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.
1 Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Garden Shows
Say hello to the bright colors of spring at Garden Festivals 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.
2 Steeplechase Races - Multiple Locations
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.
3 Light City - Baltimore
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.
4 Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
April 20-22, 2018
Itching to get on the water? Jumpstart the boating season with the Annapolis Sailboat Show at the City Dock. Check out the vessels - including catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, and inflatables—a total of over 100 new and brokerage boats and shop for the latest equipment, including electronics, clothing and accessories.
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City Dock & Harbor 1 Dock Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
5 Maryland International Kite Expo - Ocean City
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
6 Farm Museum Spring Festival - Frederick
April 28-29, 2018
Join us for a day of celebration of agriculture with the Frederick County Farm Museum, located at the Rose Hill Manor Park. 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
7 May Day in Annapolis
May 1, 2018
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
8 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
9 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival - West Friendship
May 5-6, 2018
A warm and fuzzy weekend celebrating all things sheep, from hoof to handwoven. Contests, fiber workshops and family activities. More than 250 vendors, 600+ sheep and 40+ workshops, including fiber arts.
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2210 Fairgrounds Rd
West Friendship, MD 21794
10 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
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 Preakness Stakes - Baltimore
May 19, 2018
One of the nation's largest single-day annual sporting events! Old Hilltop (Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore) comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds race over a distance of 9.5 furlongs on dirt. The Preakness Stakes is the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown.
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Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
15 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
16 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
17 Plein Air - Multiple Locations
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.