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Summer Daydreamin’ : Your 2014 Summer Fun Guide

Apr 25, 2014 02:07PM ● By Jake Russell
Compiled by Jake Russell

As we work through the final days of spring, our summer plans may not be fully set…yet. That’s where we lend a hand in doing so. Our summer guide is jam-packed with many local options for festivals, food, concerts, sports, water, nature, crafts, and more to help you pencil in your summer schedule. We begin with summer temptations for your palate…enjoy!

Culinary Excursions

When summer arrives in the Chesapeake Region, there is no shortage of tastebud tempting events and proprietors. From crab feasts to fresh produce, here are some of our favorite choices to get the best in local delectable delights.

Naptown barBAYq Festival
May 3rd, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., May 4th, 12–6 p.m.
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville
Barbayq.com
443-254-1400

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
June 6th, 6–10 p.m., June 7th, 12–6 p.m.
National Harbor, Maryland
Nationalharbor.com
877-628-5427

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
June 21st, 12–4 p.m. and 5:30–9:30 p.m.
at Inner Harbor, Baltimore
August 16th, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9 p.m.
at National Harbor, Maryland
Mdcrabfest.com
800-830-3976

69th Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast
August 1st, 2014, 5–8 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
$60 Adults, $20 Children
Annapolisrotary.org
1-877-333-9667

35th Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val
August 9th, 1–6 p.m.
Sailwinds Park, Cambridge
Seafoodfeastival.com
410-228-1211

Maryland Seafood Festival
September 6th 10 a.m.–9 p.m.,
September 7th 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
Mdseafoodfestival.com
410-353-9237

Farmers’ Markets

Nothing tastes better than corn or tomatoes grown and sold straight from the Eastern Shore. Local farmers’ markets provide the best fresh local produce. There are at least eight official markets located in Anne Arundel County and nine known in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties. And, of course, there are numerous roadside farmer’s stands along local roadways, just waiting for you to discover.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

AAMC Energize Farmers Market
2001 Medical Parkway, Sajak Pavilion, Annapolis MD 21401
Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, 6-Jun-14 to 29-Aug-14
Charlotte Wallace: 443-534-4515

Annapolis FRESHFARM Market
Donner Parking Lot, Compromise Street, Annapolis MD 20003
Sunday: 8:30 am - noon, 4-May-14 to 23-Nov-14
Bernie Prince : 202-362-8889
info@freshfarmmarkets.org
http://www.freshfarmmarkets.org/markets/annapolis.html

Anne Arundel County (Riva) Farmers Market
Riva Road & Harry S Truman pkwy, Annapolis MD 21401
Saturday: 7am - noon, 5-Apr-14 to 20-Dec-14
Tuesday: 7am - noon, 27-May-14 to 28-Oct-14
Brenda Conti: 410-349-0317
thtusa@gmail.com
http://aacofarmersmarket.com/

Deale Farmers Market
5965 Deale-Churchton Road (Cedar Grove UMC Parking lot), Tracy's Landing MD 20779
Thursday: 3pm - 6pm, 3-Jul-14 to 30-Oct-14
Gail Wilkerson: 410-867-4993

DNR Farmers Market
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Thursday: 3pm - 6pm, 5-Jun-14 to 4-Sep-14
Lisa Barge: 410-222-7410
lbarge@aaedc.org

Healthy Markets @ Baltimore Washington Medical Center
300 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Saturday: 9am - 1pm, 7-Jun-14 to 25-Oct-14
Nancy Gardetto: 410-796-1436
healthymarketsmd@gmail.com
http://healthymarketsmd.wordpress.com

Healthy Markets @ West Anne Arundel County (NEW)
1140 Reece Road, Severn MD 21144
Thursday: 4pm - 7pm, 5-Jun-14 to 30-Oct-14
Nancy Gardetto: 410-796-1436
healthymarketsmd@gmail.com
http://healthymarketsmd.wordpress.com/

Piney Orchard Farmers Market
2700 Stream Valley Drive, Odenton MD 21113
Wednesday: 2pm - 6:30pm, 4-Jun-14 to 26-Nov-14
Bill Morris: 410-867-9192
william@deepcovefarms.com
http://www.aaedc.org/anne_arundel_county_farmers%27_markets.html

Severna Park Farmers Market
Ritchie Hwy & Jones Station Road, Severna Park MD 21146
Saturday: 8am - noon, 26-Apr-14 to 1-Nov-14
Anita Robertson: 410-924-3092
aar9192@yahoo.com

