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.
2 Annapolis Film Festival
March 21-24, 2019
The excitement of the Annapolis Film Festival returns for a fifth year. Packed with dozens of domestic and international documentary features and shorts, narrative features and shorts, student films, and full-length feature films, the AFF is must for all movie lovers. Lectures and discussions are also held to give festival-goers insight into the processes used by directors, actors, and writers. View all Film Festivals in Maryland.
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801 Chase St
Annapolis, MD 21401
3 Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Garden Shows
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.
4 Maryland Day Celebrations
March 24 - 26, 2019
Maryland Day commemorates March 25,1634, the day settlers disembarked from two small sailing ships - the Ark and the Dove – onto Maryland soil. See more at: http://www.visitmaryland.org/list/maryland-day
5 Easter Events
April 6-20, 2019
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...
6 Steeplechase Races
April 7 - May 26, 2019
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
7 Maryland International Kite Expo
April 26-28, 2019
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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2nd to 6th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
8 Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts
Saturday April 27, 2019
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.
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9652 Muirkirk Rd
Laurel, MD 20708
9 Farm Museum Spring Festival
April 27-28, 2019
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.
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1611 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
10 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.
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Annapolis, MD 21401
11 Solomons Maritime Festival
May 4, 2019
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.
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14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
12 Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival
May 4-5, 2019
Saturday: 8am - 6pm, Sunday: 10am - 4pm
38th 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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215 Giles St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
13 May Day at Historic St. Mary's City
May 4, 2019
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!
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47414 Old State House Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
14 Mother’s Day
May 5-12, 2019
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.
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15 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention
May 24-27, 2019
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
16 Preakness Stakes
May 18, 2019
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.
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Hayward & Winner Avenues
Baltimore, MD 21215
17 Fair Hill Scottish Games
May 18, 2019
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
18 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
19 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.