The first weekend in May is always busy in Baltimore. This weekend, there are too many great events to mention in one post, so we’ve added links to the many that caught our eye. You’ll wish, as we do, that you could go to them all. Happy Spring! – The Eds.
From the Baltimore Fishbowl events page…
Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
From THE AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM–a race of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots (“Kinetinauts”) compete for the most coveted award, THE GRAND EAST COAST NATIONAL MEDIOCRE CHAMPION (awarded to the vehicle that finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, and more. Race starts at 10am at the American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet!). Other great spots to see the vehicles are the 1st checkpoint atop Federal Hill; the water entry at the Korean War Memorial Park in Canton; the uphill mud-pit in Patterson Park; the not-so-quick-sand pit in Patterson Park; and, of course, anywhere along the 15-mile route through Baltimore. For more information–including past race photos, inspiration, and a handy Spectator’s Guide–visit http://kineticbaltimore.com.
Flower Mart 2013 – Friday and Saturday, May 3 & 4
Ladew Garden Festival, Saturday, May 4
Donate Used Books at Books for Kids Day, Saturday, May 4
Free Comic Book Day!, Saturday, May 4
Damn Yankees, Gilman School Musical, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3, 4 & 5
Meet Me in St. Louis, Memorial Players Musical, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 3, 4 & 5