There’s Something for Everyone in Southern Maryland This Weekend, June 9-11, 2017

Kimberly Bean
Published on June 5, 2017

There’s Something for Everyone in Southern Maryland This Weekend, June 9-11, 2017

No matter what you’re interested in, you’re sure to find something fun to do in Southern Maryland this weekend! There’s a lot going on, including these three events.

Get Close to Big Trucks in Lexington Park on Saturday

Ever wanted to inspect a fire truck or climb inside an ambulance? Here’s your chance!

The Third Annual Touch a Truck/Public Safety Day will take place Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lexington Village Shopping Center, which is at Route 235 and Buck Hewitt Road in Lexington Park. The event is free.

You’ll be able to get close to fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances and talk to the first responders who drive these vehicles and help keep Lexington Park safe. For more information, visit

(Image via Lexington Village.)

Celebrate Local Art at ArtsFest in La Plata

Enjoy local art and meet community organizations at the 25th Annual ArtsFest!

ArtsFest will take place Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Town Hall in downtown La Plata. This event is sponsored by the Charles County Arts Alliance in partnership with the Town of La Plata. It is the largest arts festival in Charles County.

More than 60 booths will be filled with oil and acrylic artworks, crafts, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, quilts, stained glass art, Native American instruments, photography, home decor, hand-sewn accessories, comics, children’s and adult books, scarves, ornaments, and much, much more.  All items are original, hand-made, and available for purchase!

Community service organizations will be on hand with information about preserving land, animal, and water resources; helping the hungry and homeless; settling mediation issues; and tutoring opportunities. Plus, there are several commercial vendors with information on remodeling your bathroom, the proposed arts district in Benedict, and some cool designs in legwear available for purchase.

Get your picture taken with “Lord Baltimore,” the hand-carved carousel horse owned by the Arts Alliance.  There’s a children’s art tent, face painting, and non-stop music and dancing performances on two stages beginning at noon. Five vendors will have delicious food for purchase to satisfy every palate.

“Andy,” the Texas Roadhouse armadillo will be there to wave “Howdy” to everyone! WMDM 97.7 is broadcasting live at ArtsFest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit

(Image via Charles County Arts Alliance.)

Annmarie Garden Hosts Acoustic Music Assembly

Live music will echo throughout Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center this weekend for the Second Annual Southern Maryland Acoustic Music Assembly. The event will take place Saturday, June 10, from 1 to 9 p.m.

Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military, $3 for youth, and free for kids age 5 and under.

Enjoy a day of song circles and acoustic jamming, followed by an evening concert, dinner, and contra dancing. Bring your preferred instruments and/or your favorite songs to the afternoon song circles — or just come to listen! In the evening, dinner will be available along with music from four bands. The evening contra dance will feature a live band and caller (beginners welcome!).

SMAMA is an opportunity to play, sing, dance, and hear different kinds of music — and to meet other musicians from Southern Maryland and beyond! SMAMA is open to all ages and abilities, and is family-friendly. Food, drink, and wine/beer will be available.

The event is presented by Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Calvert Library, and Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit

(Image via Annmarie Garden.)

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