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March 2013 Events & Festivals in Baltimore


It's cold out there, but don't stay indoors during the month of March. Baltimore has plenty of events to make this a time to remember. Be sure to also check out what's on at Baltimore museums, and families looking for ideas can check out this list of winter activities for families in Baltimore.

1. Baltimore Boat Show

2013 Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show
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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.

2. Jon Stewart

Friday, March 1, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Admission: Starting at $95
Jon Stewart, One of America’s top social and comedic voices will perform two shows at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Stewart has redefined political satire in American culture from his anchor chair on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a show that has received 40 Emmy Award nominations and won 16, including the longest streak in Emmy history for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series (9 consecutive wins).

3. Vauxhall

Friday, March 1, 8 p.m.
The Creative Alliance
Admission: $15-20
Billing itself as "Postmodern Vaudeville for Baltimore," this hybrid of storytelling, skit comedy, dancing, interviews, and radio sound effects at The Creative Alliance is sure to be a fun evening.

4. Maryland Home & Garden Show

Saturday, March 2 through Sunday March 3 and Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10
Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium
Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $4 children 6–12, children under six free
More than 300 exhibitors will bring Baltimore the latest and greatest in home improvement during two weekends in March. Be sure to stop by the Cow Palace, where which will be taken over by 16 elaborate film-themed gardens, including The Great Gatsby, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfts, and Caddy Shack. National experts and design professionals will offer advice during seminars and presentations. On Friday, March 1, there will be a Garden Preview Party to benefit Habitat for Humanity from 6–9 p.m.

5. Looped with Valerie Harper

Tuesday, March 5 through Sunday, March 17 (various days & times)
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Admission: Prices start at $25
Four-time Emmy Award winner & Tony Award nominee Valerie Harper returns to Baltimore in the national tour of Matthew Lombardo’s madcap comedy Looped. The play tells the story of Tallulah Bankhead, the internationally celebrated actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue for what would be her last film.

6. Harriet Tubman Anniversary

Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10
In tribute to the centennial anniversary of Harriet Tubman's passing, several events will be held over this weekend throughout Maryland. On the Eastern Shore, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and a ground breaking for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park on Saturday, March 9. Those in Baltimore, however, need not travel far to celebrate the accomplishments of the abolitionist. At the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, an exhibition of artwork inspired by Tubman's legacy is on display from Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, June 16.
MORE: What's On at Baltimore Museums

7. International Women's Day

Friday, March 8
March 8 is International Women's Day, an annual day of appreciation and love towards women and celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements. Consider celebrating at The Creative Alliance, where Victory for Change, a documentary by Baltimore-based filmmaker Gregory Marsh, will be screened. The film follows two Indian women as the fight for marginalized members of society. A panel discussion will follow. The screening is $7 for members and $12 for non-members.

8. Heavy Seas Real Ale and BBQ Festival

Saturday, March 9, noon-4 p.m.
4615 Hollins Ferry Rd., Suite B, Halethorpe
Admission: $49 per person; $39 for designated drivers
Heavy Seas will be pouring their award-winning beer from 10 taps, 10 firkins, and several one-of-a-kind casks. As if that wasn't enticing enough, they're also firing up some BBQ and other foods from more than eight area restaurants. Attendees must be 21 or over.

9. St. Patrick's Day

Sunday, March 17
St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday this year, meaning the Irish-themed activities will last all weekend long. Whether your heritage goes back to the Emerald Isle or not, here's to hoping the luck of the Irish is with you.
MORE: St. Patrick's Day Events & Activities
MORE: Irish Bars & Restaurants in Baltimore

10. No Need to Fear this Turtle

Thursday, March 21, 7–8:30 p.m.
Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry St., Savage; 301-725-1313
Admission: Free
Will Williams, educator at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, will bring two diamondback terrapins recently adopted by Terrapin Adventures and explain why their preservation is important to sustaining the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Arlington Echo is raising terrapins in more than 80 local classrooms, and the reptiles are expected to be released by the end of the school year. In the 1900s, the species was once considered a delicacy and was hunted almost to extinction.
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