The following is a listing of some events scheduled for 2017 in St. Mary’s County. Most of the following information was compiled by the St. Mary’s County Division of Tourism. Visit VisitStmarysMd.com or call 301-475-4200, ext. *1404, for more information and events. Dates and times are subject to change, and it is suggested that people call ahead or check online about an event’s status and admission fees before attending.

February

First Friday is marked the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. in Leonardtown, when town retailers offer something special for the evening, including live music, poetry readings, book signings, cooking classes or wine tastings and dining and shopping specials. Visitors to the town can browse the art galleries and meet the artists. Visit www.firstfridaysleonardtown.com.

March

The Benjamin Bradlee Distinguished Lecture in Journalism will be held on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s athletics and recreation center, featuring Cokie Roberts. Free. For more information, call 240-895-2000.

Homeschool Day at Historic Sotterley Plantation will be held on March 15 at 10 a.m. For more, call 301-373-2280 or visit www.sotterley.org.

Maryland Day at St. Clement’s Island will be held on Friday, March 24, at 2 p.m. English colonists, seeking religious freedom, first landed in Maryland at St. Clement’s Island in 1634. Commemorate their landing on Maryland Day with speakers and a wreath laying ceremony. Free.

Maryland Day at Historic St. Mary’s City will be celebrated on Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. Celebrate Maryland’s 383rd anniversary with ceremony, pageantry, speeches and free admission to living history and museum exhibits. For more, call 240-895-4991.

April

Homeschool Day at Historic St. Mary’s City will be held on Wednesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Experience early Maryland through hands-on activities, demonstrations, crafts and more. Registration required. Admission is $5 per child age 5 and up (includes one free accompanying adult). Participants are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch. For more, call 240-895-4991.

The Mark Twain Lecture Series at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will be on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature Scott Dikkers, founding editor of the Onion. Free. For more information, call 240-895-2000.

Earth Day on the Square will be held on Sunday, April 23, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown Square. There will be information on organic gardening, land/sea/bay conservation and recycling, children’s activities, nature walks, kayaking and yoga. No admission charge. For more information, call 301-475- 9791 or see www.leonardtown.somd.com.

The Spring Fling Car Show will be held April 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Leonardtown Square. The event will feature hundreds of cars. There will be trophies, music, shops, vendors, restaurants, kids games and more. Proceeds benefit Hospice of St. Mary’s. Rain date is May 7. Donation. For more information, call 301-994-9666 or see Stmarysrodandclassic.com.

May

The Southern Maryland Spring Festival will be held on May 4 to May 7 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Holy Face Church, the event will feature carnival rides, tractor pull, children’s games, hay rides, face painting, silent auction, artists and crafters, food and more. For more, visit http://southernmdspringfestival.org.

May Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City. Visitors can celebrate with a maypole, games and crafts to make. Admission cost. For more, call 240-895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

Hollywood Bluegrass Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13, from noon to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $25 or free for those younger than 12. For more, visit www.hvrs.org/content/bluegrass.

June

Blue and Gray Days will be celebrated June 10 and 11 at Fort Lincoln at Point Lookout State Park in Scotland starting at 10 a.m. each day. There will be Civil War living history demonstrations, live archery demonstrations and Civil War soldier’s drills. Admission cost. Call 301-872- 5688.

St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day will be celebrated Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point. There will be Blackistone Lighthouse tours, presenters and demonstrations related to island history. For more, call 301-769-2222 or see stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.

The St. Mary’s County Crab Festival will be held Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. There will be seafood, a car and bike show, regional crafters, live music and children’s activities. Admission cost. For more information, call 301-475-8384.

Juneteenth, a celebration of African American heritage, will be held on Saturday, June 17, from noon to 8 p.m. at John G. Lancaster Park, located on Willows Road in Lexington Park. The event will also feature a 5K race at 8 a.m. For more, visit www.africanamericancontributions.com/juneteenth.html.

July

The College of Southern Maryland will offer a free, family-friendly concert on the lawn of the Leonardtown campus on Sunday, July 2. For a schedule of arts presentations at CSM, visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.

The Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival will be held at St. Clement’s Island Museum on Saturday, July 8, at 3 p.m. Relax riverside in Colton’s Point on the museum lawn and enjoy live jazz artists, seafood delicacies and views of St. Clement’s Island. Advance ticket sale required for this very popular event. For more, call 301-769-2222.

Pirates on the Potomac will be held on Saturday, July 22, at the Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum. Don’t miss this children’s program at the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park. There is a morning and afternoon program to choose from, with two age groups each. Activities include pirate costume contest. Admission. For times and other information, visit www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.

The St. Mary’s County National Lawn Mower Races will be held Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at Bowles Farms in Clements on Budds Creek Road. On Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Cal 301-475-2139 or visit Bowlesfarms.com.

Tidewater Archaeology Days will be celebrated July 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City. Visitors can tour excavation sites, view exhibits and more. Admission. For more, call 240-895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

The SMBC Summer Regatta boat races will be held on July 29 and 30 in Breton Bay at the Leonardtown Wharf. For more, visit www.leonardtown.somd.com.

August

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Governor’s Cup Yacht Race celebration will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the college waterfront in St. Mary’s City. Shoreside activities will be held from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday following the overnight race that begins Friday, Aug. 4, in Annapolis. It is the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, call 240-895-3246 or visit www.smcm.edu/events/govcup.

