Light Up Your Weekend

Today is the start Light City Baltimore, a nine-day festival of light, music and innovation. The entire city is transformed with world class light displays and sculptures, video projections on buildings and interactive technologies.

Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Last year in its first year, it attracted more than 400,000 visitors, and this year should be even bigger. Central to the festival is BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  with more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.

There is also a packed schedule of live performances, like Dancing on the Water from Baltimore City Fire Department Boat, a performance celebrating the approaching cherry blossom season from Misako Ballet, fire dancing from Pyrophilia, and much more. There is also an eclectic variety of musical performances from amazing local artists. See the full list here.

It all starts tonight with the The 2nd Annual Light City Opening Night Creative Alliance Parade at 8pm. The parade starts at the Science Centers and ends at Harbor East, with lighted floats, marching units, costumed performers, Bateria Terra Maria, Mariachi Rey Azteca and community bands.

General Info

Dates and times: Open March 31-April 8 from 7-11pm and until 12am on Fridays & Saturdays, At 5pm each night, there is a twilight preview with entertainment at the Light Up the Night! Concert & Performance Stage and Mini Light City

Cost: Free

Parking: All visitors are responsible for finding their own parking. Use  www.baltimoreparking.com. Public transportation is also recommended



10 Easy DIY Projects for Spring

Spring has officially sprung, and we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite Spring DIY projects to bring in the new season.

Moss Covered Bunny Canvas Art from The Kolb Corner

DIY Tulip Wreath from The How-To Mom

Easter Egg Mason Jars from Mason Jar Crafts

DIY Recycled Easter Bunny Vase from Weekend Craft

Chalk Painted Mason Jar DIY Planter Box from Crafts Unleashed

Blooming Monogram DIY from Lulus

DIY Modern Spring Wreath from Perisa Lou

Painted Bud Vases from Pink Pistachio 

Mason Jar Herb Garden from Camille Styles

Easter Centerpiece from Two Sisters Crafting



Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Annapolis

Every year, Annapolis comes alive to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, parties and plenty of Irish food and drink specials. We’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in Annapolis, with events kicking off this weekend!

Shamrock Stroll

March 4

St. Patrick’s Day activities kick off with the 3rd Annual Shamrock Stroll on March 4. Wear your most festive attire and head to seven participating bars where you’ll find drink specials all day long.

 

3rd Annual Annapolis Irish Week Kick Off Hooley

March 4

Gear up for the parade and other St. Patrick’s Day festivities with this Kick Off Hooley at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, featuring Dublin 5, Pipe Bands and Irish Dancers as well as great food and open bar for the first hour!

 

Annapolis St Patrick’s Day Parade

March 5

The big event of the week is the 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which heads through the streets of downtown Annapolis starting at 1pm.

 

St. Paddy’s Day Parade Afterparty

March 5

After the parade, the fun continues at O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel with food, fun and giveaways, including the chance to win one year of free Guinness!

 

St. Patrick’s Day at Blackwall Hitch

March 17

Enjoy Blackwall Hitch’s St. Patrick’s Day menu, featuring traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage and Ireland-inspired libations all day.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Galway Bay

March 17

Celebrate all day long in one of Annapolis’ best traditional Irish pubs. Breakfast is served at 8am, followed by live Irish music at 12 noon until 11:30 pm with special lunch and dinner menus.



The Vintage Source: One-of-a-Kind Vintage Furniture in Southern Maryland

One weekend a month, The Vintage Source in Compton, MD, opens its doors to reveal a vast array of pieces like old doors, painted dressers, mantles, slip covered wing chairs, vintage jewelry, old metal furniture, gilded mirrors and architectural pieces. Open on the third Saturday and Sunday of every month from 8am to 4pm (second weekend of the month in June and December), The Vintage Source offers an ever-evolving selection of unique pieces for your home.

Time between open weekends is spent attending auctions, estate sales, and flea markets. Then they repair, strip, paint, clean, and shine all the best pieces to be ready for the third weekend of each month.

They also host three flea markets a year with over twenty vendors selling vintage finds as well as fresh local vegetables and gourmet hotdogs and sausages. For your one-stop-shop for unique home decor in Southern Maryland, look no further.

This weekend is the February The Vintage Source Weekend, complete with mimosa and wine tasting and chocolate. Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm, stop by to browse one-of-a-kind vintage furniture, art, home decor, and statement architectural pieces. Visit their website for a sneak peak of the pieces you’ll be able to find this weekend.



Baltimore Boat Show in Town This Weekend

Today is the kick-off of the Baltimore Boat Show, in town this weekend January 26-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center. You’ll find boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget, booths showcasing the latest in engines, marine electronics, accessories, fishing tackle and gear, and educational seminars and kid-friendly activities.

Some of our favorite features of the 2017 boat show are:

  • Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, with free seminars, Q&A sessions and practical advice.

  • United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, where you can virtually practice close quarters maneuvering, docking and more.

  • SUP Experience hosted by Mantra Fit, where you can take a test ride on a stand up paddleboard and even sign up for a free SUP lesson.

  • Kids’ Nautical Fun, with kids’ build-a-boat and SUP yoga classes just for kids in the pool.

  • 7th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest, where you can prove your crab pickin’ skills on Sunday at 1 PM in the Food Court Area.

Show info:

Baltimore Convention Center

1 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

410-649-7360

Show Hours

Thursday, January 26 – Saturday, January 28: 10am–8pm

Sunday, January 29: 10am–5pm

Admission

Adult: $14.00 each

15 and younger: FREE with a paid adult admission