The weather is finally heating up and the sunshine is ablaze in Baltimore. There isn’t a much better way to celebrate than with a music festival. From various areas near Baltimore, to the outskirts of Maryland, there’s a variety of festivals to fit every style and preference. Whether it’s family friendly concerts you’re seeking, or an all-out party, this list offers something for everyone.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550

Dates: May 30, 2015 and May 31, 2015 12 p.m.

Sweetlife will feature big names like Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris and The Weekend among others. The wildly popular two day festive offers patrons 22 hours of music and more than 25 of the hottest artists today. Drawing from the concept that music can both create and build authentic relationships, Sweetlife is one festival you won’t want to miss. Along with great music, enjoy some of the best healthy local cuisine the area has to offer.

Firefly Music Festival
The Woodlands of Dove International Speedway
1131 North Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Date: June 18 through June 21, 2015

Firefly Music Festival may be a little ways away, but it’s well worth it. The 2015 festival will feature a slew of notable acts including Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Be sure to check back on the website for updates on schedule and performances.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
Chesapeake Bay
1100 East College Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 257-7413

Date: May 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. and May 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

The festival is fun for the whole family. The concert features a smashing lineup of musical performances along with a large crafter village, playground and easy access to the beach. Enjoy a variety of beers, wines and decadent cuisine as well. Don’t forget your sunglasses, hats and lawn chairs when coming out to enjoy this wonderful event!

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M3 Rock Festival
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550

Date: May 1, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. and May 2, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

An eclectic and rousing retro mix of 1980s rock, this music festival is the ultimate stop for nostalgics or those just looking for one of the best parties the summer has to offer. The two day event features a smorgasbord of artists from hair metal’s peak and more. Among the rocking lineup is Europe, Queensyrche, Tom Kiefer and Kix. Get your hair crimpers, headbands and tattered jeans ready, because this event is going to be gnarly.

Allegany County Fairgrounds
11490 Moss Ave.
Cumberland, MD 21502
(301) 729-1200

Date: May 21 to 24, 2015

This family friendly musical festival was established with the intent of celebrating McCoury music while also introducing new talent. All day there’s a litany of activities to take part in alongside enjoying these rich tones and beats. From arts and crafts, to food and drink tastings and more, this affair is a treat for all senses. The 2015 lineup includes an eclectic mix of old and new talent, with artists like The Del McCoury Band and Trampled by Turtles featured as the headliners.

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