Baltimore is explosive all times of the year, including during the annual 4th of July festivities.
Baltimore Inner Harbor 4th of July Fireworks
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Summer's Can't-Miss Events

Marylanders really know how to mix up great summertime fun: seafood, a cold brew and a great beat. Maryland is jam-packed with great outdoor events, so come join in the fun at the hundreds of festivals and events that take place across the state. Choose from these, or check out our Calendar of Events to see more summer events. Let the fun begin!

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U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" fly over Ocean City Photo By: DVIDS/USAF/Master Sgt Stan Parker

1 Ocean City Air Show

June 18 -19,  2016
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds headline the 9th Annual OC Air Show. Top military and civilian teams soar over the beach and boardwalk. The Air Show will feature the first mid-Atlantic performance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter! Show Center is at 16th Street but the show is visible the entire length of the boardwalkMore info...

 

 

Photo By: MD Public Television

2 LZ Maryland, Timonium

June 18-19, 2016
"LZ" stands for "landing zone," a place of safety. Join us as we salute Maryland’s Vietnam veterans. LZ Maryland is a weekend event that will honor Vietnam veterans as they come together with family, friends, and a grateful public.The two-day event includes: Tribute Ceremony, Memorial Chair Ceremony, Honor Ride, R&R Family Zone, Basic Training Course, MASH Unit, Mess Hall, Wall That Heals, Wall of Faces, Veteran Art Gallery, entertainment and much more!

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

3 Free Outdoor Movies

Summer 2016
Watching movies on a big screen outdoors has become a summertime tradition in many communities in Maryland. Cinema al Fresco allows viewers to enjoy food, drink and good company in a variety of casual settings while seeing the stars under the stars.

Baltimore is explosive all times of the year, including during the annual 4th of July festivities. Photo By: Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts

4 Fourth of July Fireworks at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore

When it comes to commemorating our nation’s birthday with the appropriate razzle-dazzle and fanfare, Baltimore’s Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration delivers. The city boasts a day full of fun activities, such as the annual dog show at the American Visionary Art Museum, and games in West Shore Park. The Inner Harbor—the pedestrian-friendly heart of the city—is the perfect spot to view the fireworks show, choreographed to rousing music. Check out the full list of 4th of July Celebrations celebrations throughout the state

 

Car art pops up often at the art-tastic Artscape in Baltimore.

5 Artscape

Artscape July 15-17, 2016
If you’re looking for an eclectic cultural immersion that lets you keep your wallet in your pocket, get to Baltimore July 15-17, for Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the nation. Spanning 14 square blocks around the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), the giant, three-day festival welcomes more than 350,000 people to the streets of Baltimore to celebrate the arts.


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1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
410-752-8632


Maryland BBQ Bash

6 Maryland BBQ Bash, Bel Air

August 12-13, 2016
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
443-945-7465


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

7 Hot August Music Festival, Cockeysville

August 20, 2016
24th annual! Always a great concert with an incredible mix of talent. This year's lineup includes Thievery Corporation, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Revivalist, Cabinet, Samantha Fish, Eastman String Band, Litz.
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National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield - Crab Picking Competition Photo By: Kevin Moore

8 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield

September 3-6, 2016
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.

Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

9 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis

September 10-11, 2016
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.

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, bike races, fair, 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


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.
Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail

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Baltimore is explosive all times of the year, including during the annual 4th of July festivities.
Summer's Can't-Miss Events

Marylanders really know how to mix up great summertime fun: seafood, a cold brew and a great beat. Maryland is jam-packed with great outdoor events, so come join in the fun at...

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