July date night ideas: Events and things to do in Maryland

Blackwater DistilleryMaryland couples looking for a special date night or moms' night out can enjoy a distillery tour, dinner outside under the stars, a pirate cruise and other special events in July.

Check out our top picks for events worth hiring a babysitter for below.

Be sure to take a peek at our full July calendar for more ideas and our Summer Concert Roundup for some more outdoor fun. 

1 Friday

Blackwater Distillery Tours
Learn about the science and art of fermentation, distillation and barrel aging and taste the full range of Blackwater Distilling products. $5. Noon-5pm. Blackwater Distillery, Stevensville. 443-249-3123, blackwaterdistilling.com/tour

Eating St. Michaels
Exploration of the history, roots and reasons St. Michaels is becoming a food mecca. Taste food from St. Michaels’ top chefs and get behind-the-scene access to St. Michaels’ food culture, specialty alcohol and more. $59. 3-5pm. Meet at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 410-635-4130, eatingeaston.com

Bring Your Own Grog Cruise
Dress up like pirates, modern songs, dancing, games, water cannons, and more. Bring your own beverages. $25. Cruises depart at 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10pm. Ann Street Pier, Fells Point. Urbanpirates.com, mail@urbanpirates.com

‘Rent’
Through July 20, Thurs.-Sun. Watch the award-winning musical on the 20th anniversary of its Broadway premier. $22. 8:30pm. Summer Garden Theatre, Annapolis. 410-268-9212, summergarden.com

 2 Saturday

The Idol Kings
A tribute to Tom Petty, Journey and John Mellencamp. $22.50. 8pm. Rams Head Live, Baltimore. 410-268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com

8 Friday

City Dock Tango Milonga
Second Friday of each month. Tango classes for beginners. Emmanuel Trifilio and Trio will play live music and Isidoro Levinson will DJ. City Dock, Annapolis. Free. 8pm. 301-512-9182

9 Saturday

Merryland Music Fest
July 9-10. Bands, local artisans, crowd performers, beer and food. $75-200. 1-11pm. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia. Merrylandmusicfest.com

Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival
Live jazz, seafood and more. $60-65. 3pm. St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point. Stmarysmd.com

Taste of Cambridge
Street festival showcasing the Eastern Shore’s crabbing heritage and industry. Live music, vendors, food and more. Free. 5-10pm. Race Street, Cambridge. cambridgemainstreet.com/event/taste-of-cambridge-crab-cook-off

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Second City: Free Speech While Supplies Lasts
Performing social and political satire in two 45-minute acts of scripted scenes, music and improvisation. $25-30. 8pm. Maryland Hall For the Creative Arts, Annapolis. marylandhall.org

13 Wednesday

Dinner Under the Stars
West Street will close and restaurants will set up cafe tables outside for dining. Also live music and special art exhibits. Free, dining costs vary. West Street, Annapolis. facebook.com/Dinner-under-the-stars-1315120678504834

14 Thursday

Claws for a Cause
Crab feast to benefit UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. Advance tickets, $90; at the door, $100. 6-9pm. Fisherman's Crab Deck, Grasonville. 410-822-1000, ummhfoundation.org/upcoming-events

Pub Nights
Led by Myron Peterson and Ship's Company Chanteymen. Singers, musicians and lovers of maritime tradition are encouraged to attend. $5. 7pm. Calvert Maritime Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com

Click next below for more events worth hiring a babysitter July 16-31


16 Saturday

Seafood Festival
Seafood, crab race, live music, vendors and more. Free. 11am-6pm. Downtown, Tilghman Island. tilghmanmd.com/seafood.htm, tivfc@verizon.net

Vans Warped Tour
Over 20 bands perform. $41.50-51.50. 11am. Merriweather Post Pavillion, Columbia. 410-715-5550, merriweathermusic.com

Peacherine Ragtime Symphony
The Peacherine Ragtime Symphony Orchestra performs. $18-23. 7:30pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. marylandhall.org

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Science on Tap: Cider Inside
Explore the science of adult beverages with a focus on cider. $45. 7-9pm. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org/event/science-tap-cider-insider

22 Friday

Friday Concerts with Brian Ganz and Friends
Evening concert with Brian Ganz and pianist Sungpil Kim. $15. 8pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis. 410-266-8044, uuannapolis.org

23 Saturday

The Capitol Steps
Political satire comedy show. 6 and 9pm. $30. Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. ramsheadonstage.com

29 Friday

Chris Tucker Live
See the comedian Chris Tucker perform. $42-62. 8pm. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore. 410-900-1150, lyricbaltimore.com