WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

National Memorial Day Concert

May 29, National Mall, DC: The National Memorial Day Concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

JFK Centennial Celebration

May 29, DC: Join the Kennedy Center in a tribute one hundred years in the making, and be part of a special evening of readings, performances, and rare video footage featuring a star-studded roster of talent from the worlds of music, theater, dance, TV/film, and more celebrating JFK.

Chestertown Tea Party and Festival

May 26-28, Chestertown: The annual reenactment of the historical tea tossing is the centerpiece of this fabulous festival, featuring a reenactment, colonial parade, street party, raft race, street performances, colonial crafts, strolling musicians, local fare, 5k & 10 mile run and more!

Historic Dusk Ghost Walks Annapolis

Ongoing throughout the summer: Hear about unexplained footsteps, the Gravedigger and the poor souls hung to save room in local jails, led by a spirited period dressed guide and learn of the spirits who dwell in the town’s 18th century buildings and linger in the mist to get a whole new perspective of Maryland’s capital city.

Crisfield's Fourth Saturday Bay Strolls

May 26, Crisfield: Every fourth Saturday from 4-7pm, enjoy the unique setting of this bayside town, grab a bite of seafood (they're famous for their crabs!) and stroll the dock and historic town while shopping with independent artists. 

Balticon 51

May 26-29, Baltimore: Join members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the premier non-profit fan-run Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-Atlantic region. There will be multiple tracks of programming over the four day weekend, featuring authors, artists, scientists, musicians, podcasters, publishers, editors, costumers, games, concerts, dances, workshops and much more!

Fair Hill Races

May 27, Elkton: The Fair Hill Races have been running since 1934! Visitors can enjoy the races from various locations on the grounds. Besides the racing, there will be something for everyone, including a vendor village for everyone to shop, kids' comer to entertain the kids with face painting, pony rides and more, a large selection of food vendors and races all afternoon.

Smith Island Arts Festival

May 27, Smith Island: This Memorial Day Saturday event celebrates the work of regional and local artists and the cultural heritage of Smith Island. Painting, photography, folk art, sea glass, jewelry, textiles, and ceramics by more than 30 participants will be on display and for sale. Food, including the famous Smith Island cake, will be available for purchase. 

Whoopi Goldberg

May 27, Bethesda: Strathmore presents selebrated comedian, author, humanitarian, and star of stage and screen. Whoopi Goldberg delights audiences with an evening of laughter-filled storytelling.

Living History Weekend

May 27-28, Antietam: Volunteers portraying the 24th North Carolina, Company B, which was involved in the fighting in the West Woods, will present living history programs including musket firing demonstrations. All demonstrations will take place just outside the visitor center. Visitors are also invited to tour the unit’s camp and learn about what daily life would have been like for the average Confederate soldier.

Sowebo Arts and Music Festival

May 28, Baltimore: Baltimore's always free and utterly unique Arts and Music Festival surrounding historic Hollins Market is all about local music, kid fun, great eats, local visual art, and craft vendors galore.

Noises Off

Now-June 18, Baltimore: Everyman's Resident Company of actors transforms into a British company of actors in this side-splitting farce to end all farces. A love-letter to the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage, Noises Off will leave you rolling in the aisles as everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

Tulip Dig

May 27, Baltimore: The tulip bulbs are removed from Sherwood Gardens beds at the end of each blooming season to be replaced by new bulbs in October for the next spring bloom. At the end of May each year, always the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend starting at 7:00 AM the tulip bulbs are available to be dug and purchased for a nominal cost of 30 cents per bulb. Participants should bring a shovel or spade and a bag for their bulbs. Bagged bulbs are also available. Give this classic activity a try!

B'eat More Pie Fest 2017

May 27, Baltimore: The Baltimore Museum of Industry presents this fun family festival! Show off your baking skills at the B’Eat More Pie Fest, held at the BMI Farmers’ Market. Enter your best pie or just come watch. You can purchase tickets to win competition pies in a raffle or try tasting bites.

Proof

Now-June 18, Olney: Olney Theatre presents Proof, the story of Catherine, the bereaved daughter of a brilliant but chronically mentally ill mathematician. Catherine worries that she has inherited her father's mental illness, but more central to the drama is whether she also inherited his genius. A penetrating mystery at the center of the play and the stellar cast illuminates the ways in which family and lovers play into and defy expectations. 



WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

Preakness Balloon Festival

May 18-20, West Friendship: Worth getting up early for! Balloon glow, mass ascensions, vendors, music, food, and hot air balloon rides! Something for your bucket list.

Preakness Week

Now-May 20, Baltimore: The Preakness doesn't just happen on Saturday! There are Sunrise Barn Tours, Black-Eyed Susan Day festivities, infield entertainment and more! The ultimate Maryland event!

May Day Play Day

May 19, Berlin: Music, food, fun, all in the quaint little town of Berlin. A great Friday afternoon outing!

Cruisin' Ocean City


May 18-21, Ocean City: Ever-popular event features over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars and more. Live entertainment, celebrity guests, special attractions, boardwalk parades, manufacturers, vendors, midway and more!

National Pike Festival

May 19-21, Western Maryland: Old-fashioned Wagon Train travels from Clear Spring to Boonsboro. Pony rides, flea markets, yard & bake sales and special entertainment along the route.


Wednesday Night Sailboat Races

Wednesday through Aug 30, Annapolis: It's too late for this week, but check this out all summer! Grab your favorite dockside seat in America's Sailing Capital to watch some 150 crews compete in midweek races that involve sailing around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club.


