Maryland International Kite Expo
Kites are flying during the Maryland International Kite Expo in Ocean City.
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Sublime Springtime Events

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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Stroll over the bridge in this State Park, then head to the Casselman Inn for lunch. Photo by Kevin Moore Photo By: Kevin Moore

1 Grantsville National Road Festival

May 12-19, 2018
Garrett County celebrates the rich history of Grantsville and the National Road as the festival partners the Maryland National Road Festival!


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Location:
171 Hill Street
Grantsville, MD 21536
301-895-8012


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2 Balticon - Maryland's Regional Science Fiction Convention

May 25-28, 2018

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


reenactors on ship Photo By: Chestertown Tea Party Festival

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


woman throwing rock Photo By: Fair Hill Scottish Games

4 Fair Hill Scottish Games

May 19, 2018

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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Location:
300 Tawes Dr
Elkton, MD 21921
302-309-0032


Horses coming out of the gate at Pimlico Photo By: Preakness Stakes

5 Preakness Stakes - Baltimore

May 19, 2018

One of the nation's largest single-day annual sporting events! Old Hilltop (Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore) comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds race over a distance of 9.5 furlongs on dirt. The Preakness Stakes is the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown.


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


The Maryland Hunt Cup Photo By: Katherine O. Rizzo

6 Steeplechase Races - Multiple Locations

Through May 26, 2018
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. 

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Guitarist playing the Blues Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

7 Music Festivals

Mountain melodies, jazz, funk, metal and more fill Maryland’s Summer of Music. From DelFest (May 24-27) and beyond the National Folk Festival’s inaugural year in Salisbury (September 7-9),  the summer of 2018 brings a wall of sound and a symphony of styles to the Free State. Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's Summer of Music lineup.


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Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-5138


Ladew Topiary Gardens - Azaleas Photo By: Ladew Topiary Gardens

8 Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Garden Shows

Spring 2018
Say hello to the bright colors of spring at Garden Festivals 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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Photo By: Bob Peterson

9 Plein Air - Multiple Locations

Spring-Summer 2018
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.

Spring Photos & Videos

Tour the Topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Farm Fresh at Ellicott City Farmer's Market
Farm-fresh produce as well as crafts are bountiful in Maryland's farmers' markets which open in spring.
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
Annapolis Sailboat Show
Plan a visit around the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show--you can even take a free sailboat ride!
Photo By: Annapolis Tourism
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton
"Hop" over to these public gardens in Spring (and other times of year) to see hundreds of blooms.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center
This Smithsonian affiliate showcases its art in surrounding gardens and makes for an affordable way to spend the day.
Loys Station Covered Bridge
What better way to spend the day (or week) taking a driving tour of Maryland's covered bridges!
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

Spring

Trip Ideas

Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Top Things to Do in Spring

Here comes the sun! The Baltimore Orioles (and the state’s other ball players) are back on the field and their feathered counterparts (the state bird) are back in the...

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"Hop" over to these public gardens in Spring (and other times of year) to see hundreds of blooms.
Gardens of Maryland

Spring brings the best time to visit Maryland's gardens.

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Maryland International Kite Expo
Sublime Springtime Events

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...

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