Festivals in Severn

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It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.

Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.

Maryland 198 & Laurel Race Track Rd
Maryland City,
MD
US

Scores of people walk the streets of Washington DC during the day of the Snow Day Bunny Hop Bar Crawl. This annual holiday-themed walking tour sends its participants to popular watering holes such as BlackFinn, The Front Page, Mighty Pint, and Sign of the Whale. Everyone in attendance receives drink specials at each participating establishment, plus a signature mug that's perfect for holding a frosty brew or all of the kids' Easter eggs you can find.

PO Box 1751
Pasadena,
MD
US

  • What to expect: award-winning wine from across the Caribbean, regional cuisine, reggae music
  • 2 p.m.–6 p.m.: the hours to indulge in tastings of Reggae Wines
  • Gold & Best of Class at 2011 Pacific Rim Wine Competition: the award bestowed to Reggae Red
  • Gold Medal at 2010 Historic Newburgh Wine Festival: the award bestowed to Reggae White
  • Silver Medal at 2011 Taster's Guild International: the award bestowed to Reggae Blush
  • Other wines to sample: Society Wines and pours from Ligamore Winery
  • What to eat: food from all regions of the Caribbean, including jerk chicken
  • What to shake your imaginary dreadlocks to: the Passion Reggae Band
  • What is their passion?: Calypso and Soca music, cultural unity
  • Other musical acts seemingly born to play at a Caribbean festival: DJ Pepper, DJ Ablaze

9650 Muirkirk Road
Laurel,
MD
US

From April 18th to the 25th, lovers of fine brews gather at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for Annapolis Beer Week?a celebration of local and craft beers, live music, and delicious food. Visitors sip suds from producers such as Yards Brewing Company, DuClaw, Flying Dog, and Port City after completing the 5K Beer Run or as they enjoy outdoor concerts.

1450 Generals Highway
Crownsville,
MD
US

When the holiday season rolls around each year, the natural beauty of Symphony Woods shines a little brighter with the electric festivities of Symphony of Lights and the donations it provides to Howard County General Hospital. More than 70 animated and stationary light displays set the scene ablaze with images of candy canes, snowflakes, and toys, and twinkling light displays dress the woods in a blaze of color.. Visitors can enjoy the scenery in numerous ways throughout the season, as family and pet walks, drive-through routes, and the 1.4-mile walk/run of Dazzle Dash keep eyes engaged and bodies exercising during the holidays. The lights stay twinkling seven days a week, only closing for New Year?s Eve or when the moon comes looking for who?s stealing her audience.

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia,
MD
US

Every year on the first weekend of May, downtown Baltimore's streets bustle as tens of thousands of moviegoers visit local theaters to watch films shot, directed, and edited around the globe. The Maryland Film Festival, like a freakish hurdle sprinter, runs for five days and showcases about 50 feature films and 75 short pieces—ranging from documentaries to animations—many of which are presented by their respective filmmakers or celebrity guest hosts. Past hosts have included Ian MacKaye and Branford Marsalis, and legendary filmmaker John Waters regularly makes an appearance at the festival, hosting a feature film of his choice. Attendees may also stimulate and expand their sensory palates with special events that have included international flicks, three-dimensional movies, and vintage silent films synced to live music.

1711 North Charles Street
Baltimore,
MD
US