Anacostia River Pontoon Boat Tours

Now-October, Bladensburg: Come aboard our pontoon boat for an interpretive river boat tour of the scenic Anacostia River, every Thursday-Sunday, weather permitting. All ages are welcome for this fun and informative tour.

Movies and More on the Potomac

All summer, National Harbor: Thursday and Sundays this summer, pack your chairs, grab some food to go from a local restaurant, and meet at the huge Plaza screen for a free evening of fun! National Harbor also hosts sunrise and sunset swims, Date Nights and Zumba, just to name a few of the activities they have going on all summer long!


Audubon's Baltimore Birding Weekend

May 19-21, Baltimore: Be a part of this Inaugural event! Audubon collaborates with communities to transform blighted city spaces into colorful wildflower gardens that invite birds and butterflies as well as people to enjoy them. There will be urban bird watching trips all within city limits, daily "tally rallies" and a chance to mingle and swap birding stories. The event will culminate in a trip to watch our own Baltimore Orioles battle the Toronto Blue Jays.


Serbian Food and Cultural Festival

May 19-21, Potomac: Experience a new culture and attend this three-day festival with something for everyone, including traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts, boutique items and family-friendly activities.


Armed Forces and National Police Celebration

May 20, Ft. Meade: Celebrate our Armed Forces and law enforcement personnel with music, the U.S. Navy Silent Drill Team, military displays, Police K-9 demonstrations, hands-on activities, tours, food, refreshments, and more.

Blacksmith Days

May 20-21, Westminster: Ever wonder what blacksmithing is like? Check out the Carroll County Farm Museum for demonstrations all afternoon both days.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

May 20-21, Annapolis: Love listening to Blues? Head to Annapolis for this all day concert with a stage and great views on the Jumbtron, a large crafter village, wide variety of food, drinks, sand and sun. A relaxing way to spend your Saturday!

Fair Hill Scottish Games

May 20, Elkton: Join in this 57th Annual day of athletics, music, dancing, food, and arts celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture. It's an event you won't want to miss, especially if you haven't been before!


Kent Island Day

May 20, Kent Island: There's too much to list at this family friendly festival! Just a sampling: a parade, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, railroad display, blacksmith, music, historic cars, and lots more!

Saturday Family Jazz Sessions

May 20, Bethesda: Junior jazz aficionados spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. Strathmore’s kid-friendly series features world music percussionist Tom Teasley, renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice, and multi-instrumentalist Seth Kibel.


The Jungle Book

Now-May 28, Bethesda: The highly respected and multi-award winning Imagination Stage presents Kipling’s timeless classic, which deals with very timely issues in this lively new version.

NSO: Brandenburg Concerto & Music for the Royal Fireworks

May 18-20, DC: The Kennedy Center presents a program of Baroque favorites led by Grammy-nominated conductor Ton Koopman, "a champion of Baroque music".

Jazz in the Garden

May 19-August: Starting it's 17th season, this free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—salsa, blues fusion, xylophone, Afrofunk, and more—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.


WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

Backstage with Serial's Creators

May 11, Bethesda: In 2014, Serial became the most popular podcast in the history of the form with its investigation of a 1999 Baltimore murder case. Following the success of the 1st season, a 2nd exploring the case of soldier Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion and its aftermath aired in the winter of 2015. This year they launched a spin-off, S-Town, that explores a strange case of murder in a small Alabama town. Now Serial fans can experience the podcast in a whole new iteration, as co-creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder take live audiences behind the scenes to explain and illuminate this new form of modern storytelling.

Symphony Decorator's Show House

Now-May 21, Baltimore: The 40th Symphony Decorators' Show House "Mayfair" is now open to the public. All proceeds support the educational programs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra including the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, OrchKidsTM and Midweek education concerts impacting the lives of more than 55,000 students a year.

Mid Maryland Celtic Festival
May 13, Mt. Airy: Awesome Celtic rock and traditional bands, Pipe Bands, Scottish Dancing, Demonstrations, Highland Games with professional, amateur, and adaptive athletes competing!

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

May 13-14, Bethesda: Delight in fine art created by 130 of the nation's best artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants. 

Cylborn Market Day 2017

May 12-13, Baltimore : Come and see all that the 49th Annual Market Day has to offer! Market Day presents a full selection of plants from growers and vendors, great advice from expert gardeners, as well as garden and nature themed crafts and gifts. 

7th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race

May 13, Annapolis: This informal pursuit-style race across the Bay from Annapolis to St Michaels with two classes, day boats and cruising boats, recreates the tradition of the last two centuries of yacht racing in a benefit event for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Classic Yacht Restoration Guild.

Paddlefest on the Choptank

May 13, Denton: Enjoy a 7.7 mile paddle down the Choptank River, going WITH the current, and ending at the Choptank River Yacht Club where you'll enjoy live music, food & refreshments until the last paddler finishes.

Brian Regan

May 12, Baltimore: The Hippodrome presents this great comic for a one-night engagement. Don't miss him!

The Fantasticks

April 21-May 21, Baltimore: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the longest-running musical in history. With a romantic tale inspired by Romeo and Juliet, it enchants audiences. With its universal themes and memorable songs, The Fantasticks is heartwarming and appropriate for all ages.

Big Truck Day

May 13, Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Industry presents it's very popular event, with trucks of all sizes, face painting, balloons, giant Legos, construction hats and vests, drawings, food trucks and a fire boat water display show. What's not to love???

Green Festival Expo

May 13-14, DC: Interested in finding out what is available or up and coming in the sustainability and green living scene? At this expo, companies and organizations showcase their green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives.

D.C. United

May 13, DC: Ever been to a professional soccer match? Saturday is a great time to check it out!