Summer restaurant weeks
• Howard County, July 18 – Aug. 6
• Baltimore City, July 27 – Aug. 5
• Baltimore County, Aug. 10-19
• Carroll County, Aug. 19-26
Beach Party on the Square
St. Mary’s County
• Aug. 4, Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, Berlin, Worcester County
• Aug. 4, Kent Fort Farm
Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County
• Aug. 11, Agricultural Center
Westminster, Carroll County
Maryland State BBQ Bash
Bel Air, Harford County
Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Rock Hall (town-wide), Kent County
The Battle of Bladensburg
Riversdale House Museum
Prince George’s County
Mountain Maryland BBQ Competition and Festival
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Ocean City Hotel Week
Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
Baltimore Convention Center
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Aug. 25 – Sept. 30
Grand Prix of Baltimore
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
Deep Creek Lake Vacation Sweepstakes
Enter to win a week-long stay (Sept. 8-15, 2012) in a three-bedroom cabin and much more! Hurry, entries must be received by Aug. 14.
Start with “the world’s largest crab feast” – 480 bushels of crabs at the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, Aug. 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. On the Eastern Shore, visit Seafood Feast-I-Val, Aug. 11 at Cambridge’s Sailwinds Park. Head to the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival (free admission), Aug. 11-12 with vendors, music, even a car show. The Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival is Aug. 18 at National Harbor. Back on the Shore, the 65th National Hard Crab Derby and Fair runs Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield.
Enjoy Maryland wine with live music outdoors. Dove Valley Winery hosts the Cecil Art & Wine Festival, Aug. 4-5 in Rising Sun, just off I-95 N. This free event includes arts & crafts vendors, a silent auction and winery tours. Easterns Bayside Blues & Wine Festival, Aug. 18 in Middle River, offers 10 hours of blues performers and participation by more than a dozen wineries. Uncorked Wine & Music Festival, Aug. 25 at Rockville Town Square, features wine tastings, free cooking demonstrations and musical concerts on two stages.
Civil War stories
Prior to the pivotal Battle of Antietam, Union soldiers in Frederick found a copy of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s instructions to his Confederate troops. See how this discovery shaped the 1862 Maryland Campaign.
• Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Special Orders No. 191 (Lost Orders) exhibit, opens Aug. 1, Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick
• Clara Barton (living-history presentation), Aug. 9, Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, Calvert County
• Thunder on the Mountain, Aug. 18-19, South Mountain, Fox’s Gap, near Middletown, Washington County
• Artillery at Antietam (living-history demonstrations), Aug. 25-26, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg,
||On the water
Celebrate a trio of Maryland maritime traditions. First, enjoy the excitement along the waterfront at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for the 39th Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, Aug. 3-4. Then, visit Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City for the festive daily weigh-ins at the 39th White Marlin Open, Aug. 6-10. And, Aug. 12, join the fun at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels for the Watermen’s Appreciation Day & Crab Feast, featuring a Watermen’s Rodeo.
Stroll through these summer expositions with cotton candy and popcorn. Take a whirl on the Ferris wheel. And, have a look at contest-winning livestock.
• Garrett County Agricultural Fair, July 28 – Aug. 4, McHenry
• Carroll County 4H and FFA Fair, July 28 – Aug. 3, Westminster
• Caroline-Dorchester County Fair, Aug. 1-4, 4-H Park, Williston (south of Denton)
• Howard County Fair, Aug. 4-11, West Friendship
• Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair, Aug. 6-11, Centreville
• Montgomery County Fair, Aug. 10-18, Gaithersburg
• Worcester County Fair, Aug. 10-12, Byrd Park in Snow Hill
• Maryland State Fair, Aug. 24 – Sept. 3, Timonium, Baltimore County