Learn about the prehistoric past and maritime heritage at this museum in Solomons.
Solomons Maritime Festival at the Calvert Marine Museum
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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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grape vines and red barn in mist Photo By: Port of Leonardtown Winery

1 Maryland Wine Month

“March Madness” isn’t just a term for college basketball fans.
This March, both connoisseurs and novices of wines can celebrate during Maryland Wine Month with a jam-packed calendar of events, eight wine trails and the official Wine Month Challenge.
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Photo By: www.VisitAnnapolis.org

2 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! 

Maryland flag socks and red Converse sneakers Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

3 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

Bald Eagle at Black Water Wildlife Festival

4 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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Location:
2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-2677


The Maryland Hunt Cup Photo By: Katherine O. Rizzo

5 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

People dancing on lighted pads Photo By: Jen Lewin

6 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. 

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Maryland International Kite Expo

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


Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts

8 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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Location:
9652 Muirkirk Rd
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7817


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


May Day on Main Street - Annapolis

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


Championship on the Chesapeake Photo By: mssa.net

11 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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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-255-5535


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

12 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


Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

13 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


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

14 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

15 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

16 Grantsville National Road Festival

Garrett County celebrates the rich history of Grantsville and the National Road as the festival partners the Maryland National Road Festival!

Witness the best in horseracing at  Pimlico

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


reenactors on ship Photo By: Chestertown Tea Party Festival

18 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

19 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

20 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.

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

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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"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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Learn about the prehistoric past and maritime heritage at this museum in Solomons.
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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