May Activities in the Baltimore Area

May Activities in the Baltimore Area
Those who visit the Baltimore area in May will find no shortage of activities and events. The city, as well as the towns that surround it, host a number of cultural events and outdoor festivals. The diverse offerings means that nobody will have trouble finding an engaging activity.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Visit the Howard County Fairgrounds, located just 20 miles west of Baltimore, in early May for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Fiber fanatics and livestock lovers will find plenty to do at the sprawling festival, which features fiber arts classes, fiber and livestock-related talks and demonstrations, live music, sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstrations and even a lamb cook-off. The Sheep and Wool festival is a great place to purchase farm yarns, fiber arts tools and notions and handmade goods. With more than 200 vendors, every shopper will find something appealing.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
P.O. Box 99
Glenwood, MD 21738
410- 531-3647
sheepandwool.org

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Celebrate the beginning of May with a viewing of the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race. Baltimore's American Visionary Arts Museum sponsors the race, which features human-powered sculptural vehicles that can function on land and in the water. Race participants pedal and paddle their kinetic sculptures over 15 miles of terrain, which include the streets of Baltimore's Inner Harbor district and the Chesapeake Bay. The teams compete for several honors, including the Art Award, given to the team with the most fully realized an executed theme, the Golden Flipper, given to the team with the most interesting entry into the water and the Golden Dinosaur, awarded to the team whose vehicle breaks down either first, or most often. Spectators are encouraged to dress up in goofy attire and cheer on the teams as they race past.

Kinetic Mother Theresa
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
410- 244-1900
kineticbaltimore.com

Maryland Film Festival

May is a great month for film lovers in Baltimore, as the city plays host to the Maryland Film Festival. This four-day event features screenings of film entries from all over the world. Festival attendees can see everything from full-length features and documentaries, to animated shorts. Fledgling filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike can attend educational workshops, panel discussions with film directors, and lectures on contemporary film and film making. After the sun sets, the festival gives free outdoor film screenings. Many events take place in tent village erected especially for the festival, while screenings take place in locations throughout the city.

Maryland Film Festival
107 E. Read St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410- 752-8083
md-filmfest.com

Article Written By Heidi A. Reeves

Heidi Reeves writes in Alexandria, Va. She got her first writing and editing job in 2001, when she worked as editor-in-chief of her undergraduate newspaper. Since then, she's earned a Master of Fine Arts at The University of Alabama, where she wrote and designed artist's books. Reeves writes hobby, lifestyle and wedding planning articles for various online publications.

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