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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The Maryland Hunt Cup Photo By: Katherine O. Rizzo

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

Maryland International Kite Expo

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


Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts

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


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


May Day on Main Street - Annapolis

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


Championship on the Chesapeake Photo By: mssa.net

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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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

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


Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

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


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

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!


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10 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention

May 26 - 29, 2017
Baltimore

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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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

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


Witness the best in horseracing at  Pimlico

12 Preakness Stakes

May 20, 2017
Baltimore

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

13 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


woman throwing rock Photo By: Fair Hill Scottish Games

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


Photo By: Bob Peterson

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.

Maryland Traditions Folklife performers Photo By: Edwin Remsberg Photograph

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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Location:
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-767-6450


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

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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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"Hop" over to these public gardens in Spring (and other times of year) to see hundreds of blooms.
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Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
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