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Georgetown French Market

Apr 28-29, DC: Dust off your berets for the 15th Annual Market, where the charming Book Hill neighborhood transforms into a Parisian-inspired open-air market!  More than 35 locally-owned boutiques, cafes, salons and galleries will feature designer goods, art, home furnishings, French fare and more. Face painting, caricature artist, roaming whimsical street performers, and live French and gypsy jazz will offer fun and entertainment for all ages! C'est magnifique!


The Barber of Seville

Apr 28-May 19, DC: "Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this Washington National Opera's revival of Rossini's delightful comedy--one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure.


36th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show

Apr 28-29, DC: The Smithsonian Women’s Committee presents the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, featuring 120 premier American artists chosen from a pool of approximately 1,000 applicants. For the first time, the show will highlight Asian cultural influence on American crafts.


Flower Mart

Apr 30, Annapolis: The Four Rivers Garden Club invites you to their Flower Mart. Ready-made May Day baskets, cut flowers and branches for your own May Basket arranging, and a Garden Shed tag sale.


18th Century Market Fair

Apr 28-29, Hagerstown: Come to historic Fort Frederick, an original stone fort built in 1756 during the French and Indian War, and travel back in time to an authentic 18th century market fair. Colorful entertainers are found strolling about the fair. See sutlers (period vendors) selling 18th century wares.


Tchaikovsky with Balanchine

Apr 29, Bethesda: Marin Alsop conducts an all-Tchaikovsky program including Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and Suite from Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky is famous for ballet, yet his Serenade for Strings was not originally composed for dance. Its poignant themes inspired world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine to transform it into a ballet.


Alice in Wonderland

Now-May 27, Baltimore: This fantastical tale, full of clever wordplay and timeless characters, presented by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, is as beloved by adults as by children.  “Curiouser and curiouser,” Alice’s adventures reveal her pluck, innocence, resourcefulness, and imagination. Bring your kids! Bring your parents! Alice will entertain your whole family.

Day Out With Thomas

Ongoing dates, Baltimore:Your day includes a scheduled 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, all day admission to the B&O Railroad Museum, entertainment, activities and programs, including carnival games, crafts, a moon bounce, exhibits and a magician!


Homebodies

Now-Apr 29, Baltimore: a new show that explodes the concepts of house and home. Centered around a 30 cubic inch puzzle box that has trick doors and amenities, Alex & Olmsted combine physical comedy and puppetry to unlock the house of the imagination.


Maryland Day

Apr 28, Annapolis: The University of Maryland welcomes thousands of visitors to Maryland Day, our one-day celebration of learning and discovery. The 20th annual family friendly event will be one to remember, with fun and exciting demonstrations, exhibitions, performances and more. Come join the celebration, and explore our world of fearless ideas!


Maryland Hunt Cup

Apr 28, Reisterstown: In 1894, the members of the Elkridge Fox Hunting Club challenged the members of Green Spring Valley Hunt Club to a timber race: the first Maryland Hunt Cup. The race organizers wanted the race to be run over natural hunting country; ridden by amateurs; and have no commercial activity. In 1922, Worthington Valley became the permanent home of the four mile, twenty-two fence racecourse. Since then, the size and spectacle of the race has grown as fans bring their friends and families for an afternoon of tailgating and picnicking on the hillside that overlooks the racecourse. Join the crowd of spectators as they stand on the same place that their grandparents did and watch as the top equine athletes compete for the Maryland Hunt Cup.


Spring Fest

Apr 28-29, Middletown: Come join South Mountain Creamery for their annual Spring Fest! They will have great food, fun and games for the whole family to enjoy. See the milk process with a tour of the milking parlor and production plant. Enjoy some ice cream and music! See you there!


