On this last weekend of April, head to the country for the great Maryland tradition of steeplechase racing, pick out a gift for Mom at one of several markets or festivals, or catch some bluegrass at Druid Hill Park.
Thursday, April 26:
Radcliffe Jeweler’s Big Sale: 4/22 – 4/28 Don’t miss the final days of Radcliffe Jeweler’s Big Sale! Stop by either the Towson Town Center or 1848 Reisterstown Road location for huge saving but hurry – it ends on Saturday, April 28.
Docs from the Dock from 7-9 p.m. at Brown Advisory: Join Waterfront Partnership and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for the premiere of “Ocean Cities,” a 50-minute documentary about how coastal cities are adapting to climate change and sea level rise. After the screening comes a panel discussion with one of the film’s two creators, University of Virginia architecture professor Timothy Beatley.
Baltimore Magazine’s Music Issue Launch Party 7-9 p.m. at WTMD: Celebrate the sounds of Charm City with an evening of live music. J Pope & The HearNow, Super City and Wume will perform.
Friday, April 27:
Day Out with Thomas: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. What kid doesn’t love an appearance from Thomas the Tank Engine? Bring the family for a day of live entertainment, activities and family fun with the smiling locomotive. Also happening Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Three days of fine arts, crafts and designs from more than 250 artisans. Among the goods to pick through: jewelry, clothing, metal and glass sculptures, paintings and pottery. Free parking, $10 at the door (kids 12 and under get in free). Also happening Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Charm City Bluegrass Festival: All day at Druid Hill Park. The event page says it best: “A two-day celebration of world-class music, good vibes, family and friends.” Friday’s featured artist is The Travelin’ McCourys, out of Nashville, and Baltimore’s own Honey Dewdrops, Baltimore Traditions and Caleb Stine are also in the lineup. Union Craft Brewing will bring the beers (and have its own stage with the 8×10). $30 admission. Also happening Saturday and Sunday.
Mountainfilm on Tour: 7 p.m. at the Parkway Theater. Telluride, Colorado’s Mountainfilm Festival is traveling the country, and Baltimore is one of the stops. On Friday, the festival comes to the Parkway to screen “No Man’s Land,” an on-the-ground look at the 2016 standoff between federal authorities and protestors who occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The ordeal lasted 41 days. Director David Byars, who had “remarkable access” to the protestors’ armed occupation, will host a Q&A after the screening.
Alice in Wonderland: Opening night at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, starting at 8 p.m. The classic Lewis Carroll tale about Alice’s journey down the wormhole, where she meets a host of strange, clever and surprising creatures (these ones in the form of puppets inspired by Sir John Tenniel’s famous illustrations of the story). Show runs through May 27.
Party at the Point, 5-10 p.m. at Harbor Point’s Central Plaza: The first gathering of the season at the plaza. Take advantage of the spring weather, Baltimore’s best food trucks and some live music from Sweet Leda and 2econd N8ture. Activities for the kids as well, and free to all.
Noodles from Around the World: 6:30 p.m. at the School of Food in Broadway East: Penne for your thoughts? Join School of Food for a multicultural pasta class and explore eastern and western approaches to pasta making. $55 a person.
Saturday, April 28
ROAR for Kids at Kennedy Krieger Institute, 8-11:30 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park: Dress up like your favorite wild animal and run a 5K through one of Baltimore County’s most popular parks. $30, $15 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Women of the World Festival, starting at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame of Maryland University: An event to celebrate the power and energy of women and girls, from Baltimore and all over the world. Featuring #metoo founder Tarana Burke, author Roxane Gay and other empowering speakers, plus an activism workshop for girls, mentoring sessions and a marketplace with vendors, live music, food and more. $20 admission.
Music in the Gardens, 10-11 a.m. at Sherwood Gardens: Featuring the Baltimore Flute Choir, which will perform just as the tulips are hitting peak bloom. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the free show.
Mera Kitchen Collective’s Refugee and Immigrant Arts Feast, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at 2640 Space: An afternoon of food served by female refugee vendors, plus crafts, art and performances. Free and open to the public.
Johns Hopkins vs. University of Maryland Men’s Lacrosse, 2 p.m.: Dating all the way back to 1895, the rivalry between the men’s lacrosse teams of Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland has plenty of history and bad blood. The teams both enter Saturday’s matchup ranked in the top 10, so the game sets up to be another classic. Blue Jays supporters are encouraged to wear white for a White Out of Homewood Field.
