Annapolis Arts WeekJun 1-10, Annapolis: This week-long event encompasses the wide ranging artistic creativity in Annapolis. Featuring events at art galleries and performance arts studios, musicians, and an array of all-around artistic talent.
Washington Folk Festival
June 2-3, Glen Echo: One of the most popular events of the year at Glen Echo Park, the Festival attracts close to 10,000 visitors. Free to the public and held rain or shine, the Festival features over 450 musicians, storytellers, dancers, and crafters from the greater Washington area. The festival is a celebration of this region's rich cultural diversity. International performers share the music, dance, and cultural traditions they brought from their original homes while American performers showcase a variety of musical traditions that developed in this country.
Space, the Next FrontierJun 1-2, DC: Boldly go where few orchestras have gone before! Join the NSO for a celebration of NASA’s 60th anniversary. The NSO will perform music inspired by space—both fact and fiction—ranging from 2001: A Space Odyssey to music from Carl Sagan’s Golden Record and more. Projections of photos and video, ranging from the International Space Station to the Hubble Space Telescope, examine our planet and beyond through the six decades since NASA’s inception, including special visuals by NASA TV, Taschen Books, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, producer Duncan Copp, and more.
Capital Jazz Fest
Jun 1-3, Columbia: Head to the Merriweather Post Pavilion for this fabulous 26th Annual Event!
Celebration of Light: Naked EyesNow-Jun 30, DC: At the crossroads of art, science and technology, ARTECHOUSE brings a true 21st century art experience as the first digital art gallery. Opened in June 2017, this is a first-of-its-kind innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and immersive large scale installations by artists who are forerunners of the new age in arts and technology.
Wales vs. South Africa RugbyJun 2, DC: International Rugby Match at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC - Wales vs. South Africa. CLASH OF THE TITANS! For the first time on U.S. soil - you don't want to miss this epic rugby battle!
One JourneyJun 2, DC: One Journey was founded in 2017 by two American immigrants who wanted to share with others the positive, welcoming reception they received as newcomers. Driven by grassroots volunteers, our team is made up of nonprofit gurus, industry stalwarts, and local DCists, many of whom are refugees. We are launching a national movement for compassion and empathy that will inspire all to turn their faces and hearts to this refugee crisis. One Journey is shifting the narrative about refugees by celebrating their courage, stories, talents, and remarkable contributions.
Race 4 Respect
Jun 2, DC: 5th Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Dash!
Dupont Kalorama Museum WalkJun 2-3, DC: Stretch your legs and your mind during the 35th Annual Walk. Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House free of charge. The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine.
Savage FestJun 2, Savage: The 31st annual Savage Fest promises a day of fun for all ages and a chance to meet friends old and new. Originating in Savage Days festivities from the 1920s, the festival conveys the charm and vibrancy of the small town of Savage, MD. The celebration takes place on Baldwin Common with live music, dance performances, pony rides, a petting zoo, an antique car show, games, crafts, vendors, food and more.
Jun 2, Bethesda: A children's street festival celebrating the arts and all things fun at the 24th annual Imagination Bethesda. Activity tents line the streets, face painters bring butterflies and pirates to life, a stage of live entertainment will have the whole street dancing, and more!
Hammond Harwood House Secret Garden TourJun 2-3, Annapolis: This treasured annual event will take guests through one of Annapolis’ most historic areas: Charles, Cathedral, Conduit and Franklin Streets and Acton Landing (the old Anne Arundel Medical Center), all just a minute’s walk from some of the state’s most historic areas, State and Church Circles and City Dock. Guests to the SGT will enjoy going beyond the gates of beautiful and lovingly tended private gardens not normally seen from the sidewalk, each displaying the tastes and lifestyle of the homeowners. Tour goers will enjoy the beauty, quiet and tranquility of the gardens they visit as well as discover ideas suitable for their own plantings and outdoor living areas.
Sandy Spring Strawberry FestivalJun 2-3, Sandy Spring: One day just couldn’t contain the fun! Get ready for the 37th Annual Strawberry Festival! The museum’s grounds are transformed into a fun-filled community fair with live music and entertainment, food trucks and activities for children of all ages. Over the years the Strawberry Festival has featured a rock climbing wall, pony rides, a petting zoo, and much more!
Patuxent River Air ExpoJun 2-3, Patuxent River: The 2018 Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo is a weekend of free family fun! See exciting aerial acrobatic performances, ground exhibits and demonstrations. Food, vendors and kids’ activities cover the ground, while planes, jets, and helicopters fill the air.
Frederick Festival of the ArtsJun 1-3, Frederick: Celebrating 25 years, the festival is held along Carroll Creek Linear Park in the heart of Historic downtown. This juried fine arts venue invites discerning art-lovers from across the country. The festival is committed to presenting the finest national artists bringing the best of quality fine art, exceptional musical talents, and plenty of food and beverages for all to enjoy! Join the high caliber celebration!
Western Maryland Blues FestJun 1-2, Hagerstown: The 2018 series will feature yet another fabulous line-up of national, regional and local musical acts, food vendors and family fun to jump-start your summer fun!
Nat King Cole Tribute
Jun 1, Bethesda: Join local award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist, Mark G. Meadows, as he pays homage to the one and only, Nat King Cole. The son of a gospel and jazz vocalist, Meadows unifies R&B, hip-hop, funk, jazz, and gospel into a harmonic blend that is fresh and exciting. With a velvet voice and endlessly debonair stage manner, Meadows is a true showman.
Annapolis Irish FestivalJun 1-2, Annapolis: Celebrate everything Irish at the only festival of its kind in the region. Enjoy traditional Celtic music and Irish rock bands on three different stages, along with workshops and exhibits. When you get hungry, try some delicious Irish beef stew and other Irish favorites. Little Leprechaun Land provides pony rides, face painting and other free activities for the kids.
Gershwin's Piano Concerto
Jun 1-2, Baltimore: Under Marin Alsop’s baton, Stravinsky’s dazzling Firebird concludes with one of the most exalted finales in all of music. Gershwin’s Concerto in F is a blend of traditional classical forms and the freedom of American jazz. After a year without writing music, Schumann expresses his triumph over darkness in his incredibly personal Second Symphony.
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