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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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1 Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and 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

2 Maryland Wine Month

March 2020

This March, both connoisseurs and novices of wines can celebrate during Maryland Wine Month on Maryland's 10 wine trails.
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3 Annapolis Film Festival

March 26-29, 2020 (Please check website)
This year's Annapolis Film Festival 2020 will be presented in a non-traditional way.  Organizers are considering a number of creative alternatives.  Please stay tuned and check the website frequently.


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Location:
801 Chase St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-3444


Ladew Topiary Gardens - Azaleas Image Credit: Ladew Topiary Gardens

4 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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5 Easter Events

April 3-12, 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...

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6 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

Maryland International Kite Expo

7 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.


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


Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts

8 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. 


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9 Farm Museum Spring Festival

April 25-26, 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.


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May Day on Main Street - Annapolis

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


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

11 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.


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


Havre De Grace Decoy Museum

12 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. 


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


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13 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!


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


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

14 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.


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


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15 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.
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16 Preakness Stakes

Postponed till September 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. 


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17 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. 


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


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18 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.


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


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19 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.

Spring Photos & Videos

Tour the Topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Annapolis Sailboat Show
Plan a visit around the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show--you can even take a free sailboat ride!
Image Credit: 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.
A Covered Bridge in Frederick County
What better way to spend the day (or week) taking a driving tour of Maryland's covered bridges!
Image Credit: Visit Frederick
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blooms at Sherwood Gardens
Image Credit: Kevin Moore

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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...

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Garden Shows and Events

Garden shows and events around the state will awaken your senses with sweet floral scents.

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Tour the fantastically created topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.
Gardens of Maryland

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

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