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February 2013 Events & Festivals


In Baltimore, we love February because of all the great events and festivities that happen throughout the month! For more programming throughout the city, be sure to check out this list of exhibitions at Baltimore museums this winter and don't forget about all the special Black History Month activities happening throughout the city.


1. Motortrend International Auto Show

Thursday, February 7 through Sunday, February 10
Baltimore Convention Center
Admission: $10 for adults (13 and over); discounts for seniors, military, and children ages 7-12. Children 6 and under free.
Hundreds of new cars, trucks, sport/utility vehicles, crossovers, and more will roll into the Baltimore Convention Center for this long weekend. Check out the latest luxury automobiles, or take a seat behind the newest electric cars. The show runs noon to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday is "Family Day," when all children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

2. Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 10
The Walters Art Museum
Admission: Free
Today is Chinese New Year. Celebrate the year of the Snake at The Walters Art Museum, which will host a celebration from noon until 1 p.m., when local schools will perform traditional dances and free art activities will be held. The date for Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese Lunar Calendar and usually falls in late January or February. Traditionally, the series of celebratory events can last up to two weeks.

3. Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14
Today is Valentine's Day. If you're looking for something special to do with your sweetheart, here's a list of all the Valentine's Day events happening in Baltimore this year. You can also consider looking through About.com Baltimore's list of the most romantic restaurants in Baltimore. There, you'll find many suggestions on the perfect place to dine!

4. Howard County Side-by-Side Concert

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Admission: $15
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and 104 students from the Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra will play side-by-side in a concert led by Maestro Shizuo Kuwahara. Young pianist Alisa Hwang, winner of the Howard County Concerto Competition, will perform the first movement from Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto.

5. The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Friday, February 22 through Sunday, March 17
The Other Barn
Admission: Prices start at $15
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) will stage The Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia,), a repurposed dairy barn in Columbia, Maryland. Performances will take place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Admission prices start at $15, for more information visit the CSC website.

6. American Craft Council (ACC) Retail Show

Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24
Baltimore Convention Center
Admission: $16 one-day pass; $28 three-day pass; free to ACC members
Hundreds of the country's best contemporary artists and craftspeople will show off their jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor. New this year, there will be holiday, outdoor, and upscale shopping categories, and old favorites such as local, greencraft, and handmade under $100 will also be featured.

7. African American Family Festival

Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum
Admission: Free
The Walters Art Museum will celebrate the music and culture of Africa. Activities will include performances, art activities, a musical instrument workshop, and the creation of a community orchestra.

8. Baltimore Ballet at The Baltimore Museum of Art

Saturday, February 23, 7:30-9 p.m.
Admission: $35 for adults; $15 for children under 12; and $30 for BMA members.
The Baltimore Museum of Art will host an evening performance by the Baltimore Ballet in the museum's Meyerhoff Auditorium.

9. Museum Closing: Matisse’s Dancers

Sunday, February 24
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Admission: Free
Be sure to take advantage of free admission to The Baltimore Museum of Art's showcase exhibition featuring Henri Matisse's dance-themed prints, drawings, and sculptures. On closing day, the Baltimore Museum of Art will also lead a family tour that looks at highlights from the newly revamped Contemporary Wing from 2-2:45 p.m.

10. Baltimore Boat Show

Thursday, February 28 through Sunday, March 3, 2013
Baltimore Convention Center
Admission: $12 for adults; free for children 15 and under
Maryland's longest-running indoor boating sales event will once again take place at the Baltimore Convention Center. Hundreds of boats will be on display, as well as booths showcasing the latest in engines, marine electronics, fishing and tackle gear, and more. Educational seminars and kid-friendly activities will also take place.
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