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Music, movies, kites, kilts and shoo-fly pie! AAA World's list of top events in the region.

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Birding during the Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival
Photo courtesy of The Wetlands Institute

A Marquee Event
May 8–12

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, the 1915 movie house in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, will be the center of activity for this year’s Maryland Film Festival. In keeping with a festival tradition, Baltimore filmmaker John Waters will select and introduce a featured film. More than 100 films will be screened with many accompanied by panel discussions.

The Gran Fondo Is Not Cheesy
May 17–19

Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley welcome cyclists from around the world to the Wilmington Grand Prix. Part of USA Cycling’s National Race Calendar, the weekend includes Friday’s Monkey Hill time trial; the one-mile, eight-corner “figure 8” criterium races and street festival on Saturday; and the scenic Governor’s Ride and Gran Fondo rides through the Delaware and Brandywine countrysides.

Rock Around the River
May 17–19

Looking for a music festival with plenty of outdoor activities on the side? Check out Richmond, Virginia’s Dominion Energy Riverrock. Held on the city’s urban riverfront at Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar Iron Works, the three-day festival features kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand-up paddle boarding, dog jumping and, oh yeah, plenty of music.

Timing Is Everything
May 18–19

Follow the shorebirds as they migrate north with a stopover on the Cape May Peninsula for a tasty feast laid out by Mother Nature. Every year, the shorebirds return at the same time that horseshoe crabs visit the beaches of Delaware Bay to lay their eggs. The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, celebrates this miracle of nature’s timing with its Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival. Enjoy guided salt marsh walks, shorebird viewings, and conservation-focused workshops and demonstrations.

Kite Dreams
May 24–27

There may be sand between your toes, but your eyes will be on the sky during the Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Kites of every color and size will be soaring above the beach at Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood, New Jersey. Get some tips from the pros during kite-making workshops. There’s also a dazzling illuminated night fly.

Celtic Celebration
Garrett County Celtic Festival 
Photo by Marci McClive

A Celtic Celebration
June 1

Who wouldn’t want to spend some time in a town named Friendsville? That’s the new location for the Garrett County Celtic Festival. This popular Maryland festival features pipe-and-drum bands, traditional and contemporary music, a Celtic marketplace, living history and educational presentations, and, new this year, Irish road bowling. Grab your kilt, bagpipes, and a friend or two, and may the road rise up to meet you.

Celebrate Family
June 9

One of the largest African American street festivals in the U.S., the Odunde Festival in Philadelphia begins with a parade marking the Yoruba New Year. Celebrating African and Caribbean culture, family and traditions, the festival includes music, dance, food and much more.

 Odunde Festival
Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Live, From Williamsburg, It’s…
June 21–22

Along with plenty of family activities, the annual Virginia Arts Festival has added a new musical event this year: Williamsburg Live. Held on The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg Live will feature performances by Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris and more.

Norah Jones
Williamsburg Live will feature a performance by Norah Jones.
Photo courtesy of Virginia Arts Festival

Light Up the Sky
June 21–23

Panic! At the Disco, Travis Scott, Kygo, Death Cab for Cutie, Let’s Eat Grandma, Post Malone and many other performers will fill The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware, with song at the annual Firefly Music Festival. Along with the music, Dogfish Head Brewery will be serving its one-of-kind Firefly Ale. The grounds also offer spots to seek a bit of peace among the trees.

Just Folks
June 29–30

The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall has been whittled down to a two-day affair this year, but it still packs in the fun. Saturday’s concert will include rapper Goldlink, spoken-word artist Ruby Ibarra and more. Sunday offers family activities, workshops and A Smithsonian Folkways Family Concert Honoring the Life and Legacy of Pete Seeger.

Just Folks, Part Two
June 29–July 7

Fans of such Pennsylvania-Dutch delicacies as shoo-fly pie, corn fritters, funnel cake and apple dumplings have already circled the dates on their calendars for the Kutztown Folk Festival in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Besides the food, the festival is home to America’s largest quilt sale—with more than 2,500 local handmade quilts on display and for sale—crafters, folk artists, a 19th-century horse-drawn carousel and so much more.


These events originally appeared in the May/June 2019 edition of AAA World.

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