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Harford County is rich in arts, culture, entertainment, outdoor recreation and shopping. This chapter will highlight some of the local offerings to get you started as you explore your new community, but in no way should this be considered a comprehensive list — it would take a book to cover everything! 


Annual Events

Celtic Festival

The Celtic Festival is held in early June at the Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace. The festival is a celebration of Celtic heritage, with pipe band music, Scottish food and drink, Irish step dancing and more. Cultural displays and demonstrations include sheepherding, ­spinning and weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing and baking. For more information, visit the Steppingstone Farm Museum’s event page.

Chocolate and Candy Festival

Sample local businesses’ delicious ­confections at the Chocolate and Candy Festival in downtown
Bel Air. Held in early March, the festival ­features a variety of chocolates, baked treats, candies and beverages. A children’s area with various crafts and activities entertains the little ones in between desserts. For more information on the annual event, visit the Downtown Bel Air ­Alliance’s website.

Darlington Apple Festival

The Darlington Apple Festival is held in the village of Darlington the first Saturday of October. The festival includes entertainment on an outdoor stage with hay bale seating, arts and crafts, hay rides, food, the fall harvest of mums, pumpkins and, of course, apples. A children’s area offers games and activities for kids. The festival also features an apple pie contest for both plain and crumb recipes. For more information, visit the event page.

Fall Harvest and Craft Festival

The Fall Harvest and Craft Festival is held in late September at the Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace. The event features everyone’s favorite fall activities: apple bobbing, hay rides, straw mazes, pumpkin painting and more. Other festival activities include craft booths, apple butter making, square dancing and clogging, music, food and more. For more information, visit the Steppingstone Farm Museum’s event page.

Harford County Farm Fair

Held at the Harford County Equestrian Center in late July, the Harford County Farm Fair is a celebration of the county’s agricultural heritage. The fair promotes youth involvement in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, Harford County Public Schools’ Ag Magnet Program and other agricultural activities. The fair features educational displays, pig races, tractor pulls, talent contests, a straw maze, games, entertainment and more. For more information, visit the event page.

Havre de Grace Art Show

The Havre de Grace Art Show is held the third weekend in August at Tydings Park. The weekend includes the annual juried arts show, as well as live entertainment, food, wine ­tastings and a beer garden. Arts and crafts are also ­available for purchase. For more information, visit the event page.

Havre de Grace Seafood Festival

Held the second full weekend of August on the waterfront in downtown Havre de Grace, the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival is ­Chesapeake Bay’s premier seaside festival. Enjoy more than 180 mouthwatering foods and seafood ­delicacies from more than 30 vendors. The festival also features arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a classic car show, a silent auction and other events. For more information on the ­festival, visit the event page.

Mardi Gras Parade

Enjoy the fat Tuesday festivities of the Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Havre de Grace. The parade travels down Bourbon Street to ­Washington Street, ending at the American Legion on St. John Street. Jazz, beads, floats, music and more are sure to entertain the entire family. For more information, visit the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism website.

Maryland Faerie Festival

Held in May in the village of Darlington, the Maryland Faerie Festival is a weekend celebration of faerie folklore and literature. Festivities include a faerie fashion show, faerie godmothers’ teatime, a maypole, a treasure hunt, crafts, music and entertainment. For more information, visit the event page.

Maryland State BBQ Bash

The Maryland State BBQ Bash is a themed street festival featuring the Maryland State BBQ Championship. More than 50 competition teams from the mid-Atlantic area vie for $12,500 in cash prizes and the chance to ­compete in Jack Daniels’ World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn., and the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo. More than 30 amateur teams also compete in the tailgate challenge to see who has the best ribs. Held in downtown Bel Air in August, the festival draws crowds of nearly 30,000 for the two-day event. The bash also features live music, food vendors and entertainment. For more information, visit the event page..