Eastern Market Main Street

Apr 29-May 6, DC: The commercial corridor surrounding Eastern Market represents a unique blend of historic and modern, with shopping, dining, and entertainment for all ages. Aligning with National Small Business Week, the event aims to connect the Capitol Hill and wider DC community to small and local businesses, encouraging customers to invest in their local economy while fostering a walkable, vibrant, and inclusive neighborhood. Market Week celebrates restaurants, retailers, and services with a Passport to guide visitors through the corridor and a week of games, events, and activities.


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Canton Spring Festival

Apr 21, Baltimore: Festival in Patterson Park! Join for an afternoon filled with live music, food trucks, vendors, a dedicated kids zone, giveaways and more!

FilmFest

Apr 19-29, DC: 85 films, 45 countries, 11 days! Every year, it is our privilege to welcome residents and visitors from around the globe to the amazing experience of great films and good times for which Filmfest DC is known. The festival has become a prominent venue for recognized filmmakers to show their work and for new voices to express themselves. Filmfest DC is one of Washington's signature cultural events.

Tudor Place Earth Day Plant Sale and Picnic

Apr 22, DC: Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Tudor Place! Spend an afternoon exploring our historic gardens and take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on our grounds. And Earth Day is the last day to see a limited-run exhibition of Colombian orchids in the Conservatory and across the grounds. The annual Plant Sale will feature heirloom and native sun to shade perennials for your garden, as well as tropical and house plants. Bring your own picnic and blanket, rain or shine!

Shakespeare's Birthday

Apr 22, DC: Happy Birthday, Will! Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities. From Shakespeare performances to stage combat demonstrations, tours, food trucks, demonstrations, live music and Elizabethan crafts, there's something for everyone—including birthday cake!

Waiting for Godot

Apr 17-May 20, DC: Lingering by the side of the road, killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. Samuel Beckett’s absurd, anarchic exploration of time, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, teetering on the edge of despair, yet tuned with Beckett’s unique blend of poetry and humor, the Shakespeare Theatre Company shines in this production.

National Park Week

Apr 21-29, Nationwide: For one week each April, we join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to celebrate America's treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park! The theme this year is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands.

Tracy Morgan

Apr 20, DC: As one of today's most respected comedians, the 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live alum follows up his nationwide tour Picking Up the Pieces and Netflix special Staying Alive with a return to the Concert Hall stage at the Kennedy Center.

Brookside Gardens Earth Day Festival

Apr 22, Wheaton: This festival offers something for everyone: a green craft fair, a plant sale featuring natives, environmental action area, family activities, interactive drum circles and more. This year we’ll have family activities and educational vendors that will help you discover how small changes in your everyday habits can make a big impact on improving our environment!

Earth Day and Spring Festival on the Avenue

Apr 22, Annapolis: Come celebrate Earth Day and the spring season! Fun and free for all ages! Food, drink, farmers market, live music, fairy parade, arts and crafts for kids, yoga on the hill and more! 

SpringFest

Apr 21, Ellicott City: Celebrate Earth Day in Old Ellicott City. This free and family-friendly event offers 3 outdoor stages featuring music from 25+ bands. Stage areas offer free family crafts, local food, wines and locally brewed craft beer. Sidewalk sales, outdoor dining, and free museums throughout town offer something for everyone. Free parking and shuttle service from county parking lots makes getting to the festival easy.

Peter Max Retrospective

Now-Apr 28, Baltimore: A newly-curated collection by the legendary artist, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation at Y:ART Gallery​. This unique and never-before seen collection of celebrity portraiture includes his most iconic works from six decades, and a tribute to the City of Baltimore.

Mandolin Orange

Apr 21, Frederick: Breakout Americana duo Mandolin Orange strikes a new chord in celebration of their latest album, “Blindfaller.” Laced with bluegrass, country, and folk, their soaring original harmonies are delighting sold-out audiences nationwide. With stirring lyrics about the passage of time and life on the road, this talented pair returns to the Weinberg with a refined-yet-rustic sound NPR calls “effortless and beautiful.”

