Spring Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals

Spring festivals and fairs in Maryland 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.

kids at fairThis list includes 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!

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March 2018 Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals in Maryland and D.C.

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2018 Delmarva Kids Expo - 2018
March 3. Exhibitors, Activity Zone, free door prizes, games & booth activities, demonstrations, free photo ops with Easter Bunny and other characters, Touch a tractor/truck, inflatables, face painting and more. $5; ages 2 and older $2; under 3 free. 10am-4pm. Delmarvakidsexpo.com

Home and Garden Show - 2018
March 3-4 and 9-11. Meet contractors, garden experts, demonstrations, living classroom with projects for children, petting zoo and more. $12; $3 ages 6-12; free, ages 5 and under. Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 10am-6pm. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium.mdhomeandgarden.com

Chesapeake Family LIFE Camp Fair - 2018
March 10. Visit with 50 camp representatives to find the perfect summer camp for your kids. Lots of fun activities and discounts available from some camps when you register that day. Free. 10am-2pm. Annapolis Area Christian School, Annapolis. 410-263-1641, ChesapeakeFamily.com/campfair

Eagle Festival - 2018
March 17. A celebration of birds of prey at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge for the entire family. Birds of prey programs feature live eagles and other raptors, plus there will be kid’s activities, kid’s bird box construction, eagle prowls, Wildlife Drive tours, wildlife exhibits, live bird exhibits, and food all day! 9am-4pm. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge. 410-228-2677, fws.gov/refuge/Blackwater

National Cherry Blossom Festival - 2018
March 20-April 15. Opening ceremony, kite festival, parade, fireworks festival and more. Some events may charge a fee. Check website for full schedule and prices. Various venues, Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Annapolis Film Festival - 2018
March 22-25. Films, panel discussions, tech talks, parties and more. $10-115. See website for events and hours. Various venues, Annapolis. Annapolisfilmfestival.com

Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning - 2018
March 24. Welcome spring with this annual ritual: A bonfire on the beach stoked by socks and an oyster roast. Admission includes unlimited oysters, live music, admission to the Museum's exhibits and a chance to enter the oyster shucking competition. $25; ages 12 and under, free. Noon-4pm. Annapolis Maritime Museum. 410-295-0104, amaritime.org

Awesome-Con - 2018
March 30-April 1. A weekend of cosplay, dress ups, signings, photo ops and panels, including the famous Barrow-panel. $35-75; children $5. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington. awesome-con.com

Kids Fest - 2018
March 31. Sports instruction, games, activities, crafts, food, and more. $10. 11am-2pm. Meadowbrook Park, Ellicott City. 410-313-1694, howardcountymd.gov/kidsfest

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April 7. Children's activities, chicken wings, locally-brewed beer and more. $10, children 12 and under are free. 11am-7pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. abceventsinc.com/maryland-chicken-wing-festival

USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo - 2018
April 7-8. Explore 3,000 hands-on exhibits from the world’s leading scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high-tech corporations and STEM organizations. Registration required. $5. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-4pm. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Usasciencefestival.org

ArtFest Open House - 2018
April 8. Art demonstrations, music recitals, dance performances, exhibitions, children’s crafts, ice cream, popcorn, face painting and more. Free. 1-4pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. Marylandhall.org

Anne Arundel County Fair Flea Market Series - 2018
April 14. 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

Annual St. John’s / USNA Croquet Match - 2018
April 14. The croquet match brings together two starkly different institutions together for fierce competition for the Annapolis Cup. $10; free, children. 11am-5pm. St. Johns College, Annapolis. 410-263-2371, sjc.edu

Bethesda Literary Festival - 2018
April 19-20. 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/bethesda/bethesda-literary-festival

Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show - 2018
April 20-22. Sailboat rides, boats for sale, entertainment, drink tastings, food and more. $12-19, children 12 and under free. Fri. and Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis. annapolisboatshows.com/annapolis-spring-sailboat-show

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival - 2018
April 20-22. Children's entertainment, crafts, jewelry and fine arts for sale. $8-10. Fri. and Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/gaith/spring

Johns Hopkins Spring Fair - 2018
April 20-22. Funnel cakes, corn hole, a cappella concerts, beer garden, food court and other events run by Johns Hopkins students. Free. Fri., noon-8pm; Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 10am-6pm. Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Baltimore. jhuspringfair.com

Y Healthy Kids Day - 2018
April 21. Family fitness activities, healthy treats, crafts, face painting, a moon bounce and more. Free. 10am-1pm. Greater Annapolis Family Center Y, Arnold. ymaryland.org