Pirate Fest

Held in July in Havre de Grace, Pirate Fest features a pub crawl and a 5K run through the city’s historic neighborhoods and waterfront. A Pirate Gala includes dancing, fine dining, ­auctions and more under a big tent on the banks of the Susquehanna. Enjoy pirate-themed ­re-enactments, exhibitions, displays and more at the Pirate Encampment, held on the Susquehanna Museum grounds. For more information, visit the event page.

Summertime Blues Festival

The Summertime Blues Festival is an outdoor concert held in June at Steppingstone Farm Museum. Held in an orchard overlooking the Susquehanna River at the Music on the Noll stage, the festival features live entertainment along with food, beer and wine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for some of the best entertainment in the area, rain or shine. For more information, visit the Steppingstone Farm Museum’s event page.


No matter what your interests, Harford County will keep you busy with a variety of attractions. From historic buildings to family-friendly fun parks, there’s something for everyone.

Concord Point Lighthouse

700 Concord St.

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-3213


1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April through October

Built in 1827 where the Susquehanna River meets the tidal flow of Chesapeake Bay, the ­Concord Point Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in Maryland. The lighthouse is located across the street from the restored home of the lighthouse’s keeper, John O’Neill.

Conowingo Dam

U.S. 1

Darlington, MD 21034............ 410-457-5011


Housing one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the nation, the Conowingo Dam forms a 14-mile-long freshwater lake. The dam is a year-round angler’s dream. In spring, the fish lift gives migrating fish a ride over the dam.
The dam is also a great place to see gulls and bald eagles from mid-October through mid-March.

The Go-Kart Track

10907 Pulaski Highway

White Marsh, MD 21162......... 410-335-6393


Enjoy a day of racing and mini-golf at the
Go-Kart Track. Three unique go-kart tracks include a junior track for younger racers, a family track and a powder-treated drifting track. Birthday party packages are also available. Hours vary by season. For more information, visit the park’s website.

Historical Society of Harford County

143 N. Main St.

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-838-7691


This nonprofit organization offers regular dinner meetings, lectures, tours, open houses, classes and other programs about the county’s heritage. The society currently preserves more than 250,000 documents of the county’s history, along with 500 artifacts. For more information on historical areas in the county, contact the historical society or visit its website.

Jerusalem Mill Village

2813 Jerusalem Road

Kingsville, MD 21087............. 410-877-3560


1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

This living history destination from the 1770s is one of the oldest, most intact mill villages in Maryland and features a blacksmith, a gun shop, a grist mill, a museum, a 1930s general store and a gift shop. Annual events include a Civil War re-enactment of Gilmor’s Raid and a fall Colonial craftsmen weekend. The village is also home to the Jericho Covered Bridge, the last remaining covered bridge in Harford or ­Baltimore counties. The 99-foot Burr truss bridge built in 1865 crosses the little Gunpowder Falls on Jericho Road about 300 yards downstream from Jerusalem Mill.

Lantern Queen Riverboat

100 Congress Ave.

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-1468


Enjoy a cruise on the largest passenger vessel in the upper Chesapeake region. The Lantern Queen, a replica Mississippi riverboat, is paddle wheel propelled. The riverboat sails out of Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park in Havre de Grace on a variety of private and public excursions, including firework cruises, fall foliage cruises, dinner cruises and even full-moon yoga cruises. For more information, visit the riverboat’s website.


502 W. Gordon St.

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-838-3942


Built in 1898 by a prominent Johns Hopkins physician, Dr. Howard Kelly, the Palladian-style mansion — with art gallery exhibits throughout the year — features a terrace with wisteria-­covered archways and a boxwood garden. For hours of operation, events and gallery information, visit the Liriodendron Foundation’s website.

Six Flags America

13710 Central Ave.

Upper Marlboro, MD 20721.... 301-249-1500


Experience a variety of thrilling rides, entertainment, food and fun. Speed-defying roller coasters, the kid-friendly Looney Tunes Movie Town and Whistlestop Park, and the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park means there’s something fun for everyone. Six Flags America is located just outside the nation’s capital, about 1.5 hours from Harford County. Hours vary by season. For more information, visit the park’s website.