Kenya Safari Acrobats

Apr 21-22, Bowie: 1st time at Savor Bowie Food, Wine and Music Festival, this group has performed sold-out shows around the globe and across the country. Don’t miss this high energy gravity defying show. Amazing Feats! Fun for the whole family! All with a background of African and Caribbean dance music.

Historic London Town Plant Sale

Apr 21, Annapolis: Our annual plant sale returns, featuring an emphasis on London Town’s horticultural collections, small trees and shrubs, natives, annuals and perennials. Among the herbaceous annuals and perennials available will be vegetables and herbs, ferns, maples, magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons, and flowering annuals in baskets and flats. Bags of soil and compost will also be available for purchase.

Serenite: Faure and Durufle Requiems

Apr 21, Baltimore: Handel Choir of Baltimore presents the sublime Requiems of Gabriel FaurĂ© and Maurice DuruflĂ©, with acclaimed soloists, organ, chamber orchestra and children's choir.

2018 Grand National Steeplechase

Apr 21, Reisterstown: Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for a true Maryland tradition, the 116th running of the Grand National Steeplechase. Enjoy a beautiful day in Baltimore County’s horse country with a classic picnic buffet, live music, and the best view of the Grand National Steeplechase course.  It is the perfect occasion to take in an amazing spring day and the excitement of steeplechase racing!

Privateer Festival

Apr 21-22, Baltimore: Celebrate Baltimore’s maritime prowess and enjoy a land invasion of living history with live music by the Brigands BandPirates for Sail, and Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, tour historic ships (John W. Brown Liberty ship and the schooner, Panther), play with parrots, gaze at living mermaids, shop at maritime merchant booths, sip grog, taste grub, join the rum punch stroll and more!

Music Box: In the Treetops

Apr 21, Baltimore: The cacophony of the rainforest comes to life through the sounds of exotic birds and playful monkeys, featuring BSO flute and strings musicians! Give your budding music lover the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. The half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children's songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. 30 minutes prior to the concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival

Apr 20-22, Gaithersburg: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals have been inspiring artists since 1975, and they do so again with one of the best spring festivals in D.C. No matter what your interests, you’ll be sure to find something you love among the more than 250 independent artisans. Shop through a sea of handmade goods knowing you’re seeing the best the artistic community has to offer. The Festival is also home to the “Festival of Food”, where specialty vendors offer roasted almonds, natural dip mixes, balsamic vinegar, artesian cheeses and more for your pantry. You can also enjoy a hand-prepared meal while you watch one of our incredible live art demonstrations, where master craftspeople show you the techniques behind their work. You can also groove to live music from local and regional artists.

Interstate BBQ Festival

Apr 20-21, Hagerstown: We hope you will join us in this total celebration of BBQ in our own back yard. By bringing in dozens of vendors, arranging for samples, having kids 12 & under free with tons of activities, and so much more, this is an event you don't want to miss. Saturday's Main Event is open to the public with live music, a classic car show, and more. Dozens of local restaurants, caterers, artists, crafters, and businesses.

Spring Sailboat Show

Apr 20-22, Annapolis: Looking for another great rite of spring for boaters? Set in the seaport of Annapolis, the show displays catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, and inflatables—a total of over 100 new and brokerage boats. Check out the vessels and spend some time shopping for the latest equipment, including electronics, clothing and other accessories. Need to get educated before you set sail? Cruisers University will hold workshops providing lessons from professionals and hands-on experience. Topics include learning how to troubleshoot and maintain engines, navigate in coastal and offshore weather, cruising courses, and classes on maintaining a boat above and below the waterline.