Beach Party on the Square will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Leonardtown Square and Leonardtown Wharf Park. There will be fun in the sun, including sand volleyball, foe truck hose-downs, live music, food and contests. Free. For more, call 301- 475-9791 or see www.leonardtown.somd.com.

The College of Southern Maryland will offer a free, family-friendly concert on the lawn of the Leonardtown campus on Sunday, Aug. 6. For a schedule of arts presentations at CSM, visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Shakespeare in the City theater will be presented at Historic St. Mary’s City on Aug. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Grab a blanket and picnic, and enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies on the state house green. This production is presented in partnership with the Newtowne Players. For more, visit www.hsmcdigshistory.org or call 240-895-4990.

Sotterley Barn Bash, a family-friendly night of dancing and music, will be on Friday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood. For more, visit www.sotterley.org or call 301-373-2280.

Children’s Day at St. Clement’s Island Museum will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. There will be children’s games, entertainment, and activities for the whole family, including food, music, and boat rides free for kids. For more, call 301-769-2222 or see stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.

September

Indian Discovery Day will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City in St. Mary’s City, off Route 5. Visitors can explore and celebrate the life ways and culture of Maryland’s first people through hands-on activities. Admission cost. Call 240-895-4990 or see hsmcdigshistory.org.

Homeschool Day at Historic Sotterley Plantation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. For more, call 301-373-2280 or visit www.sotterley.org.

The St. Mary’s County Fair will be held Sept. 21 to 24 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, located off Route 5. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The fair features livestock, home arts, flowers, field crops, 4-H and school exhibits, horse pulls and carnival. Admission cost. Call 301-475-8434 or see smcfair.somd.com.

The Forrest Hall Farm on Avie Lane in Mechanicsville will operate its Crazy Com Maze from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29 on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays by appointment. In addition to a com maze, there will be hayrides, farm animals, play area, pumpkins and picnic area. Group discounts available. Farm shop open July through November. Admission cost. Call 301-884-3086 or see forresthallfarm.com.

Bowles Farms Com Maze and Pumpkin Farm will be open at Bowles Farms A Maze n Place Farm in Clements, on Budds Creek Road, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and weekdays by appointment (for school groups, etc.) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to the corn maze, there will be a petting zoo, wagon rides, mini straw maze, com box, pumpkins and food. Admission cost. Call 301-475-2139 or see bowlesfarms.com.

RiverFest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City in St. Mary’s City, off Route 5. Visitors can learn about 101 ways to protect and enjoy the local rivers and bays. Free. Call 240-895-4990 or see http://smrwa.org.

October

The Blessing of the Fleet will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, starting at 11 a.m. at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, off Route 242. Participants can tour St. Clement’s Island and visit Blackistone Lighthouse and St. Clement’s Island Museum. There will be live entertainment, Southern Maryland food and children’s activities. Admission cost. Call 301-481-2801 or see www.blessingofthefleetsomd.net or www.7thdistrictoptimist.org.

Riverside WineFest at Sotterley Plantation will be held Oct. 7 and 8 from noon to 6 p.m. at Sotterley in Hollywood. More than 20 Maryland wineries will be represented and there will be live music, local food, kids’ stomping grounds and an artisan marketplace. Admission cost. Call 301-373-2280 or see www.sotterley.org.

Homeschool Day at Historic St. Mary’s City will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Experience early Maryland through hands-on activities, demonstrations, crafts and more. Registration required. Admission is $5 per child age 5 and up (includes one free accompanying adult). Participants are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch. For more, call 240-895-4991.

The St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, off Route 5. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The festival includes the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships and National Oyster Cook-off. There will music, food, carnival rides, arts, crafts and family fun. Admission cost. Call 301-863-5015 or see usoysterfest.com.

Ghosts of Sotterley Tours will be offered Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood. Reservations are required for these spooky dramatic outdoor walking tours. Reservations required. Not suitable for young children. Admission cost. Call 301-373- 2280 or see sotterley.org.

Trick or treat at Leonardtown Square on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy activities like face painting and a pet costume contest. Free. For more, call 301-475-9791.

Visited a haunted ship at Historic St. Mary’s City on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. Come in costume and experience the Maryland Dove’s not-so-scary Halloween make-over. Trick-or-treating, face painting, games and more. Free. For more, call 240-895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

November

The annual Veterans Day parade will be held around the Leonardtown Square on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. There will be marching bands, military units, Scouts, floats and local organizations honoring veterans. A memorial ceremony follows. Call 301-475-9791 or see Leonardtown.somd.com.

Christmas on the Square and the annual Christmas tree lighting will be held Friday, Nov. 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Leonardtown Square. There will be sleigh and fire truck rides, holiday music, live Nativity, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Free. Call 301-475-9791 or see Leonardtown.somd.com.

Hearth and Home in Early Maryland will be observed at Historic St. Mary’s City in St. Mary’s City, off Route 5, on Nov. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can explore the colonial table and discover how Maryland’s first citizens celebrated the harvest. Admission cost. Call 240-895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

December

The Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit will be on display from in December at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, off Route 242. Call for days and times. There will be displays of vintage dolls, toys and working miniature trains throughout the museum. Admission cost. Call 301-769-2222 or see www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.

The Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit will be on display in December at Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park, off Route 249. Call for days and times. This thematic holiday exhibit fills the lighthouse keeper’s quarters and museum. Admission cost. Call 301-994-1471 or visit www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.