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VISIT THESE MID-ATLANTIC AREA SPRINGTIME EVENTS

ENJOY THESE EARLY-SPRING EVENTS

PICASSO ON PAPER
Through March 3
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, presents Picasso on Paper: The Artist as Printmaker, 1923–72. This exhibition reveals the artist’s pioneering techniques in the medium. wcmfa.org

Landau 1 Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973); Peintre et sa Toile, 1963, Linocut on Arches watermarked paper, Washington County Museum of Fine ArtsLandau 1 Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973); Peintre et sa Toile, 1963, Linocut on Arches watermarked paper; Photo courtesy of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

POLAR BEAR PLUNGES
February 1–3
Benefitting Special Olympics Maryland, Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland, hosts not one, not two, not even three, but four plunges into the 30-degree Chesapeake Bay: the Cool Schools Plunge (February 1), Corporate Plunge (yay! team building!) and Police Plunge (both on February 2), and the Maryland Plunge (February 3). Be brrrrave and join in-person or virtually. plungemd.com

CHESAPEAKE FIRE & ICE FESTIVAL
February 16–17
Ice sculptures, ice-carving demonstrations, free live music and fire performances, outdoor ice skating and fiery restaurant specials can be found throughout downtown Easton, Maryland, over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend. discovereaston.com/fireandice

GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHDAY PARADE
February 19
Celebrate our first president with a fife and drum corps, floats and more in his adopted hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. washingtonbirthday.com

IN FOCUS: PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE COLLECTION
February 24–June 23
This exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington focuses on works by female photographers. More than 40 photographs from the museum’s collection include Susan Fenton’s hand-painted silver prints and a complete portfolio of Eva Rubinstein’s photographs from the 1970s. delart.org

ROANOKE ARTS POP
March 2
The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, invites families to celebrate the arts and culture of southwest Virginia at this free event. Visitors can paint, connect music with art, create sculptures and more in the museum’s interactive gallery. taubmanmuseum.org

AMERICAN CRAFT MADE
March 15–17
More than 350 artisans bring their work to the Baltimore Convention Center. Contemporary works of art in fiber, metal, wood, ceramics and more are available for sale. craftcouncil.org

Bagpipers at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Roanoke, VirginiaBagpipers will add a lively note to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Roanoke, Virginia.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND SHAMROCK FESTIVAL
March 16
Downtown Roanoke, Virginia, goes green with a parade featuring Celtic bands, dancers and intricately decorated floats. The festival expands with local restaurants hosting their own parties. downtownroanoke.org

EAGLE FESTIVAL
March 16
Celebrate the wonders of nature at this free family-friendly event at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. Get up-close views of eagles, owls and falcons. Kids can take part in nature-inspired crafts or try their hand on the youth archery range. fws.gov/refuge/blackwater

Octopus made out of peeps at the PEEPSHOW in Westminster, MarylandWhat can be made out of PEEPS candies? How about an octopus? Check out the entertaining creations at the PEEPSHOW in Westminster, Maryland.

PEEPSHOW
March 22–April 1
Marshmallow masterpieces—dioramas, sculptures, mosaics and videos—crafted from or inspired by PEEPS treats will bring all their sugary goodness to the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, Maryland. carrollcountyartscouncil.org/peepshow

CELEBRATING TOMORROW
March 23
Harford County, Maryland’s yearlong 250th anniversary concludes with a party in Bel Air. Enjoy musical performances, guest speakers, the unveiling of a new commemorative art installation and more. At noon, listen for a countywide sounding of bells and sirens. harford250.org

BAY BRIDGE BOAT SHOW
April 12–14
Need a bigger boat
Check out the incredible variety of powerboats—from fishing boats and trawlers to pontoon boats and luxury cruisers—at the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Maryland. You’ll also find boating seminars, marine gear, accessories and apparel. annapolisboatshows.com/bay-bridge-boat-show

VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO
April 18–21
Imagine a show with more than 800 performers, including bands and drill teams from the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps along with civilian and military performers from seven nations. That’s a “tattoo,” a ceremonial performance of military music by assembled bands. Who’ll be there? Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps and the Netherlands Royal Marine Band, along with the Massed Pipes and Drums from four nations joined by the Virginia International Tattoo Highland Dance Company—and more. vafest.org/tattoo

DOWN BY DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 19–21
Held on the same weekend as the Blue Ridge Marathon (see below), this festival features live music performances—some ticketed, some with a door fee but much of it free—at venues throughout Roanoke, Virginia. downbydowntown.com

BLUE RIDGE MARATHON
April 20
Beginning and ending in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, this race is considered the toughest road marathon in America because of its 7,430-foot elevation change along the Blue Ridge Parkway. blueridgemarathon.com

Garden during Virginia's Historic Garden WeekOh, the blooms! Private gardens, public gardens, historic sites—see spring in all its glory during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.

HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
April 20–27
It’s the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation. All across Virginia, private landscapes, public gardens and historic sites will be open for tours. As an added enticement, more than 1,000 world-class floral arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members will enhance the properties. vagardenweek.org

LOUDOUN HUNT POINT-TO-POINT
April 21
Morven Park, the historic home and garden outside Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia, will host the 57th annual Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point races. The steeplechase event features riders from across the nation. Fans arrive in festive spring equestrian attire, setting up chairs, picnic tables and tents along the course. loudounraces.com

SPRING DELMARVA BIRDING WEEKEND
April 25–28
This annual event brings birders of all experience levels to various spots on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to view shorebirds, songbirds and waterfowl in their natural habitats. delmarvabirding.com/upcoming-events

Sailboats at the Annapolis, Maryland Spring Sailboat ShowCalling all sailors and wanna-be sailors, the annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is back and as inspiring as ever.

ANNAPOLIS SPRING SAILBOAT SHOW
April 26–28
America’s Sailing Capital doesn’t disappoint with this collection of catamarans, monohulls, family cruisers, daysailers and inflatables at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland. See the newest sailing innovations from national vendors. You can even check out sailing schools or find a charter for your next family adventure. annapolisboatshows.com/spring-sailboat-show

SOUTHERN MARYLAND CELTIC FESTIVAL
April 27
St. Leonard, Maryland, will host multiple stages with Celtic music (including bagpipes!), rugby games and a Highland’s athletics area, along with vendors selling Celtic themed crafts, foods and spirits. cssm.org/celtic-festival.html