Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
April 23-Dec. 17. E Saratoga and Holliday sts., 7 a.m.-noon. Free.
With 48 farms, 45 vendors, and an average of more than 120,000 attendees each year, Maryland’s largest producers-only market has become a Sunday staple in Charm City for the past 40 years. Nestled under the Jones Falls Expressway, the beloved weekend ritual is a vibrant, fragrant microcosm of Baltimore—teeming with crisp fruits and seasonal vegetables, craft beer and local wine, ice-cold crabs and farm-fresh meat, and, of course, the buttery smell of breakfast biscuits wafting from the grill of Blacksauce Kitchen. The market draws Baltimoreans and tourists of all ages and walks of life to popular businesses like Hex Ferments, Zeke’s Coffee, The Mushroom Stand, and “the potato man,” who hawks killer sweet potatoes from Knopp’s Farm. When the market returns this season, the lineup will include some newcomers such as the sustainable Old Line Fish Company and the upstart city farm Urban Pastoral, as well as local favorites like Ekiben and The Baltimore Whiskey Company.—EB
April 1-2. Inner Harbor, 600 E. Pratt St. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $15-40. Mark your calendars, foodies, and make your way to the Inner Harbor for this one-of-a-kind, edible experience, now in its fourth year. With more than 90 vendors, The Emporiyum lets you dig into dozens of eats from far and near (Ekiben, La Cuchara, The Local Oyster), imbibe in a Baltimore brew from Union Craft or Diamondback, and take home tasty treats.
Orioles Opening Day
April 3. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St. 3:05 p.m. Prices vary. 410-685-9800. baltimore.orioles.mlb.com. After just barely missing the playoffs last season, thanks to a heartbreaking loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Orioles fans are fired up and ready to go. Grab your friends, family, and foam fingers and head down to Camden Yards for the first game of the year—against, no less, those very same Jays.
April 20. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7:30 p.m. $50-65. 301-600-2828. Bill Nye the Science Guy is more relevant than ever as he continues to make science both exciting and relatable. Since his show first aired on PBS in the early ’90s, the Emmy Award-winning scientist, comedian, author, and inventor has inspired generations and become a household name. For one night, listen, learn, and laugh alongside America’s favorite science teacher.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
April 20-30. Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Times vary. $15-98. 410-347-2020. Cue the lights. The Greatest Show on Earth is coming to town for one last visit as the world-famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performs its final tour. For more than 50 years, the celebrated troupe has perfected the big-top experience, entertaining millions of families and creating a right of passage in kids’ lives. Don’t miss your last chance to see their awe-inspiring stunts.
Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen
Apr. 28. Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. 8 p.m. $92-399. 410-837-7400. From the real deal on global issues to Real Housewives, these TV hosts always deliver the latest in politics and pop culture. Newscaster Anderson Cooper and reality-TV pot-stirrer Andy Cohen will bring a night of unforgettable banter and behind-the-scenes stories at this live event.—EB
Charm City Bluegrass Festival
April 29. Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swann Dr. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free-$55. Now in its fifth year, this once small parking lot jam session has grown into Baltimore’s biggest bluegrass festival, known for its stellar lineups, quality food, and local craft beer. Rain or shine, prepare to move and groove to local talents like Cris Jacobs and Seldom Scene, plus national acts such as The Lone Bellow and Dustbowl Revival.