BALTIMORE, MD (May 6, 2019) – As many cities and towns across the nation gear up for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, Maryland’s own “Summer of Music” returns in 2019 with a range of traditional favorites to brand new festivals ready to hit some high notes. This tourism initiative aims to highlight Maryland’s diverse music scene over the summer months. The lineup will kick off with DelFest – The Home of Bluegrass – on May 23-26 in Cumberland, and will feature throughout the summer more than 20 multi-day music festivals, ending with the Berlin Fiddlers Convention on September 20-22 in Berlin.
"The ‘Summer of Music’ is the perfect time to enjoy Maryland's thriving arts and cultural scene with several months of music and arts festivals that offer something for everyone," said Governor Larry Hogan. "From the mountains of Western Maryland to the beaches of Ocean City and all of our vibrant cities and towns along the way, residents and visitors alike are going to find top-notch entertainment, delicious food and drink offerings, and great memories."
The “Summer of Music” encourages residents and visitors to travel around the state and be open to a wide variety of music and music venues, many of which are free. Music lovers can add to their experience with summer concert series, wineries, and numerous outdoor events. Maryland music experiences can be shared 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 23-26)
- Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore (May 23-26).
- Hometown Holidays Music Festival, Rockville (May 25-27)
- Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo (June 1-2)
- National Music Festival, Chestertown (June 2-15)
- Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Easton & Oxford (June 4-15)
- Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia (June 7-9)
- Havre de Grace Jazz & Blues Fest, Havre de Grace (June 7-9)
- Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia (June 14-30)
- Maryland Doom Fest, Frederick (June 20-23)
- Jellyfish Festival, Ocean City (June 21-23)
- Lake Arbor Festival, Mitchellville (July 11-14)
- Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival Weekend, Leonardtown (July 12-14)
- Artscape, Baltimore (July 19-21)
- AFRAM, Baltimore (August 10-11)
- Moonrise Festival, Baltimore (August 10-11)
- Caroline Summerfest, Denton (August 16-17)
- Maryland State Fair Concert Stage, Timonium (August 22-September 2)
- Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, Easton (August 30-September 1)
- National Folk Festival, Salisbury (September 6-8)
- Chestertown Jazz Festival, Chestertown (September 12-14)
- Sunfest, Ocean City (September 19-22)
- Berlin Fiddlers Convention, Berlin (September 20-22)
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 $17.7 billion on travel-related expenses in 2017. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.4 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 149,000 jobs with a payroll of $6.3 billion. For more information, go to www.visitmaryland.org.