Saunter into Springtime with Outdoor Activities, Festivals and Events in Maryland

Maryland celebrates the spring season with parades, storytelling, and feasts


Connie Yingling,
Leslie Cox,


BALTIMORE (March 9, 2015) – As the frost begins to melt, the snow and ice begin to thaw, and green buds begin to show, Maryland offers opportunities to spring into the season with fun outdoor activities.

“After months of cold, snow and ice, March serves as a transition into springtime, a time to celebrate and welcome the warmer temperatures,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, Assistant Director at the Maryland Office of Tourism. “Plan an outing to one of the state’s many parks, commemorate our history with Maryland Day events across the state, or experience Irish culture at a St. Patrick’s Day parade.”

Here are just a few activities and events celebrating springtime across Maryland this month:

Western Maryland

Get your green on and experience Irish culture, food, music and a beer garden at the 4th annual Shamrock Shuffle in Frostburg on March 21. Board the train in Cumberland for a fun-filled start to the party.

Test your scavenger skills at the annual Easter egg hunt in Friendsville on March 28. Celebrate the town’s 250th anniversary and hear stories of Friendsville’s past, about the people who lived there and the places they called home.

Take your furry friend to Rocky Gap State Park for a hiking and camping experience. Leashed pets are allowed on trails and campgrounds. Surrounded by mountains, the park also features 243-acre Lake Habeeb. Rocky Gap Run feeds into the lake and winds its way through an impressive mile-long gorge, displaying cliffs, overlooks and a forest.

Capital Region

Welcome spring at Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont by learning how maple syrup is made from the sap of trees. The 45th Annual Maple Syrup Festival will take place March 14-15 and 21-22 from 9:30 am. to 2:30 pm.

If you’re addicted to Antiques Roadshow, check out the 17th Annual Treasured Heirloom Appraisal Day in Frederick. On March 28, dust off your treasures and have them evaluated by top appraisers in the field at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center from 10 am. to 3 pm.

Visit Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown for a family-friendly Egg-stravanza on March 28-29. Enjoy a hayride down the Bunny Trail, race in the Rubber Duck Derby, hunt for colorful eggs and earn a take-home goodie basket, and visit with the farm’s very own country bunny.

Central Maryland

Celebrate the spring equinox on March 21 with a 2015 World Storytelling Day event at the Howard County Conservatory. Listen as Vernyce Dannels, Walter Jones and Kristin Pedemoni enchant adults and children alike with tales of earth’s reawakening and the rebirth of nature using the spoken word, song and musical instruments.

Put yourself in the middle of history at the Maryland Day Celebration from March 20-22 during a fun-filled festival highlighting the uniqueness of the Four Rivers Heritage area. Local culture and heritage sites offer special activities and tours. Enjoy educational tours, costumed re-enactors, art exhibits, kid-friendly activities and participate in the #MDSelfie challenge.

Film-lovers, unite! The Annapolis Film Festival will take place March 26-29. The event returns to the city for a third year with more than 65 narrative and documentary films in all genres, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and visiting guests, special panels and showcases, and great parties! The film festival is a nationally competitive event featuring internationally-acclaimed filmmakers and celebrity guests.

Experience the 8th Annual PEEP Show at Carroll Arts Center starting March 27. Hundreds of wacky marshmallow masterpieces created by local artists, families, businesses and community groups will be on display. Registration to submit your own creation is open through March 13. Kids are welcome to enter – but be sure they have “engineering help” from an adult. Previous entries have included recreations of famous paintings like Starry Night, a Peep-decorated Peacock, and even a life-sized Olaf from the film Frozen.

Southern Maryland

Are you a DIYer? You’ll love the Great Big Home Show in Waldorf, MD on March 14 and 15. Save money on your next home project and find all your solutions under one roof with quality exhibitors and popular brands. You can also taste your way through local restaurants’ best-selling dishes.

Once a thriving 17th-century town, Historic St. Mary’s City is now a living history museum built on the foundation of the original buildings. Celebrate Maryland Day on March 21 with pomp and parades, live music, presentations, and free admission.

English colonists seeking religious freedom first landed in Maryland 381 years ago at St. Clement’s Island. Commemorate their arrival through this Maryland Day event, with speakers and a wreath laying ceremony on March 25.

Enjoy the 15th annual Taste of Solomons on March 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one-day food festival showcases the many wonderful places to eat in the waterfront community. Participating restaurants include Bistro Belle Maison, Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar, Kingfisher’s Seafood, among others. Food and drink tickets can be purchased at participating restaurants.

Eastern Shore

Ocean City celebrates its 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on March 14. Sponsored by the Delmarva Irish-American Club, this tradition has grown to become one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the state. Listen to local marching bands, view the floats, and meet local celebrities. The parade begins at noon, but the fun continues all day with shopping and a festival full of food, drink and merriment.

The party’s just starting at the 7th annual Snow Hill Blues Jam in Snow Hill, one of Maryland’s designated Arts and Entertainment Districts. On March 14, Dave Chappell & Band will open followed by a new tribute from Snow Hill Blues Jam All-Stars with Angel & Margot Resto and Chris English. 

Discover new dishes with Talbot County Restaurant Week from March 22-28. Now in its sixth year, this weeklong event highlights many of the local restaurants within the towns and communities of Talbot County. Throughout the week, participating restaurants will offer guests special prices and menus.

About Maryland Tourism

The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Visitors to the state spent more than $15.4 billion on travel-related expenses in 2013. During 2013, the Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.1 billion in state and local taxes, and provided 138,682 jobs for Maryland residents.