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)
It's been a harsh winter as far as Baltimore standards go, but next month there are plenty of events and festivals happening throughout March and some world-class museum exhibitions to keep you from hibernating.
And of course, with March comes St. Patrick's Day. This year, there are lots of events celebrating the luck of the Irish, including parades, bar crawls, and more. Many take place earlier in March since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday this year.
Before you know it, spring will be here (in fact, Orioles opening day at Camden Yards is the last day of the month). Hang tight until then!
- Monster trucks will takeover Baltimore Arena (Friday-Sunday) [more info...]
- SpongeBob SquarePants will be on the big screen... in 4-D (opening Saturday) [more info...]
- The Maryland Home & Garden Show kicks off (Saturday and Sunday) [more info...]
- Lads and lasses will (drunkenly) stroll through Canton [more info...]
- Slainte Irish Pub starts celebrating 17 Days of Saint Patrick (beginning Saturday) [more info...]
Image courtesy Slainte Irish Pub.
Let's face it: After last week's snow storm, we all have a little cabin fever. Here are five picks to get you out of the house this weekend:
- Grab a discount meal during Baltimore Restaurant Week (through Sunday)
- Catch sword swallowers in the act at Ripley's Believe It or Not! (Saturday)
- Browse and buy arts and crafts--including many works by Baltimore-based artists--at the American Craft Council Show (Friday-Sunday)
- Hop in an RV (and maybe hit the road!) at the Maryland Recreational Vehicle Show (Friday-Sunday)
- Celebrate African-American history at The Walters Art Museum (Saturday)
Learn more about these events in the February 2014 events guide. And don't forget to share you're weekend with the rest of Baltimore using the hashtag #bmorelove; you could get re-shared on About Baltimore's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
Image: Jewelry by Baltimore-based artist Shana Kroiz, who will be exhibiting in booth #608 at the American Craft Council show.
Winter Storm Pax seems to be making up for three years of relatively snowless weather in Baltimore. Around 10 inches was dumped on the city overnight--and it's going to continue falling throughout the day. Show off how pretty your snow-covered neighborhood is using the hashtag #bmorelove and I'll share some of the best ones on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
For more snow pictures around Baltimore, see what's being tagged at: www.tagboard.com/bmorelove.
Image by Instagram user colsonbingham.
More than 60 area restaurants will be offering special two-course lunches ($15) and three-course dinners ($20 or $30, depending on location) as part of Baltimore Restaurant Week. Restaurants in on the deal include favorites like B&O American Brasserie, Bluegrass Tavern, Lebanese Taverna, Mother's Federal Hill Grille, and more (for a complete list or to make reservations, visit OpenTable.com).
Of course, Baltimore isn't the only area with a restaurant week to call their own. Try a new place or get a discount at one of your favorites during these upcoming culinary promotions:
- Baltimore Restaurant Week: Sunday, February 16 through Monday, February 24
- Calvert Restaurant Week: Friday, February 21 through Sunday, March 2
- Annapolis Restaurant Week: Monday, February 24 through Sunday, March 2
Photo of Bluegrass Tavern by Libby Zay.
A story by local business owner Tracey Halvorsen titled "Baltimore City, You're Breaking My Heart" went viral this week, causing a considerable amount of reader response--both good and bad. Whether you believe Halvorsen is justified in her thinking or not is up for you to decide, but I'd like to continue celebrating a love for Baltimore this month.
I've come up with a list of 20 Reasons to Love Baltimore. When I started, I was shooting for 10 reasons, but the list just kept going on. I hope that you will share your thoughts with me, too; use the hashtag #bmorelove to let me know and I'll share reader responses on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not, February is a time when we're continually reminded of romance. While there are several Valentine-specific events happening around Baltimore, these relationship resources might inspire you to keep the romance alive (or even start a new one):
- LGBT Guide
- Single in Baltimore
- Creative Date Ideas
- Places to Propose
- Romantic Restaurants
- Vineyards Near Baltimore
Image courtesy Baltimore Print Studios.