Ultimate Guide

Festivals in Baltimore

Festivals in Baltimore are not only celebrations of art, culture and music, but also the local food, drink and charm that make this city so exciting. Whether it’s favorite regional delicacies, authentic ethnic foods or local craft brews, there is a festival in Baltimore that’s sure to please any palate. Join in a neighborhood block party, listen and dance to Baltimore bands, celebrate the season, or experience live street performances. There’s fun to be had by all at any of Baltimore’s renowned festivals.

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Food Festivals
Baltimore Wine Festival

June 17, 2017

Experience more than 140 wines from around the world while enjoying gourmet bites from local eateries. Held at Canton Waterfront Park, this festival includes live music, chef’s demonstrations, wine seminars, craft beers and spirits, unique shopping and a family fun zone.

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Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Baltimore’s largest crab feast features a four-hour, all-you-can eat crab event. With more than 50 beers and wines to choose from and local bands playing in the background, this festival is great summer fun. Rash field will be covered in tents for the comfort of guests at this sell-out summer event.

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Vegan Soulfest

August 2017

Vegans and those curious about the vegan lifestyle are invited to join in Baltimore’s largest vegan festival. This event brings together a variety of delicious foods, live music, guest speakers and informative exhibits designed to celebrate the benefits of a vegan existence.

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Baltimore Seafood Festival

Saturday, September 16, 2017

This festival celebrates Baltimore’s seafood and the local restaurants that serve it. Samplings include crab cakes, crabs soup, shrimp salad, local oyster, Maryland blue crabs and more. This sell-out event at Canton Waterfront Park also includes refreshing drinks, live music, cooking demos, and a family area with face painting and games.

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Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

October 2017

This festival features the largest selection of Maryland craft breweries for beer lovers to sample. To compliment the best of local flavor, enjoy live Baltimore bands, local food trucks, trivia and outdoor games. Guests will also be able to vote for their favorite amateur brewer in the homebrew competition.

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Das Best Oktober Fest

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In the shadow of M&T Bank Stadium is Baltimore’s largest German festival. This all day event features non-stop contests and prizes, live German music, costumes, dancing and more.

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Ryleigh’s Oyster Festival

October 2017

This two-day festival in Federal Hill celebrates the local love of oysters with bushels of family-friendly fun. Sample over 20 different oysters, starting at just a buck per shuck. Learn about the Oyster Recovery Project, enter an oyster shucking competition and listen to live music. Free Admission***

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Taste of Guinness

October 2017

Presented by the Irish Charities of Maryland, the Taste of Guinness is a fundraiser turned cook-off. The best of Baltimore’s amazing restaurants come with their signature dish containing Guinness stout. Attendees will have the chance to vote for the People’s Choice award while tasting more than a dozen dishes and listening to lively Irish music.

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Greek Food & Cultural Festival

November 2017

Celebrate all things Greek, including food, music and dance at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. The festival includes family-friendly activities such as cathedral tours, Greek jewelry shopping, silent auctions, cultural exhibits, live Greek dance performances, Greek dance lessons and of course the finest homemade Greek cuisine.

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Oyster Festival

November 2017

Kooper’s Tavern and Slainte Irish Pub present their annual oyster festival featuring 25 different oysters starting at just $1. Not just for raw oyster lovers- chefs’ specials include great food for everyone. Join this outdoor event in the heart of Historic Fell’s Point offering live music, perfectly paired cocktails and Baltimore’s own Heavy Seas brews. Free Admission***

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Belgian Beer Festival

February 2017

Max’s Taphouse in Fell’s Point presents a three-day festival celebrating the magic of Belgian Beer. With over 200 beers on tap and 300 specialty bottles, Max’s offers a beer for just about anyone. The festival features new releases, U.S. premiers and beers crafted especially for the weekend. Free Admission***

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Cultural Festivals
Latino Fest

June 2017

Baltimore’s premiere celebration of Hispanic culture, music and art brings people of all backgrounds together in Patterson Park. This music-filled weekend features live concerts including salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, mariachi and more. Dancers will delight the audience with performances and colorful costumes. Enjoy authentic cuisine, community support information and family fun activities such as rock climbing walls, clowns and face painting.