The Crucible

Now-May 20, Olney: Arthur Miller's classic 1953 play about the Salem witch trials spoke truth to power and lit a blazing candle against the "Red Scare" rather than cursing its darkness. 65 years later, it comes to the Olney stage for the first time. In Salem of 1692, unseen and unseeable evil stalks the town, threatening to destroy the lives and eternal souls of the God-fearing colonists. A clique of young girls are the only ones capable of unmasking the terror allegedly caused by hidden witches and devil's consorts. Embraced by ecclesiastical and political powers, the girls' reign of terror settles old scores, uncovers ugly truths and leaves a trail of carnage. The Crucible maintains its power today for its masterful language, flawed heroes and the timeless reminder of what can happen when truth is bent to political convenience. 


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Let It Be

Apr 14, DC: Direct from Broadway and London’s West End, National Theatre asks: What if the Beatles had reunited 10 years after their break-up? Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles answers that question, and brings you the show you never got to see. While the first half of theatrical performance features favorites from their career, the all new second half imagines a world in which the Beatles re-united.

Anacostia River Festival

Apr 15, DC: The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the fourth annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and the official closing of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local D.C., celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast D.C.’s local arts scene!

NSO Concert at the Zoo

Apr 15, DC: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is thrilled to host members of the National Symphony Orchestra for a free, engaging musical performance for all ages, followed by Musical Instrument Petting Zoos!

Snow Child

Apr 13-May 20, DC: Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel The Snow Child, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is reborn as a magical new musical with a bluegrass-infused score proudly presented by the Arena Stage.

Shen Yun

Now-Apr 15, DC: Shen Yun's performs at the Kennedy Center, showcasing it's unique artistic vision and expanding the theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Apr 14, DC: One of DC’s largest spectator events, the parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival.

Japanese Street Festival

Apr 14, DC: The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees.

DC Emancipation Concert

Apr 14, DC: The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.

Evicted

Opening April 14, DC: A stable place to call home is one of the best predictors of success. Yet, each year more than 2.4 million Americans, most of them low-income renters, face eviction. While it used to be rare even in the poorest neighborhoods, forcible removal has become ordinary, with families facing eviction from the most squalid, barely inhabitable apartments. This phenomenon exposes not only income inequality in America, but also the growing separation between the built environments of the rich and the poor. The National Building Museum announces a new, ground-breaking exhibition exploring the causes and impacts of eviction.

The Mountaintop

Apr 13, Frederick: On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before is a mystery. Rife with humor and political jabs, The Mountaintop explores what may have transpired in those overnight hours between M.L.K. Jr. and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. Now, 50 years after his death, glimpse the human side of a civil rights legend in this Olivier Award winner for Best New Play, presented in a unique radio-theater style.

Carroll County Home Show

Apr 14-15, Westminster: Head to the Agriculture Cent for the 20th Annual Carroll County Home Show. Meet with local contractors, price out a new shed, see if water filtration or protective doggy fencing is for you, and more. Every type of service imaginable will be on hand to give you fabulous ideas for your home.

Daffodil Festival

Apr 14, St. Michaels: Join us for a beautiful weekend celebrating the tens of thousands of daffodils planted and displayed in the historic, waterfront town of St. Michaels, Maryland.

DC United

Apr 14, Annapolis: DC United will host the Columbus Crew at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, prior to the completion of Audi Field, the United's new home complex.

Ballet to Flamenco

Apr 14, Baltimore: Journey from the grace and power of ballet to the color and flair of flamenco in this program of iconic dance repertoire. This concert is highlighted by performances by Nicole Kelsch and Mark Andrew McCormack from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and professional flamenco dancer Anna Menendez. The program includes Bizet's Carmen Suite, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite and Strauss' The Blue Danube Waltz.

Light City

Apr 14-21, Baltimore: Light City is the nation's only large-scale international light and ideas festival. Immerse yourself in the light and art. Explore the neighborhoods. Challenge your perspectives in the Labs@LightCity. Experience Baltimore's brilliance.

Little Mermaid on Ice

Apr 14-15, LaurelL the Gardens Figure Skating Club presents their Spring Show. The Patrick rink is transformed into an undersea kingdom where adventures begin for the Little Mermaid after she is permitted to swim to the surface for the first time to glimpse the world above.

