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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Apr 21, Baltimore: Handel Choir of Baltimore presents the sublime Requiems of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, with acclaimed soloists, organ, chamber orchestra and children's choir.
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!
Apr 21-22, Baltimore: Celebrate Baltimore’s maritime prowess and enjoy a land invasion of living history with live music by the Brigands Band, Pirates 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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