It's time to put away your sweaters, pull on your jorts, slip your pale feet into some flip-flops, and rejoice: There might be a few more cold spells, but spring has officially sprung. Here are 10 ways to get out of the house, beat the winter blues, and spring back into your pre-summer happy place.
Food & Drink
38TH ANNUAL BALTIMORE FARMERS' MARKET & BAZAAR
APR. 5: Beneath the Jones Falls Expressway, Holliday and Saratoga Sts. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. 410-752-8632. Every Sunday through December, shop local ingredients, grab some great eats, browse handmade arts and crafts, and catch live music and cooking demos. Don't miss Blacksauce Kitchen's biscuit sandwiches or those infamous long-line pickles.
FOOD TRUCK GATHERING AT THE BMI
APR. 17: Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy. 5 p.m. Free. 410-960-9908. The Charm City food truck collective is back with the warm weather and setting up shop at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, with live music by Sweet Leda, local booze, and mobile munchies by Gypsy Queen Cafe, Bistro Lunchbox, Kommie Pig, and more.
APR. 18-19: H&S Distribution Center, Fleet St. & S. Central Ave. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-40. 410-752-8632. Back by popular demand, this two-day foodie festival returns to Harbor East with sought-after snacks, sips, and shopping from over 60 vendors, including local favorites like The Local Oyster, Dooby's, and Woodberry Kitchen, D.C. darlings like Toki Underground and District Doughnut, and much more.
HEAVY SEAS ISLAND JAM
APR. 11: Rash Field, 601 Light St. 1-7 p.m. Free-$59. 410-247-7822. Heavy Seas Beer hosts its first-ever music festival with lots of the brand's own beer, local food vendors, and live music from The Wailers, Pasadena, and The 8 Ohms Band.
APR. 26: Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. 7:30 p.m. $52. 410-783-4189. Pier Six's summer concert season returns with this beloved Georgia jam band performing an outdoor show of funky grooves and good vibes.
Fun & Games
ORIOLES HOME OPENER
APR. 10: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St. 3:05 p.m. 888-848-BIRD. The boys are back! Don your orange, drink a Boh, and watch the O's kick off another killer season as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
MARYLAND HUNT CUP
APR. 25: Worthington Farms, 2700 Tufton Ave., Reisterstown. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 per car. 410-833-4104. Get dolled up in your best derby attire and bring your tailgate A-game to the 119-year tradition of the Maryland Hunt Cup.
SOLE OF THE CITY 10K
APR. 18: McHenry Row, 1713 Whetstone Way. 9 a.m. $50-75. 410-645-8266. Starting and ending at McHenry Row, hit the streets with this annual run around the city, followed by a post-party at The Greene Turtle in Fells Point.
NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
TO APR. 12: Washington, D.C. Locations, times, and prices vary. 877-442-5666. This century-old floral festival celebrates the start of spring with events all across the capital. Don't miss the trees in peak bloom toward the end of the second week.
APR. 18-19: Fells Point Main Street, 1730 Thames St. Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 410-675-8900. Get excited for boat season at the 11th annual Fells Point pirate festival, with history lessons, live music, activities, and a craft and food market.