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“From the gritty inner city of HBO's The Wire, to the idyllic period towns of Disney's Tuck Everlasting, from the urban landscape of Ladder 49, to the historic civil war battlefields of Gods and Generals … Maryland is indeed ‘America in Miniature.'"
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Celebrate the spirit of this marvelous artistic and cultural melting pot! World-class museums. Hot concerts. Ethnic events. Opera. Theater. Symphony orchestras. We set the scene for some of your favorite movies, and we even have the planet’s largest collection of wooden ducks. Now that’s entertainment!

Stage & Screen

Scream for your favorite pop, rock and country acts at an open-air pavilion in Columbia, or visit a “campus for the arts” in Bethesda to enjoy afternoon tea and enchanting classical music. We have world-premiere orchestral events in Hagerstown, ballet in Annapolis, and rip-roarin’ rodeos in Upper Marlboro. Baltimore presents everything from opera to improv, plus performances of such shows as “Camelot” and “The Color Purple” at the grand Hippodrome Theatre. Meanwhile, with scores of movies like “Failure to Launch” and “Live Free or Die Hard” being filmed in Maryland these days, don’t miss your chance to visit familiar sites from the big screen.

Museum Masterpieces

Our many museums celebrate space flight, firefighting, historic carriages, military heroes and much more. Art lovers should look into “gallery walks” and festivals in towns like Havre de Grace, Frederick, Chestertown and Annapolis. Sites surrounding the Chesapeake Bay have been linked to the Underground Railroad, while Western Maryland destinations speak to the dawn of train and canal transportation. In Baltimore, museums are dedicated to contemporary “visionary” art, comic books, industrial innovations, local sports legends and even the American flag. You can get in free to see extraordinary art collections at both the Baltimore Museum of Art and Walters Art Museum (AAA has named the Walters one of its top 10, family friendly, admission-free attractions on the East Coast), and then slip over to places that either owe their start or pay homage to African-American heroes like statesman Frederick Douglass, labor leader Isaac Myers and musician Eubie Blake. Take a guided tour that incorporates the largest museum of African-American history and culture on the East Coast.

Dawn of the Ducks

In their simplest form, they’re hunting tools, but in the right hands, wildlife decoys have become an objet d’art. And nowhere is that evolution more proudly apparent than at attractions around the Chesapeake Bay. In Salisbury, see the world’s largest collection of bird carvings, or time your Eastern Shore visit so that it coincides with a decoy-oriented festival in Easton, Centreville or North East. Along the way, you’ll want to fill shopping bags with heritage crafts and country collectibles while enjoying the Riverwalk, galleries and garden sculptures in Solomons or the museums and quaint entertainment venues in St. Michaels.

Entertainment All Around

Hubs of culture and creativity in the state earn special recognition as “Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts.” When you visit them, expect to be dazzled by exceptional theater, art, culture, music, dining and shopping options. Wheaton, Bethesda and Silver Spring give Montgomery County a trio of A&E Districts, while Baltimore City is big enough for two of its own. The Eastern Shore towns of Snow Hill and Elkton are the most recent additions to the list, and others are found in Berlin, Cambridge, Cumberland, Denton, Downtown Frederick, Hagerstown and the Prince George’s County Gateway.

Additional Info:

Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts: 410-767-6555, (Maryland State Arts Council).  

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