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ISSUE 145 | June 27, 2018


Circus Science Day at
Port Discovery

June 30
Book Talks and Signings at Welcome Centers - Mason Dixon
June 30
To Garrison the Fort – Maryland Independent Rifles
June 30 - July 1
Fort Frederick State Park
Ladew Gardens “Grooven in the Grass” Featuring Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Orchestra
July 1
Annual Derby Day Coaster Race
July 4
Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association Steam Show
July 5-8
Freedom Fest
July 7
MSO Salute to Independence
July 7
Antietam National Battlefield
Revolutionary London Town
July 7-8
Summer Fun Day
July 8
Havre de Grace
Annual Ocean City
Tuna Tournament

July 13-15
Ocean City
Chesapeake Environmental Center Paddle Palooza
July 14
Love the City You're With -
Baltimore Bike Tour

July 14
Lake Arbor Jazz Festival
July 14
Taste of Cambridge Crab
Cook-Off & Festival

July 14
Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival
July 14
Coltons Point
Houdini Unbound
July 15
Summer Reggae Wine Festival at Linganore
July 21-22
Mount Airy
Fireworks display in Baltimore

Celebrate Our Independence with 4th of July Fireworks and Parades

In Maryland, we’re pretty proud of our state flag, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to celebrate the red, white and blue! Whether it’s a family trip to the beach, a day out on the bay, or a hike in the Alleghenies, there’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Maryland. And with parades and fireworks from one end of the state to the other, you’ve got lots of options. Head to our 4th of July page to find a celebration just right for you.

Two girls eating a ice cream cone

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month on Maryland’s Cow-to-Cone Ice Cream Trail

Maryland's rich ice cream history dates back to the mid-18th century, when Maryland’s proprietary governor Thomas Bladen reportedly served the first ice cream in the New World at an official dinner in 1744. Maryland has numerous dairies, creameries and specialty shops that serve up your favorite scoops—in fact, Maryland even has an Ice Cream Trail! Head to our web site and follow the Ice Cream Trail from one delicious destination to the next.

The Mind Eraser roller coaster ride

Fill Your Summer with Thrills

As the mercury climbs, so does our urge to get wild! Whether you prefer hurtling along a steel track like a speeding bullet, flying through a forest dangling on a zip-line, testing your will against a raging river, or taking on a twisting road course, you’re sure to find your fix at our Adrenaline Rush page, because Maryland is the place where your dreams of adventure become reality.

Young couple enjoying the fair together

County Fair Season is Here

Ferris wheels, prized pigs, and all the fried twinkies you can eat means it must be county fair season in Maryland. In July, Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Charles, Carroll, Harford, Cecil and Somerset counties all have their fairs on tap. Head to our County Fairs page and get out to see what makes Maryland unique, because for some folks, it just isn't summer until you've walked that midway.

Girls jumping off a pier into the water

These Swimming Spots are Making Waves

As the mercury rises, we’ve got the perfect places to take a dive. Whether it’s lake swimming out west, body surfing at the beach, waterslides, swimming holes, or all of the above, we’ve got the perfect spots to get wet and keep cool this summer.

Plein Air Painter painting

Art is in the Air at These Awesome Plein Air Festivals

Plein Air season hits Maryland with art festivals in Deep Creek, Ellicott City and Easton. These great festivals attract top artists and encourage you to make your own lasting Maryland image. And in Baltimore, the biggest free arts festival in the U.S. is just around the corner as Artscape turns Baltimore into a kaleidoscope of art, music, food and more. Find out more about Artscape and Maryland’s Plein Air festivals on our website.

Performer on stage talking to the audience

Maryland’s Summer of Music Rocks On

The epic sounds of summer continue as Nextival brings its good vibes to Crownsville, and Common Ground on the Hill celebrates its rootsy sound in Westminster. Plus, catch great summer concert series like WTMD’s First Thursday Festival on the water in Baltimore and more. Find out all of the details on our Summer of Music home page.

Enter to Win on Maryland Mondays!

Don’t miss your chance at free tickets for amazing events across the state. Every Monday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the Maryland Office of Tourism is joining with our sponsors to give away great Maryland travel experiences. We call them Maryland Mondays, but you can enter all week. This week you’ve got two chances to win as we give away a family four pack adventure at Six Flags America, and tickets to the Common Ground on the Hill Music Festival. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to enter.

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