Spring Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals

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Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival - 2018rsz privateer
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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