NextNOW Fest

Sept 7-8, College Park: An inspiring experience that celebrates imagination, creativity, and community. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and the country, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms and shapes our future. Co-curated with student groups and campus departments, this is an art festival at the creative hub of the performing arts at the University of Maryland.

Sweeney Todd

Sept 6-23, Columbia: The Rep Stage presents Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical thriller about the infamous demon barber of Fleet Street. The production features an ensemble of eight in an intimate setting laced with brilliant wit, diabolical humor, and extraordinary music.

DC Shorts

Sept 6-16, DC: The 2018 DC Shorts Film Festival showcases one of the largest collections of short films in the USA. Out of over 1200 entries from around the globe, 130 unique films in 18 showcases that reflect the 30 nations they represent will be shown. Enjoy the festival in person at venues in Washington, DC, or sit back and enjoy many of our selections in the comfort of your home, office with our Online Film Festival.

Cinderella! Cinderella!

Sept 8,9 & 14, Columbia: The Horowitz Center at HCC presents an adaptation has a new twist! Cinderella learns that magic isn’t the answer to her problems. Courage, kindness and self-confidence trump superficial beauty and an expensive wardrobe.  With rich verbal humor for adults and children, as well as delightful physical humor for even the youngest theatre goers, this play should not be missed!

In The Street

Sept 8, Frederick: For over 30 years, In The Street has been a proud Frederick tradition held along Market Street and Carroll Creek Urban Park and attracts crowds of over 75,000. The festival continues to invite attendees to explore historic downtown Frederick, while offering a sampling of the diverse food, entertainment, art and non-profit resources that thrive in Frederick County.

Maryland Seafood Festival

Sept 8-9, Annapolis: We’re celebrating over 50 years of food and fun at Sandy Point State Park with a weekend full of delicious seafood dishes, interactive cooking demonstrations, exciting competitions, kids activities and moreWhile you sample all of our tasty offerings, enjoy all of our maritime related exhibits, contests, and activities. The Festival also hosts loads of local shopping and vendor options and tons of kids activities.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival

Sept 8, Silver Spring: Featuring many jazz genres, including straight ahead, smooth, Latin, and other popular jazz forms, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival stars Dianne Reeves, Marcus Johnson, Akua Allrich and the Tribe, Charles Woods Quintet, and the amazing youth talent of the Jazz Academy of Music led by Paul Carr. In addition, there will be a wide selection of food vendors.

Color Columbia Plein Air 2018

Sept 8, Columbia: Mark your calendars and meet us outdoors, where you can breathe fresh air, hear the birds, and paint the scenery and diverse architectural elements around Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake.

27th Annual Howard County Police Pace

Sept 9, Columbia: The long-running 5K race and 1-mile walk/run supports families of Howard County officers killed or injured in the line of duty as well as provide scholarships and support the department with funding for special needs not met through the annual budget. The event will offer 50 performance awards, children’s activities and a chance to win prizes. In addition, the Howard County Police will display police cars, motorcycles, the horse-mounted unit and helicopter as well as equipment from specialty units.

Family Fridays Under the Dome

Sept 7, Columbia: Treat your family to unique shows at Robinson Nature Center's NatureSphere planetarium. Each program features a full-dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation.

Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere

Sept 7, Columbia: Treat your partner or friends to a unique Friday night experience of top notch astronomy and entertainment at the Robinson Nature Center. This program is held in the NatureSphere planetarium and features a full-dome movie preceded by an adult-level planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. 

Turn Me Loose

Sept 6-Oct 14, DC: The Arena Stage presents this intimate and no-holds-barred drama which chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance--“Scorchingly funny and brilliant” (The New York Times)


Sept 4-23, DC: Rampant ambition and minds unhinged. Owls shrieking and prophesies foretold. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is seen anew, set in an historic London asylum for this groundbreaking production presented by The Folger Theatre. Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation blends period music performed by Folger Consort with the tragedy of ambition run amok.

Nation's Escape Tri

Sept 9, DC: Join us for the 13th Annual Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C! Our Olympic distance Tri, sanctioned by the USAT, includes a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, a 40k bike course through DC, and a 10k run through Washington, D.C’s historical landmarks with a spectacular finish! 

45th Annual Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival

Sept 9, Catonsville: A landmark event for over 40 years, the Festival draws artisans from Maine to Florida showcasing the finest one-of-a-kind paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, fabric creations and more. We offer live music, a tremendous variety of food and unique beverages, and a KidZone with children’s activities.

Adams Morgan Day

Sept 9, DC: Get ready for our all-volunteer, grassroots celebration of Adams Morgan’s eclectic history, culture, businesses, and residents. Celebrating its 40th year this year, Adams Morgan Day is Washington’s longest running neighborhood festival. Join our family-friendly celebration with music, art and activities for all ages.

Chestertown Jazz Festival

Sept 5-10, Kent County: The Festival is an exciting collaboration between Rock Hall’s Mainstay Theater, Chestertown’s Garfield Center for the Arts and other key local influencers. The exciting musical event is a six-day jazz and blues extravaganza held each September. Experience Jazz and Blues while taking in the beauty of Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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