Baltimore Comedy and Arts Festival – Dates: Mid July

Boondocks Music Festival – Dates: Late September

Capital Jazz Fest – Dates: Early June

“Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.”

Columbia Festival of the Arts – Dates: Mid to late June

“The Columbia Festival of the Arts was begun in 1987 as a way to bring together the people of Columbia, Howard County, and visitors from other cities, states and countries, through an annual celebration of the arts and artists.”

High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music – Dates: Late September

The Main Street Music Festival – Dates: June through August

Maryland DeathFest – Dates: Late May

“Since MDF’s inception in 2003, festival organizers Ryan and Evan have continued to strive to bring together some of the most legendary bands in the scene and some of the most talked about up-and-coming bands in the underground for an unparalleled experience. Combining the DIY attitude of two young metal fans who are actually part of the scene instead of trying to exploit it, with a refreshing professional touch, MDF is year after year given high marks for being one of the best run and most organized festivals around.” – Submit to Perform

The Shindig Festival – Dates: Late September

Takoma Park Folk Festival – Dates: Mid September

“Since its inception in 1978, the Takoma Park Folk Festival has been a community affair, organized by volunteers from the Takoma Park area. The Takoma Park Folk Festival continues to be an event by and for the community of Takoma Park, and its all-volunteer organizing committee and performers maintain the legacy of founder Sam Abbott.” – Submit to Perform