Spring festivals and fairs offer inexpensive family fun with food, entertainment, crafts and sometimes rides for kids. The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., kicks off our list of Maryland and D.C. fairs and festivals, which includes all kinds of special events. Find family book festivals and cultural festivals, boat shows and craft shows, spring flings, food and drink festivals, music festivals and pirate weekends.
This list includes 2014 spring fairs and festivals in Maryland and Washington, D.C., starting the end of March through May. Also check our Summer Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals and Fall Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals.
As always, we suggest you call ahead to verify times and locations before attending an event. Be sure to check back often for updates as more events are added. Have fun!
April 2015 Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals in Maryland and D.C.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 20 – April 12. Daily arts and cultural events celebrating spring in Washington, D.C. and enduring friendship between the US and Japan. Free, some events may require fee. See website for full schedule of events. Venues throughout Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
March 29. A visit from the Easter Bunny, music, balloon art and more. Free. 1-3pm. Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, Crofton. visitwaughchapel.com
Anne Arundel County Fair Flea Market Series
April 11. New and used items for sale, including household goods, kids' toys, tools, garden equipment, computers, electronics, party plan vendors and more. Free. 8am-2pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. aacountyfair.org.
St. Charles Running Festival
April 11. Three different race events, kids' activities and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Baseball Fun Fest to benefit local charities. $10-45 to race, Fun Fest free. 8:30am. Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf. stcharlesrunfest.com.
Hunt Valley Spring Festival
April 12. Ravens players, music, vendors, kids activities, a pet zone and more. Free. 11am-4pm. The Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Cockeysville. huntvalleyspringfest.com.
Anacostia River Festival
April 12. Official closing of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Hands-on art projects, music, workshops, bike parades and more. Free. Noon-4pm. Anacostia Park, Washington D.C. bridgepark.org/anacostia-river-festival
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
April 17-19. 250+ artisans show and sell handcrafted work, plus children's activities, demonstrations, live music and food. $8-10. Children under 12 free. 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. sugarloafcrafts.com.
Bethesda Literary Festival
April 17-19. Readings by literary personalities, writing and poetry contests, family and children's activities and more. Free. See website for schedule. Venues throughout downtown Bethesda. bethesda.org.
Bay Bridge Boat Show
April 17-19. Demo boat rides, simulated paddle and surfboard rides, children's activities, over 200 brokerage boats, equipment and accessory vendors, food and more. $12. Children 12 and under free. Fri. and Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm Sunday. Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville. usboat.com/bay-bridge-boat-show/home.
Running Hare Vineyard and Calvert Brewing Company's Spring Festival
April 17-19. Music, food, wine and beer tastings and more. $5-8. Fri., 6-11pm; Sat. and Sun., noon-6pm. Running Hare Vineyard, Prince Frederick. 410-414-8486, runningharevineyard.com
2015 Children's Discovery Fair
April 18. Activities, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and more. Free. 10am-4pm. Howard Community College, Columbia. hcgreenfest.org.
Fells Point Privateer Festival
April 18-19. Kid's activities, crafts, music and more. Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-6pm. Fells Point, Baltimore. fellspointmainstreet.org/privateerfestival.htm
Spring into Science Family Festival
April 18. A day of science and art. Free. 10am-4pm. Walters Art Museum. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org
Brain Health Fair
April 18. Ask a neurologist, exhibit hall, blood pressure screenings, activities for kids and teens, science fair, hold a human brain, interactive walk-through brain, giveaways, free bike helmet giveaway, epilepsy detection dogs to greet. Free. 10am-4pm. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. BrainHealthFair.com
April 18. Informational booths, live music, clown show and more. Free. Noon-4pm. Idlewild Park, Easton. 410-714-3838
Spring Car, Truck & Motorcycle Super Show
April 19. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, stunts, raffles, rides, food, fun and more. Registration required. $12-15. Noon-4pm. Adventure Park USA, New Market. adventureparkusa.com.
