Spring Lecture Series: From Ladew Gardens to the Grand Canyon: Protecting Historic Landscapes. Historic preservation law plays a crucial role in in the preservation of America’s heritage. Using recent examples and narratives, Will Cook, Associate General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will explore preservation success stories, and a few losses, through a legal lens. He will talk about both local and nationwide preservation issues and suggest creative strategies for advocates to consider. $25 members, $35 non-members; lunch available for an additional $15. 10:30AM-12PM. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. http://www.ladewgardens.com/EDUCATION/Adult-Education/Lecture-Series


Drink more Riesling. Seriously, do it! The world’s most criminally under-appreciated grape can range from dry to sweet. Light-bodied, and both intensely flavorful yet delicate and mineral laden, these charming wines can leave the biggest smile on your lips if you give them a chance. $15  ($10 credit toward featured wines). 6PM-8PM. Bin 604, 604 South Exeter St., Baltimore. https://bin604.com/event/drink-more-riesling/

Music Showcase. Baltimore's music scene deserves celebration. Over the past decade, it has evolved into a dynamic, diverse, and potent melting pot of musical talent, sealing Charm City's status as a music city to watch. Baltimore Magazine is launching their first-ever Music Issue to celebrate the sounds of our city. And you can't have a music issue without a party. Join Baltimore Magazine and a few featured artists at WTMD for a night of live local music, featuring energetic performances by alt-soul collective J Pope & The HearNow, indie-pop quintet Super City, and experimental instrumental duo Wume at the radio station's Towson studio. Attendees will enjoy complimentary light bites provided by Cunningham's. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. If you can't make the event, be sure to tune into 89.7 FM, as the evening will be broadcast live on air. $10. Doors 6:30PM; Showcase 7PM-9PM. WTMD Studios, 1 Olympic Place, Suite 100, Towson. http://www.baltimoremagazine.com/music-issue-launch-party


Charm City Bluegrass Festival. ​The 6th Annual Charm City Bluegrass Festival returns to its home in Druid Hill Park. This year will be bigger and better than ever, featuring the best in national and regional talent. Union Craft Brewing returns as the beer of choice for the festival. Local food and craft vendors will be on hand to provide a variety of affordable options. Ticket options vary (see link for details), children under 10 are FREE. Friday 4PM-9:30PM; Saturday 10:00AM-9:30PM. Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swann Dr., Baltimore. http://www.charmcitybluegrass.com/index.html


Day out with Thomas. Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day full of live entertainment, activities, and fun for everyone. Advance purchase recommended for the train ride; some times are already sold out so get your tickets soon! Ticket prices and times vary. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt St., Baltimore. http://www.borail.org/dowt/

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. ​Don’t miss your last chance of the spring to experience one the biggest craft shows on the east coast! Sugarloaf Craft Festivals concludes its Spring 2018 Tour at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Lutherville-Timonium, MD beginning April 27. Be there for three days of sharing in the wonder of high quality fine arts, crafts and design. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals has carefully selected more than 250 of the best local and national independent artisans to showcase their original handmade goods. But a Sugarloaf artist brings more than just their work – they bring their passion, knowledge and vibrant personality. Every time something catches your eye, you’re sure to get a story about it from its creator. There are also live demonstrations and workshops, live music and artisan food vendors. $8 online, $10 at the door; kids 12 & under FREE. Friday & Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. https://sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/spring-tour/timonium


Wine, Not WHINE. If you missed your final meal at The Wine Market, here is your chance to say goodbye. The Wine Market reopens it's doors for a community happy hour (ADULTS ONLY PLEASE) to welcome spring. Unlimited wine/beer, a signature cocktail, and appetizers will be served. In addition, there will be an amazing raffle with your chance to win gifts from various local businesses. All proceeds will benefit Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School. Still hungry after 8:30? Stay and mingle, and buy a meal from a limited menu. 30% of all proceeds after 8:30PM will also benefit FSK. $50. 6:30PM-8:30PM. Wine Market, 921 E Fort Ave., Ste 135, Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-not-whine-tickets-44929847383


