Weekends on Wednesdays

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in DC

This Weekend:

The Garden Galaxy Spring Flower Display and Art Exhibit (Baltimore)
The flower display explores the science of space while celebrating fantastical worlds that could be. Exhibited fine art mosaics combine fantasy and realism, and vary from vast cosmic scenes of stars and galaxies to earthly flower portraits. Artist Reception March 29 4–6 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Romeo and Juliet (Baltimore)
Star-crossed lovers. A family feud. Shakespeare’s unforgettable tale of passionate young love is perhaps the most recognizable play in history. April 10, 2015-May 10. Thur-Sun Fall in love again as Chesapeake Shakespeare Company recreates this most romantic tragedy with fresh vision. Romeo and Juliet will be directed by Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar.

Next to Normal (Gaithersburg)
This Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Next to Normal tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. "

The Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention (Baltimore)
The Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention has become the biggest and most exciting tattoo show in the United States! 700+ of the world’s best tattoo artists with burlesque girls and sideshow freaks. This year's entertainment will include: Penguin Boy’s Man Time Trash Hour, Lucky Daredevil Thrill Show, Olde City Sideshow, Aerial Performance by Smurfasaur, Marlo Marquise, Live Human Suspension and Tattoo of the Day

The Elephant Man (Frederick)
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.

Wicked (Baltimore)One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete - and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time" Thru April 26, 2015

Century High Debuts "Mary Poppins: The Musical" (Sykesville)Century High Schools Opening Knights drama program presents "Mary Poppins: The Musical". Seven evening and matinee performances are available.

Personal Geographies - Maps as Art (Ellicott City)
Personal Geographies - Maps as Art features hundreds of works by HCPSS students in grades K-12. The students’ artworks, selected from public school art classes throughout the county, investigate the many ways that maps inform and influence the way we see and navigate within the visual world.

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea (DC)
An exhibition exploring the concept of womanhood as represented by the Virgin Mary features works from the Renaissance and baroque eras.

The Maryland Horse Chase (Annapolis)
A Statewide Horse Activity Scavenger Hunt to Showcase Our NEW Horse Discovery Network. Visit 30 locations across the state and be eligible for $10,000 in prizes both regionally and state wide! Earn points for completing challenges at each location. Have fun and learn all about Maryland horses too!

The Little Mermaid (Frederick)
The classic Hans Christian Anderson tale of a young mermaid who longs to be human to gain the love of the handsome Prince. In order to do so, she must pay a wicked Sea Witch with her most prized possession, her beautiful voice. The fascinating worlds of undersea and land are created with puppetry,

Passion Play (Silver Spring)
Forum Theatre presents Sarah Ruhl's play, which follows three groups during three eras as they stage the Easter story.


Baltimore Comedy Festival (Baltimore)
The Baltimore Comedy Festival will spot at the Royal Farms Arena Friday, April 10 and will feature some of the funniest comedians out! Mike Epps, Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce and Gary Owen.

Sounds of the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival (Wye Mills)
A simple story breathes life into information people want to share with each other. Presented by Chesapeake College and the QAC Arts Council with support from the QAC Public Library and QAC

Donal Fox (North Bethesda)
Internationally acclaimed as a composer, pianist, and improviser, Donal Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin, and classical idioms into intricate new works and electrifying performances. Praised by the Boston Globe as unique and utterly commanding, Fox de- and reconstructs Bach, Piazzolla, Schumann, Monk, Schoenberg and more.

The History of Waterfowling in the Chesapeake (Sandy Spring)
Explore the history and material culture of waterfowling around Chesapeake Bay. The folk tradition of duck decoy carving will be introduced, and duck decoys will be on hand to examine.

"Flyin' West" (Bowie)
Bowie Community Theatre--We invite you to witness the strength, dignity, mutual respect, and love of some of the African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. The year is 1898.

Family Fishing Fun (Boyds)
 Children will learn how to set up a simple bobber rig, bait a hook and cast a line. Fishing poles, bait and rigging supplies will be provided. Best for age 3 and older.


