You’ll enjoy spring’s beauty at these not-to-be-missed events, from flower shows to kite-flying demonstrations to May Day celebrations. There are plenty more events to fill your calendar with, too—see them all in our comprehensive Calendar of Events.
2 Annapolis Film Festival
March 22-25, 2018
The excitement of the Annapolis Film Festival returns for a fifth year. Packed with dozens of domestic and international documentary features and shorts, narrative features and shorts, student films, and full-length feature films, the AFF is must for all movie lovers. Lectures and discussions are also held to give festival-goers insight into the processes used by directors, actors, and writers. View all Film Festivals in Maryland.
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801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
3 St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
March 10-17, 2018
In Maryland, we're all Irish on St. Paddy's Day! Check out these celebrations throughout the state!
4 Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Home & Garden Shows
Say hello to the bright colors of spring at Home & Garden Shows all over the state this spring. With spring plantings, amazing crafts and lots more to get you out of the house and back into your yard, you can’t miss with this list of great spring shows.
5 Maryland Day Celebrations
March 24 - 26, 2018
Maryland Day commemorates March 25,1634, the day settlers disembarked from two small sailing ships - the Ark and the Dove – onto Maryland soil. See more at: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/maryland-day
6 Eagle Festival, Cambridge
March 17, 2018
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is the home of one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles in the United States, learn about these majestic flyers on an Eagle Prowl.
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2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
7 Steeplechase Races
April 7 - May 26, 2018
Steeplechase races over timber is a Maryland tradition that goes back some 100-plus years. Few sports can boast the tradition of family participation which characterize these races. - See more at: http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/steeplechase-events
8 Light City
April 14-21, 2018
Light City’s BGE Light Art Walk transforms Baltimore Inner Harbor’s brick-lined promenade to an interactive playground with awe-inspiring light art installations, performances, concerts, a fun-filled family zone and special moments including an opening night parade and a closing night fireworks finale.
9 Maryland International Kite Expo
April 27-29, 2018
Follow the winds east to Maryland’s Atlantic shore for the International Kite Expo in Ocean City. Watch thousands of colorful kites soar over the sand and water, or stop into the Kite Loft and get your own kite to get in on the high-flying action.
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2nd to 6th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
10 Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts
Saturday April 28, 2018
10am - 4pm
Travel to Laurel in Prince George’s County to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at this event featuring more than 30 vendors on the beautiful grounds of the Montpelier Mansion, where you can also take in educational lectures on gardening, medicinal herbs and herbal beauty products.
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9652 Muirkirk Rd
Laurel, MD 20708
11 Farm Museum Spring Festival
April 28-29, 2018
Join us for a day of celebration of agriculture with the Frederick County Farm Museum. Enjoy family friendly activities including hayrides. Visit the animals in the barns, watch a tractor-pull competition, saw-milling demonstrations and much more.
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1611 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
12 May Day in Annapolis
This now-iconic event began in 1956 as a Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne beautification project. Starting on May 1, stroll past dwellings and businesses in the Historic District of Maryland’s capital to see doors adorned with baskets brimming with fresh flowers and colorful ribbons.
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Annapolis, MD 21401
13 Championship on the Chesapeake
May 4-6, 2018
The biggest striped-bass tournament in the world. Charters are available all over the Chesapeake region, and rockfish is one of the best game-fish around.
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1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
14 Solomons Maritime Festival
May 5, 2018
10am - 5pm
Enjoy the Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show while tasting traditional foods, learning how to pick crabs and shuck oysters, and seeing Chesapeake Bay retrievers in action.
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14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
15 Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival
May 4-6, 2018
Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday: 9am - 5pm, Sunday: 10am - 4pm
35th Annual Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival will feature 120 decoy carvers, wildlife artists, commercial outfitters and guide services will display and sell their works.
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215 Giles St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
16 May Day at Historic St. Mary's City
May 5, 2018
10am - 4pm
Welcome the arrival of spring with the colonists! Celebrate with the maypole, play a myriad of other games, or try your hand at some arts and crafts!
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Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
17 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention
May 25-28, 2018
Featuring multiple tracks of fantastic programming including authors, artists, scientists, musicians, podcasters, publishers, editors, costumers and other creative SF luminaries. Visit the Art Show and Dealers Room, attend one of the concerts or a dance, or take a break in the Gaming room or Video or Anime Room.
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202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
18 Grantsville National Road Festival
May 12-19, 2018
Garrett County celebrates the rich history of Grantsville and the National Road as the festival partners the Maryland National Road Festival!
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171 Hill Street
Grantsville, MD 21536
19 Preakness Stakes
May 19, 2018
One of the nation's largest single-day annual sporting events! Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete.
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Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
20 Chestertown Tea Party Festival
May 25-27, 2018
The annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival , during Memorial Day weekend, celebrates colonial resistance to British rule with a Tea Toss, Raft Race, Street Party, Colonial Parade, Performers and Strolling Musicians, Children's Events including "Sneaker Creeper" and Sultana Sails.
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Chestertown, MD 21620
21 Fair Hill Scottish Games
May 19, 2018
One of the premier festivals in the region with competitors and performers from around the world.Competitions features feats of athletics prowess, Highland dancing skill, and pure musical talent. Get in touch with your clan pride and immerse yourself in old Scottish culture with weaving and herding demonstrations.
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300 Tawes Dr
Elkton, MD 21921
22 Plein Air
Plein Air painting is a phrase borrowed from the French meaning "open (in full) air." It is used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the visual conditions experienced at the time of the painting. Stroll around and watch artists at work at these Plein Air festivals throughout Maryland.