Weekend on Wednesdays (WoW!)

This weekend:

BrickFair (Dulles Expo Center)
 How many Lego blocks can fit into 100,000 square feet of Dulles Expo Center floor space? You'll find out at BrickFair, the annual gathering of Lego lovers. Look for interactive models, a hands-on playroom and Lego giveaways.

Appetite Food Festival (Bethesda)
Don't miss Appetite, summer's ultimate indoor/outdoor food festival! Featuring celebrity chefs, trending food trucks, craft beer garden, and live music—plus countless opportunities to taste, sip, and celebrate! Special guests to this year's festival are Giada De Laurentiis & Bizarre Foods Chef Andrew Zimmern.

Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna (National Harbor)
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Wheat Threshing, Steam and gas Engine Show (Federalsburg)
Get a glimpse of antique farm equipment in action with antique car and equipment parades, a flea market, steam and gas engines, tractor games, live entertainment and more.

St. Mary's County National Lawn Mower Racing (Clements)
Racers from across the country compete and other family activities.

Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ Festival (Leonardtown)
Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ is a two day festival featuring a variety of events, attractions, food and entertainment for all ages. The setting is the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds situated just sixty miles south of our Nation's Capital on Maryland's middle peninsula.

I Do! I Do! (Annapolis)
I Do! I Do! is exuberantly filled with the wistful sentiments of love. The story begins as Michael and Agnes discover the joys and fears of their wedding day - and wedding night - then swiftly travels with them through fifty years of marriage.

Orioles vs. Mariners (Baltimore)
Baltimore Orioles vs. The Seattle Mariners. (Friday--60th Anniversary t-shirt giveaway Sat--Crush Davis Action Figure giveaway)

Baltimore Restaurant Week (Baltimore)
Make your reservations now for the tastiest week of the summer. Try something new this year, or visit an old favorite for another taste of what their chef is cooking up. Either way, share your experience with us on our Baltimore Restaurant Week Facebook page.

County Fairs (Howard, Harford, Garrett, Carroll)

August 1st:

Columbia Association Lakefront Outdoor Movie (Columbia)
Superman - Man of Steel

Yappy Hour (Ellicott City)
Bring your well behaved dog to a wine tasting. During nice weather, Yappy Hour is held in the parking lot with live music. Inside the store enjoy a wine and parfections chocolate tasting www.parfections.com Music by MOR www.morjazzmusic.com • Dogs must be leashed. Donations and a portion of sales benefit animal charities

69th Annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast (Annapolis)
Dig in to an all-you-can-eat crab feast that is arguably the largest in the world. This event will happen RAIN OR SHINE – most of the tables are protected from the elements Includes all you can eat and drink - including male crabs plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbecue sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, draft beer and assorted sodas and water. Also, a bake sale, cake raffle and free fresh watermelon slices from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association will finish your feast with sweetness.

The Gathering at Keswick Castle in Hampden (Baltimore)
Experience Maryland's Best Roving Festival on Wheels with American Classics, Eclectic Gourmet, International Delights and Sweet Sensations in the Greater Baltimore area.

Mad Decent Block Party (Columbia)
 For the second year, producer-DJ Diplo is returning to Merriweather with a ratpack of noisy, exhilaratingly rude boys and girls of electronic music, and this summer's bill is gearing up to be even more compelling. Besides Diplo, whose own mixes are influenced by the sounds of Brazilian favelas, expect dubsteppers Flux Pavilion as well as Sleigh Bells, the duo of Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, whose menacing, atonal pop is precisely the stuff that has kids cranking the volume. (With Dillon Francis, Trippy Turtle, Wave Racer and Wolfgang Gartner.)

Summer Stargazing (Boyds)
Kids can learn about the constellations and the Milky Way. Best for age 5 and older.

Union Market Drive-In Movie (D.C.)
Shia LaBeouf voices teenage penguin Cody Maverick, who longs to leave his fish-sorting job in Shiverpool and ride the tubes with his surfing heroes. Cody is plucked out of obscurity one wintry day and finds himself in a competition memorializing his hero, the surfing star Big Z.

Travelling Bands (Laurel)
Featuring jazz musician David Bach. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family, have a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer! Refreshments available for sale.

First Fridays in Ellicott City (Ellicott City)
Stroll the town and visit our shops open late with specials and sidewalk sales plus late night dining and entertainment. Live music featuring the best of local talent in front of the B& O Railroad Museum.

August 2nd:

Lotus Blossom Festival (Earleville)
This will be a great day to visit Mount Harmon ~ an historic Tidewater plantation and 200-acre nature preserve, and enjoy a wide variety of nature inspired activities and exhibitors! Visitors will delight in seeing the rare American Lotus in full bloom, enjoy local artists, artisans, a nature & craft activities for kids, plant sale, birding & nature walks, music, food & more!

19th Annual Peach Festival (Stevensville)
Free parking and admission, hayrides, you-pick peaches, blackberries. Peach ice cream, pit beef, hot dogs.

44th Annual Corn Roast Festival (Westminster)
Fried chicken, roll, sliced tomatoes, applesauce and all the roast corn you can eat. Music, craft vendors, gift shop, stone ground flours from the Mill and guided tours of the Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill.

Historic Sites Open House in Queen Anne's County (Centreville)
Historic Sites throughout the county open their doors, allowing visitors to step back in time. Call or stop by the Visitor's Center to obtain a Heritage Guide with map. For more info call (410)758-2502 or visit: www.historicqac.org

Stream Searchin (Owings Mills)
Enjoy a fun hike to our stream and immerse in some aquatic exploration to find critters like crayfish, caddisflies and salamanders. Ages 6 & up.

The Annapolis Car Show (Annapolis)
The Annapolis Car Show is held annually on the first Saturday in August. Free Community Event ~Free Food (BBQ Menu) ~Free Live Music by SLY45. Help Us Support The Diabetes Center at AAMC!

A Council of War (Frederick)
On August 5, 1864, General Ulysses Grant and several other generals met at the Thomas House to devise a plan for driving General Jubal Early's army from the Shenandoah Valley. At this program, visitors can learn more about their decision and how it changed the Civil War.

2014 Summer Spirit Festival (Columbia)
Ms. Lauryn Hill * Janelle Monae * Raheem *Devaughn * Talib Kweli * Junkyard Band * Backyard Band * RDGLDGRN * George Tandy, Jr. * Roman Gianarthur and more

August 3rd:

Cruise (Monkton)
Cruise is a five-piece classic rock band that plays songs that you won’t hear other groups perform. With an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship, Cruise has been entertaining the listening masses for over a decade.

Maryland All State Community Band Concert (Ellicott City)
The Columbia Bands is proud to host the 2014 Maryland All State Community Band Concert on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at 3:00pm. This concert is FREE and open to the public. 

Maryland Monday

Maryland is great for gardens and gardeners. And gardening season is now in full swing!

Squash Blossom

Sun flower with heavily pollinated honey bee

Ground Cherry




String Bean
Cosmos and friend


Weekend on Wednesdays

Courtesy of washingtonpost.com

This Weekend:

LPGA International Crown (Owings Mills)
The premier world team event in women's golf is held for the first time in Maryland.

THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic (Baltimore)
Max Major uses a combination of magic, mind-reading, psychology, hypnosis, and suggestion to demonstrate the untapped powers of the mind. Major employs his uncanny understanding of body language to decode the thoughts of audience members,assume the role of a human lie detector.

Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series (Bethesda)
The Bethesda Urban Partnership presents the ninth annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue from July 22- 26"," 2014. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased. Admission is FREE and show times will begin at 9pm at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Tuesday"," July 22 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off Wednesday"," July 23 - Moonrise Kingdom Thursday"," July 24 - Citizen Kane Friday"," July 25 - Pitch Perfect Saturday"," July 26 - Top Gun Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own chairs.

Maryland German Festival (Timonium)
The German Festival will have German bands, folk dancing, singing; crafts and collectables; wall climbing, puppet shows, face painting; German food, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, schnapps, desserts. Free parking, Light Rail accessible.

Farm Sanctuary Open House (Boyds)
Come tour Star Gazing Farm, a non-profit animal sanctuary, Saturday-Sunday July 26-27, 10-4. Event highlights: meet the animals up close, craft and animal educational demonstrations, farm games, snow cones and treats, wool, yarn, and crafts. Admission is free.

Farm Tour and Harvest Sale (Derwood)
Agricultural activity that helps promote the importance of agriculture; farm open house.

Washington Monument Tours (Frederick)
Visit the park and learn about the first monument ever created in honor of George Washington. Historic tours will explain the significance and many changes that have occurred throughout its many years. Tours begin at the Museum of Washington Monument State Park at 11:00 a.m.,1:00 & 3:00 p.m. 
Cost: $2.00 per car (in-state) $4.00 per car (out-of-state)

Cambridge Classic Powerboat Regatta (Cambridge)
Check out the thrills 'n spills on the Choptank River at the American Powerboat Association-sanctioned world class of inboard hydroplane and flat-bottom boats race on July 26-28. The action will happen at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge, near Somerset Avenue and Hambrooks Boulevard. Free admission to watch the races!

Big Fish Classic (Ocean City)
An overnight off-shore fishing tournament to catch the heaviest fish from the Atlantic Ocean. Catch the weigh-ins at Talbot Street Pier for marlin, tuna, swordfish, sharks, and other fish from the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, July 26, 4pm-9pm, and on Sunday, July 27, 4pm-8pm. For more information, call Brian Roberts at 410-703-9284

Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair (Westminster)
This year we will be celebrating our 118th year where we are known for a traditional Country Fair experience. We are proud of our exhibitors, entertainment, animal shows, food, and, exhibits. We want to continue this tradition by bringing a wide variety of old traditions but bring you some new ones. Back by popular demand this year you will see the Racing Pigs, Wild West Night, Car Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Racing, Tractor Pull, Chain Saw Carver, and much more. NEW THIS YEAR Monster Truck Show! Please check out our schedule for dates and times.

JULY 25th:

Columbia Association Lakefront Movie (Columbia) 
Ironman 3

All Beethoven (North Bethesda)
Experience the beauty of Beethoven in this program filled with some of his beloved classics. The triumphant Fidelio Overture opens the evening, and no Beethoven symphony better captures summer’s charms than Beethoven’s ode to nature, the “Pastoral.”

Experience Maryland's Best Roving Festival on Wheels with American Classics, Eclectic Gourmet, International Delights and Sweet Sensations in the Greater Baltimore area.

Traveling Bands (Highland)
Featuring folk-pop group Naked Blue. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family, have a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer! Refreshments available for sale.

July 26th:

Bursting in Air Public Art Happening (Hyattsville)
You're invited to become a part of a festive, one-of-a-kind event where artists will transform the Hyattsville Rt. 1 Overpass into a captivating landmark through public art and festivitiesJoin us for War of 1812-1814-themed live music, performances, food, drinks, kids activities, and two artist-instructed Citizen-Paint-Project murals. Free and open to all ages, festivities will begin at 3pm with performances starting at 5pm, running until “the twilight’s last gleaming” at 8pm.

13th Annual Watermelon Festival (Mardela Springs)
Fun day full of great food including Free watermelon slices and free fire truck rides. Activities include, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon bowling contest, watermelon eating contest and Little Miss Watermelon contest for ages 3-8. Can enjoy live music from local musicians.

Voices of Indiantown Film Screening (Oella)
25 minute documentary, tells the stories of the children of sharecroppers who lived in the Indiantown area of Dorchester County during the early to mid 20th century. Features commentary from historian Dr. Clara Small and interviews with members of the Pinder, Jackson, Chase, and Robinson families.

Skating Rinks, Clubs, and More (Baltimore)
Relive memories of beaches, movie theaters, clubs, restaurants, skating rinks, bowling alleys, number writers, hustlers, and about local and national personalities from the 1940-1980s with author Rosa Pryor-Trusty.

Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival and Fire Truck Show (Crownsville)
The Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival and Fire Truck Show will be held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds on Saturday July 26th. There will be over 60 beers available to wash down some grub while listening to 5 tribute bands covering everything from Hendrix to the Beach Boys! Come join us for some good fun!

Grow It Eat It Open House (Derwood)
Attend classes - Stop Animals from Eating your Garden, How to Prevent Insect and Disease in the Vegetable Garden, Low Tunnel Construction for Fall/Winter Vegetable Gardening, and Food Preservation* (registration required for the food preservation class).

Tom Principato--Free Summer Concert (Germantown)
Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He is one of the most unique guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock, and a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery.

Summer Jazz Concert Series: John Lamkin "Favorite" Quintet (Catonsville)
The John Lamkin "Favorites" Quintet performs at the second of our three 2014 outdoor concerts. Doors open at 5:00. Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and a picnic dinner or purchase food and beverage on-site. Tickets available online or at the museum.

Smart Challenge--Urban Adventure Race (Baltimore)
Race Smart Challenge is the Ultimate Urban Adventure race. Combining brains and brawn, this race will take you on a clue finding, muscle pumping, heart racing tour of Baltimore. You will be handed a clue sheet where you and your team will have to solve the clues, find the locations and complete the challenges that are set out for you. There are CASH prizes for the top three teams: 1st place $250, 2nd place $175, 3rd place $100 and swag bags for everyone that participates. Come join in on all the fun!