Westfield Annapolis Mall Farmers Market
Rt. 50 East & Jennifer Road, Annapolis MD 21401
Sunday: 10am - 2pm, 4-May-14 to 26-Oct-14
Sunday: 11am - 2pm, 1-Jan-14 to 20-Apr-14
Brenda Conti: 410-349-0317
thtusa@gmail.com
http://www.aaedc.org/anne_arundel_county_farmers%27_markets.html

CAROLINE COUNTY

Federalsburg Downtown Farmers Market
118 North Main Street, Federalsburg MD 21632
Saturday: 8am - 1pm, 5-Apr-14 to 15-Nov-14
Happy Mayer: 301-792-9448

DORCHESTER COUNTY

Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market
505 Poplar Street, Cambridge MD 21613
Thursday: 3pm - 6pm, 1-May-14 to 16-Oct-14
Lynda Brooks: cambridgemktmgr@aol.com
http://www.cambridgemainstreet.com/index.php?page=main-street-farmers-market
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cambridge-Farmers-Market/349629905059203

KENT COUNTY

Chestertown Farmers Market
Park Row at the Fountain Park, Chestertown MD 21620
Saturday: 8am - noon, 1-Jan-14 to 12-Dec-14
Owen McCoy: 443-480-1893
omccoy@baybroadband.net
http://www.chestertown.com/market/index.php

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY

Centreville Farmers Market
Lawyers Row, Centreville MD, Queen Anne's MD 21657
Saturday: 9am - 1pm, 26-Apr-14 to 25-Oct-14
Wednesday: 3pm - 7pm, 23-Apr-14 to 22-Oct-14
Arlene Warner & David King: 410-841-9269
davidkking.is@gmail.com

Kent Island Farmers Market
830 Romancoke Rd. Stevensville, MD 21666
Thursday: 3:30 - 6:30pm, 1-Jan-14 to 31-Dec-14
Diane Bedlin: 410-643-3283
dianebedlin@gmail.com

TALBOT COUNTY

Easton Farmers Market
Town Parking lot off Harrison Street, Easton MD 21601
Saturday: 8am - 1pm, 12-Apr-14 to 20-Dec-14
Wednesday: 8am - 1pm, 25-Jun-14 to 24-Sep-14
Jenn Wagner: 443-521-4084
jenn@theavalonfoundation.com
http://www.avalonfoundation.org/easton-farmers-market

St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market
208 N Talbot Street, St. Michael's MD 21663
Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am, 19-Apr-14 to 22-Oct-14
Carol Bean: 410-829-8228
info@freshfarmmarkets.org
http://www.freshfarmmarkets.org/markets/st_michaels.html

Music Lovers

From waterfront big band concerts to summer shed shredding, there’s no shortage of outdoor live music to plug into this season.
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Local Concert Series

Annapolis Towne Centre Friday Night Summer Concert Series
May 30th through August 29th, 7–8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, Annapolis
Visitatc.com
410-573-9050
Note: There will be no concert on July 4th
Rain Dates: New this year, if a concert is rained out, it will be rescheduled for the following Sunday, 5–6:30 p.m.

Bay Music Festival
June 7th
4-H Park, Centreville
Baymusicfestival.com
410-604-2100 

Bayside Summer Concert Series
Downs Park, Pasadena
Aacounty.org/RecParks
410-222-6230
6/1, 6–8 p.m. Pet Rock
6/8, 6–8 p.m. Ain’t Misbehavin
6/15, 6–7 p.m. Military (TBA)
6/22, 6–8 p.m. Retro Rockets
6/29, 6–8 p.m. Sunset
9/7, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Hot Buttered Nuggets
9/14, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Annapolis
Bluegrass Coalition
9/21, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Military (TBA)
9/28, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Appaloosa

29th Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
June 1st–15th
Various artists and performances take place at venues in and around Easton, Maryland
Chesapeakechambermusic.org
410-819-0380

Bands in the Sand
June 14th, 5-10:30 p.m.
Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis.
Cbf.org/events/bands-in-the-sand
888-728-3229

Eastport-A-Rockin’
June 21st, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
End of Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis
Eastportarockin.com
410-916-5500

