Six Outdoor Events to check out in Baltimore this month

I don’t know about y’all but I am so ready for spring—well really I am ready for summer, but I will settle in the interim. With the weather turning warmer, a ton of my favorite outdoor events are returning this month. Here’s what I’m looking forward to in April:


1.    Baltimore Farmers Market under the JFX is back – Sunday, April 5
Hands-down the best farmer’s market in the city, the market features dozens (maybe even hundreds on a good day) vendors from all across the region. The market returns April 5, and if you’re like me, you’re craving fresh fruits and veggies after the bitter cold winter. Get the details on parking, vendors and hours by visiting the market’s website: http://promotionandarts.org/events-festivals/baltimore-farmers-market-bazaar

2.    Orioles Opening Day – Friday, April 10
After clinching the division last year, I think Baltimore is more excited than ever for baseball to be back in season. Whether you’re attending the game in person, or just bandwagoning with everyone at Pickles Pub (I’ll be there), Opening Day is what I like to consider the official start of spring. Stay tuned for my post on best places to watch/pregame Opening Day.

3.    The Gathering Food Truck Rally – Friday, April 17
I’m hungry just thinking about the return of the Food Truck Rally. I’m particularly excited because the first rally of the year is just down the street from me at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. I don’t know about you, but more than 25 different trucks full of food in one parking lot—that’s my kind of dinner! Plus, they offer all-you-can-drink tickets. For details on this year’s rallies, visit their website: http://www.thegatheringbaltimore.com

 

4.    JHU Spring Fair – Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26
The Johns Hopkins Spring Fair isn’t just for college students.  The event is open to the public, and features great local music, games, carnival rides, a beer garden, weird art exhibits, and a bunch of other cool stuff I probably forgot. Admission is free, so it doesn’t get much better than that. More info can be found at the Fair’s website: http://www.jhuspringfair.com

5.    City Paper’s Brew Fest – Saturday, April 25

So, if you’ve read my blog before, you probably know that I’m very anti-Power Plant Live! (I mean, who includes punctuation as part of their formal name, the exclamation point is not tricking any of us into thinking Power Plant Live! is actually a fun time.), but I have to make an exception for a few events throughout the year, and this time around it’s for City Paper’s Brew Fest. City Paper and beer are cool enough to override my negative opinion of the venue. For $35 you can sample upwards of 80 beers, including local and craft brews. You can buy tickets here: http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/29789/city-papers-brew-fest---general-admission

 

6.    FashionEASTa – Saturday, April 25

Harbor East is not a neighborhood I typically hang out in (primarily because on my entry-level job salary I can’t afford its fanciness), but they do host some pretty cool events throughout the year, one of them being FashionEASTa (get it? Like Harbor “East”). The event is basically a giant fashion show that shuts down Aliceanna Street. All of the local stores open their doors and offer sales, specials and, most importantly, snacks! This year, Ravens’ kicker, Justin Tucker will be on the runway. The event last from 1 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. More details can be found on the Harbor East website: http://www.harboreast.com/events/fashioneasta-fashion-show15/