DC Beer Fest - 2018
April 21. Dozens of craft breweries, spring seasonal beers, food trucks, lawn games, DJs, and more. Ages 21 and older. $45. Noon-8pm. Nationals Park, Washington. dcbeerfestival.com

Spring Open House - 2018
April 21. Trail walks, children’s games, farm tours and more. Free. Noon-5pm. Goshen Farm Historic Site and Education Center, Annapolis. Goshenfarm.org

GreenFest - 2018
April 21. Activities, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and more. Free. 10am-4pm. Howard Community College, Columbia. hcgreenfest.org

Waterfront Spring Festival - 2018
April 21. Food trucks, drinks, a kid zone, live entertainment, appearances by Ravens players and more. Free. 11am-5pm. Rash Field in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore. bmorespringfest.com

Fells Point Privateer Festival - 2018
April 21-22. Kid's activities, crafts, pirates,living history, music and more. 10am-7pm. Fells Point, Baltimore. fellspointmainstreet.org

Fairy & Garden Gnome Festival - 2018
April 22. Imaginative fun and natural play. Unicorn rides, animal petting zoo, create magical costume pieces, discover fairy houses, face painting, live celtic music and more. $5, free for ages 2 and under. Noon-4pm. AnnMarie Garden & Arts Center, Dowell. 410-325-4640, annmariegarden.org

Spring Farm Festival - 2018
April 22. Sheep shearing, folk Music, crafts, beekeeping demonstrations at 11am and 2pm and more. 10am-4pm. $5; $10 per family. Hancock’s Resolution, Pasadena. historichancocksresolution.org

Marley Station Mall Carnival - 2018
April 26-May 6. Daredevil circus acts, fair food, carnival games, midway rides, high-wire and aerial acts and more. Free admission; ride wristbands $25. Visit the website for coupons for $5 off ride wristbands. Mon.-Fri. 5-11pm. Sat.-Sun. Noon-11pm. Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. 866-666-3247, dreamlandamusements.com

Bay Bridge Boat Show - 2018
April 27-29. Demo boat rides, simulated paddle and surfboard rides, children's activities, over 200 brokerage boats, equipment and accessory vendors, food and more. $12-19. Children 12 and under free. Fri. and Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville. annapolisboatshows.com/bay-bridge-boat-show

Bluegrass Festival - 2018
April 27-28. 3 stages featuring 14 bands. kids activities, food, beverages and more. $30-170; free ages 10 and under; 2 day passes available. Druid Hill Park, Baltimore. charmcitybluegrass.com

Universal Fancon - 2018
April 27-29. Panels, celebrity guests, activities, parties, childrens activities and more. Check website for schedule. $34-74. Baltimore Convention Center. showclix.com/event/universal-fancon

Winefest - 2018
April 27-30. Featuring over 400 wines from around the world. “Walk St. Michaels” using the WineFest map as your guide or take shuttle busses provided by WineFest. Regional food specialties, artisans, renowned jazz musicians and more. Ages 21 and older. $65-135. Downtown St. Michaels. winefestatstmichaels.com

Roar for Kids - 2018
April 28. Run or walk to to raise awareness and funds for research and the 16 different programs offered at the Kennedy Krieger Center. Family festival to follow running and walking sessions. $15-35; $20-40, day of. Festival only, $10. 6:30-11:30am. Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. 443-923-7300, kennedykrieger.org

Garden Fair & Plant Sale - 2018
April 28-29. New, rare and hard-to-find plants, garden supply vendors, food trucks and more. Free. Fri., 1-4pm; Sat., 9am-4pm. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C. fona.org/gardenfair

Annapolis Book Festival at The Key School - 2018
April 28. Event features well-known authors, family-friendly comic-con, children's activities and more. 10am-4pm. The Key School, Annapolis. keyschool.org/community/annapolis-book-festival/index.aspx

Broccoli City Festival - 2018
April 28. Live music including Cardi B, fitness, vendors, cash bar, food and more. $200. Noon. RFK Stadium Lot 8, Washington. bcfestival.com

French Market - 2018
April 28-30. The Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown transforms into a Parisian-inspired open-air market. More than 40 locally-owned boutiques, cafes, salons and galleries will offer designer goods, art, home furnishings, French fare and more. Some items up to 75% off! Whimsical street performers, facepainters, and live French and gypsy jazz and more. Free. 10am-noon. Downtown Georgetown, Washington. Georgetownfrenchmarketdc.com

