Camarena Tequila..Ole’!
In honor of Cinco de Mayo this week, I wanted to give you my selection for “Tequila of the Year.” Camarena. 100% Blue Agave rests in oak barrels for two months before bottling. Many drink recipes are offered on their site for your Cinco de Mayo pleasure. Try the Margarita or Reposado Paloma! Enjoy, be safe.

Have a wonderful week. There’s LOTS going on Baltimore!

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.

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.

May 4 & 5
Mt Vernon
Enjoy more than 130 vendors selling flowers, garden accessories and unique gifts just in time for Mother’s Day.
Live entertainment & LEMON STICKS!

Towsontown Spring Festival
May 5 & 6
Located in Downtown Towson
This huge fest features food, crafts, live music and so much more.Visit for full schedule of events.

Cinco de Mayo LatinoFest
May 5 & 6
Broadway/Fells Point
Plenty of food, drinks, music & dancing

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.

Cinco de Mayo
Power Plant LIVE
Evening of May 5
Open bar, entertainment

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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 getaway w/ a VIP Package at The Gaylord National Hotel

Fashion Fever
Sunday, May 6 11:30-3 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 Maryland
Fine cuisine from more than 20 top Baltimore restaurants & caterers…Live music..Fine wine & spirits..Auction. Visit  for tickets and further details.

Dine on the B&O Event at Baldwin’s Station
Wednesday, May 9 6:30 p.m.
Chef Derrick Granai creates the evening’s menu from the original renown B &O recipes. Experience this unique evening inclusive of food, drinks, tax & gratuity.

Coming to The Lyric Opera House…

*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.

*The Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” comes to life 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.

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. 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

Tour Historic Homes of Fells Point
Mother’s Day May 13 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Benefits the Preservation Society

Women’s Housing Coalition Celebrates 32 Years
Caribbean-Style Fundraiser at Nick’s Fish House
Monday, May 14
6-9 p.m.
Enjoy a silent auction, performances by steel drum band T&T Steel, beer, wine, specialty drinks & lavish food stations.          
For further info, visit

Eastern Inspiration..Western Flair
Culinary class w/ Chef’s Expressions
May 23 6-8 p.m.
Gramercy Mansion
Experience traditional Asian ingredients as they are used to inspire Western cuisine. Learn to create delectable dishes and enjoy wine pairings. Take home the recipes. Visit for further info and to register.

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

Great Grapes! Wine Fest
June 2 & 3 Noon-6 p.m.
Oregon Ridge Hunt Valley
Sample Maryland wines* Enjoy demos*Live music* Arts vendors* Food *Specialty pavilions
Visit for tickets and schedule of events.

Lardarius Webb Charity Softball Game
Ripken Stadium
June 3
Here’s your chance to play ball with some of your favorite Ravens!
Open to all ages
Fun benefit for The Lardarius Webb Foundation.
Visit for info on attending, playing or sponsoring.

Rappel for Kidney Health
Down the Marriott Waterfront
Saturday, June 9
Do you want to make an impact on kidney disease in an extraordinary way? Join the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland for their 3rd annual RAPPEL for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel down the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
Visit to register or for further info.

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Save Date!
July 20-22
America’s largest free arts festival is here in Baltimore! More than 150 fine artists, visual art exhibits, live concerts on the outdoor stages, performing arts, family events, street theater, delectable food and beverages + SO much more. Visit for entire schedule of events and full details.

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Fun Events Leading Up To Preakness Day!

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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