumberland (June 14-17)
  • Woodson Young Jazz Festival, Fort Washington (June 15-16)
  • Maryland Doom Fest, Frederick (June 22-24)
  • Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival, Westminster (Three weeks of concerts leading up to July 14)
  • The Nextival, Crownsville (July 13-14)
  • Artscape, Baltimore (July 20–22)
  • L’il Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival, Leonardtown (August 9-11)
  • Moonrise Festival, Baltimore (August 11-12)
  • Caroline Summerfest, Denton (August 17-18)
  • Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, Easton (August 31-September 2)
  • Chestertown Jazz Festival, Chestertown (September 6-10)
  • National Folk Festival, Salisbury (September 7-9)
  • Madonnari Arts Festival, Baltimore (September 7-10)
  • Berlin Fiddlers Convention, Berlin (September 21-23)
  • Sunfest, Ocean City (September 20-23)

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About Maryland Tourism 

The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $17.3 billion on travel-related expenses in 2016. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.35 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 146,000 jobs with a payroll of $6 billion. For more information, visit www.visitmaryland.org.