April 19. Sheep sheering demos, folk music, crafts, light lunch available. $5-10. FOHR members free. 10am-4pm. Hancock's Resolution, Pasadena. historichancocksresolution.org/events/lilac-festival
Sensory Friendly Safety Fair
April 19. K-9 safety demonstrations, meet McGruff the dog, moon bounce, sand art and more. A sensory, quiet area will be available. 2-5pm. Ruth Eason School, Millersville. riseforautism.com
April 20. Community celebration and outdoor festival featuring live music, food vendors, exhibitors, children's activities, free classes and more. Free, some events may require fee. 11am-5pm. Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. baltimoregreenworks.com/events/ecofestival.
Earth Day Fair
April 22. Learn about recycling, renewable energy and eco-friendly living with educational displays and interactive demonstrations. Free. 11am-2pm. University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie. mybwmc.org/earth-day-fair-2015
Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
April 24-26. Sailboat rides, boats for sale and more. $12, children 12 and under free. Fri. and Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis. annapolisboatshows.com/annapolis-spring-sailboat-show
Johns Hopkins Spring Fair
April 24-26. Funnel cakes, corn hole, a cappella concerts and other fun events run by Johns Hopkins students. Free. See website for schedule. Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Baltimore. jhuspringfair.com.
Maryland International Kite Expo
April 24-26. Stunt and power kite demonstrations, children's games and activities, themed kite displays and more. Free. See website for schedule. Ocean City. kiteloft.com.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
April 24-26. Crafts, music and more. Fri and Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. $10, Children under 12 free. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. sugarloafcrafts.com
Garden Fair & Plant Sale
April 24-25. New, rare and hard-to-find plants, garden supply vendors, food trucks and more. Free. Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat., 9am-4pm. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. fona.org/gardenfair.
Chicken Wing and Beer Festival
April 25. Music, local and regional beers, wings and more. $10-15. Children under 12 free. 11am-5pm. National Guard Armory, Annapolis. annapolisbeerwk.com.
Annapolis Book Festival
April 25. Appearances by nationally renowned authors, children's activities, family-friendly comic con, book signings, live music and new and used book sales. Free. 10am-4pm. The Key School, Annapolis. keyschool.org/community/annapolis-book-festival/events-schedule/index.aspx.
Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering
April 25. Maryland's oldest Celtic festival featuring live music and dance, craft and country-dance demonstrations, historic displays, Celtic market and more. $15-20. Children 12 and under free. 10am-6pm. Jefferson Park and Museum, St. Leonard. cssm.org/festival.
Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts
April 25. Arts and crafts vendors, live music, tours, history playground, live animal exhibit, gardening talks, nature walks, art demos and more. Festival is free, tea is $13. 10am-4pm. Montpelier Mansion and Historic Site, Laurel. history.pgparks.com/page64434.aspx.
Broccoli City Festival
April 25. Live music, fitness, food and more. $37-48. Noon-9pm. Gateway DC Pavilion, Washington D.C. bcfestival.com
Spring Craft Festival
April 25-26. Handmade items, crafts and more. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. aacountyfair.org/fair-sponsored-events/craft-festivals.
Annapolis Spring Fling
April 26. Old-fashioned street festival featuring vendors, food, children's activities, dining and live music. Free. 10am-5pm. Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis. marylandave.com.
Fairy and Gnome Home Festival
April 26. Children's play area, make your own fairy houses and gnome homes, meet Fairy Queen Ambrosia and Princess Cricket, face painting, bubbles, costumes, refreshments and more. $5. Members and children 2 and under free. Noon-4pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. annmariegarden.org.
Earth, Water and Faith Festival
April 26. Music, art and more. Free. 2-4:30pm. Annapolis Towne Center, Annapolis. chesapeakeieg.com.
Kensington Day of the Book Festival
St. Paul's United Methodist Church Flower Fair
April 29-May 2. Flowers, food and more. Thur.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-2pm. Special plant sale day Wed., 10am-6pm. St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Cambridge, Cambridge. 410-228-1424, stpaulscambridge.com
For more events and activities this month, check out the Chesapeake Family calendar. It's loaded with hundreds of activities.
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