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Annual Events

Greater Baltimore has festivities taking place all through the year including concerts, festivals, fairs and sporting events.


The list below presents an overview of the major events in the Baltimore area.

January
College Baseball
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what's oft called America's favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
CUA Cardinals, Coppin State Eagles, George Mason Patriots, George Washington Colonials, Georgetown Hoyas, Howard Bison, Maryland Terrapins, Navy Midshipmen, Towson Tigers, UMBC Retrievers
Children's Fireworks
A special fireworks show is provided for children at Inner Harbor on the evening of January 1. For more information call (410) 837-4636.
Babe Ruth's Birthday
Enjoy the festivities while celebrating the Bambino's birth, on January 6 at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. For more information call (410) 727-1539.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade
Floats, live bands, and church choirs highlight this annual celebration of Dr. King's birthday, commencing on Martin Luther King Boulevard, a little after noon. For more information call (410) 837-4636.
Baltimore Boat Show
In mid to late January, the Baltimore Convention center hosts hundred of power and sail boats, and features exciting interactive exhibits and activities for all family members. Children 12 years old or younger are admitted free. Children 12 years old or younger free. For more information call (212) 984-7000.
February
Wedding On Ice
Renew your wedding vows on Valentine's Day at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink, at an official ceremony around noon. For more information call (410) 385-0675.
International Auto Show
Have a look at the domestic and foreign cars on display for the new year, and the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, during the first week of February. For more information call (410) 561-7323.
East Coast Jazz Festival
Enjoy this annual scholarship competition between younger jazz artists, mid-February, sponsored by the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund, in a variety of venues throughout the city. For more information call (410) 933-1822.
March
Maryland Home & Garden Show
In early March, the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium is the site to see the latest in gardening and accessories, home improvement, seasonal wines, plants, see sample landscape grounds for yards and townhouses, and visit the Orchid Society Show and Sale. For more information call (410) 863-1180.
St. Patrick Parade
Join the city of Baltimore, as it celebrates St. Patrick's Day, on the Sunday afternoon nearest the official day, North Charles Street to East on Pratt Street. For more information call (410) 750-8617.
Lunch With The Elephants
Ringling Brothers elephants enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch alongside the residents of Baltimore in one of the city's most popular events. For more information call (410) 685-6169.
Antique Bottle Show and Sale
Enjoy the largest annual bottle and antique glass show and trading fair on the Atlantic coast, usually during the first week in March, at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex Campus in Towson. For more information call (410) 531-9459.
April
Major League Baseball
Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Books and movies about baseball are fine and dandy, but nothing beats Major League Baseball action, playing out each season from April through the World Series.
Baltimore Orioles - To book seats to root for your Baltimore Orioles, click here.
Washington Nationals - To books seats for the Washington Nationals, click here.


Major League Soccer
There's no end to the excitement each season as Major League Soccer teams from both the eastern and western conferences vie for glory in regular season matches, on to the play offs and cup finals.
D.C. United - To get in on the action, and book seats for the D.C. United, click here.


