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Summer Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals in Maryland

Looking for some summertime fun the whole family will enjoy? Check our huge list of summer fairs, festivals and carnivals in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

AfricanAmericanFestivalChoose from several events each weekend from Southern Maryland to Baltimore, DC to Annapolis and the Maryland Eastern Shore. We even include major events if you're at Ocean City and the Maryland beaches looking for something different to do while at the beach.

Enjoy outdoor concerts and entertainment, crab festivals, arts festivals, multicultural events and county fairs in a family-friendly environment. (A few may be better suited to families with older children or a day out for the parents.)

This list includes 2018 summer fairs, festivals and carnivals in June, July and August. Check out our Spring Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals and our Fall Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals for special events happening other months.

As always, we suggest you call ahead to verify times and locations before attending an event. Be sure to check back often for updates as more events are added. Have fun!

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June 2018 fairs, festivals and carnivals

Annapolis Greek Festival - 2018
May 31-June 3. Family friendly festival. Greek dance performers, cuisine, music and more. Thurs., 4-10pm; Fri. 11am-10pm; Sat. 11am-11pm; Sun. 11am-7pm. Free. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis. 410-573-2072, annapolisgreekfestival.org

Annapolis Irish Festival - 2018
June 1-2. Irish music, food, Little Leprechaun Land for kids and more. $15-25. Fri. 4-11pm; Sat. 11am-11pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. annapolisirishfestival.com

Capital Jazz Fest - 2018
June 1-3. 30 national acts on two big stages. $79-155. Check website for full schedule. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia. capitaljazz.com/fest

Frederick Festival of the Arts - 2018
June 1-3. Juried fine arts festival featuring over 110 artists from across the country, live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children's activities, food and more. Check website for full schedule. Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick. frederickartscouncil.org

Community Family Day - 2018
June 2. Music, crafts, kid's games and more. Free. Noon-4pm. Downs Park, Pasadena. facebook.com/FriendsOfDownsParkInc

Anne Arundel County Historical Society Strawberry Festival - 2018
June 2. Celebration of all things strawberry with crafts, demonstrations, strawberry wine and shortcake and children's and adults' entertainment. Free. 10am-4pm. Benson-Hammond House, Linthicum. aachs.org

Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival - 2018
June 2. Parade, music, food, games, contests, children's activities, live demonstrations, beer garden and strawberries in every form. Free admission. 10am. 1223 River Bay Rd, Annapolis. cscstrawberryfestival.com

Taste of 3 Cities Food Truck Festival & Competition - 2018
June 2. The region's top 60 food trucks, beer, wine, art and more. All day live music. $15-65. Noon-9pm. Patterson Park, Baltimore. Tasteof3cities.com

Bowiefest - 2018
June 2. Rides, performances, contests, food and drink, arts and crafts fair, business expo, local organizations and more. Free. 11am-6pm. Allen Pond Park, Bowie. Cityofbowie.org

Feast of St Anthony Italian Festival - 2018
June 2-3. Italian food, vino, beer, vendors, art display, bingo, bocce tournament, children's activities and more. Free. Sat. Noon-8pm; Sun. 11am-7pm. Exeter and Stiles Streets, Little Italy, Baltimore. promotioncenterforlittleitaly.org

St. Michaels Brewfest - 2018
June 2. Live music from 10 bands, delicious food, over 100 beers and more. Noon-5pm. $50-110. Downtown, St. Michaels. stmichaelsbrewfest.com

Great Grapes! Wine, Art & Music Festival - 2018
June 2. Wines, beers, specialty pavilions, kids' area, live music and more. $29-39. 1-8pm. Children 12 and under free. Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley. uncorkthefun.com/hunt-valley-maryland/site-info

Calvert Green Living Expo - 2018
June 2. Demonstrations focused on sustainable living and environmental stewardship. Demonstrations, kids activities, workshops, food and more. Free. 10am-4pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell. annmariegarden.org

Sykesville Strawberry Festival - 2018
June 2. Games, pony rides, music, food, vendors and more. 9am-4pm. Free. Freedom Fire Department, Sykesville. 410-795-9174, melchurch.org

NAS Pax River Air Expo - 2018
June 2-3. Acts include aerobatic pilots Rob Holland, Patty Wagstaff, the Shockwave Jet Truck, and more. Free. 11am. Naval Air Station Patuxent River. paxriverairexpo.com

