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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.

Choose 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 2019 summer fairs, festivals and carnivals in June, July and August. 

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!

Photo by Mark L. Dennis



June 2019 fairs, festivals and carnivals

Annapolis Greek Festival – 2019
May 30– June 2. Family-friendly festival with Greek dance performers, cuisine, music and more. Thurs. 4–10 p.m; Fri. 11 a.m–10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Free. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis. annapolisgreekfestival.org

Capital Jazz Fest – 2019
June 7-9. 30 national acts on two big stages. $79-300. Check website for full schedule. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia. capitaljazz.com/fest

Frederick Festival of the Arts – 2019
May 31–June 2. Juried fine arts festival featuring over 110 artists from across the country, live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s activities, food and fun. 6–8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick. frederickartscouncil.org

Community Family Day – 2019
June 1. Music, crafts, kids games, and food. Free. Noon–4 p.m. Downs Park, Pasadena. facebook.com/FriendsOfDownsParkInc

Anne Arundel County Historical Society Strawberry Festival – 2019
June 8. Celebrate all things strawberry with crafts, demonstrations, strawberry wine and shortcake and children’s and adults’ entertainment. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Benson-Hammond House, Linthicum. aachs.org

Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival – 2019
June 1. This fun annual festival features a parade, music, food, games, contests, children’s activities, live demonstrations, beer garden and strawberries in every form. Free. 10 a.m. 1223 River Bay Rd., Annapolis. cscstrawberryfestival.com

Bowiefest – 2019
June 1. Carnival rides, performances, contests, food and drinks, an arts and crafts fair, business expo, and local organizations. Free. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Allen Pond Park, Bowie. cityofbowie.org

Feast of St Anthony Italian Festival – 2019
June 1–2. Italian food, vino, beer, vendors, art display, bingo, bocce tournament and children’s activities. Free. Sat. Noon–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Exeter and Stiles Streets, Baltimore. promotioncenterforlittleitaly.org

St. Michaels Brewfest – 2019
June 1. Live music from 10 bands, delicious food, over 100 beers and more. Noon-5pm. $50-110. Downtown, St. Michaels. stmichaelsbrewfest.com

Calvert Green Living Expo – 2019
June 1. Demonstrations focused on sustainable living and environmental stewardship. Demonstrations, kids activities, workshops, and food. Free. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell. annmariegarden.org

Sykesville Strawberry Festival – 2019
June 15. Games, pony rides, music, food, vendors and more. 9am-4pm. Free. NEW FESTIVAL LOCATION! Gamber Fire Department Carnival Grounds, 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg, melchurch.org

Paint Annapolis – 2019
June 2-9. 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

Children’s Day on the Farm – 2019
June 2. 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 – 2019
June 4-15. 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 – 2019
June 6. Block party held in conjunction with Annapolis Arts Week. Food, artists, drinks, vendors and juried art exhibition. 4–8 p.m. Free. State Circle, Annapolis. Annapolisartsweek.com

St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival – 2019
June 6-9. 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 – 2019
June 8. 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 – 2019
June 9. Crabs, crab soup and other seafood dishes available for purchase, regional crafters, a crab picking contest, and live music. $7. Children 11 and under free. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. visitstmarysmd.com

HonFest – 2019
June 8–9. Celebrate the Hons of Baltimore with live music, food, children’s activities and all the beehives and bouffants you can handle. Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m; Sun. Noon–8 p.m. Hampden, Baltimore. honfest.net

Bands in the Sand – 2019
June 8. Benefitting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Featuring live music, local cuisine, and cold drinks. $175-500. 5-10:30pm. Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. cbf.org/bandsinthesand

Beltway BBQ Showdown – 2019
June 9. BBQ contest, live music, a classic car show, food and craft vendors, children’s area and lots of great food. $3–$10; ages 3 and under free. Noon–7 p.m. The Showplace Arena, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com/710/Beltway-BBQ-Showdown

Frederick Summer Concert Series – 2019
June 9–Aug. 25. Sundays. Weekly musical entertainment from a variety of artists, with food vendors available. See website for performance schedule. Free. 7 p.m. Baker Park Bandshell, Frederick. celebratefrederick.com/events/summer-concert-series

Tides and Tunes: Summer Concert Series – 2019
June 14–Aug. 16. Thursdays. June 13–Aug. 15. Thursdays weekly. Music from all genres against backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Free, $10 donation suggested. 7–8:30 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. amaritime.org

Columbia Festival of the Arts – 2019
June 14–30. This two-week summer festival provides unique arts and entertainment experiences including Lakefest, performances, children’s activities and more. Free. Various venues. columbiafestival.org

Antique & Classic Boat Festival – 2019
June 14–15. Tour antique and classic boats, while enjoying live music, food, vendors, workshops, demonstrations, and family activities. $18; $6 for ages 6–17; Free for ages 5 and under. Price includes 2-day admission. Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. cbmm.org

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ – 2019
June 15. Samplings of beer and bourbon, barbecue, and live music. $60-120. Check website for session times. National Harbor, MD. beerandbourbon.com

Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival – 2019
June 8. 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

OC Air Show – 2019
June 15–16. This annual air show features a wide array of military jet demos, aerobatic performers, formation flight teams and parachute teams. Free, premium beach viewing tickets available. See website for schedule. Beach near the Show Center, Ocean City. ocairshow.com

Lakefront Summer Festival – 2019
June 17–Sept. 29. Concerts, movies, dancing and weekly fun at the Lakefront. Performers and complete schedule TBA. Downtown Columbia Lakefront, Columbia. columbiaassociation.org

Eastport A Rockin’ – 2019
June 22. Three stages with over 25 local bands, vendor booths, food and a kids’ area. $20. Kids 12 and under free. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Back Creek and Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis. eastportarockin.com

Beerfest – 2019
June 22. 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 – 2019
June 22. All-you-can-eat crabs, plus beer, music and more. Family-friendly. Kids 3 and under, free. $59–$79. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. or 5–9 p.m. Rash Field, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. mdcrabfest.com

Mud Day – 2019
June 23. Family-friendly muddy mayhem including squishy art projects, a play in the mud kitchen, create a terrarium, paint with mud, giant mud pit and more. $5. Noon–4 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, Dowell. annmariegarden.org

Bluegrass in the Blueberries – 2019
June 23. Live, local bluegrass music, blueberry picking, a moon bounce, hayrides, kid’s activities, hand-dipped ice cream, and local wineries. Free. Noon–4 p.m. Godfrey’s Farm, Sudlersville. godfreysfarm.com

Smithsonian Folklife Festival – 2019
June 29–30. The theme of this year’s Festival is the social power of music. Performances and activities will explore music’s capacity to promote understanding, transcend differences and encourage social cohesion. Free. 10 a.m. National Mall, Washington, D.C. festival.si.edu

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

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