Skipjack Martha Lewis

121 N. Union Ave., Suite C

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-4078


A floating museum, Skipjack Martha Lewis is one of the few remaining dredge boats of the Chesapeake Bay oyster fleet. The vessel serves as a reminder of Chesapeake Bay ­heritage, ­especially with seasonal themed public and ­private cruises, educational programs and more. For more information on available cruises and programs, visit the Chesapeake Heritage ­Conservancy’s website.


Get a real appreciation for the area’s cultural and historic contributions through the many local museums.


Havre de Grace Decoy Museum

215 Giles St.

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-3739


10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through ­Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

On the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses a large collection of waterfowl decoy carvings gathered from the works of more than 300 regional artists. Other museum exhibits include boats, guns, textiles, photographs and more. Visit the museum’s website for information on admission fees, carving demonstrations and classes, group tours and events.


Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

100 Lafayette St.

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-4800


10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through ­Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where Chesapeake Bay meets the Susquehanna River, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum features exhibits and programs ­interpreting the rich maritime heritage of the region. Exhibits highlight the travels of John Smith as he explored Chesapeake Bay, ice harvesting, the Coast Guard, watermen, shipbuilding, navigation and more.


Hays House Museum

324 Kenmore Ave.

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-838-7691


1 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of the month, March through mid-December

Built in 1788, the museum — named for Thomas A. Hays, a prominent lawyer, landowner and entrepreneur who purchased the house in 1811 — retains virtually all its original features including the staircase, weatherboards, mantels, woodwork and shutters. For more information on special events, visit the museum’s website.


Steppingstone Museum

461 Quaker Bottom Road

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-2299


9 a.m. to sunset daily

This once-working farm preserves and ­demonstrates the Harford County rural farming culture and arts and crafts of 1880 to 1920. ­Visitors can experience the daily life of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse; see replicas of the late 19th-century general store, ­veterinarian office and decoy carver workshop; view old restored hand tools; and see a collection of ­carriages, buggies and sleighs at the carriage barn. The museum also hosts a number of events, like Medieval Days, the Celtic Festival and the ­Summertime Blues Festival, as well as themed tea parties and other events.


Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House

817 Conesto St.

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-5780


1 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, mid-April through early November

A historic home on the banks of the ­Susquehanna River, the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House tells the story of 19th-century life along the S&T Canal. Exhibits feature an 1800s kitchen and bedroom, a toll collector’s office, the War of 1812 and railroad history in Havre de Grace. The museum also hosts a number of events, including War of 1812 ­re-enactments and Pirate Fest.


Harford County residents enjoy a wealth of artistic endeavors, from the ballet to fine arts and more.

Center for the Arts at Tudor Hall

17 Tudor Lane

Bel Air, MD 21015.................. 410-838-2177


The Center for the Arts is dedicated to ­nurturing art, artists and the community by ­providing quality arts education and presentations in the disciplines of music, dance, theater and the visual, traditional and literary arts. The nonprofit organization also maintains Tudor Hall, the one-time home of John Wilkes Booth and Shakespearean actors Junius and Edwin Booth. Tudor Hall serves as a dedicated home for the arts in Harford County until ­construction of the proposed art center is completed. For information on tours of Tudor Hall, visit the center’s website.

Harford Artists Gallery

503 E. Churchville Road

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-420-9499


The Harford Artists Gallery, at the ­Rockfield Manor cottage, features fine art painting, ­photography, pottery, artisan jewelry, ­sculpture, painted oyster shells, prints and note cards ­created by local artists. For hours of operation, visit the gallery’s website.

Harford Ballet Company

701 Whitaker Mill Road

Joppa, MD 21085.................... 410-877-0777


A classical and contemporary dance ­company, the Harford Ballet Company presents two major productions each year. The company also ­performs at numerous outreach events and community festivals. The company’s interactive performances allow children in the audience to feel they are part of the show. For information on upcoming performances, visit the ballet’s website.