2018 Herring Run Archaeology Open House. ​Northeast Baltimore residents, archaeology enthusiasts, students and families are all encouraged to stop by to learn more about historical archaeology and the history of Herring Run Park. The project team is offering guided tours of the site starting at 10:00 a.m., and visitors can enjoy opportunities to talk with archaeologists and see the finds from the week of work in the park. The archaeology open house is located on the north side of Herring Run Park (popularly known as the sledding hill). FREE. 10AM. Herring Run Park, across from 3700 Eastwood Dr., Baltimore. https://baltimoreheritage.org/event/2018-herring-run-archaeology-open-house/

​Federal Hill by Foot: 1776 and All That. With its current name dating to the celebratory days when Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution, Federal Hill has a recorded history stretching back to the early seventeenth century when Captain John Smith first spotted it. Baltimore Heritage’s own Marsha Wise will lead this tour through one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Meet in Federal Hill Park at the George Armistead Monument overlooking downtown. $15, please register in advance. 10AM-12PM. Federal Hill Park, 300 Warren Ave., Baltimore. https://baltimoreheritage.org/event/federal-hill-foot-1776/

​FashionEASTa: The Fashion Show at Harbor East. All eyes on Harbor East! Get your strut and style on at FashionEASTa, the only fashion show in the city with all the looks you need to #MakeYourMark this season. Head to the heart of Baltimore's most happening fashion district for a day filled with fashion, music, food and good vibes. Enjoy live music by Go Go Gadjet, street-side cocktails and bites from Harbor East restaurants, and shopping specials and sales to swoon over. The FashionEASTa Fashion Show kicks off at 2:30pm, bringing audiences the hottest spring and summer looks from Harbor East shops right to the runway. Keep the party going at Baltimore magazine's After Party from 5-7pm. FREE; VIP tickets available for $40. 12PM-5PM. Harbor East, 650 S. Exeter St., Baltimore. http://www.harboreast.com/fashioneasta2018/

​2nd Annual Plein Air Event At Clifton Mansion. In its second year, plein air (outdoor) painters around Baltimore are gathering at Clifton Mansion on to capture the historic house and grounds on canvas and to raise money for ongoing restoration at Clifton. Join them from 3PM-4PM for a presentation on historic paint and mural conservation at the mansion, and from 4PM-6PM for a reception and wet canvas sale. $25. 3PM-6PM. Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Dr., Baltimore. https://baltimoreheritage.org/event/2nd-annual-plein-air-event-at-clifton-mansion/


15th Annual Federal Hill Spring Block Party. ​It's time for the annual Spring Block Party on Cross Street! Head to Fed Hill for a fun-filled afternoon filled with great food, drinks, live music and some of Baltimore's best arts and crafts vendors. $5 in advance; $10 at the gate. 12PM-7PM. Unit Block of East Cross Street in the heart of Federal Hill, Baltimore. http://www.fedhill.org/event/2018-federal-hill-spring-block-party/



Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention. ​Everything tattoo under one roof. Tattoo artists and vendors, entertainment, tattoo contests, seminars and more. $20 Day or $40 3-Day Pass. Friday 2PM-12AM, Saturday 11AM-12AM, Sunday 11AM-8 PM. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W Pratt St., Baltimore. http://villainarts.com/tattoo-conventions-villain-arts/baltimore-tattoo-arts-convention/


Kinetic Sculpture Race. From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race through Baltimore of wacky, imaginative, totally human powered works of art, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created in the garage or backyard! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots ("Kinetinauts") compete for the most coveted Grand Mediocre East Coast Champion Award (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized Next to the Last Award (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including Art, Engineering, Best Bribes, and more. Race starts at 10am at the American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet). More race route info included in the link provided. FREE. 10AM. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.avam.org/kinetic-sculpture-race/index.shtml