National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (DC)
The 10-block parade includes floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands and celebrities.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo (DC)
Married violinist Glenn Donnellan of the NSO and Jan Chong perform works from the classical repertoire along with stories, children's songs and sound effects. Best for ages 3 to 5. At the Family Theater.

Animal Crackers (Glen Echo)
Tiny Tots Series: See Hobey Hound on the hoop trapeze, Donna Dodo the ring juggler, Carmen the performing bear, and a chorus line of lambs in an old-fashioned vaudeville show! The Puppet Co. Playhouse's wildly popular Tiny Tots @ 10:00 series has already started its 10th season and runs throughout the entire year!

7th Annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes (Westminster)
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The International men's march to stop rape, sexual assault & gender violence.

Sixth Annual St. Charles Running Festival (Waldorf)
The 5K course starts and finishes at the stadium and ventures through the neighborhoods on Piney Church Road. The Chick-fil-A Kids Fun Run will take place in the stadium.

Bell and History Handbell Concert (Emmitsburg)
The Bell and History Handbell Concert begins at 7 p.m. and includes include bell ensembles of Frederick County playing solo selections and performances, and coming together for a mass rings on three selections for the first time.

The Crawdaddies and Tom Principato Band (North Bethesda)
Bring on the bayou with the festival-favorite hybrid of Cajun, zydeco, blues, ska, roots rock, and reggae. The unique and exuberant Crawdaddies feature Kraig Greff on accordion/piano; Chris Huntington on vocals/guitar; Javier Rivera on vocals/washboard/acoustic guitar; Rod Gross on drums/vocals and Dan Hones on vocals/bass - plus the extraordinary talent of guitar hero Tom Principato.

Heavy Seas Island Jam (Baltimore)
All Pirates Welcome! Get Jammin' on The Inner Harbor as Heavys Seas hosts The Wailers and other great music acts for a day of beer, music and fun.

Basket Making Workshop (Catonsville)
Learn basket making with colonial interpreter, Joan Betzold, and construct Amy’s Basket, a useful 8x8x12” basket with an old and unusual pattern. Wear comfortable clothing that can get messy.

Project Clean Stream (Baltimore)
Join the Habitat and Trail Team to beautify Lake Roland. Bring your boat, or help clean up the shore on foot. All boaters must wear a life jacket. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 12 and up, free!

Owl Meet and Make (Baltimore)Owls are awesome. Hang out with a ranger to learn all about these critters and how they survive, and then meet a live one in person! Afterwards, kiddos will have the chance to make an owl craft to take home with them (please bring $2 for craft). Registration required

The Irish Village of Texas, MD (Baltimore)In town of Texas, MD the quarrymen provided dressed stone for New York's Cathedral of St. Patrick, Baltimore's City Hall and the lower portion of the Washington Monument in D.C. Cassie will talk about the establishment of this Irish village, including homes, parish and school.

Romancing the Chrome (Jarrettsville)
“Romancing the Chrome,” the largest car show of its kind in Northeastern Maryland, features more than 250 automobiles, music, vendors, contests, food concessions, a beer garden and more.

Maryland DogFest (La Plata)
Make plans to join us for the 4th Annual Maryland DogFest, to be held at the Charles County Fairgrounds on April 11th and 12th, 2015. This exciting, one of a kind event will be enjoyed by families and dogs of all ages. All leashed dogs are invited to attend with their owners.

Watoto Choir of Uganda (Edgewood)
"Watoto" is the Swahili word for children, and on April 11th at 10:30am, the Watoto Choir of Uganda will be performing in Harford County! Don't miss this opportunity to hear this world famous touring choir sing and dance in one of the first performances of their US tour this season.

2nd Annual Running of the Alpacas (Adamstown)
This annual Rite of Spring celebrates the alpacas' return to fresh green pastures after a winter confined to the barnyard.

