Photo courtesy of the Maryland Zoo.

With flowers blooming and temperatures warming, it’s the perfect chance to explore Baltimore! Whether you’re taking the kids to hunt for eggs and take photos with the animals at the Maryland Zoo, or embracing your inner geek at the Nerdpocalypse downtown, get out and about this weekend.

Here’s what’s hop-pening this weekend:

Activating the Renaissance, Thursday, April 14, 6-7:30 p.m., The Walters Art Museum. Artists whose work is exhibited in the “Activating the Renaissance” exhibition will give short talks with the Walters’ Joaneath Spicer and Chandi Kelley. The talks will include an exploration of how pairing contemporary art with European Renaissance and Baroque works can reveal similar artistic inspirations.

10th Annual Baltimore Salsa Bachata Congress, Thursday-Sunday, April 14-17, Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and Zouk dancers from the country and world will dance on over to Baltimore this weekend to attend the 10th Annual Baltimore Salsa Bachata Congress. The weekend-long event will feature dance workshops, performances, social dancing, and more.

Bunny BonanZoo, Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all days, Maryland Zoo. Hop on over to the Maryland Zoo this Easter weekend for an egg-xtraordinary experience for the whole family! Take photos with the Easter Bunny as well as Sphen the penguin and Rita the giraffe. The event will also include egg hunts, two free crafts per child (while supplies last) a free chocolate egg, bounce houses, carnival games and sand art (for additional fees), a puppet theater, and more! The event is free with zoo admission or membership.

Feel Good Friday, Friday, April 15, cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., An Die Musik. Clarence Ward III and his jazz group, Dat Feel Good, will perform with featured special guest artist, saxophonist Brent Birckhead.

Temptations and Four Tops, Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., The Lyric. From “My Girl” by The Temptations to “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops, the songs that first made Motown fans swoon in the ’60s and ’70s are back! The Temptations and The Four Tops will perform their hits, making new fans and reminding original ones of the timeless quality of their musical classics.

Youth Issues Assembly, Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Coppin State University, Talon Conference Center. The No Boundaries Youth Organizers (of the No Boundaries Coalition) will hold their 6th Annual Youth Issues Assembly, a full-day conference featuring workshops, civic training, guest speakers, presentations, lunch, raffles, giveaways, and discussions about youth issues with local elected officials. The event will be hosted by comedian and youth advocate Big Fred and No Boundaries Youth Organizer’s Ibriana. Mayor Brandon Scott will share the keynote and meet with attendees. Pre-registration and tickets are required.

Maryland Birds, Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m., The Natural History Society of Maryland. The Baltimore Bird Club and the Natural History Society of Maryland are teaming up to host “From Forest Floor to the Treetops: An Introduction to Maryland Birds.” Learn about the birds that call Maryland home, humans’ impact on the different species, and how to identify birds using field guides.

Grim Reefer Fest, Saturday, April 16, 2:30 p.m., Ottobar. Celebrating the region’s best underground heavy music, Grim Reefer Fest 2022 will feature Heavy Temple, Grave Bathers, Darsombra, Cavern, TEL, Compression, Dirt Woman, and Mast Year.

Nerdpocalypse, Saturday, April 16, 3-9 p.m., Power Plant Live! Calling all nerds! Nerdpocalypse 2022 is here! Assemble with fellow fans of sci-fi, comics, and all things nerdy. The event will feature a cosplay comedy roast, karaoke, beer Olympics, a cosplay contest, bull riding, axe throwing, Disney trivia, a scavenger hunt, food, drinks and more. If you’re bringing a costume prop, it must be foam or plastic only; no guns of any kind are allowed.

Candles & Convo, Saturday, April 16, 3-5 p.m., The Voxel. Perfectly Lit Candle Co. is holding a step-by-step candle-making workshop with complimentary wine, water, juice, light refreshments, and great conversation.

Booty Paint, Saturday, April 16, 7-11 p.m., Welcome to Neverland School of Imagination. If you love your buttocks, consider turning that asset into a masterpiece to hang on your wall. Artist Katie Detrich will guide participants through the process of creating “booty print” art (don’t worry; this is a “clothes on” experience). Wear an old pair of yoga pants or leggings that you’re willing to part with afterwards. Food and drinks will not be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own. Space is very limited so reserve a spot while you can.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at