Family on the beach with ponies
Family on the beach with ponies

Summer's Can't-Miss Activities

Sail on the Chesapeake Bay, build sandcastles in Ocean City 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 and find the perfect ice cream cone.In Maryland, your summer’s only limit is your imagination!

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Movies On The Beach, Ocean City Image Credit: Rachell Smith Photography

1 Outdoor Movies & Drive-Ins

Summer 2020
Watching movies on a big screen outdoors has become a summertime tradition in many communities in Maryland and this summer, drive-in movie theaters are making a big comeback! 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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Learn about the War of 1812 here where the flag that inspired the National Anthem was sewn.

2 Fourth of July Celebrations in Maryland

This July 4 will be different from others, but it can be celebratory and meaningful with or without the traditional parade and fireworks.  Here are just a few ideas of activities happening that weekend across Maryland, on-line and in real life. Check out the full list of 4th of July celebrations throughout the state

Black Eyed Susans

3 Virtual Fun for Everyone

Many tourism destinations, museums, historic sites and other attractions are offering virtual options for visitors to explore and learn at home.  And, to keep all that Maryland offers top of mind, visit Maryland Fun For Everyone for Puzzles, Bingo, Scavenger Hunt and much more.

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4 Water Wonderland—Maryland’s Beaches, Bays, Boats

In Maryland, you’re never far from an H2O adventure. We’ve got the Atlantic at one end, Deep Creek Lake and mountain rivers at the other, and the Chesapeake Bay, jewel of the Americas, in the middle. Discover amazing ways to get out on the water including lots of favorites, and some that just might surprise you!
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5 Plein Air Easton

July 12-19, 2020
Plein Air Easton is the largest and most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the United States; artists from all over the United States and beyond apply to be included. There will be 58 artists painting throughout Talbot County this year in the 16th annual Plein Air Easton.

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Historic Downtown Easton
Easton, MD 21601

Family fishing

6 The Great Outdoors

In Maryland, your next great outdoor escape is just around the corner. From family fishing in one of our many lakes and streams, to hiking and biking trails, to extreme thrills in our Class V rapids or rides on Class I-III rivers, if you can do it outside, you can do it here in Maryland. For a small state, we are big on nature. With Maryland’s diverse geography that includes mountains, beaches, bays, streams and plenty of green space, you can choose your terrain and your adventure. Head to the  Great Outdoors

White Marlin

7 White Marlin Open - Ocean City

August 3-7, 2020
Last year the event drew more that 400 boats to fish for prize money of more than $6 million. This is the world’s largest billfish tournament! Come watch fish weigh-ins Monday-Friday at Harbour Island Marina. More info...

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Harbour Island Marina
Ocean City, MD 21842

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8 County Fairs

July through September 2020
County Fairs bring everyone out to play - even the livestock. Good old-fashioned fun can be found throughout the state. Read all about it.

USAF Thunderbirds performing the High Bomb Burst

9 Ocean City Air Show

TBD August  2020
See the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds! "The OC Air Show keeps getting bigger and better thanks to the support of the Town of Ocean City and the hundreds of thousands of spectators who come out to make it a success, some from as far away as New York, Ohio and the Carolinas” said Bryan Lilley, President of the OC Air Show.
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Deal Island Harbor hosts this race each Labor Day Weekend. The event also features a fishing contest and delicious local food.

10 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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People fishing

11 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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National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield - Crab Picking Competition Image Credit: Kevin Moore

12 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield

August 31- September 6, 2020
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

Madonnari Arts Festival Poster for 2019 Image Credit: Madonnari Arts Festival/Michael Kirby

13 Madonnari Arts Festival

September 11-13, 2020
Be a part of the creative process at the Annual Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival as artists give vision and voice to this year’s theme.  Artists will define in personal and universal terms that honor virtue.  Enjoy continuous live music, activities for kids and "delizioso" food in Baltimore's colorful Little Italy neighborhood. 

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14 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis

September 26-27, 2020
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

Summer Photos & Videos

Kayaking at Deep Creek Lake
Kayakers at Deep Creek Lake
Image Credit: 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.
Image Credit: Englishgroup2016
Splashwater Falls - Six Flags America
Splashwater Falls at Six Flags America is a multi-level play structure with more than one hundred features
Image Credit: Six Flags America
Assateague ponies
Family watching ponies on Assateague
Sunflower field


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Outdoor Movies & Drive-In Movie Theaters

Watching movies on a big screen outdoors has become a summertime tradition in numerous communities across Maryland.