With April’s arrival, the spring events calendar is in full bloom. The outdoor events are back, like the family-friendly gatherings populate parks, parking lots and Power Plant Live! Check out the agenda:
Friday, April 5
Hampden West Fest: 5-10 p.m. at Gypsy’s Truckstaurant. Food trucks gather in the parking lot of the Woodberry brick-and-mortar spot from The Gypsy Queen’s owners.
I Heart City Life Happy Hour: 5-8 p.m. at Waverly Brewing. The Live Baltimore event heads to the brewery in Woodberry.
First Friday Block Party: 6-8 p.m. at Silver Queen Cafe. The Hamilton Business Association gets out on the street for spring with music, food, activities and more.
Out of Order: 7-10 p.m. at Maryland Art Place. The art space hosts its 22nd annual spring benefit, complete with an exhibition of numerous local artists and a silent auction. For those looking to add some contemporary art, here’s a way to do so at a relatively lower price point.
“The Book of Mormon”: through April 7 at the Hippodrome Theatre. The comedic send-up of Momonism from the minds behind “South Park” touches down in Baltimore.
Welcome to Westeros: 7 p.m. at Maryland Science Center. The Inner Harbor spot hosts a grown-up field trip that arrives just in time for the return of “Game of Thrones.” Explore the science of the Seven Kingdoms while enjoying some Westeros-themed cocktails.
Wine night and the science of olive oil: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Underground Science Space. The Highlandtown community science spot has a tasting of wine and olive oil, the latter from nearby Pompeian.
“Shirkers”: 7 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. Director Sandi Tan hosts a screening of her documentary exploring a film she made in Singapore with her mentor.
“Mass/Rabble”: April 5-7 at the Baltimore War Memorial. Submersive Production presents an interactive production that examines the movements of bodies of people.
New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition: 7 p.m. at Red Emma’s. The event features Christopher Bonner, David Weinfeld and Reena Goldthree.
Black Root Underground: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The hip-hop and spoken word specialists release a new album, “Root Canal.” J Pope and the Hearnow open.
Funny as Ish Comedy Tour: 8 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Mike Epps leads a bill including DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Lavell Crawford for a stop downtown.
An Evening with Gary Thomas: 8 and 9:30 p.m. at An Die Musik. The saxophonist and flutist plays two sets with a combo that includes hip-hop artist Eze Jackson, bassist Blake Meister and more.
The Crystal Method: 9 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The techno lifers stop in Baltimore on The Trip Home tour.
Save Your Soul: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Lithuanian Hall. Drew Redmond arrives from New York to join Rob Macy and Baby Alcatraz at the monthly dance party.
Take Me Out: 2000s Indie Dance Party: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. Dial it all the way back to the aughts for a dance night with hits from Franz Ferdinand, and lots of bands with “The” in their name.
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”: Through May 5 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Tom Stoppard’s postmodern take on Hamlet opens in Southeast Baltimore.
“And Baby Makes Seven”: Through April 21 at Strand Theater Company. The regional premiere of Paula Vogel’s play featuring three parents who must make way for their newborn child.
Saturday, April 6
Festival for the Animals: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Druid Hill Park. Maryland SPCA presents a festival full of fun for the whole family, plus furry friends. The event features a walk-a-thon, music, food trucks, pet demos, adoptions and a costume contest.
The Gnome and Garden Show: through April 21 at Rawlings Conservatory. The Druid Hill Park plant paradise presents a spring garden show with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, lilies and garden gnome scenes.
Fix It Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Station North Tool Library. “Don’t Trash it, Fix it” is the motto on Saturday. Get advice on fixing up old household items like bikes, small appliances and electronics, jewelry and more, plus access to the tools to do it.
Billie Holiday Celebration: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Motor House. Jazz artist Candice Hoyes presents a celebration and workshop centering on the legendary singer, who was born raised in Baltimore.
Nerdpocalypse: 3-9 p.m. at Power Plant Live. The nerds take over the Baltimore nightspot for a crawl all over the multiple establishments, each with a different theme.
2019 Dewmore Youth Poetry Festival: 5-8 p.m. at City Neighbors High School. The event’s grand finale gathers youth poets from high school and middle school, as well as special guests.
“Wizard People, Dear Reader”: 6 p.m. at Ottobar. The free film screening features comedian Brad Neely offering commentary to the first Harry Potter film.
The Millennium Throwback: 5-10 p.m. at Inner Harbor. Dial back to the early aughts with DJ Shainight.
R&B Rewind Jam: 8 p.m. at the UMBC Event Center. Blackstreet, Dru Hill, Ginuwine, K-Ci of Jodeci, and 702 all bring the groove back.
An Evening with Better Off Dead: 8 p.m. at the 8×10. The music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia band gets new life in Federal Hill.
97 Underground Reunion: April 6-7 at Reverb. The Charles Street space pays tribute to the Baltimore radio station with original DJs and bands who made the scene.
Metro/Sexual: 9 p.m. at Metro Gallery. Baby hosts a night of fashion, art and drag with 10-plus performances, photo booth and more.
Gooch Palms: 8 p.m. at The Crown. The Aussie party garage-punk duo fronts a bill with Mallwalker and The Creachies.
Soul Bowl: Opening Night: 10 p.m. at Shake & Bake Family Fun Center. Bowling returns to the West Baltimore spot with new lanes. On Saturday it’s 21 and older.
Sunday, April 7
Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar Opening Day: 7 a.m.-noon under the JFX. The big farmers’ market returns for the season with produce, food, crafts and more.
Puccini at the Pendry: 3-5 p.m. at Sagamore Pendry. Maryland Opera stages excerpts from four Puccini masterpieces at the Fells Point luxury hotel.
Anda Union: 4:30 p.m. at B’nai Israel Synagogue. The 10-piece band carries on the musical traditions of Inner Mongolia.
Jimmy’s WWE Wrestlemania Party: 5 p.m. at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. Head to the restaurant on the eastern edge of town to watch pro wrestling’s Super Bowl.
“Callin’ From the Funhouse”: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The art opening features clown-centered work by Andy Norton and Jason Mazzola.
The Millennium Tour: 7:30 p.m. at the UMBC Event Center. Nineties/early aughts faves B2K, Mario and Pretty Ricky perform.
Dizzey on Ice: 7:30 p.m. at Metro Gallery. Stillpointe Theatre presents Disney karaoke, puppetry, performances and more.
Buckethead: 8 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The genre-hopping guitarist and one-time Guns N’ Roses member shreds downtown.
- Maryland Food Truck Week returns with a kickoff at Port Covington’s South Point on April 12.
- Opening Day for Trails arrives April 13 at Clyburn Arboretum.
- The 2019 Bicycle Swap and Social gathers along the Jones Falls on April 13.
An earlier version of this post erroneously stated Billie Holiday was born in Baltimore, when in fact she was born in Philadelphia but raised in Baltimore. We regret the error.