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.

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