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 Steeplechase Races
Saturdays April - May, 2017
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
2 Maryland International Kite Expo
April 28 - 30, 2017
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
3 Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts
April 29, 2017
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
4 Farm Museum Spring Festival
April 29-30, 2017
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.
Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum Frederick
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1611 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
5 May Day in Annapolis
May 1, 2017
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
6 Championship on the Chesapeake
May 5-7, 2017
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
7 Solomons Maritime Festival
May 6, 2017
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
8 Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival
May 5-7, 2017
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
9 May Day at Historic St. Mary's City
May 6, 2017
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!
10 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention
May 26 - 29, 2017
Featuring multiple tracks of fantastic programming over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, including authors, artists, scientists, musicians, podcasters, publishers, editors, costumers and other creative SF luminaries. Visit our Art Show and Dealers Room, attend one of our concerts or a dance, or take a break in the Gaming room or Video or Anime Room. Balticon welcomes author Eric Flint as 2017 Guest of Honor.
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202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
11 Grantsville National Road Festival
May 13-20, 2017
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
12 Preakness Stakes
May 20, 2017
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
13 Chestertown Tea Party Festival
May 26-28, 2017
The 40th 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
14 Fair Hill Scottish Games
May 20, 2017
Elkton, Cecil County
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
15 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.
16 Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
June 10, 2017
Now in its seventh year, the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of folklife, or those living traditions practiced by communities across Maryland. Come to the Creative Alliance at the Patterson to learn Native American round dancing, hear the story of Baltimore jazz, and experience the beauty of Beijing opera, among many, many more performances and participatory demonstrations.
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3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224