Brookside Gardens in spring

Sublime Springtime Events

By Heather Cisar
Brookside Gardens in spring

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.

Enjoy a Spring Fling at Garden Shows, April-May
April - May 2021
Ladew Topiary Gardens - Azaleas
Ladew Topiary Gardens

Say hello to the bright colors of spring at Home & Garden Shows all over the state. With spring plantings, amazing crafts and lots more to get you out of the house and into your yard.

Steeplechase Races
The Maryland Hunt Cup
Katherine O. Rizzo

Steeplechase events primarily take place between April and September. Check the complete calendar at Maryland Steeplechasing

April - May 2021
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. 

Maryland International Kite Expo, April
Ocean City, April 29-May 1, 2022
Maryland International Kite Expo

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.

May Day in Annapolis
May, Annapolis
May Day on Main Street - Annapolis

This now-iconic event began in 1956 as a Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne beautification project. Starting on May 1, dwellings and businesses in the Historic District of Maryland’s capital adorn their entrances with baskets brimming with fresh flowers and colorful ribbons. 

Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival, May
May 1-2, 2021
Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

Discover the remarkable artistry and craftsmanship of traditional Maryland decoy carvers at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Located on the banks of the Susquehanna Flats, the museum’s deck is a great spot to see migratory flocks of waterfowl over the Chesapeake.

39th Annual Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival will feature more than 100 decoy carvers, wildlife artists, displaying and selling their work. There will also be food, children’s activities, silent auctions, retriever demonstrations, carving competitions and much more. 

Solomons Maritime Festival, May
Learn about the prehistoric past and maritime heritage at this museum in Solomons.
Calvert Marine Museum

May 1, 2021

The event includes the Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show with exhibits from more than 30 collectors of antique and classic boats. Taste traditional Southern Maryland foods, learn how to pick crabs and shuck oysters like the pros, enjoy local music, see Chesapeake Bay retrievers in action, meet artisans as they demonstrate their skills.

Mother’s Day, May
May 8, 2022
Woman wearing wild sunglasses
Kevin Moore

Mother's Day is the time to make mom feel extra, extra special. Make it extra special with these awesome Maryland Mother’s Day ideas with brunches, festivals, and events.

Preakness Stakes, May
Baltimore, May 21, 2022
Horses coming out of the gate at Pimlico
Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland

Join the roar of the crowd and witness the Middle Jewel of Thoroughbred Racing. Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete; truly test a of a horse's raw ability and composure. All eyes will be on the Preakness Stakes as we discover if Triple Crown potential lives on-- because if it doesn’t happen here, it doesn’t happen at all. 

Interstate Bluesfest, May
Hagerstown, May 14-15, 2021
Interstate Blues Fest
Interstate Blues Fest

The Interstate Blues Fest,  takes place at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, just south of Hagerstown.  There are many ways to enjoy this festival including by bringing your own tent, listening to the Blues and partaking of a wide variety of wine, beer, spirits and food offerings.  The event takes place in a spacious and lovely rural setting. 

Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention (Virtual), May
May 28-31, 2021(Memorial Day Weekend) 

This year Balticon 55 will be a free virtual convention featuring multiple tracks of fantastic programming including authors, artists, scientists, musicians, podcasters, publishers, editors, costumers and other creative Science Fiction luminaries. 

Chestertown Tea Party Festival, May
Chestertown, May 27-28, 2021
reenactors on ship
Chestertown Tea Party Festival

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.

Plein Air
Spring-Summer 2021
Bob Peterson

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.

Film Festivals
John Travolta on stage interviewing  John Waters
Frank Hamilton

Spring kicks-off the Film Fest season in Maryland. Check out these fabulous film festivals throughout the state.

Don't miss the Maryland Film Festival (virtual) May 19-27, 2021