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Month by Month: Events in Baltimore During 2014

Baltimore's biggest and best events during 2014.

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Mark your calendars: here's a look at some of the biggest events and festivals happening in Baltimore during 2014.

1. January

MLK Day Parade Poster by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts

CALENDAR: January 2014 Events and Festivals in Baltimore

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.

MORE: MLK Day Celebrations in Baltimore 2014

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. 

 

 

2. February

Libby Zay

CALENDAR: February 2014 Events and Festivals in Baltimore

Black History Month
Monthlong
Various locations

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
Various locations
Enjoy special two-course lunches ($15) and three-course dinners ($20 and $30, depending on location) at restaurants throughout Baltimore.

 

3. March

Camden Yards - Orioles Opening Day 2012
Keith Allison, flickr

CALENDAR: March 2014 Events and Festivals in Baltimore

2014 CAA Men's Basketball Championship
Friday, March 7-Sunday, March 10
Baltimore Arena

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. 

MORE: Sports & Recreation in Baltimore

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 16
The parade features traditional bagpipe players and Irish dancers and a 5K race takes place downtown.

MORE: St. Patrick's Day Events & Activities

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.
 

4. April

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Courtesy Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival.

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.
 

5. May

The 2012 Kinetic Sculpture Race will roll through Baltimore on Saturday, May 5 2012.
Libby Zay

CALENDAR: May Events & Festivals in Baltimore

FlowerMart
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.

MORE: Kinetic Sculpture Race Photos

Maryland Film Festival
Wednesday, May 7 through Sunday, May 11
Citywide

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.

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 11
Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner Specials

Preakness Stakes
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. 

MORE: Preakness Tradition and Trivia
MORE: Preakness Photo Gallery

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26
Memorial Day Activities 
Military Sites in Baltimore

 

6. June

baltimore honfest
NoirGuy, flickr

CALENDAR: June Events & Festivals in Baltimore

Baltimore Pride 2014
Friday, June 13 through Monday, June 23
Citywide

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. 

HONfest 2014
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. 

African-American Festival
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.
 

7. July

jankgo, flickr

CALENDAR: July 2014 Events & Festivals

Independence Day
Friday, July 4
Nationwide

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.

Artscape
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. 

8. August

summer-antiques-show.jpg
Courtesy the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show.

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. 

9. September

Courtesy of Visit Baltimore.

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.

HampdenFest
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.

10. October

Photo by Getty Images

Free Fall Baltimore
Throughout October
Various locations

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.

MORE: Baltimore Beers and Breweries

Fells Point Fun Festival
Dates TBA
Fells Point, one of Baltimore's most historic neighborhood, comes alive with music, food, and more.

Great Halloween Lantern Parade
Dates TBA
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.
 

11. November

Libby Zay

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.

MORE: Holiday Train Gardens in Baltimore

Miracle on 34th Street
Dates TBA
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. 

MORE: Photos of the Miracle on 34th Street
MORE: Holiday Light Displays in Baltimore and Beyond

12. December

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Courtesy Winter Festival of Lights.

A Monumental Occasion
Date TBA
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
Inner Harbor

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.

Please Note

All dates an information was correct at the time of publication. Please check with the individual event or festival planners for more detailed information.

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