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.

White Marlin

2 White Marlin Open - Ocean City

August 6-10, 2018
Last year the event drew more that 300 boats to fish for a record purse of nearly $4 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

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.

Photo looking over the shoulder of an Artist painting a landscape Photo By: Talbot County Ofice of Tourism

4 Plein Air Festivals

Summer 2018
Plein Air painting is a phrase borrowed from the French meaning "open (in full) air." It is used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the visual conditions experienced at the time of the painting. Stroll around and watch artists at work at these Plein Air festivals throughout Maryland.

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

5 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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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. 

Maryland BBQ Bash

7 Maryland BBQ Bash, Bel Air

August 10-11, 2018
This two-day family event features the Maryland State BBQ Championship, crafters, food vendors and live music, plus a beer and wine garden.

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Bond and Thomas St
Bel Air, MD 21014

couple dressed like Pirate and Wench Photo By: Rock Hall Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend

8 Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend - Rock Hall

August 10-12, 2018
Avast Me Hearties! Buccaneers and Landlubbers of All Ages!
Town-wide theme party with live entertainment, plenty of  grub and grog, merchants, artisans, decorated dinghy flotilla, beach party, buccaneer's ball, treasure hunt, costume contests and mayhem.

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Chesapeake Bay
Rock Hall, MD 21661

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

9 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.

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

10 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville

August 18, 2018
26th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent on three stages.  2018 lineup includes The Revivalists, Psycho Killers, Nikki Hill.
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13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Renn Fest Character Photo By: Michael Leubecker

11 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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1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

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

12 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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715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817

Deal Island Skipjack Races

13 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...


Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

14 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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1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409

baby stomping grapes Photo By: Crow Vineyard

15 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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12441 Vansant Corner Rd
Kennedyville, MD 21645

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


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...


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

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


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.


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...