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  • Maryland Seafood Festival
    Despite its food-centric name, the Maryland Seafood Festival casts a wide net over Chesapeake Bay culture, capturing the essence of the area?s music, art, sports, and cuisine in an annual celebration that has endured since 1967. For 30 of those years, the festival has camped out on Sandy Point State Park?s seaside grounds, where, like the mattress of a giant, the event sprawls across a space the size of nearly three football fields. On Saturday, the festivities kick off with one of the event?s two traditions: the Annual Crab Soup Cook-Off followed by the Maryland Fishing Challenge the next day. After that, hungry patrons can sample local flavors at vendor booths by Jimmy's Famous Seafood and the Maryland Watermen's Association, or visit chef demos where pros impart tips on preparing dishes such as blackened snakehead and oyster shooters. Local artisans also fill festival tents, selling colorful wares that range from jewelry to furniture. A lineup of live music will soundtrack the event through most of the weekend, helping kids bop to the beat in bouncy houses while adults sample imported and craft beers from local brewers.
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    1100 E College Pkwy
    Annapolis, MD US
  • City Dock Productions
    The Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival encourages visitors to BYO. That's not BYOB, mind you (there are more than 100 beer styles here from craft breweries around the country). Instead, visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs?and set them up near the Pilsner stage to listen to live music all day while sipping their samples. But there's plenty to do at the fest away from the lawn, too. Informational seminars teach all about beer, with sessions that might cover the fundamentals of craft beer or cooking gourmet dishes with it. Until festgoers can get back home and can put those lessons to action, there are plenty of hearty eats to try at the festival grounds, including freshly shucked Maryland oysters.
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    550 Taylor Avenue
    Annapolis, MD US
  • 2nd Annual Maryland "Drafts and Laughs"
    From April 18th to the 25th, lovers of fine brews gather at Annapolis for Annapolis Beer Week?a celebration of local and craft beers, live music, and delicious food. Visitors sip suds from producers such as Yards Brewing Company, DuClaw, Flying Dog, and Port City after completing the 5K Beer Run or as they enjoy outdoor concerts. The week also involves a chicken wing festival and competition, live entertainment, and a comedy show.
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    219 29th Division St
    Baltimore, MD US
  • The Annapolis Arts, Crafts, and Wine Festival
    Wine and art belong together like peanut butter and jelly. That's why, every year, The Annapolis Arts, Crafts, and Wine Festival brings together Maryland winemakers and local artists and craftsmen for a weekend of celebration. More than 200 jury-selected artists exhibit at the outdoor festival, presenting creations such as paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and leatherwork. Meanwhile, vintners from more than 25 of the state's wineries pour their best reds and whites into guests' tasting glasses. Live jazz musicians provide a smooth soundtrack for the weekend, and kids can get their own arts enrichment through children's theater performances and tie-dyeing workshops. With its convenient location at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the festival is just a short distance from historic downtown Annapolis. After a day spent sipping wine and discovering artwork, festival-goers can explore the waterfront community's brick-lined streets, shops, and restaurants. The city's 18th-century architecture is another attraction, reminding sightseers of what buildings looked like in the days before bricks went extinct.
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    550 Taylor Avenue
    Annapolis, MD US
  • Caribbean Food & Wine Festival
    What to expect: award-winning wine from across the Caribbean, regional cuisine, reggae music 2 p.m.–6 p.m.: the hours to indulge in tastings of Reggae Wines Gold & Best of Class at 2011 Pacific Rim Wine Competition: the award bestowed to Reggae Red Gold Medal at 2010 Historic Newburgh Wine Festival: the award bestowed to Reggae White Silver Medal at 2011 Taster's Guild International: the award bestowed to Reggae Blush Other wines to sample: Society Wines and pours from Ligamore Winery What to eat: food from all regions of the Caribbean, including jerk chicken What to shake your imaginary dreadlocks to: the Passion Reggae Band What is their passion?: Calypso and Soca music, cultural unity Other musical acts seemingly born to play at a Caribbean festival: DJ Pepper, DJ Ablaze
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    10916 Kencrest Drive
    Bowie, MD US
  • Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival
    It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped. Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.
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    Maryland 198 & Laurel Race Track Rd
    Laurel, MD US

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