​PawJect Runway. ​Pawject Runway is the hippest fashion show on four paws featuring a five-star lineup of Big Softies "modeling" adoptable cats and dogs from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). The evening begins at 6PM where guests can rub furry bellies and rub shoulders with famous faces from the NFL to lacrosse field, rockers to race car drivers. Enjoy beer, wine cocktails and treats while browsing our curated, high-end silent auction items. All proceeds benefit BARCS, Maryland's largest open admission shelter and Show Your Soft Side - the anti-abuse campaign that started in Baltimore. $35. 6PM. Royal Farms Arena, 201 W Baltimore St., Baltimore. https://www.501auctions.com/pawjectrunway/


Weekend Walk-in: Painted Mystery Rock. Spread kindness & smiles! Paint a rock with a design or message, then leave it somewhere for a stranger to find. BONUS: glitter will be available as a finishing touch! $5. 1PM-4PM. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.avam.org/for-educators-and-educatees/weekend-walk-in.shtml

Jazz & Art Festival. The inaugural Jazz and Art Festival in Fell's Point will feature live music, as well as art installations and vendors. Jazz & Art are a natural fit among the boutiques, bars, waterfront, cobblestone streets and main square. FREE. 1PM-7PM. In and around Broadway Square, Broadway & Thames St., Baltimore. https://fellspointmainstreet.org/events/jazz-art-festival/


47th Annual Fell's Point Historic Harbor House Tour. This Fell's Point Mother's Day Annual Event showcasing the rich history and beautiful homes and gardens of Fell's Point is a self-guided House Tour within the Fell's Point Historic District located along Baltimore's dramatic waterfront. Included are a marvelous variety of individual homes, condominiums, and apartments including 18th and 19th Century buildings, conversions of historic warehouses, and newly constructed properties. The tour includes perennial favorites such as the Robert Long House built ca.1765 that celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015, the Thomas Lamdin House built in 1799 by the owner of a shipyard famous for its clipper ships; and the Hollingsworth - Steele House built around 1790, one of Baltimore's finest surviving examples of Federal architecture. The other, not seen before, homes will include an assortment of Fell’s Point residences ranging from cozy historic houses with lush urban gardens to stunning, light-filled contemporary homes. Event is rain or shine. $20 in advance, $25 day of event. Purchase tickets day of at Lucretia B Fisher Visitor Center, 1724 Thames St., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/47th-annual-fells-point-historic-harbor-house-tour-tickets-44661217905


​Sip & Shine: An After-Hours Experience. Join AVAM for an after-hours experience! Start the evening with a scavenger hunt through the current mega-exhibit, The Great Mystery Show, and stay for a hands-on make-and-take activity. Wine & snacks will be served. Beer is also available, courtesy of Tröegs Independent Brewing. Get ready to dig through our treasure trove of all things sparkly and create a one-of-a-kind MOSAIC MAGNET! All supplies and inspiration provided. Bring a friend or two! Participants must be 21 or older. Space is limited, call 410-244-1900 today to register. $35 general public, $30 museum members. 6PM-9PM. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.avam.org/news-and-events/events/sip-and-shine-may-17.shtml


2nd Annual Spring Baltimore Birding Weekend. It’s time to welcome back our warblers, orioles, tanagers, flycatchers and more during the 2nd annual SPRING Baltimore Birding Weekend. There will be an exciting itinerary of bird watching field trips entirely within the city limits. These green spaces are vital to exhausted and hungry birds looking to rest and refuel during migration. That makes spring the ideal time to catch a glimpse of these international travelers as they stop by Baltimore’s green spaces for a brief visit on their way to summer nesting in the north! Join Audubon for guided walks or a paddle on the Patapsco River to search for birds in the city. Cost varies depending on activity. Friday through Sunday, times and locations vary. See link for more details: http://baltimorebirding.com/