Tubing on the Gunpowder (Monkton)
Beat the summer heat with a leisurely tubing trip down the Big Gunpowder Falls. Meet at Monkton Station for a 1.8-mile hike up the TCB Trail. Then enjoy the two hour river float back to Monkton Station. Wear sun block, swimsuits or shorts, and sturdy shoes that can get wet. Secure your car keys. Tubes and PFD's are provided. Please arrive early, as parking spaces are at a premium at this location. Participants must be at least 16 years old. This is a shine only event. Pre-registration is required. Call:410-592-2897 to register. Cost: $5/person. This trip may be cancelled due to weather; please check for cancellations by calling 410-472-3144 before noon on the day of the trip.
Cost: $5 per person

Canoeing at Daniels (Ellicott City)
Bring the family out for a morning of canoeing along the Patapsco River. Basic instruction and all supplies are provided. Participants are encouraged to dress to get wet, and to bring a lunch and water. Families are encouraged, but all participants must be able to swim and this is recommended for ages 8 and up. Meet at the Daniels Area at the boat launch, next to the parking area with the bulletin board. Registration is required, so please call 410-461-5005 for more information or to preregister.
Cost: $10.00 per person

Phish (Columbia)
Pavilion $60.00 · Lawn $45.00. Tickets on sale Friday, March 28 at 10AM

Pirate Fest (Lake Fairfax Park)
 Kids can don their best pirate costume for a day of seafaring activities including shanty singalongs, knot tying, flag making, treasure hunt, boat ride and a moon bounce. The event also aims to be educational with lessons on the science of floating and an exhibit about world trade during the time of pirates.

July 27th:

Stream Search/Aquatic Exploration (Sparks)
 Youth age 6-12 will explore the stream and learn how to use a seine and dip net. Collect and identify aquatic insects and learn their importance to the health of the stream. Wear clothes and shoes you can get wet and muddy. Bring sun block and insect repellent. Pre-registration is required. Call: 410-592-2897. FREE! Donations welcome.

Corn Hole Tournament (Annapolis)
Join us at Sandy Point for a double elimination corn hole tournament. Anyone ages 14 and up. Teams of 2; top 3 teams recieve prize.
Cost: $20/team

Night Photography at Avalon--Part 2 (Halethorpe)
This class has two parts. The first part will deal with night photography with the moon in phase, and the second part (July 27th) with no moon. You will learn how to shoot in manual focus. We will discuss how the camera works in manual vs other modes. Review your manual so you know how to adjust the F-stop. Bring your manual with you. Tripod is required for this type of photography. Dress appropriately for the weather. Finally, bring a flash with a red light and a red gel to cover your LCD to help maintain your night vision. For all ages. Meet in Avalon in the area behind shelter 104. Please call 410-917-2239 or e mail mainfo@awisefuture.com to preregister. Registration is required.
Cost: Free! Donations welcome

Junior Detective Day (Gaithersburg)
Children ages 5 to 12 have a chance to experience running obstacle courses, k-9 demonstrations, sitting in police vehicles, learning safety information and being sworn in as Junior Detectives, Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fourth Annual BSA Century Bicycle Ride in Charles County (La Plata)
BSA Century Bicycle Tour is a 100-mile bike through scenic Charles County, Maryland. The ride begins in La Plata and follows through the historical eastern Charles County. Throughout the trail there will be marked turn around tracks for 25, 50, and 70 mile courses. Every map has all four tracks show

Maryland Monday

No scenic picture today, but just a picture of a great destination - if you like ice cream.

It has to be pretty good if I will drive 45 minutes to get an ice cream cone, right?

Hoffman's in Westminster is the place to go. Don't be fooled by the plain exterior. It's all good inside.

Weekend on Wednesday

Photo Courtesy of Screwpile.net

This Weekend:

Artscape (Baltimore)
Artscape is America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography; live music, and more!

County Fairs (Cecil, Allegany, and Kent)
Family Fun, Rides, Animals, and Food!

Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival (Easton)
The East Coast's premier plein air festival features top artists, collectors events, art galleries, workshops and more.

2014 Solomons Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge (Solomons)
31st annual Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge regatta - a regional sailboat regatta drawing over 120 boats (and their crews and enthusiastic supporters) each year from across the country. The event features three days of round-the-buoys racing and three nights of rip-roaring parties.

