Saturday, July 1

“Let Freedom Ring” Parade

The parade will begin at Sykesville Middle School and wrap around Springfield Avenue to reach historic Main Street with a variety of floats and vehicles. After the parade, float awards will be announced and attendees can enjoy lunch and ice cream in the downtown area.

10 a.m. – Noon. Sykesville Main Street. Learn more at

Tuesday, July 4

Fourth of July Celebration

Get ready to celebrate at Carroll County’s largest Fourth of July fireworks show. Event begins at 4 p.m. and will conclude at 10 p.m., with the fireworks display beginning at sunset. Food and drink vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities will be available for all to celebrate Independence Day the right way.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St., Westminster. Visit for more information.

June 3

Art in the Park

The Carroll County Arts Council partners with the city of Westminster to present this annual outdoor cultural festival that is held the first Saturday in June on the beautiful grounds of Westminster City Hall. This event features fine art and craft displays by accomplished local and regional artists. Bring the kids for a free craft activity to inspire artists of the future. Food trucks and live music round out this family-friendly festival.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Westminster City Hall – Emerald Hill 1838 Emerald Hill Lane, Westminster. Learn more at

June 3

Sykesville’s Pride Celebration

Enjoy activities, contests and more in Sykesville’s downtown.

Noon – 4 p.m. Sykesville Main Street. Learn more at

June 5 & 6

Carroll Singers Presents “Sing Across America”

This concert is a collection of songs featuring locations in the United States. Titles include “New York, New York,” “Oklahoma!” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” “Hooray for Hollywood,” and “Shenandoah.”

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Rd, Westminster. Learn more at

June 10

31st Annual Old-Fashioned Strawberry Festival

Fresh strawberries, games, pony rides, entertainment, silent auction, a variety of foods, crafts and antique vendors, and strawberry shortcake. Annual event sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gamber Community Fire Company, 3838 Niner Rd, Finksburg.

June 10

Carroll County Celtic Festival

A celebration of Celtic life and culture held in the heart of Carroll County. Experience the music, food, athletics, dancers, demonstrations and fun of all things Celtic. Tickets range from $8-$23, children under 7 admitted free.

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Dr., Westminster. Learn more at

June 10

Taneytown Wine, Art & Music Festival

Enjoy beverages, crafts, artisan and food vendors and music by Bootleg. Must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Noon – 4 p.m. Taneytown Memorial Park, 1 Park Dr., Taneytown. Information:

June 10

Youth Fishing Derby

Get your poles ready — it’s fishing time! The top two biggest crappie, yellow perch, and bluegill in each age group will receive prizes, as well as winners of the Casting Contest.

7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Rd., Sykesville. Learn more at

June 13

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Day

Get ready for some fun at Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Day at the Carroll County Farm Museum. This all-inclusive event allows participants to enjoy a day of adaptive recreation and wildlife exhibits, music, dancing, games, art activities, and a catered lunch.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St., Westminster. Learn more at

June 16

Largemouth Bass Tournament I

First place will receive $200, second $150, and third $100, and the biggest fish also gets a trophy. The pre-registration fee is $15 per angler until 4 p.m. on June 15. On the day of, registration fee is $20 per angler and $10/boat launch fee applies for private boats.

6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Rd., Sykesville. Learn more at

June 17

Westminster Beer & BBQ Stroll

Enjoy a tasting of local brews at this Sip, Shop & Stroll event as Main Street transforms into a Beer Mart with samples, beer-related vendors, and great BBQ. Live entertainment featuring the Kelly Bell Band. Tickets range from $25-$225, 12 and under admitted free.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Main Street Westminster. Visit for more information.

June 17

Sykesville Juneteenth Celebration

Commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and celebrating African American culture in our community with guest speakers, music, and activities.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Downtown Sykesville. Visit for more information.

June 17

Outdoor Movie Night

Carroll County Department of Parks and Recreation’s June Outdoor Movie Event features The Bad Guys at Sandymount Park in Finksburg. Viewers are encouraged to bring snacks and blankets, but concessions will be open, and ticket holders can enter to win 2 Hershey Park tickets with their purchase.