Quiet Waters Park Summer Concert Series
Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis
Aacounty.org/RecParks
410-222-1777
7/5, 6:30–8 p.m. US Naval Academy
Electric Brigade
712, 6–8 p.m. Fractal Cat Psychedelic Pop
7/19, 6–8 p.m. Kelly Bell Band
7/26, 6–8 p.m. Clones of Funk
8/2, 6–8 p.m. Georgia Lea & Stone Cold Country Band
8/9, 6–7:30 p.m. Cruisers
8/16, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Chanssez and his Band
8/23, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Sweet Leda Band
8/31, 5:30–7 p.m. Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Rock the Dock
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Chesapeake Beach
Cbresortspa.com
866-312-5596
Every Wed.–Sun., 5/21 through Labor Day

Silopanna Music Festival
August 16th, 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
(tentative hours)
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville
Silopannafest.com

Tides & Tunes Summer Concerts Series
June through August
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis
Amaritime.org
410-295-0104
No dates or times announced as of press time

Waugh Chapel Towne Centre Saturday Night Summer Concert Series
May 31st through August 30th, 7–8:30 p.m.
Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, Gambrills
Visitwaughchapel.com
410-721-7510

At the Summer Sheds

Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Merriweathermusic.com
410-715-5550
5/3 DC101 Kerfuffle
5/10 Sweetlife Festival 2014
6/4 Ray LaMontagne w/ Jason Isbell,
The Belle Brigade
6/5 Jack Johnson w/ Amos Lee
6/6 Capital Jazz Fest
6/7 Capital Jazz Fest
6/8 Capital Jazz Fest
6/12 Brad Paisley w/ Randy Houser, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham
6/14 Willie Nelson & Allison Krauss
7/18 Fall Out Boy & Paramore
7/20 Adam Lambert & Queen
7/22 Vans Warped Tour
7/25 Neutral Milk Hotel w/ Cirulatory System
7/26 Phish
7/27 Phish

Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Virginia
Thejiffylubelive.com
703-754-6400
5/16 Country Megaticket
5/17 WMZQFest: Dierks Bentley, Chris Young & Chase Rice
5/30 Luke Bryan, Lee Brice & Cole Swindell
5/31 Luke Bryan, Lee Brice & Cole Swindell
6/1 Journey & Steve Miller Band
6/14 Tim McGraw & Cassadee Pope
6/20 Styx & Foreigner
6/22 Zac Brown Band
6/27 OneRepublic & The Script
6/28 Toby Keith
7/5 The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry & Plain White T’s
7/11 Bruno Mars & Aloe Blacc
7/25 Kiss & Def Leppard
7/26 Dave Matthews Band
7/31 James Taylor
8/2 Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow & Gloriana
8/3 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival
8/4 Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden
8/13 Carnivores Tour: Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars & AFI
8/16 Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
8/22 Motley Crue & Alice Cooper
8/23 Miranda Lambert & Thomas Rhett
9/20 Brad Paisley, Leah Turner & Charlie Worsham

Pier Six Pavillion, Baltimore
Piersixpavilion.com
410-783-4189
5/2 The Verge Campus Spring Tour 2014
5/4 Ledisi’s The Truth Tour
6/15 Rebelution
8/1 Word of Mouth Reunion Tour featuring Jurassic 5
8/7 Slightly Stoopid
8/9 Heart
8/10 Panic! At The Disco
8/12 Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson w/ Andrew McMahon
8/26 Boston
9/18 Daryl Hall & John Oates

Thrill Seekers

Are you ready to rid yourself of cabin fever and get your adrenaline flowing? Several venues throughout the Mid- Atlantic offer the fastest, tallest, scariest, and most exhilarating thrill rides any adventurist will love. Whether you like to race your friends around a track or experience heart-pumping G-forces, you’ll find what you need in no time.

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Theme Parks

Six Flags America
13710 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro
Sixflags.com
301-249-1500
Fulfill your need for height and speed with Superman: Ride of Steel, Roar, The Joker’s Jinx, Apocalypse or the Batwing Coaster, take in live entertainment featuring your favorite cartoon characters or cool off in the water park, which offers a number of slides and an assortment of relaxation options for all ages.

Chesapeake Beach Water Park
4079 Gordon Stinnett Avenue,
Chesapeake Beach
Chesapeakebeachwaterpark.com
410-257-1404
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Chesapeake Beach Water Park offers special events throughout the summer, with swim lessons, character days, night slides and more. Enjoy eight water slides, a kids’ pool, fountains, waterfalls, a lazy river and more in this intimate setting.

