Friday Five (Spring Happenings in Baltimore)

Friday is finally here and I am so ready for the weekend! It has been quite a week at work and I am looking forward to brunch with family on Saturday and an Oscars party on Sunday. The weather is supposed to be absolutely fantastic so a long walk around the city is also on the agenda. I’m confident in saying that I’m not the only one excited about the weather getting warmer – as springtime comes to Baltimore there are a lot of great events coming up:

  1. Light City Baltimore – March 28 – April 3. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m pretty stinking excited for Light City. Performers, musicians and light installations will be taking over downtown but that’s not all, there are also a series of innovation conferences focusing on social change, sustainability, health technology and more.
  2. Spring Bocce Season – Bocce is baaack. Jeanette got the old team back together and we are pumped to spend time outside throwing balls and throwing back beers. Today is the LAST day to get the early bird discount when you sign up for spring season with Baltimore social sports.
  3. St. Patrick’s Day 5k – Jeanette and I are running the race and plan on sporting some fun St. Paddy’s gear. Also fun? The after party at Power Plant Live.orioles baltimore
  4. Baltimore Orioles Opening Day – The O’s return to Birdland April 4th to kick off baseball season. I’m too cheap to spring for opening day tickets, but I already have a few games circled in my calendar like canvas tote giveaway day on May 7. If you’re heading to a game, be sure to check out Jeanette’s tips on how to save money at Camden Yards.
  5. Maryland Primary Election – Woohoo civic duty! This year’s primary is double duty – not only it is a presidential election year, but there’s also a highly contested mayoral race. Since Baltimore is predominately democratic, the democratic primary is extra important (one could argue even more important than the general election). So make sure you’re registered to vote and show up at the polls April 26. And do your research on the candidates so you’re an educated voter!

And that’s all I’ve got for today, bring on the weekend!

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Best Month of the Year!

Rabbit rabbit! Happy September everyone! September has always been my absolute favorite month of the year and it’s no coincidence it’s my birthday month as well! There is so much awesome stuff happening this month that I am looking forward to. Here’s what’s on my schedy:

Weddings: Adam and I are going to two weddings over labor day weekend! One is in New Jersey and one is local here in Baltimore and it feels like it’s going to be a pretty epic weekend.

Fantasy Football: Jeanette and I are in a league with some of our friends and we had our draft this past weekend. Even though I did some research in advance, I feel like every draft ends up being frantic and stressful. The past few years our commish has organized an awesome bbq for the draft so we can all be together while we draft on our laptops. I’m also in a higher stakes league with Adam’s friends where we compete to get our name on a Sandwich Trophy just like this one…

sandwich trophy

Ravens 5k: I signed up for the Ravens 5k on September 9 and I’m excited for an after work run (much preferred to a morning race!) and celebrating afterward with Ravens alumni and mascots.

Beach: Heading to Bethany for a few days with Adam’s family. No vacay and minimal beach time all summer has me super pumped for this September getaway.

Renaissance Festival:  The Maryland Renaissance Festival is one of my favorite fall activities! Held in Crownsville (outside Annapolis) every weekend from now until October 25, tickets are $19 for the first couple of weekends and $24 a person after that. Yes, it’s kind of cheesy but it’s also really awesome. Performers (and some attendees!) dress in period costume and entertainment includes jousting, sword-swallowing, dancers and musicians. The food is also a highlight with everything from turkey legs to frozen bananas.

maryland renaissance festival joust

Federal Hill Main Street’s Sobo A Gogo: Despite it’s kooky name, this festival on September 20 promises live music, craft beer and local vendors.

Baltimore Book Festival: I’ve never attended the Book Festival before, but I’ve been seeing a lot about it and it looks really cool. There are a number of interesting panels, cooking demos, pop up yoga and performers – all held September 25-27 in the Inner Harbor.

South Bmore’s Best 2015: Got to support our ‘hood – can’t wait for this first-ever celebration of the best of South Baltimore! The $25 ticket gets you free food and drink from Sobo’s finest.

Birthday Dinner: I’m now taking recommendations for a good birthday dinner spot to celebrate the big 2-8! I’m tempted to go back to Wine Market, but I think I’d rather try somewhere new. Any ideas??