Bring the family together this Easter by organizing an activity that is sure to make lasting memories--or perhaps even become a new holiday tradition. Here are five Easter activities happening this weekend:
- Bunnyland! at Butler's Orchard (Saturday only)
- Bunny BonanZOO at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (Friday and Saturday)
- Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Rober E. Lee Memorial Park (Saturday)
- Ride the Rails with the Easter Bunny at the B&O Railroad Museum (Friday and Saturday)
- Egg Hunt Weekend at Clarkland Farm (Saturday and Sunday)
To get the details on these events as well as some Easter brunch and dinner specials happening around town, check out this guide to Easter activities in Baltimore.
And don't forget to dress in your Sunday best and pick out the perfect location for Easter photos in Baltimore.
Other Helpful Easter-Related Links
Image by Ikonact, wikimedia common.
Sounds like a potentially lethal combination, right?
Hopefully everyone has gotten a leg up on their taxes. But if not, the IRS Tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 15--so this weekend might be your last chance to get the forms filled out. If you need help, this guide has some tips.
Already done with taxes? Then let's celebrate. Two events are happening this weekend:
- The Privateer Day Festival in Fells Point (Friday through Sunday)
- Decanter Wine Festival at Pimlico Race Course (Saturday and Sunday)
Learn more about these events--and what else is happening in April--with this event and festival listing.
The Orioles will also be playing at Camden Yards from Friday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 16.
Image courtesy TKTKTK.
Open Walls Baltimore, an outdoor art project curated by street artist Gaia, is back. More murals are already starting to pop up around Station North Arts & Entertainment District, including the one pictured, which was created by Gaia himself. Several of the artists are from Baltimore, while others come from as far as Peru and Poland.
More on Art in Baltimore:
Image courtesy Open Walls Baltimore.
April brings five important things:
- Showers. So far this has been true, but it's not, on average, the wettest month.
- Tax deadlines. This guide can help you file.
- Orioles games. Don't miss this year's giveaway nights.
- The Baltimore Farmer's Market and Bazaar. Returns Sunday, April 6.
- Festivals and block parties. Here's a list.
Photo by Keith Allison, flickr.
Lots of family friendly events happening in Baltimore this weekend, including:
- Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus: Built to Amaze
- Y Spring Eggstravaganza
And then Monday, it's Orioles Opening Day!
Don't forget: there's also plenty of exciting museum programming happening around town, like "SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue" at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. And, since spring is here but hasn't officially "sprung" yet, here are some ideas for cold weather family fun that can help ward off cabin fever.
Photo courtesy Unregistered Nurse.
You don't have to wait until the Baltimore Beer Week (October 10-19, in case you're wondering) to get your fill of libations. This weekend, the roving Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is coming to the Maryland State Fairgrounds.
Admission gets you a sampling glass so you can taste all the beer and bourbon your heart desires (responsibly, of course). Sixty beers and 40 bourbons are ready to be paired with delicious BBQ. There will also be live music and cigars. What else do you want?
By the way, where's your favorite place for BBQ in Baltimore? Let me know in the comments below and your answer could show up in an About.com guide!
More "Adults-Only" Fun in Baltimore:
- Baltimore Beers and Breweries
- Baltimore's Best Happy Hour Specials
- Brewery Tours in Baltimore
- Vineyards and Wineries Near Baltimore
- Wine Tastings in Baltimore
Image courtesy the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival.
Since the holiday falls on a Monday, this weekend is most people's last chance to take part in the St. Patrick's Day festivities happening around town. The Irish bars around town are sure to be packed, and you'll find plenty of people decked out in green at:
- a green ice rink in Patterson Park (Friday)
- a set of rockin' performances from Governor O'Malley (Saturday)
- a Irish block party in Canton (Saturday and Sunday)
- a party, a run, and a parade downtown (Saturday)
Speaking of green, if you're feeling the luck of the Irish, you may want to try your hand at a casino in Maryland. You never know--this could be the weekend you find a pot of gold!
Photo courtesy Claddagh Pub.
The countdown to St. Patrick's Day begins today: only 10 days left! Since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday this year, most events around town are happening early. Some upcoming St. Patrick's Day events include:
- The Federal Hill Irish Stroll (this weekend!)
- A Jameson tasting at Slainte Irish Pub
- St. Patty's Day Skate on green ice at Patterson Park
- Performances by Governor O'Malley's rock band
- The Shamrock 5K
- The city's official St. Patrick's Day parade
All the details can be found in this guide to St. Patrick's Day in Baltimore.
Photo courtesy The Creative Alliance at The Patterson.
There's a lot going on in Charm City. Here's five picks to keep you busy this weekend.
Hampden's First Fridays
Friday, March 7
Snag discounts at shops and restaurants in the Hampden neighborhood during this monthly celebration (5 p.m.-8 p.m.). Be sure to stop by the grand opening of the new Celebrated Summer Records (7 p.m.), now in a new location.
2014 CAA Men's Basketball Championship
Friday, March 7-Sunday, March 10
The road to March Madness begins this weekend in Baltimore. [... more info]
Publications and Multiples Fair
Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, noon-6 p.m.
80 independent publishers, galleries, and artists converge at the Open Space. [... more info]
Federal Hill Irish Stroll
Saturday, March 8 1-9 p.m.
Baltimore's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration takes over 17 bars in Federal Hill. [... more info]
Image courtesy Open Space.
Sure, March brings St. Patrick's Day, but it also brings some great museum exhibitions and programming--and even some discounts.
Recently Opened or Opening This Month
- Now Open: "Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek" at the American Visionary Art Museum
- Now Open: "SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue" at the National Aquarium, Baltimore
- Opens Friday, March 14: "Power Up" at the Maryland Science Center
Special Programming and Discounts
- Every Thursday, 5-9 p.m.: stroll the galleries at The Walters Art Museum for free and sip on California wines and regional beers for $5 each. More info on special programming.
- Every Sunday, 2-5 p.m.: Free workshops as part of "Free Family Sundays" at The Baltimore Museum of Art.
- Saturday, March 7, beginning at 5 p.m.: $12 admission to the National Aquarium as part of their Women's History Month Celebration.
- Friday, March 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: It's Pi Day! Pi-related activities and food, plus the opening of the "Power Up" exhibition at the Maryland Science Center.
- Thursday, March 20, 5-8 p.m.: $5 admission to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and a performance by Gospel jazz and saxophone great Corinthia Cromwell.
- Friday, March 21, 4-7 p.m.: $2 admission to Port Discovery Children's Museum.
- "Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture, and Beyond" at Geppi's Entertainment Museum (through April)
Image: Donald Pass, "Avalanche of Souls," watercolor on paper, 2005. (Courtesy the American Visionary Art Museum)