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Sublime Springtime Events

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.

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Ladew Topiary Gardens - Azaleas Photo By: Ladew Topiary Gardens

1 Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Garden Shows

Spring 2018
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. 
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The Maryland Hunt Cup Photo By: Katherine O. Rizzo

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. 

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People dancing on lighted pads Photo By: Jen Lewin

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. 

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The Annapolis Sailboat Show is the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show on earth.

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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Location:
City Dock & Harbor 1 Dock Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-8828


Maryland International Kite Expo

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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Location:
2nd to 6th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-289-7855


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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Location:
1611 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-1650


May Day on Main Street - Annapolis

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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Location:
Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-571-5101


Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

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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Location:
215 Giles St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-939-3739


sheep Photo By: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

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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Location:
2210 Fairgrounds Rd
West Friendship, MD 21794
410-531-3647


Learn about the prehistoric past and maritime heritage at this museum in Solomons. Photo By: Calvert Marine Museum

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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Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042


Historic St. Mary's City Photo By: St. Mary's City

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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Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
240-895-4990


Balticon Image Photo By: Balticon

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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Location:
202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-563-2737


Stroll over the bridge in this State Park, then head to the Casselman Inn for lunch. Photo by Kevin Moore Photo By: Kevin Moore

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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Location:
171 Hill Street
Grantsville, MD 21536
301-895-8012


Horses coming out of the gate at Pimlico Photo By: Preakness Stakes

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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Location:
Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-542-9400


reenactors on ship Photo By: Chestertown Tea Party Festival

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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Location:
Downtown Chestertown
Chestertown, MD 21620
443-480-8576


woman throwing rock Photo By: Fair Hill Scottish Games

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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Location:
300 Tawes Dr
Elkton, MD 21921
302-309-0032


Photo By: Bob Peterson

17 Plein Air - Multiple Locations

Spring-Summer 2018
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.

Guitarist playing the Blues Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

18 Music Festivals

Spring-Summer 2018
Warmer weather brings hotter tunes to Maryland. Check out some of these amazing  concerts such as DelFest and Western Maryland Blues Fest. Enjoy the outdoors, grab a glass of Maryland wine or beer, and get your groove on. More info...

Spring Photos & Videos

Tour the Topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Farm Fresh at Ellicott City Farmer's Market
Farm-fresh produce as well as crafts are bountiful in Maryland's farmers' markets which open in spring.
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
Annapolis Sailboat Show
Plan a visit around the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show--you can even take a free sailboat ride!
Photo By: Annapolis Tourism
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton
"Hop" over to these public gardens in Spring (and other times of year) to see hundreds of blooms.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center
This Smithsonian affiliate showcases its art in surrounding gardens and makes for an affordable way to spend the day.
Loys Station Covered Bridge
What better way to spend the day (or week) taking a driving tour of Maryland's covered bridges!
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

Spring

Trip Ideas

"Hop" over to these public gardens in Spring (and other times of year) to see hundreds of blooms.
Gardens of Maryland

Spring brings the best time to visit Maryland's gardens.

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Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Top Things to Do in Spring

Here comes the sun! The Baltimore Orioles (and the state’s other ball players) are back on the field and their feathered counterparts (the state bird) are back in the...

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blooms at Sherwood Gardens
Sublime Springtime Events

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...

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