Baltimore Jewish Film Festival
The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts hosts a series of eight new films from around the world depicting Jewish themes. For more information call (410) 542-4900.
Baltimore Waterfront Festival and Volvo Ocean Race
Watch the races, see the insides of boats and presentations on how sailors live, and watch seafood cooking demonstrations by the area's top chefs, at the Inner Harbor. For more information call (410) 752-8632.
Inner Harbor Easter Celebration
Celebrate Easter with the mayor, the Easter Bunny, live bands and street performers, at and around the Inner Harbor. For more information call (410) 752-8632.
Transmodern Age Festival
More than a dozen talented artists present works challenging the status quo of the art world with a special focus on promoting women, minority, and other artists in experimental work. Call (443) 858-3494 for more information.
May
The Preakness
One of the Triple Crown sporting events, the Pimlico track has been hosting this annual horse race for 130 years, sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore. For more information call (410) 243-5307.
Preakness Crab Derby
Watch local celebrities jockey crabs in a competitive race, with all proceeds benefiting charity, in one of the better annual excuses to visit the amazing Lexington Market. For more information call (410) 685-6169.
June
Showcase of Nation's Ethnic Festivals
Baltimore celebrates its rich ethnic diversity in food, music, crafts and traditional dance at a variety of venues throughout the city. For more information call (410) 752-8632.
Great Grapes -- Wine, Arts & Food Festival
Great Grapes provides an afternoon of gourmet food, live music and wine, with opportunity to sample from hundreds of vintages. Call (410) 769-8223 for more information.
Solstice
Maryland Science Center in downtown Baltimore hosts an annual fundraiser in support of its educational programs, where guest can enjoy gourmet delights, top shelf libations, live entertainment, valet parking, and a beautiful view of the Inner Harbor. Call (410) 545-5961 for more information.
Summer Concert Series
The Harborplace Amphitheatre hosts a different live band every Friday night, catered by Planet Hollywood. For more information call (410) 332-4191.
Capital Jazz Fest
Called the "Woodstock of jazz festivals" by guitarist Chuck Loeb, hot fun and cool music run for three days at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, starring big names in contemporary jazz. Call (410) 715-5550 for more information.
July
Showcase of Nation's Ethnic Festivals
Baltimore celebrates its rich ethnic diversity in food, music, crafts and traditional dance at a variety of venues throughout the city. For more information call (410) 752-8632.
Summer Concert Series
The Harborplace Amphitheatre hosts a different live band every Friday night, catered by Planet Hollywood. For more information call (410) 332-4191.
Artscape
Three outdoor stages on Mount Royal Avenue present over 150 performing arts, literary and live musical events spanning the entire range of popular modern and contemporary genres, every day rain or shine. For more information call (410) 396-4575.
Kids' Stuff
Bring your children to Federal Hill Park, Battery Avenue and Warren Street, to enjoy different performances offered each day, designed for kids 10 years and under. Recreation centers and nannies are welcome to attend with their children. For more information call (410) 752-8632.
Harborplace's Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birthday of Baltimore's main attraction, with live music, a cake cutting and other events to be announced, at the Inner Harbor around noon. For more information call (800) HARBOR-1.
Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival
Sponsored by Baltimore's Little Italy Restaurant Association, the Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival, at South High and Stiles streets, provides Friday night cinema action through August, with chairs supplied on a first come first served basis. Call (410) 727-6876 for more information.
August
German Festival
Enjoy a weekend picnic with authentic and traditional food, music and entertainment at Carroll Park. For more information call 752-8632.
Summer Concert Series
The Harborplace Amphitheatre hosts a different live band every Friday night, catered by Planet Hollywood. For more information call (410) 332-4191.
USS Constellation Museum Anniversary Celebration
Take a tour of this magnificent ship, and watch an artillery demonstration, with plenty of activities for the kids, at the Inner Harbor. For more information call (410) 539-1797.
Free Day at the Antietam National Battlefield
Bring the children, and take a short side trip to Sharpsburg, and learn about the National Park System as well as Civil War battlefields on this special day. For more information call (410) 432-5124.
September
National Football League
If it's fall and you're ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL's Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami's 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that's history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
Baltimore Ravens - To book seats for cheering on your Baltimore Ravens, click here.
Washington Redskins - To book seats for the Washington Redskins, click here.


College Football
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
Maryland Terrapins, Navy Midshipmen, Towson Tigers, CUA Cardinals, Coppin State Eagles, Georgetown Hoyas, Howard Bison, Morgan State Bears
Maryland Terrapins - To cheer on your favorites and book seats for the Maryland Terrapins, click here.
Navy Midshipmen - To book seats for the Navy Midshipmen, click here.
Towson Tigers - To book seats for the Towson Tigers, click here.


Irish Festival
Baltimore enjoys traditional dancing, food, crafts and performances in celebration of its Irish heritage, at the Fifth Regiment Armory, 29th Division Street at Howard and Preston Streets. For more information call (410) 747-6868.
Grandparents Day at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
Museum of Industry celebrates National Grandparents Day, where kids and grandparents activities (free with discounted admission) include hands-on activity making keepsake memory books. Call (410) 727-4808 for more information.
Baltimore Book Festival
Enjoy poetry readings, cookbook demonstrations and an assortment of literary presentations by authors and other exhibitors, accompanied by food, beer and local Maryland wines, at Mount Vernon Place, in the 600 block of North Charles Street. For more information call (410) 452-8632.
Atlantic Stampede
Take a side trip down to Gaithersburg, just north of Washington, D.C., for the annual gay rodeo, which in addition to the traditional rodeo events, includes some special events like steer decorating, at the Montgomery Fairgrounds. For more information call (410) 547-9590.
October
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League's rough and tumble world packs a motherlode of milestones, from 1917's NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it's non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime.
Washington Capitals - To book for the Washington Capitals, click here.


