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March 2010 Baltimore Calendar of Events

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March is jam packed with exciting events all around Baltimore. From St. Patrick's Day, to museum exhibits, to rockin' concerts, there's plenty to do as we (thankfully) usher in spring.

|| Cosmic Cocktail Party ||
March 4, 2010, 7 p.m.

City Paper's 10th-annual bash is at the sterling American Visionary Arts Museum again this year. Food and beverage provided by some of Baltimore's most beloved bars and restaurants. Tickets are $50, available online and also can be purchased by calling 410-523-2300.

|| Lacrosse Face-off Classic ||
March 6, 2010, 11 a.m.

The NCAA lacrosse season kicks off at M&T Bank Stadium with a triple-header. Maryland takes on Duke at 11, followed by Princeton-Johns Hopkins at 1. Notre Dame and Loyola close things at 4. Tickets start at $20 and are available online.

|| Canton Irish Stroll ||
March 6, 2010, 1 p.m.

Can't wait until St. Patrick's Day? Head over to Canton for a pub crawl to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Neighborhood bars will be serving up $2 drafts and $4 Jameson and Absolute drinks for participants. Tickets are $7 (or $6 if you buy beforehand online)with two cans of food, $10 without. Registration is at Looney's Pub, 2900 O'Donnell St.

|| Maryland Home and Garden Show ||
March 6-7, 12-14, 2010

Showcasing the latest trends and techniques for Maryland homes and gardens, the show will feature more than 400 home improvement exhibitors, 19 live gardens, and wine tasting. Held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for kids under 6. They are available online.

|| BSO performs with Cirque de la Symphonie ||
March 11-12, 14, 2010

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs classical music at the Meyerhoff while contortionists, aerialists, strongmen and other do their thing. Thursday and Friday performances are at 8 p.m., the Sunday one is at 3. Tickets start at $42 and are available online.

|| Meet in the Street ||
March 12-13, 2010

The annual Meet in the Street St. Patrick's Day celebration in Canton's O'Donnell Square is sponsored by the square's resident Irish bar and restaurant, Claddagh Pub. The other Canton Square bars and restaurants join in, and the result is Baltimore's most raucous St. Patrick's Day celebration. O'Donnell Street is shut down to traffic, so pedestrians - with beers in hand - rule the square. Outdoor beer tents, live music, and an Irish good time rule the weekend.

|| Loyola University inaugurates new Ridley Athletic Complex ||
March 13, 2010, 3 p.m.

Loyola University will celebrate the grand opening and dedication of The Reverend Harold Ridley, S.J., Athletic Complex on when its men's lacrosse team takes on the preseason No. 1 Duke Blue Devils. Gates open at 1 p.m; game time is 3 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available online.

|| Daylight Savings Time ||
March 14, 2010, 2 a.m.

Set your clocks ahead one hour.

|| St. Patrick's Day Parade ||
March 14, 2010, 2 p.m.

The annual parade begins at the Washington Monument and continues to Pratt Street and Market Place. It's free, of course. An impressive group of bagpipers are among the highlights every year.

|| Baltimore Mariners Home Opener ||
March 14, 2010, 4 p.m.

Baltimore's arena football team kicks off its 2010 season at 1st Mariner Arena with an afternoon game against New Jersey. The team is out to win the American Indoor Football Association title. Tickets start as low as $7.50 and are available online.

|| St. Patrick's Day ||
March 17, 2010, All day!

Baltimore goes all out for St. Patty's Day. Stop into one of the city's great Irish bars and restaurants for a pint and some corned beef and cabbage. Among this year's best bets: an all day party at Slainte in Fells Point. The Irish bar opens its doors at 7 p.m.

|| O'Malley's March ||
March 20, 2010, 8 p.m.

Governor Martin O'Malley is back on stage with his Irish band for concert at the Recher Theatre. Tickets are $20.

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