Ah, the good state of Maryland. Home of Old Bay Seasoning, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and tons of free events all throughout June, thanks to our Partner Feature this week: Visit Maryland. That’s right DC and Virginia, I’m talking to you! Time for you to get out of the DV, and head to the great state of Maryland. Here’s why.
WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS: Maryland Office of Tourism
VisitMaryland.org is “the official site of the Maryland office of tourism” AKA everything you need to know about happenings around MD. This month especially, keep your eyes pealed and ears opened, because June is all about “Free Events in the Free Sate.” Free on free on free—I like it.
Visit Maryland is super helpful in guiding you with all things Maryland-tourism related, including information on what you should see, what you should do, where you should eat, and how you should get to all these places. And yes, even if you live in Maryland, you can still be a tourist here! There is so much to see, so many spots to visit, and so, so much crab to be eaten. Nom.
Although June is dedicated to free events, the free doesn’t stop there. All yearlong, VisitMaryland.org hosts a “Ticket Tuesday” on their Facebook page,
where they give away a pair of tickets to something going on in the great state. All for free, and free for all… why thank you, Maryland.
- Sara Sopher
Here is a sampling of free-admission events in Maryland’s five regions this summer:
* Grantsville Days, June 28-30, Grantsville Park (Garrett County) – Grantsville Lions Club sponsors this 36th annual family weekend in the Deep Creek Lake area. Weekend includes a parade, live entertainment, Sunday gospel, tractor and truck pulls, and fireworks.
* Emmitsburg Heritage Days, June 28-30, 2013 (Frederick County) - An event commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg features living historians, Civil War-era vendors and crafts, and a concert by the Williamsport Band and the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale.
* The Civil War Comes to Rockville, June 29 (Montgomery County) – A day of free activities and programs marks the 150-year anniversary of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s march through town en route to Gettysburg. Events include an encampment at Beall-Dawson Park, a concert by the Federal City Brass Band at Courthouse Square and country-dance performers at the town square.
* Celebrating the Potomac, June 22, National Colonial Farm Museum, (Prince George’s County) – This living-history museum features a family-oriented river and culturally themed festival, and musical performances on a farm that is representative of the Revolutionary War-era.
* Taneytown Wine and Jazz Festival, June 22, Memorial Park (Carroll County) – The downtown festival will feature a variety of art ranging from sculptures, paintings and photography to wood turning, fashion design and local wines.
* River Concert Series, starts June 21, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Historic St. Mary’s City (St. Mary’s County) – World-class artists (classical, jazz, bluegrass and others) perform with the college’s resident ensemble, the Chesapeake Orchestra. The series runs on Friday evenings through July 26.
* Delmarva Chicken Festival, June 21-22, Snow Hill (Worcester County) – A giant frying pan cooks up tons of chicken for visitors to this annual celebration of the region’s poultry industry, which takes place this year in (where else?) Byrd Park in downtown Snow Hill, a half-hour from Ocean City. The festival includes live music, boat rides on the Pocomoke river, a 5K run/walk, arts & crafts, car show and juggling demonstrations. Admission is free. Free shuttle service also available.
* Tilghman Island Seafood Festival, June 22 (Talbot County) – A visit to Tilghman Island reveals the culture and tradition of Maryland’s signature seafood industry. Admission to this annual summer festival is free. Once there, visitors will find music, dancing, hard-crab races and plenty of Maryland seafood. Tilghman Island is close to Easton, St. Michaels and Oxford.
Free travel information
For more information about attractions in the state, order a copy of Destination Maryland – the state’s travel guide. Call 1-800-719-5900, or order online at VisitMaryland.org.