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 ANNUAL EVENTS

 JANUARY  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Celebration
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance follows a parade with floats, marching bands
and church choirs.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall,
Baltimore
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FEBRUARY
   
African-American Heritage Walking Tour
Recent Heritage Award winner.
Unique tours held on Saturdays in February.
Watermark, Main Street, Annapolis
410-268-7601
More info...
American Craft Show in Baltimore
Largest juried, indoor craft show in the country.
Baltimore Convention Center,
Baltimore
1-800-836-3470
More info...
Seaside Boat Show
Eastern Shore’s biggest inside boat show.
Ocean City Convention Center,
Ocean City
410-632-3676,
1-800-OC-OCEAN (626-2326)
More info...
 

MARCH
   
Eagle Festival
Kids’ activities and programs with
live eagles, peregrine falcons and
other birds of prey.
Blackwater National Wildlife
Refuge, Cambridge
410-228-2677
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Maple Syrup Festival
Demonstrations on maple syrup making.
Cunningham Falls State Park,
Thurmont
301-271-7574
www.dnr.state.md.us
 
 

APRIL
   
My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races
Picnic atmosphere for new season of open-field, timberjumping horse races, followed by Maryland Hunt Cup later in the month.
Near Ladew Topiary Gardens,
Monkton
410-557-9466
www.marylandsteeplechasing. com
More info...

Pork in the Park Bar-B-Que Festival
Three days of live music, classic cars, crafts, cook-offs
and rides at one of the nation’s top 10 barbecue festivals.
Winterplace Park, Salisbury
www.porkinthepark.org



 

St. Michaels Food & Wine Festival
Recipe demonstrations, wine seminars and music.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Museum, St. Michaels
443-205-2185, 1-800-808-7622
www.stmichaelsfoodandwine
festival.com
More info...

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Contemporary artists and craft designers. Other
Sugarloaf festivals are held at various locations
throughout the year.
Montgomery County Fairgrounds,
Gaithersburg
1-800-210-9900
www.sugarloafcrafts.com
   
 

MAY
   

Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival
Carvers, collectors and artists.
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum,
Havre de Grace
410-939-3739
www.decoymuseum.com


Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Crafts and demonstrations.
Howard County Fairgrounds,
West Friendship
410-531-3647
www.sheepandwool.org


Preakness Stakes
Running of the middle jewelof horse racing’s
Triple Crown, preceded one week earlier by
a Preakness Celebration Parade.
Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore
410-542-9400
www.preakness.com
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Western Maryland Blues Fest
Blues concerts and workshops.
Downtown Hagerstown
301-739-8577
www.blues-fest.org
   
 

JUNE
   
Columbia Festival of the Arts
Star-packed, two-week performing
and visual arts festival with
free and ticketed events.
Columbia
410-715-3044
More info...



Grantsville Days
Grantsville Park, Grantsville
301-895-5387
www.grantsvilledays.com
Parade, fireworks and free
entertainment.

 

Heritage Days Festival
Historic tours, steam train
excursions and a carnival.
Washington Street historic district,
Cumberland
301-722-0037
www.heritagedaysfestival.com



Juneteenth Celebration
Culturally diverse entertainment
for all ages.
Freedom Park, Lexington Park
1-800-327-9023
www.ucaconline.org

OC Air Show
Aircraft demonstrations, lowaltitude flyovers and aerobatic
performances for two days.
Beachfront/16th Street and
boardwalk, Ocean City
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Tilghman Island Summer Seafood Festival
Crab races, crab-picking contests
and a small-town parade.Tilghman Island
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JULY
   
Artscape
Region’s premier celebration of
the arts.
Mount Royal Avenue corridor,
Baltimore
1-877-BALTIMORE
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Choptank River Festival
Carnival, canoe jousting and
nationally acclaimed musicians.
Governors Hall at Sailwinds
Park, Cambridge
410-228-SAIL (7245)
www.sailwindscambridge.com
 