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St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival

June 2017

Maryland’s biggest Greek festival offers authentic food, music and dancing for attendees of all ages. This 4-day event is held in Greektown Square on S. Ponca St. and features local eateries, live performances and children’s activities. Free Admission***

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Baltimore Caribbean Carnival

July 15 - 16, 2017

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean at this annual parade and festival. Staring at E. 33rd St. and ending in Clifton Park, the parade offers music, dance, colorful costumes and more. After the parade, a family-friendly festival takes place in Clifton Park with music, live performances, authentic Caribbean food and children’s activities. Free Admission***

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Artscape

July 21-23, 2017

America’s largest free arts festival in Mount Vernon is a weekend-long event featuring 150+ artists, designers, craftspeople and performers. Sample a menu of international foods and beverages available throughout the festival site. Enjoyment for the whole family includes live concerts, performing arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, hands-on demonstrations, and children’s entertainers. Free Admission***

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Latvian Song & Dance Festival

June 29 - July 3, 2017

Known for its vibrant singing tradition, the small Baltic nation of Latvia has held national song and dance festivals since the late 19th century. These festivals are still going strong today, with tens of thousands of singers and dancers performing in unison. The festival tradition carried over to America on a smaller scale in the 1950s as Latvian refugees arrived and worked to preserve and celebrate their culture. Taking place roughly every five years, the Latvian-American Song and Dance Festival moves from city to city. This summer it will return to the East Coast for the first time in over three decades, bringing four days of concerts, exhibitions, and parties to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and surrounding neighborhoods. Join the Latvians pouring in from across the globe to celebrate quick-hopping polkas, elaborate choral arrangements, sacred music, chamber music, and festive nightlife. All are welcome!

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African American Festival

August, 2017

The largest cultural celebration on the East Coast, the African American Festival celebrates life, music and culture. Located between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium are live music performances by national recording artists as well as emerging local talent. Along with entertainment and activities, there will be a wide selection of cultural foods, crafts and services, including financial and empowerment seminars. Free Admission***

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Feast of St. Gabriel

August

St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Little Italy presents the annual feast of St. Gabriel. This two-day event features classic Italian food, vino, beer, cannoli, fried dough and a sausage-eating contest. Entertainment for the whole family includes game wheels, bingo, bocce tournaments and kid’s activities.

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Baltimore Book Festival

September 22-24, 2017

Featuring hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally-known authors, this Inner Harbor festival celebrates the written word. Experience book signings, exhibits and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages as well as workshops and storytelling. While browsing the books, enjoy a thoughtfully curated food, craft beer, and wine program. Free Admission***

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African American Author’s Expo & Multi-Cultural Book Fair

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Located at Morgan State University, this event offers workshops and seminars for authors of all skill level. Learn to market and sell books, create workplace wellness and have fun with whole family. Free Admission***

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Columbus Day Parade

October 2017

The celebrations start with Mass at St. Leo’s in Little Italy, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Columbus Piazza. The parade begins at Key Highway & Light Street and makes its way through downtown, ending in Little Italy. Free Admission***

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Russian Festival

October 2017

Hosted by Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, this festival offers the authentic Russian experience. Traditional recipes are prepared by parishioners and offered for sale along with souvenirs and trinkets made in Russia. Join the celebration while enjoying dance groups, choirs and music ensembles.

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Greek Food & Cultural Festival

November 2017

Celebrate all things Greek, including food, music and dance at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. The festival includes family-friendly activities such as cathedral tours, Greek jewelry shopping, silent auctions, cultural exhibits, live Greek dance performances, Greek dance lessons and of course the finest homemade Greek cuisine.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

January

This annual parade continues to be an event for residents, visitors and communities to come together in Baltimore to celebrate the life one of America’s most influential leaders. Floats, marching bands, color guard and local leaders start the parade off at MLK Boulevard and Eutaw Streets. Free Admission***

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Irish Trad Fest

April 7 - 9, 2017

The Baltimore Irish Arts Center was founded to ensure the longevity of the city’s vibrant traditional Irish music scene. The festival includes workshops on fiddle, pipes, winds, guitar, singing, dancing and more with some of the world’s finest Irish artists. Concerts and performances will be held throughout the weekend for the enjoyment of all.

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African American Children’s Book Fair

May 6, 2017

Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Located at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, performances and crafts.

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The Polish Fall Festival

Hosted by Holy Rosary Church, this festival celebrates the Polish culture with authentic foods including pierogis, potato pancakes, sausages, cabbage rolls and delicious desserts. Enjoy live music and dancing at this outdoor event in Canton.

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Rath Yatra Festival of India

May 27 - 28, 2017

A festival celebrating the journey of Hindu deities on chariots brings color and life to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. View the beautifully decorated chariots while enjoying an exotic vegetarian buffet surrounded by live music, dance and drama. Experience cultural exhibits, children’s activities, shopping, books and spiritual discourse. Free Admission***

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Ukrainian Festival

This two-day event features live music, traditional Ukrainian dancers, novelty and crafts vendors and authentic Ukrainian cuisine. Enjoy a drink in the beer garden, sample a variety of food vendors and enter in the pierogi-eating contest. Located in beautiful Patterson Park, this festival is fun for the whole family.

