Weekends on Wednesday

This weekend:

Baltimore City's Historic Rite of Spring, Annual Flower Mart (Baltimore)
Flowers and plants galore, hat and pet contests, children's area, unique crafts, entertainment, lemon-peppermint sticks.

Springfest (Ocean City) 
Four dynamic days of delicious food, live entertainment and unique arts and crafts under four huge big top tents located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk. 

45th Annual Flower and Plant Market (Westminster) 
Also tours of the historic Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill.  Gift Shop. Free admissions to grounds.

Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins (Baltimore)

Queen Anne's County Birding Event! (Grasonville)
Come see all variety of birds as they pass through the area for migration or to stay for the season. A variety of events are planned. For more info: www.visitqueenannes.com or www.bayrestoration.org

Opera - Handel's Serse (Rockville)  
Fully staged and in costume with a chamber orchestra under the direction of Dr. Katerina Souvorova.

Maryland International Film Festival (Hagerstown) 
Three days, over 60 films. Opening night includes awarding of the Tony Mendez Award

Towsontown Spring Festival (Towson)
The whole family can enjoy crafts, food, music, entertainment and more.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (West Friendship)  
A fun-filled weekend of live animals, crafts and supplies, entertainment and more. Check out our schedule and events pages for more details about the Festival. We look forward to seeing you!

Wine and Food Festival (National Harbor) 
Join us at National Harbor; bringing together world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftsmen, and culinary pioneers with thousands of Metro DC’s foodies.This year is very exciting, we've added a lot of great new features.

Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival (Crownsville) 
A Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanction event featuring over 50 teams competing for overall winner and Maryland grand champion, 40 bands playing on 3 stages, food, drinks, arts and crafts vendors, and activities for all ages! All proceeds will support local children’s charities.

May 3rd

Colonial May Fair (Wye Mills) 
Colonial Crafts, games, music, barn-raising, May pole, rides, blessing of animals and food

Clyde Gibson Annual Fishing Derby (Mount Airy) 
Great time for Dads (Moms, too) to spend with their children and have a good time. Registration is required to be eligible for a prize.

Howard County Cup Races (Brookeville) 
A Howard County family tradition for close to 70 years, the race meet showcases one of Maryland's most historic sports, horse racing over the open countryside, jumping over natural fences. Spectators enjoy an outdoor party, vying for "Best Tailgate Awards" while cheering on the horses and riders. 

Hampton Mansion Car Show (Towson)  
Admission is free to the public. The estate formerly owned by the Ridgely Family, offers guided tours of the stately mansion, out buildings and their magnificent 63 acre park . The grounds are home to state champion trees, a falling garden, historic structures and wildlife.410-499-6196 http://www.bcaboom.org/

AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race (Baltimore) 
American Visionary Art Museum's race of wacky, imaginative, totally human-powered works of art, designed to travel on land, through mud, and over deep harbor waters. A 15-mile route throughout Baltimore, this FREE community mega-event kicks of 10am & lasts all day!

Spring Craft and Food Truck Rodeo (Bowie)
This outdoor event takes place in Old Town Bowie. Featuring crafters, vendors, antiques, and food trucks, it's a little bit of something for everyone. Free to attend, some attractions may charge a fee. Rain date is the following day. For your GPS, enter 8519 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, MD 20715

The 37th Annual Steam Show (Lutherville) 
See how fire engines operated in the 1800's and learn about the history of the fire service. New this year, visitors can try pumping an 1880’s Hand Pumper. Rides in an 1898 hose wagon or a 1935 Stutz Fire Engine. In addition, there are Kids' firefighting contests and working steam engine models.

DC 101 Kerfuffle (Columbia) 
Featuring 311 • SOJA • Cage the Elephant • Foals • KONGOS • Semi Precious Weapons • Brick + Mortar • J Roddy Walston and The Business
A “kerfuffle” can be described as a big commotion, and that large racket you’re hearing is people crawling all over themselves to grip tickets to this year’s DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather. You just have to act fast to purchase tickets; with a lineup this killer, you’ll have some fierce competition.

Music of the British Isles (Columbia) 
Columbia Pro Cantare celebrates British and Celtic music in the final concert of its 2013-14 season. The chorus, under the direction of Frances Motyca Dawson, will be joined for this concert by Jared Denhard, pipes and whistles, Richard McCready, bones and percussion, and the Lexington Brass Quintet. The program consists of short works, some familiar and some new to the ear, including Orlando Gibbons’ Cries of London, Stephen Hatfield’s Best to Be Singing and O’er the Hills, and “Eisteddsod,” a medley of Welsh songs for chorus arranged by Jared Denhard. An informal lecture on the works precedes the concert at 7 pm, and there is a post-concert reception.

May 4th

Native Plant Palooza (Columbia) 
Landscaping and gardening with plants native to Maryland makes gardening easier and benefits the world around you. By planting native, you can save on the cost of water, fertilizer, and pesticides while providing a habitat for butterflies, insects and other local wildlife. Feel good about your garden or yard this year by purchasing native plants from a host of vendors with a portion of proceeds from the sale benefiting educational programs at the Nature Center. If you are new to using native plants, don’t worry. Special guest speakers provide information on the “how to’s” of using natives. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCplantnative.htm for details on speakers and other activities. No registration necessary. Event is Free. Recommended age is 12 yrs+. Free

James Rouse's 100th Birthday Celebration (Columbia) 
Come celebrate the life and legacy of Columbia’s founder James Rouse! His birthday celebration will have a musical tribute starring the Young Columbians and special guests. The show is presented by Toby Orenstien, founder of Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, the Young Columbians, and Toby’s Dinner Theatre.

Terrapin and The Hare Mud Run (Savage) 
Run for Recess! Terrapin Adventures is teaming up with Playworks Maryland to put together a 5k mud run to help raise money to bring recess to 20 schools in the Maryland area. The Terrapin and the Hare is a fun, high intensity, obstacle course run through the woods of Savage, Maryland. Starting at Terrapin adventures, the Terrapin and the Hare will include five kilometers of challenging terrain and will contain obstacles such as climbing walls, tires, webs, and of course, mud. If you like a challenge and some food topped off with a beer from the Rams Head Tavern at the finish, then the Terrapin and the Hare is the race for you. Come run, jump, climb and get muddy for recess.

Sykesville Art and Wine Festival (Sykesville) 
Annual Art & Wine Festival featuring local wineries and artisans. Enjoy the afternoon drinking local wines while listening to music and exposed to the works of local artisans. You can even stroll the street and take in a bit of history.

From Underwear to Outerwear: Exploring Civil War Era Dress (Bel Air) 
Interested in how a lady dressed in the mid-1860's? Come learn the basics about fashion for ladies. Living Historians Karen Heier and Tina Siatkowski discuss underclothing along with day and evening dresses. Tour at 2pm. The cost is $5.00 for those age 13 and older. 

Children's Chorus of Maryland 38th Annual Spring Concert (Owings Mills)  
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music, humor and joy, featuring some of the area’s best trained young singers and a few special guest stars! From jazz to tongue twisters, Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s Spring Concert celebrates works from Vaughan Williams to Whitacre, and maybe even some humor.

First Sunday Arts Festival (Annapolis) 
We invite you to the FREE annual First Sunday Arts Festival of Annapolis which runs the first Sunday of each month from May through October. From noon until 5:00 pm, a portion of historic West Street and beyond is transformed into a fun festival of live music, dance, art and crafts.

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