Havre de Grace Drama Guild

351 Lewis Lane

Havre de Grace, MD 21078


The Havre de Grace Drama Guild brings quality community theater and film to the northern Chesapeake region. The guild has one of the most extensive drama programs in the region, teaching acting, singing, dancing, stage management, directing and film making. For information on programs and upcoming shows, visit the guild’s website.

Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 963

Abingdon, MD 21009


The county’s premiere symphony for more than 30 years performs a season ­subscription of four concerts and is part of the Bel Air ­outdoor summer concert series. Using creative ­programming, education, rehearsal and public performance, the orchestra entertains and offers music to the masses. 


From art galleries and unique boutiques to major department stores, there’s something for every taste and budget in Harford County.

Bahoukas Antique Mall

408 N. Union Ave.

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-942-1290


Bahoukas Antique Mall features a variety of antiques and collectibles, including toys, tools, sports collectibles, art, arcade games, Elvis items and more.


Bel Air Downtown Alliance

37 N. Main St.

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 443-823-1797


The businesses, shops and stores of Bel Air have created a vibrant downtown destination. For a business directory of local shopping ­destinations, visit the alliance’s website.


Farmers Markets

Harford County’s abundant agriculture means that its farmers markets are close to the source. The Havre de Grace farmers market takes place on Pennington Avenue and Washington Street from 9 a.m. to noon May through the end of October. Local offerings include produce, meats, baked goods, cheeses, and other home-grown and homemade products. Visit www.mainstreethdg.com/index.php/farmers_market for more information.


Harford Mall

696 Bel Air Road

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-879-9319


The county’s only enclosed mall features two department stores and more than 75 retailers, specialty stores and restaurants.


Havre de Grace Main Street Inc.

121 N. Union Ave., Suite D

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-1811


The historic Havre de Grace waterfront destination thrives on business, culture, and arts and entertainment. For more information on local businesses and shopping destinations, visit the Havre de Grace Main Street’s member directory at www.mainstreethdg.com/index.php/members.

Parks and Gardens

Check the parks and recreation listings in your community to find a spot of civic green to enjoy. Whether you want to relax on a blanket or take the little tykes to a playground, there are plenty of parks at your disposal.

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

700 Otter Point Road

Abingdon, MD 21009............. 410-612-1688


Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is one of the few remaining large freshwater tidal marshes in the upper Chesapeake Bay accessible to
the public. The center is the research and ­education facility of ­Chesapeake Bay National ­Estuarine Research Reserve’s Otter Point Creek component. The center offers public programs including kayaking, canoeing, pontoon boating, nature hikes, animal encounters, crafts and more.

Cedar Lane Regional Park

1100 Cedar Lane

Bel Air, MD 21015.................. 443-807-1767


Cedar Lane Regional Park is a 110-acre ­multisport complex for local and regional use, featuring fields for lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, football and more. For more information on sports camps, leagues and tournaments, visit the park’s website.

Eden Mill Nature Center and Park

1617 Eden Mill Road

Pylesville, MD 21132.............. 410-836-3050


Eden Mill Park is a 117-acre county park with a nature center, agriculture center, historic grist mill museum and gift shop. The park boasts more than 5 miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. For information on park programs, guided tours and special events, visit the park’s website.

Gunpowder Falls State Park

2813 Jerusalem Road

Kingsville, MD 21087............. 410-592-2897


Gunpowder Falls State Park includes more than 18,000 acres in both Baltimore and ­Harford counties. The long list of amenities includes more than 120 miles of trails, fishing areas, the historic village of Jerusalem Mill (an 18th-century Quaker settlement), a multiuse rail trail, a swimming beach, picnic areas and a marina. The park is also ideal for kayaking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, tubing, windsurfing and hiking.

Ladew Topiary Gardens

3535 Jarrettsville Pike

Monkton, MD 21111............... 410-557-9570


Named one of the top five gardens in North America, the Ladew Topiary Gardens was ­created by self-taught gardener Harvey S. Ladew. His thematic garden rooms feature ­stunning topiaries and gardens, including the hunt scene garden, the sculpture garden, the Temple of Venus, a rose garden, a wildflower meadow and more. The property also features the Manor House, a rustic farmhouse Ladew converted into a comfortable and luxurious country home. Both the gardens and the house are on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens are open daily April 1 to Oct. 31. For more information on admissions, visit the gardens’ website.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway

4948 Conowingo Road

Darlington, MD 21034............ 410-457-2482


The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is 40 miles of continuous public trails ­connecting Harford and Cecil counties. To download a trail map, visit the greenway’s website.

