September starts off with 180 mph of excitement this Labor Day weekend in downtown Baltimore with the 3rd Annual Grand Prix of Baltimore August 30 through September 1. Catch all of the action as the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series snake through the heart of downtown Baltimore on a 12-turn course. The following weekend head down to Sandy Point State Park for the 46th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival September 7-8. Enjoy a weekend of family entertainment, arts & crafts, and the best seafood that Maryland has to offer. On September 19-22, make the trip over the bridge to Ocean City for the 39th Annual Sunfest. Enjoy four fun-filled days of family fun, delicious food, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment at the Inlet at the end of the Boardwalk. The next weekend stroll through Mount Vernon Place for the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27-29. With more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, there are appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, and nonstop readings on multiple stages. Continuing weekends through October is the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. Relive the times of King Henry VIII through theatrical performances, pubs, food booths and over 130 craft shops. Continue to support your Baltimore Orioles in their last month of baseball. September’s home games include series against the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox. If football is more your game, then you are in luck because September is the start of the NFL season. The Baltimore Ravens have home games September 15 against rival Cleveland Browns and September 22 against the Houston Texans.
There are several events and festivals in Maryland this August. The 68th Annual Howard County Fair is August 3 – 10 from 8am to 11pm daily. Admission is $5 for those 10 years and older, and $2 for Seniors 62 years and older. There will be plenty of food, games, rides and exhibits for everyone to enjoy! The Maryland State BBQ Bash is August 9-10 in Bel Air. This two-day family event features the Maryland State BBQ Championship, crafters, food vendors, live music, beer garden and kids area. The Maryland State Fair is August 23 – September 2. Admission is $8 for all adults and rides are not included. Scheduled to perform this year are Carly Rae Jepson, The Wanted, and Three Days Grace. The Maryland Renaissance Festival begins August 24 and continues on weekends through October. This is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. Through September 15, admission is $17 for adults. Relive the times of King Henry VIII through theatrical performances, pubs, food booths and over 130 craft shops. The Grand Prix of Baltimore is August 30 – September 1. This is three days of 180 mph excitement with the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series on a 12-turn course throughout downtown Baltimore and along the Inner Harbor. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you make the most out of the last month of Summer.