My Lady's Manor Steeplechase Races

Apr 14, Monkton: One of Maryland’s oldest and most competitive days of timber racing will be run this weekend. Since 1909, this exciting day of equestrian sport has marked the beginning of spring in the Harford County countryside! In addition to the races, guests will enjoy live bluegrass music, food vendors and horse-themed merchandise tents and exhibits. The paddock, where horses are paraded before the jockeys are mounted, is open to the public.

The Nevermore Haunt

Apr 14-21, Baltimore: Bizarre creatures, terrifying visions of the past and heart pounding horrors return this spring for Baltimore's 3rd annual Light City! Locally inspired, historically themed and scary as hell, The Nevermore Haunt is unlike any haunted house you've ever seen.

Vegas Nights

Apr 13-15, Baltimore: Frankie Moreno returns to the BSO performing hits by Sinatra, Elvis, The Beatles and more with his signature blend of rock, soul and swing. Twice named “Las Vegas Headliner of the Year,” Frankie has been wowing audiences from coast to coast, performing his own brand of Rock 'n’ Roll.

Mixed Masters

Now-Apr 15, DC: The Washington Ballet closes its Kennedy Center season with a program of ballets from three renowned master choreographers—George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, and Jerome Robbins.

Porch Fest

Apr 14, DC: Local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression! Through the years, Rhode Island Avenue NE has been home to a variety of live music venues. Porch Fest continues that tradition as local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon.

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Bethesda Film Festival

Apr 6-7, Bethesda: The sixth annual Bethesda Film Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. Each screening will be followed by a Question and Answer session with the filmmakers.

Symposium: Lincoln Assassination Studies

Apr 6-8, Clinton: Current researchers and authors in the field share thoughts on how a divided nation dealt with the death of Lincoln; how John Surratt interacted with female agents for the Confederacy; the ongoing stories of Dr. Mudd; the illegalities of the Conspiracy Trial; a CSI: Washington investigation of how the evidence was handled, and more.


Point to Point Races

Apr 7, Monkton: The Elkridge-Harford Hunt Point-To-Point has been a testing ground for the country’s best timber horses for over fifty years.The race card promises to be a great day of sport with four races over timber and two on the flat.


Maryland Day Weekend

Apr 6-8, Annapolis area: It’s Maryland’s Birthday weekend. Get out and celebrate with fun events all weekend long that celebrate Maryland’s heritage, culture and arts that are FREE or just one dollar! In addition, check out Facebook here for updates and details about events at specific locations!


Lucky Stiff

Apr 6-May 8, Annapolis: Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce presented by the Colonial Players, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo.


Rita Moreno

April 6, Frederick: Head to the Weinberg in Frederick to see one of the busiest stars in show business! Her career has spanned seven decades and she remains active in a broad range of productions. 

Rapture, Blister, Burn

Apr 6-29, Frederick: An intensely smart, immensely funny play performed by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre that asks the question “What makes us happy in life?” After graduate school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs.

Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

Apr 6-8, Baltimore and Bethesda: This journey of melodic splendor begins with Beethoven’s playful and spirited First Symphony. The BSO is joined by Arabella Steinbacher for Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, his commanding final work, brings a beautiful sense of melody to the powerful "Dies Irae" chant. 

5th Annual 7k Run to Remember

Apr 7, Columbia: The Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association presents this charity run/walk which will benefit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and coincides with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  The race length (4.3 miles) represents one-k for every day of observance or remembrance. There is a 1 mile walk as well.


Maryland Chicken Wing Festival

Apr 7, Crownsville: The 5th annual Maryland Chicken Wing Festival is here RAIN OR SHINE! Come taste the best and most inventive chicken wing recipes from our area’s best chefs, all while enjoying food, contests, music and kids areas!