Shiny Happy Things Workshop with Bob Benson. ​Join the creator of the Blinged-Out Universal Tree of Life (outside of AVAM's Main Entrance) in making your own FLASHIES: dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles and such. Each participant will receive instruction on cutting and assemblage and will leave this workshop with at least two finished decorations to keep and dangle. For beginning and continuing students. $55, $40 members. 11AM-2PM. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.avam.org/news-and-events/events/shiny-happy-things-May-19.shtml


​The Children’s Guild Presents: Journey Through Italy Wine Supper. Chef's Expressions' wine suppers are the euphoria of amazing food and wine combinations. Enjoy a gourmet multi-course meal inspired by unique wines to create a one of a kind dining experience. Each Chef’s Expressions Wine Supper benefits a different non-profit organization in the local area. This month they take you to Italy to benefit the Children's Guild. Italy is well known for their flavorful wine and cuisine. Dive into the rich heritage and indulge in an Italian dining experience inspired by the culinary creativity of Chef’s Expressions. The Children’s Guild is a nonprofit, child-serving organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with trauma disorders, who have been traumatized by life experiences or who have autism spectrum disorder and/or multiple disabilities in Maryland and Washington D.C​. $99.95 plus service. 6:30PM. Gramercy Mansion, 1400 Greenspring Valley Rd., Stevenson​. http://www.chefsexpressions.com/events/event/childrens-guild-presents-journey-italy-wine-supper​


Clock Room Tours. Every Saturday at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Visit the tower and take a tour of our clock room! $5. Tours start at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, and 2:30PM. http://www.bromoseltzertower.com/events​​

Free Yoga. ​Every Saturday in the Ballroom at the Belvedere. Come experience the Conservancy's sponsored free Yoga. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Appropriate for all levels. Thanks to instructor Jude Asher for leading this group! FREE. 8:15AM-9:30AM. Belvedere & Co., 1 East Chase St., Baltimore. http://mvpconservancy.org/events/

Artsy Yoga with Ana Temple. Saturdays. Every Saturday, artist, healing practitioner, and yoga instructor Ana Temple Rodney will lead a yoga session in the gallery. $10, $8 members. 10AM-11AM. Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2017/art-yoga-w-ana-temple-rodney


Art Gallery of Fells Point on the Avenue Art Show. April 5-April 29. This exhibit will showcase the recent artwork of the members of the artists' cooperative and gallery. View and or purchase works of art. Info 410-327-1272. FREE. Hours: Thur-Sat 12PM-6PM, Sun 11AM-6PM. Hosted by the Art Gallery of Fells Point on the Avenue at its new location in Hampden at 825 W. 36th St., Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/agfphampden/  

Light City Baltimore. April 6-April 21. Light City is the nation's only large-scale international light and ideas festival. Immerse yourself in the light and art. Explore the neighborhoods. Challenge your perspectives in the Labs@LightCity. Light City celebrates dozens of Baltimore City neighborhoods in addition to the amazing installations along the BGE Light Art Walk at the Inner Harbor. Experience Baltimore's brilliance! Activities span several weeks throughout the city. Neighborhood lights are April 6-April 8; the Festival takes place from April 14-April 21 and Labs@LightCity are April 18-April 21. FREE. Visit https://lightcity.org/ for more information.

Weekend Workers. April 7-April 28. It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. Please note, weekly activities are subject to change. In April, the theme is "Working in the Exhibits" (see link for more details). FREE with museum admission. Saturdays, 11AM-2PM (unless otherwise noted). Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.thebmi.org/programs-events/

Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar. ​April 8-December 23. For the 2018 season, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar features new and returning farmers, concessionaires and bazaar vendors, and continues its “First Sunday” program, in which there is a special theme on the first Sunday of every month. "First Sundays" was started in 2017 to honor the 40th anniversary. Every Sunday. FREE. 7AM-12PM. Underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. http://promotionandarts.org/events-festivals/baltimore-farmers-market-bazaar