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Tuna Tournament

Jul 14-16, Ocean City: Enjoy Ocean City's original tuna tournament, now in it's 30th year! Fish for big cash prizes for largest tuna, most pounds caught and other more. You don't need to fish to join in on the fun. Head down to the docks and watch the excitement as the fish come in and get weighed, with live entertainment, delicious food, cold drinks, tight lines and good times.

Dial M For Murder

Now-Jul 23, Gaithersburg: The play that inspired Hitchcock’s suspense classic weaves an ever tightening web of danger and deception, presented in partnership with the Sandy Spring Theatre Group.

Darnall's Chance House Ice Cream Social

Jul 15, Upper Marlboro: Did you know that the first time ice cream was recorded as being served in America occurred in Maryland in 1774 when Governor Thomas Bladen served it to his dinner guests? Come on over to Darnall’s Chance House Museum and make yourself a sundae to celebrate ice cream’s colonial roots. Enjoy music, antique cars, kids hands-on activities, participate in lawn games, and more!

Little Italy Open Air Film Fest

Fridays through August, Baltimore: One of Little Italy’s most popular events, sponsored by Original Little Italy Restaurant Association, the Open Air Film Fest has thrived since 1999. Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a "centennial" home across the street. Movie-goers arrive early to set up their chairs, listen to live Italian music, stroll the neighborhood and/or eat at one of Little Italy's many restaurants.

Canadian Brass Live in Concert

Jul 15, College Park: Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Canadian Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.


Jul 15, Germantown: BlackRock is excited to debut Mariachi Flor de Toloache to their outdoor summer concert series this year. Mariachi Flor de Toloache made NYC history as it's first and only all­-women Mariachi group. This fierce group shakes the stage with mariachi swagger, bringing traditional mariachi to your ears.

Jackson Browne

Jul 15, Columbia: This is the official Anniversary Concert, with Jackson Browne (returning to where he recorded “Running On Empty” in 1977) and the Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson & Family co-headlining the party.

The BIG Saturday Night Double Feature

Jul 15, Baltimore: Get you and your main squeeze on down to the Single Carrot Theater for the Saturday Night Double Feature. Two amazing troupes on one stage performing a new show every week. There will be thrills, chills, and spills, love, lust and laughter, action, mystery and suspense–all in living technicolor with full surround sound, 3D effects and (if you’re in the front row) smell-o-vision. Come on out to the moving pictures!

Tilghman Island Seafood Fest

Jul 15, Tilghman Island: Seafood, children's activities, vendors, an indoor flea market, nautical artisans, music, a crab race and a fireman's parade. Don't miss it!

Baltimore Caribbean Carnival

Jul 15-16, Baltimore: Enjoy an energizing time at this fabulous Carnival! A parade with floats, music, dancing and costumes; fabulous food, authentic crafts, vendors, and family fun!

Lotus & Water Lily Festival

Jul 15-22, DC: Head to Kenilworth Park for a week of spectacular beauty and family fun in the only National Park dedicated to growing aquatic plants. The weeks includes hands-on activities, ranger strolls, paddle night, exploring the park after dark and pond exploration.

DC Scoop Ice Cream Social

Jul 15, DC: Union Market will be swarming with frozen treats and savory snacks from your favorite ice cream shops and local food trucks. Vote on your favorite flavors and help crown the Peoples Choice winner for best ice cream.

Parallax Gap

Now-Feb 2018, DC: The Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon is transformed into a visual puzzle. This immersive, site-specific installation explores examples of interplay between craft and architecture through a ceiling-suspended structure running the length of the Renwick’s iconic gallery. 


Now-Aug 6, DC: The Kennedy Center and the Roundabout Theatre invite you to Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents Cabaret, the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way.


Common Ground of the Traditional Arts

Now-Jul 8, Carroll CountyTraditions Week continues with classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts, held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Finishing up the week is a Festival with vendors, music, dance and more

Martin Aviation Museum Open Cockpit Day

Jul 8, Essex: The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum’s Open Cockpit Day offers aviation fun where visitors can imagine being a pilot when they sit in the pilot seats of the Museum’s outdoor flightline of airplanes

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Jul 7-9, Hunt Valley: An all-volunteer, all-fan organized sci-fi & media convention, honoring the best in sci-fi entertainment past & present. Activities for every age and type of fan, with professional writers and scientists

Super Hero Picnic Train Excursion

Dates vary, Walkersville: Come dressed as your favorite Super Hero. The historic train will stop in the park for a bring your own lunch and a Super Hero themed story time

Wednesday NIght Sailboat Racing

Wednesday nights through August, Annapolis Harbor: Join in some exciting match racing! During the race, passengers (“guest crew”) will be able to participate in helping to sail the boat and steer the boat. There are many other opportunities for sailing throughout the week

Hive at the National Building Museum

Jul 6-Sep 4, DC: Hive will be built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers, reaching 60 feet tall in total

The Sound of Music

Now-Jul 16, DC: The hills are alive! A brand new multi-award winning production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O'Brien, is coming to The Kennedy Center

Art Garfunkel

Jul 8, DC: The Kennedy Center presents Art Garfunkel'In Close-Up world tour, which encompasses his solo hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters, and parts of his forthcoming autobiography

AVAM's Flicks From The Hill

Jul 6-Aug 24, Baltimore: Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition. With seating for more than a thousand on the natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill, a 30-foot wide screen held from above by Adam Kurtzman's Giant Golden Hand, and a twinkling view of the city, this is an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is FREE

The Tempest

Jul 7-Jul 23, Annapolis: The Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents The TempestWidely considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works, The Tempest is a lyrical play that tells the story of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle where fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. It's a magical tale presented in the Gardens of the historic Charles Carroll House

Berlin Bathtub Races

Jul 7, Berlin: Head to Berlin for the 28th Annual Bathtub Parade, followed by Bathtub Races. Need I say more???? Open to anyone who wants to compete. See website for rules

Jazz at Jackson Place

Jul 9, DC: The White House Historical Association presents the 11th season of Jazz on Jackson Place, hosted in the historic Decatur House courtyard. Your ticket includes delicious hors d’oeuvres and live jazz by Alto saxophonist and composer Sarah Hughes, a visionary in the Washington music scene

Day on the Bay to St Michaels

Ongoing throughout summer, Annapolis: Try a cruise which takes you across the Chesapeake Bay without the Bay Bridge traffic!The quaint historic village of St. Michaels offers fresh seafood, boutique shopping and historic sites all within walking distance during your approximate 3-hours of leisure time on land. Try a day enjoying traditional Maryland!

Revolutionary London Town

Jul 8-9, Annapolis: Step back into the contentious days surrounding the Declaration of Independence. You can join the Continental Army or Continental Marines to learn musket drill, debate the merits of independence in William Brown’s tavern, and learn how colonists made a living at our Carpenters’ Shop and Tenement.