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 Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore
May 4 through May 8, 2016.
Reels will roll when thousands of movie buffs pack Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District for the 18th annual Maryland Film Festival,
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1 W North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
2 Solomons Maritime Festival
May 7, 2016
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
3 Swing Into Spring at Basignani Winery
Savor the sweet nectar of new wines from Baltimore County’s Basignani Winery at this two-day event in May featuring live music and desserts, while the grapes are literally ripening on the vine around you.
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15722 Falls Rd
Sparks, MD 21152
4 Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival
May 6 - May 8
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
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
5 May Day at Historic St. Mary's City
May 7, 2016
Historic St. Mary's City
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
6 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention
May 27 - May 30, 2016
The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention held Memorial day weekend. Author Guest of Honor: George R.R. Martin. 4 day SF/Fantasy extravaganza!
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202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
7 Grantsville National Road Festival
May 14 - May 21, 2016
Celebrate the rich history of Grantsville and the National Road as the festival partners with Maryland's Pickers and the maryland National Road Festival!
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171 Hill Street
Grantsville, MD 21536
8 Fair Hill Scottish Games
May 21, 2016
Elkton, Cecil County
One of the premier festivals in the region with competitors and performers from around the world. Headliners include: Albannach, The Holligans, Charlie Zahm & Carl Peterson.
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300 Tawes Dr
Elkton, MD 21921
9 Preakness Stakes
May 21, 2016
One of the nation's largest, single-day annual sporting event! Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete.
10 Chestertown Tea Party Festival
May 27 - May 29, 2016
The Tea Party Weekend Festival 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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400 High St
Worton, MD 21678