Paint Annapolis - 2018
June 3-10. Outdoor painting competition in which painters from across the country create works depicting Annapolis's architecture and atmosphere. Free. See website for event schedule. Venues throughout Annapolis. mdfedart.com/paintannapolis2018

Children's Day on the Farm - 2018
June 3. Petting zoo, live entertainment, tractor parade, food, ox cart and pony rides and more. 11am-5pm. Free; some activites require a fee. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, St. Leonard. 410-586-8501, jefpat.org

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival - 2018
June 5-17. Two weeks of concerts, artist showcases, open rehearsals and more. Check website for locations, performers and times. Various venues, Easton. 410-819-0380, chesapeakechambermusic.org

Art on the Avenue Block Party - 2018
June 7. Block party held in conjunction with Paint Annapolis.Food, artists, drinks, vendors and more. 4-8pm. Free. State Circle, Annapolis. annapolisartsweek.com

St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival - 2018
June 7-10. Authentic food, drinks, live music, dancing, Greek market, kidzone and more. Free. Noon-11pm. GreekTown Square and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Baltimore. facebook.com/GreekFolkFestival

End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival - 2018
June 9. Boat race, local vendors and more to raise money and awareness for hunger in the community. Free to attend. 9am-4pm. Board Walk, North Beach. endhungercalvert.org/dragonboat

St. Mary's Crab Festival - 2018
June 9. Crabs and other seafood dishes available for purchase, regional crafters, live music and more. $5. Children 11 and under free. 10am-7pm. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. visitstmarysmd.com

HonFest - 2018
June 9-10. Live music, food, children activities and more. Sat. 11am-10pm; Sun. Noon-6pm. Hampden, Baltimore. honfest.net

Bands in the Sand - 2018
June 9. Benefitting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Featuring Mad Planet, Misspent Youth, Cowboy Mouth and more. $175-500. 5-10:30pm. Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. cbf.org/bandsinthesand

Beltway BBQ Showdown - 2018
June 10. BBQ contest, live music, a Classic Car Show, food and craft vendors, children's area and more. $3-10; ages 3 and under free. Noon-7pm. The Showplace Arena, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com/710/Beltway-BBQ-Showdown

Gluten-Free Expo - 2018
June 10. Sample and purchase gluten-free products, attend educational sessions, childrens activities and more. $10-25. 10am-4pm. Hilton Rockville Hotel. dcglutenfreeexpo.com

Frederick Summer Concert Series - 2018
June 10-Aug. 26. Sundays weekly. Weekly musical entertainment from a variety of artists, with food vendors available. See website for performance schedule. Free. 7pm. Baker Park Bandshell, Frederick. celebratefrederick.com/events/summer-concert-series

Tides and Tunes: Summer Concert Series - 2018
June 14–Aug. 16. Thursdays weekly. Music from all genres against backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Free, $10 donation suggested. 7-8:30pm. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. amaritime.org

Columbia Festival of the Arts - 2018
June 14-30. two-week summer festival that provides unique arts and entertainment experiences including Lakefest, performances, children's activities and more. Free. Check website for full schedule. Various Venues. Columbiafestival.org

Tides and Tunes: Summer Concert Series - 2018
Thursdays June 14–Aug. 16. Music from all genres against backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Free, $10 donation suggested. 7-8:30pm. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. Amaritime.org

Antique & Classic Boat Festival - 2018
June 15-17. Tour antique and classic boats, live music, food, vendors, workshops, demonstrations, family activities and more. $18; $15 for seniors and students; $6 for children 6-17; $5 ages 5 and under. Price includes 2 day admission. Fri. 11am-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 10am-2pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 410-745-2916, cbmm.org

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ - 2018
June 15-16. Samplings of beer and bourbon, barbecue, live music, game area, children activities and more. $60-120. Check website for session times. National Harbor, MD. beerandbourbon.com/national-harbor/show-info

Chesapeake Children's Book Festival - 2018
June 16. Over 30 children's book authors and illustrators, music, crafts, food and chances to win signed books and other prizes. Free. 10am-3pm. Waterfowl Building, Easton. facebook.com/events/716061785430728

OC Air Show - 2018
June 16-17. Air show featuring military jet demos, aerobatic performers, formation flight teams and parachute teams. Free, premium beach viewing and VIP seating tickets available. See website for schedule. Beach near the Show Center, Ocean City. ocairshow.com