Hershey Park
100 W. Hersheypark Drive,
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hersheypark.com
717-534-3860
Satisfy your love of chocolate and thrill rides by navigating the park as one of your favorite candies on 12 coasters like the brand new Cocoa Cruiser, 15 water rides, a plethora of kids rides and the 250-foot tall Kissing Tower, which gives riders a 360 degree view of the park in a rotating cabin with windows in the shape of Hershey’s Kisses.

Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way,
Doswell, Virginia
Kingsdominion.com
804-876-5000
Kings Dominion will help celebrate its 40th Anniversary with KingsFest, a music festival from June 26th-28th that features acts like TobyMac, Switchfoot, Newsboys and more. Top coasters include Anaconda, Dominator, Flight of Fear, Grizzly and Shockwave. Enjoy “all wheel sports” performances from bikers, skaters and gymnasts and shows by musicians, the clown band, the PEANUTS Gang and more.

Busch Gardens
1 Busch Gardens Boulevard,
Williamsburg, Virginia
Buschgardens.com
800-343-7946
The 17th-century, European themed park boasts over 100 rides for people of all ages, including water rides, live shows featuring your favorite Sesame Street characters, live animals such as wolves, foxes, and owls, and lighthearted characters in specially-themed plays.

Go-Karts

Autobahn Indoor Speedway
8251 Preston Court, Jessup
Autobahnspeed.com
410-880-0010

Crofton Go-Kart Raceway
1050 Crain Highway, Gambrills
Croftongokartraceway.com
410-721-2900

Baja Amusements
12639 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City
Bajaoc.com
410-213-2252

Skydiving/Hang Gliding

Highland Aerosports
24038 Race Track Road, Ridgely
Aerosports.net
410-634-2700

Ocean City Skydiving Center
12724 Airport Road, Berlin
Skydiveoc.com
410-213-1319

Skydive Baltimore
3536 Aldino Road, Suite A, Churchville
Skydivebaltimore.com
800-659-JUMP

Skydive Delmarva
32524 Aero Drive, Laurel, Delaware
skydivedelmarva.com
888-875-3540

Skydive Maryland Ridgely
24038 Race Track Road, Ridgely
Parachutesarefun.com
410-634-9222

Ropes/Adventure Courses

Terrapin Adventures
8600 Foundry Street, Savage
Terrapinadventures.com
301-725-1313

Golf Buddies

Are you looking to polish your putting skills or strengthen your drive off the tee? Have no fear. There is no shortage of locations to craft your golf game.

Mini Golf

Assateague Greens Golf Center
9048 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin
410-213-7526

Frontier Town Campground Store
8428 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin
Forntiertown.com
410-641-0880

Monster Mini Golf
7351 Assateague Drive #380, Jessup
Monsterminigolf.com
410-579-4653

Night Hawk Golf Center
814 Route 3 N., Gambrills
Nighthawkgolfcenter.com
410-721-9349

Severna Park Golf & Sports Center
1257 Ritchie Highway, Arnold
Severnaparkgolf.com
410-647-8618

Shore Fun Mini Golf
1101 Romancoke Road, Stevensville
410-604-0555

Driving Ranges

Night Hawk Golf Center
814 Route 3 N., Gambrills
Nighthawkgolfcenter.com
410-721-9349

Arundel Golf Park
1501 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie
Arundelgolfpark.com
410-761-1295

Laurel Golf & Recreation
9801 Fort Meade Road, Laurel
Laurelgolfcenter.com
301-725-4646

Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons
8445 Old Columbia Road. Laurel
Rockygorgegolf.com
301-725-0888

Pasadena Golf Center
4358 Mountain Road, Pasadena
Pasadenagolfcenter.com
410-439-4653

Oak’s Golf Center
1303 South Division Street, Salisbury
410-341-4711

Severna Park Golf & Sports Center
1257 Ritchie Highway, Arnold
Severnaparkgolf.com
410-647-8618

Get Your Race On

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Penguin Run 5K

May 3rd, 8:30 a.m.
St Francis de Sales Catholic School, Salisbury
Active.com
443-880-7746

Maritime Republic of Eastport’s .05K
May 10th, Crack O’Noon
Eastport Bridge, Annapolis
Themre.org/calendar.html