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Music Festivals
Jazz & Blues Festival

June 4, 2017

Listen to the smooth sounds of Baltimore’s best jazz and blues performers as you sample a variety of tasty food and drinks. Bring the whole family for live performances, Little Ones Lane and local artisans in historic Federal Hill. Free Admission***

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First Thursdays

May - September

WTMD hosts this free concert series on the first Thursday of each month May through September in Canton Waterfront Park. Food trucks and breweries provide libations. Check the schedule to see which bands are playing each month.

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Baltimore Rhythm Festival

October 2017

Join in the celebration of rhythm-based performance at this iconic festival. Music performances throughout historic Mount Vernon will be advancing the goal of spreading peace through music. Free concerts are held all day, culminating in an evening ticketed show.

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Frozen Harbor Music Festival

February

This two-day event features some of Baltimore’s best live music venues like Rams Head Live! and Power Plant Live! The festival features 150 acts across 10 stages within Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Music will be brought from all over the east coast with genres including country, rock, reggae, hip-hop and EDM.

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Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival

April 29, 2017

In beautiful Druid Hill Park, the Folk and Bluegrass festival features a full day of live performances. With local breweries and eateries on hand, there is plenty of great food and drink to enjoy.

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Neighborhood Festivals
Privateer Festival

April

A swash-buckling good time in historic Fell’s Point celebrates Baltimore’s legacy in maritime expertise and Fell’s Point’s pivotal role in American History. Dress like a pirate or come as you are and enjoy live music, crafts, food and open markets. Experience dockside ship tours, grog gardens and the children’s pier with an inflatable pirate ship. Free Admission***

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Maryland Film Festival

May 3 - 7, 2017

Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in early May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties -- narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid -- to tens of thousands of audience members. Click here to learn more.

SoBo A GoGo

May

Celebrate city living with a stroll down the streets of Federal Hill. Enjoy local food and drink vendors, live music, shopping and family-friendly activities at Kids Kross Street.

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Hon Fest

June 10 -11, 2017

“Hon”, short for honey, is a term of endearment used all over Baltimore. This annual festival celebrates Baltimore’s working women by keeping their traditions of beehive hairdos and cat-eye glasses alive. Hampden’s 36th street is filled with local food offerings, beer and wine, Hon contests for all ages, live entertainment, vendors and artists, and children’s activities. Free Admission***

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FIT+ Festival at Harbor East

June 24, 2017

Come get your sweat on at this festival hailing all things health and fitness. Join in outdoor fitness classes, healthy food offerings and demonstrations, music, superhero kid’s zone, photo booth and more, all in the streets of Harbor East. RSVP for free parking and FIT+ gear. Free Admission***

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Little Italy Film Festival

June - August

Friday nights July through August, enjoy a free screening of a movie at the corner of High and Stiles Streets. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs early to listen to live music before the movie. Free Admission***

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Pride

July 17-18, 2017

More than 40 years ago, Pride started as a rally with a few dozen supporters but has evolved into a full-fledged festival with more than 30,000 revelers. From the block party in Mount Vernon to the festival in Druid Hill Park, this event offers a weekend full of fun. Join in the high heel race, wave at the parade, or take in a show at one of two stages. Free Admission***

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Artscape

July 21 - 23, 2017

America’s largest free arts festival in Mount Vernon is a weekend-long event featuring 150+ artists, designers, craftspeople and performers. Sample a menu of international foods and beverages available throughout the festival site. Enjoyment for the whole family includes live concerts, performing arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, hands-on demonstrations, and children’s entertainers. Free Admission***

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Baltimore Improv Festival

July 31- August 6, 2017

The Baltimore Improv Festival showcases a variety of local, regional and nationally known improv groups. Shows and classes run all week finishing with a weekend full of workshops for every skill level, located at the Baltimore Theatre Project in historic Mount Vernon.

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FlowerMart

May 5 - 7, 2017

This two-day festival is the perfect kick-off to spring. Taking over the streets of Mount Vernon are two stages with live entertainment, hat contests, dancing, kids crafts and street performers. Sample from one of the many food vendors and try the signature lemon peppermint sticks. Free Admission***

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Madonnari Arts Festival

September 8-10

This fall, the streets of Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood come alive with color, beauty and tradition. The city will welcome approximately 50 visual artists to the second annual Madonnari Arts Festival, September 8-10, who will bring their talents to South High and Stiles Streets.

