Since 1999, the Maryland Film Festival has been highlighting Baltimore filmmakers and bringing top-notch film and video work from all over the world to the city. Approximately 50 feature films and 75 shorts will be screened at the Charles Theater, Windup Space and MICA's Brown Center.
The area around Washington Monument in Mount Vernon will host one of Baltimore's rites of spring: FlowerMart. More than 130 vendors will sell flowers, garden accessories and gifts (just in time for Mother's Day!), while singers, bands and other entertainers will take to the stage.
The American Visionary Art Museum will once again hold its wacky race of human-powered works of art. Each contraption must be able to travel on land and in water, completing a 15-mile race that traverses a mud pit in Patterson Park, a water launch at the Korean War Memorial Park in Canton, and more. Prizes are awarded to those who finish right in the middle and next to last, as well as some more serious awards such as art and engineering.
Come support local artists and crafters on the fourth floor of the Cork Factory (302 Federal Street) in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Art, jewelry, cards, books, accessories and more will be up for sale. There will also be some snacks and coffee, as well as music from Eva Jade Landon.
More than 60 Cirque du Soleil performers will take over 1st Mariner Arena as they do acrobatics to the music of Michael Jackson at this concert directed by Jamie King, a leading pop concert director. Tickets are $50-250.
6. Market Day at Cylburn ArboretumSaturday, May 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
One of Baltimore's beautiful public gardens, the 207-acre Cylburn Arboretum will host its 44th annual Market Day on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can expect on-site refreshments, fun family activities and gardening seminars. The event is free.
Art lovers can visit working studios, meet artists and purchase artwork at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Open House (21 S. Eutaw St.), when more than a dozen resident and guest artists showcase their work. Be sure to also catch the current exhibitions at the tower, including "100 Days of Art, Guests Who's Coming to Dinner" and "Thought That Can't be Bought," two shows that are up on the 15th floor galleries through Saturday, June 2. Participating resident artists include: Ann Adair (watercolors), Maya Freelon Asante (mix media), MK Asante (writer and filmmaker), Martha Dougherty (watercolor), John David Ehlers, Jr. (oil, acrylic and charcoal), Felisa Flecker (paintings), Rod Fulton (mixed media) Brian Glazer Gerber (oil and acrylic), Keith Haller (oil, acrylic and watercolor), Kevin Haller (oil, acrylic and watercolor), Janet Little Jeffers (photography), Stacy Levy (mixed media), Sarah McNeil (mixed media), Maria Puopolo (mixed media) and Joyce Yu-Jean Lee (mix media and video). This month’s guest artists are Elliot Azzam (paintings) and Michelle Sanzi Kermes (mixed media).
8. Mother's DaySunday, May 13
It's mom's special day, so treat her to a delicious brunch or give the 41st Annual Historic Harbor House Tour of Fells Point a try. The tour offers glimpses into a dozen storied homes in Fells Point, from cozy historic houses to light-filled contemporary homes. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of and benefit The Preservation Society, a non-profit organization serving Baltimore's two oldest maritime communities--Federal Hill and Fells Point.
For the fourth year in a row, more than 20 restaurants throughout the city are coming together to put their own spins on one of Baltimore's most famous foods: soft-shell crabs. An initiative of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc., the celebration this year will include restaurants such as Aldo's, Alewife, The Brewer's Art, Diamond Tavern, 700 Grille, Kona Grill, Miss Shirley's, and Ryleigh's Oyster. Menu items are subject to the day's catch.
Now in its 9th year, The Transmodern Festival is an annual performance festival that brings experimental artists from across the United States (and the world) to Baltimore. The festival is spread out among many spaces in Baltimore, including the Current Gallery, the 14Karat Cabaret, and Maryland Art Place. Some highlights this year include Alley-OOPs!, a series of video projections and roving entertainers set up in Tyson Alley, and F.E.A.S.T. Dinner Theater, an evening of "food-based performance and performance-based food."