Lakefront Summer Festival - 2018
June 18-Sept. 30. Concerts, movies, dancing and more. Performers and complete schedule TBA. Downtown Columbia Lakefront, Columbia. columbiaassociation.org/services/lakefront-summer-festival

Eastport A Rockin' - 2018
June 23. Three stages with 25+ local and favorite bands, vendor booths, food and Kids Area. $20. Kids 12 and under free. 11am-8pm. Back Creek and Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis. eastportarockin.com

Beerfest - 2018
June 23. Beer, food, vendors, activities and more. $10-25. Noon-6pm. Historic St. Mary's City Museum, St. Mary's City. stmaryscitybeerfest.org

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival - 2018
June 23. All-you-can-taste crabs and other food, beer, music and more. Family friendly. Kids 3 and under, free. $59-79. 11am-3pm and 5-9pm. Rash Field, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. mdcrabfest.com/baltimore/show-info

Mud Day - 2018
June 24. Family-friendly muddy mayhem including squishy art projects, play in the mud kitchen, create a terrarium, paint with mud, giant mud pit and more. $5. Noon-4pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center. Annmariegarden.org

Bluegrass in the Blueberries - 2018
June 24. Live, local bluegrass music, pick blueberries, moon bounce, hayrides, kid’s activities, hand-dipped ice cream, wineries, and more. Free. Noon-4pm. Godfreys Farm, Sudlersville. 410-438-3509, godfreysfarm.com

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - 2018
June 27-July 1 and July 4-8. Living cultural heritage with opportunities to learn, sing, dance, eat traditional foods and converse with cultural practitioners. Free. 10am. National Mall, Washington, D.C. festival.si.edu

Big Band Night - 2018
June 30. The Shades of Blue Orchestra will perform. Food, drinks and ice cream available for purchase. St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch at dusk. $10; $2 after 8:45 pm. 7-10pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. cbmm.org

For more events and activities this month, check out the Chesapeake Family calendar. It's loaded with hundreds of events.

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July 2018 Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals in Maryland and DC

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rsz sharkfestTuckahoe Steam and Gas Show - 2018
July 5-8. Live music, antique steam and gas engines, model trains and more. $6, children 12 and under free. Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association Grounds, Easton. tuckahoesteam.org

Talbot County Fair - 2018
July 12-14. Fun, food, entertainment and more. $2, children 12 and under free. Wed., 8:30am-10pm; Thurs., 7am-10pm; Fri., 7am-10pm; Sat., 7am-9pm. Talbot Agriculture and Education Center, Easton. talbotcountyfair.org

The Nextival - 2018
July 13-15. Maryland's largest food truck and music festival. Kids stage, helicoptors, face painting, dining tents, moon bounces, craft beer and more. Camping sites available. $10-80. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Nextival.com

Southern MD Film Festival - 2018
July 13-14. Showcasing local filmmakers with a full day of screenings at local businesses. Festival also includes panel discussions, receptions, award ceremonies and meet-and-greets. Check website for schedule. Various Venues. smdff.org

Southern Maryland Balloon Festival - 2018
July 14. Kidzone, artisans, live music, fireworks, STEM demonstrations, inflatables, face painting, touch-a-truck, tethered hot air ballon rides and more. Online ticket sales only. $20; ages 3-12 $5. 3-10pm. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard. Somdballoonfest.org

Sharkfest - 2018
July 14. Live sharks, shark crafts, music and more. Free with $4-9 admission. 10am-5pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com

Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off - 2018
July 14. Food, live music, children's activities, craft fair and more. Crab cook-off, $25-30, other activities free. 5:00-10:00pm. Downtown Cambridge. cambridgemainstreet.com

Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival - 2018
July 14. Live jazz, seafood and more. $60-65. Noon-9pm. St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point. stmarysmd.com

Quiet Waters Park Concert Series - 2018
Sat., July 14 - Aug. 25. Most concerts are 6-8 p.m. but some start earlier. Free. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No smoking or alcohol permitted and pets must be leashed. Plan to arrive early for parking. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. aacounty.org

Baltimore Caribbean Carnival - 2018
July 14-15. Parade, food crafts and more. Parade is free; festival is $10. Noon. Lake Clifton Park, Baltimore. baltimorecarnival.com

Deale Carnival - 2018
July 17-21. Ridesa, games, food, entertainment and more. Parade July 21 at 6:30pm. Check website for canival schedule. $20 for ridr wristbands. Deale Volunteer Fire Department. Deale42.com