The inspiration for this exciting event – the art of street painting – comes from Italy, in a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Historically, i madonnari were wandering artists who travelled from village to village to create paintings at festivals and on holy days to earn a living. Many of the artists depicted religious images in their work, thus earning their name.

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Fell’s Point Fun Festival

September

Fell’s Point’s biggest bash of the year offers two days filled with music, beer gardens, food vendors and family-friendly fun. Shop in the streets with more than 40 local artists and boutiques. Discover a new restaurant, sample the offerings from a food truck or vendor and enjoy locally-brewed beer. Free Admission***

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Hampden Fest

September

What started as a small community event has evolved into a neighborhood-wide arts festival that draws visitors and locals to charming West 36th street. With four blocks of arts and crafts vendors, local merchants, pie-eating contests, children’s activities and live entertainment, this festival is fun for the whole family. Sample locally brewed beer and enjoy regional specialties at locally owned restaurants. Free Admission***

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Baltimore Book Festival

September 22-24, 2017

Featuring hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally-known authors, this Inner Harbor festival celebrates the written word. Experience book signings, exhibits and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages as well as workshops and storytelling. While browsing the books, enjoy a thoughtfully curated food, craft beer, and wine program. Free Admission***

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Pigtown Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Celebrating the neighborhood of Pigtown, this festival takes over Washington Boulevard for an all day event. Dance to one of many local Baltimore bands, enjoy food and drinks from local eateries and watch the famed pig races. The festival also includes shopping of local arts and crafts and Playworks Kid Zone. Free Admission***

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Mt. Washington Village Block Party

October

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Seasonal Festivals
Harbor Harvest Festival

October

This family friendly event invites guests to celebrate the changing seasons at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor. A wonderful day filled with performances, science experiments, crafting, petting zoos, pony rides, hay maze and more.

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Christmas Village in Baltimore

November - December

Starting on Thanksgiving until the last Sunday of the year, this authentic German style Christmas market in the Inner Harbor has something for the whole family. Opening weekend includes Christkind from Nuremberg, the tree lighting ceremony and the German American weekend. Enjoy daily events like winetasting, happy hour, Kids Fridays and live performances by local artists.

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Miracle on 34th Street

End of November - Early January

Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the Miracle on 34th Street between Thanksgiving and early January annually.

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Kwanzaa Celebration

December

Join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for the annual Kwanzaa celebration. Enjoy a showcase of contemporary African fashion, musical performances and the Sankofa Dance Theater. This all day event includes an African marketplace, craft activities, storytelling and a Kwanzaa candle-lighting ceremony.

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Mayor’s Christmas Parade

December

A 2.5-mile parade route through Hampden, one of Baltimore’s most unique neighborhoods, offers a great way to start the holiday season. The parade features floats, local TV and radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, marching bands, Miss Yuletide, Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course Santa Clause. Free Admission***

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Monument Lighting

First Thursday of December

Join the celebration in Mount Vernon for the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. Featuring local entertainers, food, beer garden, holiday activities and a kid’s corner, this event is fun for the whole family. It all culminates in a spectacular fireworks display set to holiday music. Free Admission***

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Olde Tyme Christmas

December

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than an entire day of festive fun? Santa arrives in Fell’s Point via tugboat to take pictures with children. Enjoy warm drinks, an eggnog contest, live carolers a parade of lighted boats and the annual Reindeer Pub Crawl.

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17 Days of Saint Patrick

March

Baltimore’s longest Irish festival lasts 17 days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Hosted by Slainte Irish Pub in Historic Fell’s Point, enjoy daily food and drink specials, whiskey tastings and seminars, custom glass etching and traditional Irish music.

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Federal Hill Irish Stroll

March

Kick off the St. Paddy’s Day celebration with a stroll down the streets of Federal Hill. Join in as hundreds of Irish-loving beer drinkers flood the streets and turn it green. Enjoy drink specials from more than 13 neighborhood establishments.

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St. Patrick Parade

March

Starting at the Washington Monument and ending at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore's St. Paddy's Parade celebrates Ireland and its heritage, with a bounty of floats, marching bands, and green attire.

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Spring Block Party

April

Kicking off the outdoor festival season, this block party offers visitors their first chance to get out and dance in the street. With more than 10 different bands join the party with outdoor food and drink vendors, located on the north side of Cross Street Market in Federal Hill.

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FlowerMart

May

This two-day festival is the perfect kick-off to spring. Taking over the streets of Mount Vernon are two stages with live entertainment, hat contests, dancing, kids crafts and street performers. Sample from one of the many food vendors and try the signature lemon peppermint sticks. Free Admission***

Click here for more information.

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