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.
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At the annual Muslim Food Fest, when you're there, you're "ummah." Ummah doesn't quite mean "family," it means the entire community. This yearly event brings everyone together with the same promise of great-tasting food and lots of fun. As guests browse more than 50 vendors selling everything from clothing to toys, they can nibble on bites of 100% Halal cuisine—which are provided by top-rated restaurants from throughout the country.
Roughly 20 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Burtonsville welcomes spring with the 6th Annual MoCo Spring Fair and Strawberry Celebration. The fresh, local fruit is central to the week-long spring fair, but it's far from the only draw. Read on for a few highlights of the seasonal celebration, which ropes food, a beer garden, wines, entertainment, and games into its week-long itinerary:
Food is in no short supply. Hungry festival-goers can check out loads of strawberry-centric dishes on Saturday and offerings from local farms and food trucks, as well as carnival foods every day.
Live performances dominate the stage on Saturday. Local, regional, and national musicians across various genres provide the festival with a fun, uptempo soundscape. Past performers have covered pop, jazz blues, reggae, and opera, among other kinds of music.
There's attractions for all ages in the form of games and 20+ carnival rides, such as a carousel, ferris wheel, giant slide, yo-yo ride, bumper cars, and more.
Fireworks light up the sky on Friday evening, complementing the bright colors of the carnival.
Grownups can sip refreshing springtime brews from the likes of Ale and Hefeweizen in the festival's craft beer garden on Thursday–Saturday.
Artisan vendors show off their wares on Saturday, which range from children's books and henna art, to tie-dyed shirts and elegant jewelry.
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.
On Halloween, malls across the United States won't just be crowded with people hunting for a last-minute costume, but also with people looking to set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Cupcake - Making Class in History. The Gone Cupcaking Halloween Roadshow will be set up at 50 malls, where everyone will receive six cupcakes to decorate with orange and black icing and Halloween-themed sprinkles and toppers.
All ages are welcome, and decorators are encouraged to wear a costume. Instructors will be on hand to pass along decorating tips on how to fashion borders, how to swirl flowers, and how to create a realistic portrait of Ben Franklin using orange and black sprinkles.