Anacostia River Festival - 2018
April 28. Premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Bike parade, live music, educational activities, canoing, and more. Free. 1-5pm. Anacostia Park, Washington, D.C. bridgepark.org/anacostia-river-festival

Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering - 2018
April 28. Maryland's oldest Celtic festival featuring live music and dance, craft and country-dance demonstrations, historic displays, Celtic market and more. $25. Children 12 and under free. 10am-6pm. Jefferson Park and Museum, St. Leonard. cssm.org/festival

Wine & Food Festival - 2018
April 28-29. Event brings together world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftsmen, and culinary pioneers. $29-99. VIP admission: noon-6pm; General admission: 1-6pm. National Harbor, MD. wineandfoodnh.com

Spring Fling Car Show - 2018
April 29. Over 350 antique & classic cars, vendors, food, trivia, kids games and more. 8am-4pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. visitstmarysmd.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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May 2018 Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals in Maryland and D.C.

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Maryland Film Fest - 2018
May 2-6. Film and video work from all over the world. Celebrity guest hosts. Check website for hours and prices. Various venues, Downtown Baltimore. 410-752-8083, mdfilmfest.com

Springfest - 2018
May 3-6. Food, entertainment, arts and crafts and more. Free, headline acts require admission. See website for schedule. Inlet Lot, Boardwalk, Ocean City. ococean.com

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival - 2018
May 5-6. Live animals, crafts and supplies, demonstrations, entertainment and more. Free. Saturday, 8:30am-6pm; Sunday, 8:30am-5pm. Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship. Sheepandwool.org

May Day - 2018
May 5. Celebrate the arrival of spring – colonial-style. Rally ‘round the Maypole with the colonists then enjoy entertainment, art, garden crafts, and games with a 17th-century flair. Free. 10am-4pm. Visitor Center, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990, visitstmaryscity.com

Garden Festival - 2018
May 5. Plant, garden ornaments and antiques sale. $15-25. 10am-4pm. Ladew Gardens, Monkton. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com

Towsontown Spring Festival - 2018
May 5-6. Carnival ride, ferris wheel, live bands, performances, shopping, beer & wine and more. Free entry. Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., 1-6pm. Towson Core Business Area, Towson. 410-825-1150, towsontownfestival.com

Solomons Maritime Festival - 2018
May 5. Exhibit of antique and classic boats, toy boat building, Chesapeake Bay retriever demonstrations, live music, food and more. Free. 10am-5pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. calvertmarinemuseum.com

Naptown BarBAYq - 2018
May 5. Live music performed on three stages, food, cooking demonstrations, a barbeque competition, arts and crafts vendors and more. $15; free. kids 12 and under. Noon. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. barbayq.com, 410-353-9237

Shore Party Weekend - 2018
May 12-13. Costumed interpreters recreate life among London Town's sailors. Free with $5-10 admission. 10am-4:30pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com

Calvert Arts Festival - 2018
May 12. Shop from local juried artisans, food, live entertainment, children's crafts, raffles, church tours, wine tasting and more. Free admission. 11am-6pm. All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunderland. Allsaints1692.org

New Orleans Seafood Festival - 2018
May 12. Experience authentic New Orleans culture by indulging in cajun and creole food, music, art, and drinks, Bourbon Street Bar, French Market and more. $29-129. 11am-9pm. The Carousel at National Harbor. Nolafestattheharbor.com

Kite Festival and Community Picnic - 2018
May 12. Join Friends of Broadneck Park, Wings Over Washington, BAYS and Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation and Parks a kite festival and community picnic. Bring a kite and a lunch. Free. Noon-4pm. Broadneck Park, Annapolis. friendsofbroadneckpark.com

King Farm Wine & Music Festival - 2018
May 12. Wine tastings and sales, live musical performances, local cuisine and children's play area. $15; $22 at the door. Under 21 free. 2-8pm. Saddle Ridge Community Center, Rockville. kingfarmwinefestival.com

Frederick Running Festival - 2018
May 5-6. Half marathon, 2 person team relay, 5K and Kids Fun Run for athletes of all abilities. $15-140. See website for schedule. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick. frederickrunfest.com

First Sunday Arts Festival - 2018
May 6. Sundays through November. Live entertainment, over 100 local and regional artists, food and more. Free. 11am-5pm. West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. 410-263-4012, firstsundayarts.com

Made in Maryland Festival - 2018
May 6. Artisans, crafts, food, live music, character meet and greets, petting zoo, moon bounce, face painting, exhibits and more. $15; ages 12 and under free. 11am-5pm. Kurtz's Beach, Pasadena. madeinmarylandfest.com