The Emperor's New Clothes (Arnold)
Based on the classic folktale by Hans Christian Anderson, this story challenges the imagination and questions our perception of leadership and truth, through the eyes of a child. The comedy escalates through outrageous performances, audience participation, original music, and lively dancing.

Howard County Farm -2- Table Restaurant Weeks (Ellicott City)
Twenty days of Great Food at Great Prices. Howard County’s top chefs are serving up savings and local dining experiences at fabulous prix fixe chef’s menus from just $10.13 to $40.13.

Young Blood (Baltimore)
Young Blood is an annual exhibition showcasing outstanding works by recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. Celebrating its 7th year, Young Blood will continue its tradition of exhibiting a diverse range of innovative, emerging artists.

Civil War Encampment and Living History (Westminster)
Two days of special events commemorate Civil War history at the actual encampment sites of J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry and Sykes’ Union V Corps. Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery drills, living history and skirmishes.

Maryland Polish Festival (Timonium)
From homemade pierogies to traditional dancing and from polka music to learning the Polish National Anthem, there is something for everyone at the Annual Maryland Polish Festival set to take place on Saturday, July 19 from 11 am- 10 pm and Sunday, July 20 from 11 am- 7 pm

Reggae Wine, Music, and Art Festival (Mt Airy)
Relax on the lawn and enjoy the sounds of the islands. There will be wine sampling, tours and wonderful vendors with art, crafts and great food. Festival runs 11-6, Sat and Sun. $20 For more information about all of these events and to purchase.

July 18th

Star-Spangled Friday Nights at the National Aquarium (Baltimore)
Thanks to Francis Scott Key, you'll have full access to the National Aquarium on Friday evenings for $18.12 per ticket beginning July 11. In honor of his poem and the Baltimore pride that inspired it, we're offering this special admission between 5 pm and 7:30 pm through September 12. (You're free to roam the exhibits until 9:30 pm.)

Dalton Cyr Concert Experience (Frederick)
Pump It Up Frederick is excited to announce that award-winning singer/songwriter and recording artist Dalton Cyr from Jacksonville Beach, FL will be performing at Pump It Up’s Tween/Teen Night

Shakespeare in the Parks (Laurel)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has young lovers, fairies, clowns, and a talking wall, guaranteed to entertain the whole family! Be transported by live music, magical movement, and Shakespeare’s enchanting poetry - all under the stars. Enjoy a FREE performance in your favorite park!

Hedgelawn Multicultural Performance Series (Chestertown)
Featuring a cast of talented deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing performers, the show is an entertaining mixture of story theatre, sign mime, A-B-C stories, poetry, and songs performed in American Sign Language (ASL) and Dance.

Fall Out Boy and Paramore w/New Politics (Columbia)
Fall Out Boy & Paramore are jazzed about teaming up and hitting the road. It makes perfect sense; both bands are respectively crafting some primo pop-infused rock, and know how to focus that manic energy into thrilling live shows.

Making Their Mark (D.C. National Archives)
Come make your mark during our “Making Their Mark” Family Day! Explore the new exhibit and then try your hand at make-and-take projects, hands-on activities, games, and more.

July 19th

Children's Experience Weekend (Keedysville)
Pry House Hospital Museum--This weekend long event filled with Civil War era toys and games for children of all ages is sure to be a great experience for the entire family. Children and parents alike can practice their penmanship and make take home crafts, such as rag-dolls and clay marbles. Children’s activities will begin at 11:00am and end at 5:00pm daily. This is a rain or shine event. 

Fenton Street Market (Silver Spring)
A weekly market in the heart of downtown Silver Spring featuring 60+ vendors every week selling everything from handmade jewelry"," crafts and soaps to vintage bikes and used books as well as free community activities such as yoga classes and kids storytimes.

Ellicott City Old Town Market (Ellicott City)
We invite you as you stroll down Historic Ellicott City's Main Street to experience the Ellicott City Old Town Market, every Saturday, May 10 through November 8, 9 am - 1pm. We'll be on the Courtyard on Tonge Row, just off of Parking Lot D, in front of the Little French Market Cafe.

Grist Mill 30th Anniversary since rededication (Westminster)
2014 Marks the 30th anniversary since the Grist Mill at the Union Mills Homestead was restored and rededicated in 1984.  During the weekend of July 19-20, 2014, come meet Colonial Williamsburg’s John Boag, Union Mills’ first miller, who will be returning to the Grist Mill for a special appearance that weekend. Special presentation at 1pm. TODAY  The Shriver Grist Mill is the last functioning grist mill along Big Pipe Creek, and serves as a historical teaching tool for school groups and locals alike! The Grist Mill still produces Rice Flour, Rye Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Barley Flour, Cornmeal and Roasted Cornmeal.

