Your Guide To Summer Fun
Posted on June 21, 2017

 

 

You can find something local to do every weekend throughout the year, but when the weather is warm, very little searching is required. Summertime in means tons of options for entertainment — it’s natural to wonder where to start, though. Consider the following highlights and events a solid starting place for filling your summer calendar.

 

 

Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival
Rash Field, Inner Harbor
201 Key Hwy., Baltimore, MD

When: Saturday, June 24th, Session 1: 11AM-3PM, Session 2: 5PM-9PM
Cost: $25-$95

The 4th Annual Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival brings in nearly 22,000 people each year to enjoy crabs, beer, and family fun! There are over 60,000 crabs to taste, multiple different beers to sip, and even some wine options. The kids can enjoy art and crafts and live music! For more information regarding parking, sessions, and ticket packages, please visit: http://www.mdcrabfest.com/baltimore/show-info

 

NoVA Brewfest
Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA

When: Saturday, June 24th– Sunday June, 25th
Cost: $10-$35

Are you a seasonal beer fan? Then head over to the 10th Annual NoVA Brewfest! Enjoy sampling from local and craft brews that are focusing on their summer flavors.  Food, beer, and entertainment are included in your ticket purchase! For more information, please visit: http://www.novabrewfest.com/

 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall
Between 7th and 12th St., NW Washington, DC

When: Tuesday, June 20th-Tuesday, July 4th
Cost: FREE Admission

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is produced annually by the Smithsonian Center of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, honoring contemporary living cultural traditions and those who celebrate them. All 50 states and over 100 countries participate in the celebration.  The festival is from 11AM-5PM with evening dance parties beginning at 5:30PM with circus performers almost every night starting at 7PM.  For more information, please visit: http://www.festival.si.edu/

 

Capital Fringe Festival
Various Locations in DC

When: July 6-30
Cost: starting at $17 plus Fringe Button ($5) required at most performances

Capital Fringe focuses on expanding audiences’ appetites for independent Fringe theatre, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art. Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Its success thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of the DC’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work, and visit there. Check out the website for venues and performances: https://www.capitalfringe.org/fringefestival-2017

 

Warped Tour
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia, MD 21044

When: Sunday, July 16, doors at 11am
Cost: $42-52

Rock out this summer at the largest traveling and longest-running music festival in the US! A diverse and inclusive atmosphere of high-energy bands in styles of rock, punk, pop, metal, electronic, hip hop, ska, and endless sub-styles. A full list of performers can be found online: http://vanswarpedtour.com/

 

Arlington Peruvian Festival
Gungston Middle School Soccer Field
2700 South Lang St, Arlington VA 22206

When: Sunday, July 23, 11-7
Cost: FREE!

The Peruvian Festival celebrates Peru’s Independence (July 28) with original Peruvian cuisine, music, and dances. This year is the 30-Year Anniversary of the festival and will feature a fabulous fiesta with great music, dances, and Peruvian cuisine. Bring your folding chair and enjoy performances and live music! https://www.arlingtonperufest.com/

 

Summer Spirit Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia, MD 21044

When: Saturday August 5 to Sunday August 6, doors at 1pm
Cost: starting at $97

No summer is complete without the sonic adventure that is Summer Spirit Festival, with a line-up blending the best of soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, and Go Go. The festival features superstars Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Fantasia and SWV, and iconic fan favorites like De La Soul. http://www.merriweathermusic.com/event/1461977-2017-summer-spirit-festival-columbia/

 

Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival
Strathmore Music Center
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, 20852

When: August 24 – 26, beginning at 7:30pm
Cost: FREE!

Outdoor movies return to Strathmore this summer! Join us on the lawn for 3 nights of free flicks benefiting the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. Come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities, and grab dinner from Ridgewell’s summer grill. Films begin at dusk:

Thu, Aug 24 – Moana

Fri, Aug 25 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Sat, Aug 26 – The Lego Batman Movie

 

MD State Fair
2200 York Rd, Lutherville, MD 21093

When: August 24 to September 4
Cost: Ask your concierge for discounted tickets!

The nearly half-million visitors each year attest to what has become a favorite summer tradition – The 11 Best Days of Summer – The Maryland State Fair. http://www.marylandstatefair.com/

 

Maryland Renaissance Festival
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

When: weekends August 26 through October 22, 10am-7pm
Cost: Adults 16+ $19, Seniors 62+ $17, Children 7-15 $8, Children 6 and under free

Enter the gates of Revel Grove and leave the hectic pace of the twenty-first century behind. Slow down. Leisurely stroll our beautiful wooded paths. Quaff an ale and relax in one of our pubs. Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts. Let the kids play in our free children’s area – complete with a beautiful pirate ship. You won’t find any video games here! No mind-numbing computer-generated special effects. The magic, pageantry, songs, and laughter are all real. www.rennfest.com