Sykesville Fine Art & Wine Festival - 2018
May 6. 40+ artists, demonstrations, live music and entertainment, wine tastings, childrens activities and more. Unlimited wine tastings $25. Noon-5pm. Main Street, Sykesville. sykesvillemainstreet.com

The Walk @ Waugh Chapel - 2018
May 10. Fundraiser features a short stroll through Waugh Chapel, kid friendly entertainment, festivities, food, live music and more. 5-8pm. Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, Gambrills. visitwaughchapel.com

Greenbelt Green Man Festival - 2018
May 12-13. Music, vendors, crafts, environmental awareness, food and fun to celebrate Greenbelt's commitment to forest preservation. Free. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm. Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt. greenbeltgreenmanfestival.org

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival - 2018
May 12-13. Fine art by nation's best artists, live entertainment and restaurants. Free. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda. bethesda.org

Cruisin - 2018
May 17-20. One of east coast's largest car shows, featuring 3500+ hot rods, customs, classics and trick trucks. $10. Children under 14 free. Thurs.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 9am-4pm. Inlet Parking Lot and Convention Center, Ocean City. ococean.com

Air Show and Navy Commissioning Week - 2018
May 18-25. Some activities open to the public that show the history and tradition of the Navy academy. Three airshows on Tues., Wed. and Fri. Free. Various places, Annapolis. visitannapolis.org/events/annual/commissioning-week

St. Michaels Running Festival - 2018
May 19. 5k, 10k and half marathon runs, 1k kids fun run, post-race party, gifts and treats for runners and more. $20-105. 5:30am - noon. St. Michaels School, St. Michaels. runstm.com

Gaithersburg Book Festival - 2018
May 19. Presentations and book signings by award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters, writing workshops, children's activities and more. Free. 10am-6pm. City Hall Grounds, Gaithersburg. gaithersburgbookfestival.org

Wine in the Woods - 2018
May 19-20. Live music, food and tastings from 25 Maryland wineries, vendors and more. $20-40. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm. Symphony Woods, Columbia. wineinthewoods.com

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival - 2018
May 19-20. Outdoor music festival. $75, children under 12 free with paying adult. 11am. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. bayblues.org

Arbutus Arts Festival - 2018
May 20. Handmade arts and crafts, children's corner, local music, beer garden, food and drink. Free. 10am-5pm. Arbutus. arbutusartsfestival.com

Rubber Duck Race - 2018
May 20. Rubber duck race and family carnival. Proceeds benefit Bountiful Backpack Program. $10 per duck; admission is free. 11am-4pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 410-279-4346, southcountyrotary.org

DelFest - 2018
May 24-27. Family-friendly music festival. Live music, kids zone, camping and more. $45-179. Check website for hours and performance times. Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland. delfest.com

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May 25-27. Tea Toss Reenactment to commemorate Chestertown's protest of British rule, plus colonial parade, raft race, street performances, crafts and more. Free. See website for schedule. Venues throughout Chestertown. chestertownteaparty.org

Stars and Stripes Festival - 2018
May 26-28. Family day picnic, local entertainment, moonlight cruise, Vietnam Memorial dedication and more. Free, some events require fee. See website for schedule. Venues throughout Chesapeake Beach. chesapeake-beach.md.us

Hometown Holidays - 2018
May 26-28. Music festival featuring live performances, armed forces tribute, activities and Memorial Day Parade. Parade Mon. at 10:30am. Free. Saturday and Sunday, 2-10pm; Monday, 9am-1pm. Rockville Town Center, Rockville. rockvillehometownholidays.com

Caribbean Wine, Music & Art Festival - 2018
May 26-27. Wine, caribbean food, music and more. $25. 10am-6pm. Linganore Winecellars, Mt. Airy. linganorewines.com

Brew at the Zoo - 2018
May 26-27. Unlimited beer sampling from more than 80 breweries, live music, local artisan vendors and admission to the zoo. $25-75. 1-7pm. The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore. marylandzoo.org

Annual Sowebo Arts and Music Festival - 2018
May 27. Sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, and fashion designers and some of their best works in an un-juried, un-censored art show. Face painting, carnival acts and games, interactive art and crafts, demos and more. Over 40 confirmed bands. Free. Noon-8pm. Hollins Market, Baltimore.  443-838-1131, soweboarts.org

For more events and activities, check out the Chesapeake Family calendar. It's loaded with hundreds of events.