Nature Kayak Tour with Terrapin Adventures (Savage)
Come join us as we explore one of the gentlest rivers in the Baltimore-Washington area, the Patuxent River. Our experienced and entertaining guides will explain the basics of kayaking from paddling to steering and how to safely enter/exit your kayak.  We often see many different kinds of wildlife like birds, fish, and turtles as we meander quietly on the many coves and inlets. About halfway through we will stop to enjoy a snack we provide before heading back.3 Hour Tour is $49. Add a picnic for $20/person. Must be 10 years old. Pre-registration required 

Scotty Paynter Reggae Concert (Ellicott City)
The Howard County Historical Society Museum welcomes back the very popular Scotty Paynter, aka Scotty P! Scotty is a vocalist and songwriter from Baltimore's legendary reggae band-Jah Works. He will perform an acoustic set of Jah Works' favorites, reggae covers and some originals from Scotty's solo album, "Draw Your Brakes."

Free Program-Hike to the River: Signs of Spring w/ Conservancy Naturalist (Woodstock)
The Howard County Conservancy offers guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of each month.  On April 11th, join us on a hike to the river. The Conservancy’s property borders Patapsco State Park.  Conservancy naturalists will lead the 2-hour round trip hike across meadows, tree lines and paths through the woods. April presents itself with emerging wildflowers, ferns and mosses, migrating birds, and trees and bushes that are leafing out and bursting their buds. Awaken your spirits as we search for Spring’s beauties together. Easy to moderate walking with some hilly and rocky areas of the trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, perhaps a walking stick. No pets please. Check website if weather is inclement.  Program is FREE but registration is necessary.

Schubert & Stravinsky (Columbia)
Our last classical concert bookends two towering masterworks! Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony brings his unique gift for song to the instrumental world of the symphony. Meanwhile Stravinsky’s landmark Petrushka is a musical event like no other. In between our Young Artist Competition winners will dazzle you with their thrilling performances.


Beijing Guitar Duo (Germantown)
The Beijing Guitar Duo, composed of Meng Su and Yameng Wang, is widely noted for its outstanding technique and artistic musicality of classical guitar repertoire. Both young women hail from the province of Shandong, China, and came to the partnership with exceptional credentials.

Hunt Valley Spring Festival (Hunt Valley)
Thrilled to announce the The Hunt Valley Towne Centre Spring Festival presented by Carbiz on Sunday, April 12th! Featuring Ravens Players, music, vendors, kids activities, a pet zone, a VIP area, great food, a beer/wine garden, a home/garden area and much more!

Egypt Family Day (Baltimore)
Join us for a fun filled day of hands-on activities for all things Egypt! Learn some of the skills needed to become an archaeologist, of course including a chance to try your hand at a little digging! Plus we will be making some 'antiquities' of our own and exploring the world of hieroglyphs!

Ran Dank & Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano Solos and Duo (Rockville)
Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Married pianists Israeli-born Ran Dank and Korean-American Soyeon Kate Lee combine forces in a program to include solo piano works and four-hand arrangements. These stellar young artists have received critical acclaim for their duo collaborations as well as their solo performances.

Symphony of the Potomac (Sandy Spring)
Symphony of the Potomac, Joel Lazar directs the orchestra in Sibelius: Romance in C, Op. 42; Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Ricardo Cyncynates, violin; Nielsen: Symphony No. 2.

Lil' Buds Gardening (Columbia)
Take your little one out to the garden in this new gardening activity. Have fun while learning the nitty-gritty of planning and caring for a garden with your child. Play in the soil, pick out seeds to plant, smell, touch, and taste different crops and learn fun recipes to make with your harvest. This event includes hands-on activities in the Children’s Garden, healthy snacks and fun for all. At the end of the session, leave with an item to take home for use in your garden. Space is limited to 10 children and 10 adults. Preregister to secure your spot. Recommended age is 4-8 yrs. Each registered child must be accompanied by a registered adult. Fee is per person. 

Anacostia River Festival (DC)
The new event caps off the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a celebration of the Anacostia River. Activities include kayaking, birds of prey demonstrations, exhibits and music.

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