Maryland Battle of the Beast (Union Bridge)
Full fledged rodeo, bull riding, and barrel racing. Bleacher seating so bring a blanket to sit in comfort. Fun for the entire family!

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon (Baltimore)
Take this guided 90 minute walking tour with the Maryland Humanities Council, past Mount Vernon’s elegant mansions and majestic cultural institutions. Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub. Registration is required for this free tour. Register at www.2014MtVernonLitWalktour.eventbrite.com. This tour has been funded by the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

Electric Run (Baltimore)
Electric Run is the World's Premier Nighttime 5k run/walk experience, where the participants are an integrated part of the show. Along the 5k route, music will pump and lights will dance, creating and electric wonderland that will keep you energized & moving to the beat. You’ll run walk and dance through distant lands with lights and music custom-mixed to match the mood of the lighting elements.

Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest and Band Party (Rockville)
This is one of the most popular races of the summer in the National Capital area. And there's a band party after the race!Register for the race at www.rockvilletwilighter.org.The 29th Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest is adding new features to this year’s event.In addition to our 8k and 1 mile Fun Run.

Christmas in July (Westminster)
Over 40 vendors showcasing jewelry, fashion, handmade crafts, fragrance products, cosmetics, health & beauty, home goods and many other specialty gift items.

Civil War Dinner Train (Cumberland)
Join us on the evening of Saturday, July 19 for a special WMSR Foundation event commemorating the 150th Anniversary of "The Battle of Folck's Mill" The highlight of the evening will be a presentation by Historian and Curator John P. Hankey on "Railroads in the American Civil War." John's talk will focus especially on how the War touched the B&O, Western Maryland, and other railroads in the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Region.

Mariner Music Fest 2014 (Annapolis)
Family-Friendly Event Features All-Day Live Performances to Raise Funds for Avergan Foundation Scholarships for Children on the Autism Spectrum. From 12 noon to 4pm on the rooftop, kids ages 2-12 can come on down for live music performances a dance party, musical instrument zoo, arts and crafts, and more! Then from 3 pm to midnight on the second floor, adults can rock out to 9 bands.

Bats and Brews BeerFest (Aberdeen)
Ironbirds Baseball--Enjoy an afternoon of craft beer, wine, food and live entertainment at the Bats & Brews BeerFest on July 19th. The event begins at 1:00pm, with an early VIP hour beginning at 12:00pm. Tickets start at $40 in advance. Unlimited samples of local craft beer. Ticket also includes a commemorative tasting

O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips (Columbia)
$35, $45. Tickets on sale Friday, April 11 at 10am through ticketfly.com and at Merriweather Post Pavilion and 9:30 Club during box office hours.

Free Community Workout (Columbia)
Are you curious about CrossFit or just want to get in a good workout? Bring your family and friends to this FREE event for residents of Columbia!

Summer Movie at the WIne Bin--When Harry Met Sally (Ellicott City)
The Wine Bin’s outdoor summer movies run Saturday nights from June through September. Parking lot closes an hour before show time. The Bin offers a wine tasting before each movie and has coolers of ice to chill your beer and wine. Bring a chair and a picnic. (and a blanket). The Bin offers popcorn and bottled water to benefit Voices for Children of Howard County.

Baseball Family Festival (D.C. National Portrait Gallery)
Play Ball with the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery! Tour the galleries to find some of the best names in the game, baseball-themed crafts, a book signing of Becoming Babe Ruth by author Matt Tavares, and appearances by local team mascots! 

July 20th

Goddard Model Rocket Contest (Greenbelt)
A free contest at which rocketeers try to land a model rocket within a "moon" drawn on the ground. Top finishers win trophies and model rocket prizes. Attempt to land your model rocket within a ‘moon’ drawn on the ground. Trophies & model rocket prizes awarded to the top youth & adult finishers. The contest is free. For more details download the Goddard Contest flyer at www.narhams.org, or call 301-286-8981 Tues thru Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM.

Why We Laugh (Baltimore)
Experience the laughter that has influenced generations! See performances, insights and interviews from some of the most celebrated and outspoken comedians of our time, including Dave Chappelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Redd Foxx and more.

2nd Annual Eat Drink Go Local Cider and Mead Event (Cockeysville)
Grab your straw basket, comfortable shoes and a sun hat and head on over to the 2nd Annual Eat-Drink-Go LOCAL Cider & Mead event at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture, located at 1114 Shawan Road, on Sunday, July 20 from 12 noon- 6 pm.