St. Michaels Running Festival
May 17th, 7:30 a.m.
St. Michaels High School, St. Michaels
Stmichaelsrunningfestival.com
571-213-2519

Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure
May 17th
Talbot County Community Center, Easton
Diabetes.org
410-265-0075 x 4677

Dawson’s Father’s Day 10K
June 15th, 8 a.m.
Severna Park High School, Severna Park
Annapolisstriders.org
410-757-2272

Two Rivers Bike Ride
June 28th, 6:30 a.m.
Queen Anne’s County Courthouse, Centreville
Tworiversbikeride.org
410-827-5822

Women’s Distance Festival 5K / Run After the Women 5K
July 12th, 7:45 a.m.
West Annapolis Elementary School, Annapolis
Annapolisstriders.org
443-413-1436

Annapolis 10 Mile Run
August 24th, 7 a.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Annapolisstriders.org
410-280-2923

Water Bugs

Beat the Maryland heat by taking a dip in one of your local swimming holes.

Local Public Beaches

Sandy Point State Park
1100 E College Parkway, Annapolis
Dnr.maryland.gov
410-974-2149

Betterton Beach
Betterton, Maryland
Kentcounty.com/betterton
410-778-0416

Rolph’s Wharf
1008 Rolphs Wharf Road, Chestertown
Rolphswharf.com
410-778-6389

The Rock Hall Beach
Rock Hall, Maryland
Rockhallmd.com/beach

Matapeake Beach
2010 Sonny Schulz Blvd., Stevensville
Matapeakebeach.com
410-758-4098

Local Public Pools

Arundel Olympic Swim Center
Riva Road, Annapolis
Aacounty.org
410-222-7933 or 301-970-2216

Roger “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center at Truxtun Park
273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis
Annapolis.gov
410-263-7958

Y of Central Maryland
1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold
Ymaryland.org
410-544-2525

North Arundel Aquatic Center
Photo in folder
7888 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie
Aacounty.org
410-222-0090

Dorchester County Pool
105 Virginia Avenue, Cambridge
Dorchesterrecreation.org
410-221-8535

The Dorchester Family YMCA
201 Talbot Street, Cambridge
Dorchesterymca.org
410-221-0505

George Murphy Community Pool
501 Port Street, Easton
410-820-7306

YMCA of the Chesapeake
202 Peachblossom Road, Easton
Ymcachesapeake.org
410-822-0566

Millington Pool
Millington, Maryland
Kentparksandrec.org
410-928-5814

Bayside Landing Park
Off Bayside Avenue, Rock Hall
Kentparksandrec.org
410-708-1778

Bay Hundred Community Pool
911 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels
410-745-6592

YMCA of the Chesapeake
1013 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels
Ymcachesapeake.org
410-745-5963

Kent County Community Center Pool
11041 Worton Road, Worton
Kentparksandrec.org
410-810-2979

Beach Blast

Enjoy an endless amount of fun at the beach in Ocean City where you can play mini-golf, skydive, stroll the boardwalk, barhop by bus, charter fish, ride some waves, parasail, and much more! The Baltimore Ravens will again be hosting their annual Beach Bash Weekend (May 29th to June 1st) and the Ocean City Air Show featuring the Thunderbirds will return June 14th and 15th.

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Great Outdoors & Chesapeake Culture

Adkins Arboretum
12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely
Adkinsarboretum.org
410-634-2847
This 400-acre native garden and preserve in Ridgely has more than five miles of nature paths and 600 species of plant life. Adkins offers guided walks, birding, summer nature camps and other activities.

Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 2nd Street, Annapolis
Amaritime.org
410-295-0104
Nestled in Eastport, the Annapolis Maritime Museum offers summer camps, youth and adult programs educating locals on the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and maritime history of Annapolis, exhibits, summer concert series and more.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels
Cbmm.org
410-745-2916
Take in annual festivals and concerts, boat rides, interactive exhibits, family activities and a working boatyard while overlooking the Miles River. Upcoming events include ELF Classic (May 17), Floating Fleet Day (May 31), Maritime Model Expo (May 31– 10 a.m.–4 p.m., June 1–10 a.m.–3 p.m.), Member Nights (June 10 and July 15), Waterman’s Day (August 10), 17 Annual Charity Boat Auction (August 30) and 17 Annual Boating Party Gala (September 13).

Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis
Aacounty.org/recparks
410-222-1777
Boasting 360 acres of trails, waterfront scenery along the South River, art exhibits, a playground, picnic areas, paved hike and bike trails, nature trails, gardens, a dog park and a summer concert series, Quiet Waters provides a quaint and scenic getaway.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater
Serc.si.edu
443-482-2200
The 2,650-acre wooded campus in Edgewater acts as an outdoor museum that attracts thousands of visitors every year. SERC has adult and children’s education programs, pond explorations, canoe excursions, evening lectures, nature hikes and more.

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State Parks within Our Counties

Anne Arundel

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis
Dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/southern/sandypoint.asp‎
410-974-2149
Sandy Point offers a public beach on the Chesapeake Bay next to the westbound span of the Bay Bridges.

Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
Dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/patapsco.asp‎
410-461-5005
Opening in 1907, Patapsco Valley is one of Maryland’s first state parks with over 16,000 acres and 170 miles of nature trails.

Caroline County

Martinak State Park
137 Deep Shore Road, Denton
Dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/martinak.asp‎
410-479-1619
Located on the Choptank River and Watts Creek, Martinak State Park provides guests with fishing, boating, camping and picnicking opportunities as well as cabins to stay in.

Kent County

Millington Wildlife Management Area
Dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Publiclands/eastern/millington.asp
410-928-3650
Hunting opportunities abound with a vast array of wildlife at MWRA such as deer, waterfowl, rabbits, mourning doves, wild turkey, squirrels, foxes and raccoons.

Sassafras River Natural Resource Management Area
Dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/sassafras.aspx
410-820-1668
The Sassafras NRMA is known for its scenic views of the Sassafras River and Chesapeake Bay from atop the high banks facing south.

Queen Anne’s County

Tuckahoe State Park
13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne
Dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/tuckahoe.asp
410-820-1668
Tuckahoe State Park offers 20 miles of trails and a 60-acre lake with abundant fishing.

Talbot County

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park
29761 Bolingbroke Point Drive, Trappe
Dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/choptankpier.asp
410-820-1668
Located in both Talbot and Dorchester Counties, these lighted piers adjoin Sailwinds Park and are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, allowing optimum opportunities to catch perch, striped bass, croakers, sea trout and catfish.

Wye Oak State Park
14214 Oldwyemill, Wye Mills
Dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeoak.asp
410-820-1668
Wye Oak is a 29-acre park featuring a lone, fenced off Wye Oak Tree located next to a story and a half high colonial-era brick building.

Theater Buffs

Theater in the round (or front and center) can take on extra meaning and excitement when performed outdoors. This summer there are several such local options and even silver screen productions.

Put together by a volunteer staff, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre provides Annapolitans “theatre under the stars” each year right in the heart of Historic Annapolis. This summer, ASGT is producing three shows: 42nd Street (May 22–June 21), SHOUT! The Mod Musical (June 27–July 19) and Spamalot (July 31–August 31). Visit Summergarden.com or call 410-268-9212 for more information.

In partnership with Shore Shakespeare, Adkins Arboretum is hosting Shakespeare in the Meadow with an outdoor production of Romeo & Juliet from May 30 through June 1. The $10 Adkins Arboretum members, $15 nonmembers. Visit Adkinsarboretum.org for more show details.

Nothing says summer like opening a bag of popcorn and watching an outdoor movie on a giant screen during a beautiful summer night. Here are locations that have shown outdoor summer movies in the past:

Annapolis Towne Centre
Annapolis City Dock
Anne Arundel Community College
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
The Village at Waugh Chapel

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Family Fun

Looking for an event fit for the entire family? There’s no shortage of festivals that babies to boomers will enjoy.

Annapolis Greek Festival
May 29th–June 1st
Annapolisgreekfestival.org
410-573-2072

28th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival
June 13th–15th
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,
St. Michaels
Cbmm.org
410-745-2916

4th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
June 14th
Creative Alliance, Baltimore
Creativealliance.org
410-276-1651

Annapolis Irish Festival
July 11th–12th
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
Annapolisirishfestival.com
410-980-7971

Maryland Renaissance Festival
August 23rd–October 19th
Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville
Marylandrenaissancefestival.com
410-266-7304

Anne Arundel County Fair
September 2014 (exact dates TBA)
County Fairgrounds, Crownsville
Aacountyfair.org
410-923-3400

Caroline-Dorchester County Fair
August 6th–9th
Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton
Caroline-dorchestercountyfair.org
410-829-0095

