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 Grantsville National Road Festival
May 12-19, 2018
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
2 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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202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
3 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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Chestertown, MD 21620
4 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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300 Tawes Dr
Elkton, MD 21921
5 Preakness Stakes - Baltimore
May 19, 2018
One of the nation's largest single-day annual sporting events! Old Hilltop (Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore) comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds race over a distance of 9.5 furlongs on dirt. The Preakness Stakes is the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown.
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Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
6 Steeplechase Races - Multiple Locations
Through 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.
7 Music Festivals
Mountain melodies, jazz, funk, metal and more fill Maryland’s Summer of Music. From DelFest (May 24-27) and beyond the National Folk Festival’s inaugural year in Salisbury (September 7-9), the summer of 2018 brings a wall of sound and a symphony of styles to the Free State. Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's Summer of Music lineup.
8 Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Garden Shows
Say hello to the bright colors of spring at Garden Festivals all over the state this spring. With spring plantings, amazing crafts and lots more to get you out of the house and back into your yard, you can’t miss with this list of great spring shows.
9 Plein Air - Multiple Locations
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.