Queen  and Adam Lambert (Columbia)
Pavilion $125/$75.00 (GA Floor) • Lawn $45.00. 

Maryland Mondays

Columbia has many hidden jewels for you to discover. There are several old plantations hidden away in quiet neighborhoods which are fun to find.

On Vantage Point Road, if you turn right at the park, you will find the Oakland Manor House. But before you even get that far, on the left hand side you will see the Manor's Carriage House, which now serves as home for the Kittamaqundi Community Church.

The church has recently done some lovely landscaping in the back.


Weekend on Wednesdays

courtesy of : visitfrederick.org

This Weekend:

41st Annual Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Show (Easton)
Experience astonishing displays of operating antique steam and gas engines, vintage cars, trucks, tractors and farm implements. All day long demonstrations of early crafts, including Spinning, Weaving, Quilting, Broom and Basket making, Steam and Gas Sawmills, Working Horse Demonstrations. Extraordinary family fun.

American Heritage Chocolate Weekend (Annapolis)
Join us for the American Heritage Chocolate Weekend, and explore the engaging story of one of our most beloved foods . . . chocolate! In the 1700’s the chocolate making process was time consuming, however, it quickly became a favorite drink among the colonist. Thomas Jefferson once said, “The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America.” Join experts from American Heritage Chocolate and see how chocolate was made; tour the William Paca House and learn how the Paca family would have used chocolate in their daily lives; and taste chocolate the way our founding fathers would have enjoyed it.

Annapolis Irish Festival (Annapolis)
Several popular national and regional groups, Pipe and Drums corps, Irish step dancers, competitions, and more. Vendors offering authentic Irish crafts, foods, clothing, jewelry will bring the flavor of the Emerald Isle to Annapolis.

Orioles vs. Yankees (Baltimore)
Baltimore Orioles vs. The New York Yankees: Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and cash donations to Oriole Park to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

27th Annual OC Tuna Tournament (Ocean City)
Fish for big cash prizes for largest tuna, most pound caught and other entries. Enjoy a week of fun and competition. And you don't need to fish to join in on the fun. Come on down to the docks and watch the excitement as the fish come in and get weighed. We feature live entertainment, delicious food, cold drinks, tight lines and good times. Jennifer Blunt, ocfc@ocfishing.com

Greek Festival (Ocean City)
This is the 25th year that the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, on 40th Street & the Bay, will be transformed into a place for "All things Greek", feeding and entertaining thousands. Have a leisurely lunch and shop from the many unique vendors of jewelry, imports and art. Then hit the beach and come back for dinner & dancing when the place really rocks, after 5pm to the Greek sounds of Golden Flame. Not shy, grab a hand and dance! A little shy, O.K., enjoy watching the others, especially the Authentic Greek Dance Performers.

Paint It! Ellicott City 2014 (Ellicott City)
Come watch our juried artists as they paint Historic Ellicott City. Artists from the community may also join the Open Paint-Out. An opening reception July 14 from 6–8pm at the Arts Council for the exhibit of juried artists' work will include a 1-night exhibit of work from the Open Paint-Out.

The Music Man presented by Rockville Musical Theatre (Rockville)
In this classic musical with music and lyrics written by Meredith Wilson"," a traveling con artist"," Marian the Librarian", and "76 trombones" add up to a happy, rousing musical adventure that will sweep us up in its parade.

Pirate Fest Encampment (Havre de Grace)
Come visit the Lock House for a live pirate encampment with skirmishes and demonstrations, live music, children's costume contests, pirates tales, vendors, and more! The event takes place on the grounds of the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House.

Baltimore County 4-H Fair (Timonium)
Fun, Learning and Excitement to be had for the whole family.

The Pirates of Penzance (Columbia)
The Pirates of Penzance spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of hone and duty.

Retreat Through Williamsport Weekend (Williamsport)
In the evening of July 3, 1863 General Robert E. Lee had a tough decision to make. Does he stay and fight another day or does he withdraw his troops back to the safety of Virginia to prepare to fight another day. After losing over 25,000 troops Lee decided to retreat to Virginia following his original path through the Town of Williamsport and across the Potomac River. 

International Festival (Largo)
Join us for the region's only annual empowerment and music event. Performers include: TLC, Ludacris, Third World, and many more.

