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Summer's Can't-Miss Events

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!

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Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

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.

Family riding surrey on OC Boardwalk Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

2 Labor Day Weekend Events

Say “See ya” to summer in style with amazing Labor Day events across the Old Line State. Make one more trip to the beach for Maryland Week in O.C. Party like it’s 1599 during opening weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. And don’t miss the 140th Maryland State Fair in Timonium. Here’s a list of ideas to get you inspired.

Enjoy crabs and beer while dining on the deck or inside at Harris Crab House.

3 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.

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

4 Free Outdoor Movies - Multiple Locations

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

5 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.
 

Renn Fest Character Photo By: Michael Leubecker

6 Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville

August 25 - October 21, 2018 (weekends)
Maryland Renaissance Festival re-creates a 16th-century English Tudor village in the era of William Shakespeare and Henry VIII. Renn Fest pays homage to the era with live performances,  jousting, and meandering street acts which include a fire-eater, jugglers, magicians and enchanting  Renaissance music.

Enjoy a variety of food (must try the turkey leg) and explore a unique world of crafts and artistry featuring glass-blown creations, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, wood-works, leatherwork and clothing.


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Location:
1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
800-296-7304


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

7 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


Deal Island Skipjack Races

8 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...

 

Downtown Cumberland's Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Allegany Arts Council and several galleries, museums, theatres, studios, and a variety of retail and specialty stores among stunning architecture.

9 River and Rails Festival - Cumberland

September 7-9, 2018
A 3-day celebration featuring family-friendly events, music, vendors and more! The weekend hilights the potential of the Cumberland River Project and the 30th Anniversary of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

 


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Location:
Canal Place Festival Grounds and the Western Maryland Railroad Station
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-786-2558


woman and bottle of wine Photo By: Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival

10 Deep Creek Lake Art, Beer & Wine Festival

September 8, 2018 12-6 pm
The 14th annual Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival, benefiting HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), features beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, more than 200 wines to sample from Maryland and national wineries, a beer tent featuring small batch craft beers, a lounge to watch college football, live entertainment, food, silent auction, wine store, wine pairing dinners, lodging packages and more, all set in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland.


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Location:
270 Mosser Rd
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541
301-387-7729


Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

11 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


baby stomping grapes Photo By: Crow Vineyard

12 CrowFest

September 9, 2018
Crow Vineyard & Winery’s annual festival to celebrate the bounty of the Eastern Shore and the beginning of their harvest. The event includes wine tastings, live music, local vendors, food samples, cooking demonstrations, seminars, grape stomping, hayrides, and more!


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Location:
12441 Vansant Corner Rd
Kennedyville, MD 21645
302-304-0551


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13 Appalachian Festival - Frostburg State University

September 13-15, 2018
The free, family-friendly event brings together artists and craftspeople to celebrate all that makes the Appalachian region unique – its history, culture, music and dance, folk arts, food and more – with performances, workshops, discussions and activities.This year’s festival focuses on “Exploring Diversity in Appalachia,” featuring presentations on African-American history, music and culture; Queer Appalachia; and efforts to diversify in and beyond the Appalachian region.


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Location:
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
240-522-7635


Summer Photos & Videos

Kayaking at Deep Creek Lake
Kayakers at Deep Creek Lake
Photo By: Maryland Office of Tourism
Building Sandcastles in Ocean City
Dig in for some spectacular sandcastle-building on Maryland's beaches like Ocean City's.
Surrey Ride on Ocean City Boardwalk
family on pedal surrey on Ocean City Boardwalk
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Summer means baseball! Watch the Orioles at Camden Yards, then catch a minor league game across the state.
Splashwater Falls - Six Flags America
Splashwater Falls at Six Flags America is a multi-level play structure with more than one hundred features
Photo By: Six Flags America
Maryland Flag Parasail in Ocean City
Maryland Flag Parasail in Ocean City
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift, OTD

Summer

Trip Ideas

For an authentic beach vacation, head to where the locals go--Ocean City!
10 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Ocean City

Take a ride back to your childhood on the historic Trimper’s carousel, while away a perfect sunny day on the white, sandy beach, or enjoy a perfect meal with that special...

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Splashwater Falls at Six Flags America is a multi-level play structure with more than one hundred features
Water Parks and Swimming Holes

When the temperature is up, the whole family will be down to take advantage of Maryland's water parks.

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OC Sunfest tents and ferris wheel
Summer's Can't-Miss Events

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...

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Skipjack Race and Festival
Deal Island’s Annual Skipjack Races and Island Fest

Experience “The Real Deal” at the Skipjack Capital of the World.

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