Mark your calendars: here's a look at some of the biggest events and festivals happening in Baltimore during 2014.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Monday, January 20, noon
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
This commemorative procession honors the immeasurable contributions of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade features community marching bands, decorative floats, civic organizations, cheerleading squads, and more.
Baltimore Boat Show
Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26
Baltimore Convention Center
Now celebrating 60 years, the Baltimore Boat Show features hundreds of boats of all kinds, from fishing boats and pontoons to luxury cruisers.
Black History Month
Exhibitions and events around Baltimore highlight the many contributions of African Americans. Here's a list of Black History Month events around town.
Orioles FanFest 2014
Saturday, February 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Baltimore Convention Center
Devoted fans shouldn't miss Orioles FanFest, an annual event that allows fans to meet and greet their favorite players. There will be autograph sessions, appearances by current and former team members, memorabilia dealers, and clinics for children.
Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week
Sunday, February 16 through Sunday, February 23
Enjoy special two-course lunches ($15) and three-course dinners ($20 and $30, depending on location) at restaurants throughout Baltimore.
2014 CAA Men's Basketball Championship
Friday, March 7-Sunday, March 10
The road to March Madness starts in Baltimore with the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men's Basketball Championship. Eight teams will compete over four days at this win-or-go-home event. The champion will represent the CAA as its automatic qualifier to the NCAA.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 16
The parade features traditional bagpipe players and Irish dancers and a 5K race takes place downtown.
Orioles Opening Day
Monday, March 31, 3:05 p.m.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The Orioles will face off against the Boston Red Sox for their first game of the season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
CALENDAR: April Events & Festivals in Baltimore
Decanter Wine Festival
Saturday, April 12 through Sunday, April 13
Pimlico Race Course
The Maryland Wineries Association will once again highlight the heritage and tradition of both Maryland wine and Maryland horse racing. Sample wine, watch live horse races, browse arts and crafts, and enjoy specialty food.
Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, April 26, noon-11 p.m.
Druid Hill Park
Druid Hill Park will fill with music fans looking to hear folk and bluegrass acts like Jerry Douglas, Noam Pikelny & Friends, and Sierra Hull.
Privateer Day Festival
Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 13
Fells Point / Broadway Market Square
Celebrate the rich maritime history of Fells Point while sampling food, watching live music, taking part in children's activities, and more.
CALENDAR: May Events & Festivals in Baltimore
Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3
Mount Vernon Plaza near the Washington Monument
Timed to take place just before Mother's Day (Sunday, May 11 this year), this festival brings more than 100 vendors to Mount Vernon to sell flowers, plants, and crafts.
Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 3
Starting at The American Visionary Art Museum
This wacky race sends roving sculptures on a 15-mile dash across the city. The display of art on wheels makes stops around the city, including a dip in the water in Canton and an obstacle course in Patterson Park.
Maryland Film Festival
Wednesday, May 7 through Sunday, May 11
Documentaries, short films, and features are screened at several locations throughout the city. Films highlight Baltimore filmmakers and bring top-notch film and video work from all over the world to Charm City.
Sunday, May 11
Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner Specials
Saturday, May 17
Pimlico Race Course
The largest single-day sporting event in the State of Maryland is this thoroughbred race for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Inside the track, Preakness InField Fest features national bands on two stages.
CALENDAR: June Events & Festivals in Baltimore
Baltimore Pride 2014
Friday, June 13 through Monday, June 23
Each year, an estimated 30,000 people come out to support the LGBTQ community in Baltimore. Events will take place in Mount Vernon as well as Druid Hill Park.
Saturday, June 14 through Sunday, June 15
36th Street (The Avenue)
This annual festival dedicated to Baltimore kitsch takes over Hampden's main drag, The Avenue (W. 36th St.). Put on your beehive and take part in the "Bawlmer's Best Hon" contest, or watch live music, performances, talent shows, dance concerts, and more.
Saturday, June 21 through Sunday, June 22
M&T Bank Stadium
Each year, more than 500,000 people are attracted to this celebration of African-American life, music and culture.
Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival
Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
S. Charles St. (between West and Hamburg)
Hear the sounds of jazz and blues throughout Federal Hill during this daylong festival, when bands perform on two stages. There will also be wine tastings, an alley full of art, and plenty of food.
CALENDAR: July 2014 Events & Festivals
Friday, July 4
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Baltimore. Catch performances and a fireworks in the Inner Harbor or celebrate at the American Visionary Art Museum's flag- and tail-waving parade.
Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20
Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Bolton Hill, and Mount Vernon
The nation's largest free arts festival features hundreds of fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople, as well as musical acts and exhibitions.
CALENDAR: August 2014 Events & Festivals
Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, August 24
Baltimore Convention Center (One West Pratt St.)
More than 500 sellers from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia make this the largest indoor antiques show in the United States.
Maryland State Fair
Friday, August 22 through Monday, September 1
Timonium Fairgrounds (2200 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium)
As summer comes to a close, get your fill of rides, food, live music, horse shows, and more at the Maryland State Fair.
Star Spangled Spectacular
Wednesday, September 10 through Tuesday, September 16
Citywide (mostly Inner Harbor)
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem at this free festival. Tall ships and the Blue Angels will make appearances in Baltimore, while re-enactments, musical performances, a fireworks display, and more will take place. View a schedule of events.
Baltimore Book Festival
Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28
Mount Vernon Place (600 N. Charles St.)
Hundreds of authors, exhibitors, and booksellers come to Baltimore to share their stories. There are nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos from celebrity chefs, hands-on projects for children, and more.
Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
36th Street (The Avenue)
This annual street festival in the Hampden neighborhood features live music and performances, plus the annual Toilet Bowl Race and the Great Baltimore Mac Off.
Free Fall Baltimore
This annual month-long arts extravaganza includes free museum admission, walking tours, musical performances, dance workshops, and more.
Baltimore Running Festival
Saturday, October 18
The Baltimore Running Festival includes a marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K, and a kids fun run.
Baltimore Beer Week
Friday, October 10-Sunday, October 19
Each year, this beer festival takes over bars and pubs throughout the city.
Fells Point Fun Festival
Fells Point, one of Baltimore's most historic neighborhood, comes alive with music, food, and more.
Great Halloween Lantern Parade
Thousands of costumed marchers participate in this parade each year. It's organized by local arts nonprofit The Creative Alliance at the Patterson and Friends of Patterson Park.
Festival of Trees
Beginning Friday, November 28
Timonium Fair Grounds, 2200 York Rd.
The day after Thanksgiving is not only the biggest shopping day of the year, but also the beginning of the Festival of Trees. This the three-day extravaganza features decorated trees, gingerbread towns, and toy train gardens, plus activities for kids of all ages and more than 100 craft boutiques.
Miracle on 34th Street
34th Street between Keswick Rd. and Chestnut St.
Each year, one block of 34th Street in Hampden puts on a Christmas display like no other. Inflatable decorations spill out of porches, candy canes line the sidewalks, musical trains circle overhead, and thousands of bulbs light up the block.
A Monumental Occasion
600 Block of N. Charles St.
Don't miss the 43rd annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. Each year, the flip is switched during an evening of choir performances and vibrant fireworks.
Baltimore New Year's Eve Spectacular
Wednesday, December 31
Ring in the new year with a bang in Baltimore's Inner Harbor during this annual festival. There will be music and entertainment until the countdown begins and the new year is rung in with fireworks. Many area restaurants — some with spectacular views of the Inner Harbor — offer special deals and discounts.