May in Baltimore means Preakness Week - and so much more. Without further adieu, your May 2010 Baltimore calendar of events.
|| Kinetic Sculpture Race ||
May 1, 2010, all day
Another Baltimore tradition, the American Visionary Art Museum puts on this one-of-a-kind, eight-hour 15-mile race. The participants are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race, and they travel on paved roads, mud, sand and the Chesapeake Bay.
|| Downtown Farmers' Market ||
Sundays beginning May 2, 8 a.m. to noon
The intersection of Holiday and Saratoga streets downtown under the Jones Falls Expressway is the place to be Sundays during the summer for the freshest fruits and vegetables, meat, and seafood the region has to offer. There also are lots of great prepared foods available. Get there early, merchants have been known to sell out of all their good(ie)s by 11 on busy days.
|| Cinco de Mayo! ||
May 5, 2010, all day
Some say it's just an excuse to party on a Wednesday. We say, who needs an excuse? Grab a margarita at one of these hot spots: Nacho Mama's in Canton, Little Havana on Key Highway, Blue Agave in Federal Hill, Holy Frijoles in Hampden.
If you're looking to do something with a little more meaning, check out the cocktail party at the 13th Floor in the Belvedere. Beginning at 5 p.m., proceeds from the $10 to $15 admission goes to the United Nations' World Food Program.
|| First First Thursday Concert ||
May 6, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
Grab a lawn chair and head to Mt. Vernon for this monthly concert sponsored in-part by WTMD. The first Thursday of each month features a free concert at the park directly next to the Washington Monument. You can bring food (but no booze), or buy food and drink from vendors there. The series begins this month with Goldspot and Can't Hang.
|| Maryland Film Festival ||
May 6, 7, 8, 9, 2010
The festival begins on Thursday, May 6 at 8 p.m. with "Opening Night Shorts.". It's at MICA's Brown Center, just one of the venues that will host dozens of films and talks during this fantastic film festival.
|| Flowermart 2010 ||
May 7 and 8, 2010, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The 93nd version of Baltimore's rite of spring will take place in its traditional location around the Washington Monument at Charles and Monument Streets. Flowers are only a small (well, okay, not a small) part of the festival, which is free. Events include live music, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, those legendary lemon sticks.
|| Mother's Day ||
May 9, 2010
Lots of options for mom around town (including a delicious brunch), but here's one a bit out of the ordinary: The 39th-annual Historic Harbor House Tour. It offers a glimpse inside a dozen unique homes in the Fells Point area. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., tickets start are $15 in advance, $18 day of. Call 410-675-6750 ext. 12 for tickets.
|| Preakness Week Begins ||
May 8, 2010, 10 a.m.
The Preakness 10k kicks off this year's week of Preakness activities across the city. The little guys (no, not the jockeys) keep Preakness Week started with the Pee Wee Preakness. Kids ride their hippity hops in the first of many Preakness events leading up to the race.
|| Black Eyed Susan ||
May 14, 2010, 10 a.m.
A great alternative for those for whom the Preakness is just a little too much. One of Pimlico's oldest stakes races, the Black-Eyed Susan is a mile and one-eighth test for three-year-old fillies. This historical race has long been recognized as the middle jewel of the "traditional" filly Triple Crown, which also includes the Kentucky Oaks (at Churchill Downs) and the Coaching Club American Oaks (at Belmont Park). Ticket information is available online.
|| Preakness Stakes ||
May 15, 2010, gates open at 8 a.m., race at 6 p.m.
A true Maryland tradition and one of the greatest traditions in all of sports.
|| Wine in the Woods ||
May 15-16, 2010, Noon
Symphony Woods in Columbia is the site of the 18th annual wine festival sponsored by Howard County Recreation and Parks. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. That gets you wine tastings, a souvenir glass and live entertainment. Designated drivers pay $15 at the door, $10 in advance.
|| Bike Jam ||
May 23, 2010, 8 a.m.
Riders of all ages and skills can enjoy the race, recreational rides, food, drink and live music at this annual Patterson Park Festival. There are 12 and 31-mile rides, a cycling stunt show, kids' activity pavilion, bike and health expo and more.
|| Memorial Day Weekend ||
May 28-31, 2010
So much to do in just one weekend - be sure to take at least a few hours to relax and remember all the men and women in the military whom this day honors.
|| NCAA Lacrosse Championships ||
May 28-31, 2010
College lacrosse's best teams battle it out for the NCAA title at M&T Bank Stadium. With practices open to the public, pep rallies, youth clinics and a fan zone, there's much more to do than just watch the games. But the games should be thrilling. The semifinals begin May 29 at 4 p.m. On May 30 Divisions II and III play their title games, and the Division I champ will be decided on May 31, with faceoff scheduled for 3:30. For tickets, call 410-261-7283.
|| Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too ||
May 29 and 30, 2010, 1 p.m.
Sample many of the area’s finest craft beers and wines with great music at the Maryland Zoo’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Tickets ($40 before May 15, $45 after) include unlimited beer and wine tastings, a commemorative tasting glass, three live bands per day, and access to food, snack, artisan, and commercial vendors.
|| Sowebo Arts and Music Festival ||
May 30, 2010, noon
Staged surrounding historic Hollins Market, the Sowebo Festival combines food, drink, music, and art, making for a fantastic day for festival goes of all ages. Admission is free.