 

AUGUST
   

Calvert County Jousting Tournament
Oldest tournament recognizing
Maryland’s official state sport.
Christ Episcopal Church,
Port Republic
410-586-0565
www.christchurchcalvert.org



Maryland State Fair
Livestock, crafts, farm and
garden exhibits, midway rides,
horse racing and entertainment
from late August through the
Labor Day weekend.
Maryland State Fairgrounds,
Timonium
410-252-0200
More info...
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Sixty-year-old, nine-day festival
is the largest county fair in the
state.
Montgomery County Agricultural
Center, Gaithersburg
301-926-3100,
301-963-FAIR (3247)
www.mcagfair.com
National Hard Crab Derby & Fair
Crab racing, cooking contests, a
parade and special events.Somers Cove Marina,
Crisfield
410-968-2500,
1-800-782-3913
www.crisfieldchamber.com/events.htm

White Marlin Open
World’s largest billfish
tournament.Harbour Island Marina,
Ocean City
410-289-9229,
1-800-OC-OCEAN
More info...


 
 

SEPTEMBER
   

CanalFest/RailFest
Train rides, canal boat tours,
artisans and entertainment.
Canal Place Heritage Area,
Cumberland
301-724-3655
www.canalplace.org




Defender’s Day – A Star-Spangled Banner Weekend
Living-history weekend at the site
of the War of 1812 battle that
inspired our National Anthem.
Fort McHenry National
Monument & Historic Shrine,
Baltimore
410-962-4290
www.nps.gov/fomc

The Great Frederick Fair
Nine-day agricultural fair with
carnival rides and top-name
entertainment.
Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick
301-663-5895
www.thegreatfrederickfair.com



Maryland Lighthouse Challenge
Sightseeing event showcasing
historic lighthouses.
Chesapeake Bay lighthouses
410-437-0741
www.cheslights.org


Maryland Renaissance Festival
Sixteenth-century English village
with crafts, food, entertainment
and a jousting arena.
Crownsville Road, Crownsville
1-800-296-7304, 410-573-1508
More info...

 
Maryland Wine Festival
Music, food and samples of local
wines.
Carroll County Farm Museum,
Westminster
410-386-3880, 1-800-654-4645
More info...

 
Sunfest
“Top 100” event (American Bus
Association), with arts, crafts
and live entertainment.
Inlet parking lot, Ocean City
410-250-0125,
1-800-OC-OCEAN
More info...

   


OCTOBER
Arts Marketplace
Academy Art Museum, Easton
410-822-8121
www.art-academy.org/artsmarket.htm
Eastern Shore’s largest juried fine
crafts show.

Autumn Glory Festival
Oakland
301-387-4386
www.visitdeepcreek.com
Parades, crafts and the state
banjo and fiddle championships.

Chesapeake Wildlife Expo
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art,
Salisbury
410-742-4988
www.wardmuseum.org
Decoy contests, auctions and
demonstrations.
Olde Princess Anne Days
Princess Anne
410-651-2238, 1-800-521-9189
http://teackle.mansion.museum
Tours of 18th- and 19th-century
houses and gardens.



United States Sailboat Show/Powerboat Show
Annapolis City Dock & Harbor,
Annapolis
410-268-8828
www.usboat.com
Nation’s oldest and largest in-water sailboat and powerboat
show, held on consecutive weekends.

NOVEMBER
American Indian Heritage Day
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard
410-586-8501
www.jefpat.org
Demonstrations and entertainment
around a re-created Eastern
Woodland Indian Village.
Waterfowl Festival
Easton
410-822-4567
www.waterfowlfestival.org
Wildlife arts and sportsman’s
expo.




DECEMBER
Antietam Memorial Illumination
Antietam National Battlefield,
Sharpsburg
301-432-5124
www.nps.gov/anti
More than 23,000 candles placed
over a six-mile driving tour at the
Civil War site.