Make the Most of the Maryland State Fair 2018

make the most out of the maryland state fair

Enjoy live performances from Chase Bryant, Chris Lane, and Smash Mouth! Plus, live animals, thoroughbred horse racing, Midway rides, games, food and so much more.

No matter who you are, where you live, or what you like, the Maryland State Fair’s 12-day festival never disappoints. This year, the fair runs from August 23rd -September 3rd. So, we’re here to tell you how to make the most out of this end-of-summer tradition.

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Maryland State Fair Highlights

With all the fun and exciting things to see and do at the Maryland State Fair, how do you choose? Below you will find some of the most anticipated events of the fair.

1. Preview Night – Thursday, August 24 @5:00 PM

The first day of festivities kicks off with the return of Ridemania. For one night only, Fairgoers will be able to purchase Admission and Ride Wristband for $20 or a Walk-Around Admission for just $1. 

Note that Exhibition Halls, Livestock Barns, etc. all open Friday, August 24th.

2. The 2018 Concert Series

2018 Live on Track Concert Series by M&T Bank Maryland State Fair

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Country music sensations Chase Bryant and Chris Lane kick off this year’s concert series beginning Friday night, August 24th. Then, on Saturday, rock sensation and fan-favorite performers, Smash Mouth take the stage.

The Maryland State Fair 2018 Concert series will also include performances by Jefferson Starship and Chris Janson. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of premium tickets, priced at $20 each, are on sale now for a limited time.

Keep in mind a variety of Maryland local bands and entertainment will also perform daily on the MD State Fair Park Free Stage.

3. Thoroughbred Racing

As per tradition, fairgoers may watch and wager in the Grandstand on live Thoroughbred horse races as they round the Timonium track, Friday, August, 24 – Sunday, August 26, and Friday, August 31 through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Post Time is 1:00 PM and admission to the racetrack is included in the fair’s admission price.

Maryland State Fair 2018 Thoroughbred horse races

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4. New 2018 Attractions

There are also a handful of newly anticipated attractions this year including: 

  1. Chesapeake Craft Bew and wine Station – Located inside the Mosner-Miller Building, across from the Sheep Barn. Enjoy the flavor of local craft beers, EVO and Full Tilt plus local wine selections from Gunpowder Wine Trail’s Harford Vineyard & Winery, Fiore Winery, and Royal Rabbit Vineyards, and more. This event is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  2. LEGO Interactive Display – Located in the Exhibition Hall near Bulk Candy. Check out Baltimore’s own Classic Plastic Bricks as they transform tens of thousands of LEGO pieces into a walk-around, interactive, lighted LEGO display. See the display Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.
  3. Mobile Glass Studio – Located in the Maryland State Fair Park. Come and experience the art of glass making as Mobile Glass Studio artists manipulate hot glass into various shapes during live glass blowing demonstrations daily from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Some of the items will be available for purchase as well.

For a full list of what’s new and what’s returning, check out the fair’s latest press release.

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And So Much More

In addition to the great entertainment, there are all kinds of farmers markets, livestock shows, art exhibits, learning centers and shopping! 

You can go and see different 4-H/FFA Animal shows from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM, followed later by more livestock shows and family fun demonstrations from 2:00 PM – 7:30 PM!

If you’re into DIY and arts & crafts, you might also like to visit the Home Arts Exhibitions to learn new ways to make handy things for around the home or purchase a beautiful new item for the inside of your apartment home.


Don’t Forget about the Food

The Maryland Foods Pavilion opens August 24th. Fairgoers can see, smell, taste, and buy Maryland’s most famous foods, including seafood favorites like The Local Oyster. For those who want to prep their pallet and plan their concession stand visits, See Baltimore Magazine’s list of the 8 Must-Try Foods at the Maryland State Fair.

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See You at the Maryland State Fair

No matter what day you choose to visit the Maryland State Fair you will not leave disappointed. With all of the competitions and special events happening every single day you will have more than enough to keep you and your family entertained.

Not to mention the amazing things you can see at the Exhibition Hall, or learn at one of the many Home Arts or Farm and Garden Demonstrations.  You can even go and watch the horse racing which will be broadcasted almost every night alongside all of the other entertainment such as carnival rides and live music.

Every day, all day long, there will be something to do for people of all ages! So get out there and make some state fair memories?


make the most out of the maryland state fair