MA & PA Heritage Trail


The walking, running and bicycle trail follows the former Maryland and Pennsylvania railroad corridor in two segments: Forest Hill (1.75 miles) and Bel Air (4 miles). A dog park is located at the end of the Bel Air Trail at Heavenly Waters Park. For trail access locations and a brochure of trail maps, visit the trail’s website.

Rocks State Park

3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road

Jarrettsville, MD 21084............ 410-557-7994


This 855-acre park features dense forests, Deer Creek, scenic trails and massive boulders. The park is ideal for rock climbing, picnicking, hiking, tubing, canoeing, fishing and seasonal bow hunting. Be sure to check out the King and Queen Seat, natural rock outcrops with breathtaking views. It is believed the 190-foot cliff was a ceremonial gathering place of the ­Susquehannock Indians.

The Falling Branch Area of the park is home to Kilgore Falls. The second-highest vertical drop waterfall in Maryland and its swimming area can be reached via a hiking trail. For ­directions to the waterfall, visit the park’s website.

Susquehanna State Park

4122 Wilkinson Road

Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-557-7994


Susquehanna State Park sports some of the most popular mountain biking trails in ­Maryland and the Susquehanna River beckons fishers and boaters alike. The park is home to the Rock Run Historical Area with a working grist mill, the Archer mansion, Jersey Toll House, Susquehanna Tidewater Canal and a campground. The park’s 15-mile trail system winds through forests, river bottoms, hay fields and pine plantations. The trails are great for hiking and horseback riding.

Sports and Recreation

Whether you’re a spectator or star participant, there is a bundle of recreational opportunities for any sports lover in Harford County.

Aberdeen IronBirds

873 Long Drive

Aberdeen, MD 21001.............. 410-297-9292


Ripken Stadium is home to the Aberdeen ­IronBirds, Aberdeen’s own minor league baseball team. The stadium is also host to more than 200 public and private events each year, including the internationally televised Ripken World Series.

Arena Club

2304 Churchville Road

Bel Air, MD 21015.................. 410-734-7300


The Arena Club is a family fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio equipment, an indoor turf field, personal training services and more than 74 fitness classes. The club is also home to the largest water park in the county, with a 25-meter lap/recreational pool, a 12-person whirlpool with waterfall, a wading pool with waterfall, a heated saltwater therapy pool, and a family pool with a deep-diving well, a water basketball court, a free swim area and two waterslides.
For information on fitness classes, children’s programs and membership, visit the club’s website.

County Golf Courses


Harford County is Maryland’s premier golf destination, with seven public golf courses and one private course. Championship courses designed by renowned architects like Pete Dye and Tom Doak offer quality golfing ­opportunities for every skill level. The county is also home to the Bel Air Golf Center, a ­premier PGA golf learning center. The center offers
40 practice stations, lesson packages, an 18-hole champion­ship mini-golf course, a pro shop and more. Lessons and golf club fittings are also available at the Churchville Golf Center.

For more information on golfing in Harford County, visit the Harford County Office of ­Tourism’s website.

Harford County Equestrian Center

608 N. Tollgate Road

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 443-987-7761


Located at Heavenly Waters Park, the ­equestrian center features two barns, show rings, and open and closed pavilions on a 20-acre facility. The center also hosts special events, including car shows, flea markets, dog shows and the annual Harford County Farm Fair.

PlayAction Sports & Social Club

1 Meadow Springs Drive

Bel Air, MD 21015.................. 443-904-4998


The PlayAction Sports & Social Club offers year-round coed sports activities, including ­kickball, dodgeball, softball, football and more. The club also organizes pub strolls, charity events and Oktoberfest.




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