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It’s Always Sunny in Your 2015 Summer Fun Guide

Jun 09, 2015 11:31AM ● By Cate Reynolds
Compiled by Anna Linthicum

From Annapolis to Ocean City and all regional points between, in, and outside our county lines (including D.C. and Baltimore), there is no shortage of activities, events, and leisure to enjoy this warm-weather season. We have compiled a comprehensive list of some favorite festivals, can’t-miss events, awesome adventures, nostalgic attractions, and a mix of community activities; there’s something for everyone, so dive in!

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.


Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
June 19th, 6–10 p.m., June 20th, 12–6 p.m.
National Harbor, Maryland
Nationalharbor.com
877-628-5427

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
June 13th, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. at Rash Field, Inner Harbor, Baltimore
August 22nd, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. at National Harbor on the Potomac, Maryland
Mdcrabfest.com
800-830-3976

70th Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast
August 7th, 5–8 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
$65 Adults, $20 Children
Annapolisrotary.org
1-877-333-9667

36th Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val
August 8th, 1–6 p.m.
Sailwinds Park, Cambridge
Seafoodfeastival.com
410-228-1211

Maryland Seafood Festival
September 12th, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
September 13th, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
Mdseafoodfestival.com
410-353-9237

Farmers’ Markets

When you crave the freshest produce, locally raised meats, and homemade goods, our regional farmers’ markets are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Support your local farmers and Maryland’s rich agricultural heritage when you buy local and enjoy fresh healthier products while reducing fuel emissions.

Here is a county by county list of where they set up shop for the 2015 season according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture plus a few farm stands. 


ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Annapolis FRESHFARM Market 
Donner Parking Lot, Compromise Street, Annapolis
May 3rd-November 22nd; Sundays, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Closed October 11th and 18th
Contact: Bernie Prince, 202-362-8889
info@freshfarmmarkets.org
Freshfarmmarkets.org

Anne Arundel County (Riva) Farmers’ Market 
Riva Road & Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis
April 4th-December 19th; Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon
April 12th-December 20th; Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 26th-September 29th; Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Contact: Brenda Conti, 410-349-0317
thtusa@gmail.com
Aacofarmersmarket.com

Anne Arundel Medical Center Farmers’ Market 
South Tower, Annapolis
June 5th-October 30th; Fridays 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Contact: Charlotte Wallace, 443-534-4515
cwallace@aahs.org
AskAAMC.org

Arundel Preserve
The Residence at Arundel Preserve, Hanover
June 7th-August 30th; Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: Be Be Hernandez, 703-785-5028

Crofton Farmers’ Market 
Crofton Station Shopping Center, Crofton.
April 15th-November 25th;Wednesdays 4-7 p.m.
Contact: Chad Houck, 410-353-2861
Contact: Scott Hariton, 410-693-3126
Croftonfarmersmarket.com

Diehl’s Produce of Annapolis 
Eastport Shopping Center (across from Adam’s Ribs), Annapolis
April 1st (plants only) April 30th (produce too)-October 31st; Weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact: Find them on Facebook. 

Diehl’s Produce of Edgewater 
Village at Lee Airpark (next to Ledo Pizza), Edgewater
April 1st (plants only) April 30th (produce too)-October 31st; Weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact: Find them on Facebook 

Diehl’s Produce of Severna Park 
Park Plaza Shopping Center (next to Adam’s Ribs), Severna Park
April 1st (plants only) April 30th (produce too)-October 31st; Weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact: Find them on Facebook 

DNR Farmers’ Market 
580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
June 4th-September 3rd; Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.
Contact: Lisa Barge, 410-222-7410
lbarge@aaedc.org

Piney Orchard Farmers’ Market 
2400 Stream Valley Drive, Odenton
June 3rd-November 25th; Wednesdays, 2-6:30 p.m.
Contact: Bill Morris, 410-867-9162
william@deepcovefarms.com

Severna Park Farmers’ Market 
Ritchie Highway & Jones Station Road (Park and Ride), Severna Park
April 25th-October 31st; Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Contact: Anita Robertson, 410-924-3092
aar9192@yahoo.com
Severnaparkfarmersmarket.com

