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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. 

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