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Oriole Park to Offer Family Friendly Elements to Games This Season

Visit any of the Fan Assistance Centers if its your child’s first time at the game and they will receive a certificate celebrating their first visit. The renovated Kids Corner offers a moon bounce, speed pitch, climb & play, batting cage & more. Sign up for the Junior Dugout Club in this area, as well. The Left Field All Inclusive includes Left Field Club Box seat, access to Club Level, unlimited hot dogs, salads, nachos, sodas and other select menu items. Every Sunday, one fan will get the chance to “Steal Second Base.” Sign up at any Fan Assistance Center. Mothers receive a sun hat on Mother’s Day. Fireworks take place this season on 5/25, 6/29, 7/27, 8/24, 9/28 and kids can register at for a free birthday ticket. These are just some of the many family-centered activities taking place this season. For more, visit

Coming to The Lyric Opera House

HUMAN Nature

April 26

Australia’s leading pop vocal group with millions of albums sold worldwide, is storming America in a big way with their first U.S. tour and a new album release, The Motown Record.

Colin Machrie & Brad Sherwood

May 11

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy.

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The Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” comes to life on stage in Baltimore

 May 12-13

Follow me on Twitter for your chance to win tickets to upcoming shows @DowntownDiane. Visit for more details, more upcoming events and tickets.

Upcoming Free Events at Baltimore Parks & Plazas

Check out the schedule of upcoming FREE events downtown. From yoga to live music, there’s something for everyone. Presented by Downtown Partnership.

Earth Day Events Maryland Science Center

Saturday, April 21

Noon-4 p.m.

The Maryland Science Center will be offering family-friendly suggestions, discussions, live demos and workshops on adopting a greener lifestyle and helping to conserve our resources at this day of celebrating planet Earth. Visit for more details.

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Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair

April 20-22

On Campus

Enjoy live music, carnival rides, crafts vendors, plenty of food, beer garden & a kiddie area at this annual Spring Fair.

Privateer Day Fells Point!

April 21

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FREE day full of fun-filled activities from Thames Street Park & Ann Street Pier to Broadway Square, Broadway Pier & Bond Street Wharf!

*Live “Battle At Sea” *Live music *Plenty of family entertainment *Re-enactors *Food & craft vendors *Tours *Set sail & SO MUCH MORE! Visit for full schedule of events.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

April 27-29

Timonium Fairgrounds

Enjoy more than 250 craft designers and fine artists, daily entertainment, craft demos, specialty food, music & more. For a schedule of events and a discount coupon for admittance visit

Taste of Pikesville

Thursday, May 3

5-8 p.m.

Pikesville Hilton

Enjoy a sampling of food and drink from area restaurants.

Visit for full details of event and tickets.

Tickets: $30 advance / $35 at the door

Blues at the Brewery

May 5

7:30-11 p.m.

Heavy Seas Brewery

Enjoy the music of Deanna Bogart while enjoying Heavy Seas beer & food at the brewery. Visit for more info and tickets.

BarBAYq & Music Festival

May 4-5

Friday 4-10 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

Proceeds benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center Pediatrics Emergency Inpatient Unit & Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

*Food & Drink *Cooking competitions and demonstrations *Plenty of entertainment for all ages – more than 25 bands on two stages

Fiesta 5K

Saturday, May 5

6:30 a.m. Registration Opens, 8 a.m. Race Begins Power Plant Live

Benefits Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins.

Visit for more information and to register.

National Harbor Food & Wine Fest

May 5 & 6

National Harbor Waterfront

Sample more than 150 wines, beer, spirits..Enjoy celebrity chefs..Demos..Tasting theatre..Live music+ SO Much More for full schedule of events.

Make It a Weekend Get-Away w/ a VIP Package at The Gaylord National Hotel

Fashion Fever

Sunday, May 6

11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Grand Lodge Hunt Valley

Proceeds Benefit Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital

Fashions provided by some of Baltimore’s finest boutiques. There will be shopping, a fashion show, silent auction & array of delicious food. For further info and tickets, visit

20th Annual Culinary Extravaganza

Monday, May 7

6-9 p.m.

Grand Lodge Hunt Valley

Benefits Meals on Wheels of Central MD

Fine cuisine from more than 20 top Baltimore restaurants & caterers…Live music..Fine wine & spirits..Auction
Visit for tickets and further details.

Art with a Heart…Home is Where the Heart Is

Saturday, May 12 7-10:30 p.m.

Castle at Keswick

Enjoy fabulous food & cocktails at this fun-filled benefit for Art with a Heart.

Evening will be filled with art activities, silent auction & MUCH more. Read all about Art with a Heart

Cylburn Market Day

Saturday, May 12

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gorgeous setting to purchase your spring flowers and plants. Enjoy food trucks, entertainment and more

Preview Party is Friday, May 11!

Paws On Parade

Baltimore Humane Society Saturday, May 12 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1601 Nicodemus Road Reisterstown

Enjoy either a 1-mile or 1.6-mile trail through a beautiful 365-acre wildlife sanctuary, plus other fun and educational activities for you, your family and your furry friends. For further info and to register, visit

Brew at the Zoo

May 26-27

Sample 50+ brews, enjoy live music, plenty of food and there’s even a kid zone if you want to bring the kiddies.
Full details and tickets

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Many Events Leading Up To Preakness Day!

DECANTER: A Day of Racing, Food & Maryland Wine

April 21-22

Noon-6 p.m.

Pimlico Racecourse Infield Wine Fest!

Enjoy a unique infield view of live horse races, samples of fine Maryland wine, great food, and wine & equine focused arts & crafts at Pimlico Race Course. Check out for full details and ticket info.

Saturday, April 28 Preakness Mystery Glass Giveaway

Derby Day Infield Concert & Food Truck Fest

May 5

Noon-6 p.m.

Infield concert with alternative rock sensation Safetysuit. Bottomless beer for those 21+ &soda & water for all inclusive with $30 ticket. Best of Baltimore food trucks will be onsite selling their delicacies.

People’s Pink Party

Friday, May 18

The day before Preakness, the 3rd Annual Legends for the Cure Race and Female Jockey Championship. Also the Black-Eyed Susan Race and a full day of fun to benefit the local Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Preakness Stakes & Infieldfest

Saturday, May 19

The people’s race..The people’s party…An exciting day in Baltimore!

Downtown Diane is a Baltimore area food, travel & entertainment reporter, appearing Fridays on 105.7 The Fan Norris & Davis Show with her entertainment report. Follow her for Daily Dish on Twitter @DowntownDiane & check out upcoming events at

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