Kent County Fair
July 17th–19th
Kent County Fairgrounds, Chestertown
Kentcountyfair.org
410-778-6429

Talbot County Fair
July 9th–12th
Talbot Agriculture and Education Center, Easton
Talbotcountyfair.org
410-822-8007

Queen Anne’s County Fair
August 11th–16th
Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park
Queenannescofair.com
410-758-0267

Naval Academy

Commissioning Week is a special time of year for Annapolis, as the city celebrates the dawn of a new era for the Naval Academy. This year’s festivities, happening from Friday, May 16th through Friday, May 23rd, include numerous USNA concerts, the Class of 2017 Herndon Monument Climb (May 19th, 1:30 p.m.), Blue Angel performances over the Severn River (May 20th and 21st), Color Parade at Worden Field (May 22nd, 11 a.m.) and is capped off by the Class of 2014 Graduation at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (May 23rd, 10 a.m.). For a full schedule of Commissioning Week events, stop by Usna.edu/CommissioningWeek.

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Local Libraries

Get to know your local libraries through kids’ book programs, concerts, family events, readings, and author visits. With 15 libraries in Anne Arundel County and 13 throughout the Eastern Shore, you’re bound to find more than a 60-year-old mystery novel or classic cassette tape.  

Fourth of July Fireworks Watching Spots

What better way to celebrate our nation’s birth than to take your friends and family out to see the fantastic local fireworks displays? Most fireworks displays begin at late dusk, often at 9 p.m., although we recommend checking with municipal fire departments for exact times.

Western Shore:

Annapolis Harbor
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Allen Pond, Bowie
Chesapeake Beach
National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Eastern Shore:

Cambridge Waterfront
Chestertown along the Chester River
Georgetown Harbor
Rock Hall Harbor (July 3rd, 9 p.m.)
Snow Hill
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,
St Michaels – Big Band Night/
Fireworks (July 5th)

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Worth the Drive

The National Harbor, which opened in early 2008 along the Potomac River, has become a booming metropolis and a hot-spot destination with more attractions on the way. This month the Capital Wheel, a 175-foot Ferris wheel providing a spectacular birds-eye view of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, will make its debut. The wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas with room to seat eight. Along with the Capital Wheel, the National Harbor is hosting a plethora of special events highlighted by the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (June 6th, 6-10 p.m. and June 7th, 12-6 p.m.), Walk of Hope (June 11th, 8-11 a.m.), Bike MS (June 7th-8th), Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival (August 16th, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.) and the Dragon Boat Regatta (August 28th, 8:30 a.m.).

Other Destination Events

5th Annual Paddlefest on the Choptank
Greensboro Carnival Ground, Greensboro
May 17th, 10:30 a.m.
Carolinechamber.org/pages/Paddlefest
410-479-4638

DelFest
May 22nd–25th
Cumberland
Delfest.com
Performances by The Del McCoury Band, The String Cheese Incident, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth.

Firefly Music Festival
June 19th–22nd, 2014
The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware
Fireflyfestival.com
312-253-6545
Headliners include the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Beck, Weezer.

Arts & Crafts

First Sunday Arts Festival
Sundays, 12–5 p.m., May 4th–October 5th
Calvert and West Streets, Annapolis
Firstsundayarts.com
443-333-9067

First Saturday Gallery Walk
Saturdays, 5–9 p.m.
Talbottown Shopping Center, Easton.
Eastonmd.org
410-820-8822

Annapolis Arts Crafts & Wine Festival
June 7th–8th
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com
410-263-4012

24th Annual Annapolis Art Walk
August 21st, 5–9 P.M.
Downtown Annapolis
Artinannapolis.com
410-267-7077

Chestertown’s 1st Fridays
Downtown Chestertown
Fridays, 5–8 p.m.
Kentcounty.com/artsentertainment

1st Saturdays in Historic Stevensville
Downtown Stevensville
Saturdays, 12–7 p.m.
Stevensvilleartsandentertainment.org
410-604-2100

First Saturday Gallery Walk
Talbottown Shopping Center, Easton
Saturdays, 5–9 p.m.
Eastonmd.org
410-820-8822

2nd Fridays in Berlin
Main Street, Berlin
Fridays, 5–8 p.m.
443-735-0957

3rd Friday Salisbury
Downtown Salisbury
Fridays, 5–8 p.m.
3rdfridaysby.com
410-774-6145