I often struggle in determining if it is Christmas or spring that is the most wonderful time of the year, and right now, after the long and cold winter we've had in Baltimore, I'm feeling pretty partial toward spring; and for good reason, there's a lot of events for Baltimoreans to look forward to this April. April marks the start of festival season in the city! With so much going on, I picked out the events I'm most excited about attending in April.
1. Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar Opens
Every Sunday from 7 a.m. - noon, beginning April 6
Under the Jones Falls Expressway at Holiday & Saratoga streets
Baltimore is home to dozens of farmers markets, but the largest is the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar, which hosts over 80 vendors on Sundays from April to December. There’s all of your usual farmer’s market finds: fresh fruits and vegetables, local meats, plants, locally brewed coffee, etc. Plus street performers, multicultural foods and unique jewelry, antiques and collectibles for sale. The Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar opens for it’s 37th season on April 6.
2. Privateer Festival
April 12 & 13 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Inspired by the maritime history of Baltimore, the Privateer festival celebrates Fells Point’s role in American history. Throughout the two days, festival-goers will experience live battle reenactments, live music and entertainment and indulge in the maritime history of Fells Point. There will also be a nautical pet costume contest, bar crawl, kid activities, a “grog garden,” and food and craft vendors.
3. Boulevard of Chic Fashion Truck Rally
Saturday, April 26 from noon – 6 p.m.
1132 Key Highway
You’ve probably heard of food truck rallies, but what about a fashion truck rally? The Boulevard of Chic fashion truck rally is the first of it’s kind in Baltimore, and will bring together artists, entrepreneurs and fashion designers with Baltimore shoppers. The trucks each have a different niche, including jewelry, beauty products, boutique fashion, fitness attire, consignment and vintage pieces, and more. The event is free, and a portion of the proceeds from the day’s sales will benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, better known as BARCS. I’m really excited about this concept, and can’t wait to attend.
4. Maryland Bacon Festival
Saturday, April 26 from noon – 1 p.m.
Rash Field, 201 Key Highway
If you’re like most human beings, you’re probably obsessed with bacon, and now there’s an entire festival dedicated to the crispy, salty breakfast meat. The all-day festival will host 30 local restaurants and food trucks that will serve up samples and full-sized bacon dishes. Festival attendees can expect to taste bacon in almost every form, whether it’s wrapped around shrimp, paired with eggs or baked into a cupcake, and to wash it all down, beer, wine and bacon themed cocktails. You can also participate in a bacon-eating contest, cooking & cocktail demonstrations, and a “bacon-off” cooking competition. They will also be hosting free cholesterol screenings… just kidding!
5. Emporiyum Food Festival
April 26 & 27 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1300 Thames St., Fells Point
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 day of
If you're a foodie, I expect to see you at The Emporiyum Food Market in Fells Point this April. The two-day food festival will feature dozens of restaurants, bakeries and breweries, with Maryland chef, Bryan Voltaggio of Volt, Range and Family Meal, taking top billing.
Tickets get you bite-size samples from the diverse set of vendors, including dishes from Woodberry Kitchen, Pabu Sushi, Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, Vigilante Coffee Company, and Fleet Street Kitchen... just to name a few. Two breweries are listed so far: Heavy Seas and Flying Dog.
Tickets for Saturday are sold out, but you can still buy tickets for Sunday.
Saturday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Druid Hill Park
EcoFest is part of Baltimore Green Week, and features tons of activities, workshops, vendors, music and food, all with the central theme of celebrating our earth. The event is sponsored by Whole Foods Markets, who will be offering a tasting tent filled with local foods. New this year, is a beer garden that features local Baltimore brews. Visitors can enjoy a ride around the reservoir on bikes provided by festival organizers, yoga lessons, kids activities, music and visit more than 50 vendors and exhibitors.
7. Federal Hill Spring Block Party
Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
South of the Cross Street Market, Federal Hill
Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at the gate
Celebrate springtime in Fed Hill with the neighborhood’s annual Spring Block Party on Sunday, April 27. The block party features live music, food, arts & craft vendors, games and, of course, access to plenty of beer.
Did I miss an event? Comment below and tell me about it!