Brew at the Zoo - 2018
July 19. Sample craft beers, live music, meet animals up close, dancing and more. Ages 21 and older. $65. 6-9pm. Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. nationalzoo.si.edu

Reggae Wine, Music and Art Festival - 2018
July 20-21. Live music, tastings, tours and more. $20-25. 10am-6pm. Linganore Winecellars, Mt. Airy. 301-831-5889, 410-795-6432, linganorewines.com

Artscape - 2018
July 20-22. Art festival featuring visual art exhibits, live concerts, performance arts, hands-on project, competitions, food and more. Free. Check website for schedule. Venues throughout Baltimore. artscape.org

Family Fun Day at Marietta - 2018
July 21. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food, craft vendors, woodcarving demonstrations, book authors and hear readings, play 19th century games, face painting, live music, tours and more. Free. 1-6pm. Marietta House Museum, Glenn Dale. history.pgparks.com

Tidewater Archaeology Days - 2018
July 21-22. Uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation. Discover what the soil reveals about Maryland’s beginnings then help screen excavated material and see what bits of the past you recover, hands-on archaeology activities and more. $10; $6 youth; free ages 5 and under. 10am-4pm. Visitor Center, St. Mary’s City. hsmcdigshistory.org

Blackberry Harvest Party Weekend - 2018
July 21-22. Breakfast served from 9-11am. Harvest party to follow starting at 11am. Ice cream demonstrations, pie eating contest, pedal tractor pull competition, games,spider web crawl and more. $2. 9am-5pm. Milburn Orchards, Elkton. 410-398–1349, milburnorchards.com

Kent Island Firemans Carnival - 2018
July 23-28. Food, rides, games, bingo and more. Opens at 6pm. Free entry; ride wristbands are $16 advance; $23 at the door. Kent Island Highschool. KIVFD.org

BronyCon - 2018
July 27-29. World’s largest convention for fans of the animated TV series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Featuring show guests, panel lineup, BronyPalooza, vendor hall, screenings, contests and more. $40-70; ages 5 and under free. 9am. Baltimore Convention Center. Bronycon.org

London Town and Gardens Summer Concert Series - 2018
Sun. July 29-August 26. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed to be brought on site. Pets are welcome. Rain or shine. Free, donations are appreciated. 5-7pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com

For more events and activities this month, check out the Chesapeake Family Calendar and our Summer Concer Series Roundup for live music happening in Maryland and DC.

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Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival - 2018
Aug. 3-5. Over 15 hot air balloons, balloon rides, vendors, food trucks, kids zone and more. $5 per car. Noon-9pm. Triple Creek Winery, Cordova. chesapeakebayballoonandwinefestival.com

Beach Party on the Square - 2018
Aug. 4. Music, games, sand volleyball, fire truck hose-down, Annual Running of the Balls and return of historic buyboats to the wharf. Free. 4-9pm. Town Square, Leonardtown. leonardtown.somd.com

Howard County Fair - 2018
Aug. 4-11. Rides, interactive exhibits, educational demonstrations, children's entertainment, live music and more. $2-5. Children under 10 free. 8am-11pm. Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship. howardcountyfair.org

Peach Party Weekend - 2018
Aug. 4-5. Breakfast served from 9-11am. Harvest party to follow starting at 11am. Ice cream demonstrations, pie eating contest, pedal tractor pull competition, games,spider web crawl and more. $2. 9am-5pm. Milburn Orchards, Elkton. 410-398–1349, milburnorchards.com

Annual Peach Festival - 2018
Aug. 4. Oven fried or barbequed chicken dinners complete with the church’s famous pickled beets, silent auction, bake sale and more. Children under 10 $8; adults eat in or carryout $18; just dessert $3. Proceeds benefit community outreach and other mission projects. Noon-5pm. Eastport United Methodist Church, Annapolis. 410-263-5490, eastportumc.org

Sudlersville Peach Festival - 2018
Aug. 4. Vendors, live music, peaches, food, family activities and more. Free. Noon-4pm. Godfreys Farm, Sudlersville. 410-438-3509, godfreysfarm.com

Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival - 2018
Aug. 5. Arts and craft show featuring 100 local and regional artists, live music, dance, street performers, food and more. Free. Noon-5pm. Calvert and West Streets, Annapolis. firstsundayarts.com