Independent Bookstore Day, locations and hours vary: Amazon has made it easier than ever for all the books to arrive right at your doorstep, but it’s really important to get off your duff and support the small businesses providing no shortage of great titles here in our city. Baltimore is swimming in great indie bookstores like Atomic Books, Protean Books and Records, Normal’s, The Book Escape, The Ivy Bookshop and Bird In Hand, just to name a few. Stop by some or all of these stores to pick up a few books.
Maryland Hunt Cup, gates opening at 11 a.m.: Pack a picnic and put on your fanciest tailgate attire for a full day of family fun in the country! Maryland Hunt Cup is the world’s greatest timber race and a Maryland tradition for over 100 years.
FashionEASTa, 12-5 p.m. at Harbor East: Better start working on those smizes (a la Tyra Banks). Strut and style your way around Harbor East for a day filled with fashion, music, food and more.
An advance screening of “Talk the Ting,” 6 p.m. at Press Press: The wonderful local arts group BaltiGurls (pictured) are some of the best curators in town. Here, they’ll treat audiences to an advance screening of the documentary “Talk the Ting,” which follows queer black women who are part of the podcast/collective “Sistren.” Stick around for a Q&A with Shelby Zoe Coley.
Sunday, April 29:
Spring Farm Market from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Star Bright Farm (2950 Garrett Rd. White Hall, MD) Star Bright Farm will open its barn doors and garden gates to share our farm market with friends, family and neighbors. Come join us to shop, eat (Wildethyme Food Truck will be on hand) and meet the incredibly talented makers of our local craft community.
- Annie Howe, Papercutter
- Hilltop Ironworks, Blacksmith and Metal Fabrication
- Irene, Collaborator, Potter
- Lisa Doyle, Baked Goods
- Meg Page, Illustrator and Botanical Artist
- Mary Mashburn, Letterpress Printer and Designer at Typcecast Press
- Priya of Priya Means Love, Collaborator, Bodycare
- Sew Lab USA, Soft-good Manufacturer
- Wilde Thyme Baltimore: Food truck will be using ingredients from One Straw Farm
- Park and Perk is a 3 wheeled mobile Coffee Cafe
Brew for the Feast – Brunch edition, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing: A doughnut throwdown and beer brunch to benefit Moveable Feast. Enjoy some brews and bites with a side of social impact.
Federal Hill Spring Block Party, noon-7 p.m.: Head to Federal Hill for the 15th Annual Spring Block Party on Cross Street. With great food, drinks, live local music and some of Baltimore’s best arts and crafts vendors, this is sure to be a Sunday Funday.
Little League Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, game starts at 1:05 p.m.: The Orioles are giving the juniors some shine today before they take on the Tigers. Featuring a parade and discounted tickets for all little leaguers. Ticket prices vary, and should already be set up through pre-registered local leagues.
A Taste of Richard Gorelick, hosted by Baltimore Improv Group, from 7-8 p.m.: Longtime local food critic Richard Gorelick takes the stage at the BIG Theater, where guest chefs Karin and Bud Tiffany, of the Peter’s Inn, will serve him a meal that he will proceed to pick apart with his expert taste buds. Jokes will follow from BIG’s great improvisers. $5 admission.
Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss these upcoming events.
- On May 5, head to the only fashion show where you can go home with a model. Make sure to buy your tickets for Pawject Runway today.
- The Remington neighborhood is celebrating 100 years (for the 27th Street part of it, anyway) on May 12 with a long list of food stalls and vendors, and music from local acts Chiffon, Joy Postell, Surf Harp and many more.
- Set to take place over Mother’s Day (May 13), go inside Fell’s Point with the Preservation Society and their Annual Historic Harbor House Tour. Tickets can be purchased in person or online. Buy a ticket for your mom and the rest of the family.
- The second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown returns to Old Hilltop on May 19. There will be big hats. There will be Black-Eyed Susans. And there will be a full day of racing with some of the best thoroughbreds in the country.
- Skip the beach and hang out with the animals to support the Maryland Zoo with Brew at the Zoo. Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 and May 27), enjoy some good times and good beer with the animals, all for a good cause.
May has some of our favorite events of the year (don’t we say that every month). Check back next Thursday to start planning your weekend!
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