Sublime Springtime Events

By Heather Cisar



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"Hop" over to these public gardens in Spring (and other times of year) to see hundreds of blooms.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton
The Maryland Hunt Cup
The Maryland Hunt Cup
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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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Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and in 2020 Maryland is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of women's right to vote in America by launching exciting programs, activities and events by women, for women and focused on women traveling to and through the great State of Maryland. 
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Maryland Wine Month

Maryland Wine Month

In March, both connoisseurs and novices of wines can celebrate during Maryland Wine Month on Maryland's 10 wine trails.

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Annapolis Film Festival

March 2021
Annapolis Film Festival will be back in 2021 with independent films, panels and special showcases that inspire, enlighten and entertain diverse audiences on a variety of topics. The Annapolis Film Festival highlights Annapolis as a cultural arts center. 

Ladew Topiary Gardens - Azaleas Image Credit: Ladew Topiary Gardens

Enjoy a Spring Fling at Garden Shows

April - May 2021
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.
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The Maryland Hunt Cup Image Credit: Katherine O. Rizzo

Steeplechase Races

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. - See more at:

Maryland International Kite Expo

Maryland International Kite Expo

April 2021

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 on Main Street - Annapolis

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, dwellings and businesses in the Historic District of Maryland’s capital adorn their entrances with baskets brimming with fresh flowers and colorful ribbons. 

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Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

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

Solomons Maritime Festival

May 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.

Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival

May 2021
Saturday: 8am - 6pm, Sunday: 10am - 4pm
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. 

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May Day at Historic St. Mary's City

May 16, 2020
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!

Woman wearing wild sunglasses Image Credit: Kevin Moore

Mother’s Day

May 2021
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.
More info on how to Celebrate Mother's Day

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Preakness Stakes

Postponed till October 3, 2020

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. 

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Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention

May 22-26, 2020

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

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202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Chestertown Tea Party Festival

May 27-28, 2021

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.

Image Credit: Bob Peterson

Plein Air

Spring-Summer 2020
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.

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