Westfield Annapolis Mall Farmers’ Market 
Route 50 East & Jennifer Road, Annapolis
May 4th-October 26th; Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
January 1st-April 20th; Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Contact: Brenda Conti, 410-349-0317
thtusa@gmail.com
Aaedc.org

CAROLINE COUNTY

Federalsburg Downtown Farmers’ Market 
118 North Main Street, Federalsburg
April 5th-November 15th; Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Contact: Happy Mayer, 301-792-9448

DORCHESTER COUNTY

Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market 
Long Wharf Park (at the end of historic High Street), Cambridge
May 7th-October 15th; Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.
Contact: Cheryl Bramble, 443-521-6065
cambridgemktmgr@aol.com
Cambridgemainstreet.com

KENT COUNTY

Chestertown Farmers’ Market 
Park Row at the Fountain Park, Chestertown
January 1st-December 12th; Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Contact: Owen McCoy, 443-480-1893
omccoy@baybroadband.net
Chestertown.com

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY

Centreville Farmers’ Market 
Lawyers Row, Centreville
April 26th-October 25th; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
April 23rd-October 22nd; Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.
Contacts: Arlene Warner & David King, 410-841-9269
davidkking.is@gmail.com
Facebook

Kent Island Farmers’ Market 
830 Romancoke Road, Stevensville
January 1st-December 31st; Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.
Contact: Diane Bedlin, 410-643-3283
dianebedlin@gmail.com
Kentislandfarmersmarket.com

TALBOT COUNTY

Easton Farmers’ Market 
Town parking lot off N. Harrison Street, Easton
April 11th-December 19th; Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 1st-August 26th; Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.
Contact: Jason Wilford, 443-523-4852
jason@theavalonfoundation.com
Avalonfoundation.org

St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market 
208 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels
April 18th-October 10th; Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Contact: Carol Bean, 410-829-8228
info@freshfarmmarkets.org
Freshfarmmarkets.org

 

Music Lovers

From waterfront big band concerts to summer shed shredding, there’s no shortage of outdoor live music to plug into this season. As of press time, many schedules were still being finalized. Please contact venue directly for updates.

Local Concert Series

Annapolis Towne Centre Friday Night Summer Concert Series
May through August 
Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, Annapolis
Visitatc.com
410-573-9050

34th Annual Bay Music Festival
June 13th, 3-10 p.m.
4-H Park, Centreville
Baymusicfestival.com
410-604-2100 

Bayside Summer Concert Series
Downs Park, Pasadena
Aacounty.org/RecParks
410-222-6230

30th Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
June 7th-21st
Various artists and performances take place at venues in and around Easton, Maryland
Chesapeakechambermusic.org
410-819-0380

Bands in the Sand
June 13th, 5–10:30 p.m.
Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis.
Cbf.org/events/bands-in-the-sand
888-728-3229

Eastport-A-Rockin’
June 20th, 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

Rock the Dock
Summer dates available online
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, Chesapeake Beach
Cbresortspa.ticketleap.com
410-257-5596

Thursday Nights with the Stars
Thursday evenings, 6:30-8 p.m.
July 2nd-August 27th
Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis
Presented by the Art in Public Places Commission
annapolis.gov

Tides & Tunes Summer Concerts Series
June through August 
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis
Amaritime.org
410-295-0104

Waugh Chapel Towne Centre Saturday Night Summer Concert Series
May through August 
Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, Gambrills
Visitwaughchapel.com
410-721-7510

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Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia
Merriweathermusic.com
410-715-5550

6/20 Hozier (w/ The Antlers)
6/27 Boys of Zummer Tour with Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa (w/ Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama)
7/18 Vans Warped Tour-Presented by Journeys
7/24 Sam Smith
7/26 My Morning Jacket (w/ Jason Isbell)
8/15–16 Phish
8/19 Willie Nelson and Family Old Crow Medicine Show
8/22 Darius Rucker (w/ Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, and A Thousand Horses)
9/13 Death Cab for Cutie (w/ Explosions in the Sky)

