Weekend Events Calendar: Maryland Film Festival, Fells Point Jazz and Art Festival, Mother’s Day and more

The Parkway Theatre hosts the Maryland Film Festival. Image via Facebook.

There’s plenty of spring shopping on the agenda this weekend, whether it’s with Charm City Craft Mafia at UNION Craft Brewing or the flora at Cylburn Arboretum. Maryland Film Festival has plenty of new flicks, while Fells Point and Remington each celebrate neighborhood creativity. Enjoy:

Race to Preakness: A Baltimore Celebration Offers Food, Fun and Festivities Leading up to the Big Race


Race to PreaknessThe winning horse in the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes won’t cross the finish line until shortly before 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, but Baltimore-area residents won’t have to wait until then to start celebrating.

Race to Preakness: A Baltimore Celebration aims to fill the week before the race itself with a variety of fun, food, and festivities.

Live Baltimore’s Spring Trolley Tour this Saturday, May 11


Live Baltimore Trolley Tour

Make Baltimore home. Join Live Baltimore for a comprehensive introduction of Baltimore city living with their Trolley Tour on May 11 from 8:30am – 1pmLive Baltimore’s Trolley Tours are homebuying incentive events offered throughout the year. Discover the city with a narrated bus tour of more than 10 neighborhoods, meet with real estate experts and community organizations, sit-in on expert-led workshops, preview homes for sale AND become eligible for $5,000 toward the purchase of a new home. Thirty Buying Into Baltimore $5,000 incentive awards are available following this event. Fall in love with a Baltimore neighborhood while qualifying for the $5,000 Buying Into Baltimore incentive to buy a house to call home.

Celebrate Race to Preakness May 13-17


Race to Preakness

Join the City of Baltimore to celebrate the Race to Preakness, a fun-filled week of festivities leading up to the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes. From May 13 through 17, show off your Baltimore pride by attending Happy Hours in Center Plaza with live music and local DJs; Downtown Lunchtime Happenings; a Pee Wee Preakness for youngsters; and a Pre-Preakness Inner Harbor Party and fireworks finale presented by Maryland Jockey Club. All events are produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

The Church of the Redeemer Spring VOICES Series


The Church of the Redeemer

This May, join the Church of the Redeemer for their Spring VOICES Series. All events start at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Church of the Redeemer located at 5603 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21210.

Tuesday, May 14 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In partnership with the Pratt Library’s Writers LIVE Series, we welcome Tommy Orange, author of There, There in conversation with Danielle Evans, author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. The event is presented in partnership with CityLit Project. There, There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. Here is a voice we have never heard – a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. Click here for more details. 

Mark Your Calendars – Jeff Snyder is Back at Citron Restaurant and Bar, Saturday June 29


Back by popular demand, Citron Restaurant and Bar is pleased to announce the return of Jeff Snyder and his band on Saturday, June 29. Hitting the stage at 7pm, “Jeff Snyder and Friends” will perform three hours of live music. The 6 piece band, which features professional musicians, plays a mix of Americana— jazz, blues, rock, folk—while playing Grateful Dead hits like Truckin’, Casey Jones and Sugar Magnolia. Enjoy tasty drinks and delicious food while grooving to the live tunes. Reserve your spot now at one of BALTIMORE’s BEST Restaurants or call 410-363-0900.

A Mother’s Day Country Brunch with Star Bright Farm


Treat the “Mom” in your life to a country brunch on the farm and some shopping at the Barn Market (Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm). Imagine – an afternoon in the country. A walk in the garden. A seated lunch in the stone barn by renowned chef Kevin Miller of Copper Kitchen. On Mother’s Day, celebrate the woman who means so much to you, and has done so much for your family. Between 10:00 and 1:30 Star Bright Farm will open the grounds of the farm and serve an elegant six-course brunch. Brunch will be served family style, so everyone gets to enjoy the full selection of pastries, tea sandwiches, deviled eggs, warm bites, and dessert. Opened on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm, stop downstairs at the Barn Market to pick up Mom a gift or two after brunch. Make your reservations today to dine at the time of your choice, and stroll the grounds afterwards. Nothing says “I Love You” like a delicious brunch and some beautiful, locally-made and handcrafted gifts.

Weekend Events Calendar: Kinetic Sculpture Race, Flower Mart, Baltimore Mixtape and more

The American Visionary Art Museum’s Kinetic Sculpture Race returns this weekend. Photo via AVAM/Facebook.

This is one of those weekends loaded with great opportunities to get out and enjoy the city. Take in moving art racing through South Baltimore, flowers and lemon sticks in Mount Vernon, local music in Station North and two ways to sample local wine on Sunday. Here’s the schedule: