10 Festivals Happening in Southern Maryland this Summer

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on June 14, 2018

Summer in Southern Maryland is never long enough! If you want to make the most of the season, check out these 10 festivals happening in the region this summer. There’s something for everyone and fun for the whole family!

Historic St. Mary’s City Beerfest

When: Saturday, June 23; noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Historic St. Mary’s City, 47418 Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City

Details: Enjoy tasty beer from local and regional breweries in the shadow of the historic State House of 1676. Several food vendors will also be on hand, and the day is filled with live music and demonstrations from local homebrew groups. Grab a beer and browse the work of local artists and crafters.

Website: http://www.stmaryscitybeerfest.org/


When: Saturday, June 23; noon to 5 p.m.

Where: North Beach

Details: Find local wine, beer, cider, and spirits at the annual DrinkMaryland event! This event features local craft beverages as well as food and art vendors.

Website: https://www.northbeachmd.org/drinkmaryland

SOMD Music Fest

When: June 29-30

Where: St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown

Details: The 7th District Optimist Club presents this annual festival of country music, which this year features Parmalee, Chris Lane, Drivin’ Muzzy, Robbie Boothe, and Bradley Turner.

Website: https://www.somdmusicfest.com/

Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth

When:  Wednesday, July 4; 4:30 p.m.

Where: Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 Linus Drive, Waldorf

Details: Celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang! Enjoy local food and drinks, play in the Family Fun Zone, and hear great live entertainment. The night ends with a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game (ticket required) and fireworks.

Website: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/coadmin/tourism/celebrate-charles

Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival

When: Saturday, July 14; noon to 8 p.m.

Where: St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point

Details: Hear great jazz while you relax riverside on the museum lawn and take in the view. Lots of delicious seafood will be available for sale.

Website: https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/potomac-jazz-seafood-festival

Southern Maryland Balloon Festival

When: Saturday, July 14; 3 p.m.

Where: Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard

Details: Up, up, and away at the second annual balloon festival! Take a tethered balloon ride and walk around inside a hot air balloon. Food truck vendors, craft vendors, and local community groups will also be on hand. Plus, the KIDZONE is even bigger this year!

Website: https://www.somdballoonfestival.org/

“L’il” Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival

When: Aug, 9, 10, and 11

Where: Goddard Farm, 21810 Clay Hill Road, Leonardtown

Details: Three big days of bluegrass and old-time music return to Leonardtown this summer. The lineup includes a variety of bands that have one goal: To get your toes tapping! You can even camp on site for the weekend.

Website: https://lilmargaretsbluegrass.wordpress.com/

The Original 4th Annual Southern Maryland Wine, Jazz, R&B, and Funk Festival

When: Saturday, Aug. 18; 10 a.m.

Where: Calvert County Fairgrounds, Prince Frederick

Details: Back for the fourth year! This annual music festival is boasting an all-new lineup for 2018 as well as beer and spirit tastings.

Website: http://www.vendor-nation.com/southern-maryland-wine-jazz-rb-and-funk-festival/

Country Life Fest 2018

When: Aug. 18 and 19; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Where: St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown

Details: Love the great outdoors? This annual festival celebrates country living, hunting, fishing, and outdoorsy! Enjoy chainsaw carving, live music, the All-American Lumberjack Show, giveaways, vendors, and more.

Website: https://www.countrylifefest.com/

Taste the Beaches

When: Saturday, Sept. 8; 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Kellam’s Field, 3825 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach

Details: Find out what’s happening in North Beach and Chesapeake Beach! Enjoy food and drink from local restaurants, breweries, wineries, and food trucks. Local vendors and artisans will showcase their wares, and kids can play in the KidsZone and check out the mobile aquarium.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/tastethebeaches/

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