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Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, Virginia
Thejiffylubelive.com 
703-754-6400

6/11 Lana Del Ray
6/13 Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, and Raelynn
6/20 Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band
6/26 Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, and Dustin Lynch
6/27 Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, and Dustin Lynch
6/28 Train, The Fray, and Matt Nathanson
7/2 Def Leppard, Styx, and Tesla
7/8 Kid Rock and Foreigner
7/10 Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Maddie and Tae, and Canaan Smith
7/18 Idina Menzel
8/8 Toby Keith and Eli Young Band
8/9 J. Cole, Big Sean, YG, and Jeremih
8/11 Slipknot, Lamb of God, and Bullet for My Valentine
8/14 Chicago-The Band and Earth, Wind, & Fire
8/25 Nickelback
8/28 Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, and Chase Bryant
9/6 5 Seconds of Summer
9/12 Jason Aldean, Tyler Farr, and Cole Swindell
9/26 Brad Paisley, Justin Moore, and Mickey Guyton

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Pier Six Pavilion 
Baltimore
Piersixpavilion.com
410-783-4189

6/13 “Weird Al” Yankovic
6/17 Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional
6/25 Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly (w/ Mariachi El Bronx)
7/2 The Band Perry
7/16 Slightly Stoopid (w/ Dirty Heads and The Expendables)
7/19 Umphrey’s McGee (w/ Lettuce)
8/11 Jim Gaffigan
8/12 Yes and Toto
8/26 Santana

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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’d like to race your friends around a track or experience heart-pumping G-forces, you’ll find what you need in no time.

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 Boulevard, Chesapeake Beach
Chesapeakebeachwaterpark.com
410-257-1404
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
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 Rd, 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

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 before hitting the bigger links.

Mini Golf

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

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

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

Night Hawk Golf Center
814 Route 3 S., 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 S., 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 Hwy., Arnold
Severnaparkgolf.com
410-647-8618

Get Your Race On


Dawson’s Father’s Day 10K
June 21st, 8 a.m.
Severna Park High School, Severna Park
Annapolisstriders.org
410-757-2272

Two Rivers Bike Ride
June 27th, 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 11th, 7:45 a.m.
West Annapolis Elementary School, Annapolis
Annapolisstriders.org
240-460-1127

Annapolis 10 Mile Run
August 30th, 7 a.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Annapolisstriders.org
410-280-2923

 

Boys of Summer (and Fall)

The Bowie Baysox and Delmarva Shorebirds play out the heart of their schedule this summer at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie and Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, respectively. The Baysox will face the likes of Harrisonburg, Akron, Richmond, Erie, Binghampton, Trento, New Britain, Reading, and Altoona, among others. The Shorebirds will face off against Ashville, Augusta, Lakewood, West Virginia, Hagerstown, and many more. Visit Baysox.com or Theshorebirds.com for full schedules and details.

The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles are eyeing the postseason again after successful campaigns in 2014. Both squads continue their “Battle of the Beltways” rivalry this summer (July 10th–12th 8th at Camden Yards). Visit Washington.nationals.mlb.com or Baltimore.orioles.mlb.com for each club’s full schedule and details.

The Navy Midshipmen kick off their 2015 football season against Colgate on September 5th at home. The blue and gold host home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Colgate, East Carolina, Air Force, Tulane, University of South Florida and Southern Methodist University. The Mids also travel to Philly to battle Army. Visit Navysports.com or call 1-800-US4-NAVY for more information.

The Maryland Terrapins look to improve on their successful inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference, which included a trip to the Foster Farms Bowl. The Terps will play seven home games at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium against Richmond, Bowling Green, South Florida, University of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. The Terps also face Penn State at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore (10/24). Visit Umterps.com or call 1-800-462-TERP for more game details.

