Maryland may be the smallest state in the US, but should not deter the fact that the state offers several popular annual events. These events include everything from an annaul all-star football game to a bitchin' bike week. Below are 10 annual events in Maryland that visitors must consider when visiting the beautiful state.
Fireworks at Annapolis
Every Fourth of July, the state's capital holds a large firework event. Just after 9:00, the fireworks are launched from the harbor. Additional entertainment includes concerts and an Independence Day parade. This is an event that is often enjoyed by all.
Baltimore's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Baltimore's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a part of Maryland for years. One of the most popular of the state's annual events, the Thanksgiving Parade offers a variety of floats, vending options, and entertainment. Additional extravaganzas include shopping, the Turkey Day Celebration, and a bevy of holiday kick-off events.
The Crab Bowl
The Crab Bowl is the state's top annual high school all-star football game. The game features players from the Washington, D.C area who take on the Baltimore area squad, which is made up of players from Baltimore and other areas around the state. Taking place in late December, the bowl game is a relatively new annual event, the first game was held on December 20, 2008.
Sunfest at Ocean City
Sunfest is an annual event that has been taking place in Ocean City for over 35 years. This festive event takes place in the middle of September and features over 40 venders, arts & crafts, and plenty of live entertainment. This popular festival celebrates the summer's end and the fall's beginning.
Festival of Trees
Sponsored by the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Festival of Trees is another popular annual Maryland event. This festival includes concerts, talent shows, and an appearance by none other than Santa himself. However, the event's main attractions are its creatively decorated trees, which are available for purchase at the show.
A monumental Occasion
This historical annual event takes place at Mount Vernon during the first week of December. This celebration entails the lighting of the Washington Monument and features vending, entertainment, an array of fireworks, and an awesome laser show. This is one historical event in Maryland that you do not want to miss.
Maryland State Fair
The Maryland State Fair is one of Maryland's most popular events. In the past, the fair has featured renown performers such as Justin Bieber and Christina Grimmie. Located at the fairgrounds in Timonium, the fair is an eleven day summer event that runs from late August to early September.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Crownsville, is home to one of Maryland's most interesting annual events. Featuring 16th century villages, the Renaissance Festival offers 8 stages of live entertainment, a variety of food choices, and some really cool crafts. Some of the entertainment include jousts, fire-eaters, and belly-dancers.
Maryland Barbecue Car Show
Everyone loves a good car show, especially the one in Jessup, where in addition to hot cars there is an abundance of hot women. Two of the most popular events at the Maryland Barbecue and Car Show are the Daisy Dukes and bikini competitions. These competitions feature some of the hottest women on the east coast. Oh yeah, you can also find some pretty good barbecue. This annual event takes place at the end of may.
Ocean City Bike Week
Featuring awesome bike shows and plenty of venders this annual spring event is a doozy. However, the highlight of the week is the Miss Seacrets bikini contest. Featuring the most gorgeous women in America, these hotties strut their stuff while donning some of the skimpiest swimwear imaginable.