Six Flags Opening Weekend

Apr 7-8, Upper Marlboro: Winter has gone and it’s time to play again in the best theme park in the region. Six Flags America is ready to offer you the biggest, best and wettest season ever. Some of this year's new attractions and activities include the all-new Mardi Gras celebration, Hurricane Harbor, July 4th Fest and National Roller Coaster Day!  Plus our famous Fright Fest, Holiday in the Park and much more!


SciFest

Apr 6-8, DC: Explore 3,000 hands-on exhibits from the world’s leading scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high-tech corporations and STEM organizations. The two-day Expo is perfect for children, teens, and families who want to inspire their curious minds. Join 350K+ attendees to celebrate science at the Expo and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM. Hear stories of inspiration and courage, participate in mind-boggling experiments and rock out to science during our incredible stage shows.


I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Now-Apr 22, Baltimore: This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as 'the relationship.'The production at Spotlighters is only the SECOND production of the new 2018 Revised and Updated Book & Score. Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, 'Say, what are you doing Saturday night?' It is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical.


20th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk

Apr 7, DC: A short, non-competitive walk and program to celebrate and learn about the Japanese American spirit of patriotism and perseverance during World War II. This year’s program will highlight our 20th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. This year’s theme is “E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One” and while we celebrate the motto of our founding fathers, it is also a reminder to that we must continue to stand with others in protecting civil liberties for all Americans.


Peace and Joy

Apr 7, Annapolis: Live Arts Maryland closes the 2017-2018 season with this program  featuring  J. Ernest Green conducting the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. As we mark the 100th Anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I, music is a way for us to remember that in the end we strive for peace!  Gerald Finzi’s moving A Farewell to Arms and Beethoven’s monumental Choral Fantasy bookend this concert of music that is full of optimism and hope.


Union Market District Streetfest

Apr 7, DC: The Union Market District is kicking off Spring. Come through and hang with the diverse collection of businesses, both old and new, that call the Union Market District home. There will be food and fun. From all-day live music at Neal Place to activations by DC United, Politics & Prose, Cotton & Reed and more, the entire district, will be activated for a day of creativity and community.


Othello

Now-Apr 14, Towson: Jealousy, driven by intrigues and suspicions, fuels Othello’s tragic downfall in Shakespeare’s epic tale of passion, love, betrayal and revenge. Under the direction of Peter Wray, Towson University students present this classic.


The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Now-Apr 8, DC: In an evening of off-the-cuff comedy, this critically acclaimed Chicago-based ensemble creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes, based on a single audience member's suggestion for the title of a show that's never existed. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is spoken for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you're wondering where the story is going...so are they. You've never seen the Bard like this before!


The Colored Waiting Room

Apr 6, Baltimore: Imagine Montgomery, Alabama at the height of the civil rights movement, a place where one man’s barbershop became a gathering place for Martin Luther King, Jr. and his fellow leaders to actively discuss change and how they would organize to make their voices heard.  In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., author Kevin Shird and eighty-four year old Nelson Malden will discuss The American Civil Rights Movement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Turning Dialogue and Intention into ActionAnthony McCarthy of the Baltimore NAACP, will moderate a panel of Baltimore leaders.


Pictures of the Year

Apr 6 - Ongoing, DC: A groundbreaking photography show at Newseum featuring seven decades of award-winning images from the archives of Pictures of the Year International (POYi), one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions. These images depict the people and events that have defined our times, capturing war and peace, disaster and triumph, and the social and cultural shifts that have shaped the past 75 years. The pictures were selected from POYi’s archive of more than 40,000 photos, tracing the evolution of photojournalism from World War II to today.


Petalpalooza

Apr 7, DC: The inaugural Petalpalooza presented by FreshDirect will make its highly anticipated debut at The Wharf, DC’s newest half-mile-long waterfront destination. Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, it will include interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, live music on three outdoor stages, a roller rink, a beer garden, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more.