Water Bugs

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

Local Public Beaches

Sandy Point State Park
1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis
Dnr2.maryland.gov
410-974-2149

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

Rolph’s Wharf
1008 Rolphs Wharf Rd, 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
2690 Riva Road, Annapolis
Aacounty.org/RecParks/swimcenters/arundelcenter
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 
7888 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie
Aacounty.org/RecParks/swimcenters/aquaticcenter
410-222-0090

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

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

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

YMCA of the Chesapeake
202 Peach Blossom Lane, 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
Talbotcountymd.gov
410-745-6592

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

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

State Parks within Our Counties

Anne Arundel

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis
1100 E College Parkway, Annapolis
Dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclaands/Pages/southern/sandypoint.aspx
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
Dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/patapsco.aspx
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
Dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/martinak.aspx
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.aspx
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
Knock’s Folly Visitors Center
13761 Turners Creek Road, Kennedyville
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
Dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tuckahoe.aspx
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
Dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/choptankpier.aspx
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 Old Wye Mills Road, Wye Mills
Dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/wyeoak.aspx
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.

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 Party on the Point: Celebrating 50 Years on the Bay (May 23rd), Antique and Classic Boat Festival (June 19th -21st), Big Band Night (July 4th), Watermen’s Appreciation Day (August 9th), 18th Annual Charity Boat Auction (September 5th) and 18th Annual Boating Party Fundraising Gala (September 12th).

Quiet Waters Park
600 Quiet Water 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 Rd, 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.

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: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (May 28th – June 20th), Catch Me If You Can (July 2nd-25th) and a third to be announced (August 6th-September 6th). 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 The Comedy of Errors from May 1st through May 3rd. Admission to the play is $10 for Adkins Arboretum members, and $15 for nonmembers. Visit Adkinsarboretum.org for more show details.

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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
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.


28th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival
June 19th-21st
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
Cbmm.org
410-745-2916

Annapolis Irish Festival
July 10th–11th
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
Annapolisirishfestival.com
410-980-7971

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends August 29th–October 25th
Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville
Marylandrenaissancefestival.com
410-266-7304

Anne Arundel County Fair
September 16th-20th
County Fairgrounds, Crownsville
Aacountyfair.org
410-923-3400

Caroline-Dorchester County Fair
August 5th-8th
Caroline County 4-H Park, Denton
Caroline-dorchestercountyfair.org
410-829-0095

Kent County Fair
July 16th-18th
Kent County Fairgrounds, Chestertown
Kentcountyfair.org
410-778-6429

Talbot County Fair
July 8th-11th
Talbot Agriculture and Education Center, Easton
Talbotcountyfair.org
410-822-8007

Queen Anne’s County Fair
August 10th-15th
Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park
Queenannescofair.com
410-758-0267

Spots to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks

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 the municipal fire department 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 HarborRock Hall Harbor
Snow Hill
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St Michaels – Big Band Night/Fireworks (July 4th)

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. Check out our online calendar for more information on events going on at a library near you!

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. The Capital Wheel, a 175-foot Ferris wheel provides a spectacular birds-eye view of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. 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 19th, 6-10 p.m. and June 20th, 12-6 p.m.), Walk of Hope (June 6th, 8-11 a.m.), and the Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival (August 22nd, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.), among others.

Other Destination Events


Firefly Music Festival 
June 18th-21st, 2015
The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware
Fireflyfestival.com
312-253-6545
Headliners include Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Zedd.

Arts & Crafts

First Sunday Arts Festival 
Sundays, 12–5 p.m., May 3rd–October 4th.
Calvert and West Streets, Annapolis
Firstsundayarts.com
410-263-4012

First Friday Gallery Walk
Fridays, 5–8 p.m.
Easton
Eastonmd.org
410-770-8000 (Talbot County Office of Tourism)

Annapolis Arts Crafts & Wine Festival
June 6th-7th
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
Annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com
410-263-4012

25th Annual Annapolis Art Walk
August 20th, 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

2nd Friday Art Stroll in Berlin
Main Street, Berlin
Fridays
Berlinmainstreet.com
443-735-0957
410-973-2051 (Berlin Main Street)

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

For more Summer events, visit our online calendar herehttp://www.whatsupmag.com/calendar