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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! Cool off in the mountain-fed waters of Deep Creek Lake, stroll the boardwalk at National Harbor, see an outdoor movie, and find the perfect ice cream cone. Catch a game at Camden Yards then road trip to all six of Maryland’s minor league parks. In Maryland, your summer’s only limit is your imagination!

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Musician Hot August Music Festival Photo By: Hot August Music Festival

1 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville

August 17, 2019
27th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent on three stages. The award-winning 2019 line-up includes Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Billy Strings, Melvin Seals & JGB, Dirty Grass Band, Samantha Fish, Lil Smokies, Larry McCray, Travers Brothership, Vanessa Collier, Cedric Burnside and The Old Part of Town.
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13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
877-321-3378


DelFest

2 Maryland’s Summer of Music

Mountain melodies, jazz, funk, metal and more fill Maryland’s Summer of Music. From DelFest (May 23-26, 2019) and beyond the National Folk Festival’s second year in Salisbury (September 6-8, 2019),  the summer of 2019 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.

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

3 County Fairs

Through September 2019
County Fairs bring everyone out to play - even the livestock. Good old-fashioned fun can be found throughout the state. Read all about it.
 

Gourmet dish Photo By: Howard County's Restaurant Weeks

4 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

5 Free Outdoor Movies

Summer 2019
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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MECU Pavilion (formerly Pier Six Concert Pavilion) Photo By: Visit Baltimore

6 Outdoor Concerts

Maryland offers a myriad of outdoor music venues. Whether it be in one of our amphitheaters or storied large outdoor venues, concerts at these locations are sure to please the entire family. 

People fishing

7 Maryland Fishing Tournaments

Summer means tournament time, so whether it’s the fishing rodeo at the local pond, the multi-million-dollar White Marlin Open out over the canyons off Ocean City, or hitting the bay with old buddies for big rockfish and even bigger stories, make your plans now!
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knight on horseback Photo By: Shelly Good Cook

8 Maryland Renaissance Festival

August 24, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Jugglers and jousting, axe throwing and lots and lots of eating, it’s a ye olde good time at the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville. Get a season pass and become a regular in this magical destination.


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


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

9 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield

August 28 - September 2, 2019
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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715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


Deal Island Skipjack Races

10 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...


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Deal Island Harbor
Deal Island, MD 21821
410-784-2785


Crabs on a Barrel Photo By: erocrunfaster-instagram

11 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis

September 7-8, 2019
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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1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-353-9237


Deal Island Harbor hosts this race each Labor Day Weekend. The event also features a fishing contest and delicious local food.

12 Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day Weekend is a the perfect opportunity to make even more summer memories in Maryland. Check out this list of ideas to get you inspired. 
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Summer Photos & Videos

Kayaking at Deep Creek Lake
Kayakers at Deep Creek Lake
Photo By: Maryland Office of Tourism
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Summer means baseball! Watch the Orioles at Camden Yards, then catch a minor league game across the state.
Photo By: Englishgroup2016
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
Assateague ponies
Family watching ponies on Assateague
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Sunflower field

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Howard County Fair
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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Building Sandcastle
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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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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Splashwater Falls at Six Flags America is a multi-level play structure with more than one hundred features
Water Parks

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

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