The arrival of spring brings with it plenty to do in Baltimore. Let this April 2010 Baltimore calendar of events be your guide.
|| Easter ||
April 4, 2010
|| Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus ||
April 7 through April 18, 2010
|| Phantom of the Opera ||
April 8 to May 9, 2010
The legendary opera arrives at the Hippodrome. Tickets are available online.
|| Opening Day at Camden Yards ||
April 9, 2010, 3 p.m.
The Orioles start this season on the road in Tampa on April 6 against the Rays, but they return home on Friday the 9th to face the Toronto Blue Jays. The traditional Opening Day festivities include lots of specials at bars near Camden Yards as well as increased pomp and circumstance inside the stadium before the game.
|| Privateer Day ||
April 9-10, 2010
Argggggh! (That's the sound a pirate makes, isn't it?) Fells Point is invaded by pirates during the 6th-annual Privateer Day, which includes both family and adult activities. The ship Fearless will be docked on the Ann Street Pier, and will offer a free story time for the young ones. At noon there are more stories in Broadway Square, and the festivities continue until around 6 - officially. Many Fells Point bars get in on the action, offering specials Friday and during Saturday night's Pyrate Invasion pub crawl.
|| Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival ||
April 9-10, 2010
The Maryland Fair Grounds in Timonium hosts 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and so much barbecue festival organizers advertise it only as "a lot." There are many different kinds of tickets available, and most (except the designated driver ticket, thankfully) include boatloads of, well, beer, bourbon, and barbecue.
|| Sugarloaf Crafts Festival ||
April 16-18, 2010
Lovers of fine crafts and art will find more than 250 top artisans displaying and selling their unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography at the Maryland Fair Grounds. Interactive demonstrations, live music, children's activities, and food also are featured. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 to 5. Tickets are $8 for adults ($7 if you buy in advance online), free for children under 12.
|| CityLit Festival ||
April 17, 2010, 10 a.m.
The seventh-annual celebration of writing and writers kicks off at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The authors in attendance include Elizabeth Kostova, Victoria Rowell, Sam Lipsyte, Ellen Lupton, John Murillo, Ron Egatz, Mash Hamilton, January G. O'Neil, Alafair Burke, and Andrew Gross. Plus, Poet's Ink workshop and reading, the Maryland Humanities Council's "Letters About Literature" program, a recording of the IndieBookMan Show, and the always bustling Literary Marketplace. The event is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|| Highlandtown Wine Festival ||
April 18, 2010, 1 p.m.
The 7th-annual festival at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden on Father Petti Lane (around the corner from Claremont & Conkling Streets) features a homemade wine competition, wine tastings, a bocce tournament, plenty of food, music by The Herd of Main Street and The Rescue Party, and an arts and crafts fair. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. They can be purchased at DiPasquale's at 3700 Gough St., or online.
|| March For the Animals ||
April 18, 2010, 10 a.m.
This 15th annual 1.5-mile walk-a-thon benefits the Maryland SPCA. Registration for the event at Druid Hill Park begins at 9 a.m. The day features prizes for the top walkers, a mysterious origin contest, a pet costume contest, and doggie musical chairs. There will be training tips, an agility course, and a demonstration by Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs.
|| Campus Consciousness Tour Featuring Ben Harper ||
April 20, 2010, gates 6 p.m.
Pier Six Concert Pavilion kicks off its 2010 schedule.
|| Thomas the Tank ||
April 23-25, 2010, April 30 to May 2, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wildly popular Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the B&O Railroad Museum. Kids and their families can take a ride on this 15-ton replica of the star of the children's series. The ride takes about 25 minutes, and tickets are $18 for ages 2 and up. They are available online or by calling 866-468-7630.
|| City Paper Brew Fest ||
April 24, 2010, 1 p.m.
The venerable Baltimore alternative newspaper throws its 14th-annual Brew Fest at Broadway Square in Fells Point. More than 60 beers are available, along with food and live entertainment by the Fashionably Late. Tickets are $30 and available online or by calling 410-523-2300.