Sandymount Park, 2250 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

June 17

Juneteenth in Carroll County

Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. This year’s theme is “Not Just a Celebration”; the focus is on honoring the past, respect for families and opening doors of communication to help build a better Carroll County. The event will include food trucks, vendors, storytelling, live music, focused conversation, and more. Rain or shine.

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd., Westminster. Information:

June 23

Family Summer Fest

Live music by Groovalicious, a beer garden (21 and older only), craft vendors, food trucks and a kids’ area. Children 2 and under admitted free; event is cash-only. Hosted by Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks. Rain or shine.

4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Freedom Park, Sykesville.

June 24

2023 Woofstock

A family-friendly event hosted by the Humane Society of Carroll County featuring Mid-Atlantic Venom Outlaws car show, food trucks, large craft/vendor fair, pet adoptions and rescues, petting zoo, bingo/games, children’s activities, animal demos, puppy yoga, beer and wine tastings (age 21 and over), and more. The event is dog-friendly but all dogs must be people- and dog-friendly and be on a leash. Free admission, but please note some of the activities are fee-based.

Noon – 5 p.m. Taneytown Memorial Park. Information:

July 8

Common Ground on the Hill

This all-day festival will feature traditional music, arts, crafts, and dance, as well as kid-friendly activities. Food vendors and a wine and beer garden are also featured while visitors hear various genres of music including old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic music.

9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster. Information:

July 8

Westminster Pride Festival

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and its allies and supporters at this annual family-friendly festival that guarantees fun with live music, vendors, food, activities, art, and information.

Noon – 6 p.m. Westminster Main Street. Information:

July 14

Outdoor Movie Night

Carroll County Department of Recreation and Park’s July Outdoor Movie Event features Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile showing at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Viewers are encouraged to bring snacks and blankets.

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

July 15-16

Living History and Civil War Encampment

“Citizen Meets Soldier” is a living history of 1863 in Carroll County. Commemorate the events of the hot summer of 1863, in the wake of the Second Invasion of the North. Walk in the footsteps of the citizens of Carroll County who were divided in their loyalties, and the Union and Confederate soldiers who camped along Big Pipe Creek at Union Mills in the days prior to Gettysburg. Entrance fee is $10 per car.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster. Information:

July 22

Taneytown Artisan Fest

The Carroll County Arts Council has partnered with the city of Taneytown to present this inaugural outdoor arts festival. This event features fine art and craft displays by local and regional artists, giving visitors the opportunity to buy directly from the source. Food vendors, live music, and a free kids craft round out this family-friendly festival.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Taneytown Memorial Park. Information:

July 29

Sippin’ on Summer Festival

Enjoy some midsummer fun on Main Street with a wide variety of ciders, seltzers, beers, artisans, and food.

Noon – 4 p.m. Main Street Sykesville. Visit for more information.

Fireman’s Carnival Schedule

With warm weather and longer days, summer means carnivals in Carroll County. Get ready for rides and carny food, live music and goldfish winnings. But don’t forget that these annual events also serve as vital fundraisers for our local firehouses — they raise money that pays for equipment, training, capital projects and all the other things needed to keep our communities safe. So go out and have a good time, and while you’re there spend all the money in your pocket, and thank a first responder!

Gamber Fire Company

May 26 – June 3
3838 Niner Rd., Finksburg

Union Bridge Firemen’s Festival

June 1 – 3
8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge

Sykesville-Freedom Fire Company

June 10 – 17
6680 Sykesville Rd., Sykesville

Taneytown Fire Company

June 12 – 17
49 Memorial Dr., Taneytown

Harney Fire Company

June 21 – 24
5130 Harney Rd., Taneytown

Manchester Company Carnival

July 3 – 8
3297 York St., Manchester

Winfield Fire Company

July 10 – 15, 6-11pm
1320 W. Old Liberty Rd., Sykesville

Reese Fire Company

July 17 – 22
1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster

Mount Airy Fire Company

July 31 – August 5
1008 Twin Arch Rd., Mount Airy

Hampstead Fire Company Carnival

August 8 – 12
1400 Panther Dr., Hampstead


Carroll County 4H & FFA Fair

This fair delivers fun for the whole family, with food, demonstrations, hot dog pig racing, farm truck racing, a cake auction, demolition derby and endless animals.

July 29 – Aug. 4.  Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Dr., Westminster. Visit the for more information and a schedule of events.