Fells Point Fun Festival
Over the first weekend in October, enjoy an international bazaar, featuring live bands on several stages, food and microbrewery stands featuring international culinary delights, a Carnival of Wonders for the kids, and a docking of the Tall Ships. For more information call (410) 675-6750.
Baltimore International Rhythm and Drumming Society (B.I.R.D.S.) Festival
Enjoy a variety of programs in and around St. John's Church to promote world peace through percussion. For more information call (410) 893-4439.
Maryland Oktoberfest
Polka dancing, brass bands, authentic food and the best beer around are what this annual festival is all about at the Fifth Regiment Armory. For more information call (410) 752-8632.
Taste of Baltimore
Highlighting Baltimore foods, wines, family fun, and musical entertainment, Taste of Baltimore showcases radio personalities and more than 70 area restaurants with a sampling pavilion in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Call (410) 296-1019 for more information.
November
National Basketball Association
Toronto, Canada was the site of the National Basketball League's first game on Nov. 1, 1946, with the Huskies hosting the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirteen original rules were drafted by Dr. James Naismith, creator of basketball. Pro basketball suffered in popularity in the early 1950's, but one rule change -- that of the 24-second clock -- transformed the sport from a dull, stalling game to an exciting, offensive showcase. Icons along the way, from Bob Cousy and Wilt Chamberlain to Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, have immortalized what's now the National Basketball Association's game, creating long-standing rivalries from coast to coast.
Washington Wizards - To book seats to root for your Washington Wizards, click here.


College Basketball
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there's no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
George Mason Patriots, Georgetown Hoyas, Maryland Terrapins, Morgan State Bears, Navy Midshipmen, Towson Tigers, American Eagles, CUA Cardinals, Coppin State Eagles, Gaucher Gophers, George Washington Colonials, Howard Bison, Loyola College Greyhounds, UMBC Retrievers
George Mason Patriots - To book seats for the George Mason Patriots, click here.
Georgetown Hoyas - To book seats for the Georgetown Hoyas, click here.
Maryland Terrapins - To book seats for the Maryland Terrapins, click here.
Morgan State Bears - To book seats for the Morgan State Bears, click here.
Navy Midshipmen - To book seats for the Navy Midshipmen, click here.
Towson Tigers - To book seats for the Towson Tigers, click here.


MicroCineFest
Skizz Cyzyk presents the most offbeat but promising films he can find, produced by the most talented directors with the least financial backing, at the G Spot in Hampden. For more information call (410) 243-5307.
Festival of Trees
The Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium displays an “enchanted forest" of over 100 trees decorated by local artists, to benefit thousands of children with brain disorders at the Krieger Kennedy Institute. At the Cow Palace. For more information call (443) 923-7300.
Evergreen's Carriage House Holiday Sale
Evergreen's Carriage House will sell items from 21 area museums, with proceeds benefiting the educational programs of the contributors. For more information call (410) 516-0341.
December
Washington Monument Lighting Ceremony
Baltimore begins the holiday season with free refreshments, concerts by local school choirs and a fireworks display, at Charles Street and Mount Vernon Place. For more information call (410) 244-1030.
Snowflake Tour of Charles Village Homes
On the Sunday before Christmas, the Charles Village Civic Association hosts a neighborhood tour of historic homes and buildings, featuring an open house at the Village Learning Place, refreshments and fun. Call (410) 467-7318 for more information.
Night of 1,000 ELVISes
Benefiting the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, this multi-talented event features 40-plus acts on three stages at the Luthuanian Hall, with no Elvis song duplicated. Call (888) 494-9558 for more information.
Lighted Boat Parade
Decorated boats light up the Inner Harbor. For more information call (800) HARBOR-1.
New Year's Eve at Inner Harbor
Ice skating, the annual MasqueParade of gigantic papier-mache puppets, and an outdoor street party all over the downtown area are an annual tradition, beginning at 10 PM. For more information call (410) 752-8632.
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