Fun is in the Air in Southern Maryland this Weekend, July 13-15, 2018

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on July 8, 2018

Fun is popping up everywhere this weekend in Southern Maryland! Whether you love large balloons or beautiful blooms you’ll find something fun on the local calendar this weekend. Here are three events worth checking out in Southern Maryland this weekend, July 13-15, 2018.

Art Blooms at Annmarie Garden this Weekend

Stop and smell the roses!

The Calvert Garden Club celebrates the ninth annual Art Blooms at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center from Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15. The exhibit begins with a gala reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 13. Learn more about the reception and where to buy tickets here:

On Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, entrance to the galleries to see the Art Blooms arrangements is free. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

This event showcases the work of more than 30 floral designers from across the region. The designers create floral arrangements inspired by the works of art in the exhibits Of a Feather: Birds in Art and Big Fun Art.

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(Image via Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center on Facebook.)

Up, Up, and Away for the Southern Maryland Balloon Festival

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Southern Maryland Balloon Festival! The event has outgrown last year’s inaugural location, so this year the festival will take place on Saturday, July 14, at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard. The festival is open from 3 to 10 p.m.

You can expect all the fun from last year plus an expanded KIDZONE, artisans, on-site parking, and gorgeous views of the Patuxent River! Cost is $20 per adult and $5 for kids age 3 to 12. Children younger than 3 are free. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Calvert County.

Purchase tickets here:

General admission includes:

  • On-site parking
  • Live bands
  • Balloon glow
  • Fireworks display
  • Junior balloonist STEM demonstration
  • KIDZONE with inflatables, face-painting, touch-a-truck, and more!
  • PLUS walk inside a full-size inflated balloon!

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Celebrate Sharks at Marine Museum’s Annual Festival

It’s time for Sharkfest!

One of the Calvert Marine Museum’s most popular events returns on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum in Solomons. Regular admission applies; museum members are free.

Sharks are one of the world’s most fascinating creatures, and Sharkfest is a chance to learn more about them. Live sharks will be featured in the Corbin Pavilion. The museum will be full of hands-on opportunities to explore the diversity of sharks and their remarkable history on planet Earth. Learn fascinating ‘sharktoids’, examine evidence of prehistoric sharks, make a shark-themed craft, and take a picture in the life-size jaws of a Megalodon shark. Slide down the jaws of a giant inflated shark, sponsored by Tidewater Dental.

Food and drinks will be available for sale, and the museum will be stocked with shark memento, shirts, and toys.

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