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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
Image Credit: Katherine O. Rizzo

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.

Ball Snatch at a Baltimore Orioles Game Image Credit: Mitch Lebovic

1 Baseball is Back with Opening Days Across the State!

The crack of the bat, the first ballpark hotdog of the year, singing along to “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” with 45,000 of your closest friends. There’s a reason Opening Day is America’s favorite unofficial holiday, and the only thing better than Opening Day, is Opening Days. Luckily, here in the Old Line State, you’ve got plenty to choose from, from the big league O’s to our six amazing minor league clubs and Kids’ Opening Day — try and catch ‘em all! 
 


More about Oriole Park at Camden Yards


Type:
Attraction


Location:
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201


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Ladew Topiary Gardens - Azaleas Image Credit: Ladew Topiary Gardens

2 Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Garden Shows

Spring 2020
Say hello to the bright colors of spring at Home & Garden Shows 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. 
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Mary Sue Candies Bunny BonanZOO Image Credit: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

3 Easter Events

April 2020
Peter Cottontail is hopping down the bunny trail, and Maryland is ready to welcome him with some great Easter celebrations throughout the state. Check out the list of  list of egg hunts, bunny breakfasts, and more...

The Maryland Hunt Cup Image Credit: Katherine O. Rizzo

4 Steeplechase Races

April - May 2020
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

traditional Japanese performer Image Credit: National Harbor

5 Cherry Blossom Festival – Sakura Sunday

April 2020
National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the  friendship between US and Japan. Sakura Sunday will feature Japanese artisans, Japanese-inspired music, entertainment and food.
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Maryland International Kite Expo

6 Maryland International Kite Expo

April 24--26, 2020

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.


More about Maryland International Kite Expo


Type:
Events


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


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Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts

7 Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts

April 25, 2020
10am - 4pm

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. 


More about Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts


Type:
Events


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


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tractor pull

8 Farm Museum Spring Festival

April  2020
Join us for a day of celebration of agriculture with the Frederick County Farm Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park. Enjoy family friendly activities including hayrides. Visit the animals in the barns, watch a tractor-pull competition, saw-milling demonstrations and much more.


More about Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum


Type:
History & Heritage


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


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May Day on Main Street - Annapolis

9 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, 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. 


More about May Day in Annapolis


Type:
Events


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


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

10 Solomons Maritime Festival

May 2, 2020
10am - 5pm

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.


More about Solomons Maritime Festival


Type:
Events


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


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Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

11 Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival

May 2-3, 2020
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. 


More about Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival


Type:
Events


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


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Historic St. Mary's City Image Credit: St. Mary's City

12 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!


More about May Day at Historic St. Mary's City


Type:
Events


Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
240-895-4990


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John Waters and John Travolta Image Credit: Frank Hamilton for the Maryland Film Festival

13 Maryland Film Festival

April 29- May 3, 2020
With more than 40 feature films and 10 shorts programs, including all genres and drawing works from all over the world – acclaimed festival faves and new discoveries. Whether you’re a film fanatic or casual moviegoer, The Maryland Film Festival will leave you inspired and profoundly moved by the world of cinema.


More about Maryland Film Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
1 W North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-752-8083


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Woman wearing wild sunglasses Image Credit: Kevin Moore

14 Mother’s Day

May 2020
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

Horses coming out of the gate at Pimlico Image Credit: Preakness Stakes

15 Preakness Stakes

May 16, 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; truely 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. 


More about Preakness Stakes


Type:
Events


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


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Image Credit: Balticon

16 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention

May 22-26, 2020

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. 


More about Balticon Regional Science Fiction Convention


Type:
Events


Location:
202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-563-2737


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reenactors on ship Image Credit: Chestertown Tea Party Festival

17 Chestertown Tea Party Festival

May 22-24, 2020

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.


More about Chestertown Colonial Tea Party Festival


Type:
Events


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


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Image Credit: Bob Peterson

18 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.

Featured Places
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
01
Location:
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201
kite fest
02
Location:
2nd to 6th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
Montpelier
03
Location:
9652 Muirkirk Rd
Laurel, MD 20708
Children at Rosehill Manor Park
04
Location:
1611 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
flowers on a gate
05
Location:
Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Solomons Maritime Festival
06
Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
Decoy carver
07
Location:
215 Giles St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Colonial Garden
08
Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Maryland Film Festival Opening Night
09
Location:
1 W North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
Horses coming out of the gate
10
Location:
Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
fantasy illustration
11
Location:
202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Re-enactment: Redcoats firing at Revolutionaries
12
Location:
Downtown Chestertown
Chestertown, MD 21620
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