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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1 Maryland Spring Home and Garden Show

March 4 - March 12, 2017 (weekends)

Landscaped gardens brimming with bold and beautiful flowers and trees will fill the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Art in the Garden is this year's theme.


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Location:
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Lutherville, MD 21093
410-528-5400


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Birds at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

2 Eagle Festival at Blackwater Refuge

March 11, 2017

Get an up-close view of birds of prey, such as eagles, hawks and falcons at the home of one of the largest breeding populations of bald eagles in the United States. Plenty of hands-on nature-inspired fun for children. Free. 


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


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3 Maryland Day Celebrations 2017

March 24 - 26, 2017

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


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Location:
Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-222-1805


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4 Light City Baltimore

March 31 - April 8, 2017

Light City transforms Baltimore with world class light displays and sculptures, video projections on buildings and interactive technologies to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for families, locals and visitors.


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Location:
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-752-8632


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5 Annapolis Film Festival

March 30 - April 2, 2017

The excitement of the Annapolis Film Festival returns for a fifth year. Packed with dozens of domestic and international documentary features and shorts, narrative features and shorts, student films, and full length feature films, the AFF is must for all movie lovers. Lectures and discussions are also held to give festival-goers insight into the processes used by directors, actors, and writers.


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Citywide
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-280-0445


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6 Bethesda Literary Festival

April 21- April 23, 2017

Downtown Bethesda celebrates the diversity of modern literature at the popular Bethesda Literary Festival, now in it's 18th year. Presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership; events are held at various downtown Bethesda venues.


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Location:
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-215-6660


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Maryland International Kite Expo

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


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Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts

8 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 over 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


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May Day on Main Street - Annapolis

9 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 1st, 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


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


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

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


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Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

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


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13 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!


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14 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention

May 26 - May 29, 2017

Featuring multiple tracks of fantastic programming over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, includind 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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Location:
202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-563-2737


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15 St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

In Maryland, we're all Irish on St. Patty's Day! Check out  these celebrations throughout the state!
http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/st-patricks-day-celebrations

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

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


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Witness the best in horseracing at  Pimlico

17 Preakness Stakes

May 20, 2017
Baltimore
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.


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


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Prior to the 1890s, Chestertown's Fountain Park was home to the town's market house and armory.

18 Chestertown Tea Party Festival

May 26-28, 2017

Kent County

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


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


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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 public 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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