Queen Anne's County Fair - 2018
Aug. 6-11. Animals, educational exhibits, rodeo, jousting, truck/tractor pulls, chainsaw carving, carnival, food and craft vendors, music and more. $2-3. 9am-10pm. Queen Anne's County 4-H Park, Centreville. queenannescofair.com

Lil Margaret's Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival - 2018
Aug. 9-11. Family style music festival with live music and food. $30-55. Children 12 and under, free. Check website for schedule. The Goddard Farm, Leonardtown. 301-475-8191, lilmargaretsbluegrass.com

Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend - 2018
Aug. 10-12. Kid's games, crafts, storytelling, live music, 5K race/walk and more. See website for event hours and details. Rock Hall. rockhallpirates.com

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair - 2018
Aug. 10-18. Food, entertainment, farm animals, rides, demolition derby, monster trucks and more. $10. Children 11 and under free. 10am. Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. mcagfair.com

Annual Peach Festival - 2018
Aug. 11-12. Peaches, food, music, family activities and more. Free. 9am-7pm. Webers Cider Mill Farm, Parkville. 410-668-4488, weberscidermillfarm.com

Moonrise Festival - 2018
Aug. 11-12. Music festival featuring bands, live DJs, special effects, lighting, food and more. All ages. $159-174. Check website for schedule. Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore. moonrisefestival.com

Watermen's Appreciation Day - 2018
Aug. 12. Boat docking contest, family activities, live music, steamed crabs and more. $8-18. 10am-5pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 410-745-2916, cbmm.org

Beach Party Bash - 2018
Aug. 13-17. Story time, bounce house, boat building, sand fun, and more. Train rides Wed.-Fri., 11:30. Free with admission. Adults $18; $12 ages 2-12. 10am-2pm. B&O Railroad, Baltimore. 410-752-2490, borail.org

Caroline Summerfest - 2018
Aug. 17-18. Music, parade, fireworks and more. Free. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 2-9pm. Downtown Denton. carolinesummerfest.com

Hot August Blues and Roots Festival - 2018
Aug. 18. Live music, vendors, food, kids corner and more. $66-79, children 12 and under free. 11am. Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. hotaugustmusicfestival.com

Kegs and Corks Festival - 2018
Aug. 18. Enjoy unlimited samples of both craft beer and Maryland wine along with live entertainment and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Lawn chairs, blankets and small pop-up tents are permitted. Parking is free. $20-100. 1pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. kegsandcorksfest.com

Be sure to check our events calendar for even more fun things to do.

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival - 2018
Aug 18. All you can eat crabs and beer, live music, arts & crafts, family fun and more. $39-99. Sessions from 11am-3pm and 5-9pm. National Harbor Plateau. mdcrabfest.com

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Aug. 19. Dogs welcome. Swimming, food, vendors, doggy pie eating contest, doggy beachwear parade and more. Proceeds benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. $10; $20 per car. Noon-3pm. Camp Letts, Edgewater. 410-268-4388, aacspca.org

Maryland State Fair - 2018
Aug. 23 - Sept. 3. Food, fun, entertainment, rides, livestock, concerts and more. $3-8. Children 5 and under free. Rides and concerts require fee. Check website for schedule. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. marylandstatefair.com

Wildlife Conservation & Recreation Day - 2017
Aug. 25. Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery and firearm demonstrations. Free. 10am-2pm. Patuxent North Tract, Laurel. 301-497-5772, fws.gov

Maryland Renaissance Festival - 2018
Aug. 25 and 26, Sept. 1 – Oct. 21, Saturdays and Sundays. 25-acre English village with craft and specialty shops, food and beverage emporiums, games, attractions, jousting and more. $7-130. 10am-7pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. rennfest.com

Fairwood Music Festival - 2018
Aug. 26. Live music from Secret Society, Faycez U Know and The Chuck Brown Band. Children’s activities and food trucks. Free. 1-6pm. Fairwood Community Park, Bowie. 301-446-3232, pgparks.com

National Hard Crab Derby - 2018
Aug. 27-Sept. 2. Crab themed festival featuring crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, fireworks and more. Prices vary by event. Schedule TBA. Somers Cover Marina, Crisfield. nationalhardcrabderby.com

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival - 2018
Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Amusement rides, carnival games, live bands, entertainment, food, sports, art and photo contests, used book sale, Labor Day parade and more. Free. Hours vary daily. Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt. greenbeltlaborday.com

For more events and activities, check out the Chesapeake Family calendar. It's loaded with hundreds of events.

Photo courtesy of the Maryland State Fair