Enjoy live family entertainment, buy unique handicrafts made by local artisans, and a variety of mouth watering food at the Oakland Mills Cultural Arts Festival. Freebies include health screenings, carnival popcorn, and children's crafts and arts.
Come to the most prestigious juried craft show on the Eastern Shore. Maryland's Academy Art Museum Craft Show will feature more than 65 artists, both established and emerging in the area of craft making and arts. Unique and hand made crafts will be available for purchase. Some of which includes beautiful home accessories like oil painted rugs and blown glass fine crafted furniture, fine hats, purses, jewelry and so much more.
Ladies, this one's for you! Explore over 300 home improvement booths, with everything from Fall landscaping, decks and patios to kitchens, baths, remodelers, spas, windows, additions, builders, and many one-of-a-kind products that you won't see anywhere else. You can also shop for beautiful plants and cut flowers, as well as unique garden gadgets, tools and more in the plant market section.
Feast on a large collection of small craft on display at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum along with live music, scenic river cruises, food, beverages, and more. Throughout the weekend, sailing skiffs, rowing shells, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, prams, and other unique boats, will be showcased on water and on land so don't forget your cameras!
Spend the weekend in a fun-filled venue with the whole family. In addition to the prenially popular House Tour, there will be boutiques, crafts exhibit, silent auction and raffle, al fresco dining, and other fun festival activities to keep you busy during the entire festival.
If you love punk and alternative rock music, The Shindid Music Festival is something you don't want to miss. The all-day music extravaganza is set to showcase an impressive lineup of new and popular artists on two stages. This is the perfect place to see
This long standing tradition is one of the top festivals in Maryland because year after year, it successfully gathers Bowie's civic organizations, entertainers, and businesses in one venue. Expect to see rides, performances, contests, and loads of food an
Are you a beer lover? Baltimore's Biggest Beer Fest is back! Come to Das Best Oktoberfest. Activities include beer tastings, live music, oompah bands, and a variety of bratwurst on concession stands. Plus, there will be the Best Beer Belly contest and Mis
It's all about oysters! Sample fresh oysters, scalded, fried, or in buttery stew! This festival is basically a national oyster shucking contest and national oyster cook-off. In addition, there will be a variety of food choices, beer and wine, crafts, and
The Town Fair is one of the popular fall-themed festivals in Maryland that is recommended for the whole family. The line up of activities include live music, and children's music that includes moonbounces and ponies, petting zoo, a variety of food and dr
Maryland Festivals 2015
The state sometimes referred to as "Little America" lives up to its nickname by offering plenty of activities for families looking for something to do with the kids on a weekend, wine aficionados, music lovers, art enthusiasts and people who are looking to find some unique, handmade crafts. Regardless of your particular interests, there are plenty of Maryland festivals to enjoy throughout the year, with late spring and autumn being especially active festival seasons in Maryland.
Maryland State Fair (Timonium, late August through Labor Day)
Taking place near the intersection of Timonium road and York, this 11-day festival is best known for its thoroughbred racing competition and related events. The agricultural-based fair includes thousands of livestock, fresh fruit and vegetables, farm and garden exhibits and home arts displays. You'll also find carnival-style rides and local concerts for your enjoyment.
Arts and Crafts
Many of the festivals in Maryland are centered around arts and crafts. Considered one of the nation's premier craft shows, the American Craft Council Baltimore Show (Baltimore, late February) showcases everything from contemporary jewelry to handmade furniture. As one of the largest free arts festivals in the United States, Baltimore Artscape (Baltimore, mid-July) offers a little something for everyone, including hands-on crafts for children.
Maryland music festivals include a little something for every preference. The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (Baltimore, April) brings together many of the region's most talented folk and bluegrass performers. Rock fans will appreciate the M3 Rock Festival (Columbia, mid-spring), which attracts a variety of alternative and rock acts. If you prefer a little horse racing with your music, Preakness Infieldfest at Pimlico (Laurel, May) is where you want to be. Also worth mentioning: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival (Annapolis) and Delfest (Cumberland, May).
Drink in the best of the state's famed regional wines at the Double Down Wine and Beer Festival (Berlin, early October), where guests receive $20 in free slot dollars. The Winestock Festival (Rising Sun, early October) offers wine tasting courtesy of Maryland's four wineries along with live bands.
The most notable of the seasonal festivals in the Old Line State is the Maryland Renaissance Festival (Annapolis, early fall through mid-October) where you can celebrate the wonders of the 16th-century with events taking place on ten stages on 22 acres. Six Flags America becomes a truly scary place for families to enjoy the thrills and chills of Halloween with its annual Frightfest (Upper Marlboro, October).