American Indian Pow-Wow (West Friendship)
Hollister, NC - Pow-Wow, an American Indian owned and operated company, will sponsor the 21th annual Howard County Pow-Wow/American Indian Show and Festival on July 12-13, 2014 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland.

Battle of Monocacy Retreat Commemoration (Ellicott City)
Take a trip back in time as downtown Ellicott City commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Union troops’ retreat from the battlefield at Monocacy to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Ellicott’s Mills Station. Weekend events include Union Soldier encampments and drills, a living history soldier’s hospital and a special Maryland Civil War artifact exhibit, and a special plaque dedication honoring those from Howard County who fought with the Union Army. There is also a book signing at the B&O Railroad Museum with Dan Toomey (The War Came by Train) and Marc Leepson (Desperate Engagement: How a Little Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C. and Changed American History). Learn about the role Ellicott’s Mills played while hosting the Union soldiers who came there to regroup, and hear stories of its impact on the mill town and its citizens. FREE, All Ages. (B&O Railroad museum fee admissions still apply)

July 11th:

Chocolate and Wine Tasting (Annapolis)
Experts will trace chocolate’s journey from the Amazon to Annapolis and discuss its impact on colonial life. Both before and after the presentation, guests will taste delicious treats made using American Heritage, paired with an equally delightful wine and even a chocolate martini.

Night Slides (Chesapeake Beach)
Come and enjoy the Chesapeake Beach Water Park at Night under the stars! Every Friday, weather permitting, from July 11 thru August 8, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, come and have fun at the water park. Fun, Games & Prizes for all ages! 

Sykesville Concerts in the Park--Soulflower (Sykesville)
Soulflower (acoustic duo 60s/70s) Snack Shack Open!

July 12th:

Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off (Cambridge)
Taste and vote for top crab dishes by restaurant chefs in four categories during a downtown street festival honoring the Chesapeake's seafood heritage; tickets to the tasting sell out fast, so come early or buy in advance. 

Lake Arbor Jazz Festival (Lake Arbor)
Make plans now to attend the 2014 Lake Arbor Jazz Festival! Now in its fourth year, we're taking it to another level! Don't miss this year's festival! It's going to be another wonderful day of great music, friends, family and fun.

Chesapeake Region Classic Car Show (Lutherville)
Over 60 antique cars. Bring your classic car (pre-1985) for a free admission to the third largest fire museum in world. Over 40 antique fire engines, dating back to 1806, are on exhibit. Outside events are free, regular admission for the Museum, all coupons accepted.

Evening Paddle (North East)
Enjoy an evening paddle on the serene waters of the North East River. Discover the wonders that abound on the water as the sun sets. Meet on the North East Beach. $20 per canoe, $15 per single kayak. Have your own canoe or kayak bring it along for just $5 per person. Space is limited, so call today.

Celebrating with Pride on the Potomac (Accokeek)
Experience 1814 at the National Colonial Farm! Performances will highlight the challenges faced by ordinary Marylanders during the War of 1812, as British invaders offer freedom to escaped slaves & prepare to set fire to the nation's capital. Pride of Baltimore deck tours, kayak tours & music.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (Brooklyn Park)
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first, and only Americans to win a Latin GRAMMY in the Children's Album category!

Building Woodland Fairy Houses (Woodstock)
In the spirit of “Build It and They Will Come,” bring your children and join other families to build beautiful dwellings for the fairies in the Conservancy’s woodlands and stream edges. We will have bark and twigs and “construction materials.” Consider taking a walk with your children to hunt for natural building materials near your home – and bring them with you. We’re sure the magic of our woods will bring the fairies to appreciate your constructions! Recommended for ages 10 and under. Parents, please plan to remain with your child during the program. 

Taste of the Town (Middletown)
Relax under the stars in Historic Middletown - complete with dinner, wine tasting, carriage ride, live music, including Civil War period dance lessons! Free Babysitting at licensed daycare steps away!  

July 13th:

Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show (Baltimore City)
Competition for retired Thoroughbred Horses that have been retrained for hunting and jumping.

John Wilkes Booth and Tudor Hall (Bel Air)
John Wilkes Booth and Tudor Hall presented by Jim Garrett, a life-long Lincoln Assassination and Booth enthusiast. The cost is $5.00 for those age 13 and older. For more information: 443-619-0008 or SpiritsOfTudorHall@gmail.com

Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race Presented by Subaru (Bowie)
Athletes will experience an action packed day with family and friends while giving back to our military heroes. Enter RUNDC14 for $10 off the 3 or 6 mile; KIDSRUN for $4 off the Kids Dash or mile.