It's official, Baltimorians - spring has sprung! For those of you who have had your snow gear out and ready to go for that big snowstorm that you just knew was going to hit…it’s time to give that up. Put your snow boots away and get out your rain boots. Trade in that snow shovel for a gardening hoe, and hurry up and drink all your leftover hot chocolate.
While you prepare yourself for spring, local businesses and organizations are preparing themselves as well. Spring brings a ton of festivals in Baltimore and other fun activities for you and your family to enjoy. Us folks here at 1st Mariner Bank have come up with a list of a few of our favorite spring activities in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. The best part? Everything is FREE (or close to it).
What’s the difference between a pirate and a privateer? Find out on Saturday, April 21st at Fell’s Point Main Street’s 8th annual Privateer Day. From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. you and your family can enjoy a variety of fun, free activities. There will be live music and battles, ship tours, food and craft vendors, and lots more. Once your children are privateered-out, drop them off at home or in the gated children’s playground and enter the adult Thames Street Grog Garden to enjoy your favorite ales and live music. You can also purchase a button for $5 to unlock fantastic deals at over 20 participating Fell’s Point bars. Visit the official Privateer Day website for more details.
Can’t make it on April 21st? Here are some other free festivals in the area:
Maryland Avenue Spring Festival (Annapolis, April 22nd)
Towsontown Spring Festival (Towson, May 5th & 6th)
Laurel’s Annual Main Street Festival (Laurel, May 12th)
Baugher’s Orchard & Farm
Llamas and peacocks and goats, oh my! These are just a few of the animals that you will find at the free petting zoo at Baugher’s Farm. Located in Westminster, Baugher’s Orchard and Farm is known for its seasonal Pick Your Own fruit, fresh pies and pastries, and homemade fudge and ice cream. The petting zoo allows children to learn about and feed various animals. Opening day is set for April 20th. Visit Baugher’s website for more information and updates.
Like what you see? Here are some similar ideas:
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
The Great Frederick MD Flea
How ‘bout them Birds? Nope, not those Birds, the OTHER Birds. Enjoy all the fun of watching professional baseball without the Major League price by attending an Aberdeen IronBirds game at Ripken Stadium. Some of the benefits include an up-close view of the action, no huge crowds, free parking, and group discount offers. The IronBirds’ season doesn’t begin until June, but if you are eager to see a game soon, check out some of the other local minor league teams. Many teams begin their season in early April, including the Frederick Keys and the Bowie Baysox.
Here is a complete list of Maryland’s Minor League Baseball Teams, as well as other baseball-related museums and sites:
Maryland Baseball Sites
We know that there are tons of other fun Baltimore festivals and other spring activities. Be sure to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page to tell us what great deals we missed!