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ISSUE 112 | April 2016



March 25-April 6
Westminster, Carroll County

Light City Baltimore

March 28-April 3

Annapolis Film Festival

March 31-April 3
Anne Arundel County

Columbia Festival of the Arts

April 8-24
Howard County

Bell & History Day

April 9
Throughout Frederick County

Eastern Shore Sea Glass Festival

April 9-10
St. Michaels, Talbot County

Bay Bridge Boat Show

April 15-17
Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County

Bethesda Literary Festival

April 15-17
Montgomery County

St. John’s – USNA Croquet Match

April 16
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Fell’s Point Privateer Festival

April 16-17
Baltimore City

18th Century Market Fair

April 21-24
Big Pool, Washington County

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

April 22-24
Anne Arundel County

Chesapeake Storytelling Festival

April 29-30
Wye Mills, Talbot County

Maryland International Kite Expo

April 29-May 1
Ocean City

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

April 30
St. Leonard, Calvert County

Chicone Village Day

April 30
Vienna, Dorchester County

A heron eating a fish

Soaring Songs

Have you heard? Bird is the word in Maryland this month. Listen for the songs of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors on their spring migration during Delmarva Birding Weekend, April 21-24 in Snow Hill. Hear from experts on a Birding 101 hike at Elk Neck State Park, April 30. Browse more great spots for birding throughout the state.

  Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival, April 22-24, Convention Center, Ocean City
  Eagle Watch, April 23, North East, Cecil County
A Daffodil at full bloom

Sweet Blooms

Breathe in fresh air and floral aromas at these spring events. Somerset County's official flower is honored with blooms and arrangements during the 50th Annual Daffodil Show, April 2-3 in Princess Anne. Enjoy family-friendly activities including hayrides, animal visits, and a tractor-pull competition at the Farm Museum Spring Festival, April 23-24 in Frederick

  Rawlings Conservatory Spring Flower Show, through April 3, Baltimore City
  Lawn Workshop and Native Plant Sale, April 9, Chestertown, Kent County
  St. Paul’s Flower Fair, April 29-30, Cambridge, Dorchester County
  Celebrate La Plata, April 30, Charles County
  Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts, April 30, Laurel, Prince George’s County
  Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange, April 30-May 1, Hollywood, St. Mary’s County
Pouring a glass of wine

Tip of Your Tongue

Bring your appetite for tasty food, satisfying drink, and culinary fun to these events. Bet on horses and sample from more than 100 different wines during Decanter Wine Festival, April 16 in Laurel. Pork in the Park, the largest sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society competition east of the Mississippi, returns to Salisbury April 23-24. Want a taste of the action? This year, attendees help decide which vendor makes the best pulled pork!

  Annapolis Beer Week, April 1-8, Anne Arundel County
  Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, April 1-2, Timonium, Baltimore County
  Taste of Pikesville, April 6, Baltimore County
  Winefest at St. Michaels, April 22-24, Talbot County
  Bubbles & Boar Food & Wine Festival, April 30, Westminster, Carroll County
Steeplechase Race

Sensational Steeplechase

Experience the excitement of equestrian sporting through steeplechasing, a spring tradition in Maryland. On April 16, look out for My Lady’s Manor races, one of Maryland's oldest and most competitive days of timber racing. Join the crowd of spectators to watch top equine athletes compete for the Maryland Hunt Cup, April 30 in Reisterstown.

  Green Spring Point-to-Point, April 2, Cockeysville, Baltimore County
  Elkridge-Harford Hunt Point-to-Point, April 9, Monkton, Harford County
  Fair Hill Point-to-Point, April 17, Elkton, Cecil County
  Maryland Grand National, April 23, Butler, Baltimore County

Steam engine locomotive

Feel the Thrills

Get in touch with your wild side this month. Hold on tight for your first rollercoaster ride of the season – Six Flags America Opening Day and Spring Break is March 25-April 3. April will feature the last four days of Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s operation for the Baldwin Locomotive Works “734” steam locomotive before it is parked for a rebuild. Wave "farewell” to 734 April 2-10. Discover even more ways to enjoy the outdoors in Maryland.

  Spring Flinger Disc Golf Tournament, April 2-3, McHenry, Garrett County
  Adkins Arboretum Arbor Day 5K, April 9, Ridgely, Caroline County

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